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Mountain Times: From the shores of So. Carolina to the banks of a West River Street chuck hole

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Belated Easter greetings from the shores of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Alice and I are enjoying our spring trip to see our daughter, Christy, and except for one rainy day, the weather has been very nice … high 70s to mid 80s and tolerable humidity. The major storms and tornadoes have all been well north and west of So. Carolina.It has been Spring Break back here and there are thousands more visitors and vacationers here than we are used to seeing in the andamp;#8220;off seasonsandamp;#8221; that we normally choose to come and visit. The big attraction here, of course, is the andamp;#8220;shoreandamp;#8221; of the Atlantic Ocean. By mid day there are thousands of sun bathers lining the beach, with their beach chairs, umbrellas, ice chests and beach towels to take in the sun and to people watch.Most of the visitors we have met are from the northern states who have come down here to the warmer environs. Everyone is very nice and a good time is being had by all.So far we have got a little golf in (or andamp;#8220;a lotandamp;#8221; if you count the score), walked the beach, walked Christyandamp;#8217;s dog, gone shopping, saw the movie andamp;#8220;Water for Elephantsandamp;#8221; (good movie) and visited the Brookgreen Gardens which features hundreds of acres of flowers, trees, sprawling lawns, and hundreds of beautiful sculptures. The Brookgreen Gardens is a 9,000-acre national historic landmark and wildlife preserve that encompasses what was 4 major rice plantations. Thatandamp;#8217;s right: Rice, not cotton, was king in this region and brought great wealth to the plantation owners in the late 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.Sounds like the weather back home is still blustery and the snow continues to fall. Alan is still getting in ski days while we are enjoying the warmth. I hope to get some more runs in myself when I return (I hear the boos and hisses now).In response to our last column mentioning chuck hole trout fishing, Gordon Moore sent me a Sierra Sun picture of him chuck hole fishing dated March 6, 1986. (Unfortunately the clarity of the picture does not allow us to reprint it … so you will have to use your imagination).andamp;#8220;In those days I had a motorcycle repair shop at the West River Warehouses (10925 W. River St.). The other businesses on that side were andamp;#8220;The Auto Doctorandamp;#8221; and a andamp;#8220;Colomboandamp;#8221; bread warehouse.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;The huge pothole in our parking lot was a royal pain in the neck to us vis–vis access for our customers. We tried to get the powers-that-be to fix it, to no result. One day myself and a couple of guys from The Auto Doctor decided to have a little fun.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;Someone had thrown away a boat next to the Dumpster. The chuck hole had water in it and we filled it up enough that the boat would actually float without anyone in it. I borrowed fishing gear from the owner of a sewing machine andamp; vacuum cleaner shop there in “the complex” and tied a rock to the line so the rod would bend.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;Then we called the Sun and told them we had the chuck hole trout scoop of the century for them. Must have been a slow news day because they sent photographer, John Echols, and a reporter right over. We never expected them to put it on the front page and got a big kick out of it. The chuck hole got filled in a few days later. Coincidence?andamp;#8221;andamp;#8220;Arts For the Schoolsandamp;#8221; will be holding its 6th annual student art show next Thursday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the andamp;#8220;Dragonflyandamp;#8221; in Truckee. This yearandamp;#8217;s show titled andamp;#8220;Artists in Bloomandamp;#8221; will showcase more than 400 pieces of Tahoe Truckee childrenandamp;#8217;s artwork. Art pieces were selected from a variety of elementary school classes throughout the region, including artwork created in the Arts For the Schools Artist-in-Residence Program.andamp;#8216;The arts are something that our local schools do not have the means to support. This is a way for our children to give back to the community by sharing their creativity and spirit. I hope people will join me in supporting this group that works hard to bring art and culture to our Truckee and North Tahoe communities,andamp;#8221; said Dragonfly chef and owner Bill McCullough.The art pieces, which include drawings, portraits and perspectives, will be on sale and all proceeds benefit Arts For the Schools. The Dragonfly Restaurant is also offering half-off all entrees served throughout the evening. So make your reservations (530-587-0557), enjoy an evening out, and support the kids!Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are associated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.


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