Stories for November 2008

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Sunday, November 30

Boys' Basketball: Hug holds on to spoil Douglas season-opener

The Hug High boys' basketball team held off a late push from the Douglas Tigers to pull away with a 58-55 win at the Reno Events Center Saturday night.

Friday, November 28

Making holilday table decorations

We're going over the mountain to Livermore where we'll spend turkey day with my husband's brothers and their wives and some of the kids and an aunt and uncle.

Take time to give thanks to the Lord

Are you are tired of the news and all the economic reports? There's a lot of doom and gloom talked about, but I think it's exciting time to be alive right now because everything is moving so fast. The danger is getting caught up in a doom and gloom mentality. If that happens to us, it's hard to be thankful.

Turkeys, hams, nonperishables still needed at food closet

The holiday season at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet has been a busy one. Recent months have shown a 35 percent increase in the number of families and individuals needing assistance of supplemental food, but also a 25 percent drop in cash and food donations.

Angel trees available

The Project Santa Claus volunteer organization has been helping Douglas County children in need for 20 years.

Douglas Disposal gears up for annual food drive

The employees of Douglas Disposal are sponsoring their 14th annual food drive in Carson Valley. This is an invitation for the community to get involved to help those in need during the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 26

Holiday cheer needed

Austin's House group foster home in Douglas County is in need of donations of holiday cheer. Consider helping a child in need by donating gift cards for clothes, toys or recreation.

Gift bags benefit homebound seniors

The Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club with the Douglas County Senior Center and Gardnerville Elementary and Douglas High school students are preparing Christmas gift bags for recipients of Meals-on-Wheels and Douglas County homebound seniors.

Senior menu for the week

Menu for the week of Dec. 1-5 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Kiwanis ornaments on sale

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club is selling their ninth edition Christmas ornaments for $6. They are available from Leona Pchelkin, 782-6406, or Sondra Condron, 782-9534.

Free workshop teaches care for older adults

Are you caring for an older adult and wish you knew more? Attend a free workshop offered 1:15-4:15 p.m. Dec. 4, at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville.

Valley Vibrations for Nov. 28

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at sirete@recordcourier.com, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

Holiday events in full swing

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving! If you were one of those people up before dawn in order to take advantage of the pre-Christmas and holiday bargains, more power to you.

African violets make great holiday plants

Poinsettias, azaleas and Christmas cacti are traditional holiday plants, but African violets are a delightful addition to this list. They flower throughout the year, they do not outgrow their pots and they thrive in the same temperatures we do.

Spotlight for Nov. 28

Donate used bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters in good condition to the Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville-Minden. Drop-off sites are at the Town of Gardnerville maintenance yard at 1369 Highway 395 or at the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District office, 931 Mitch Drive. Information, Tom Peters, 782-6384.

Lights come on for Christmas in the Valley

Celebrate the holidays at any of the many events happening in Carson Valley.

Volleyball final season statistics

Overall 34-2. Sierra League 14-0. Home: 9-0. Away: 10-1. Neutral: 15-1. vs. Northern Nevada opponents: 18-1. Games: 87-20.

Falcon runners compete in Arizona

While the high school cross country season officially came to an end with Sierra Lutheran High School winning the 2A state championship, several of the team's runners have continued to compete.

Douglas boys open season Saturday

It won't just be the Northern 4A high school winter sports season that the Douglas and Hug boys' basketball teams kick off Saturday evening.

Girls' Basketball Preview: Lady Tigers hope to key on speed, athleticism

The Douglas High girls' basketball team fielded one of the oldest and most experienced rosters in coach Werner Christen's career last season.

Founding fathers had great foresight

Occasionally an exceptional opinion in your newspaper deserves acclaim for its insight and thoughtfulness. Dick Witzig's letter to the editor entitled "Protect Your Rights" is one such.

Give local merchants

There are going to be a lot of big sales to lure you into the box stores today.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 28

I would really like to know what the citizens of Douglas, and Carson City feel about another slap on the hand for Mr. Killen! I know, I am very disappointed with our Justice system, and the kindheartedness of our local judges. Mr. Killen has a baby he's beginning to bond with (how nice), but what about the other child he has?

Tuesday, November 25

R-C Sports Notebook: A lot lighter this week

Due to my filling in for R-C news editor Kurt Hildebrand while he is on vacation, I didn't have much time to write for the column this week. That, coupled with the obvious lack of sports between seasons, gives me little to say this week.

What are you thankful for?

We often forget what we are celebrating at Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? A few months ago on television I watched a program, I think they were trying to sell me something, but I walked away with a commitment to a middle of the year resolution.

