We hope this letter reaches everyone who was a part of Dave Van Ruiten’s life. The outpour of emotion and support the week of Nov. 7, when he passed away, drew us all together as family, friends, and loved ones, and will be remembered in our hearts forever.We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank everyone who was there for Dave and for us, his family. We would like to especially recognize: Jim Zaloga and the Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol for their immediate response and efforts to save Dave’s life; Tahoe Forest Hospital Emergency Room staff and personnel; Father Stanley from Our Lady of Assumption Church; Lynn and Donnie Akers and Discovery Preschool for their organization of meals and childcare for Dave’s many nieces and nephews; OB’s Pub and Restaurant to Dick Howell and Mike Barna, for hosting the reception after the funeral.Last but not least, Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and Rob Kautz and everyone who helped organize the memorial service, the Dave Van Ruiten Memorial Fund, for donations and financial support and for everything they continue to do for us.Like many of you, we love and miss Dave everyday. Thank you all for helping to keep his memory aliveThe Van Ruiten familyTruckee Speak up at Donner museum meetingThere is an important date for public input on the Donner Lake museum on Dec. 8, it is from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Donner State Park. They will be showing their plans and they want public input. Many of us protested the previous plan because the museum was on the lake. The state rangers have come up with a new plan with the new museum close to the old museum and close to the road. It is a very good plan. We should show our support to this new plan and give them our ideas for what we would like to see at the park. We need to continue to express our feelings about the benefit of leaving the east shore beach in a pristine and undeveloped site. They still have interest in developing this beach for easier access for visitors. My response to this is the entire area of the lakefront is easily accessible beside this one area. Yes, it is special. It is a special area that should be only accessible by walking. It is of great value in a state park to have a “pristine” quality and have an area where people have to walk to and get the beautiful view. The park has easy car accessibility to all the rest of the lakefront areas in the park. The whole Donner Lake area has easy accessibility to the lakefront areas. This is one area where we have to walk to get to it and that makes it special. And it is not about the dogs anymore. Face it, there is going to be dog control. However, it is still of value to leave this beach undeveloped. Let’s make sure we tell the park that. Be active and participate. They are asking us to do so. Peggy Towns Truckee
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