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A family that plays together stays together

I, Norm, have made a commitment this year to try to become a better golfer (not good, but better!).

A couple of weeks ago one of my colleagues, Sue Sheldon, and I left work early to go out to Ponderosa Golf Course. We finished our nine holes about 5 p.m. and decided to play a few more.

As we walked up to the first tee, we saw a father and his young son ready to tee off. We asked whether we could join them and the father, Carmine Bove, said yes. He introduced himself and his son Michael and explained that this was Michael’s first year playing golf on a real golf course. Michael is 9 years old and is in the third grade at Glenshire Elementary.

During the course of play, I was not only amazed at Michael’s golf ability, but also his wonderful personality and golf etiquette. Every time I would hit a shot, he would say “good shot, Norm” (whether it was good or not). He had his own set of clubs and hand cart, definitely kept up with the rest of us (sometimes he had to wait for us), and knew when it was his turn to shoot. On the second hole he was on in two, missed his birdie putt, but got a par.

Carmine, who has a 4 handicap, explained to us that Michael has shown interest in golf for quite some time. A couple of years ago Michael started going to Ponderosa with his dad and they would chip and putt on the practice greens. Last fall, Michael asked his dad whether he could start playing out on the real course.

Carmine set the rules that Michael would need to earn money for his golf pass, his pull cart, learn to hit the ball and learn golf etiquette. They set up a net and mat in their family room so Michael could practice during the winter. And practice, he did.

According to his mother, Joyce, a monetary value was put on household chores. Michael started asking whether he could wash the cars, do the dishes, clean his room, clean his sister’s room(!), vacuum, etc.

“He was persistent,” said Carmine, “and he did reach his financial goal.”

So Michael and Carmine are playing golf at Ponderosa Golf Course four to five evenings a week. (Michael is also playing Little League and maintaining straight A’s at school!).

I decided to write about Michael not only for his golfing ability, but because he’s such an incredible individual and a product of excellent upbringing. Carmine and Joyce also have a daughter, Rachel, 14, who is also a straight-A student, and excels at crosscountry skiing and theatrical acting. The Bove family is definitely an example of what can be accomplished when a family plays and stays together. I honor them for all of their achievements and thank them for allowing me a little time in their very busy lives.

If you spot them on the course, make sure you say hi. Or better yet, ask if you can join them.

We hope you were able to see the high school play this year. It was extra special for Alice and me to see Kate Sheldon play the lead role as Dolly. Kate is the daughter of Sue Sheldon (my golf partner above), and I believe she was about 3 years old when we first met her. I remember her as an “extremely” shy little girl with short hair and bright eyes. The first time I saw her she was holding on to her mother’s leg and hiding behind her.

Well, Ms. Sheldon, you have come a long way, baby, and you have become quite the “elegant” young lady and actress. Congratulations, we’re very proud of you, and loved the play.

Congratulations also to Director Jim Sturtevant, Band Director Dave Green; and leading cast members Vanessa Orey, Taylor Morfett, Jonathon Sturtevant, Samantha Marsh, Jonathan Riley, Daniel Sturtevant, Kelsey Shaw, Ashley Macrorie, Shannon Estabrook, Ryan Baumann, Michael Novick, Jared Kauffman, Sean Mooney, Noelle Hassan and Gunnar Sutter. Also congratulations to all the supporting actors and actresses, production team, stage crew, support staffs, parents and teachers. BRAVO!

The answer to last week’s question, “What was the name of the first TV repair shop in Truckee” is Tom’s TV. The owner was Tom Kirby. According to one of our winners, Kelly Shane: “In the late ’60s, Tom’s TV opened in the building immediately west of the old Masonic building on Commercial Row. The building was fairly new then, having been built to fill the hole left by the fiery demise of the movie theater in the early ’60s.”

Thanks to a little help from her friend, Penny Malfitano called in at 5:01 a.m. with the correct answer. Tommy Linnett, with no help, called in at 5:25 a.m. I am declaring them both early bird winners. Other winners included Paul Tomasello, Sharon Cook, Charlie White, Leah Krone, Mark Harrigan (without the help from his wife, Jeanette), Gordy Kjer, Bill Mullins and Mary DeLisle. Mary had been missing in action for a couple of weeks and we were a bit worried. Turned out she spent a couple of weeks in Roseville to welcome her second greatgrandchild into the world.

Congratulations Mary and family.

Don’t forget Optimist Brew Fest, Saturday, June 9. Tickets at our office, only $20!

This week’s question

For years, a boisterous and fun-loving group of men would come to Truckee with their red fire truck to be a part of the Fourth of July Parade. What was the name of this group? 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 Road.

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