The Union newspaper consistently reports on our community support efforts.

NOTE THAT OUR EWASTE PROGRAMS HAVE ENDED - PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF ITEMS

The image of six Americans raising the United States flag during the battle of Iwo Jima rises from a hillside facing Highway 20/49 in Grass Valley as a Memorial Day tribute.

The artwork is dedicated “to all of our service people, men and women, who have protected our freedoms and given their lives to serve our country,” wrote Lloyd Young, onsite co-manager of Old Barn Self Storage, and host of the hillside art.

Published Date: 03/11/2016

Kudos to Old Barn Self Storage; their Memorial Day display was thoughtful, respectful and wonderful. Thank you!

Deborah Herrera,
Grass Valley

Published Date: 05/30/2015

We are glad people are noticing Old Barn Self Storage’s Happy Art facing Highway 20/49 in Grass Valley.

We believe that fathers who work hard to support their families and raise their children are part of the foundation of a healthy society and deserve recognition.

Published Date: 05/20/2015

Fathers seem to get neglected when it comes to recognition. Even the “HAPPY” signs graciously displayed by Old Barn Self Storage off the Golden Center Freeway seem to reflect this. Mother’s Day gets a lovely sign, but Fathers’ Day acknowledgment seems to be lacking.

Don’t dads deserve the same glory as moms do? Being an involved dad can be an unappreciated job. Wouldn’t it be nice to acknowledge them with respect and appreciation?

Published Date: 03/24/2015

Avery Collins had a special reason for choosing Abraham Lincoln as the subject of her entry in a local art contest.

Avery, a student at Scotten School in Grass Valley, said she is an eighth-generation relative of the nation’s 16th president.

“We had to do a theme for February, and President’s Day is in February, and it’s my favorite holiday,” she added.

Published Date: 03/23/2015

Union Hill School sends a big “thank you” to supporters who helped raise more than $1,300 in a recent e-waste drive at Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley.

The earnings likely will be spent on the annual student drama production set for later this year, Office Clerk Jeanette Mosby said.

It is the most money ever raised by a nonprofit group at Old Barn during an e-waste drive, onsite Manager Lloyd Young said.

Published Date: 11/05/2014

A vintage fire engine makes for a unique pumpkin patch at Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley.

Families are invited to enjoy the 1952 American LaFrance engine and pick out free pumpkins from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Old Barn Self Storage is at 175 Springhill Drive, Grass Valley – off Idaho-Maryland Road, at the top of the hill.

Published Date: 10/15/2014

Thank you to Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley for their support of the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum by displaying our banner, “Railroad Museum, Gold Flat Exit” on their site near Highway 49.

Old Barn has shown a real understanding for the value of the transportation history of Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the entire county.

Our visitors in 2013 came from 245 California cities, 37 states, and 11 foreign countries. This banner has great value to our visitors and the museum and we are grateful for it.

Published Date: 08/16/2014

Nonprofit groups in western Nevada County earned $5,000 by partnering with Old Barn Self Storage to collect electronic junk in 2013.

During June, Union Hill School is the nonprofit partner Old Barn Self Storage in Grass Valley. All electronic waste brought this month to Old Barn, in Grass Valley, will benefit educational assemblies for students, school employee Pam Torkman said.

Published Date: 06/03/2014

Old Barn Self Storage will be collecting e-waste for the entire month of June to support Union Hill School. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the school. The drive-through, drop off opportunities will be between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily at 175 Spring Hill Drive in Grass Valley. Donations include anything with a plug, with the exception of refrigerators, washers, dryers or large televisions. No light bulbs or batteries will be accepted. For more information, call 530-274-4455.

Published Date: 06/02/2014

Old Barn Self Storage will be collecting e-waste donations for the entire month of May with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the contributions of over 500 volunteers in Nevada County. These volunteers serve over 85,000 hours right here in the community. All appliances and electronics will be accepted with the exception of refrigerators/freezers, washers/dryers. No light bulbs or batteries. Drop off e-waste to Old Barn Self Storage any day of the week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to at 175 Spring Hill Drive, Grass Valley.

Published Date: 05/16/2014

Lloyd and Maxine Young have overseen all of the Programs and Day to Day Activities at Old Barn Self Storage since they took over the Management responsibilities in January of 2014. They have continued with the same courteous and helpful manner that was the practice of Old Barn’s previous managers Lou and Paulette Aebersold, who retired at the end of 2013.

