Americana: All in a Good Night's Work

The people of Beatty, Nev., a mining town of 500, believe in lending a helping hand. More than 200 residents showed up for a special benefit dance at the town hall that was sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and its Women's Auxiliary. They held a raffle, and auctioned off such homey items as stuffed pillows and Lazy Susans. All in all, the citizens raised $5,000 for Fran York, whose Star Ranch was gutted by a blaze back in November. Although Fran needs about $100,000 to get her business going again,...

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