Valley historian writes about Nevada pioneer

Carson Valley historian Bob Ellison's latest book, "Long Beard," tells the story of Nevada pioneer Warren Wasson.

Silver Spirit Cheer Club starts off competitive season on top

The 53 members of the Silver Spirit All-Star Cheer Club of Minden started their competition season with three first-place awards at the America's Best Championship competition in Sacramento on Nov. 15.

Local church really helps

The Antelope Valley United Methodist Church, also known as the little white church with the red roof, has just finished filling 35 shoe boxes with goodies for children in approximately 90 Third World countries. The shoe boxes were filled with everything from toys, toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, etc. They have been sent to a church in Minden, from where they will be shipped to North Carolina for distributions in appropriate countries in time for Christmas. Thank you all.

Donations welcomed at food closet

Fall weather brought a chill in the air, but not in the hearts of the community. The Carson Valley Community Food Closet noted a marked increase in the number of families and individuals in need for this fall season. All recipients are qualified for supplemental food benefits. We wish to thank everyone who made donations to help this vital program.

Swimming: Dolfins strong at state championships

The Douglas Dolfins swim team traveled south earlier this month to compete in the Nevada State Swimming Championships at the Desert Breeze Aquatic Center in Henderson.

Tigers fought through rebuilding year

After an eventful 2008 football campaign at Douglas High, it could be easy to forget that entering the year, the Tigers had only three starters back on offense and two back on defense.

Take it easy out there

Today is often referred to as the busiest travel day of the year. While experts are expecting a decline in the number of holiday travelers thanks to the economy, there will still be 310,000 Nevadans on the road travelling more than 50 miles from home.

Travels with Ron: A visit to Bill Craven's Fallen Leaf Lake

After being bombarded by the Olympics, political babble and the news that Brett Farve had suddenly gone over to the New York Jets, I was desperate for a change. Marilyn Shreve, a friend and benefactor, said her Fallen Leaf Lake cabin was available so I made a call to Bill Craven, long time resident to see if he was available for an interview. He was.

Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26

Dear friends at St. Gall, we would like to offer a special thank-you to Linda Still, R.N., with VistaCare Hospice, Father Paul McCollum, Father John Corona and Father Jose Sobarzo, and all of the members of St. Gall Catholic Church and our friends who visited Jerry Parkos and showered so many prayers and so much love on him.

Monday, November 24

Friday, November 21

Time for faith

Faith simply means "belief" and though it is mostly used in connection with religion, it is properly used for other beliefs unrelated to religion. One could say, "I believe that the sun will come up tomorrow." All of us unconsciously exercise faith every day because a certain amount of faith or presumption is necessary to carry on human activities.

Fish Springs produces success stories

Our congratulations to Justin Hammerlun who, after 13 years in the Navy, is now an E-7 chief petty officer. Recently his father, Gene Hammerlun, had the honor of attending the pinning ceremony at the Naval Air Station in Lemoore, Calif.

Thursday, November 20

Boys' Basketball: Tigers to open season at Reno Bighorns arena

The Reno Bighorns NBA Development League basketball team has a very specific set of goals it wants its prospective fans to know about.

Boys' Basketball: Carson Valley 7th-graders hold on against Panthers

The Carson Valley Middle School seventh-grade boys' basketball team dug itself out of an early hole against cross-town rival Pau-Wa-Lu Tuesday afternoon and later held off a strong Panther run to clinch a 30-19 victory at home.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 21

As president of the South Tahoe Transit Authority board of directors, I would like to bring some important information to the attention of BlueGO's loyal riders. Beginning Sunday you will notice some exciting improvements to BlueGO services.

Tigers net 14 first-team honorees

Douglas High School reaped the rewards of a successful season for its fall sports programs when the coaches' postseason individual honors were released this week.

Great slate of candidates

If there was any question about Minden residents' desire to participate in their community, the response to two openings on the town board should answer the question.

David Coats completes Navy diving school

Douglas High 2006 graduate David Coats graduated from Navy dive school on Sept. 18.

Valley Vibrations for Nov. 21

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at sirete@recordcourier.com, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

Victorian Christmans celebrated in Genoa

See how Christmas was celebrated 100 years ago during Victorian Christmas, Nov. 28 through Dec. 8, at the Dake House in Genoa.

Weekend shows in Carson City

No need to go to Reno or Vegas for entertainment this weekend, we've got plenty going on here in Carson City.

Senior center sponsors Reno trips to holiday ice show, shopping

Douglas County Senior Services sponsors two senior excursions for the holidays.

Sinfonia performs free concert Sunday

The Carson Valley Sinfonia presents its fall/winter concert 4 p.m. Sunday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The free concert is sponsored by the Carson Valley Violin School and Friends of the Carson Valley Youth Orchestra.

