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Sunshine Letters | Kudos from the Truckee-Tahoe community

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Dear Cindy and Bob,I would like to express my appreciation for the Volunteer of the Year Award given to me by the TCPUD at this year’s Community Awards Dinner. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of our wonderful Concerts at Commons Beach series, and am honored to be a part of it. Our team, including TCPUD employees, volunteers, Devildog productions, Seventh Wave Sound, and even our vendors, are a great group to work beside every Sunday.I was speaking to a local fellow who is a former PUD employee. He said the concerts are, andamp;#8220;the best thing ever to happen to Tahoe City.andamp;#8221; He said it’s events like these that, andamp;#8220;bring our town together and make it a community. It’s this kind of andamp;#8216;recreation’ that promotes friendships, business relations, and family fun.andamp;#8221; (I suggested he put it in writing!).The TCPUD Board, The Parks andamp; Recreation Department, and all involved should be especially proud of this event. Not only has it provided recreation and commerce, but it has also encouraged a number of other free concert series in our neighboring communities.Once again, my deep appreciation and thanks for the recognition of a andamp;#8220;job,andamp;#8221; that is so much fun that the biggest reward is seeing the smiling faces in the audience every Summer Sunday.Most Sincerely,Ed MillerPaint the Bear a successSnowFest! is over and as we remember the fun that was had at the Paint the Bear event sponsored by the BEAR League and North Tahoe Arts, it seems appropriate to thank our friends and members who made it such a success.Thank yous and kudos go out to Sherry and Ted Guzzi for making dozens and dozens of delicious bear cookies for the kids and North Tahoe Arts for providing apple juice to wash the cookies down. A big thank you to Truckee High School’s Jim Driscoll and his woodworking class for providing the cut-out wooden bears to paint. Thank you to Karen Wagner and Traelynn Ramsey-Neal for keeping order to the large groups of children coming in to paint and to Marion Burrowes, Felicia Eppley, Marlene Prins, Kathy Davisson and Alice Shaw for keeping the paint pots filled and the brushes clean and ready to go and also to clean up. Special thanks to the North Tahoe Arts staff Wendy Cook, Rochelle Johnson and Director Kellie Cutler, for helping coordinate. The children and parents had a ball with the budding artists taking home a brightly colored wooden bear to hang up.Thank you, Ted, for your amazing andamp;#8220;bear denandamp;#8221; again this year and wonderful photos.Thank you all for making this year’s Paint the Bear event the best one ever.andamp;#8212; BEAR League Board of DirectorsEverybody 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 year’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 MCs: 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 year’s Judges picks were: Best Tahoe Spirit Award, Skibaru Ski Chalet; Best Children’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 couldn’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 DirectorsRotary Club and community lends hand, hugThank you so much to the Rotary Club of Truckee for honoring my late husband, Chris Matthew, at the Annual Crab Feed. It was one of his favorite events as a Rotarian and he would be thrilled to know it is now named for him. Thank you to all those who contributed to the Matthew Family Fund at Plumas Bank. You will never know how much that meant to us. I also want to thank the Rotarians, my coworkers, and especially all my friends here in Truckee for all the love and support that has been given to me and my family. It never ceases to amaze my how our small town steps up in times of heartache to lend a hand and a hug. I am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful community and to have so many good friends here.andamp;#8212; Debbie MatthewCareer day gives juniors a boostThe Rotary Clubs of Truckee, Truckee Sunrise, Tahoe City, and Incline Village, along with the Truckee Optimist and Soroptimist Clubs, would like to extend a very big thank you to the North Tahoe Public Utility District for its gracious donation of the North Tahoe Event Center for the Rotary Resource andamp; Career Day. Our clubs would also like to thank the 120 volunteers whose outstanding work made the event a major success. This year 310 high school juniors from seven different schools in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District attended the event on March 30 in Kings Beach, where they learned about trends in the current job market, college funding opportunities, vocational programs and personal development. Thank you to all who made this such a fun and informative day for our local high school students.Sincerely,Greg Mcdougall, Rotary Club of Truckee Career Day Chair