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Clean up a successThank you to everyone who volunteered their time to clean Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay highways, beaches and neighborhood streets at the Community Clean Up Day on Saturday, June 2. More than 120 volunteers took a giant step toward making our towns cleaner and looking better for the busy summer season. The saying, “it takes a village” could not be more appropriate. Without the generous help of many volunteers, the results would be far less impactful.The North Tahoe Business Association would like to thank 2012 Clean Up Day sponsors for their support of the event: Rockwood Tree Service andamp; Defensible Space Specialist, Bruening Associates Real Estate, Bank of the West, Blue Onion Caf, Caliente!, CB’s Pizza andamp; Grill, Duggan andamp; Duggan, Enviro Rents, Hooked Up Sport Fishing, Hostel Tahoe, Jason’s Beachside Grille, Jiffy’s Pizza, Keep California Beautiful, Kings Beach Car Wash, La Mexicana Restaurant, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Peluso’s APizza, Perennial Nursery and Landscaping, PrintArt / SierraMail, Reliable Services, Sierra Sun, Steamer’s Beachside Oven andamp; Bar, Susie Scoops Ice Cream, Taco Bell, Tahoe Biltmore, Tahoe Dave’s Skis andamp; Boards, Tahoe Tech Group, Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal, Taneva Auto Parts, Transformations Salon, and Watermans Landing.And, special thanks to Kings Beach Bluegrass band, The Wrinkle, who played to the delight of all at the volunteer party that followed the clean up efforts. We look forward to this worthwhile annual event, as always, on the first Saturday in June!— North Tahoe Business AssociationGirls meet running goalThank you to all the volunteers and participants who supported more than 90 girls in achieving their goal of crossing the finish line at the Girls on the Run 5K.Special thanks to Tamara McKinney whose inspiring words kicked off the fun run. Thanks to the event volunteers, announcer Jim Simon, Zumba instructor Katy Kula, photographer Harry Lefrak, Crux Events, and Truckee Massage. And, deep appreciation for our volunteer coaches and running buddies — our program would not be possible without you.Gratitude for our sponsors: title sponsor Silver Sage Sports Performance Center; KTKE, the Weekly, Mountain Home Center, Karen Kucharski DMD, Clever Minds, Hound Holiday, and Truckee Tahoe Lumber Company. Thanks to Lather and Fizz, Tahoe Naturals, LUNA, and Sports Beans for goody bags, Safeway’s fruit and bagels, and Starbucks coffee. Finally thanks to Truckee Donner Parks and Rec and the town of Truckee for your continued support.— Girls on the Run — SierrasCommunity supports the HeronsOn behalf of our family, we would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support following the passing of our dad, Tom Heron. Our dad loved Tahoe because of the great feeling of family shown by this community and that was never more evident as people rallied around my mom and us during this difficult time. A special thank you to our churches, Tahoe Faith Fellowship in Tahoe City and Victory Life Church in Folsom, Calif. Thank you to the Tahoe House and Coffee Connexion who generously donated items for dad’s memorial, to mom’s neighbors in Carnelian Bay who offered up their homes for our families to stay in order that they may attend his service; some of these neighbors we’d never even met before, to Hemmings and Jarrett who donated a beautiful wreath to place as a memorial on the roadside and to the Sierra Sun who printed a touching article remembering our dad. Finally, to the countless family and friends who have come along side us, you are too numerous to name, but we will be forever grateful to all of you. We learned during this time how many lives dad touched and you all have, in return, touched ours.Sincerely,The Heron FamilyA big thanks to Rx Drug Take-back Community partnersThe Tahoe-Truckee Future without Drug Dependence (TT-FWDD) Coalition would like to sincerely thank all of the community partners and agencies for their involvement in our fourth Rx Drug Take-back event on Saturday, April 28, 2012. This event would not have been successful without the support and generosity of the following community partners; Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency (TTSA) and Jay Parker for alerting subscribers to the event, Tahoe Forest Hospital District (TFHD) for donating