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Bravo and bravado on the slopes

We did not have room in our last column to mention the wonderful Truckee Community Chorus concert we attended at Squaw Valley on Dec. 9. But we wanted to give this wonderful group its just reward. The chorus gets bigger and better every single year.Co-directors Chris Nelson and Susan K. Horst put together a wonderful program that featured Vivaldi’s Gloria and a selection of popular Christmas songs and hymns. There was a sing along at the end of the program, with hundreds of people in the audience joining the 60-plus members of the chorus in singing some Christmas classics.Unfortunately we do not have the space to acknowledge all the chorus members, but wanted to say well done to all, including soloists Trudy Vella, Tom Rinne, Michael Holley, Kirk Short, Pamela Moutinho, Sara Kuttel, and Meghan Powers. Musicians Olga Archdekin, Ivanka Dill, Quido Tevini and pianist Sandra Carlson Davis accompanied the chorus in the rendition of Gloria.

I found the Sun article last Friday, Icy slopes, eager skiers, a recipe for injuries very interesting. In the article, Dr. Michael MacQuarrie, emergency room director at Tahoe Forest Hospital, was quoted as saying: About three quarters (of the 60 or 70 daily patients) are classified as traumatic, including fractured wrists and clavicles, shoulder injuries, shoulder dislocations and head injuries.During my early years of skiing in the 60s, I had my share of ski injuries including a hairline fracture of my right ankle and numerous edge cuts (boot tops were a lot shorter then, and it wasn’t unusual to cut your shins with the edges of your skis while you were tumbling down the hill). In those days, broken legs, ankles, blown out knees, and lower body injuries made up the majority of injuries.Also in those days it was very unusual to be transported by ambulance or helicopter. The ski patrol used box splints and slings to immobilize the injured area; transported you down the hill in a sled or akia (sp?); filled out a one page form for their records; then dumped you in the back seat of a car so your friends could take you to the lineup at Tahoe Forest Hospital.In those days, it was not unusual to run into friends and acquaintances that were also in the lineup for treatment.So what has changed? Apparently the release bindings on skis have gotten a whole lot better, boots provide better support and protection against ankle and edge cut injuries, and the technology of shaped skis and hill grooming have also helped a lot. But with the advent of snowboards, terrain parks, the X-Games, etc. many snow sports enthusiasts (both boarders and skiers) have chosen to defy gravity, fly through the air, and go where no sane skiers in my day would ever venture to go. It seems that many wish to fly, but some fail to land on their feet or bottoms.I am not criticizing this new breed of daredevils; in fact I wish I was still young enough to try this craziness myself. All I ask is that those of you who choose to fly through the air stay clear of me when you are crash landing. See you on the slopes!

If I (Norm) may: I would like to urge that in 2008 that the leaders of our town, special agencies, rec department, etc., etc., etc. watch the coffers in 2008. With the slowdown in real estate sales activity, tax revenues will be affected, and available funds limited, compared to the past. Please think twice before considering projects that are nice, but not absolutely necessary. There, that is my political statement for 2008.

Jackie Wells was up early again and identified the Bud Fish Memorial Tree at the train station as Truckee’s ceremonial Christmas Tree.According to the November issue of the Rotary Rag: Bud Fish was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Truckee, and a longtime Truckee resident. Bud had an abiding commitment to his family, his profession (forester), and his community. For years he saw to it that Fibreboard provided the Christmas tree for downtown, and assembled a crew of volunteers to put it up and decorate. Upon Bud’s death, the Rotary Club of Truckee secured, planted, and dedicated a permanent Christmas tree downtown in his memory.Other winners included Keith Mickelson, Ron and Margaret Perea, Ron Rettig, Jean Armstrong and her son from Sierraville and Cathy Harry.

Katie Shaffer is our 2007 raffle winner and we will be donating $500 towards the charity of her choice. Katie and her husband, John, are longtime Truckee residents. Katie was not available at press time, but we will feature her and her charity of choice in our next column in January. Katie also used to write a column for the Sierra Sun. Congratulations!!!Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road.

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