Readers’ Corner 10/17/07 |

Readers’ Corner 10/17/07

A community that cares: What better way to describe our area? As an example, the Grass Valley Elks Lodge is sponsoring a fundraising dinner for Meghan Davis, a 10-year-old who was diagnosed with bone cancer. The Mexican-food dinner will be held on Oct. 20 at the Lodge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $12 each at Franks Pizza, 122 East Main St. in Grass Valley. Donations may be mailed to Bank of the West “for Meghan Davis,” 10460 Brunswick Road, Grass Valley 95945. Call John Zurflueh at 273-7934 for more information.

More on the Petersen family: The Rev. Sandra Chipchase sent this:

“Thank you for that mention of the Petersen family. I want to thank everyone for their donations, and if people still want to, they can donate this week to Word-A-Live! Church for the Petersens.”

The church is helping Shelley Petersen and her two sons, who lost their home to a fire in September. Call Sandra at 559-0710.

Climb every mountain: Our newsroom is an enterprising bunch. Thanks to Pam Jung and Soumitro Sen for passing on this item: Gary Griffith’s fifth-graders at the Nevada City School of the Arts recently climbed an 8,587 foot-high mountain in the Sierra Buttes. This is the first time students of the School of the Arts have completed such an outing. About 27 students joined the recent expedition. “It was a chance for the class to build community by doing something together,” Griffith said. “It was also an opportunity to learn about the natural history of the area.”

More on the Food Bank: Bonnie Hicks, of RoShamBo in downtown Grass Valley, sent this after Soumitro wrote about the needs of the Food Bank last week:

“Thank you for this article. My parents, Carole and David Morris, have been volunteers for the Food Bank for many years. Because of your story, I’ve decided to give my customers a 20-percent-off coupon for bringing in three items for our Food Bank barrel.

“Thanks for bringing these important local issues to the attention of the readers.”

Thanks to you, Bonnie, for being the kind of person who makes this is great place to live. There are so many of you!

Find a buddy at the library: This from Shirley Harvey, volunteer coordinator for the Nevada County Library’s Book Buddy program:

“The book buddy program is offered to homebound residents who are unable to visit the library and have no friends or family who have the extra time to get library materials for them. A library volunteer delivers and picks up books. Materials available include books, large print books, books on tape or CD, magazines, and video tapes and DVDs.

“If you or someone you know could benefit from this free service, or if you are interested in participating in the program as a Book Buddy Volunteer, please contact the library coordinator at 470-2773.”

Islam for dummies: That would probably be most of us, right? If you’d like to learn more about this fascinating faith that is a major political force in the world, here’s your chance.

“The Men’s Group here at Unity in the Gold Country meets at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays. Starting next Tuesday morning for the next several weeks, we are going to read ‘Islam for Dummies,’ which explores the history and beliefs of Islam. We have the book available in our bookstore.

“The group felt that with everything that is going on in the world that we would like to learn about what the Muslim faith really teaches rather than the hearsay that we get all the time.”


Readers’ Corner is compiled by The Union staff. To submit items, e-mail them to, and put “RC” and your topic in the subject line, or call 477-4230.

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