Holiday events begin at museum

Where has November gone? It seems like we just celebrated Halloween and Nevada Day.

Library book sale

The Douglas County Public Library hosted a book sale at the CVIC Hall in Minden on Nov. 15.

Project Santa seeks donations of good quality winter clothing

Donations of good quality used winter clothing for children and adults are needed for Project Santa Claus. Clothing collection continues through Dec. 5.

A new look @ the library

Look for new library cards, downloadable eAudiobooks, an enhanced Web site and more best-sellers as some of the ways the Douglas County Public Library is improving library service.

In the Spotlight for Nov. 21

n Donate used bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters in good condition to the Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville-Minden. Drop-off sites are at the Town of Gardnerville maintenance yard at 1369 Highway 395 or at the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District office, 931 Mitch Drive. Information, Tom Peters, 782-6384.

A new twist on holiday recipes

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are foods that we associate with Thanksgiving dinner. I like to keep the holiday menu interesting by serving dishes that use these ingredients in a slightly different way.

Eagle Scout project honors Max Jones

Ruhenstroth resident Richard Francis is making it his Eagle Scout project to create a community garden to honor Max Jones, a longtime Carson Valley resident who died in March. Jones was the first presiding elder for the Carson Valley branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and scout master for Boy Scout troop 140.

Kiwanis host turkey bingo

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club annual Turkey Bingo is Saturday at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The first session is 3 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m.

Honoring a life and artistic legacy

We met on the afternoon of Nov. 9 to honor the life of Lynne Hanson, a friend and local artist. Her paintings aren't framed and offered for sale in local galleries, though. You'll find them on the walls and ceilings of local businesses and homes throughout Carson City and Carson Valley.

Young at Heart holiday craft fair Saturday

A wooden Christmas tree and many other items will be for sale at the Douglas County Senior Center craft fair, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the senior center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. There will be shopping, a bake sale, music and the snack bar will serve food. Information, 783-6455.

Menu at senior for the week

Menu for the week at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Kudos to those who helped Sagehens

The Topaz Sagehens and I would like to thank the following supporters for making this year's boutique a great success: Iron Horse Cantina, Maggie's Place, Topaz Lodge, Refections Salon, Wellington Book House, M. Scott Properties, Sierra Scoop, Butch Pearson, Carol Boulett, Linda Jacoway, Eastern Sierra Feed, Ann La Monica, Kaulana Na Pua Hula, Nevada Trading Co., Gottschalks, Trish Manning, Nancy Johnson, Ted and Diane Carroll, David Walley's Resort, Hot Springs & Spa, Maria Margarido, Debi Smith, Evelyn Burton, and the Sagehen members who worked so hard. Bakery, Camille Howard; kitchen, Micki Joye; raffle, Helen Lee and Vicki Yougman; my co-chairman Sandy Offenstein and all the vendors.

Upcoming classes in the Valley

Register at Douglas County Parks & Recreation Department for photos with Santa, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7, at Photo Happy, 1573 Highway 395, Minden.

Fertilizers are a source of nutrients

Fertilizers are food for plants, right? Technically, plants do not eat, so the scientific answer is "no."

Wednesday, November 19

Pop Warner teams prepare for regionals

A number of local Pop Warner teams are preparing for regional competition this week after a successful season in Northern Nevada.

Northern 4A Fall Sports All-Region teams

BOYS Athlete of the Year: Bryan Tibaduiza, Galena.

Football: Playoff game lives up to 'shootout' billing

Sometimes you just have to sit back and laugh.

Volleyball: Loss came at the wrong time for Tigers

There might be a tendency for the Douglas volleyball team to focus on the match that ended their season.

Girls' Basketball: CVMS 8th-graders win title

The Carson Valley Middle School eighth-grade girls' basketball team wrapped up a perfect league season last month with a 34-31 overtime win over Eagle Valley in the Tah-Neva Conference tournament at Carson Middle School.

Tuesday, November 18

Letters to the Editor Oct. 19

In response to an article published in the Nov. 9 edition of The Record-Courier, I would like to clarify The Nature Conservancy's position regarding the Park Cattle Co.'s proposed master plan amendment recently reviewed by the Douglas County commission. The Nature Conservancy did not endorse the proposal, as was reported, nor did we oppose it.

R-C editorial missed the point of election

After one of the most historical elections in our lifetime, an election in which most racial, gender, and socio-economic barriers were destroyed, and in which all voter turnout records were shattered, in which people of all races and walks of life spilled into the streets across the nation and throughout the world, and that has undoubtedly changed forever the way political campaigns and the tone of political discourse in this nation is conducted, I was surprised to see the editorial board of the local Record-Courier choose to toss it all aside in favor of some over simplified, trivial, "red vs. blue" theology predicting a cynical, stale, "politics as usual" characterization for future elections in Douglas County ... and I beg to differ.

