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Out and about in the Sierra spring

Norm and Alan Nicholls

What a gorgeous Easter weekend. Hopefully everyone got outside and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather.

We understand that the Easter egg hunt on Saturday was attended by hundreds of kids and the Easter Bunny himself (herself?). It doesn’t seem to bother our Truckee kids that they have to hunt for eggs on the asphalt rather than on grass, but sometimes that just happens. Apparently there were plenty of the special eggs to go around.

Although I ended up working both days, I can’t complain since Alice and I cross country skied at Prosser a week ago Sunday, skied at Northstar on Thursday, and played golf at D’Andrea golf course on Friday.

Spring has sprung and we are definitely taking advantage of it!

Joining us at Northstar were fellow Tahoe Donner Senior Alpine Ski Club members: Carline Boutacoff, Nan Carnal, Marilyn Crang, Bob and Nancy Ellis, Judy Gelwicks, Bill and Pat Johnson, Norm Ginsberg, Bob and Lauri Heath, Norm and Karen Justesen, Bill and Helen Meuser, Robin Marchi, Robin Reese, David and Diane Rowe, Jim and Lydia Stang, John and Patti Stewart, John Stubbs and Wendy Whyte.

We skied in two to three inches of “dust on crust” in the morning, and in nice spring conditions by the late morning. A great time was had by all.

At lunch, several of us talked about the good old days when Northstar used to hold an annual Merchant’s Day. It was usually held mid- to late-January and would attract hundreds of local merchants and their friends.

This was “the” winter event of the year and anyone that was anyone (or even if you weren’t) attended. Many small businesses in town would just close down that day and place signs on their doors saying “Gone to Merchant’s Day.”

It was as much a social get together as it was a ski day. Ski bunnies as well as avid skiers flocked to get tickets. There was a lot of skiing, partying, drinking, dancing and a whole lot of fun. I remember one winter when there was a band, with its members dressed in tuxedos, playing on the deck of the day lodge when it started to snow heavily. It did not seem to phase the band or the crowd of party goers a bit. The band played on…

Unfortunately this annual fun (and sometimes raucous) event no longer exists, but Northstar has continued to support many community organizations through their $25 ski days. They support “Skiing for the Schools,” which has raised thousands of dollars to go toward the enhancement of educational programs for our kids, and they have also supported other local charitable organizations including Tahoe Women’s Services.

This Sunday, March 30, you can ski Northstar for $25 to support this very worthy organization. Tickets are available at Tahoe Dave’s Ski and Board, Porters, Dickson Realty in Truckee, or by calling Tahoe Women’s Services at (775) 298-0010.

On Saturday we encourage you to attend the health and fitness day at Sierra Sports and Physical Therapy. Mary Sutton, Mark Lundbeck, Elayna Hocking, Dr. Kevin Davis, and others will be there to assist you. The cost is only $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. Sierra Sports is located at 12257 Business Park Dr. #11 out by the airport. Call 587-9355 for more details.

After years of wondering why Easter is sometimes in March and sometimes in April, I finally found out the answer. Easter is officially on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Spring equinox. This year the full moon was actually on March 21 ” the spring equinox, therefore Easter was this past Sunday, March 23.

Next year the first full moon after the spring equinox will be on Thursday, April 9, therefore Easter will be Sunday April 12. You got it?

The site of the former Chevron gas station (that was run by the Gautschi family) is in Brickeltown, west of the present location of High Camp Home, and across the street from Scraps Treats for Pets. The concrete retaining wall is still visible adjacent to the railroad tracks.

Jackie Wells and Larry McEneaney share the early bird honors this week with their correct answers. Larry, Bea Rogers, and Mary DeLisle also identified an additional Chevron location in front of the old Gateway Motel in Gateway. They believe that the Gautschi family also operated that station. The approximate location is where the bus stop shelter is now located in front of the Gateway Shopping Center. The old station was later occupied by a couple of real estate companies.

Other winners included Ray Craig, Dan Warren, Ron Perea, Keith Mickelson, Gordy Kjer, Sharon Cook, Charlie White, Bill Mullins, Peter Kolp (with a little help from Ric Grow), Jim Porter, Paula Rachuy, Kris Vickers and Barbara Brill.