Readers’ corner 10/5/07 |

Readers’ corner 10/5/07

Heard on The Street: When Tess’ Kitchen Store moved into part of the former Hedman Furniture building across the street, owner Rita Burns worried over how she was going to move all the boxes, as downtown business guru Howard Levine tells it.

But neighboring merchants poured out of their shops and helped Rita get her things over. Isn’t that what you’d expect in a town such as Grass Valley? But still, it’s nice to hear about it when it happens.

More good news: Before the year-end holidays, the downtown storefronts that have been empty are expected to be filled, Levine adds.

Penn Valley has the spirit, too: Thanks to Pastor Sandra Chipchase for this:

“We are working at getting in donations for the Petersen family, who lost everything in the fire. People can send $$$ to Word-A-Live! Church, P.O. Box 1477, Penn Valley, CA 95946, or call me at 559-0710.

“We are trying to get the whole community involved here. Thanks!”

Shelley Petersen and her two sons, John and Tommy, lost their mobile home Sept. 13. In addition to the church helping them, Susie and Herb Peterson are taking donations at their business, HP Automotive, at 17145 Apache Court in Penn Valley. The business is just off Pleasant Valley Road near Williams Ranch Elementary School. You can call them at 432-1127 or e-mail

Not feeling good enough yet? You’ve heard how Habitat for Humanity’s local chapter has helped build houses for several hard-working families in our area, giving them a chance to fulfill the American dream of owning their own homes.

Their latest project is the small development on Ivy Street in Grass Valley, achieved after plenty of negotiation with the neighbors. The prospective new homeowners still need help funding the project.

So, Mary Margaretich says, Habitat will hold a “Street of Dreams” fundraiser to lend a hand with dinner, music, a 50/50 raffle and thousands of dollars in items offered up in a silent auction.

The event is next Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Buy tickets from Mary at Network Read Estate, 855 Sutton Way (at the corner by the new Safeway); call her at 271-1660; call the Habitat office at 274-1951; or buy them at the Holiday Inn or Bank of America in downtown Grass Valley.

Where to send old Christmas cards again: Betty Myhre, of Peace Lutheran Church, called to say the group isn’t taking any more Christmas cards because of construction at the church. “We just have no place to do anything!” Betty said as she cut out cards at home. Anyone with more ideas about school groups, churches or others who could use recyclable cards, please call 477-4230.

– Compiled by The Union staff

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