Readers Corner 02/29/08 |

Readers Corner 02/29/08

Brains of Nevada County: Who was a member of the Magnificent Seven and the Dirty Dozen?

The answer is now-deceased movie star Charles Bronson.

If you knew that, you should have been on a team at the seventh annual Brains of Nevada County, a trivia contest held by the South Yuba River Citizens League Feb. 23 to raise money for the Laura Wilcox Scholarship Fund.

For the second year in a row, the winning team was “Wikipediaphiles,” led by Alison Jones-Pomatto and representing the Foothill Theatre Company.

The scholarship is administered by SYRCL in honor of Laura Wilcox, the Nevada County teenager killed in the Jan. 10, 2001, shootings in Grass Valley and Nevada City that left two others dead.

The scholarship is offered annually to high school seniors living in the Yuba River watershed who have a commitment to the environment and to Laura’s values.

On graduating from high school in 1999, Laura won a scholarship from the Sierra Club with an essay she wrote about restoring salmon to the Yuba River. After her death, the Sierra Club donated the remaining $4,000 of her scholarship to SYRCL to endow a scholarship in her name.

So far, six $4,000 scholarships have been awarded to local students. Joan Dudney, the first Laura Wilcox scholar, recently graduated cum laude with a degree in biology from Occidental College and is working in Paraguay as a Peace Corps volunteer.

The trivia contest involving 22 teams brought in $9,150 this year, according to SYRCL employee Miriam Limov.

To contribute to the Laura Wilcox Scholarship Fund, contact Limov at SYRCL, 265-5961, ext. 201.

Old school comes through: Kyle Bryant visited his former school, Pleasant Ridge, on Feb. 22 to accept a $50 donation from student council members.

After reading the article “Bear River grad plans another charity ride” in The Union, students wanted to show their support for Kyle. The alum brought slides from his 2007 ride from San Diego to Memphis for the National Ataxia Foundation and the specialized trike that carried him the 2,800 miles.

Kyle explained the details of Friedreich’s ataxia, a disease he developed while at Bear River High School, and the rationale behind his fundraising efforts. Kyle also told the students about his planned March 15 ride from Sacramento to Las Vegas.

To experience the 2007 ride, log onto


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