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Kudos & Kindness

Cherished friends. As the unhappy first anniversary of the death of our beloved, precious son passes, we realize that we haven’t kept you abreast of events.

Many of you lovingly wrote letters on Johnny’s behalf and sent them to the probation department in Orange County.

There really are no words to express our deepest gratitude. The probation office was overwhelmed with a huge volume of letters. We were told that they couldn’t recall ever receiving so many letters on behalf of a victim.

Thanks to all of you, the option of probation with no sentence was not available. The young man pleaded guilty after only four months of court proceedings. He did an honorable thing in pleading guilty and saving us possibly a year or two in court hearings and heartache. He was sentenced to two years and four months in prison. As Christians, we had forgiven him from the beginning, and now we pray that the Lord will bless him and that he will lead a productive life.

As to you, our treasured and loved friends – we thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts. We are completely blessed to live in such a loving and caring community. Many of you have known and loved Johnny since kindergarten. You shared field trips, Little League, soccer, walk-a-thons, birthdays and life with us – irreplaceable, happy and loving memories. You reached out to us and shared in the loss of a wonderful young man that we have been so blessed to share life with. We praise the Lord for the 21 amazing years we had the privilege of sharing as Johnny’s family. We also praise Him for our loving family and friends.

We thank our bosses and co-workers for their love, support and generosity. We thank those friends who so generously made meals and food for our family and friends. We are also thankful for the support we received from other moms and dads with whom we share the heartbreaking loss of a child.

We thank each and every one of you for your love, cards, gifts, flowers, smiles, phone calls and hugs – Oh, the hugs. All of these things meant so much to us. We felt loved and cared about, and that was a great feeling in the midst of an unbelievably sad time.

May the Lord bless each and every one of you. May the Lord keep Johnny in his loving care until we can be with him again. With much love and appreciation.

The Gochnauer-Napier family

Pembroke, Tammy, Jennifer and Melissa

Community has given so much

Where to start is always hard and we do not want to forget or offend anyone. We have much to be thankful for.

We thank God for his many blessings, our faith, our family and the community that we have raised our children in. The young adults, who came to us in our darkest hour and shared this deep burden, our brothers and sisters, who we have fellowship with that brought food, support and love, and the church that opened its doors to bless two families in need.

Our community that has given so much and still asks what can we do for you. The businesses that showed us their hearts for our family by giving so freely to benefit those who came to share with us.

Most of all, we thank God for our son, Alex, though he was not perfect. Alex had the heart to love, share and give of himself to the people around him regardless of whom they are.

Alex had the gift of loving mankind. As a family and a community, we pray we will keep giving this gift that Alex gave to us. To live each day as a gift and to touch the people we come in contact with a sharp wit and a loving heart.

As a family, we thank all of you so much for loving us and giving our son back to us when we thought we had lost him. If we have forgotten anyone, forgive us. We are so grateful for all your kindness and support. May God bless you and keep you all the days of your lives in God’s rest.

The Haas family

Library donation will buy books

On behalf of the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library I would like to thank the volunteers of the South Lake Tahoe Friends of the Library. Their recent donation of $3,000 will be used to purchase more fiction and non-fiction books.

We sincerely appreciate the generous donation and look forward to having the continued support of the Friends of the Library.

Sally Neitling Branch manager

South Lake Tahoe Branch Library

Reading Counts program revived

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Mrs. Laurie Brazil, Zephyr Cove Elementary School reading specialist, and to Ms. Linda Deacy and the Douglas County Public Library staff for their efforts in reviving Scholastic’s Reading Counts program at the Douglas County Tahoe Branch Library.

Several Zephyr Cove Elementary School students have utilized this valuable reading comprehension tool during their summer break.

Accessibility to this program would not have come to fruition without the collective efforts of these caring individuals. Thank you.

Dawn Evans

Zephyr Cove

Outreach team received support

Tahoe Youth and Family Services would like to think the security offices of Harveys Resort & Casino and The Horizon Casino for the ongoing support they continually give to our outreach team.

The Tahoe Youth and Family Services Outreach Team provides an invaluable service by getting to know the youth and giving them information about the resources available to them throughout South Lake Tahoe.

Without their ongoing support we would not be able to reach out to some of the most vulnerable and at-risk youth in our community, who hang out at the casino arcades.

Tahoe Youth & Family Services

Free physicals were a success

I would like to thank everyone who was involved with the free physicals for high school and Pop Warner athletes at Tahoe Family Physicians on July 27. This is the 25th year we have proved this service to the community and it was another huge success – 118 kids were seen for free.

Everyone involved, from the TFP staff, nurses, doctors and the coaches, worked very hard to make sure things went smoothly and was very successful.

It is so nice to see everyone working to help the kids in the community.

Karen Conant Clinic office manager

Tahoe Family Physicians

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