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Red Cross volunteers helping with flood relief

The Western Nevada County chapter of the American Red Cross has sent three trained volunteer disaster service workers to assist in the Red Cross response to the devastating floods in Kentucky and Virginia.

Arlene Lance of Penn Valley and Erma Ford of Grass Valley arrived in Harlan, Ky., on Monday and are doing outreach work with displaced families. Doris Warnas, also from the Grass Valley area, is en route to do family services work.



Ford was one of the volunteers from the local chapter who worked directly with families who lost loved ones at the World Trade Center in New York. Lance was a family services worker with victims of Hurricane Floyd in Pennsylvania.




The local chapter has an outstanding group of disaster workers who stand ready to respond to emergency needs in this county, as they did during the recent Nevada City fire.

Since the Red Cross receives no government or national funding, its work is only possible through the generous support of our community.

For additional information about the work of the Red Cross, its extensive array of training programs or volunteer opportunities, call 272-3265, or go online to http://www.wncarc.org

Several sixth- and seventh-grade members of Club Live from Ready Springs School served the meals at the annual United Way award banquet on March 26 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center. The students and their faculty adviser, Mike Pettingill, received a standing ovation at the end of the evening for a job well done.

This opportunity was arranged for the students by YOUthCANDO, a program of the Volunteer Action Center, a United Way agency.

Remember those old dusty paintings you inherited from grandma that you’ve stored out in the barn because they don’t match your decor? Well, dig them out, dust them off, and drive over to the L.O.V.E. Building at Condon Park on April 20.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the American Association of University Women Educational Foundation will be host to its fund-raising event of the year – an appraisal day. You just might find yourself in possession of valuable antiques.

For only $9 each, or two for $15, you can have your items appraised. Fourteen professional appraisers will be on hand to assess the value of quilts, art, jewelry, books, furniture, clocks, dolls, military items, antique toys and Gold Rush items.

Proceeds from Appraisal Day will go to AAUW’s educational fellowship and scholarship offerings. The foundation supports scholars pursuing a vast spectrum of academic research. Funding also assists women at critical stages of their careers, as well as those preparing for professions underrepresented by women. The local branch of AAUW also grants scholarships to students from junior and senior high schools, and Sierra College.

A $2 admission fee lets you in to watch the appraisers at work. Have a cup of complimentary coffee or tea, and then participate in a raffle and win a gift certificate or a lovely gift basket. See you there!

Disaster and emergency preparedness have taken on a much greater significance for many of us since Sept. 11. In Nevada County, the American Red Cross is responding to a far greater number of applicants for its first aid, CPR, water safety, lifeguarding and baby sitter training classes. Consequently, it needs additional instructors.

If you have background in first aid or CPR, have ever been a CPR or first aid instructor, or would like to learn these skills in order to become a Red Cross instructor, contact Susan King at 272-3265 for information. Together we can save a life.

Pam Fortner is a free-lance writer in Grass Valley. Her column on nonprofits appears Saturdays. Deadline for information is 5 p.m. each Monday. The column will appear in the following Saturday edition. Send information to Pamela Fortner at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley 95945; e-mail to


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