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Councilman to host a meeting on bus service

South Lake Tahoe City Councilman Ted Long will be hosting a community meeting at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to explore city bus routes with the Latino Affairs Commission to determine whether enough is being done to service the community. The meeting is scheduled for the council chambers located at 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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Mayor declares May to be MS Awareness Month

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Kathay Lovell and the City Council last week proclaimed May as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month in conjunction with the annual MS Walk to be held May 7 at Camp Richardson.

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The MS Walks are annual early May events throughout Northern Nevada and California and are offered by the Great Basin Sierra Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Lovell, along with councilmen Ted Long and John Upton and City Manager David Jinkens were among the first to sign up as official dignitaries representing the city at the May 7 MS Walk.

Upton will perform an a capella rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” to open the event. As many as 200 South Shore walkers and volunteers are expected to participate.

Public awareness and support is essential to the Great Basin Sierra Chapter’s goal of raising nearly $100,000 from three 2005 MS Walks. Other MS Walks will be on May 14 in Reno and May 21 in Carson City. Funds are spent on MS medical research and programs that benefit about 6,000 people with MS plus their families, friends and caregivers living in Northeastern California and Northern Nevada.

Walkers of all ages are invited to participate individually or as part of a team of friends or family. Walkers can register online at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/nvn/. Sign-up begins at 8 a.m. with the walk at 9 a.m.

Volunteers are needed for a few hours on a Saturday morning to register walkers, serve refreshments, distribute prizes, help with set-up and take-down and, of course, cheer for walkers. To volunteer or to register for the walk call (775) 329-7180 or sign up online at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/nvn/.

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease of the central nervous system affecting the brain and spinal cord. Typically striking adults between the ages of 20 and 50, it can cause blindness, difficulty in walking, and paralysis. More than 400,000 Americans now cope with MS, with one new case being diagnosed every hour.

– Staff reports

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