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Mountain Times: As Follies finish, Little League kicks off

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

It is that time of year again! The snow is melting and the garbage Mr. Bear spread around the yard last fall, and the dog poop, is beginning to reappear. It is time to get outside and start cleaning up!

It is also time to start filling the green recycle bags with pine needles, pine cones, and other yard vegetation in preparation for green waste pickup which resumes next week! Remember, four bags a week only, so please respect your neighbors and hide any extra bags you may fill out of sight.

Great fun … kudos to the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association for another highly successful and#8220;Semi Annual Truckee Follies.and#8221; Thanks also to all the volunteer actors, dozens of writers, helpers, stage and production crews, waiters, waitresses, bartenders, wardrobe and make up help, and on and on. Over the years there have been hundreds of people who have been involved in the successful productions of the Follies.

Ed Candler, past president of the downtown merchants, has starred in every Truckee Follies since the first one held in 1981. He believes that Stefanie Olivieri is the only other star that has not missed a performance. and#8220;There have been many performers and support cast that have given so much to the Follies over the years,and#8221; said Ed. He wished to acknowledge Stefanie, Bob and Mary Lou Herhusky, Tom Albright and Cliff Hartwell for their many years of hard work and dedication.

Although bawdy, naughty and often times very questionable, the Follies has become a tradition in our town and I hope the younger generations will carry on the smut in the future. Next up … and#8220;Truckee Thursdaysand#8221; begin June 17!

Little League … Truckeeand#8217;s traditional Little League opening day parade went off without a hitch. Saturdayand#8217;s parade time temperature (according to my carand#8217;s temperature gauge) was nearly 40 degrees which was a hot one compared to many past parades.

As per tradition, the kids were exceptionally excited, adrenaline rushing, voices screaming, while the parents who lined the parade route were bundled in their warmest clothes, cradling their coffee and wondering why they had to have their kids at SMM at 7 a.m. for an 8 a.m. parade start.

Some things have changed, others have not. Compared to the LL parades our family were involved in during the 80s, the floats this year were exceptional and in some cases, quite professionally done (way to go parents and volunteers). Balloons were filled with gas (I donand#8217;t think we had gas readily available in our days), and many of the banners were professionally done (compared to our hand-painted ones with poster paint on butcher paper).

The current uniforms of the players are considerably nicer, with multiple colors and shiny white pants. During our days jerseys were used year after year (no player names on the backs) and our uniform pants were used until the knees wore totally out. Of course the cost for Little League in the 80s was $15 and we gave the kids 15 packs of pencils to sell if the entry fee wasnand#8217;t readily available.

I really got a kick out of the new team names that have evolved i.e.: Muckdogs, Blue Flame, Iron Birds, Lug Nuts, Knights, Bats, Owlz, etc. Unless I am mistaken or was asleep, I did see an Aand#8217;s team, but not the Giants or Dodgers. Oh well, times have changed.

The game of baseball has not changed, nor its many required skills and complex rules. It is still the most complicated and difficult sport in the world (well at least in my mind). It is very much an American tradition, and I love to watch the boys and girls play it.

To you parents whose young kids are just beginning to play baseball, a reminder: the most important things to them at this age are the parade, the uniform, playing with their friends, and the treats after the game. Donand#8217;t you dare forget the treats if it is your turn to provide them. Play ball!!!

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group is affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.