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Fun engagement: Rhiannon Sharp, a 1996 Nevada Union High School graduate, was engaged to Chad Benson in January 2004, Rhiannon’s mother, Sandra, reported. Sandra said her daughter became engaged after her fiance, Chad Benson, concocted a ruse so that he was able to bring in roses for his wife to her kindergarten class. Rhiannon taught school last year at Diamond Creek Elementary School in Roseville. He had instructed the principal, Marty Brown, to pull Rhiannon out of class and tell her a fable – that he pulled her out of class to tell her that a parent had complained that Rhiannon had pulled on the child’s ear. When the principal pulled her back into class, Rhiannon was greeted by her entire kindergarten class, holding up roses, while two of the children held up a sign, “Will You Marry Me?” Chad, dressed in a suit, knelt in front of the class and proposed, and Rhiannon accepted. The couple is due to be married in the spring. That’s a unique engagement, enlisting the help of the kindergarten class!

Volunteer opportunity: This comes from Grass Valley reader Kathryn Rappath, who volunteers at our local hospital. “The purpose of the Auxiliary is to render service to the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and its patients through volunteer service and fund-raising in accordance with the objectives established by the governing board of the hospital. There are a wide variety of service areas (over 20) to provide options for volunteers. Many volunteers are surprised when they find out all the different areas that they can help out in, and it is so rewarding! If anyone is interested in volunteering with the SNMH Auxiliary, they can contact Sandra Kouba, our membership chairperson, at 432-3791.”

Euro Sweepstakes: Reader Kelly White called to tell me about a fake notice she received telling her she had won $615,810 in the “Euro Sweepstakes Lottery” out of Madrid, Spain. “It looked very official, with a ticket number and a reference number,” Kelly said. To check it out, she called the Better Business Bureau, which referred her to the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. Kelly spoke to a real person at the SEC (amazing, huh?) who told her it was a scam and also told her that it is illegal for U.S. citizens to participate in international lotteries. While the letter didn’t ask her to send money, it did ask that she fill in a form with her bank account number and bank routing number. She also said the SEC people told her that they’ve gotten many calls from across the country in the past few days, so beware of “winning” lotteries that you never entered!



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Dixie Redfearn can be reached at 477-4238 or by e-mail at dixier@theunion.com, or by fax at 477-4292.


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