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Kudos & Kindness

Helping victims of the hurricane

A heartfelt thank-you to all those who participated in making the Hurricane Katrina relief collection such a huge success.

A special thank-you to Jan McCarthy and Kristine Fulton who took active roles in organizing this collection to support the victims of Katrina

The assistance given by the staff at the Stardust and Marie Hansen was greatly appreciated. The outpouring of food and clothing given by this community was amazing.

I would like to thank each and every person who participated in giving so generously. The food and clothing will be put to good use by those who need it most. Some clothing has already been distributed to Katrina victims who have made their way to our area!

Thank you for proving what our community is all about; the caring and support we give to others is what makes this community one of which I am proud to be a member.

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Jan Halpern Segal

South Lake Tahoe


The Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce raised $7,600 to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund earmarked for the Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Generous cash contributions were supplemented by a yard sale held on Sept. 10 with goods supplied by many members of the South Shore community. The sale was staffed by volunteers who sorted and sold the items including Norma Ramirez, Pat and George Campau, Hildegarde and Rene Mouttet, Bob Harms, Jessica Tucker, Joann Eisenbrandt, Andy Friend, Jorge Orozco, Sue Barton, Lauri Kemper, Catherine Schoen, and Jill Boeldt.

Thanks also to David Ornelas, the manager of Nel’s Tahoe Hardware, who loaned us tables for the sale.

The yard sale, which raised $1,600 of the total, was held at Don Regis-Bilar’s residence. Don regularly opens his home and devotes his energy and time to hosting community fund-raisers. As usual, his tireless efforts for this cause were invaluable.

Thank you to all who contributed to this significant endeavor to assist the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. As noted elsewhere in the Tribune, we will continue to serve as a drop-off point for contributions. Our Visitor Center is staffed seven days a week and is located in front of Round Hill’s Safeway.

Kathleen Farrell

Executive director

Tahoe-Douglas Chamber of Commerce


It has been wonderfully fulfilling to be involved with the many South Shore residents who have contributed time and resources to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.

In her letter thanking the donors and volunteers for the yard sale held at my residence on Sept. 10, Kathleen Farrell, executive director of the Tahoe- Douglas Chamber which hosted the sale, due to her modesty and my error, did not include two people who were important in the $1,600 success of that event.

Peggy Bourland Madison, long known for her quiet philanthropy, was a vital volunteer at the yard sale. Also, Kathy Farrell herself put in long days and many hours toward the sale.

Due to goods continuing to be taken to the Tahoe-Douglas Chamber as well as my residence, the chamber will be holding another yard sale this weekend, rain or shine. The funds raised benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Katrina.

Please call the chamber at (775) 588-4591 or me at (530) 541-7720 for more information.

Don Regis-Bilar

South Lake Tahoe

Thank you for your prayers

I am so grateful and honored to have friends and family who were thoughtful enough to help out with their support (dinners, flowers, gifts), love and prayers.

If there is ever anything I can do to return the favor, I will be there for you.

If I forgot anyone, please accept my apology. Thank you so much. Hugs and kisses to all.

Thanks to Steve and Barbara Bannar, Danielle and Mat Underhill, Susan Cook, Lee Anne Genasci, Lori Borek, Kristal Hertel, Buck and Michelle McClellan, Mike and Marja Ambler, Debby Lawson, Fred and Maria Miclat, Tara and Mike Wallace, Willie and gang at Sierra Ready Mix, Sandi Capitani, June Dunn, Abi Terry, JoAnne Marchessault, Nancy and John Dalton, Jody Dayberry, Lori and Jim Eliot, Lori Mc-Keen, Karen Maack, Sierra Zak, Trudy Matthews, the Caro family, Dr. Ginn, Dr. Peter DiGrande, Julie Wallace, Dr. Maria Pielaet, Jesse and Tony Barchetti, my mom and my sweet and loving sister Janet who took care of me and all her friends from Orange County who prayed for me.

Frances Caro

South Lake Tahoe

Recovery center has successful events

Sierra Recovery Center would like to say thanks to everyone who contributed to our annual Garage Sale and Car Wash on Sept. 17. It was a very successful event. A special thanks to Teri Boldt for taking some of her free time to help out.

Again, kudos to the Community of South Lake Tahoe and Teri Boldt.

Rhea Dira

Sierra Recovery Center

Fire safety in neighborhood

Chimney Rock Fire Safe Chapter Board thanks the following individuals and businesses for their generous donations and support helping us to host a neighborhood Fire Safety and Defensible Space Workshop and barbecue on Sept. 17. A special thanks is due to the residents of Pineridge Drive for graciously allowing us to have our event at their cul-de-sac.

Thanks to Dr. Jim Sullivan, Penny Miller, Dr. Randy Watson, the Lake Tahoe Surgery Center, Sears at Round Hill, Raley’s Crescent V and Round Hill Safeway for your generous donations for our barbecue.

Approximately 100 individuals including representatives of the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and the Nevada Fire Safe Council joined the Chimney Rock Fire Safe Board in an informal fire safety/defensible space workshop and barbecue.

The occasion celebrated the defensible space work done this summer in the lower and mid- Kingsbury neighborhood and outlined plans for future work on both the National Forest and on private property. Thanks to all who participated and to those who assisted, especially Mr. Kevin Kjer for chairing the event.

Bob McDowell

Chairman, Chimney Rock Neighborhood Chapter of the Nevada Fire Safe Council

Air Fest had lots of support

Lake Tahoe Airport celebrated the 16th annual Air Fest on Sept. 3. Approximately 10,000 citizens, including many from other cities and states enjoyed the event. A committee of about a dozen volunteers representing several nonprofit organizations and the airport manager met monthly for nearly a year planning Air Fest, and about 50 volunteers working on Sept. 3 made Air Fest possible.

The Air Fest committee would like to thank Mayor Kathay Lovell, City Manager David Jinkens, the Federal Aviation Administration and volunteer air traffic controllers who manned the temporary tower, TRAJEN Aviation, the South Lake Tahoe fire and police departments, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, STAR volunteers, the Tahoe Douglas and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, Blackhawk Squadron Civil Air Patrol, Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, CALSTAR, High Sierra Helicopters, RE/MAX, Berry Hinkley Industries, Shehadi Motors, Enterprise Rental Cars, Tom Haen, and all the businesses that paid for advertising banners.

Also many businesses provided for performers and military aircrew.

Although several military aircraft were not available to attend due to relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims, approximately 40 military and general aviation static display aircraft including several war birds were available for viewing. Airplane and helicopter rides were available with all proceeds from the helicopter going to charity. Additionally, thanks to CALSTAR for sponsoring the very successful Flying 5K Run and Kids Fun Run.

Thanks to all who helped make this year’s Air Fest a great success.

Rick Jenkins, Air Fest committee chairman,

Smokey Rickerd,Airport manager