Congratulations to the honorees

Once a year Carson Valley's business community gathers to honor its members and those who contribute to making our entire community better.

Hiker featured Thursday

The Sierra Intermountain Emergency Radio Association meets, 7 p.m. Thursday, at Carson Valley United Methodist Church, 1375 Centerville Lane, Gardnerville. Guest speaker Carole Freeman presents photos and the 40-minute DVD, 'A 100-Mile Trek in the Everest Region of Nepal.'

Learn about Medicare at Walker Senior Center today

Inyo and Mono county's Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program will be sponsoring a presentation at the Walker Senior Center, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. today.

Kiwanis ornaments on sale

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club is selling their ninth edition Christmas ornaments depicting life in Carson Valley for $6. This year's design features skiers, hikers and fishermen against a mountain background. Ornaments from previous years available for $3.

Kudos to Barone & Reed

We would like to thank Allan Reed of Barone & Reed Food Co. for providing the hot water and coffee for us to give out to those attending Trick or Treat Safety Street. Christoph Waldburger was most helpful and, as always, the staff went above and beyond in helping us that night.

Arts council meeting Thursday

The Carson Valley Arts Council invites members and the public to the annual membership meeting and grand opening of the Copeland Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden. Refreshments will be served and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio will be open Information, 782-8207.

Cleaning up clutter

It's almost turkey day and I am going to be cooking for the family, well part of our family. Wouldn't you know it, last week on Oprah she had a crew going around knocking on random doors. For those willing to let the gentleman in, he said he would help them clean up their clutter. The idea sounded like if your home was organized, so would be your life. If you are interested in the particulars I am sure you can find them on her Web page.

Sign up by Dec. 5 for gingerbread contest

Time to create a gingerbread house for the Carson Valley Arts Council's fourth annual Gingerbread House Decorating Contest during the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center's Gallery of Trees on Dec. 6.

Young at Heart annual holiday craft fair at senior center

Sharon Haskell, Adele Quintel, Annette Muller, Donna Coker representing the Closet Crafters and Camille Howard display some of their crafts at the Douglas County Senior Center. The Young at Heart annual holiday craft fair is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. There will be shopping, a bake sale, music and the snack bar will serve food. Information, 783-6455.

Where to donate food, clothes, toys

Many area schools, organizations and businesses are collecting nonperishable food items for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and good quality used winter clothing for children and adults for Project Santa Claus.

Frozen turkeys needed

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet needs frozen turkeys. This year there is an increased need for turkeys to distribute to families for the Thanksgiving holiday. The volunteers will be putting together boxes of all the fixings for a turkey holiday dinner to distribute to qualified families. Despite the local food drives scheduled for canned goods and nonperishable items, frozen turkeys are desperately needed.

Gifts needed for homebound seniors

The Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club with the Douglas County Senior Center and Gardnerville Elementary and Douglas High school students are preparing Christmas gift bags for the recipients of Meals-on-Wheels and Douglas County homebound seniors.

Shoe box gifts go to needy children at Christmas

Carson Valley Christian Center will be collecting gifts through Monday as part of a project to send Christmas gifts to needy children in more than 90 countries around the world.

Carson Valley Middle School students organize blood drive

Corby White of Minden watches while donor care supervisor Beth Jacoby takes his blood at Carson Valley Middle School on Saturday.

R-C Sports Notebook: Kind of on, but mostly off

I promised at the beginning of the year that we would revisit my preseason Fall Sports predictions after the seasons concluded. So without further delay, here you go:

Monday, November 17

Saturday, November 15

Football: Douglas' season ends in playoffs

It took about three minutes for the Reed football team to take a relatively close game and run away with it Friday night in the first round of the Northern 4A Regional playoffs.

Friday, November 14

Reed leads Tigers at halftime

The Reed Raiders are leading the Douglas Tigers 16-6 at halftime.

Trail groups install memorial bench

The Carson Valley Trails Association and two hiking groups installed a memorial bench on the interpretive loop of the Faye-Luther Trail System on Nov. 10. Anne Phillips and about 20 hikers helped the CVTA create a bench in memory of her husband, Charles, who died in 2003.

Old Glory takes center stage in photo contest

Ray Moore won top honors in the Carson Valley Photo Club's monthly competition with a photo taken on a vacation and family reunion at Paul Revere's final resting place.

