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Mountain Times: Congratulations and community Christmas

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Congratulations to all the winners of our recent local elections. We appreciate your commitment to your community and may you serve well. Also, a thank you to the other candidates who were interested enough in and#8220;being involvedand#8221; that they took time and some of their own money to pursue winning the positions of leadership and responsibility.

Congratulations also to all the Truckee High School fall teams (football, soccer and volleyball) who continue to march through the playoffs in the quest for NIAA State Championships. Much luck to the athletes, coaches, and the parents and fans that support them. Win or lose, you should be extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congrats as well to the North Tahoe High School boys cross country team, which won the 2A state title over the weekend. Go Lakers.

And, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for their first World Championship since moving to San Francisco some 52 years ago. I remember watching the Giants when they first moved to San Francisco in Seal Stadium. At the time I was just a kid, and I was more interested in watching the neon lights on the Hammand#8217;s Beer sign outside the left field side of the stadium. But soon I learned to cheer for the likes of the 3 Willyand#8217;s (Mays, McCovey and Kirkland), Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, and so many other stars that were larger than life in the eyes of so many of us young fans.

As an Oakland boy, I changed my allegiance to the Oakland Aand#8217;s a decade or so later when the Aand#8217;s moved from Kansas City to Oakland. So, I have felt the thrill of victory for my team, as well as the excruciating agony of defeat.

For a couple of my best friends, Bob Colquhoun and Dan Oand#8217;Gorman, I congratulate them on their absolute loyalty to the Giants year after year, after year. Interesting enough they were both out of the country, in different parts of the world, when the Giants won it all. I am certain, however, that somehow, someway, they were able to find a TV and enjoyed every minute of the series.

Left, right, straight? Advanced Asphalt and its subcontractors have completed the paving project from downtown Truckee to the Shell Station in west Truckee, and it looks great. However, I am confused as to why there are now three lanes on the Highway 89 side of the intersection of Highway 89 and Donner Pass Road across from Mountain Hardware. There have only been 2 lanes for years. The new lanes are clearly marked with paint (one left, one straight, one right) and the two directional signs above the traffic lights (on the Mountain Hardware side) have been removed. What will happen when the arrows disappear due to chain wear and sand, or snow covers them during snow storms? I guess weand#8217;ll just wait and see.

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It made it. The patch of snow that I have been watching on Tinker Knob since last winterand#8217;s end appears to have made it through the warm months and now is the base for this winterand#8217;s snow. If the patch continues to survive through next summer, I am going to hike up there and do an end-of-September measurement. It would be even more interesting to see what the snow depths are in that area of drifting snow and cornices in the middle of the winter … but donand#8217;t count on me to measure it! Volunteers?

The holidays are just around the corner. The dedicated volunteers of Truckee Community Christmas are already gearing up for another Christmas season.

According to their recent press release: and#8220;We know this Christmas may be a little harder on everyone, and it will be especially challenging for some of our townand#8217;s families.and#8221;

and#8220;The donations we receive assist Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. in providing food baskets, gift cards and toys for less fortunate families, homebound folks, and Seniors in our community. This year we will be working with some families that may not have any Christmas at all without some help.and#8221;

You can help this extremely worthy cause by donating food, toys, warm coats, sorting, packing, and wrapping of gifts. and#8220;For those who prefer to help by writing a check, contributions can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, PO Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. Monies contributed will be primarily used to purchase food gift cards. All donations are tax deductible.and#8221; For general information about any component of Truckee Community Christmas, call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-2757.

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.