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Junk car program: We’ve gotten a few calls from readers wanting to know more about the governor’s revival of a program that could pay you up to $1,000 for a car that doesn’t meet current smog-control standards. The Associated Press article we ran Thursday didn’t include a phone number for the program, so here it is: (866) 272-9642.

Did you know: There is an extensive program in Nevada County for pregnant or parenting teenagers? Before you get all worked up about teens having kids in the first place, remember, Ms. Readers’ Corner is soundly apolitical. I didn’t know anything about this program and figured others would be interested, as well. Here’s the e-mail I received from one of the case managers.

“My name is Pamela Satrapa and I work … for the Young Parents Program for the school district. I am located at the Park Avenue Alternative School site. We have an infant toddler center and, of course, Silver Springs High School is here on site. Our services are free to any teen who is pregnant or a parent and has need of any support services.



“The Silver Springs High School Foundation is a scholarship fund that provides money primarily for young women and men who have graduated from the Young Parents Program and are continuing their education. The goal of the foundation is to encourage teen parents to become self-sufficient by seeking post-secondary education that will help them to find a career in which they will be able to provide for their family. Case managers assist the teen parents to connect them to local services that help them to stay free from violent relationships, find viable employment and provide a nurturing, safe home for their children while they finish their high school education. This service is free.

“Last month, in Nevada County, we had the privilege of enjoying another great performance of ‘The Vagina Monologues,’ which is brought to us through the V-Day campaign. This campaign produces annual benefit performances of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. Every year V-Day events take place at hundreds of locations around the world. All volunteers organize these events.




“Last year there were over 2,300 events in 1,100 communities. Over $6 million was raised! This year was V-Day’s biggest ever. Here, in Nevada County, a full house watched the performance at the Center for the Arts. It was the third year that Andrea Fox helped to bring “The Vagina Monologues” to our county. Her efforts and dedication, with the assistance of many tireless volunteers, (including the wonderful performers!) have helped to raise approximately $20,000 for the Silver Springs High School Foundation. In addition to raising funds for a local program, each year the V-Day campaign focuses on a different Worldwide Spotlight. This year 10 percent of the proceeds were donated to “Women of Iraq, Under Siege.” For more information on Silver Springs High School Foundation and the Young Parents Program, contact 272-2635, ext. 349 or 352.”

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


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