Can you believe it has been one year? |

Can you believe it has been one year?

Norm and Alan NichollsCaring About Truckee

It is hard to believe that we have been writing our column for nearly a year now. Originally, we felt we would write about people in the Truckee community who make a difference, but are rarely recognized. We felt writing once a month would be the best we could do … since we do work (not write) for a living.When we met with Sierra Sun Editor Jamie Bate to discuss our idea, he asked whether we might be able to do a Slug Brown type of article featuring the names of a lot of locals. We told him we were not quite as social as Slug, but that we would do our best to come up with some ideas and articles that would feature names of local Truckee residents, past and present. The creation of our Weekly Question has helped fill that request.We also agreed upon mixing it up a bit, to look at things and events from a man on the street perspective, and agreed to do a semi-monthly column. Over the past year, we have added a few things, have been outspoken about some topics and have done our best to entertain you.It has been a lot of fun establishing some new relationships through our contacts with people playing our Question of the Week game. We have also learned to be prepared to hear about it from our local oldies but goodies when we dont word our questions correctly or if there is more to the answer than what we recall.We thank all of you who have played our game, and especially our more regular players who have answered three or more of our questions. They include Mary De Lisle, Charlie White, Gordy Kjer, Leah Krone, Sharon Pace Arnold, Larry McEneaney, Lori Tucker, Charlie Brant, Carla Beebe, Ray Craig, Craig Meacham, Judith Vrooman, Ed and May Candler, Denny Dickinson, Ron Rettig, Shirley Reynolds, Kelly Wulff, Megan Harter, Jim Duffy, Verna Painter, Norm Justesen, Pat Northrop, Jerry Blakely, Bill Ruppert, Betty Baker, Jean Armstrong, Sunni Todd, Sandy Watters, Sandy Stewart, Lillian Richards, Robbie Wilson Litchfield, Marilyn Sunnergren, Joan Jones, Peter Kolp, Bill Palmer and various members of the McKechnie family. If we inadvertently skipped your name, give us a call and we will add your name.Remember, our annual drawing will be held in December and the winner will be able to choose the charity of his or her choice, and the Nicholls Real Estate Group will send a $500 donation to the charity in the winners name. So keep playing and increase your chances.

In our last column, we wrote about the efforts by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District to educate the voters of Truckee on the benefits of a new recreation complex. In the interest of space, the last sentence of that topic was deleted by the editorial staff. It read Now it is time for you, the voters, to collect the information available so you can make an informed decision. Please take the time to get a copy of the informational DVD, or attend a meeting where it is going to be shown. Then make your choice.

If you attended the Truckee Follies in April, the topic of whether or not the Truckee Donner Public Utility District is going to provide broadband service capability to the area was an underlying theme in several of the skits. The laugh was over how long it has taken to develop the idea, yet no final decisions made.Unless I have missed something (and that could be possible since I am not able to keep up with five issues of the newspaper per week), the PUD still hasnt made a decision on this matter and the professional polling of PUD customers, authorized by the Board of Directors several months ago, has not yet taken place. What is going on, or not going on, and why?

The answer to last weeks question, Who was this prominent Truckee/Tahoe businessman who spearheaded the original Measure S in 1989 along with other community leaders and also coached many children in youth and high school sports? … Ron Estabrook. Ron lived in Truckee for 20-plus years and owned Estabrook Insurance. He was a very successful businessman, yet he always found time to work with his three boys and the youth in our community. I (Norm) met Ron in 1979 when he was president of Little League. Ron served on the school district board in the 80s and also served as head coach of the Truckee High School football team during his last years in Truckee. Several of his teams won Nevada state championships and he helped pave the way to todays tradition of Wolverine Pride. The last I heard, Ron is living somewhere in Arizona, and I believe he is still coaching football and bringing in championships. Leah Krone was our early bird winner by identifying Ron. Our other winners were Bobbi Specht (whose three boys played for Ron), and Larry McEneaney (whose two boys played during Rons years in Truckee).

What was the name of the little flower shop that was tucked in the southwest corner of the building at 10104 Commercial Row? (This building has been remodeled and now houses East West Partners, Intero Real Estate, and other businesses). Call us at 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

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