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Parade float aims to help the troops

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Parade float aims to help the troops

The Douglas County Democratic Central Committee, Douglas County Democratic Women and the Blue Lake Tahoe Democrats will sponsor a float in the Carson Valley Days parade on June 9. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Salute to the Troops.” In keeping with the theme, the Democrats’ float will honor those troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as paying tribute to our proud veterans who have served in all branches of the military.

To further honor our commitment to our soldiers serving abroad, we will be collecting items for “Operation Gratitude,” a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to “put a smile on a service member’s face, lift morale and express the appreciation of the American people for their sacrifices.”

If you would like to help, bring items such as DVDs, CDs, candy, gum, cough drops, cookies, cooling bandanas, skin care products, coffee, greeting cards, batteries, energy drinks, sundries, etc., to the parade. They will be collected along the parade route by volunteers walking with the float.

If you can’t make the parade, we will also be accepting donations at our booth in Lampe Park on June 9 and 10 or call Christie Aldinger at (775) 267-3982 to arrange pick-up. Monetary donations to help pay for shipping are also needed.

Whittell class of ’67 to reunite

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The 1967 graduating class of George Whittell High School at Zephyr Cove, is planning its 40th high school reunion July 21 on Lake Tahoe’s MS Dixie paddle-wheeler. The MS Dixie dinner, dance and cruise will leave the Zephyr Cove dock at 7:30 p.m. and return at 11 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $63 per person. A late afternoon beach party at the dock will begin at 6 p.m.

All 1967 graduates and their guests are invited. For more information or to make reservations, contact Susan (Kemmerle) Del Boccio at (925) 846-9774 or or Tonia (Karagosian) Cunning at (775) 788-6357 or by July 1.

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