Readers’ Corner: July 9, 2008 |

Readers’ Corner: July 9, 2008

Independence Day celebrated with pomp

Chicago Park residents celebrated Independence Day with a parade down a portion of Lower Colfax Road.

The parade consisted of people riding their tractors, trailers, even lawn mowers down the street, said Mercedes Patty, a Chicago Park resident.

“All the drivers and riders loaded up on coffee and doughnuts at the starting point,” Patty said. “Loud music … played from portable boomboxes carried by passengers as the parade progressed. Residents cheered as the parade passed by.”

Host family needed for exchange student

If the high cost of gas and the exorbitant rate of plane tickets are stifling the wanderlust in you, consider opening your home to a foreigner.

The local chapter of AFS-USA, an international student exchange program, is looking for a Nevada County family to host an Indonesian high school girl for the 2008-09 school year.

The student has received a scholarship and a stipend to cover all her school expenses. All you need to do is provide her meals and a bedroom to live in.

She will attend either Nevada Union High School or Bear River High School, depending on where her host family lives, says Sandra Rockman, a volunteer with AFS-USA.

“Students must enter competitions, pass a rigorous interview process and have excellent grades” to qualify, she adds.

If you’re interested, call Vanessa Smith at 477-6495 or Joey McCutchan at 265-9195. For more information, visit

Now grill this!

Lisa LaBarbera and her grilling gals, the She-Devils, will defend their title as the BBQ queens of Nevada County in the United Way’s Barbecue Battle of the Sexes. The first-round cook-off is slated for Aug. 14 during the Thursday Night Market in downtown Grass Valley.

Who will dare to take them on? The United Way is looking for teams of men and women to participate in the fundraiser, which will consist of selling tastes of each team’s product and public voting.

The winners in the men’s and the women’s categories will face each other in September.

If you and your friends wield a mean meat fork, call Megan Timpany, United Way of Nevada County, at 274-8111.

Readers’ Corner is compiled by The Union staff. To submit items, e-mail them to, and put “RC” and your topic in the subject line, or call 477-4230.

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