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Dave Schmall: Some stocking stuffers for The Union readers

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The Twelve Days of Christmas. If you live in our neck of the woods, you get so many more than 12 days.

For starters, you can celebrate a combined 10 days of Christmas with the Victorian Christmas in Nevada City and Cornish Christmas in Grass Valley.

If you go to the event calendar at TheUnion.com, you’ll find a seemingly endless number of festive events to help put you in the holiday spirit. So between all the community events, company celebrations, and gatherings with friends … well, that’s a whole lot of Christmas cheer!

Bah humbug? I think not.

Christmas for me is a great time of year to spend quality time with family and friends, which also makes it one of the most hectic. I have to create my own special December calendar just to keep track of all the invites, events and celebrations I
attend while carving out time to reflect and celebrate its true meaning.

Amidst all of this holiday cheer, we’ve been busier than Santa’s elves at The Union to provide the community with some really great gifts that we hope you will enjoy!

First, we are reinvigorating Prospector, our weekly entertainment guide. You already get it inside Thursday’s edition of The Union, but we are expanding free distribution of Prospector everywhere you find Sunday Express — in addition to coffee shops, restaurants and other high foot-traffic areas throughout western Nevada County.

You’ll also see a new look for Prospector in just a few weeks.

The cover is being redesigned and the information inside is being repackaged to provide more coverage of entertainment news, restaurants, bars and bistros, music and the arts.

Second, you may have recently seen the kooky ads in The Union for “Coffee with Dave & Brian” in which our managing editor, Brian Hamilton, and I donned beautifully delicious Christmas sweaters to promote our monthly community chats at local coffee shops.

We had our first one at Flour Garden on Sutton Way in Grass Valley, where we answered questions and listened to some great ideas.

Look for upcoming ads in the newspaper and at TheUnion.com for details on where we’ll be next month and if you get a chance, stop by and say hello.

Third, we are starting both an editorial board and a community advisory board.

Two community members will join The Union staffers on the editorial board to decide on which issues The Union will take a stance on the Opinion page.

We intend to address topics important to all of us who live here or in which we all share some common ground.

The community advisory board will consist of 9-12 local citizens (readers and nonreaders of The Union alike) who will meet to evaluate our current information, content and programs, provide input on future initiatives being considered by The Union and discuss how we can continue to best serve the informational needs of the community.

Finally, I’m excited to announce a new video report we are introducing at TheUnion.com called, “Word On The Street,” hosted by Rob Lambert.

We are sending Rob out into the streets each week armed with a video camera and microphone to get local residents’ input on what’s going on in our community.

The first segment was recorded outside of Tess’ Kitchen during Cornish Christmas and is available for viewing now at http://www.TheUnion.com. I think you’ll find the weekly segments to be fun, informative and entertaining.

We’ve set up an email WOTS@theunion.com and a twitter address @WOTSRob to send any communication to Rob or comments about the segments. You can also view videos and post comments on our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/theuniondotcom.

So, there’s a few stocking stuffers for you to enjoy around the holidays and just know there are plenty more to come.

All of us at The Union are looking forward to a fantastic 2013 and providing you with more news and information presented in fresh, new ways. Until then, here’s wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

To contact Publisher Dave Schmall, email dschmall@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4299.

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