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Bill Schultz, Rose Thompson, William Wetherall to be Inducted in Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame

 

Bill Schultz

Bill Schultz

 

Bill Schultz, Rose Thompson, and William Wetherall, have been named to the Nevada County Fair’s Hall of Fame. The Fair’s Board of Directors recognized the individuals for their long-time support and dedication to the Nevada County Fair.

Bill Schultz, who passed away in 2013, was a long-time resident of Nevada County and had a tremendous love for the Fair. Decades ago, Bill was the Livestock Superintendent; and, most recently, he served on the Nevada County Fair’s Board of Directors for almost seven years. He also served as a director on the Fairgrounds Foundation Board.

In addition to Bill’s involvement in the Fair, he was extremely active in the community. He served for eight years with the Nevada County Board of Supervisors, as a board member of the Nevada County Council on Alcoholism, as a member and past president of the Grass Valley Rotary, and a member of the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce.

“Bill’s dedication and passion for the Fair was energizing,” said Sandy Woods, CEO of the Nevada County Fair. “He was a bright, insightful person with a lively style characterized by a tell-it-like-it-is honesty. Bill’s dedication to Nevada County and the Nevada County Fair is admired, and he is greatly missed.”

Bill Wetherall

Bill Wetherall

William Wetherall served on the Fair’s Board of Directors for approximately 15 years, commencing in May 1962.  In addition to his work with the Fair, William was the Dean of the Nevada County Bar, and he practiced law until his late 80’s.  William passed away in 2013 at the age of 102.

His friend, Bradford Ellsworth, who recommended William in a letter to the Fair Board, said, “…for 15 years, he provided invaluable advice and guidance to the officers, directors, and management of the Nevada County Fair.  I admired and respected William as much as any person I’ve ever met. He is deserving of recognition for the person he was and for his contributions to the Nevada County Fair.”

Rose Thompson

Rose Thompson

Rose Thompson has been an active participate at the Fair for the past 44 years, where she has been exhibitor, an employee, and a volunteer. Prior to moving to Grass Valley 44 years ago, Rose had never been to a Fair; however, upon her first year in Grass Valley, she volunteered to set up a display at the Fair, got “hooked on the Fair,” and has been at every Fair since!

For many years, Rose was in charge of setting up all of the exhibit buildings.  With her Dad by her side, she would spend the summer preparing all of the buildings for the Fair exhibits. She also worked as a receptionist in the front office. In recent years, Rose has assisted with the Fiber and Textile exhibit, the Harvest Fair at the Draft Horse Classic, and the Gingerbread House competition at the Country Christmas Faire.

While volunteering at the Fair, Rose also worked for the Nevada County School District for 22 years, where she worked as a teacher’s aide and as an administration assistant to the Superintendent. She’s also been a member of the Pioneer Arts Club for more than 20 years, and also works with the Quilt Guild.

Rose explains that she was “stunned and overwhelmed” by her nomination into the Hall of Fame. She said it’s the people who have made her experience at the Fair so memorable and keep her coming back. “The people here truly are my family – my Fair family – and I love them all.”

“Rose is highly gifted artistically and with that talent she would create beautiful exhibit settings,” said Woods. “Although Rose is retiring this year from working at the Fair, she continues to have a deep devotion and love for the Fair – and her artistic talent can still be found in the buildings. It is an honor to induct her into the Fair’s Hall of Fame.”

Schultz, Wetherall, and Thompson will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at opening day ceremonies on Wednesday, August 6.  The honorees will receive a portrait donated by Shaffers Originals of Grass Valley.

The 2014 Nevada County Fair is August 6 – 10. For more information, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

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Family Feud Competition at the Nevada County Fair

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Let’s get ready to play the Family Feud!  New at this year’s Nevada County Fair, we’ve got the Family Feud. This event will feature eight families, playing four games, and competing for cash and prizes. Would you and your family like to compete?

