Mountain Times: Merry Christmas to all, and to all … farewell | SierraSun.com

Mountain Times: Merry Christmas to all, and to all … farewell

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; Well folks, this is it … our last column for the andamp;#8220;Sierra Sun.andamp;#8221; Our first bi-weekly column was published in the Sierra Sun in September of 2006 as andamp;#8220;We Care About Truckee.andamp;#8221; A couple of years later we changed the name to andamp;#8220;Mountain Timesandamp;#8221; since the column was also being read by North Tahoe readers when the Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, etc., all seemed to combine overnight. The news (and our column) also went online and continues to be read by residents, out-of-area folks, former residents, visitors, etc., who wish to keep tabs on what is going on in the Truckee/North Tahoe area.We have really enjoyed the new friends and relationships we have made as a result of writing the column and andamp;#8220;The Question of the Weekandamp;#8221; feature. We have welcomed some renewed acquaintances with people who were part of our lives in the past and have resurfaced again. We have also had contact with people who have moved out of state and in some cases, out of country who read online. Itandamp;#8217;s been fun!We appreciate the support that the Sierra Sun editors and staff have given us and for the backing of our readers. We also want to acknowledge our most loyal reader and supporter, Mary De Lisle. Mary is a native daughter of Truckee and was born on Commercial Row over 91 years ago. We have formed a close friendship and I am looking forward to continuing it for many years to come. Thanks Mary and thanks to you all!The goal of our column was as a human interest piece. We reminisced about the past, commented on the present and looked into the future. We also tried to promote and endorse events and fundraisers having to do with the kids of our community, their education, and well-being. We also supported the senior citizens, local service clubs and other community oriented organizations. Hopefully we helped their causes.But now it is time to move along and make room for others who have fresh ideas, perspectives and who have a dedication and love for the community we all love. We also have a baby on the way, so Father and Grandfather will have their hands full. So will Mom and Grandma too (I would be in deep trouble if I left them out!!!).It has been a lot of fun writing this column and, again, thank you so much for reading and supporting it. Please stay in touch!We have a winner: This yearandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Question of the Weekandamp;#8221; grand prize winner is Court Berger of Tahoe Vista. Court has designated the andamp;#8220;Wylie Animal Rescue Foundationandamp;#8221; (WARF) as the recipient of this yearandamp;#8217;s $500 grand prize donation.Court is a long time North Tahoe resident. His parents purchased a lot on Estates Drive in the 1940s then built a family cabin in 1950/51. andamp;#8220;We utilized the place for winter and summer vacations into the early 60s. During the summers I worked for Ken Oelrich at the old andamp;#8216;Kings Beach Shellandamp;#8217; and for Angelo Russo at the andamp;#8216;Flying A,andamp;#8217;andamp;#8221; said Berger. In those days andamp;#8220;there were about 14 gas stations between Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay!andamp;#8221;Berger, his wife, Pam, and kids (Jason and Stacey) moved here from the Bay area in 1974. andamp;#8220;I was a mechanical engineer/production quality control manager for De Laval Turbine in Oakland. I decided to throw in the towel on my corporate career (due to too much internal politicking) and Pam decided she could finish her journalism degree at UNR just as easily as in the Bay Area. So here we are,andamp;#8221; said Berger.andamp;#8220;We ended up resurrecting a defunct taxi cab business and operated that for roughly twenty years,andamp;#8221; he said. andamp;#8220;We concurrently started an express freight company which still operates today with Jason at the helm.andamp;#8221; Congratulations Court and Pam!!!!Speaking of our areaandamp;#8217;s passion for animals, and especially our domestic pets, we wish to acknowledge the andamp;#8220;Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoeandamp;#8221; for their efforts. Rarely does a week go by when there isnandamp;#8217;t some sort of fundraiser, event and/or a pet adoption day. I regret that I do not have names readily at hand to acknowledge all the paid and volunteer leaders and helpers that work so hard for such a great cause. JOB WELL DONE, and keep up the good work.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. and can be reached at (530) 550-5035 or at nnicholls@dicksonrealty.com.