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Hometown holiday spirit shines bright in Carson Valley

by Amy Roby

What a wallop of wet weather we had last weekend. Friends of ours traveled over the hill to experience the magic of the Carson Valley Christmas season on Saturday, and we were grateful that they made it without too much hassle. We were also grateful for the break in the weather during the 17th annual Parade of Lights, which our friends got to see for the first time. I was sorry they weren’t in town to witness the lighting of Heritage Park, listen to the carolers, and taste some homemade cobbler. They also missed out on the gazebo lighting and the always-festive Christmas tree bingo hosted by the Tahoe/Douglas Elks on Friday night. Nothing compares to our hometown holiday spirit.

There are many things I appreciate about living here, and this season is particularly wonderful. I’m always in awe of the light displays along the highway, and the beautiful lighting of trees at the intersection of 395 and 88 looks especially exquisite this year. I love coming into town from the north and cruising down the highway at night beneath the glow of illuminated snowflakes, ornaments and candy canes. Taking a detour to circle Minden Park and down Esmeralda Street always fills me with warmth and happy nostalgia.

Speaking of lights, why is it that each year when I string them on my tree, I am always one strand short? It never fails. I try to buy an extra box or two at the end of each season to prepare for such a calamity, but every year I find myself running out at the last minute to pick up another set. This puzzles me, as only working strands are returned to the storage box after each Christmas. Do the lights just get tired over the course of the year and decide to throw in the towel? Figure to themselves, “Hey, it’s been a good run?” Is this some sort of Bill-Murray-in-Groundhog-Day version of Christmas decorating? It’s truly a Christmas mystery.

DAWG to host adoption event

The Douglas Animal Welfare Group hosts their monthly adoption event at the Topsy Lane Petco on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are plenty of animals available and eager to find a place in someone’s home and heart.

DAWG is a nonprofit group of members and volunteers dedicated to bettering the lives of Douglas County animals. Their goals include increasing the adoption rates at the Douglas County Animal Shelter, educating the public about responsible pet ownership, and participating in activities that positively impact the lives of animals, owners and citizens in the community.

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They are funded through donations (financial and volunteer time) and membership dues; monetary gifts and pet supplies are welcome. You can find more information on their website: http://www.dawgrescue.com/.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.

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