Applications are now available for this fun opportunity! Families are taken on a first come, first serve basis; get that application turned in early. There will be cool community prizes, Fair packages, and cash awarded. Four winning families will receive $100, as well as a Fair package that includes admission tickets for five individuals, parking, five arena event tickets, and carnival rides. Additionally, the winning families will be entered on the TV game show’s “You Tube” contestant entry website to try to win a place on the Family Feud game show.  The event will take place on Wednesday, August 6 at 5 pm on the Pine Tree Stage.

Because there is a limit on the number of families who can participate, early entry is encouraged. The entry fee is only $20, and entries close on Friday, August 1, at 4:50 pm.

A complete list of rules and a registration form can be obtained from the Fair’s website at www.NevadaCountyFair.com, by calling the Fair Office at 273-6217, or sending an e-mail to Debby@NevadaCountyFair.com.

Bring your family and let’s get ready to play the Family Feud at this year’s “Simply Fun” Nevada County Fair, August 6 – 10.

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Leroy Schecter’s Florida Home Sells for $28 Million

After several years on the market, the Indian Creek Village, Fla., home of steel magnate Leroy Schecter has sold for $28 million.

Listing agent Nelson Gonzalez of EWM Realty International said the sale closed Monday for $28 million. He declined to identify the buyer.

The home was first listed in 2008 for $32 million. The price has changed several times, with the home going on and off the market, at one point going up to $45 million. It was last listed at $35 million, Mr. Gonzalez said.

The 21,746-square-foot home, built in 2000, has seven bedrooms and 11 full and three half bathrooms, Mr. Gonzalez said. According to public records, Mr. Schecter bought it in 2006. Located in a gated village on an island near Miami Beach, the nearly two-acre property has some 200 feet of waterfront on Biscayne Bay. The house has a theater, a library, a billiards room, a gym and a seven-car garage. An outdoor infinity pool has a cabana house with two full bathrooms.

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Deadline Extended: Still Time to Enter Exhibits in the Nevada County Fair

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The deadline to turn in entry forms to enter an exhibit in the Nevada County Fair has been extended – so there’s more time to enter an exhibit or two in the Nevada County Fair. The deadline for submitting paper entry forms to the Fair Office has been extended to Monday, July 21 at 4 pm. Or, if you enter on-line using the Fair’s on-line entry system, you have until midnight on Monday, July 21. There are no entry fees for most categories (that’s right – it’s FREE), so simply visit the Fair Office on McCourtney Road or log-on to the Fair’s website at www.NevadaCountyFair.com to complete the entry process. This deadline extension is for still exhibits and livestock entries (excluding market beef, sheep, swine, and goats).

Complete descriptions of all categories are available in the Fair’s Competition Handbook, which is available on the Fair’s website at www.NevadaCountyFair.com, at the Fair office, area libraries, and local chamber of commerce offices.

The 2014 Fair is August 6 – 10. For more information, call (530) 273-6217 or visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com.

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U.S. Forest Service and Partners Talk Wildland Firefighting in Connection with Disney’s Movie Planes: Fire & Rescue; July 18 & 19

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Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Trailer 1 – Courage

On Friday, July 18, 2014 from 12:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The U.S. Forest Service’s Smokey Bear will be at Sierra Cinemas located at 840 E. Main Street in Grass Valley, for the matinee premiere of Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue. Smokey will greet movie goers before the 12:30 p.m., 2:35 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. showings.

Then, on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the USFS, along with Cal Fire, will host visitors at the Grass Valley Interagency Air Attack Base located at 13083 John Bauer Ave, Grass Valley. There will be guided air base tours and firefighting aircraft on display. In addition, a Helitack Crew, Smoke Jumpers and other firefighting professionals will be on hand to answer questions.

