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Stacy Drake and Karen Newell Young
Around Town
The Nevada County Fairgrounds announced in March that Patrick Eldman has been named deputy manager of the fairgrounds. Eldman has more than 15 years experience in management, fundraising, financial reporting and grant writing for nonprofit, private and public sectors. He previously worked for the State of Nevada Sierra Nevada Conservancy. He replaces Robin Haucks, who retired in March after serving as deputy manager since 2009.

Donna Raibley, founder and executive director of One Source—Empowering Caregivers (OSEC), works to provide free respite to caregivers in Nevada County and is building a model for a future national organization. She has invested more than $10,000 and works 60-70 hours a week with no salary, according to Tom Durkin, who works with the organization. OSEC provides 24 hours of free intensive training by nurses, psychologists, and disability and geriatric specialists for caregivers. She recently accomplished her goal placing more than a dozen volunteer care specialists in the homes of caregivers.

Ryan Murray, resident conductor and choral director of Music in the Mountains, won the American Prize for Opera on March 20 for his production “A Streetcar Named Desire.” In 2014, Murray won the Vienna Philharmonic’s Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors. Murray has been a member of Music in the Mountains since he began directing the Chorus in 2009. He will conduct MIM’s Festival Chorus and a chamber orchestra at Peace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley on June 2-3.

Ghidotti Early College High School students competed in the Nevada City Rotary Club’s annual speech contest on March 23. Aubrianna Johnson won first place, Brenna O’Brien MacDonnell won second place and Shelby Smith and Sarah Sherzger were the runner ups.

Alex Olswang and Jaya Betts, seniors at Nevada Union High School, performed a concert last month at Nevada Union’s Don Baggett Theatre to benefit Women of Worth’s Hatty’s Haven, a shelter for women escaping domestic violence and human trafficking. The duo performed roughly a dozen pieces from a variety of genres, including the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” and “Hey Jude.” The concert constituted Olswang and Betts’ senior project.

Photo by Stacy Drake
From left, students Aubrianna Johnson and Shelby Smith; Rotary speech contest coordinator Michael Young; students Brenna O’Brien MacDonnell and Sarah Sherzinger; and Nevada City Rotary President Walt Stickle pose for a photo after the Nevada City Rotary Club’s annual speech contest on March 23.