Two weeks ago while riding the chairlift at Northstar I witnessed CPR performed by bystanders on a woman on the slopes below me. By the time I got to the top of the lift to contact ski patrol, approximately five to seven minutes had elapsed. Northstar ski patrol did an excellent job of assessing and treating the patient, however, while I was on the ski lift I had no means of communicating with the Northstar ski patrol as Northstar ski patrol does not monitor family radio service (FRS) frequencies channels 9 thru 11, like Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley does.
Many individuals carry these FRS radios and it would have allowed instant communication with ski patrol, thus potentially saving valuable brain cells from oxygen deprivation. I highly recommend Northstar ski patrol join other resorts and monitor FRS channels 9 thru 11 for emergencies.
For the past six weeks, a handful of volunteers has met with a half-dozen teenage residents of the Donner Creek Mobile Home Park on Thursday afternoons. In this short time, both parents and teens have responded passionately to this weekly inter-generational befriending, tutoring and mentoring program.
One teen’s mother said: “We send our kids to school. We don’t speak the language. We want what’s best for our children. But how can we help? That’s why having a senior tutor has meant so much to my daughter. She loves having someone who speaks English and can help her with her homework.”
Another family, whose father must be driven to Auburn daily for dialysis, has made special arrangements for their 2-year-old to be cared for so their 14-year-old (usually their after-school baby-sitter) can participate in the program.
The participating boys and girls are encouraged to write a note at the end of each session telling about their afternoon’s accomplishments and what they have enjoyed. Here is what some of them have said:
“Sorry I was late but I had to go somewhere. But I really had fun with math today and you did teach me a couple if things. As well as I taught you a couple. Thank you.”
“The thing I anjoid was that you are very nice and you are so pasient with my language. Thank you for helping me in my homework. I had to much fun in the part with equation.”
“Thank you for helping me with my grammar. And thank you for making it really fun. I really enjoyed you hellping me.”
The Senior Tutors Program needs additional adult volunteers. The commitment is two hours once a week, for a minimum of four weeks, on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. No experience is necessary. Tutors participate in a half-hour training workshop each week for discussions on listening, methods and materials. Call Lynette Eddy, 584-1477, or Sondra Napell (Thursday or Friday mornings) at 583-4494.
Senior Tutors for Youth
Wouldn’t be nice to be able to ride a gondola from the bottom of Donner Lake to the top of Old Highway 40. This would make Donner Summit more accessible and safer for people. We just need a couple of parking garages. One at the top of Donner Summit and one at the bottom, near Donner Lake.
The tram can connect with train service from the Bay Area. People can leave their cars in the Bay Area and take the train with stops to Cisco Grove, Soda Springs and into Truckee. People would not have to drive in a blizzard to get here. They could get to Truckee without two-wheel drive and chains, stay at the local hotels and hit the slopes in the morning without getting in their cars. They could ride the trams from Donner Lake to Alpine Meadows and back to Donner Summit in one day. This would give the whole west shore a European flare.
Let’s face it folks, “Can you help me dig my car out of this berm and can you help me with my chains?” “Oops, I didn’t realize the road was so slick.”
Locals would not have to worry about “rookie drivers,” i.e. “gapers.” Also, let’s put a bobsled run next to the tram so we can watch bobsleds cruise down Old Highway 40 while were riding high in the Old Highway 40 Summit Tram.
I am, by local standards, a local. I have lived in Truckee for eight years and I think it is an outrage that they tear down Glenshire for houses that get used twice a month. I mean we are a small town, not a big city. Seven years ago when I moved here I was in first grade, now I’m in ninth. It took me seven years to realize what a monopolizing world it is. They tore down a circle of jumps that we (the kids of Glenshire) used to use every summer. They even got rid of the shortcut from Chelmsford to Laburnum. Anyway I just wanted to let everyone know what I have been thinking for two years, and what my brother has too ” and maybe all of Glenshire. What happened to the simple feuds between the public neighborhoods and the meadows? Plus what kind of environment will this create for the kids of Glenshire Elementary? No bike jumps, just houses.
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