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Kudos & Kindness

The South Tahoe Pop Warner Football and Cheerleader boys and girls, coaches, families and board members would like to extend a big, heartfelt thank you to Paul and Judy Bruso and Ernie’s Coffee Shop for hosting Pop Warner’s first Hamburger Night fund-raiser. The $2,500 you helped us raise will go a long way toward enhancing our program.

The money will go toward new equipment for the kids as well as scholarships, ensuring that all those who want to participate in this fun and rewarding program, can do so.

A special thanks to Bonanza Produce, Crystal Dairy, Frano Bread Company, Barkley Meats and Farmers Brothers Coffee for their generous donation of supplies, as well as Ernie’s staff members Roger, Will, Betsy, Michele and Antonio.

Our program depends upon the support of our community, and wonderful people and businesses like you.

Jean Yingling

South Lake Tahoe Pop Warner League

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Biology class sails the lake

The advanced placement biology class at South Tahoe High School would like to say thank you very much to Nikki Florio, director of T.R.E.E., Steve Dunham, owner of Woodwind II and Capt. Steve and first mate Kat, crew of the Woodwind II for a beautiful and productive class abroad the Woodwind II catamaran.

“May the wind always fill your sails.”

Carla Zezula

AP biology, STHS

Internship Fair: a look to the future

Lake Tahoe Community College would like to thank all the employers who participated in the Internship Fair.

The employers provided our students with information about available internships and future employment opportunities. A huge thank you to the following employers: Tahoe Youth and Family Service, Motive Advertising, Tahoe Daily Tribune, Sierra Recovery Center, Sierra Nevada Alliance, Carpenters Union, Clean Tahoe, B.E.S.T. Consulting, Inc., Emerald Bay Physical Therapy, United States Forest Service, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lahontan Water Quality Board, City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, Tahoe Douglas Fire District, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Heavenly Mountain Resort, City of South Lake Tahoe, Boys and Girls Club, KRLT Radio, Servpro, Tahoe Baikal Institute, AirTegrity Wireless, Prepaid Legal Services, U.S. Army and the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center.

Dina Cipollaro

Work Experience Coordinator

Hurricane relief from our town

My family would like to thank our generous community for their donations to our recent fundraisers to benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina fund. We raised and collected more than $5,000 in cash and checks. We would like to especially like to thank helpers Ted Long, Terri Shehadi and the South Tahoe High softball team for spending many hours asking the public for donations.

None of that would be possible without the help of the city of South Lake Tahoe and the redevelopment agency by allowing us to place booths in and around South Lake Tahoe and at Air Fest 2005. Thanks also to the many businesses who allowed us to place donation jars in their establishments: Ernie’s, Bert’s, the Red Hut, Round Hill Video, the Shoppe and Ski Run Boat Rentals. And, of course, thanks to many individuals who opened their wallets, checkbooks and piggy banks to help those who need it most.

Our community continues to astound us in their generosity and compassion. Our daughter, Kylie, is hoping to return to New Orleans in January to return to Tulane University. In the meantime, we will continue to collect funds and look for additional ways to help the victims of this natural disaster. Thanks to all.

The Novasel family

South Lake Tahoe

A lot of love at tennis court

I had the opportunity to play tennis at our recently resurfaced tennis courts at the Middle School, and I must say the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Commission did a wonderful job.

These are the courts that many locals and tourists alike who play tennis come to enjoy and are a huge improvement over the condition of the prior courts. I understand that the other two courts will be resurfaced in the spring when the weather warms.

So I just wanted to give a huge thank you to Brett Long, who serves on the parks and rec board and initiated getting the courts resurfaced, and the commission for an outstanding job. You deserve a great deal of appreciation from all of us who enjoy playing tennis.

Simon Smith

South Lake Tahoe

Helping out our Latino parents

The Education Subcommittee of the Latino Affairs Committee would like to thank the city of South Lake Tahoe and the Optimists for their generous donations of $500 each to bring to South Lake Tahoe the Parent School Partnership Program, which is a nationally recognized program to educate Latino parents on how to be involved in their children’s education and how to access the school and community services available to them. These donations will enable us to bring a trainer from MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) to train community members to present the parent education program.

We believe that it takes a village to raise a child and we are proud of our village of South Lake Tahoe because of the support we have received from the city, the Optimists and our other partners, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and Lake Tahoe Community College and the Family Resource Center as well as the community members who have committed themselves to this project.

Bonnie Driscoll and the Latino Affairs Education Subcommittee

Helping break down barriers

Thank you to the Challenge Day volunteers for being the change they wish to see in the world. Recently, South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School held their annual Challenge Day that is designed to break down the socioeconomic barriers that exist in a group, school or community. Once again, it was a tremendous success largely due to our amazing volunteers, who were willing to drop their waterline and get real with the students.

Thank you so much for your time and energy. You are all invaluable to our students and our community: Laura Parson, Anne Able, Lalaine Agbigay, Danielle Margosian, Joe Masini, Lisa Cortnell, Linda Keel, Kyle Erkkila, Jeanne Payne, Michael Davis, Mary Avila, Kree Symour, Joe Pfeil, Dave Zander, Pat Schultz, Kathleen Whatford, Larry Lambdin, Sally Williams, Walt Scherff, Rich Thomsen, Karen Nighswonger, Kelly Dant, Suzanne Scherff, Bonnie Hill, Kerry Freeman, George Schultz, David Berne and Linda Hardin. Thanks to Shelly Giannotta for supplying the water and to Steve Morales for helping secure the facility and the buses.

A special thanks to the Horizon for their continued hospitality and room donations and to the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Tahoe for allowing us to use their facility.

Holly Greenough

South Tahoe Middle School