Marvel Ghione spent 40 years as neonatal nurse

There's a lot of very interesting people in my Wise Owl Yoga class and I really enjoy talking with them. Recently I learned that one of the yoga ladies, Marvel Ghione, spent 40 years as a registered nurse working in the neonatal field. That's for the really sick babies and for the extra tiny ones too. What a wonderful calling in life she's had!

Soroptimists calendars on sale

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is selling 2009 calendars at area businesses. The calendar includes 12 images of Carson Valley by area photographers Ron Walters and Jason Woodcock. Cost is $10 with proceeds benefiting the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center.

Girl Scouts invited to carol

Members of Girl Scout Troop 453, Kelsey Carlson, 8, Alie Sclafani, 8, Chloie Pratt, 8, Kaspar Young, 8, Kayleigh Carlson, 10, Terra Williams, 10, and Amanda Williams, 8, at Girl Scouts Camporee at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Girl Scouts are needed at 5 p.m. Dec. 5 to sing Christmas carols at the gazebo

Donations of holiday cheer to Austin's House needed

Austin's House group foster home in Douglas County is in need of donations of holiday cheer. Consider helping a child in need by donating gift cards for clothes, toys or recreation.

Thursday, November 13

Letters to the Editor Nov. 14

The flat out rejection of the Park Ranch proposal bothers me. I am a 38-year resident of the Valley and I have seen this happen before and the county was sorry it let the deal go down the road.

Some good news about Carson Valley

I've been accused of being negative and spreading bad news. I have my supporters, too, of course, but there is a certain truth to that. So I thought it was time to reflect on some things I like here.

Gardnerville soldier due back home from Iraq soon

Gardnerville Ranchos resident Donna Kemp's son-in-law, Sgt. Alan Ripper, is due home from Iraq in the near future. The sergeant is married to Dawn Kemp Ripper, who served in the U.S. Navy 2000-2006 as a corpsman, including some time at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The couple met in Washington and have a daughter, Kylie.

Four units won't make a slum

It seems lots of people agree we need affordable housing, but not that many are eager to see it go in next door.

Datebook for Nov. 14

n The Datebook is for Carson Valley nonprofit groups. Submit meeting information " time, date, contact numbers " to editor@recordcourier.com, or 782-5121 or by fax, 782-6132.

Valley Vibrations for Nov. 14

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at sirete@recordcourier.com, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

'Moonlight and Magnolias' auditions begin Monday

Auditions for the Proscenium Players production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" are 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Donald Reynolds Theatre at the Brewery Arts complex, 449 West King St., Carson City.

Wine making class offered

Gardnerville winemaker Archie Reed teaches classes on how to make wine beginning Jan. 7 at the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. At least 12 participants are needed to sign up by Dec. 15.

Football: Douglas, Reed meet up for playoff rematch

The last time the Reed Raiders came to Minden, they trounced the Douglas High football team 43-6 in the first round of the 2007 regional playoffs.

Minden-Douglas Elks mark 25 years

Members of the Elks Lodge No. 2670 celebrated their silver anniversary Nov. 1 with a dinner and dance at Genoa Lakes.

Softball: Harper headed to Concord

Douglas High senior Stephanie Harper let her signature close an exhausting summer/fall stretch.

Gingerbread house building at the library Nov. 22

Register by Wednesday to make gingerbread houses at the Douglas County Public Library on Nov. 22. Library volunteer Dennis Little will help children build gingerbread houses using graham crackers and other sweets at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 22.

Food closet, Project Santa benefit from Valley drives

Many area schools, organizations and businesses are collecting nonperishable food items for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet and good quality used winter clothing for children and adults for Project Santa Claus.

Volleyball: Mitchell signs with Lees-McRae

After the letter of intent was signed, the pictures with the family taken care of and the interviews done with, Douglas senior volleyball standout Megan Mitchell looked plenty relieved.

Youth walk for invisible children

Youth from three area churches will participate in Ignite Commute to raise money and awareness for the "invisible children" of Uganda on Saturday.

Girls' Soccer: Lady Tigers built solid base for the future

Staring back at the winningest season in the Douglas High School girls' soccer program's 17-year history, coach Lorraine Fitzhugh had to toe the line between what she was losing and what she was gaining.

Museum holiday events just around the corner

There are only three weeks until the Douglas County Historical Society Holiday Gala at the Carson Valley Museum in Gardnerville on Dec. 6. DCHS is putting on a grand celebration, full of wonderful events for the whole family.

Library book sale preview today

The Douglas County Public Library's annual book sale is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the CVIC Hall, 1602 Esmeralda Ave., Minden. Hundreds of used books, audio books, children's books, videos, software and music are available.

