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Go to the library on Friday: Librarian Mary Ann Trygg wants everyone to know that Nevada County libraries are all open Friday, which is Veterans Day. The libraries will be closed Saturday, which is the actual Veterans Day. County employees are off Friday, but the libraries are an exception.

Future Farmers winners: NU teacher Karen Henderson keeps me informed about her students’ accomplishments, which is great. And I learned that two NU students in the FFA program were recognized as National Proficiency winners for their Supervised Agriculture Experience programs at the 2006 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana just last week.

Jon Pitts received his recognition in the area of Home and Community Development based on his experience and interest in fire science. As a freshman in high school he began volunteering his time to teach elementary students about fire and firefighting. He began presenting fire safety seminars to the community and local schools his senior year, using his career interest and volunteer time as his senior project. He is currently working for CDF with plans to attend Butte College Fire Academy. Jon is the son of Kathy and Joe Pitts of Penn Valley.

Kelsey Peirce received her national recognition in the area of small animal care and production entrepreneurship for her rabbit project. Kelsey began her project in the seventh grade with her first Havana rabbit. She expanded her operation into a two barn rabbitry with three different breeds. Along with her rabbit experience she also volunteers to judge junior rabbit shows, serves as a junior grange and 4H leader, and helps advise any youth interested in starting a rabbit project. Kelsey is currently attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring and agriculture business with plans of attending law school. Kelsey is the daughter of Denis and Nancy Peirce of Penn Valley. Both Kelsey and Jon earned $1,000 scholarships.

Four Nevada Union FFA members also received their American Degree at the National Convention. Dan Steele, of Rough and Ready, earned his degree for his projects working for a local nursery as well as his thousands of hours working with his parents on their hog operation. Dan is attending Sierra College and is the son of Carolyn and Steve Steele. Dan Jackson garnered his American degree from his extensive work experience in developing his own landscaping business and working for the high school greenhouse and a local nursery. He is attending Butte college and is the son of Carol and Jeff Jackson. Kelsey Blagg won her golden American degree by working for her dad on his dairy replacement ranch in the Garden Bar area of Nevada County. Kelsey is at Fresno State University. She is the daughter of Leslie and Mike Blagg. Jon Pitts was also awarded his American degree for his fire science volunteer hours and CDF experience. Karen Henderson, Jim Drew, and Katie Alling are the instructors and student advisors at the Nevada Union agriculture department.


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

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