Accident brings out heroes

Dear Editor,

Our heroes are in our own communities. We need to thank them publicly.

On January 6, 2002, my husband and I were in a head-on collision on Highway 267, going north to Truckee. The first person to stop and give me assistance was a ski patrol man from Incline Village. The second person was a woman nurse from Tahoe Forest Hospital. The third was a woman doctor, and the fourth was a male doctor. The fifth was the King Beach Fire Department’s crew. The sixth was the California Highway Patrol. The seventh was the Fire Department’s ambulance driver and medic. The next person was the Tahoe Forest Hospital emergency nurses and doctors. Then the technicians. They were all seeing that I was in one piece and breathing.

What a lot of effort for these well-trained people working as they do in their jobs every day.

A big Thank You to them all.

Sincerely and alive,

Dale and Mary Ann Burt

Tahoe Vista, CA

Pancake breakfast helps seniors

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Truckee Senior Services Council we would like to thank Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner for hosting the pancake breakfast on April 7. And, as always we are so grateful to the Bosco family, who works at every pancake breakfast. The next pancake breakfast will be May 5 and will be hosted by the Sunrise Rotary Club. We would like to take this opportunity to again thank all of the clubs and organizations that have made this fund-raiser for our seniors a success.

Truckee Senior Services Council

Many thanks for Jekowsky Day II

Dear Editor,

Many thanks to Sierra Mountain Middle School principal, Don Beno, and band director, Randy Humphreys, for facilitating a successful “Jekowsky Day II” last Friday, April 5. The Sierra Wire Choir, comprised of local string students, and the Reno Philharmonic Youth Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Joel Munc, joined forces under the baton of maestro Barry Jekowsky, conductor and music director of the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, to present a performance for local fifth and sixth grade students.

Thank you also to the fifth and sixth grand teachers for taking the time and energy to make sure their students witnessed this special event. Thanks also to all the parents for supporting their children in their instrumental study. Finally, thank you to the musicians for their hard work and dedication. I believe all involved appreciated the moment of loveliness the string music provided their lives.


Rita Whitaker-Haun

Sierra Wire Choir

A special thanks from Engen family

Dear Editor,

As you know, this fire and the loss of everything we owned, especially our beloved cats and irreplaceable family mementos has been a devastating experience for our family. We are all moving on, a task made much easier by the tremendous support both financial and emotional, given to us by our friends and neighbors in this community.

We want to extend a special thanks to the following people and businesses who went above and beyond the call of duty to help us: my sister and her husband, Lori and Jan Frankenberger, and my nephew Jayme and the families and staff of Glenshire Elementary School, the Red Cross, Margo Burmey and all her church friends, the Angel Network, Josh at Hanes and Bali, Rodger and Gretchen at Porters Ski and Sports in Tahoe city, Tina at the Glenshire Store, Thersia, Cindy, Rose and all the employees at Safeway, and all the special employees at Raleys on keystone in Reno, Milan at U-haul in Reno, Arlene and Dave Wallace who gave us shelter and continue to help our son and granddaughter, and so many others who have been so generous.

Jeff and Lisa Engen

Shawn and Dana Engen

Men of Yale had a good experience

Dear Editor,

La Raza II Club would like to thank Los Altos, Tacos Jalisco, Taco Bell and Toro Bravo for donating food for our barbeque on April 5 at Truckee High School in honor of Cesar Chavez. We would also like to thank the Putnam family for their donations, Tiffany Shegg’s mother, who picked up the meat for us, and especially all of the people who put their time and efforts into making this possible. Gracias por todo.

Members of La Raza II Club


shop appreciates donations

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Tahoe Forest Hospital Foundation, I would like to publicly acknowledge Cabona’s, JoAnne’s Glass, Ace Mountain Hardware, Jackass Ridge, Lahontan Golf Shop and many other local retailers for donating merchandise to the Tahoe Forest Hospice Gift and Thrift.

Already, countless medical bills have been paid with proceeds from the store. Hospital beds have been purchased to be used in patient homes. Bereavement classes have been sponsored.

Much of this would not be possible without the support of our local merchants, who have come through in a big way. With the show melting and golf courses greening up, Lahontan Golf Shop’s donation of Tahema shirts, shorts and pants comes at the perfect time, and already the golf clothes are flying off the rack. This means more medical bills paid, more comfort for those who need it most.

We hope donations like Lahontan’s will encourage other golf shops in the area to donate their end-of-season and dead inventory as well. It is a great way to make room for new merchandise and receive a tax benefit, in addition to lending a helping hand to our community.


Robert Tilton, President

Tahoe Forest

Hospital Foundation

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