Sign up today for museum's Gallery of Trees

Sign up by today to enter Douglas County Historical Society's 12th annual Gallery of Trees at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center in Gardnerville. Decorate a Christmas tree using a title or theme of your choice. Entry forms and instructions available at the museum, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Donations sought for senior gift bags

The Young At Heart Senior Citizens Club with the Douglas County Senior Center and Gardnerville Elementary and Douglas High school students are preparing Christmas gift bags for the recipients of Meals-on-Wheels and Douglas County homebound seniors.

Menu at senior center for the week

Menu for the week of Nov. 17-21 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

Memory dish bereavement groups help with grief

If you are dealing with the death of a loved one or are grieving over a divorce after many years of marriage Barton's Hospice of the Lake & Valley may be able to help with monthly Memory Dish Bereavement Groups.

Soil amendments needed to make it more productive

Soils ideal for growing ornamental plants and vegetables are rare, especially in Nevada. Since ancient times, farmers all over the world have worked organic materials into the soil to make it more productive.

In the Spotlight for Nov. 14

Carson Valley Middle School presents Girls Night Out, an evening of music, shopping and socializing, 6-9:30 p.m. today, at the Carson Valley Inn.

Sending holiday cheer to the troops

Becker, a fifth grader, works on the American flag he is making for a holiday card to be sent to Iraq or Afghanistan on Wednesday at Pinon Hills Elementary School. Students in the kids club made cards to be sent to soldiers.

Council meeting a chance to become a part of arts community

The Carson Valley Arts Council invites members and the public to the annual membership meeting and grand opening of the Copeland Cultural Arts Center at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Copeland Cultural Arts Center, 1572 Highway 395, Minden. Refreshments will be served and Artistic Viewpoints Gallery and Studio will be open. Information, 782-8207.

Wanted: your untraditional holiday recipes

Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie are comfort foods that we associate with Thanksgiving dinner. And the reason these foods are "comforting" is because they are basic and unsophisticated " Mom and Grandma prepare these foods every Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 12

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

Northern Region Top Ten (First place votes are in parentheses)

Tuesday, November 11

To Thailand with Habitat for Humanity

Water ran out on our ranch Oct. 1. Irrigation rotation is officially over Sept. 30; with no water on the place to worry about, both boys away to college, cows content eating the grass still growing in the pasture, we asked the neighbor to look after the dog and took off to Thailand.

Not the last we'll hear from Park

Much of the land Park Cattle proposed for development this last master plan cycle will someday grow houses instead of grass.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 12

Editor: The election is over and it has been an interesting season of campaigning and candidate nights. I have had the opportunity to meet many of Douglas County's best people and getting to know them has been a great blessing. I could not have gotten through this experience without the support provided.

Girls' Soccer: Defense ruled the day

Defense wins championships. That's the old adage, right?

Fight for the Comstock museum lecture topic

Michael Makley's research on local history led to enough information for two books on two kings of the Comstock. The Woodfords resident discusses William Sharon and John Mackay in the "Fight for the Comstock Riches," 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center.

Veterans celebrated at senior center

It was SRO at the USO Veterans Day celebration at the Douglas County Senior Center on Monday.

Running away from home

When I was a young child I remember telling my mother if I ever ran away from home, she could find me at Granny Apple's house. My parents were in a bad motorcycle accident when I was in kindergarten and the three of us girls stayed at Granny Apple's house for several months while they rehabilitated.

Financial preparedness fair Saturday at LDS meeting house

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosts a financial preparedness fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at the LDS meeting house, 891 Mahogany Drive in Minden.

Datebook for Nov. 12

n The Datebook is for Carson Valley nonprofit groups. Submit meeting information " time, date, contact numbers " to editor@recordcourier.com, or 782-5121 or by fax, 782-6132.

Philharmonic league conducts coffee

The Sierra Philharmonic League hosts a coffee meeting with Christopher Confessore, one of five candidates for the position of Reno Philharmonic Orchestra director, 10 a.m. Thursday, at the home of Bob and Jane Gaw, 3499 Mont Blanc Court, Jacks Valley. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Information, 782-8608.

Busy day at Walker Community Center

This Saturday, Nov. 15, will be a very special day at the Walker Community Center.

Youth walk for invisible children on Saturday

Youth from three area churches will participate in Ignite Commute to raise money and awareness for the "invisible children" of Uganda on Nov. 15.

Wine classes offered

Gardnerville winemaker Archie Reed teaches classes on how to make wine beginning Jan. 7 at the University of Nevada, Reno, Cooperative Extension office, 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville. At least 12 participants are needed to sign up by Dec. 15.

Knights of Columbus sponsor Respect Life poster contest

About 250 middle and high school students from the Diocese of Reno submitted work in the Knights of Columbus eighth annual Respect Life poster contest in October.

