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August 3, 2005
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Mystery mantle may find new home after all

The story about the mystery mantle apparrently generated so much interest that a plan to move last weekend was canceled.

It turns out that once the piece hit the Internet, people from as far away from San Francisco called Marti Deputy to make a bid on it.

I was feeling bad about the story on Friday morning after Don Bruce, of 1-800-GOT-JUNK called me to point out that it was his driver who first recognized the piece's value.

Driver Paul Chaffin first spotted the piece for what it was and appealed for more time to move it out of the Deputy's former home.

"Our contention was that it was of great value," Bruce said. "We spend a lot of effort practicing the three R's. Reuse, if we can find someone who wants it or a thrift store, we strive to do that. After that we recycle. It only becomes refuse, if we can't find someone who can make use of something. Sometimes it does end up in a landfill, but only as a last resort."

So rather than sulk, I suggested to Don that I might know of a place we could keep the mantle while we figured out its heritage. My father-in-law, Gim Hollister's shop, in Genoa might have been the perfect place to store it for a while.

Don made arrangements for a trailer to haul it out and we were a go to move the thing on Sunday.

On Saturday morning Paul called me to cancel the move, because while we were figuring a way to save the thing, it was busy saving itself.

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Genoan Dan Walters celebrated his 39th birthday with about 100 family and friends on July 28. Dan is a Chinook pilot with the Nevada Army National Guard and was sent to Afghanistan last spring.

A chief warrant officer with Company D, 113th Aviation, said he is ready to go overseas.

Dan is a 1984 graduate of Douglas High School. He is married to the former Sheri Giovacchini and they have one daughter, Shaylynn.

According to a note I received from the Nevada Office of the Military, the first 46 Guard soldiers have reached the two-year maximum time for active-duty service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Membhers of the 1-221st Cavalry Squadron returned to Nevada from Fort Irwin on Saturday.

According to the state, 800 Nevada Army Guard soldiers are serving outside the state, including hundreds in Afghanistan and southwest Asia.

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Mackenzie Porter is pursuing her academic and atheletic careers by switching colleges.

She and her family are getting ready to make the run down to Thousand Oaks so Mackenzie can attend California Lutheran University.

During her freshman year at Notre Dame de Namur in Belmont, she made the dean's list both semesters.

But her dad, Bruce, said the school had a large soccer roster and that Mackenzie wanted to go someplace where she could get some more playing time as well as pursue her degree in biochemistry.

Bruce and Carolyn Porter have been working for the Douglas County School District for 28 years.

"When we started there was one elementary school in the Valley and that was Gardnerville Elementary School," Bruce said. "Highway 395 was only two lanes.

Bruce not teaches at Jacks Valley Elementary School.

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Another memorial is growing at Genoa Lane and Highway 395 for Nicole Snyder. We received a few tips saying people saw some very official types removing the memorial.

I prefer to believe that if the memorials were cleared by someone in an official capacity, that they were unaware of their significance and have since been educated to leave them alone.

We'll keep an eye out and see if the memorials are removed again.

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The Record Courier Updated Aug 4, 2005 04:28PM Published Aug 3, 2005 12:00AM Copyright 2005 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.