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Mountain Times: The season to be thankful

By Norm and Alan Nicholls

Happy Thanksgiving to all! With a little frosting on the mountains, it is beginning to feel like the holiday season has arrived. Now that the mood is set and the holiday season has begun, it is time for us all to count our blessings and to rejoice over living in such a great community in such a beautiful part of this world.

It is also time to share special times with neighbors and friends and to share with others who may be less fortunate. Pam McCarthy, secretary of Truckee Community Christmas writes, and#8220;We know this Christmas may be a little harder on everyone, and it will be especially challenging for some of our town’s families. The donations we receive assist Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. in providing food baskets, gift cards and toys for less fortunate families, homebound folks, and seniors in our community. This year we will be working with some families that may not have any Christmas at all without some help.and#8221;

I hope you join the Nicholls family in sending a check, of any amount, to Truckee Community Christmas, Inc. at P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160 or call Pam at (530) 582-1208 and see how you can help. This is a non-profit organization, and your donation is tax deductible.

Christmas trees arriving this weekend! Both the Truckee Optimist Club and the Truckee Boy Scouts will be setting up their Christmas tree lots this weekend at Crossroads Shopping Center and Mountain Hardware respectively. Please consider these two lots when you buy your tree, as they are both non-profit organizations, and all proceeds go directly to youth programs, scholarships, and activities for our youth here in Truckee.

As always, there will be a very nice selection of locally cut Red Firs as well as Noble and Grand fir trees shipped in from Oregon.

The Optimist Club would like to especially thank Save Mart Supermarkets, the new owner of the Crossroads Shopping Center, for allowing the club the continued use of the northeast corner of the parking lot for their tree lot and also to Village Pizzeria and CVS Pharmacy for sharing their part of the lot during this busy holiday season.

Circle your calendar … On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park Department will be celebrating the Grand Opening of their brand new 40,000-square-foot Community Center/Recreation Facility. Dan O’Gorman allowed me a sneak peak of this beautiful facility last Thursday. This state of the art building features a huge gym, two climbing walls, elevated three-lane track, workout equipment, multi-purpose rooms for classes, aerobics, dance, meetings, daycare and after school drop in care facilities, kitchen, equipment rooms, outdoor play area with playground equipment, district offices and much more.

According to Dan, the cost of the building was approximately $16 million, but came in significantly lower than original cost estimates. He also mentioned that the daily and#8220;drop inand#8221; fees will be $3 or a monthly pass for $20. I assure you that this facility will be well received and used by the community, and that it will further enhance the programs and services of Truckee’s and#8220;alreadyand#8221; award winning Recreation District. Check the Sun for times and details of the Grand Opening ceremony.

They made it … This from Janet and Wayne Smith of Hope, Maine: and#8220;Steve and Christal Ames in Maine now! Hey all of you out there in Truckee! We just met Steve and Christal for the first time today. They came for a visit to our home in Hope, Maine. A long trip for them to get to our beloved state. At first observation, we agree with your splendid comments about them, and we’re hoping to get to know them better.and#8221;

Note: Janet and Wayne are the Ames’ new landlords and neighbors.

Also from Dean Litchfield, and#8220;I talked to Steve for a long time the day before he left. Great people and they will be missed. I told Steve best of luck and hope everything works out … he said they will be back, I certainly hope so.and#8221;

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last week’s question … Dean Litchfield was the first player to correctly identify and#8220;Smokey’s Kitchenand#8221; as the famous Squaw Valley eatery that closed some years ago then reopened in Truckee.

Other players with the answer included Kathy King, Wes Schimmelpfenning, Laurie Martin (and#8220;loved those omeletsand#8221;), Tom MacDonald, Steve Marshman, Bob Moore, Gordy Kjer, Pete Kolp, Robert Ordway, Keith Mickelson, David Feldman, Susannah Redman, Mark Brown, Bill Mullins, Barbara York, Leah Krone and Jamie Pombo (e-mailed from Bocas Del Toro, Panama), Kristopher Vickers, Russell Rosewood and Mary De Lisle.

This week’s question … What was the name of the former ski area just north of Homewood Ski Area which (I believe) was combined with Homewood to create what is now known as and#8220;Homewood Mountain Resortand#8221;? Call us at (530) 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer or past memories you would like to share.

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