Truckee Day founder passes on her gloves |

Truckee Day founder passes on her gloves

Once upon a sunny time in Truckee, Maia Schneider walked from her home in Tahoe Donner to West River Street to pick up her car from the shop. And as Schneider made her way downtown, she noticed an alarming sight.I saw all this trash along the road, said Schneider. When youre driving you dont see it, but when youre walking, theres a lot.So she decided to do something about it. After Schneider met with them, town officials opted to design a two-tiered community event to not only clean up Truckee, but to thank residents for their efforts with a neighborhood block party at Truckee River Regional Park.Not a whole lot of people have Schneiders dedication to generate an idea and see it through, said General Manager Steve Randall of the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District. Organizers didnt know what to expect with the first event in 2004, Schneider said. More than 500 residents pitched in and picked up seven tons of trash. The numbers have gone up from there.This year Schneider will pass the Truckee Day torch to Beth Ingalls, who is a co-chair of the event. Both women have been dedicated to their community, serving as the Town of Truckee mayor and participating in numerous civic projects and organizations.With Ingalls taking the lead, Schneider said her interest in recycling and the environment can bring in younger generations and reinvigorate the event in the future. Ingalls was willing to accept the baton.Basically, I think its a great thing to keep going, and Im honored she thought of me to continue, Ingalls said, who is also involved in the Earth Day event. Ingalls said she has developed a strong bond working with Nichole Dorr, the towns recycling coordinator. Having civic spirit is all about taking the initiative, Ingalls said, a sentiment that Schneider shares.Everything thats great in Truckee is because of the volunteer-driven community, Schneider said.

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