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Back in town and gearing up for elections

Norm and Alan Nicholls
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We are back from Maui, and we had a great vacation. The weather was perfect, there were no crowds and the first humpback whale of the season reportedly showed up even though he hid from us.

We attended a Luau at the “Old Lahaina Luau,” snorkeled at the Molokini Crater from the tour boat, “Frogman 2,” and also took part of the trip on the “road to Hana” looking for some hidden waterfalls. We found some “trickles” of hidden falls, but October is definitely not the rainy time of the year.

We also really enjoyed snorkeling at the fish and wildlife preserve at La Parouse Bay, south of McKenna and Big Beach. The Nicholls’ family voted this area the best location for snorkeling we have ever experienced. There were thousands of tropical fish of every size, length and color; and many varieties of corral, urchins, and other sea life.

Alice and Alan spotted a couple of eels and several turtles. I followed an octopus for quite sometime and observed his eating habits. He wasn’t really big but pretty hungry. He blended so well with the ocean bottom that if you took your eye off of him for a second you would have to wait for him to move again.

We observed all this activity within a couple of hundred feet or so of the beach and in water 20 feet deep or less. The water temperature was around 70 degrees (a bit warmer than Donner Lake!). We would recommend this location to anyone heading to Maui and looking for some great snorkeling or scuba diving. It well exceeded Molokini and the famed Mile Marker 14 snorkeling area.

One afternoon we went into Lahaina and met with former Truckee resident, Norval Ayres. Norval has been an “on line” reader of our column for a year or so, and we prearranged a meeting in person on our vacation. He lived in the Truckee/Donner Lake/Reno area for nearly 30 years while serving in the Merchant Marines. Norval moved to Maui around eight years ago.

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Norval is married and stays quite active. He is a member of the famed “Lahaina Yacht Club” and is currently chairing the annual “Lahaina Jackpot Fishing Tournament.” This year’s tournament is on Nov. 1. Last year’s winner caught a 290 pound Marlin and received over $10,000 in prize money.

Thanks Norval for your hospitality. Alice and I really enjoyed our time with you at the Yacht Club! He asked us to say “Hi” to his friends that might read this column. If any of you would like to contact Norval, please give us a call or drop us an e-mail and we will let you know how to reach him.

On our way home from Maui, Alice and I got off the plane in Los Angeles, rented a car and drove up to Solvang to attend the wedding of Nancy Brewer.

Nancy, the daughter of Jack Brewer and Laurie Larson, was raised in Truckee and graduated from Truckee High School in 1999. Her older brother, Casey, was part of the wedding party. He is currently studying to be a physical therapist and is living in the Long Beach area.

The wedding was held the afternoon and evening of Oct. 10 at the Alisal Golf Course and Country Club in Solvang. She married Tarrant Moses, who she met in Los Angeles. They chose this location for their wedding since Tarrant proposed to her while horse back riding in the Solvang area and because of their love of the wine country. It was a gorgeous wedding, great dinner, and the 100 plus attendees thoroughly enjoyed celebrating this special day with them.

Besides being a friend of the family, Nancy was one of Alice’s students in the sixth grade during Alice’s second year of teaching at Truckee Elementary. Nancy went on to Chapman College in Southern California and decided to live and work in Southern California after graduating and spending a couple of years in Arizona.

She and Tarrant will be calling Playa Del Rey their home. I am sure that all of Nancy’s friends join us in wishing her and Tarrant a long and happy life together.

Last Saturday’s Pumpkin Patch at Truckee Elementary School was a huge success with hundreds of kids, parents, and friends attending. There were many activities for all the attending ghosts and goblins including a petting zoo that was brought up here from Galt. We would like to acknowledge Dickson Realty and all our real estate colleagues for contributing $750 towards the purchase of the pumpkins. We strongly support this annual event and the children of our community.

We would like to thank the Sierra Sun, Channel 24 and other community organizations for providing such great coverage and forums of our local political contests and measures.

There are still a couple of forums left, and Channel 24 is continuing to rerun earlier ones. Next Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 28) there is a forum for Measure U at the High School auditorium at 5:15 p.m. Take the time to go and listen … we are.

Eileen Lyon was our first winner by identifying the Truckee Donner Public Utility District building on Donner Pass Rd. as the location for the Town of Truckee’s first town offices, building department and Council chambers. Other contest winners included Alan Harry, Jim Duffy, Dean Litchfield, Jim Porter, and Mary De Lisle.

In the 80s, Nevada County decided to lessen traffic congestion in downtown Truckee by doing what? Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at nnicholls@dicksonrealty.com with your answer.

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