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Mountain Times: A light at the end of the tunnel

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun
From left, Norm and Alan Nicholls have written "Mountain Times," formerly known as "Around Truckee," the past five years.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; This week’s column marks 5 years of writing bi-weekly columns for the Sierra Sun … mostly by me, Norm, but with good ideas and assistance by Alan (and my wife Alice too). It has been a lot of fun, and I have been able to express my feelings about things, reminisce about the past, sometimes be critical as to plans for the future and try to mention a lot of people. I also did my best to promote community activities … especially those supporting kids in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area.I have also made a lot of friends through the Question of the Week responders … great fun! But after about 130 columns and questions of the week, the creativity is waning. It is tougher to come up with more questions, and I feel it is time to move along.I will be writing through the end of the year and, yes, there will be a 2011 Question of the Week grand champion selected from all the players who played this year. As always, the winner whose name comes out of the hat will have the opportunity to designate a charity or nonprofit organization of his or her choice. In turn, Alan and I will contribute a total of $500 to that organization (or organizations if the winner decides to split the winnings) on behalf of the winner.If you have an inkling for writing like this, I suggest you contact Kevin MacMillan at the Sierra Sun.Happy Birthday Mary. Our most avid reader, Mary De Lisle, is turning 91 on Saturday! She is a life-long resident of Truckee and you can imagine all the changes she has seen in this community. She is doing quite well and is still very sharp. Alice and I took Mary out to lunch earlier this month at andamp;#8220;Gar Woodsandamp;#8221; in Carnelian Bay. We had a lovely time. We also drove her through Kings Beach and Incline Village. andamp;#8220;Oh, how things have changed,andamp;#8221; she said. She especially liked seeing the andamp;#8220;fancy housesandamp;#8221; and lovely gardens along Lakeside Boulevard. I encourage those of you who know Mary, to give her a call and wish her the best!!!Getting a late start to summer activities … a couple of weeks ago, it hit me between the eyes that the summer was almost over. I thought it just got started! Anyway, I have tried to put summer fun as a priority in my weekly schedule and I am really enjoying the kayaking, biking, hiking, beach BBQs and just being outside! It has been particularly nice to see the late season wild flowers, and the wonders of nature that are probably about six weeks andamp;#8220;behindandamp;#8221; normal timing.Also behind is our annual dropping of pine and fir cones. According to George Szakall, who remembers the exploding fir cones a couple of years ago: andamp;#8220;Look up, it’s going to happen again! Our great water-winter and lack of rodents are great for fir propagation. Get ready for sap on your shoe soles and more cones to rake in the spring.andamp;#8221;Please reach out: There is going to be a benefit concert on Sunday, Sept. 11, for Taylor Fiddyment, a 17-year-old girl from Truckee who was paralyzed in an ATV accident last May. According to Dan O’Gorman, andamp;#8220;the community is hosting a concert at Truckee Regional Park on September 11 to raise money for rehabilitation equipment. There will also be a silent auction, bounce houses, face painting and other entertainment for the whole family.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;Jax Dinerandamp;#8221; is donating chili, andamp;#8220;Taco Stationandamp;#8221; is donating Mexican food, and the andamp;#8220;Truckee Optimist Clubandamp;#8221; will be cooking hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group is associated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.