Tom Newmark chosen as grand marshal

Nevada City resident Tom Newmark, who has portrayed Uncle Sam in local parades for more than 15 years, has been named grand marshal of the 38th annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade.

Newmark, in his Uncle Sam attire, will be featured near the front of the parade, which begins moving through downtown at 2 p.m. Sept. 12.

Parade Chairman George Harper said Newmark’s selection recognizes patriotism, community spirit and dedication to the event.

A 21-year Nevada City resident, Newmark first portrayed Uncle Sam in the 1980s, marching in a Nevada City Fourth of July Parade.

He picked up his first Uncle Sam outfit at a movie studio in Los Angeles and has since adjusted and fine-tuned it.

“I have four beards, and I still don’t like any of them,” he said.

Since adopting his Uncle Sam role, Newmark has appeared in nearly every Nevada City Constitution Day and Fourth of July parade and also has traveled for appearances in parades in Pacific Palisades and Coronado. Newmark also has been an active volunteer with Empire Mine State Historic Park and with the Nevada County Land Trust.

The Constitution Day Parade, a local tradition since 1967, is co-sponsored by Nevada Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M, the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City and the Nevada City Constitution Day Committee.

For information and a complete schedule of weekend events for the Constitution Day Parade and Celebration, contact the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce at 265-2692 or visit on the Web.

Blood drive set for next week

The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will be sponsoring a community blood drive on Aug. 26, from noon to 6 p.m. A bloodmobile will be located in the parking lot at Kmart Shopping Center, 111 McKnight Way, in Grass Valley.

All participants will receive a coupon for a pint of Baskin-Robbins ice cream.

Donors are advised to eat, drink plenty of fluids and have photo identification. Donations may be taken from ages 17 or older and under 16 with parental consent. No appointments are necessary.

Free health checks


The Wellness Center at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will hold a free, drop-in Community Health Check on Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will be held at the hospital’s Occupational Health Center at 105 Catherine Lane, Grass Valley.

The health check will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no pre-registration required.

Debbie Wagner, RN, Wellness Center manager, said participants will be offered blood pressure, body fat and body mass index testing, followed by a miniconsultation with her about results.

A second health check event will be held on Oct. 30.

For more information, call 274-6124.

High school reunion planned for this fall

The Sequoia High School Class of 1954 is planning its 50th Class Reunion on Oct. 2 at the San Mateo County History Museum (Old Domed Courthouse) in Redwood City.

For more information, contact Barbara Britschgi at or (650) 369-5387, or Tania Gaspar at or (650) 366-2611.

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