This is a response to the letter “Fine, move north,” (Sierra Sun Oct. 12). I Just wanted to clarify that the prime minister of Canada is not Tony Blair. It is Paul Martin. Tony Blair is the leader of England, you know that country on the other side of the big ocean to the right, the one helping you kill people and look for nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.James RyelloCalgary, CanadaExcellence in hauntingThe Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation would like to thank the Squaw Village Neighbourhood Company and EXP Productions for making our foundation the beneficiary of their fabulous Halloween Haunted House.The haunted house was incredibly professional, festive and well received by those who were brave enough to venture through. The support of active business partners like the Squaw Village Neighbourhood Company allows Excellence in Education to have a significant impact in the classrooms of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Last year Excellence in Education granted over $127,000 in grants to teachers for resources and programs that could not realistically be accommodated within the current school budget. Thank you for being a partner in educational excellence for the children of our school district. Tahoe TruckeeExcellence in Education Foundation Scouting thanksSome of the older scouts of Boy Scout Troop 267 in Truckee are working their way to the East Coast this summer for the 2005 National Jamboree. This Jamboree happens once every four years, and scouts come from all over the world to meet and have fun with each other for almost two weeks.Boy Scout Troop 267 would like to thank the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District (Truckee Community Center) for their continued support for all the young people of Truckee. They allowed our boys to set up a coffee and donut stand during the ski swap to earn money to help pay for their trip. A special thank-you to Dan, Susan and Jennifer – you always have a special ear listening for all kids. Also, thank you to all the people that saw our boys and purchased their products. It is so important that our youth learn at an early age how to earn their money for special times/projects like this one. They cannot do it without everyone’s support.Boy Scout Troop 267TruckeeThanks, TomThe board of directors of Truckee Tahoe Youth Theater (TTYT) would like to express a heartfelt gratitude to one of our founding directors, Thomas Grossman. After six years of continued service as a board member for this local arts organization, Tom is stepping down. As a founding board member, Tom has been working since 1999 in order for TTYT to fulfill its mission of providing a full spectrum of education in the theatrical arts for the youth of Truckee and North Tahoe. He has given his time, his home and his money for the greater good of our arts community. Thank you Tom for your hard work and diligence, you have helped make a difference in ours and our children’s lives!TTYT Board of DirectorsGeoff Leclair, Barbara Ilfeld, Jim Sturtevant, Joyce Bove, Kris Norris, Debbie Cole and Eileen LewisGATE class thanks communityThis year’s Pumpkin Patch at Truckee Elementary was the best ever. We would like to say a big thank you to our tireless PTO volunteers and organizers who did an awesome job organizing this event. Even rain and snow could not dampen the spirits or efforts of our wonderful volunteers. As for us, the Gifted and Talented Education class, we have many people and businesses to thank as well for donating to our food booth. First, Phyllis Watson did an awesome job organizing the food donations. Safeway, Wild Cherries, Costco, Amerigas, Dan O’Gorman for Optimists, 7-Eleven on 267, along with their Frito Lay and Hostess distributors, McDonald’s, Truckee Bagel Works and all our parents – thanks! Our outdoor education trip to Yosemite is more attainable than ever.I’m so thankful to live in a community that comes together for the benefit of our children. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else.Mardiece PatrickGATE Coordinator Ramping upThe Sierra Business Council is extremely grateful to longtime member and architect, Dennis E. Zirbel, for designing a beautiful wheelchair ramp to fit the historic building at 10270 Donner Pass Road. Dennis worked tirelessly and pro bono to design a structure that would meet the needs of all customers, and fit within a very constrained space. Adapting the ramp to the building and historic character of this community took an exceptional effort.Nothing gets built in Truckee however, without a lot of partners. We are very grateful to Blake Bockius of Bocko Construction and his crew for their fine craftsmanship and their special care for the surrounding trees. We also thank our perennially good-hearted neighbors, Val Kelly and Buffalo Cano, who were seriously inconvenienced at times. We hope that everyone will enjoy easy access to SBC’s “East-side office” and the great businesses in this building – Gioielli’s Bead Store and Body-Being Massage Center. Paquita BathSierra Business Council
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