October 11, 2012
EDITOR:One of my favorite quotes has always been: “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” On Sept. 15 more than 150 community members joined the Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County to do just that, touch a life.The Stepping Stones on the Journey was the theme for this year’s annual Walk in Memory, Walk in Hope and I’d like to thank all those that participated in our awareness event. A special thank-you to all of the many volunteers and sponsors who helped make this year’s walk such a success: Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center; Alissa Nourse; Battle Born Wine; Beverly Anderson; Carson City Health and Human Services; Carson Tahoe Behavioral Health Services; Carson Valley Medical Center; Carson Valley Middle School’s Tracy Wadelton; Costco; Carson Valley Medical Center’s Vitality for Life; Melinda and Michelle Matus; Diane Jennings-Kaffer; Douglas County School District; Douglas Disposal; Douglas High Leadership’s Karen Lamb; Douglas High Psi Mu Sigma’s Keith Cole; Douglas Mental Health; Great Basin Home Health; Julie Davis; Keith and Nicole Lewis; Knights of Columbus, Heart Strings; Home Instead Senior Care; Larissa and Mike Holcomb; Living out Loud’s Teen Group; Merrill Gardens; No Place Like Home Senior Care; Partnership of Community Resources; Pastor Pete Nelson; Patti Snyder; Patty Syphers; Sapphire Wizard Fired Arts; Scolari’s; Sharon Hill; Sheriff Ron Pierini; Sticks and Stones; Steve Castle; Survivor Support Group; Starbucks; Tahoe Youth and Family; Explorer Coordinator Teresa Duffy; Teresa Lundberg; Teresa Miller; Tumbleweeds; West Hills; Wildtree; The Record-Courier’s Kurt, Sheila and Caryn; The Ridge Eagles; Town of Gardnerville manager Tom Dallaire; Walk planning board members Edie, Kathleen Bent, Lori Paterson, and Heather Clanton; and our board of directors Denise Castle, Jan Garcia, Dave Brady, Tricia Wentz, Capt. Terry Taylor, Sgt. Greg Rooney, Rick Ackerson and Barry Penzel, and the many, many more volunteers who gave their time and talent to us.