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Norm Nicholls: Snow is falling, while locals are helping each other

By Norm and Alan NichollsColumnists

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! The storm door appears to be open and hopefully we will continue to see storm after storm. The need for a good snowpack is crucial. A great weather blog … A friend of ours e-mailed us an attachment to a weather blog a couple of weeks ago and we have really enjoyed reading it. The site is The blog is titled Tahoe Weather Discussion, and described as, a discussion of global weather patterns and how they relate to upcoming weather and snow for the Lake Tahoe Region and specifically Truckee and Northstar at Tahoe resort.The creator is Bryan Allegretto who is apparently 28 years old. I have not been able to figure out how to get a hold of him since his blog does not include any contact information, and there is no listing in the phone book. If you are reading this column, Bryan, or if anyone knows him, we would love to hear from him.His daily blog is very interesting, informative, and really keys in to the weather systems that affect our area. We have no idea where he gets his research materials, but the blog is great. He has been pretty accurate in his forecasting and when the systems and patterns change, or do not produce the anticipated precipitation, he explains why. We certainly suggest you bookmark his blog in your internet favorites and read it daily.Truckee, a community that continues to give and give … A couple of years ago, Dan OGorman and I had a conversation about how giving our community has been over the years. There are so many groups and individuals that have supported people in our community during their times of need and crisis. I definitely agreed with Dan that such caring people are the foundation of what Truckee is all about. Apparently a new group of local people have come up with a great idea to help those friends and neighbors that are being affected by our current economic climate.Organizer, Penny Fink, writes in a recent email: Along with much of the country, Truckee is being hit hard by the current state of the economy. There is little work in the construction industry, retail sales are down, ski-area staff are being let go, teachers are being laid off. Consequently, many people in our community are struggling to make ends meet. Watching this happen around us, some of us felt that we might provide a little help by creating a weekly community soup night.We’ve decided to call this event “Stone Soup, and the first weekly soup offering is scheduled to be held at the Rec Center on Sunday, March 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Organization is coming from Slow Food (Deb Ryan, Kaili Sanchez, Penny Fink, Billy McCullough, Mark Estee), and Project MANA (Kaili), with much appreciated advice and support from Steve Randall of Truckee Parks and Recreation, and additional help and advice from the Community Foundation (Phebe Bell), and Switchback for PR, among others.The goal of Stone Soup is to support our community, especially this winter: first by providing food to those in need and secondly to foster and strengthen our sense of community here in Truckee by creating a place to share a dinner of soup and bread on a weekly basis (Sunday nights). There will be no charge. We will ask for donations from those who can, in order to help fund the project. All labor will be volunteer, with opportunities for everyone to help. If you or your organization can help out this worthy endeavor, e-mail Penny at, or call her at (530) 587-8242.Thanks to all our snow fighters! We would like to thank all of our snow removal experts for all their efforts storm after storm. Whether you work for Caltrans, the Town of Truckee, a County road department, a special district, an independent snow removal company, or are an independent owner/equipment operator, you do a great job.Forty or so years ago I did snow removal as part of my employment with Boreal. I loved driving Boreals old Austin Western grader with two blades and front and rear steering. It was a rush to zip around the parking lot building the wind rows of snow for the snow blowers to blow over the snow banks. It was also very rewarding to see the first customers of the day entering the parking lot to begin a fun day in the powder.Most snow removal drivers do not get the rush of the steep and deep in the virgin powder, as they are home sleeping and resting up for the next storm. Thanks again guys and gals!Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

Last weeks question … Bruce Nurse was the President and General Manager at Sugar Bowl for 13 months prior to Rob Kautz. Don Schwartz held that position for more than 20 years prior to that.Winners who identified one or the other (or both) of these men were Jean Fournier, Dean andamp; Robie Litchfield, Keith Mickelson, Cal Tilden, Dan Moran, Bob Moore, Pat Northrop, Molly Graham, W. David Brown, and Kerry McCully.This weeks question … For years the Truckee Lions Club held a winter fundraiser out by the airport. What was this annual event? Call us at 550-5035 or email us at with your answer.

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