Readers’ corner 4/18/07
Reflections on Nevada County drivers: From Grass Valley Gary. “If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been accidentally activated.”
More on restaurant scams: This reader didn’t want to be named. “I had a similar experience with a high-end restaurant in Nevada City about five years ago. I, too, used my bank card and paid cash for the tip. When I received my bank statement, I was overcharged about $9. I immediately contacted my bank, and they put a hold on the payment until they could investigate what had happened. To make a long story short, I eventually found out the waiter forgot to charge me for the tax, and he added it after I left the restaurant with my signed receipt in hand. The owner’s wife found my name and phone number in the phone book. She was very rude and abrupt to me, and would not listen to me as I politely asked her to call her bank and merchant services, and that my bank was working on the issue. She kept accusing me of nonpayment of the bill. I have not and will not patronize that restaurant ever again. The wife even called me again a few weeks later and was very belligerent. She had no right to call me and harass me, nor did the waiter have a right to adjust my bill. In the end, I did win.”
Nevada County’s “Antiques Roadshow”: The Appraisal Faire – Nevada County’s answer to “Antiques Roadshow” – features local experts providing appraisals of antiques, collectibles and art. Specialty areas include dolls, books, clocks, glass, American Indian art and more. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Banner Grange, 12629 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley (past the fairgrounds). Beautiful raffle baskets will be featured, and lunch and cookies are available for purchase. There is no admission charge. Fees for appraisals are $12 for the first item, $8 for the second item and $5 for each additional item.
Proceeds from the Appraisal Faire benefit women in several ways. Money from the appraisals goes to the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation. Money from the baskets and food goes to the Nevada County Branch Local Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to local women and girls. This includes a graduate of Nevada Union and Bear River, plus a Sierra College graduate who is going on to a four-year school. The AAUW also funds a re-entry scholarship for a woman whose education has been interrupted and who is now ready to return to college. Finally, the group sends seventh-grade girls to the AAUW Science and Math camp called Tech Trek at Stanford University each summer. Anyone desiring additional information about the Appraisal Faire can call 470-9395.
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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