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Designated selectors are part of Christmas tree tradition

Norm andamp; Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sierra Sun

Regardless of the lack of snow, the holiday season is upon us whether it feels that way or not. I just got home from spending a few hours at the Truckee Optimist Club Christmas tree lot and every muscle in my body is sore. But it was sure fun to see a couple of dozen families selecting their trees while I was there.Every family seems to have a dominant person who selects the tree, and the rest of the family entourage just nods yes or no. The kids always want to make a quick selection and get home to start decorating it. But many of the designated selectors want to see every single tree prior to making the final decision. But that’s part of the tradition.Its also fun to work with our young volunteers who come to help us. Since the Optimist Club supports many sports, band and youth programs at our schools, these organizations, in turn, send team members out to help us on the weekends during the tree sales season. Two of our volunteers today from the Truckee High School girls basketball program are daughters of friends that I have known for years long before their children were born. Wow, time flies.Anyway, if you are purchasing Christmas trees this year I encourage you to buy locally even if you might save a few dollars by going to Reno or elsewhere. I also hope you will consider patronizing the Optimist Club and Boy Scout Christmas tree lots. These lots are manned strictly by unpaid volunteers and all profits go directly into programs for the youth of Truckee. Thank you.

Last Wednesday morning, if you were watching the Today Show, and if you were looking very carefully, you saw a group of Truckee women in the crowd at the Rockefeller Center in New York.As the camera panned the crowd for the last time in the show, you could see some ladies wearing red Santa hats and could distinctly see May Candler for a mega-second. The entourage of distinguished Truckee ladies (past and present), included May, Pat Callahan, Margaret Payne, Barbara Bayer, Linda Brown, Joan Hartwell, Sharon Gutierrez and Sandra Calandri.This great group of ladies, who have known each other for years, made the trip to New York to see the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center, see several Broadway shows, shop, see the sights and to attract national attention on the Today Show. Thanks to the settling of the stage hand strike the night they arrived, they were probably able to accomplish most everything they set out to do. As far as national attention, I don’t know whether a mega-second really counts. Welcome home and we hope you all had a great time!

Ask the divers that retrieve approximately that many balls every year from the waterways and lagoons of Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona.Don and Lil Schaller graciously invited Alice and I to join them at their beautiful Arizona vacation home last week. While we were there Lil, Alice, and I played the golf course a couple of days. It is a gorgeous 27-hole course (three nines) with water along the fairways and roughs of the majority of holes.The second day we played, the starter reaffirmed what Lil had heard before, that divers collect between 250,000 to 300,000 golf balls a year from the waterways of the golf course an average of 4.5 balls per golfer, per round. Do the math! Needless to say we contributed more than our fair share to these golf ball scavengers, but we really enjoyed this fabulous golf facility. Thank you Don and Lil for your wonderful hospitality!

Jackie Wells was our early bird winner last week by correctly identifying the location of our former Burger King restaurant. It was located at the Highway 89 entrance to the Crossroads Shopping Center where Chris’s Cheese Steak Shop is now located. Other winners included Corine Harvey, Mark Brown, Mary De Lisle, Gwen Licklider, Jerry Blakeley, Pete Kolp, Autumn Winston, Keith Mickelson, Gordy Kjer, Esther Walters, Charlie White, Betty Baker, Barbara Brill and Bill Mullins. Bill mentioned that he worked for Atlas Contractors, in 1979 when they did the grading and site work for Truckee’s newest (and then largest) shopping center in Truckee.

This week’s question and the one in our next column will be the last two questions of 2007. At the end of the year, we will draw a name of one our weekly winners out of the pot, and we will, in turn, donate $500 to the charitable organization of the winner’s choice. Early bird winners (first weekly player to call in or e-mail the right answer) are given three chances for each of their correct answers; other winners are given one chance per each correct answer they make during the year. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road.