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The second Summit Summit is the important next step in the process of developing a Community Plan for the Donner Summit Area. The recent DSAA Donner Summit survey results was based on the outcome of last year’s Summit Summit. Both will be used to develop a set of planning guiding principles for development of a community. The intention is that the guiding principles will eventually be adopted by local community groups, homeowners’ associations and Nevada and Placer Counties. It is important that everyone’s voice be heard in this process. The Summit Summit is on Saturday, December 15, 2007, 10am – noon at Donner Trail School, Kingvale. Contact for detailsTamara LiebermanSoda Springs

In honor of the true spirit of the holiday season Tahoe Womens Services (TWS) and North Tahoe Family Resource Center (NTFRC) have long provided services to Tahoe families in need of extra support during the holiday season. With the help of gracious donors last year, TWS was able to provide 35 families with holiday gifts, and the North Tahoe FRC served 33 individuals and families. In an effort to provide coordinated regional services to families this holiday season, Tahoe Womens Services and North Tahoe Family Resource Center are teaming up to provide the Holiday Hope program. In the past, North Tahoe FRC organized The Angel Tree program, which was very similar to the Adopt-a-Family program that TWS arranged. In each program families are paired up with donors, who shop for items on the familys wish list. This year, both agencies will maintain their own programs, but will work closely together to guarantee that no families are forgotten. Confidentiality of the families benefiting from the program is maintained and highly valued. Added benefits to this collaboration are that it will help eliminate duplicated services for families and streamline the adoption process for both agencies.Please consider The Holiday program as an opportunity to give back to your community this holiday season. We would not be able to accomplish this program with out the compassion and generosity of donors. Through this partnership TWS and NTFRC will be striving to serve any family or individual that comes to them in need. If you would like to adopt a family this holiday season please contact Cecilia or Jessica at 546-7804 at TWS or Sarah at the NTFRC at 546-0952.North Tahoe FRC and TWS will be accepting donors and recipients for their holiday adoption programs up until Dec. 17. We encourage participants to abide by this deadline so that gifts can arrive at their destination in time for the holidays. Please join with TWS and the NTFRC in our efforts to make this season the brightest ever for all of our community.Jessica LinnChildrens Program ManagerTahoe Womens Services

I have lived in Tahoe for 26 years and have never written a letter to the editor, but I have to express my gratitude to Tom and Cheryl Millham of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care for once again coming to the rescue of an animal in need.The mountain lion in the Keys was a bit of a surprise for all of us, but thank God the Keys security team called Lake Tahoe Wildlife. The mountain lion was safely and humanely tranquilized and relocated. I’m sure it’s as happy as we are. And thank God nobody shot it!Tom and Cheryl have dedicated the past 30 years of their lives to caring for the wildlife that we love. I can’t express my appreciation enough.Katherine BorgesSouth Lake Tahoe

Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Queen of Hearts Womens Fund wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Susan Brandy of Tahoe City and Susan Ritchie of Truckee for a job well done. The dynamic Susan Team volunteered their time to coordinate all of the Docents for Sunset Magazines Idea House in Grays Crossing that recently completed tours open to the public for ten weeks. Both Brandy and Ritchie are members of the Queen of Hearts Womens Fund and spent many hours scheduling over 700 volunteer shifts. As the charity partner for the Idea House, Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation Queen of Hearts Womens Fund recently received a donation of $25,000 from Sunset Magazine that will go directly into building the Womens Fund endowment. The Queen of Hearts members will grant $50,000 to a worthy nonprofit organization this December.Thank you, Susan and Susan for demonstrating how ordinary women make an extraordinary impact in our community. Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation

Congratulations to all the members of the Truckee High School girls soccer team who made first, second and honorable mention All-League status. Well deserved for the state champions.As a spectator at many games, including the championship games, I believe the voters (coaches) made one glaring error: Katie Dill should have been voted on the first team instead of the second team. All she did was to score the winning goal in the league championship game, the state semifinals, and the state finals in overtime.I do not have access to the Truckee team stats, but I would have to guess, based on games I went to, that Katie was the team’s leading scorer. It’s no wonder that the other teams in this league regularly lose to Truckee and No Tahoe.John PrattTruckee

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