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Our weekend forecast – more color, local news

When you pick up The Union this weekend, you’ll find the color comics and USA Weekend magazine that are important parts of the weekend for many readers. We’re happy we can add to the enjoyment you find in the newspaper.

At the same time, the addition of color comics brought an interesting discussion to the newsroom of The Union.

When we begin running color comics each Saturday, we no longer will need a page of black-and-white comic strips in the daily newspaper. And that, in turn, brings us the most precious of gifts in a newsroom – a page that isn’t committed to anything, a page that we can use for any purpose we want.



We decided to give the page back to our community.

Here’s what you will find on the new page, which will be in the “C” section of The Union each week:




— A new column written by Pam Fortner about the activities of nonprofit organizations in western Nevada County. Pam, who lives south of Grass Valley, will write about upcoming fund-raising events, results of recent fund-raisers and changes in the leadership of nonprofit agencies.

We’re astounded at the number of nonprofit agencies headquartered here – by our count, several hundred nonprofits list local addresses – and this new column gives us a chance to present news about them better than we have before.

Here’s how you can participate: If you’re involved with a nonprofit, we want to help publicize your fund-raising event. Send the details to us at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. The e-mail address is nonprofits@theunion.com, and the fax number is 477-4292. Be sure to include a phone number we can call.

— Better presentation of our Club News column. For more than five years, we have struggled to find a way to consistently present the Club News items that organizations bring to us.

With this new page, we can get this news into the same spot on the same page every week. (In our business, that’s called an “anchored location.”)

Here’s how you can participate: We are eager to receive 150-word reports from any club in western Nevada County. We want to hear about upcoming meetings, honors awarded by the club or new officers. Janet Lee at 477-4203 will be happy to provide information. To submit an item, mail it to The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. The e-mail address is clubnews@theunion.com, and the fax number is 477-4292. Again, be sure to include a phone number we can call.

— A photo scrapbook called “Familiar Faces.” This is a weekly collection of photos our readers would like to share with the community. It might be a shot of a Chamber of Commerce mixer. Or a club’s social event. The family dog wearing Christmas antlers. Five generations of a family gathered at a reunion. The members of an exercise group who got together to burn off some holiday calories. With a couple of exceptions – no photos promoting a business, no group photos of sports teams – we’re open to whatever photos our readers want to submit.

We can’t send our photographers on assignment to shoot these photos. If need be, we’ll give you a disposable camera that you can return to us for processing. Just stop by the front counter of The Union.

We hope that this photo scrapbook gives us an opportunity to chronicle the rich variety of daily life around here. We know that there’s more to life in Nevada County than affordable housing, NH 2020 and the latest political spat. We’d like this column to tell our town’s story through your eyes.

We don’t know of other newspapers that have done this. We’ll be learning about it as we go along, and we hope you’ll come along for a ride that promises to be fun.

Here’s how you can participate: Bring or mail your photos to The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945. We cannot return photos, so please don’t send your only copy. Attach information about the photo – Who is pictured? What are they doing? Why? When? Where? – along with the name and number of a person we can call for more information. You can e-mail photos to us at faces@theunion.com. We can accept scanned photos saved as JPEG documents; scan them at a minimum of 150 dpi.

The Union works best when it reflects the involvement of as many members of the community as possible. The additions to our weekend edition give us a chance to widen our arms and welcome more of you inside as active participants.

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John Seelmeyer is editor of The Union.


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