Kudos & Kindness | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Kudos & Kindness

As the El Dorado County coordinator for the 23rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Clean Tahoe Program thanks all the volunteers who came out on Sept. 15 and picked up trash for three hours.

The 165 people who participated cleaned up 16 South Shore beaches and waterways and picked up 2,495 pounds of litter and debris. Throughout California, 770 sites were simultaneously cleaned. The Coastal Commission’s preliminary totals for the statewide effort boasted 45,443 volunteers picking up 499,771 pounds of trash.

The Clean Tahoe Program thanks its site captains: Bob Blaney and his dive team, City Councilman Bill Crawford, Annie Geratowski from Heavenly Valley Resort, Maryanne Rozanne from the TRCD, Paula Peterson from the Rotary Club, Rochelle Sawyer from Troop 577, Leah DeLury of the SLT Yacht Club, Lyndy and the “K” Kids, Karen Smith from MontBleu Resort and Casino, Jane Flavin from Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Beth Aiton and the eighth-grade girls basketball team, Marnie Ryan from the Soroptimist Club and the wonderful staff and board of directors at the Clean Tahoe Program. Volunteers are everything. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication on behalf of your environment.

— Ellen Nunes, program manager

Tahoe Area Sierra Club fundraiser was a success

The annual celebration of regional wine, art, music and food held by the Tahoe Area Sierra Club was a great success again this year. Our location, the historic Berkeley Echo Camp, offered guests and artists a spectacular venue.

We have so many people to thank: Local musicians Java Djembe rocked the place with stirring African rhythms and dance. The Back Forty Bluegrass band entertained for the rest of the night. Delia and crew from Nevada City Winery once again poured premium vintages for tasting, while Ruth Crawford, Judy Faylor, Laurie Hockenberry and Julie Incopero pulled corks and poured wine until the starts came out.

We appreciate the folks at Aspen Hollow Nursery and the League to Save Lake Tahoe who helped sell tickets. Thanks to TASC volunteers and others in the community who helped in so many ways. Bill Watson generously donated a tour in the Thunderbird yacht and Don and Kay Edwards donated an outing in their vintage Cadillac.

Our wonderful artists, featured wildlife artist Jim Stamates, along with displays of jeweled gourds by Ann Thennes, handmade pottery from Rearview Miracles, watercolors by Jo Anne Wood and beautiful pottery from Francis Rider, gave guests the opportunity to view and purchase fine local art. Stacy Romagnolo of Bella Cucina Catering created a delicious strolling dinner.

Thanks to Berkeley Camp Manager Phil Coffin and his staff for their great welcome and attention to every detail. We were so pleased to have this stunning location overlooking all of Tahoe – a view that many locals seldom see.

And finally, thanks to all of you who joined us atop Echo Summit to sip wine, listen to good music, appreciate local art and enjoy the spectacular sunset. Funds raised from this event are used to protect our fragile environment, while advocating for responsible and sustainable economic growth.

— Tahoe Area Sierra Club

Thanks for support after Angora fire

Having survived the Angora fire, I have been hesitant to praise individuals when we have been helped by so many. Thank you all.

That being said, I do want to single out the Garfinkel family for donating the Mikasa site at the “Y” for our community center. It’s a good place to meet our neighbors and other survivors we’ve known for years but who have been scattered over the past several months.

Thanks to Pamm Bettencourt, Frank and others for their tireless efforts on our behalf.

— Don Scott

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