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Sight night successThe Gogain Group, in cooperation with the Gift of Sight and Lions Clubs International, spent the month of October accepting your gifts of used eyewear. The generous donations of glasses from Truckee residents, Truckee visitors, and Keller Williams agents have exceeded all expectations. We would like to thank the Truckee community for its fantastic support of the 2008 SIGHT NIGHT drive. Special thanks go out to those who helped us in this worthwhile feel good effort: Sierra Shades andamp; Optical, Tahoe Donner Homeowners Association, Keller Williams Boice Realty, Keller Williams ONeal Brokers, and, particularly, to the Sierra Sun for their tremendous support, exposure and encouragement. The glasses you donated will be refurbished, recycled and hand delivered to underprivileged people around the world. For your efforts, sight impaired people throughout the globe say, Thank you, Truckee.Truckee River Day appreciationI would like to thank all the great people and businesses of Truckee who contributed to the success of the Martis Valley Truckee River Day projects. In particular, I would like to sincerely thank Mountain Area Preserervation Foundation, Mountain Hardware and DMB Highlands for their generosity during our last- minute scramble for funds and materials. It wouldn’t have happened without you! Tuff Beanz for donating the coffee and the Treat Box for giving us a deal on donuts. As always, we couldn’t do it without our wonderful trail partner, Northstar Community Services District and trail supervisor Ron Webb. Then there are the wonderful folks who donate so much time to be group leaders; they are the ones who ultimately make it all happen. I wish I had room to name you all here.And while the Truckee River Watershed Council is thanking everyone who made the 13th Annual Truckee River Day another huge success, I have to express my unending gratitude to TRWC and Beth and Lisa, whose unfailing support and constant willingness to help me through the tough spots in so many ways, makes the job of saving Martis Valley so much fun and less of an uphill battle. Truckee River Day and TRWC is what this community is all about and I am so grateful to be a part of it.I would also like to thank the Truckee Trails Foundation and John Svahn for their partnership and contribution to our Truckee Trails/National Public Lands Day project. A day when I couldn’t have done it without you was truer than ever. Thanks you!Please remember all of these generous businesses and non-profits when deciding where to spend your money in Truckee.Jacqui Zink, Park Ranger US Army Corps of Engineers Martis Creek Lake Well-fed WolverinesThe Wolverine JV football team would like to thank Chavonne and Brian Smart and the wonderful crew at the Wagon Train for feeding our boys before each home game. Your generosity has made it possible for many to take part in the great food and community spirit you serve with a smile! Our winning season has really been one to remember and you’ve been a part of that. Thank you for your support.The Wolverine Junior Varsity Football TeamHappy candidateI would like to thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my campaign for a seat on the Truckee Donner PUD’s Board of Directors. I would also like to thank all those who voted for me. I am both honored and excited to begin work on behalf of all rate payers in the PUDs district and look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure the PUD represents the wishes of our citizens in a forward thinking and fiscally responsible fashion. Thank you all! I greatly appreciate your confidence in me and being afforded the opportunity to continue to serve the community I love and respect as a Board Member of the Truckee Donner PUD.Jeff BenderWhy we love Stones TiresAs I left the house this morning I discovered I had a tire quickly going flat. I realized my tire would not survive the day without a patch or being replaced. I knew I had to go to Stones to have it looked at but I dreaded the post-snow madness of everyone in the greater North Tahoe area suddenly needing to get their studded snows on. But, I had to do what I had to do so I braved Stones. Sure enough, there were more than 20 cars in the parking lot it was mayhem. I went inside and was greeted by ever-friendly, ever-pleasant Bob. I explained my situation and he stopped what he was doing, had me pull my car up and his right-hand man, Travis, began an effort to find my tires leak. I was flabbergasted these gentlemen put a priority on my leaking tire and had it fixed within 20 minutes and they didnt charge me a dime.After addressing the leak, I went inside to order my studded snows. Regardless if I can get the same tires slightly cheaper on the internet or in Reno I will always patronize Stones, period. Outstanding customer service like this is remarkable.Bottom line is the team at Stones works diligently, is no-nonsense, fair and wonderful to do business with. I am always amazed at Bobs sweet and patient demeanor, even when he has a line 15 people deep, and I figure if hes this kind-hearted in business he must be one incredible human being. Keep up the good work, Stones, you are a Truckee legend.Campaign took flightWe would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who helped with our campaign for the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board. We are most indebted to all the voters who made our campaign successful. The strong support we received in both Placer and Nevada counties of the district clearly demonstrates the Truckee Tahoe airport is truly an asset to be managed for the benefit of the broad community it serves.During the next four years we pledge to continue to seek the opinions of all residents, users and businesses to maintain this resource for all to enjoy, while managing growth and minimizing any adverse impact on the region.Again thank you to all for your support.Kathleen Eagan, Mary Hetherington, and Tom Van BerkemLive candidate forums appreciatedWe all survived the historic election of 08. At the local level, several individuals helped with the production of three live TV candidate forums. Grateful thanks to Moderators Maia Schneider, Lisa Wallace, and Lisa Dobey; Timers Lynn Saunders and John Falk; Question Coordinators Ryan Slabaugh and Paul Raymore of the Sierra Sun and the Channel 24 TTCTV crew of Renee, Sara, Eric, and Cristie. And on behalf of my co-sponsors, the Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, Sierra Green Building Association, Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors, and the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, thanks to all the candidates and the public who participated and made the forums informative and worthwhile. Pat Davison, Contractors Association of Truckee TahoeDear Editor,I would like to extend my appreciation to Ken Plourde and Long’s Drug Store for adopting Truckee High School during this school year. The donation of gift cards from Longs Drug Store will be used to assist as many of our students and activities as possible. It is encouraging to me to be in a community of businesses that take such active interest in our schools and our young people.Thank you for the generous contribution of gift cards to Truckee High School.Sincerely,John NearyPrincipal, Truckee High School