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On the beach and back in Truckee

I am writing this column from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Its noon on Sunday, the temperature is 82 degrees, humidity is 80 percent, but there are ocean breezes blowing in at 10 to 15 miles an hour. Alice and our daughter are across the street at the beach with some of her friends and I hope to get this column done within the hour so I can go join them. Our daughter, Christy, has lived here for about four years. She originally came to Myrtle Beach to take a temporary position with Health Net and to build a new audit assistance department. Her initial plan was to return to California in two years. However, she has definitely adapted to this part of the country, likes her job and has met many new friends. The pace of life back here is slower than in California and the people are genuinely friendly. The term southern hospitality is very evident here.We are planning a few rounds of golf this week, some shopping, time on Christy’s boat on the inland water way, and to help Christy with a fund raising event for the Boys and Girls Club next weekend. We’ll be heading home next Monday.

Coming upThis weekend is going to be a busy one in Truckee with high school graduation, Truckee Day and afterparty at Regional Park, and the 35th annual Soroptimist Wine andamp; Restaurant Faire fundraiser.Our congratulations to the graduating seniors and their families and friends. We wish them well and may their futures be filled with good health, happiness and prosperity. May the graduates also enjoy the special night planned for them through Project Graduation. Truckee clean up day is always a great community event where the fruits of labor help Truckee shine. Even if you are going to go to graduation, hopefully you will take a few minutes out on Saturday morning (or perhaps Friday evening) to pick up a bag of garbage. If every individual in town collects just one bag, or even a half a bag, our town will look great throughout the summer. I promise to collect mine when I return.Saturday night’s Soroptimist Club’s annual fundraiser will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Coyote Moon Golf Course clubhouse. Proceeds benefit local high school scholarships and other educational programs. The mission of the Soroptimist Club is to enhance the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally. The Soroptimist Club is proud to have donated over $20,000 annually for the past several years.On Saturday, June 14, both the Truckee Optimist Club and the Truckee Sunrise Rotary will be holding fundraising events. The Truckee Optimist Club will be holding its Third Annual Truckee Brew Fest at Regional Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Over 20 breweries will be represented including Fifty Fifty Brewing of Truckee, who will be this year’s major sponsor and will provide several of their specialty brews for tasting. Public Eye will be playing classic rock music for everyone’s listening and dancing pleasure; there will be a silent auction and brats and sausages will be available. A souvenir tasting glass will be included in the admission charge. Presale tickets are available for $20, or you may purchase one at the gate for $25. Designated drivers are encouraged, and there will be taxis available for those that wish a ride home. All proceeds of this and other Optimist fundraisers go directly to the kids of Truckee.The Sunrise Rotary will be holding its Speak Easy dinner and dance at Sugar Bowl, which promises to be a lot of fun for all attendees. The Rotary also raises money for many community needs and organizations. Have a great evening!

We were very disappointed to read that contractors for East West Partners had been fined nearly $2.5 million for water pollution and environmental damage during some of the construction phases at Northstar. All the employees and managers that we have met who have been affiliated with East West Partners have been friendly, professional and have always said their goal is to enhance the enjoyment of our beautiful area and to be long term good neighbors in our community.Hopefully the actions were truly mistakes and that similar activities will not occur again. There have been too many environmental offenders over the years who have taken the position that paying fines after the fact is an easier and more economical approach to development. This type of attitude cannot be tolerated.

Payless was the original name of the drug store in the Gateway Shopping Center when it was originally constructed. After Payless, Thrifty Drugs took over, followed by the present tenant, Rite Aid.Mark Brown was our early bird winner this week, followed by Dean Litchfield, Susie Englesby, Leah Krone, Ron Rettig, Bill Mullins, Judy, John Moniz, Betty Baker, Mary De Lisle, Larry Ford, and Pete Kolp.OK, it is time for me to get to the beach.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd.