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Readers’ Corner

Reuse and recycle: Lynne Cody called to fill me in on some of the changes to the county’s recycling program. First of all, you’ve probably gotten the word that you don’t have to sort the recyclables anymore. That’s certainly easier.

There are other changes, as well. You can also recycle all plastics that have the “chasing arrow” and the numbers one through seven on the bottom. That includes a lot of plastic that was previously not recycled: yogurt containers, cottage cheese cartons and butter dishes are examples of new items that are now approved.

Lynne said something called “aseptic containers” are also now eligible for recycling. I didn’t know what that meant, but it’s things like milk cartons, juice boxes, soup in boxes, soy or rice milk in cartons, etc. I think the word has something to do with the waxy coating inside.

If you want more information, go to on the Web. Then click on “recycling news.” You can also speak to Lynne directly at 265-7119.

She’s working on specific recycling plans for local businesses, and she’ll come out to your business and help you set up a recycling program.

Jessie Caldwell’s birthday: Elsie Peard dropped by The Union office recently to tell me some news. Jessie Caldwell was the organizer and first president of the Grass Valley Area Girl Scout Council, now known as the Northern Mines Area. That was in 1946, and Jessie just celebrated her 95th birthday! Some Girl Scouts serenaded Jessie at the Sierra View Manor, where she now lives.

The day after Jessie’s birthday, she was visited by five of the leaders from the late ’40s and ’50s. Elsie and Sharon Winter served ice cream and cake to the “birthday girl” and her guests. Elsie said Jessie was delighted at the fuss. According to Elsie, it was a fun time with “old-timers full of tales of the old days.”

Seeking storage: Remember Jeanette Colbert’s story? She was on the front page of The Union on Dec. 31 in a story about her upcoming trip to South Africa to work with AIDS orphans there. She’s looking for a place to store her stuff for a year or two while she’s gone. Can you help? She can be reached at 274-9914 or by e-mail at

Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by email at, or by fax at 477-4292.

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