Community kudos: Tahoe Truckee Sunshine Letters

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comGirlSports Day at the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District was a heck of a good time to hang around.

Thank you Nanci!We wonandamp;#8217;t be seeing the little orange Honda andamp;#8220;Rebelandamp;#8221; motorcycle darting around town and the Sawtooth Ridge Caf just wonandamp;#8217;t be the same. Nanci Davis has left the area to start a new adventure and our loss will definitely be someone elseandamp;#8217;s gain.From the time Nanci moved to Tahoe City she began helping others. She helped in Randyandamp;#8217;s and Jessicaandamp;#8217;s classrooms and served on many different school committees; Nanci was P.T.O. president, Measure A Chairperson, and was frozen on many mornings as she helped the U.S. Freestyle Team at Squaw Valley.The Wilderness Lodge was made available to North Shore area locals at a very reasonable price. Then came along the Sawtooth Ridge Caf where all were welcome! Sawtooth hosted vocal shows, up and coming bands, slide shows, moving away parties, engagement parties, book signings, countless fundraisers and the home for the Tuesday night Tahoe City Rotary meetings. You name it, Nanci was available and there for us. We wish you well dear friend and look forward to your return to Tahoe even if it is just passing through.We just couldnandamp;#8217;t let you leave without a heartfelt thank you from all of us in this community.andamp;#8212; Friends and neighborsDonner Trail appreciates Yuba River Day partnersThe students and staff at Donner Trail School would like to extend heartfelt thanks to our wonderful families and local community members, the Villager Nursery, Christine McMorrow and SWEP, and the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District for the partnership that made our 9th annual Yuba River Day such a huge success!The students enjoyed a day of hands-on learning in outdoor stations that included fly-fishing and fly tying, water quality and macro-invertebrate investigation, habitat restoration through planting native species, healthy forest/fuels management, nature murals, sensory exploration and seed dispersal. Our Yuba River Day could not happen without all the caring and participation of this remarkable community of people.andamp;#8212; Grateful Staff and Students, Donner Trail School, KingvaleGirlSports Day a Hit!Thank you to all the sponsors, participants, coaches, volunteers and parents who made GirlSports Day such a success. We had great weather for sports! Special thanks to Truckee Optimist Club and Tahoe Forest Hospital for sponsorship which helps with T-shirts. Thanks also to Lenore and the Deli crew at Truckee SaveMart for making our lunches, and Frank Tenorio of Atomic Printing for printing our T-shirts. Our all-star coaching lineup included Darrin Moore in basketball, Teri McKinney in cheer and tumbling, plus hip hop instruction, Jen Durr on the climbing wall, Allison Kelley for Girls on the Run, Karlie and Chelsea Mohun for volleyball, Tony Altieri and his students in karate, Ashley McKechnie in soccer, plus the 26 middle and high school girl athletes who mentored the younger girls throughout the day. You all did a fabulous job-this is what the event is all about! Thanks to Girl Scout Troop 1084 for escorting the girls safely to all their sports, plus providing lunch, snacks and beverages, and to the Heidi Egan and Jane who registered girls and filled in the gaps to make the whole day run smoothly. We could not run this event without you. See you all again next year! Sincerely, Susan Duffey Smith, event coordinator, TDRPDWomen in flightThe Lake Tahoe Chapter of The Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots, celebrated its 36th birthday at Martis Camp on Oct. 19. We enjoyed an exceptional evening with delicious food and good friends, and we wish to thank the Martis Camp staff who outdid themselves to welcome us. It was a perfect setting to share the camaraderie of fellow pilots and for the Lake Tahoe Chapter women to get to know future 99s. The chapter encourages any female pilots or future pilots to contact Laurel Lippert at 530-587-2995 for information. andamp;#8212; Lake Tahoe Chapter of The Ninety-NinesPitch -n- Putt a successThe Brisbin/ SkaffCrew of Sierra Expeditionary Learning School would like to send a warm thank you out to everyone who helped to make the Yosemite Pitch andamp;#8211;n- Putt a success. We are well on our way in earning the necessary funds to be able to attend Expedition-related fieldwork in the Yosemite valley in June andamp;#8212; a life-changing experience for our fourth and fifth graders! Our Truckee community came together and submitted raffle donations, worked behind the scenes to promote the event, and purchased food to help boost our sales. A very special thank you goes out to the Tahoe Donner Association and the golf staff for hosting our Pitch-n-Putt!Thank you, Truckee!Donner Party weathered the storm wellOn behalf of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank everyone for making the 19th Annual Donner Party Hike a success! Just as the Donner Party experienced in 1846, Truckee received some early snow, making the event a real adventure and very authentic. And just like the emigrants, we forged ahead and all the participants had a great time. Each year this event draws hundreds of visitors from outside the area to come and experience Truckee. It is very rewarding to share Truckee and our unique history with them.Our amazing roster of volunteers include: Michele Attaway, Linda Bible, Jerry and Kay Blackwill, Jim Bonar, Jean Brooks, Mark Brown, Marion Burrowes, Tammy Buzick, Jane Carlson, Rolland Carlson, Martha Cirata, Mitch Clarin, Penelope Curtis, Patty Downs, Pat Gibbons-Johnson, Jennie Gordon, Greg Hackett, Jim Holmes, Bill Johnson, Sonya Koster, Ted Owens, Greg and Bettee Palmer, Maria Pietsch, David Plaut, Don and Melody Rebbeck, Gina Salomon, Karen Sessler, Jackie Thomas, Esther Walters, Joanna Walters, Diane Welch, Floyd Whiting, Bob Williams, Marlene Williams and Fred Zabell.Our sponsors include: Cedar House Sport Hotel, Donner Lake Village Resort, Donner Memorial State Park, Donner Summit Historical Society, Hampton Inn and Suites Tahoe-Truckee, Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort, Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Truckee Donner Lodge and the U.S. Forest Service.andamp;#8212; Event Coordinator Kathy HessDear Editor,The North Tahoe Business Associationandamp;#8217;s Seventh Annual Passport to Dining held Oct. 6 at the North Tahoe Event Center was a success and brought many community members together to celebrate food and friends. This important fundraiser would not happen each year without the support of numerous dedicated participants, donors and volunteers. The NTBA extends a warm thank you to everyone!Special thanks to participating vendors: Bella Affair Catering, Blue Onion Caf andamp; Catering, Bonzai Coffee Company, CBandamp;#8217;s Pizza andamp; Grill, Cable Car Ice Cream, Caf Biltmore, Caliente!, Conradandamp;#8217;s Steaks Chops and Seafood, Jasonandamp;#8217;s Beachside Grille, Kings Beach Liquor, La Casona, Lanzaandamp;#8217;s Restaurant, Las Panchitas, Lone Buffalo Vineyards, Lucchesi Vineyards andamp; Winery, Sobon Family Wines, Spindleshanks, Soule Domain, Steamers Beachside Bar andamp; Oven, Tahoe Teas, The Breeze, and The Grid Bar andamp; Grill.Due to the success of the event, NTBA donated $1,000 to the Tahoe Rim Riders 4H Club as this yearandamp;#8217;s nonprofit charitable recipient.A huge thanks to our very generous auction and raffle donors; which there are too many to list. Your contributions are key to our success and appreciated immensely.Finally, thank you to Tahoe TV, the North Tahoe Event Center, Reliable Services, PrintArt and to all who attended Passport to Dining.Sincerely,North Tahoe Business Association Board of Directors, Committees and Staff

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