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Ways to help community heal

Like so many area residents, I was truly heartsick when I heard the news: first just Friar Tuck’s, then the Herb Shop, Off Broadstreet Theater and so on. I grew up in this town and have many memories tied to those businesses destroyed in the fire. Not only did I celebrate my NU Senior Prom with dinner at Friar Tuck’s, but it was also the site of my bachelorette party last June. I’m sure that there were many who immediately wondered, as I did, if there was anything we could do to help.

I read in the San Francisco Chronicle about those employees of the lost businesses who are now jobless. Perhaps the best thing we can do as citizens is help those for whom these businesses were a second home. I suggest setting up a fund to help those currently in need.

I also wonder if there were any items that these businesses found damaged, but salvageable, that the community might bid on at an auction benefiting those affected: a bottle of wine, perhaps, with a waterlogged and charred label or a piece of jewelry or artwork, scorched but intact. To those of us who loved these businesses, the items would be a much-loved token of how we could help the community recover.

Rose Sponder

Grass Valley

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