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Norm Nicholls: What a day for a parade

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Wednesday column
By Norm and Alan Nicholls

What a fabulous Fourth of July holiday weekend! The weather was perfect for any activity that you chose. Between the parades, fireworks displays (four in all around the Tahoe/Truckee area), craft fairs, BBQs and other organized entertainment, there was no reason to sit around at home.

It was also a perfect weekend for hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, boating, exploring, bird watching and wildflower gazing. You know folks, it does not get much better than this and we need not ever take it for granted.

As I am writing this column at my office on Donner Pass Road, I can see over to I-80 and right outside at Donner Pass Road.

It is going to be a long ride home for our weekend visitors, but most have smiles on their faces and remembrances of a perfect mountain vacation.

Great parade … Although the number of entrants in this year’s Truckee parade seemed less than the past, the participants and parade watchers were full of enthusiasm and a good time was had by all.

Some of the notable groups that are perennial participants included: the Prosser Dam Posse who, after 25 years participation, announced this parade as their final one; the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol proudly (and smartly) presented our nation’s flag; the Renegade Fire Department from Russell Valley baited the crowd with candy, then sprayed them down with water; the Rotary Club’s Truckee River Drill Team with their (almost) precision ski drills; The Truckee Optimist Club classic cars (promoting this week’s Cannibal Cruise at Truckee Regional Park); The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band; the Truckee Donner Horsemen’s Association; and the Railroad Regulators. Conspicuously missing were the Belly Dancers!

Other participants included fire engines and apparatus from all our local fire departments, forest service, and coast guard auxiliary; and youth entries: Truckee Youth Football and Cheer; Truckee Drill Team (Girl Scouts), Truckee Cub Scouts, Sierra Mountain Soccer Club, Truckee Tahoe Swim Team, TNT Explosion; and more.

Grand Marshall for the Parade was Juanita Schneider, a long-time resident of Donner Lake. Even though she is in her 80s, Juanita is a volunteer at Tahoe Forest Hospital and regularly attends PUD and Truckee Town Council Meetings. She clearly expresses her feelings about the way things are run around here! Mayor Mark Brown presented Juanita with a Key to the Town which was richly deserved!

May cooler heads prevail … It really upset me when I read about the angry verbal altercations at Truckee Regional Park last week between the opposing sides of the school district recall effort.

I know this is a very sensitive subject and members on both sides are very committed to their positions. I hate seeing the use of public venues to set up booths, tables, etc. I’m OK with mailers, telephone solicitations, hand outs, newspaper publications, organized meetings, and an occasional table in front of a supermarket, but I much prefer not to be solicited about such matters when I am going out to have fun.

I personally feel there are better ways for parents, citizens, board members and school administrators to solve the school district’s on going problems, than the knee-jerk reaction of a recall and the senseless spending of district money for a special election.

Get involved in the planning process by attending meetings, and keep a constant vigil out for members of the community and#8220;willing and ableand#8221; to fill future seats on the board, when the seats come up for reelection.

Cannibal Cruise this weekend … We hope you will join us at the 19th annual Truckee Optimist Club Cannibal Cruise Classic Car Show and Street Faire this weekend at Regional Park. You can find me burning burgers and steaks and Alan pouring beer. Spectator admission is free. Friday evening’s Karaoke Contest and showing of and#8220;American Graffitiand#8221; as well as Saturday evening’s and#8220;Deckheadand#8221; concert are also free. Remember all proceeds from this weekend’s event go directly to the kids of Truckee!

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

Last week’s question … Last week’s question brought forth a lot of and#8220;oldies but goodiesand#8221; who savor the remembrances of the past. Yet, the notoriety of the and#8220;Bear Penand#8221; and the famous wet T-Shirt party portrayed in the movie and#8220;Hot Dogand#8221; also prompted correct answers from a few youngsters that never had the good fortune to spend an evening in Squaw Valley’s raucous and#8220;watering hole.and#8221;

Winners included: Dean Litchfield, Charlie White, Steve Ascher, Pete Kolp, Mary Bennett and Julee Rosa (who remembered the wet T-Shirt parties and Merle Richardson’s Friday night spaghetti feeds), Norval Ayers, Terence McCabe, Keith Nikkel, Mary De Lisle, Eric Dickson, Patti Miracle, Rick Raduziner, Bob Moore (and#8220;some gross locals called it the pig penand#8221;), Dean Holbrook, Fritzi Briner (original photographer for the 1960 Olympics!), Sam Harrison, Randy Polson, Schatzi Boyd, Max Bailey, John Sproehnle (our North Tahoe/Squaw Valley historian), Debbie Luster, Elaine Van Fossen, Barbara Northrop, Paul Arthur, Bill Mullins, Pam Sterling, Nancy Williamson, Lynn Flynn, and Karen and Robbie Huntoon (Robbie was one of the local extreme skiers who performed in and#8220;Hot Dog!and#8221;), and Pete Bansen for suggesting the question. Robbie mentioned that Kevin Wightman was also a skiing extra and is still living in the area.

This week’s question … Who is the former owner of Ponderosa Deli in downtown Truckee who now bakes and distributes Truckee Sourdough Bread throughout the area? Call us at (530) 550-5035 or email us at with your answer.

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