R-C Sports Notebook: Suddenly, we are down to football

Partly based on the football regular season running a week longer than it has in the past, and partly due to a monumental upset by the Manogue volleyball team last week, Douglas High finds itself as a one-team school heading into these final weeks of the fall season.

Monday, November 10

Cross Country: Meddles posts top time at state

Winning the 2A State Cross Country title at Veterans Memorial Park in Boulder City Saturday might have been enough for Sierra Lutheran senior Wade Meddles.

Saturday, November 8

Girls' Soccer: Reed upsets Douglas for title

Aided by a driving north wind and two perfectly-executed set play on corner kicks, the fourth-ranked Reed High girls' soccer team pulled off a major upset of the top-ranked Douglas Tigers in the Nevada 4A State Championship game at Damonte Ranch Saturday afternoon.

Volleyball: Manogue knocks Douglas out of regionals

They may not be identical, but twin sisters Grace and Sofia Anxo had the Douglas Tigers seeing double on Friday.

Football: Douglas rolls over Carson

Through the first half against Carson Friday night, it seemed the Douglas football team simply couldn't settle into a rhythm.

Friday, November 7

Softball: Harper commits to Concord University

Douglas senior softball pitcher Stephanie Harper has given her verbal commitment to play for Division II Concord University in West Virginia.

Volleyball: Mitchell commits to N.C. college Lees-McRae

Douglas High volleyball standout Megan Mitchell has given her verbal commitment to Lees-McRae College in North Carolina.

Thursday, November 6

Girls' Soccer: Tigers advance to regional title game

A 3-1 win over Elko in the Northern 4A State semifinals at Damonte Ranch Thursday night propelled the Douglas girls' soccer team into the championship game for the first time in seven years.

Halloween fun in Carson Valley

Blake and Brent Faiss participate in the trunk or treat event at Land of Oz in Gardnerville on Oct. 30. Students at both schools got to trick or treat from parents vehicles. Below, Sgt. Jeff Mandl gives candy to Reagan Brown and Brynn Cortez, both 4, at trunk or treat at Land of Oz.

Need exceeds donations

The shelves at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet must not be as happy as usual because they aren't as full as usual. The 12-by-12 foot walk-in freezer is nearly empty and shelves in the walk-in refrigerator are bare.

Valley art happenings

Nevada and California artists are featured in the Carson Valley Art Association scholarship benefit show, today through Sunday at the CVIC Hall in downtown Minden.

In the Spotlight for Nov. 7

Douglas Animal Welfare Group hosts the Bow-Wow Boutique, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville. Information, www.dawgrescue.com

Bow-Wow animal boutique Saturday

Douglas Animal Welfare Group hosts an animal boutique, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Veterans Day celebration Monday

The Douglas County Senior Center's ninth annual USO Veterans Day Celebration is 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the senior center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville.

Valley Vibrations for Nov. 7

Details are needed by noon Wednesday to put local musical entertainment information in this column. Contact People Editor Sharlene Irete at sirete@recordcourier.com, at 782-5121, ext. 210 or by fax, 782-6132.

October photo contest winner announces, holiday events coming up at museum

We have a winner for the October page of the Douglas County Historical Society's 2010 calendar. Candy Stewart's photo of fall decorations covered with our surprise October snow captured first place with our judges. Runner-up is Priscilla Forster's great photo of colorful fall leaves. Congratulations and thanks to both of our winners.

Visiting Yosemite in the fall

We recently went on a day trip over Tioga Pass to Yosemite. On our way there we stopped in the ranger station at Mono Lake. It is one of the oldest lakes, formed by melting glaciers, and is surrounded by volcanoes. The two small islands in the lake are volcano domes.

Letters to the Editor Nov. 7

The MeFiYi Foundation would like to thank all the participants and sponsors of the 2008 Big George Ventures Celebrity Golf Tournament on Oct. 10.

Library book sale Nov. 15-16

Customers at last year's Douglas County Public Library book sale. This year's sale is Nov. 15-16 at the CVIC Hall. Information, 782-9841.

Girls night out Nov. 14

Carson Valley Middle School presents Girls Night Out, an evening of music, shopping and socializing, 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 14, at the Carson Valley Inn.

Douglas still a red county

Tuesday's election results were the ultimate good-news, bad-news gag for Carson Valley's political partisans.

Menu at the senior center for the week

Menu for the week of Nov. 10-14 at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow lane, Gardnerville. Information, 783-6455.

