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Snow by T-day and old volunteer firemen

Norm and Alan Nicholls

At this writing it does not appear that we will have much skiing, if any, for Turkey Day. It sometimes just doesnt happen. Prior to the advent of snow making, Thanksgiving skiing used to be about a 50/50 proposition at best. Ski areas still consider Thanksgiving skiing a bonus, not a for-sure event.We have years, like 1999, when weather conditions on Thanksgiving Day are much warmer than normal. That year we invited Alices family to come to Truckee from the Sacramento Valley for Thanksgiving. We told everyone to bring warm clothes and gloves for sledding, snowman making and snowball wars.The 15 or so family members showed up at our Tahoe Donner home and the temperatures were in the mid-50s. There wasnt a flake of snow in our yard.

Its hard to believe, but you will be able to purchase Christmas trees beginning this weekend. The Truckee Optimist Club and the Boy Scouts are ready to set up their lots. The Optimists will set up at the Longs parking lot and the scouts next to Mountain Hardware. Alan and I, along with the other Optimist members, volunteer our time to sell some 700 trees each year. The sooner we sell them, the sooner we get to enjoy the holidays, so come by and pick one out. We feature local red fir trees and we also ship in noble firs and grand firs from Washington State.We also encourage you to take a look at the Boy Scout lot. The boys, and their parents, spend hours cutting trees and manning their lot. One hundred percent of the profits of these two lots go directly to the youth of Truckee. So, please consider these lots as your first stops for this years Christmas tree, and support your community.

I ran into a longtime friend, Reica Tift, recently and she gave me an update on using chewing gum to fend off voles. She said Juicy Fruit gum is the gum of choice and, oh yes, you dont have to chew it first.

We are approaching the time of year that you should be shutting off and draining the water in your home if you are going to be away for more than a few days. We advise our real estate clients to do so and give them easy-to-follow instructions. If you would like a copy of these instructions, please call us or drop us an e-mail.Weve heard people (locals and second home owners alike) state that they have never winterized their homes. Please take heed If your luck runs out and you do have damage due to frozen and broken pipes, the damage to your home will be significant. If you turn the damage into your insurance company for repairs, they will fix the damage, but they will probably cancel your policy within days of you receiving your repair check. Then, for a period of five to seven years, your insurance rates will be considerably higher, and your home will be stigmatized if you sell it. Weve seen cases of buyers not purchasing a home when they find out there has been water damage and that their insurance rates will be considerably higher than on a home with no previous damage. Remember, an ounce of prevention …

The answer to how volunteer firemen were called out when there was a fire or an emergency was, There were two loud sirens that summoned volunteers said one of our winners, Paul Rose. One was next to the old PUD warehouse next to your office (Dickson Realty). The other was up at the Vets Hall. I used to work in the warehouse office directly below that PUD siren when I was in high school. Sometimes it scared the crap out of me.Larry McEneaney remembers Brian Smart running across the street from the Wagon Train Restaurant and Ron Gautschi racing down the street in his Bronco (or was it an International Scout?) from the old Chevron station. Whoever got there first got to drive the fire truck, said Larry. Stephanie McKechnie Bacon was just a little girl when her father, Don, was a volunteer. Many of the volunteers at that time lived very nearby (behind Meadow Park) and when the alarm would sound all neighborhood children knew to flee the streets immediately as our fathers would soon be charging toward the station at record speeds in low-performance vehicles (such as my dads 1970 Buick station wagon).She goes on to say, Is it appropriate to mention as well, that during the volunteer years the top floor of Station 2 contained a full bar with shuffle board and pool tables?No wonder there were plenty of service oriented men to volunteer. I think youve got it Steph.Other winners, with correct answers, included early bird winner Betty Baker, Mary DeLisle, Pat Northrup, Ray Craig, Jerry Blakely, Bill Mullins (who lived by the vets hall and was awakened from a sound sleep many times), Bill Zahn, Shirley Reynolds, Sharon Beyer, Lisa & Chris Burton, and Dan the man Moran. Congratulations and thanks for playing.Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group, are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.