Tahoe Talk for April 10, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Tahoe Talk for April 10, 2009

Moksha Lea wrote to Tahoe Talk to tell of her experience recently with a local cell phone company after losing her phone. She writes:

“Recently I lost my phone. Not sure what to do, I called Yellow Pager in town and they very helpfully got me a new SIM card free of charge. When I asked why it was free, I was told they wanted to do something for the community.

“Such great heart and ethics will only help our local businesses succeed. If we all give a little bit, we will get through any downturn that comes our way. If you need a cell phone, mobile accessory, or want to shop for a better rate plan, you can’t do any better than right here in Tahoe. Thank you Yellow Pager!”

Lisa Twomey of SouthLake Tahoe wrote to tell us about a couple of local fundraisers in the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Wednesday nights at Mazatlan Grill are designated fundraising nights. Mazatlan will donate 10 percent of each bill (excluding alcohol) to local MS Walk fundraising efforts.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, April 26, there will be a bake sale at Turn 3 Peanut Bar in the King’s Trading Post.

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The “Turnin’ Left To Cure MS” sale starts at 11 a.m. and takes place during the Talladega NASCAR race. There will be baked goods, take-and- bake meals, homemade bread, and lunch available to purchase. All proceeds will be donated to the MS Walk.

Speaking of the annual MS Walk, Tahoe’s walk will be on Saturday, May 9, at Camp Richardson. Go to http://www.nationalmssociety.org to register or call the Great Basin office at (775) 827-4257 for more details.

Jim Dalton has created a store-within-a-store. The Mithras Bookstore contains the largest collection of metaphysical books in town, and all are on sale, Dalton says. Find it inside South Lake Tahoe Antique & Thrift Company, 2318 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe. The store is open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (530) 542-7131.

If another disaster, such as the Angora fire, occurs again on the South Shore, our community will have better communication thanks to public information training that both Denise Sloan-Smart and Angie Keil attended in Placerville recently. Sloan-Smart is a communications specialist for the Barton HealthCare System and Keil is executive assistant to the superintendent at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. The intensive four-day PIO training these two attended was hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and conducted by national PIO gurus Frank Mosbacher, Barbara Rebiskie and Kristi Schroeder, all of whom are with the U.S. Forest Service. Teri Mizuhara with El Dorado County fire was also one of the trainers.

Sloan-Smart and Keil both described the government’s “Introduction to Incident Information S-203” course as “energetic, highly informative and extremely valuable.” Let’s just hope South Lake Tahoe never has to call upon their newly learned expertise.

Three students were honored at Bijou Community School for their improvements in reading. They were each presented with an On Your Way Award from Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra for their efforts and achievements in reading.

Christian Torres, fifth-grade student in Mr. Fannan’s class, likes the people in stories who express themselves. His favorite book is “The Lagoon.”

“Christian tries very hard at all of our reading activities. When he has free time, he always opens a book,” Fannan said.

Anthony Lopez Aguilar, fourth-grade student in Ms. Kushner’s class, likes the book “Spiderman II.”

“He’s a wonderful boy. He is self-motivated and has a terrific attitude. I am very proud of Anthony and his conscientious effort to improve his reading.”

Kimberley Llamastaro, third-grade student in Ms. Dickenson’s class, said she likes to read and that her favorite book is “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

“I always learn many new things about animals, and I learn new words,” Kimberley said.

Dickenson said Kimberley has “worked very hard this year and has progressed through 11 reading levels thus far.”

Congratulations to each one of these young readers.