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Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Trailer 2 – Thunder

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Nevada County Fairground and Community Organizations Team up for Community Involvement Day on July 28

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Participate in Community Involvement Day and receive free tickets to the Fair 

The Nevada County Fairgrounds, the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, Nevada County 2-1-1, and BloodSource are teaming up on July 28 for Community Involvement Day – a day to donate items to non-profit organizations, while also receiving free tickets to the Fair.  These organizations will be set-up at the Fairgrounds Gate 1 main parking lot on Monday, July 28, from 1 – 6 pm, to receive donations of any of the items listed below.

Those who donate items to the Food Bank of Nevada County, Foothill Lions, Story Club, and Nevada County 2-1-1 will receive a coupon to redeem for one free admission ticket with the purchase of one Fair admission ticket. That’s two for the price of one!

Those who make a blood donation at the BloodSource blood mobile will receive a free admission ticket to any day of the Fair.

Food Bank of Nevada County: Donate four cans of food to the Food Bank of Nevada County. For more information about the Food Bank of Nevada County, visit www.foodbankofnc.org or call (530) 272-3796.

Foothill Lions: Drop off a donation of an old hearing aid or old prescription eye glasses.

Story Club: Donate two new or slightly used children’s books, including chapter books for teens.

Nevada County 2-1-1: Partnering with PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, Nevada County 2-1-1 will be collecting donations of new backpacks, new lunch boxes, and new school supplies like three ring binders, spiral bound notebooks, pencils and pens. Visit http://www.partnersfamilyresourcecenters.org/ for information.

BloodSource:  For a free admission ticket to the Fair, make a blood donation at the BloodSource bloodmobile located in the main parking lot (Gate 1) at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. For information and eligibility about blood donation, visit www.bloodsource.org or call 1-866-822-5663.

Feel free to donate to any one organization or all of them! To receive your coupons or free tickets, all donations must be brought to the Gate 1 parking lot at the Fairgrounds on July 28 between the hours of  1- 6 pm.

Coupons received (buy one, get one) for the donations must be redeemed during pre-sale dates, which take place until August 5. Presale discounted tickets will be available for purchase on Community Involvement Day at Guest Services, Gate 1.

This year’s Fair is August 6 – 10. Visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com for more information or call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217.

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Interest Rates May Rise Sooner Than Expected

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen said that the Fed may need to raise interest rates sooner than expected, but it all will hinge on the labor market.

“If the labor market continues to improve more quickly than anticipated by the Federal Open Market Committee, resulting in faster convergence toward our dual objectives, then increases in the federal funds rate target likely would occur sooner and be more rapid than currently envisioned,” Yellen testified to the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. On the other hand, “if economic performance is disappointing, then the future path of interest rates likely would be more accommodative than currently anticipated.”

Interest Rates and Housing

Currently, the majority of Fed officials expect the central bank to begin raising interest rates about a year from now. The Fed’s benchmark short-term rate has stayed near zero since December 2008, which has helped to keep interest rates near historical lows.

Recently, the unemployment rate has fallen rapidly, reaching 6.1 percent in June. But wage growth has remained weak, Yellen noted.

Also, Yellen said, the housing market remains sluggish, which she said could slow the economic recovery.

“The housing sector has shown little recent progress,” Yellen testified to the Senate. “While this sector has recovered notably from its earlier trough, housing activity leveled off in the wake of last year’s increase in mortgage rates, and readings this year have, overall, continued to be disappointing. The recent flattening out in housing activity could prove more protracted than currently expected rather than resuming its earlier pace of recovery.”

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Nevada County Fairgrounds Closed to Walkers and Bicyclists from July 10 – 13    

 

The magnificent six-up competition is always a crowd favorite at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

The magnificent six-up competition is always a crowd favorite at the Draft Horse Classic and Harvest Fair at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley.

 

In preparation for the annual California WorldFest, July 10 – 13, the Nevada County Fairgrounds will be closed to walkers and bicyclists beginning July 10. The Fairgrounds will re-open its gates to walkers and bicyclists as usual on Monday, July 14. This closure does not affect the Main Office, which is open during its normal business hours of Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

The RV Park at the Fairgrounds will also be closed to the public from July 8 – 13.

