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Marty’s cell phone: Remember the woman who lost her cell phone and still had her contract to fulfill and needed a phone to use? Here’s what happened, in Marty Austin’s words: “After your column came out, I immediately received over 20 phone calls from people offering to give me their phones. It was really fantastic. This town is politically divisive, but when someone needs something many people step up to the plate. I got to talk to several fun people on the phone and actually met and chatted with a few before picking up the cell phone. So, by Saturday I was up and running with a “new” used phone and all was right with the world.” But there’s more! On Sunday, Marty received a call from a friend of hers, Judy, who said “guess what I have in my hand?” You guessed it – Marty’s lost cell phone! (Judy found it under her couch while vacuuming.) But the lesson here is that there are a lot of cell phones out there that no one is using. I heard that Union Hill School is collecting old phones and selling them for a fund-raiser. When I have time to check out that rumor, I’ll put a notice in this space. Also, Marty is most appreciative of all the readers who called and offered to help her out!

Uganda pygmies and Kid Power: Faithful readers know that Nevada County has a strong connection to the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda, due to the Kellermanns. They moved to Uganda from Nevada County and have made the pygmy culture there their life’s work – bettering a group of people who are among “the poorest of the poor.” There are two trips planned to Uganda this year, the efforts of the Nevada City Rotary Club along with other Rotary clubs and individuals. A large shipping container is located off Gold Flat Road, and it will be filled with an X-ray machine, towels, bedding, clothes, etc., for shipment to Uganda. Now a Nevada County child has stepped in to help. Anna Daggett, who runs a group called Kid Power, wants to help fill the container with things for children. Anna’s group does a lot to help the Manzanita Center (families who have been victims of domestic violence.) Anyway, Anna is collecting things for Uganda on Jan. 26 (next Wednesday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the gym at Seven Hills School. She’s looking for good quality new or gently used toys, stuffed animals, books to fourth-grade level, art and school supplies, soccer and baseball equipment, shoes and canned food. This is such a worthwhile cause, and I bet lots of us have things like this shoved in closets. Why not see it put to good use? If you have questions, call Anna at 265-9591.


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