Tahoe Talk for March 13, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Tahoe Talk for March 13, 2009

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Theresa Brown of South Lake Tahoe wrote us this wonderful letter that Tahoe Talk would like to share:

“Sometimes I forget why I live in Tahoe. Several weeks ago I was reminded why by some genuine small town kindness I received from strangers. On Jan. 23, I was going to my early morning workout at the Lake Tahoe Community College gym. It was around 6:15 a.m. and suddenly the lights on my car went out and it started to die. I was just able to roll into the Rite-Aid/Denny’s parking lot before it completely stopped.

“I needed to call for roadside assistance, but I had forgotten my cell phone.

“I was in my gym clothes and had not brought along any money on what I thought would be a quick trip. I walked down the parking lot to Denny’s, went inside and explained my situation. A kind and understanding waitress gave me a cup of coffee on the house and let me call for help. She made me feel right at home. I have unfortunately forgotten her name, but I won’t forget her kindness, which made a difficult situation so much better.

“After a while, I went back outside to wait for the tow truck driver. I walked up the parking lot and went into Rite-Aid, which had just opened. Everyone in there was equally welcoming and told me to feel free to browse through the magazines while I was waiting. I wanted to publicly thank all these Tahoe locals who did not know me, but who made me feel right at home and who reminded me that neighborliness is still alive and well here.”

Meanwhile, Corinne Best of South Lake Tahoe sent us a note worthy of talking about. She wrote to thank a city snowplower driver who, she says, “backed up and cleared the berm” he left after berming her in while she was shoveling recently.

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“I know you did not have to do that, but I certainly appreciated it,” Best said.

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra recognized the reading accomplishments of two students at the Lake Tahoe Environment Magnet School in February with the On Your Way awards. These awards recognize students working hard to improve their literacy skills.

Two students were recognized: Logan Taylor and Derek Villarreal.

Logan, a student in Mrs. Ilvento’s fourth-grade class, said his favorite book is “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” by Beverly Cleary.

“Reading is fun and exciting,” Logan said, “better than TV because you get to use your imagination.”

The South Lake Tahoe Rotary Club held its annual high school speech contest Feb. 25 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe convention center.

Three South Tahoe high School students addresses the audience, and spoke to theme “Making Dreams Real.” The students were judges on speech content, delivery and language.

Kevin Kankel took first place and will represent the SLT Rotary Club at the next speech competition on March 26 in Carson City. Kankel hopes to attend Stanford in the fall

Second pace went to Seth Weinberg, who expects to attend one of the University of California campuses this fall.

Katherine Alvord took third place, and plans to attend wither UC Berkeley or San Diego State in the fall. She is seeking a Marine Reserve Officer candidate’s scholarship.