News briefs: 2016 Valhalla Renaissance Faire canceled, Barton doctor honored and more
No Renaissance Faire in 2016
Rehabilitation work at Camp Richardson has led to the cancellation of the 2016 Valhalla Renaissance Faire, according to a post on the fair’s website.
“The USFS is conducting extensive rehabilitation of the Eagle’s Nest and Badger’s Den areas of Camp Richardson. Unfortunately, the work will not be finalized in time Valhalla’s ‘16 dates,” according to the post.
The post says the fair will return June 3-4 and June 10-11, 2017.
FREE TAX RETURN PREPARATION
Taxpayers of all ages can have their tax returns completed by IRS-trained volunteers at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
Bring all 2015 tax documents, a photo ID, social security card and last year’s tax return. All tax returns are e-filed and a printed copy is given to each tax payer. Tax preparation sessions are scheduled on Thursdays from 1-6 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The last client is taken a half-hour before closing. This program is sponsored by the AARP Tax Aide Foundation in conjunction with the IRS. Volunteers will be available until April 15.
Call 530-573-3130 for more information.
ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION PLAN ADOPTED FOR TAHOE
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, in its capacity as the Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization, recently adopted an active transportation plan that will help communities continue to improve transportation options for bicyclists and pedestrians in the Tahoe Basin.
Transportation projects that improve infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians also help improve air and water quality, revitalize the economy, improve public health, and enhance recreation opportunities.
Developed through extensive public outreach, the “Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan” identifies high-priority transportation upgrades needed around the Tahoe Basin. It also identifies best practices for road and intersection designs and actions communities can take to improve bicycle and pedestrian mobility and safety, and build trails and complete streets that serve everyone from drivers to walkers.
The goal is a complete network of trails, sidewalks, bike lanes, and intersection crossings around Lake Tahoe that allows people to safely and efficiently get to school, work, shopping centers, and recreation sites without having to get into a motor vehicle.
“We asked the community how the active transportation system can better serve them. The strategies, programs, and infrastructure recommendations in the plan reflect what we heard,” said Morgan Beryl, associate transportation planner and lead contributor to the plan.
In coming months, TRPA and TMPO staff will launch an interactive website and executive summary that highlight the purpose and main components of “Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan.” Staff will also start work on action items outlined in the plan, such as code amendments, permit process improvements, active transportation monitoring and reporting, and public forums about the “first and last mile” of transportation upgrades.
With the Active Transportation Plan approved, communities can use the document to help support grant requests for projects. The plan is one of several plans TRPA and TMPO are working to finalize and adopt this year as part of a comprehensive update to the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan. Other plans focus on improving public transit service, improving highway corridors, and incorporating new technology into Tahoe’s transportation network.
The “Linking Tahoe: Active Transportation Plan” is available online at http://www.tahoempo.org/activetransportationplan.
TAHOE OB-GYN DOCTOR PICKS UP THREE WINS
Amanda Weavil, M.D., collected her third victory this month when she was voted Barton Health’s 2016 Doctor of the Year.
Weavil is a board-certified OB-GYN for Barton Women’s Health. In early March, Weavil won the Dancing with the Tahoe Stars competition and received the people’s choice award. Now, in honor of National Doctors Day, Barton Health physicians and staff voted Weavil as their favorite physician.
“I’m surprised and overwhelmed by this honor,” Weavil said. “I love being an OB-GYN, and I especially love being one at Barton Health and caring for the South Lake Tahoe community.”
Weavil was recognized as the Doctor of the Year across departments. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sneeringer gave a short presentation March 30 and shared some of the praises written on the ballot. One person stated that Weavil is “compassionate, attentive, and engaged” and “goes above and beyond in her patient care.” Several colleagues referred to Weavil’s “friendly face” and many described her as caring, hardworking, and highly skilled.
Weavil provides a wide range of gynecological, obstetrical and fertility services. Schedule an appointment at Barton Women’s Health by calling 530-543-5711 or find more information at http://www.bartonhealth.org/women.
MCKINNEY AGENTS HONORED
Coldwell Banker McKinney & Associates real estate agents recently achieved international award designations for 2015.
Monique McIntyre was honored as a member of the Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society. This membership is awarded to the top eight percent of all Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.
Madeleine Gutierrez, Peggy Eichhorn and Tom King were also honored as members of the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society, a level achieved by only a select group (top 20 percent) of sales associates across the globe.
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