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Skatepark’s originators

keep making it happen

The Community Center Association (CCA) sponsored skatecamp, “CamPain,” was a perfect example of giving back to the community. Many years ago, Grass Valley youngsters Genaro Vergoglini, Andy Jarrett, Matt Fogel, Jon Morrill, Gus Coronel, Jerod Kidwell, Sampson Smith, Adam Montgomery and Emile Janicot were part of the initial efforts to build a skatepark in Nevada County. Now in their 20s, they volunteer as camp instructors, teaching our youngsters safety, etiquette, tricks and equipment maintenance. The campers are having a great time learning, and the instructors are having a great time giving back in the skatepark they helped make happen.

Chris Drainville

CCA President

Many merchants helped make United Way Week a success

The Grass Valley facility of PRIDE Industries wishes to thank the following businesses for contributing to our United Way Week campaign. Merchandise and gift certificates were donated by the following merchants: Blockbuster video, Flour Garden Bakery, Giovanni’s Restaurant, Gold Country Car Wash, Imel Flooring, Papa Murphy’s, Record Connection, SPD, Springhill Pharmacy, Warehouse Deli, 49er Fun Park, and the many friends who contributed to our White Elephant table.

It was a successful and fun-filled week for all of us at PRIDE Industries, and our sincere appreciation to all of you for making it happen.

Kimberly Jones

Site Manager

PRIDE Industries

Strokes to Phillips School for massages for disabled vets

Kudos to the Phillips School of Massage for providing massage services for so many disabled veterans in Nevada County. For years, Judy Phillips and her staff have been offering veterans free massages as part of the school’s massage training program. This service has been medicine for the hearts and bodies of these vets, and is deeply, deeply appreciated.

William Larsen

Nevada City

Contributions to project for Children’s Services praised

I would like to express my gratitude to Lee Blakemore for his assistance with a special project at Sierra Nevada Children’s Services. Lee coordinated bringing Diane Atwell, a teacher at Living Wisdom High School of the Ananda community, and her students Bailey, Bethany, Ann and Lauren, who assisted her. Thanks to all of you for your tireless efforts. The project looks great.

Bill Locker

Deputy Director

Sierra Nevada Children’s Services

Nevada City

Thanks for electing me to state Board of Equalization

My thanks to all those who voted to elect me to the Board of Equalization. I promise to do my best to serve you and all Californians in making sure that taxes are collected fairly. I am honored by this support.

The Board of Equalization collects the sales and use tax for both state and local governments as well as 33 other taxes and fees. The board also sets the guidelines for each county assessor’s assessment of property. In addition, the board functions as the appeals board for taxpayers who dispute their personal or corporate taxes.

I look forward to working on behalf of all Californians on the Board of Equalization.

Bill Leonard


Missing my son, and thanking those who showed they care

On Nov. 20 of this year I lost my oldest son, Levi, just before my birthday. Words cannot even begin to describe what I feel like these days. Levi was a wonderful son and a good friend to many people.

I would like to thank everyone for all of the cards, flowers, condolences and hugs that have been sent and showered upon our entire family. It makes me feel good knowing how much everyone cares. Thank you.

Denita Patton


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