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News briefs: 9/11 ceremony, Sample the Sierra winner & more

AMERICAN LEGION POST 795 TO HOST 9/11 CEREMONY

The American Legion Post 795 of South Lake Tahoe invites everyone to a commemorative ceremony to honor the innocent victims and first responders of September 11, 2001. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, at the American Legion Hall (2748 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, Calif). Refreshments will be served.

American Legion Posts across America are encouraging their communities to attend these ceremonies to ensure that the innocent victims and first responders lost that day are never forgotten.

“We must not forget all of those who gave their lives for this great country,” Post Commander Matthew Panks said.

The ceremony will also recognize emergency service personnel, including firefighters and law enforcement, who have remained strong throughout the attack on America and who have upheld the honor of patriotism.

“This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation,” Panks said. “As a unified nation, we must remain committed to supporting the young men and women of our armed forces as they serve with honor and courage.”

For more information, contact Lisa Herron at 530-542-2747 or email lisannherron@gmail.com.

SAMPLE THE SIERRA CELEBRATED LOCALLY

The 6th annual Sample the Sierra returned to South Lake Tahoe this holiday weekend with over 1,500 in attendance to taste the best food and drink in the Sierra Nevada. With 18 tasting booths, over 30 local artists and artisans, live music and cooking demonstrations, Bijou Community Park was the place to be this past Sunday.

Returning for the second year, the Best Tasting Experience Award allowed festival goers to vote for the pairing of the most delicious sample of food and drink. With nearly 20 booths to choose from, attendees were given a difficult task; but in the end local restaurant Kalani’s and Amador County winery Vino Noceto prevailed as the best tasting experience of 2015. Kalani’s served Kahlua pork banh mi sliders made of slow-cooked pork shoulder with a sweet and tangy Chinese barbecue sauce, heirloom tomatoes, jalapeno aioli, cilantro and sesame seeds on a King’s Hawaiian Bread roll. Paired with Vino Noceto’s reds and whites.

Local churches still deciding on homeless ‘warm room’

Temple Bat Yam’s board of directors is still working on a decision to act as back-up site for a South Lake Tahoe homeless “warm room.” Unity at the Lake Church’s board has approved the decision and is working on final approval from its landlord. Both organizations are members of the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless, a group looking for a permanent site for a “warm room.” The site would house homeless individuals overnight during below-freezing temperature nights in the winter season.