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My Turn: Heroes dont talk trash, they pick it up

Who says heroes (and heroines) are hard to find? In Truckee, it seems that heroes outnumber regular civilians by a three-to-one margin. These community champions swoop in at the speed of bullets to leap tall overpasses with a single bound, volunteering for everything from affordable housing to protecting the Truckee River. One volunteer effort thats especially near to my heart is Truckee Day, now in its third year. Truckee Day simply could not happen without the hard work of so many heroes. Heres just a few:Steve Ames really ought to wear a superhero cape all of the time. Most locals know Steve and his wife Crystal as the owners of Ames Deli Mart in Tahoe Donner. But Steve is my hero because for over two decades he has championed the street clean-up effort in Tahoe Donner. When Truckee Day formed three years ago, Steve was one of the first to join in and help coordinate the town-wide event. He is the original street clean-up Champion!Anna Grahan-Nilsson is a hero too. Shes also a founding member of Truckee Day. She was one of the first volunteers to organize a business as a check-in station, and she has provided consistent, creative, and energetic assistance. She rallies her co-workers, neighbors and friends every year.Heres another of my favorite local heroes: Steve Randall, general manager of the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District. Steve is one of those curmudgeons who gives you the initial impression that youre crazy for asking him for help, then does everything in his power to make you look good. Steve coordinates the Block Party for Truckee Day and has for three years. When you have a great time at Regional Park on June 3, thank Steve. He makes it happen. There are so many others: Aimee Blase of Blase Design, who has designed our posters for the past two years for free. And Wes and Tanya Beyer at W&T Graphix, who keep our costs down with in-kind donations, and go out of their way to find unusual items we need. Theres Dan Fite, who risks great personal injury placing the neighborhood banners each year (ask him about the dangers of his work sometime). Or Jody Poe, Tom Ballou, Bill Corollo, Alex Terrazas, Cindy Beckman, Lynne and Gaylan Larson, Greg Van Loon and the Clampers, David Tirman, Tip Chase well, you get the idea. The list goes on and on. If I tried to list all of my Truckee Day heroes and their contributions, this column would be a regular weekly feature for the whole year.But heres the best part: Everyone who participates in Truckee Day is a hero. Last year we had 1,000 heroes on the streets of Truckee, and they claimed over 9 tons of trash. We had 1,000 celebrants at Regional Park, too, all embracing being a part of this community. You dont need a cape or a full-size telephone booth to be a hero, just a garbage bag and a couple of hours of your time on Saturday June 3. Watch the Sierra Sun for details and check-in stations. Ill see all of you my heroes at Regional Park that day!Maia Schneider is a former mayor and town council member and is the coordinator for Truckee Day.


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