advertising, the publishers of the Sierra Sun for their donation and coverage, the Town of Truckee’s Keep Truckee Green and Nicole Dorr for outreach and materials, Placer and Nevada County Sheriff’s officers and volunteers (Bill Schaffer, Don McNaught, and Richard Panzica), Truckee Police Department and TT-FWDD’s volunteers Dianne and Dick Hilly, Eileen Bohn and TT-FWDD’s board members especially pharmacist Donna Sundale, chiropractor Mark Brown and Kristen Mann. Lastly, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to the residents of Truckee and North Lake Tahoe who participated in this event, showing they care about the safe disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs.— Thank you,Devin Bradley, TT-FWDD program coordinatorTruckee Father’s Day RibFest and BBQFantastic job by Relay for Life TeamAs one of the sponsors for the Truckee RibFest the last three years, my wife and I have to rave about how great the Relay for Life Team did in transforming this year’s event into so much more than prior years. The magic that Ruth Geresy and Lana Sue Dietrich created in turning this year’s event into a true Father’s Day festival experience was amazing. Their vision and hard work turned the event into a festival with a larger selection of food vendors, hot rod cars on display, new fun items like hula hoops, jewelry, clothing for sale, an expanded beer garden, ice cream, gelato, lemonade, kids bounce house, great local music (The Deckheads, and Sheldon Felich and Friends) along with the traditional ribs and ice cold beer.We just want to share a sincere thank you to Ruth and Lana Sue along with the entire group of wonderful Relay for Life volunteers (including but not limited to Ann, Barbara, Chris, Carla, Heidi, Justine, Eric, Keith, Lisa, Ken, Nikki, Jason, Morgan, Gary, Beverly, Ben, and Don). You created a wonderful event for Truckee. There would be a huge list if we tried to mention everyone but two additional members of the community need to also be singled out. They are Woody with Crux Events and Michael Lathury of Smokey’s BBQ who each year go above and beyond to help make the event a success. — Charlie and Nancy Riley,owners of Truckee’s Hometown SEARS Store Billy Dutton Uphill a huge successOne hundred fifty racers skied, snow-shoed or ran the grueling climb from the bottom of Squaw Valley to High Camp on April 15, 2012 in the Billy Dutton Uphill race. This was the 23rd annual race which is held to honor the memory of longtime Squaw Valley skier Billy Dutton. This year, racers also donned flowers in their hair and hats to honor the memory of Billy Dutton’s mother, Betty Walsh, who passed away earlier this year. Betty created this event and was not only a supporter of Far West Nordic Ski Education Association but also a true Squaw Valley icon.All of the proceeds from the race go to support the Far West Junior Nordic Ski Team to help fund participation in the Junior Olympics and other programs. Far West would like to give a huge thank you to the Dutton/Walsh Family, the Rassuchine family and Squaw Valley for hosting this great event. We would also like to extend sincere gratitude to all of the volunteers and to the following individuals and businesses whose donations contributed to the success of the event: LaVan Rassuchine, Gizdich Ranch, Olaf Carmel Photography, Gallery Keoki, Ben Grasseschi, Bill Sterling, Jake’s on the Lake, River Ranch, Resort at Squaw Creek, The Cat Walk, Plumpjack’s, Cabona’s, Tahoe Cross Country, Sunnyside, Grahame’s, Napa Auto Parts, Zano’s, Bridgetender, Zia Lina, Tahoe City Chocolates, Auburn Ski Club, Blue Agave, Tahoe Dave's Ski Shop, New Moon, Tim Hauserman, Asante, Wagon Train Coffee Shop, Coffee Connexion, PlumpJack Sport, the Dam Caf, Fireside, Petra, Soupa, Uncorked, Smokey’s, Squaw Valley, Blue Coyote, Tahoe House, Wildflour Baking Company, Alpenglow, Treat Box, Willard’s Sport Shop, Sunshine Deli, Pianeta, Nik and Willies and Wild Cherries. The outpouring of support from all of these sponsors is so appreciated and shows that it truly “takes a village.” The support from this wonderful community is what has made this event so successful and memorable each year. Finally, a special thank you to all of the racers who powered themselves up to High Camp — what a great way to remember Billy Dutton and Betty Walsh! Thanks to all.Sincerely,Stacey F. HerhuskyFar West Nordic Board of Directors


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