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Area man enters Donation Hall of Fame

Grass Valley blood donor George Harper has been inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame, sponsored by Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

Harper has been a donor/volunteer for 34 years, and was the first donor to give blood at BloodSource-Grass Valley when the center opened in 1995. Harper has donated more than 425 times and has volunteered nearly 3,000 hours at BloodSource.

Baxter will team up with BloodSource to salute Harper in a ceremony to be held Monday at noon at 759 Sutton Way in Grass Valley. Friends and neighbors are invited to join in the festivities and to personally congratulate Harper, who will be honored for his many contributions to people in need of blood transfusions. A harpist will be performing for Harper.

“It’s a fitting tribute to one of our most dedicated donors,” said Leslie Botos, BloodSource public affairs director. “He has selflessly given the gift of life to cancer patients, those receiving organ or bone marrow transplants, victims of traumatic injuries, and patients undergoing open heart surgery.” Harper is a cancer survivor. He had to step away from donating blood for more than a year, but once cancer-free for 12 months he was able to return to his passion.

Harper is one of 13 donors across the country inducted into Baxter’s Donation Hall of Fame. Donors were nominated by their blood centers, and winners were chosen based on extraordinary dedication.

Back-to-School Night Monday

Nevada Union High School’s Back-to-School Night takes place Monday, offering an opportunity for parents to meet teachers and become familiar with the curriculum and academic expectations for this school year.

Entertainment and a Food Court will be available at 5 p.m. in front of the library, and there will be an informational meeting regarding the NU GATE Program in J-103 from 5:20-5:45 p.m.

Elections for Site Council parent members will also be held.

Donors sought to march in parade

The BloodSource-Grass Valley staff is extending an invitation to Nevada County donors to walk with them in the Constitution Day Parade on Sunday at 2 p.m. They hope to have 100 donors participate in this Grass Valley traditional event by walking or riding in the BloodSource vehicles.

If you would like to be part of the festivities, meet the BloodSource team at the intersection of Broad and Bennett streets, at the top of the hill, at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Priscilla Lofton at 477-1683.

– The Union staff

Prop. 66 discussion scheduled

The League of Women Voters of Western Nevada County has organized a panel discussion of California’s Proposition 66, which will be featured on the November ballot.

Speakers include Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert L. Tamietti, Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Kull and Public Defender Thomas Anderson.

The proposition, an amendment to the state’s Three Strikes law, stands to narrow the definition of serious crimes, re-sentence some prisoners who are serving Three Strike sentences and save several million dollars for the state.

The discussion will be held Saturday, at 9:30 a.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St. Refreshments will be provided.

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