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Tahoe League for Charity features watershed speakers

Linda Schwoob
Special to the Sun

From left: Michelle Pretowitz, Georgine Casella, Pat Castellucci and Kathy Welch at the Tahoe League for Charity luncheon.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — On April 14 the Tahoe League for Charity held its monthly speaker luncheon meeting at Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City.

The featured speakers were Michelle Pretowitz and Kathy Welch from the Truckee River Watershed Council,.

Pretowitz reported on the Council's efforts to enhance and restore the eco-system of the Truckee River as it flows from Lake Tahoe to Lake Pyramid. The success of this endeavor is made possible by the help of a yearly event that draws 500 to 600 volunteers working to restore the local habitat, Truckee River Day.

Welch provided and identified dried samples of invasive weeds and plants found by Watershed volunteers, "The Weed Warriors," gathered on their "weed walks" and "weed pulls." For more information on efforts in combating invasive non-native weed infestation in the Tahoe National Forest contact truckeeriverwc.org.

The May TLC meeting will be held on May 12 and will feature David Zaski, public information officer from the North Tahoe Fire Department. He will speak on CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team that trains civilian volunteers in the threat of a major disaster such as fire, earthquake or flood, and CEIT, the Citizen Emergency Information Team. CEIT trains civilian volunteers for the job of dispensing accurate and current information at the local fire stations. Working at the emergency "phone call bank" as well as initiating the AM portable radio transmitters accomplish this. This information is vital to all residents in the Tahoe Basin.

The lunch and speaker meeting is at Jake's on the Lake in Tahoe City, 11:30 a.m., cost is $17.

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For information and reservations contact Pat Castellucci at mtnscapac@sbcglobal.net.

Check out TLC's website at tahoeleagueforcharity.org.