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Sunshine Letters | Tahoe Truckee community kudos

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sunshine letters are published on a rotating basis, send to Community Editor Amy Edgett, subject Sunshine, at

Poetry Slam Success at the Truckee Library

The first-ever poetry slam held at the Truckee Library on Friday, March 15, 2013, was a resounding success thanks to the enthusiastic array of poets and listeners, the considerate help of the Friends of the Truckee Libraries — with special shout-outs to Gail Griesmer, Nancy Wilkins and Rolann Aronson—the provision of a gift certificate as a prize from Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, the sponsorship of Gail Griesmer and Starbucks for refreshments, and the fine setting of the Truckee Library itself.

Further thanks go to two competing poets for their kind donations of books to the Library: to Elizabeth “Buzzy” Vick for her “Buckles and Buns: Beneath the Big Sky,” and to Ted Thompson for his “The House of the Old Poet” and “Meetings with the Gods.”

Our winner was the ebullient Ted Thompson, receiving the Bookshelf gift certificate and a cash prize worth at least a fine lunch with wife Mary; the poem about Mary that he wrote and recited for the Slam’s Sudden Death round brought him victory.

Every poet’s work at the Slam shone, well covering the topic of Coming of Age, as based on the Nevada County Reads and Writes 2013 book selection, “Marcelo in the Real World” by Francisco X. Stork. We at the Truckee Library look forward to future imaginative and convivial programs, and welcome our community to participate fully.

Truckee Library

Shout out to Porters Truckee

A very big thank you to Porters Truckee (especially Eric and Kyle) for outfitting the TTUSD special education transition class with gear for downhill skiing. Also thanks to the wonderful instructors and staff at Disabled Sports USA Far West for their care and knowledge that led to fun and enhanced skill development for students over three ski lessons.

This is what some of the students had to say about the experience: “I like to get better andski with my friends.”

“I like going on How Wheels; I like to go fast, but I’m careful too.”

“My instructors are nice and I got to ski with my friends.”

We thank you all so much!

Laurie Persons, TTUSD Adapted PE

Paint the Bear colorful event

The BEAR League would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the folks who made this year’s “Paint the Bear” event during SnowFest! a success. North Tahoe Arts’ Kellie Cutler and her staff again provided the perfect venue for this event, Jim Driscoll and his woodworking class at Truckee High School for providing the wooden bears for our young artists to paint,and Sherry and Ted Guzzi for their help and photographs used in the display in the Corison Gallery.

BEAR League members Kim Ferguson, Marlene Prins, Karen Wagner, Kent Edwards and Marianne Zerebco for their help with the artists and providing cookies for refreshments while North Tahoe Arts Center provided the apple juice to wash them down with. Last, but not least, we want to thank the parents and children who participated with big smiles on their faces and a painted bear to hang on the wall. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

Ann Bryant, BEAR League executive director

Kathy Davisson, event coordinator

Thank you all from Family Resource Center of Truckee

The Board of Directors of the Family Resource Center of Truckee warmly thanks all of the supporters who donated to the Truckee Noon Rotary Crab Feed fundraiser auction.

We are indebted to the generosity of this wonderful community! Thank you all for helping us provide much-needed services to Truckee’s families.

Lani Ackerman, Monica Altieri, Gary E. Archie II, Chris Banovich, Alicia Barr, Shari Beard, Brooke Bentley, Jenna Bergna, Bespoke, Wes and Tanya Beyer, Catherine and Ben Blaber, Kenny Blum, Greg Booth, Jon Borden, Ileama Borsani, Janet Brady, Laura Bronstone, Mike Brown, Carla Brown, Greg Buchheister, Martin Carlton, Wild Cherries, Elsa Corrigan, Chris Crossen, Dr. Spencer Cruttenden, Nancy Cunningham and Wes Schimmelpfennig, Johanna Lasseter-Curtis, Elisa DiNallo, Krista Finn, Brett Fite, Jen Fluharty, Andrea Gaffney, Sheri Gerber, Lynn Gibson, Lisa Gotts, Start Haus, Brad Henry, Bob Hickam, Lauren Hickey, Debbie and Josh Hoyer, Lorenzo Islas, Billy Jacobs, Alissa Just, Jennifer Kabat, Vicki Kahn, Smokey’s Kitchen, Saudra Koeck, Lindy Kramer, Katy Kula, Bernard LaForest, Jane Landstrom, Larry Larson, Lather and Fizz, Jaime Legare, Wayne Levenfeld, Eva Lipson, Kait Mally, Nicole Ashton Martin, Ben Martin, Joseph Mattioli, Sherry McConkey, Billy McCullough, Ryan McGath, Melody Meng, Stephanie Meyers, Jen Monson, Becky Moore, JJ Morgan, Courtney Murrell, Dan O’Gorman, Keith Omeara, Jani Osborne, Chris Otto and Stephanie Shepherd, Elise Pannell, Dr. Brian Pierce, T Pots Pottery, Mike and Suzanne Preaseau, Bill Quesnel, Michelle Rahlves, Melody Rebbeck, Holly Redpath, Charlie Riley, Bill Rock, Lindsay Rojas, Tanya Rose, Michael Rosen, Mark Sackett, Megan Sampsel, Kaili Sanchez, Lydia Sparksworthy, Pet Station, Aimee Sweeney, Karen Terrey, Karen Tomasello, Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, Craig Trumbull, Michele Turley, LAC MTCM, Tom Turner, Roy Tuscany, Ray Villaman, Andy Wirth, Summer Wood, Donna Wood, Doug Wright, and Julie Young.

And huge, huge thank you to Truckee Noon Rotary and Steve Randall for putting on a fabulous event! We all look forward to Crab Feed 2014!

Family Resource Center of Truckee

Rotary Club of Truckee supports Snapshot Day

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Truckee for their generous contribution to Truckee River Watershed Council supporting Snapshot Day.

This volunteer-based event could not happen without strong community support like that of the Rotary Club.

Now in its 13th year, Snapshot Day is the one day each year when the water quality of the entire Tahoe-Truckee watershed from Lake Tahoe to Pyramid Lake is measured simultaneously, providing a “snapshot” of the water quality of the region.

Volunteer monitoring teams will go out to various monitoring sites to perform a stream walk (visual assessment), collect field data, grab samples and take photos.

Join the Rotary Club of Truckee and hundreds of regional volunteers on May 11 and help us take a snapshot of the water quality for the Tahoe-Truckee watershed; register at

Kathy Whitlow, Truckee River Watershed Council

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