Truckee Day: All the silent heroes who are fit to print
May 3, 2005
Last year on Truckee Day, about 600 people came together to pick up the town’s trash.
It takes that many people and more to make Truckee Day a successful event, but there are a few who go beyond to clean up Truckee’s streets, according to event founder Maia Schneider.
These are a few of Truckee Day’s silent heroes.
Picking up trash in her neighborhood on Truckee Day wasn’t enough for Mo Horvath.
As a neighborhood champion for the community-wide cleanup last year, Horvath and her neighbors in Martis Woods Estates and Ponderosa Ranchos decided to take the event a step further and create defensible space around their homes.
They picked up extra brush and branches and left it on their curbs for the Truckee Fire Protection District’s chipping program.
“It’s a two-for-one to get them to clean up the trash and thin out the dense woods that we have, and it worked out really well,” Horvath said.
For this year’s Truckee Day, scheduled for June 4, Horvath said she hopes to continue the brush cleanup with her neighbors.
For this reason, Horvath is a “silent hero” of Truckee Day.
Ask Alex Terrazas about Truckee Day, and he’ll tell you the event is a team effort.
“What I do is no more than anyone else did. We all just pulled together and put on the event. Truckee Day is a real team effort,” said Terrazas, a Truckee Day coordinator.
Sure, it took the vim of 600 volunteers to go out and pick up seven tons of trash for last year’s community-wide cleanup, but Terrazas, Truckee’s assistant town manager, is also being modest.
He’s one of the few people who starts work on Truckee Day many months before it arrives. Terrazas’ work behind the scenes is what makes him a silent hero, said Schneider.
“He was there from the very first meeting,” Schneider said of last year’s inaugural town cleanup. “He became the designated town [of Truckee] go-to guy for Truckee Day.”
The Town of Truckee is the sponsor of Truckee Day, so Terrazas’ role is a natural one, securing event and sign permits, and roaming the town the day of the event with supplies for volunteers.
“I really think [the Town of Truckee] has a place to take the lead in sharing with the community the leadership of this event,” Schneider said.
And even though Terrazas’ leadership plays a large part in Truckee Day, he said he likes to get out there and pick up some garbage, too.
“I picked up trash on Glenshire Drive,” he said. “That’s the stretch I drive to work everyday, so I see it all the time.”
After Truckee locals pick up the town’s trash on June 4, a block party will follow immediately at noon. There will be an abundance of food, games and live music.
All that, and there’s one person behind the entire event: Steve Randall.
“He’s the one-man event coordinator for the block party. He gets the bands, the food, the location,” Schneider said.
Randall said he gets help the day of the block party. Truckee Optimists help cook during the barbecue, and developer East West Partners sponsors the event.
This year the block party will be held earlier than last year’s town-wide cleanup, which Randall said will keep the energy of Truckee Day rolling.
“It has more continuity that way,” he said. “This way they can come right after the trash cleanup.”
Most importantly, Randall said he hopes the event will bring together neighbors to celebrate community pride.
“I think it’s a great thing for the community,” he said. “It creates a place for locals to get together.”