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Sunshine Letters | Kudos from the community

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Dear Editor:The North Tahoe community has once again pulled together to support a very worthwhile effort: giving kids a chance to cross-country ski and learn about their natural surroundings. March 11 was a blustery day but the 11th Annual Gourmet Ski Tour was a great success because a group of hard-working volunteers, generous local restaurants, and brave ticket buyers stepped up to the plate and made an awesome day of it. As directors of Free Skiing for Schools, which allows hundreds of kids every year to use Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Area equipment and ski for free, the Winter Discovery Center, which provides third-fifth grade students from the Tahoe region a field trip experience that combines hands-on, winter themed science explorations with outdoor, winter recreation, and Strider-Gliders, an inexpensive cross-country skiing instruction program for nearly 300 pre-school to fifth grade children, we want to thank the community for all you did to make this event a success. The following restaurants all gave of their time, energy and several hundred delicious servings to make the Gourmet Ski Tour truly a gourmet event: Wolfdaleandamp;#8217;s, Christy Hill, Truckee River Winery, Lanzaandamp;#8217;s, Jakeandamp;#8217;s, New York Hot Dog Stand, Mamasake, Sunnyside, North Shore Hawaiian Grill, Bridgetender, Men Wielding Fire, Tahoe House, Sugar Pine Cakery, Tahoma Meadows Cottages, Brockway Bakery and Ron Allen-Personal Chef. And then of course there were margaritas and music from The Drunken Neighbors. Thanks also to Madonna Dunbar from the IVGID Waste Not Program for making this a nearly waste free event. And a hearty thank you to event organizers Patti Lovely and Lynn Winetrub, and the dozens of other volunteers who spent many hours setting up the event. Finally, kudos to those who bought tickets and supported this event. You are bringing smiles to kidandamp;#8217;s faces. andamp;#8212; Valli Murnane, director, Tahoe Cross-Country Ski Education Association; Ashley Ewenson Phillips, project director, Winter Discovery Center andamp; Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships and Tim Hauserman, director, Strider-Gliders Ski programDear North Lake Tahoe,We have watched this community over the years come together when one of itandamp;#8217;s own was in need. My girls and I have now been blessed to have all that love, care and support directed at us in our time of loss. The words thank you just do not seem to be enough. We want all of you to know how grateful we are to live among you. I know Rick is looking down upon all of this and seeing how everyone is taking such good care of Lauren, Whitney and me. To every one who has loved us both past and present, near and far we want to say we love and appreciate you more than words can express.Sincerely,Linda, Lauren and Whitney SheldonEverybody loves a paradeThe North Tahoe Business Association staff and Board of Directors would like to give a big thank you to all of the hard-working volunteers who helped make the Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade March 10, 2012 a fabulous success. Also, a thanks goes out to this yearandamp;#8217;s exciting participants; there were 38 enthusiastic and creative entries. From all accounts received, the Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade had the most ever spectators in attendance.Special thanks goes to the MCandamp;#8217;s: Steve Risko, Chris Talbot, Adrian Garcia, Dreu Murin, and Linda Adkins; the Parade Judges: Michael Gelbman, Sandy Evans-Hall, and Hal Slear, the businesses that provided the MC locations: Tahoe Mountain Sports, The Grid Bar andamp; Grill, Plumas Bank and Lake Tahoe Specialty Stove andamp; Fireplace, and thank you to Hit the Road andamp; Forest Crivello for sound and a special thanks to Beth Moxley for always providing the last minute needed items.A big thank you to Placer County Public Works employees Dan LaPlante and Andy Deinken, NTPUD employee Mark Begin, CalTrans employees, North Tahoe Fire Protection District employees, Placer County Sheriffs, California Highway Patrol, and Pat Perkins, Doug Mastri and Brian Doyle. Also, a big thank you to Dick and Nileta Morton, for their endless energy and community spirit.This yearandamp;#8217;s Judges picks were: Best Tahoe Spirit Award, Skibaru Ski Chalet; Best Childrenandamp;#8217;s Entry Award, Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe; Most Entertaining Entry Award, Neuroweapon; Best New Entry Award, Tahoe Derby Dames and Honorable Mention, Tahoe Rim Trail Association; Honorable Mention, Horse! Art CarNTBA couldnandamp;#8217;t do it without all these dedicated community members. Thanks for all of the assistance provided to produce this annual community event.andamp;#8212; North Tahoe Business Association Staff and Board of Directors