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Gold Country Telecare has a mission to provide transportation for Nevada County seniors and people with disabilities, enabling them to maintain their independence and participate in the community.

Telecare meets the challenge of that mission seven days a week by transporting folks to medical appointments, health services, enrichment programs, church and shopping. Rides are scheduled at least 24 hours in advance and up to 30 days in advance. Local fares are $2 one way.

Beginning Aug. 5, Telecare will undertake a special project designed to improve its services by adding a computerized dispatch program to its ride reservation system. There is one major change: There will be no “will calls” on return trips. All return trips will be scheduled just like pickup times.



The Telecare driver will be there to transport passengers to their return destinations at the exact time scheduled. Clients will no longer call when they are ready to leave, so they will need to plan accordingly with doctors’ visits, hair appointments, etc. Telecare asks for patience as they work through these changes so it may deliver better service to all participants.

For ride requests and information, call 272-1710.




Friends of Nevada County Libraries continues to find that used book sales are its best source of income. Books donated via the libraries, Raley’s or Longs are sorted and then either placed on library shelves or put up for sale.

The monthly book sale is held at the Nevada County Historical Library the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for a celebration during November’s book sale, marking the sale’s 30-year anniversary.

Friends now has books for sale on the Internet at librarybooksales.org. Scroll through more than 1,350 listings. Clear instructions lead you through every step.

To become a member of Friends of the Libraries, call Gloria at 272 5930.

The Nevada County Chernobyl Children’s Project held a farewell party Tuesday for the visiting children from Belarus. Those of us who attended learned that, in addition to enjoying fun and fresh air, the youths also were the recipients of free dental care.

Doctors Mark Bauman, Jean Creasey, Richard DicKard, Richard Hochwald, Richard Powell, Lindsey Robinson, Gary Sumner, Barry Turner, Douglas Valentine, Greg Vixie, Ernie Watson and Ken Webster administered painless tooth care. In Belarus, no anesthesia is used during dental work. Imagine that.

Doctors Al Gabler and Diana Holcomb also donated eye care.

Rite-Aid, Dr. Marvel’s Pharmacy, Main Pharmacy, and Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital were helpful with health supplies. Special thanks go to Dr. Christine Newsom, medical coordinator.

My favorite part of the evening was watching Genya and Vika perform dance routines that brought out the pixie qualities of their personalities. Here’s looking forward to your encore next year.

The Nevada County Land Trust invites you to join its “Treks Through Time.” August treks include Grouse Ridge vernal pools (Saturday); Malakoff Diggins loop trail, Dutch oven cooking and campfire program (Aug. 10); Andrasite Peak and Sand Ridge Lake (Aug. 10); Five Lakes Basin (Aug. 24); and Dutch Flat historical town tour (Aug. 24).

Costs vary, with most treks $10 for Land Trust members and $15 for nonmembers. The half-day and daylong treks are led by Land Trust volunteers experienced in history, geology, botany, wilderness pursuit and other interests.

For reservations and information, call 272-5994, or click on nevadacountylandtrust.org.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 4 held a car wash last week, and wants to give special thanks to the man in the black sports car for his significant contribution.

Half of all proceeds from the fund-raiser are deposited directly into the accounts maintained by the troop for each participating Scout. The Scouts use the money in their accounts to pay for summer camp, upgrade their camping gear, or for other Scouting-related expense.

The remainder of the money from this fund-raiser will be used to help pay for the troop’s new canoeing program. The troop’s “Venture Patrol” will also use the canoes in the upcoming five-day, 50-mile float trip.

Troop 4 will be celebrating its 80th anniversary this year with a reunion and an Eagle Court of Honor for five Eagle Scouts. For more information about Troop 4, check out its Web site at foothill.net/BSA/troop4. Weekly meetings are at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Grass Valley Scout Lodge in Memorial Park, 415 Memorial Lane, Grass Valley.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears each Monday. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Wednesday. The column will appear in the following Monday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail to


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