Readers’ Corner 10/19/07 |

Readers’ Corner 10/19/07

Friends’ newsletter: Friends of Nevada County Military, the group of dedicated volunteers who send packages of snacks, new socks, toiletries and love to service men and women in conflict zones, has started a newsletter.

Here’s a sampling from Volume 1, No. 1, which came out this month, courtesy of Arlene Tofte:

“News from the front: Carson Byrne is officially out of the U.S. Army and will soon be working construction in Southern California. …

“Thanks for the birthday card. It definitely put a smile on my face. … On 21 Oct., I will be returning to Ft. Drum, N.Y., and once again to Grass Valley. – Erin Karnes …

“We cannot always give thanks for the packages and support we receive, (but) please know that we do appreciate all of the support we do get, as it is not our decision where we defend freedom. – SSG Jesse Lincoln”

Friends has a care package packing party at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday every month at the Grass Valley Veterans Building on South Auburn Street. And the events sound like parties, with young and old pitching in. Send them an e-mail at

Reading for the season: With Halloween right around the corner, local author Mollie Sharkey-Wilmot has just the material for bookworms.

Her new book, “The Mysterious Golden Horse,” is based on an Irish tale and set in an Irish farming community of the 1950s. Mollie writes:

“It is a journey through time to an eccentric world where the local residents are watched over by a majestic power.

“Appearing on a village road, the mystical horse chooses to reveal itself to various people at critical times in their lives. … Romance, childhood antics and misfortune run through this thought-provoking and compelling Irish fable.”

Mollie was born in rural Ireland, studied psychology, practices psychotherapy in Nevada City and writes custom stories for her clients. (We are not surprised – just another multitalented resident!) You can get her book at Inner Sanctum Bookstore, 308 Broad St., Nevada City, and it can be ordered from others. Or, write to Mollie at

Live positively: This comes from our local Religious Science congregation, by way of reporter Laura Brown:

“The Sierra Center for Positive Living has been renting the Banner Grange for several years for services and special events,” church member Pat Barrentine writes. “Last year, the church bought an old church building on Florence Street and has been in the process of totally remodeling it, using lots of volunteers plus contractors where required.”

They’re planning to move and hold their first service soon. We’ll keep you posted.


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