At various times throughout the year the grounds are rented by organizations for large, community events like the California WorldFest, the Bluegrass Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, and the KVMR Celtic Festival. During these times, it becomes necessary to close the grounds to pedestrians in preparation for these various events.

If you are interested in attending the California WorldFest, please visit www.worldfest.net or call (530) 891-4098. For more information about the Nevada County Fairgrounds, visit www.NevadaCountyFair.com or call (530) 273-6217.

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‘Zombies’ Make Up 21% of Foreclosures

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Zombie foreclosures are still haunting the housing market, representing one in every five foreclosures nationally, according to RealtyTrac, a housing data firm. “Zombie foreclosure” is a term coined to describe properties where the foreclosure process has been started and the home owner vacates, but the foreclosure has never been completed. As such, the distressed home owners who vacate eventually find they still own the home, and are often unaware they are still responsible for it.

Find out how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is targeting zombie foreclosures.

The vacated properties can become eyesores in neighborhoods and drive down nearby property values. They also take a big chunk out of local government revenue in the form of unpaid property taxes. RealtyTrac estimates that more than $400 million in property tax revenue is likely delinquent due to zombie foreclosures. Still, the zombie foreclosure rate has shown some improvement, falling 7 percent compared to the first quarter of this year and dropping 16 percent from year-ago levels.

Florida has the highest number of zombie foreclosures, accounting for more than one-third of all zombie foreclosures nationwide. New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Ohio also have some of the highest numbers of zombie foreclosures across the country.

“Most of these states have seen an increase in new foreclosure activity over the past year, creating a more fertile breeding ground for zombie foreclosures,” says Daren Blomquist, vice president at RealtyTrac.

Some states, such as Florida and Illinois, are looking to combat zombie foreclosures by weighing legislation that could help “fast track” foreclosures and move the abandoned properties through the system more quickly, RealtyTrac reports. New York is also considering legislation that would make lenders responsible for the upkeep of zombie foreclosures. Some local governments—such as in Cleveland and Detroit—also are creating land banks that would include zombie foreclosures, allowing city officials to rehab properties or demolish them.

Where Zombie Foreclosures Are Highest

On a metro level, the seven markets with the highest number of zombie foreclosures, according to RealtyTrac’s second quarter report, are:

  1. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.
  2. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Fla.
  3. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.
  4. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla.
  5. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.
  6. Orlando-Kissimmee, Fla.
  7. Jacksonville, Fla.

Meanwhile, California posted the largest drop in zombie foreclosures, down 57 percent in the past year. Other states posting large decreases are Arizona, Nevada, and Washington.

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Existing-Home Sales up 4.9%

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Existing-home sales rose strongly in May, with all four regions of the country experiencing sales gains on the previous month, according to the National Association of REALTORS®. The association also noted that inventory gains continued to help moderate price growth.

Total existing-home sales (comprised of completed transactions on single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops) rose 4.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.89 million in May from an upwardly-revised 4.66 million in April. This was the highest monthly rise since August 2011, but existing home sales remain 5 percent below year-ago levels.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said current sales activity is rebounding after the lackluster first quarter. “Home buyers are benefiting from slower price growth due to the much-needed, rising inventory levels seen since the beginning of the year,” he said. “Moreover, sales were helped by the improving job market and the temporary but slight decline in mortgage rates.”

Inventory and average sales price also increased in May. Inventory climbed 2.2 percent, and the median existing-home price for all housing types in May was 5.1 percent higher than year-ago levels, at $213,400.

“Rising inventory bodes well for slower price growth and greater affordability, but the amount of homes for sale is still modestly below a balanced market. Therefore, new home construction is still needed to keep prices and housing supply healthy in the long run,” Yun said.

Earlier this month, NAR reported new home construction activity is currently insufficient in most of the U.S., and some states could face persistent housing shortages and affordability issues unless housing starts increase to match up with local job creation.

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