Mountain Times: Spring events trump everlasting winter |

Mountain Times: Spring events trump everlasting winter

Norm and Alan NichollsMountain Times

By Norm and Alan NichollsMountain Times

Fourteen degrees on May 22? Enough is enough, even for avid skiers. I would imagine, however, that Norm Saylor at Donner Ski Ranch had a good turnout this weekend, and we applaud him for sticking it out to Memorial Day for the day hards. Just 26 days until the first day of summer. How soon we seem to forget that some years we miss spring and sometimes fall. And, as you live up here longer, you learn that there is no consistent andamp;#8220;normalandamp;#8221; year and you take what Mother Nature gives. Four seasons are nice, but sometimes we only get three (or even two!).But as sure as it will snow each year, we will have a summer! Thanks to the late snows and remaining snow pack, most of our lakes, rivers and streams should be at great levels for water recreation. Our wildflowers will be spectacular and last through most of the summer even though we may not see them until July! Hiking should be great, but it may still be a good month or more before entry into the high country.Hopefully June will bring us some warm weather as there are several community events that are coming up quicker than we think, and nice weather will definitely insure good turn outs.Saturday, June 5, will be the seventh annual Truckee Clean-Up day, followed by a community block party and BBQ at Regional Park. That evening will be the 36th Soroptimist Wine Tasting andamp; Restaurant Faire at Coyote Moon.The following Saturday, June 12, is high school graduation. That afternoon the Optimist Club will be holding their fifth annual Truckee Brew Fest at Regional Park from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for both the Wine Tasting and the Brew Fest here at Dickson Realty, as well as other outlets around town. After two weekends of fun and fundraisers, June 19 should be circled on your calendar as a andamp;#8220;workandamp;#8221; day. In one day, you will be able to recycle your e-waste, shred your important papers, dispose of your electronics and selected hazardous materials, plus drop off your pine needles. Then on June 20, take the day off and go to the inaugural Rib Fest at the Citizens Bank Plaza.Paid parking in downtown Truckee is back in the headlines. Paid parking has not realized the anticipated profits which were earmarked for the program’s operation, as well as to fund beautification and renovation projects downtown. It has lost money and has alienated many locals and visitors alike. And, to consider using redevelopment funds to subsidize the losses seems ridiculous.Apparently the program found some success in preventing employees from parking in the downtown parking places, and possibly a better turn over of shoppers on very busy holidays. But at what cost? Good luck to the new committee of town and community leaders on trying to find an answer to this perplexing situation.My vote? Box up the signs and meter boxes and put them on eBay and Craig’s List!andamp;#8220;Great jobandamp;#8221; to the cast and support teams of this year’s Truckee High School play, andamp;#8220;Thoroughly Modern Millie.andamp;#8221; There were approximately 35 students (actors and band members) who participated in the show and nearly 50 behind the scenes helpers including students, parents, volunteer adults (who had no kids in the play), businesses, organizations, and a few sisters and brothers! They put on seven performances over three weekends!Bravo to all, and special recognition to the lead characters played by Natalia Tomasello (what a great singing voice), Michael Novick, Rachel Bove, Arie Thompson, Chelsea Jones, and Summer McCall. And, of course, to Director Peggy Boelk and Band Director Dave Green who stepped up once again to insure the continuation of performing arts in our school. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last week’s question … Keith Nikkel was our first player to identify Homewood as the first location of andamp;#8220;Wolfdale’s Restaurantandamp;#8221; many years ago. andamp;#8220;It was located across from Obexer’s and featured the same great food you get in Tahoe City today. It was well worth the drive,andamp;#8221; said Keith.Other winners this week included: Steve Marshman, Barbara Brill, Susannah Redman, Mary De Lisle, David and Lynette Hipkins, Russell Rosewood, and Wes Schimmelpfennig. This week’s question … (Compliments of Russell Rosewood): What former downtown Truckee business had the following sign in the window? andamp;#8220;Open andamp;#8216;til we Close, Closed andamp;#8216;til we Open.andamp;#8221; Call us at (530) 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer or with past memories or questions you may wish to share in a future column.