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Norm Nicholls: Keeping it local this summer

Norm and Alan NichollsWednesday columnist
By Norm and Alan NichollsWednesday columnist

What a fabulous Memorial Day weekend. Great weather, lots of people, and lots of fun. I understand that the Truckee Home Show and the Lions Club huge Rummage sale were well attended, Mountain Hardware and Safeway were packed to the gills, and the golf courses, beaches, and hiking trails also saw a lot of activity.On Saturday I was driving down Highway 89 to Tahoe City and noticed a few dozen rafters attempting the trek from Tahoe City to River Ranch. Unfortunately it seemed that more of them were walking their rafts rather than floating in them. But, oh well, I am sure they had a good time. Staying home and keeping it local … I recently heard an advertisement on the radio for Bradburys Office Supply. The emphasis was for local people to go out and attend local events and functions, get to know each other, and to help each other out by spending more of our dollars locally. I really liked the message and hope all of us will join in helping our local communities work their way out of the recession.We definitely have no shortage of community events coming up for the summer, so go join your friends:June 6: Truckee Clean Up Day followed by a block party for all the participants at Regional Park. June 6: Soroptimist Wine andamp; Restaurant Faire Fundraiser, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Coyote Moon Golf Course. Presale tickets $35, $40 at door. 550-1433 for info.June 13, 1- 5 p.m.: Truckee Optimist Clubs Fourth Annual Brew Fest featuring the tasting of brews of many fine breweries and entertainment by SolJibe, a very popular Reno band. Advanced tickets, $20, at gate $25. .July 4: Truckee Fourth of July Parade and fireworks at Donner Lake. Various other parades and fireworks displays around North Lake Tahoe. Check the Tahoe World and Sierra Sun for times and locations.July 10 thru 12: Truckee Optimist Clubs 19th Annual Cannibal Cruise Classic Car Show and craft faire, Regional Park, Truckee. Lots of fun events are planned. If you have a car that you are very proud of and would like to show it off, call (530) 582-9062 or visit 21 thru 26: Rodeo Western Week and the 35th Truckee Rodeo, at McIver Arena. For schedule of events go to Truckee Thursdays and First Fridays in Brickelltown, and the Wednesday Concerts at the Park during the summer at Regional Park.Fabulous job … Although we were out of town and missed the Truckee High School play, I have heard from many of our friends how great the Wizard of Oz was. Some attendees deemed it the best play ever performed at Truckee High. Our congratulations to director Jim Sturtevant, and to all the student actors, actresses, technicians and stage hands. Also a special thanks to the many parents and community members who volunteered their time to make this production a resounding success.A must read: While puddle jumping our way across the country for our recent trip to the Carolinas, I read A Wall of White cover to cover. This fabulous chronicle of the Alpine Meadows avalanche of 1982, its heroes, its victims, and how it impacted the lives of so many in our mountain community is excellent. Author Jennifer Woodlief captures the courage and heroism of those involved in this historic and tragic event. Many of the people involved in this true story are well known by local residents, and many of them still live in the Tahoe/Truckee community. For those of you who were involved in the events of this epic avalanche, thank you for your efforts, heroism and your commitment to other human beings. Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty located at 11500 Donner Pass Rd.

Last weeks question: Norval Ayers from Maui, correctly identified former CHP Officer, Bill Ruppert, whose main job for years was to sight local citizenry who were displaying Nevada license plates on their California cars. Others with correct answers (some of whom received a citation or two from Bill) included: Jim Duffy, Mike Churchman, Steve Marshman, Charlie White, Jim Porter, Dale Woody Wood, Robin Wood, Steve Kaberman, Steven Spaulding, Denny Dickinson, Mary De Lisle, Shirley Reynolds, Barbara York, Keith andamp; Alyce Mickelson, Jerry Blakeley, Annie Raber, and Jay Price.This weeks question: For many years he dressed up as Uncle Sam for Fourth of July parades and other Truckee events. Who was this long time Truckee resident? Call us at (530) 550-5035 or e-mail us at with your answer.

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