Published Date: 03/12/2014

How do you survive hard times?

The experience of Old Barn Self-Storage in Grass Valley shows how classical business practices pay off when implemented with creativity and diligence, even during the deepest recession in 80 years.

In 2003, family friends and local investors plowed $1.2 million into the property off Idaho Maryland Road, and Old Barn opened in November 2004. Two years later, local and world economies slumped.

Published Date: 02/20/2014

Community members can support the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Imaging for Life Campaign by dropping e-waste off at Old Barn Storage during February. Drop off anything with a plug, with the exception of refrigerators, washers or dryers. No light bulbs or batteries. 

EWASTE PROGRAM HAS ENDED - DO NOT DROP OFF ITEMS

Published Date: 02/12/2014

A huge thank you to Lew Abersold and Old Barn Self Storage for their support of Union Hill School.

Each month, Old Barn donates a storage unit to a local nonprofit to store e-waste. All people have to do is drive up and drop off their e-waste, and Old Barn does the rest! Principal Joe Limov gladly accepted a check for $502 from Lew Abersold from the e-waste drive!

Published Date: 11/08/2013

Women of Worth will benefit from every item of electronic junk that folks take to Old Barn Self-Storage through the end of October.

The Grass Valley nonprofit that helps women escaping from domestic violence is the October partner for Old Barn’s monthly e-waste drive. Take your old televisions, radios, computers, monitors, cell phones and other gadgets to Old Barn, where they will be stored in a locker until the end of the month. Old Barn will call SIMS Recycling Solutions, an international recycling company with a facility in Roseville, to fetch the junk.

Published Date: 10/28/2013

The 19th annual Barbara Schmidt Millar “Celebration of Life” triathlon that takes place Sunday not only honors those who have battled, fought and died from cancer, but also connects the community and funds mammograms.

Sara Guzik, a teacher at Echo Ridge Christian School, will participate for the eighth year, in honor of her mother, grandmother and best friend, all of whom died of the disease.

The physical demand of the triathlon is not her greatest joy, but the ability to honor those she lost make the experience more than worth it, she said.

Published Date: 09/13/2013

Bitney Springs College Prep High School will benefit from every item of electronic junk that folks take to Old Barn Self-Storage this month. The charter school in Grass Valley is the July partner for Old Barn’s monthly e-waste collection.

Take your old televisions, radios, computers, monitors, cell phones and other gadgets to Old Barn, where they will be stored in a locker until the end of the month. Old Barn will call SIMS Recycling Solutions, an international recycling company with a facility in Roseville, to fetch the junk.

Published Date: 07/03/2013


All year long, Old Barn Self-Storage in Grass Valley is “Happy.” Happy Cow, Happy Graduates and Happy Father’s Day are among the latest things to be glad about.

It’s more than an amusing view offered to 25,000 motorists each day from the prominent hill along Highway 20/49.

Published Date: 06/25/2013


There is more to the kitschy signs atop the hill off Highway 49 than a form of advertisement or way to gain attention.

The signs belong to Old Barn Self Storage. The business held a school contest for the top three drawings for February, March and April and awarded cash prizes to students and their teachers to contribute toward the purchase of classroom art supplies.

Published Date: 02/20/2013

Twin Cities Church would like to give “kudos” to Old Barn Self Storage for the use of its moving van this past Sunday. Old Barn Self Storage allowed us the use of its van to collect and transport food items that our TCC folks brought to church with them to be donated to Interfaith Food Ministries. The threat of rain was upon us, so the enclosed Old Barn Self Storage van was a blessing.

Published Date: 11/27/2012

Kudos to Old Barn Self Storage for their support of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation through Starry, Starry Nights and the Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Triathlon.

Your generous support of our nonprofit community hospital is greatly appreciated.

Sandra Barrington,
Grass Valley

Published Date: 09/12/2012

 An 8-year-old boy who won a holiday art contest - to be displayed at Old Barn Self Storage along the freeway - is giving some of his $175 in earnings to a wildlife rehabilitation center that saves birds of prey.

Nevada City Elementary student Jack Devlin, 8, made a holiday-themed jack-in-the box picture with a Christmas tree on it. In the holiday spirit, Devlin promptly decided to give a chunk of his prize money to the center in Penn Valley "where they save birds of prey that are injured," he said.

Published Date: 12/04/2006