What you don't know about teen parties

Do you know what goes on at teen parties? After sitting in on a teen awareness planning session recently with Partnership of Community Resources staff, and Douglas County Sheriff's Explorers representatives. I realized just how clueless I have become about teen parties.

How to plant spring bulbs

Many types of spring bulbs are now available at nurseries and home improvement stores for fall planting.

Kiwanis turkey bingo Nov. 22

The Carson Valley Kiwanis Club annual Turkey Bingo is Nov. 22 at the CVIC Hall in Minden. The first session is 3 p.m. and the second at 6 p.m.

Get ready for Elks spaghetti feed, Christmas tree bingo

The Elks annual spaghetti feed and Christmas tree bingo begins 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.

Wednesday, November 5

Volleyball: Douglas cruises against Elko

It took the Douglas volleyball team just 63 minutes to breeze through the first round of the Northern 4A Regional volleyball tournament Wednesday night.

Sierra Nevada Sports Media Rankings

Northern Region Top Ten (First place votes are in parentheses)

Letters to the Editor Nov. 5

I am writing to ask that you deny the Park Cattle master plan amendment on Nov. 6.

Tuesday, November 4

Kiwanis collecting used bikes

For the 17th year, the Kiwanis Club of Gardnerville-Minden is collecting used bicycles, tricycles, wagons or scooters in good condition.

Soroptimists 2009 calendars on sale

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley is selling 2009 calendars at area businesses. The calendar includes 12 images of Carson Valley by area photographers Ron Walters and Jason Woodcock. Cost is $10 with proceeds benefiting the Carson Tahoe Cancer Center.

Carson River work days Nov. 18-19

Conserve the Carson River Education Work Days are Nov. 18 and 19 at the Park Cattle Co. on Highway 88 in Minden. Almost 300 students from Douglas County elementary schools will spend half a day in an outdoor classroom along the banks of the Carson River.

Soroptimists award $40,000 in grants

Soroptimist International of Carson Valley gave out more than $40,000 at their fifth annual awards luncheon at the Carson Valley Inn on Oct. 28.

Caregiver hero receives award

Paramedics and firefighters from the East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts visited Merrill Gardens at Gardnerville to present a Community Hero Recognition Award to caregiver Mary "Willie" Matlean on Oct. 30.

Center raises awareness about runaway prevention

It's a parent's worst nightmare when their child has run away. A series of questions and incomprehensible outcomes run through their head. They wonder what to do, where their child was last seen, and what was discussed before they left home that day. Kids run away from home every day. Even more contemplate running. More than half of the youth calls handled by the National Runaway Switchboard deal with a youth who is already on the street as a runaway, throwaway or homeless youth.

Women's club readies for bazaar and dinner Sunday

The ladies of the Antelope Valley Women's Club are working hard preparing their annual fundraising event, the bazaar and dinner. The big day is this Sunday with vendors and crafters presenting their wares from noon until 5 p.m. at the Walker Community Center.

Kruse is shipmate of the year

Ron Kruse was given the Leonard Sweed Nelson Shipmate of the Year award from the Fleet Reserve Association last month. Ron is a Carson Valley resident who retired from the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service.

Animal boutique Saturday

Douglas Animal Welfare Group hosts its first animal boutique, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center, 1477 Highway 395, Gardnerville.

Rhymers Rodeer returns to CVI

After the dust settles and you've properly disposed of (your own) campaign signs, take a load off your mind and enjoy cowboy poetry, cowboy music and some old-time saloon piano tunes at the 21st annual Rhymers Rodeer in the Carson Valley Inn's Shannon Ballroom on Friday and Saturday.

Holiday shopping's alive in Carson Valley

We've just put the pumpkins and scarecrows away so that must mean it's time to break out the snowmen. Only 49 shopping days till Christmas to buy trinkets and baubles.

R-C Sports Notebook: Depth will be the wildcard

Something that has been somewhat lost along the way during the Douglas volleyball team's remarkable season is the one thing that could end up carrying the Tigers seamlessly through the playoffs.

Cross Country: Local runners qualify for state

Douglas High senior Taylor Biaggi became the school's first runner to qualify for the NIAA State Championships four times since Taryn Joyce-Mendive accomplished the feat between 1999 and 2002.

Monday, November 3

The end to a long campaign season

It has been more than 21 months since New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson came to Minden to talk about his candidacy for president, which really kicked off the presidential campaign in Carson Valley.

Park Cattle project a tipping point for Douglas

Douglas County faces a tipping point on Nov. 6 when the Park Cattle Co. project goes before the county commissioners. T

Sunday, November 2

Girls' Soccer: Douglas stomps McQueen in playoff opener

Girls' soccer playoffs in the Northern 4A have tended toward low-scoring, defensive affairs over the past several years.