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The Nevada City Chamber of Commerce has upgraded and redesigned its Web site, the chamber announced this week.

The Web site is located at

“We have several new features, including a front page with changing pictures,” said Cathy Whittlesey, executive manager of the chamber. “I think the Web site really reflects the charm and beauty of our town,” she said. “The site is still fast and very easy to navigate. That’s very important to us.”

The Web site includes a complete 2006 Nevada County events calendar with photos and detailed information on Nevada City’s annual events. Guides to local lodging, dining, real estate, historical sites, attractions and points of interest, outdoor recreation, local resource lists and more may be found. The site includes maps and directions to the area, as well as a Nevada City map.

The redesign has been in progress for the past few months under the leadership of Duane Strawser, chair of the chamber’s Web site committee. The site is designed by Carol White of Winter Street Design in Nevada City.

Whittlesey said she has already received positive feedback on the upgrade and welcomes comments and input from community members. “We want to make it a fun and convenient way for people to learn more about Nevada City.”

– The Union staff

Nevada City-based architect Chuck Durrett will be giving a presentation on his new book, “Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Living Independently,” at 6:30 p.m. today at The Book Seller.

Durrett, an architect with McCamant and Durrett Architects, designed the Nevada City Cohousing project at Chief Kelly Drive and Broad Street, which is now nearing completion. His firm also recently was awarded the silver medal from the National Association of Homebuilders for its energy-efficient, 30-unit cohousing project in Cotati.

Durrett now hopes to design a cohousing project in downtown Grass Valley that will be appealing to seniors. To learn more about his ideas and plans, attend the presentation at The Book Seller, 107 Mill St., Grass Valley.

For more information about the book, visit

– Brittany Retherford

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