Nov. 4, 2021, Letters to the Editor

Sertoma members Susan Mickie, Birgit Okamoto, Peggy Frick and Dianne Ford pose for a photo at Carson Valley Golf Course

Sertoma members Susan Mickie, Birgit Okamoto, Peggy Frick and Dianne Ford pose for a photo at Carson Valley Golf Course


Aprons will continue


I wanted to report vandalism on Lillian Statue in Genoa.

At 9:52 p.m. Friday, we found the Halloween apron was removed by a couple. They were caught red-handed by the security camera. The bald man removed the Halloween apron, with the help of a light-haired female partner, who pushed his butt to help him climb on the statue. Although the statue was not damaged, the couple committed vandalism on the town’s valuable property.

Genoa is a very peaceful and friendly town. This act of vandalism is not acceptable. If you have any issue with the town or the statue, do come forward and we can have a civil conversation or discussion and you will be given an opportunity to apologize.

The Lillian statue was not only erected to commemorate the 100 years of Candy Dance, but Lillian was also selected as an icon to represent and to honor all volunteers. Volunteers play a very important role in the development of the town of Genoa.

The intention of Apron project is bringing Lillian alive. Through Lillian, we celebrate all the festive seasons with the community. We honor each and everyone of the volunteers. Therefore, Lillian is not just a monument, she is one of us, one of the many volunteers. We will continue putting the apron on apron during the festive season just like Lillian would have celebrated with the Genoa community.

Debrine Smedley


Tamarack Fire help appreciated


Our recent losses have paled in comparison by the abundance of blessings.

While vacationing in Mexico it appears to most that my wife and I lost everything to the Tamarack Fire. Forty-three years of cherished memories, for lack of a better term, had gone up in smoke. I returned from vacation with my bride and two suitcases. Those possessions were replaced with an overwhelming change in our hearts that will last for the remainder of our lifetimes.

First of all, to the firefighters. You do not see borders such as communities, counties, or states. While most flee from flames you bravely rush toward the beast. I don’t think many of us will ever grasp that concept but please know this, your service and sacrifices have always left us in awe. You don’t do it for merit badges or commendations, it’s what you do … we will never understand it but will always greatly appreciate your efforts. Thank You.

To our friends who rushed to save some cherished memories before the road closures, we can never thank you enough. You always seem to be there when a brother or sister is in need and not once or twice. Your efforts went above and beyond. Thank You.

To those who came and sifted through the burnt rubble left in the wake of the fire and retrieving what very few precious memories were salvaged and giving emotional support to our family, especially our girls. Thank You!

To all of our Douglas County services that sprang into action assisting everyone who was misplaced. You managed to keep things running smoothly in our community when our lives were in chaos. Thank You!

To the countless businesses, groups and individuals in Douglas County that rallied for fundraising, supporting all the families affected by the Tamarack Fire. Thank You.

To the friends who offered us shelter or opened your homes unconditionally allowing us to feel at peace during the challenging days ahead. This was comforting while we reset our lives and figured out our next plan. Thank You!

To all who have supported in other ways… you know who you are and what you have given or done. Please know we are forever grateful and Thank You!

To our entire High Sierra Fellowship family of brothers and sisters… and all the churches in our community (yes, the church has no borders, same faith and one God) your prayers were definitely felt and answered. Thank You!

To our community in South Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and including our west and east coast clans, family, friends, employers, co-workers, customers and everyone who encouraged and supported us… Thank You just doesn’t seem to express the outpouring of love we are feeling.

To April, Brittany, Jordy, our Matts, our Nick, our Hannah and our Addison… you are our legacy, and we love you very much.

Wishing you all many blessings as we have been blessed, today and every day.

Ed and Tara Addeo


Thanks from Sertoma


Carson Valley Sertoma Golf Tournament that was held Oct. 2 was loads of fun and successful. Our club earned close to $5,000 to give back to our community. A huge thank you to Carson Valley Golf Course, Les Schwab Tires, Edgewood Tahoe, Carson Valley Inn, Starbucks Roasting Plant, and many, many others for their support in this event.

Without our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and generous contributors, this event would not have been as successful. An additional thank you to the Record-Courier, Danny Tarkanian, and Amy Roby’s Ranchos Roundup for their articles that brought attention to our efforts.

We couldn’t have done this without any of you.

Carson Valley Sertoma


Thanks for filling Empty Bowls


We would like to thank the entire community and everyone who helped with our Empty Bowls event Oct. 3.

These meaningful acts of giving include:

The local restaurants that gave with generous donations of wonderful food.

Businesses here in the valley and surrounding area including Reno/Sparks, South Lake Tahoe, Minden, Carson City, Gardnerville, and Markleeville that donated items and services that were part of our very popular Raffle and Silent Auction.

All the volunteers at the event, including:

Douglas High School Culinary Class

Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorers

Carson Valley Medical Center

Gardnerville Sertoma Club

Fleet Reserve Association

St. Gall Catholic Church for the use of their great facility

With deep appreciation,

Empty Bowls of Douglas County


Carson Valley Art Studio Tour a success


Special thanks go to planning committee members Pam Brekas, Dana Childs, Michael Youngblood, Irene Taylor and Barbara Gustafson that made the first Carson Valley Art Studio Tour a success.

Thanks also to all the artists who opened their studios and other participating artists; and thanks to everyone who visited the studios or galleries over the tour weekend.

The tour would not have been possible with the sponsoring galleries included four Minden galleries, Heartstrings, Prism, Cottonwood Creek and Carson Valley Arts Council & Gallery and two in Gardnerville, East Fork Gallery and Gadzooks. Special thanks goes to additional sponsors Cheshire Antiques and Custom Framing & Design in Gardnerville and other Carson Valley Arts Council sponsors including: BDR Construction, Double J Auto, Sierra View Dental Center - Timothy T. Pinther, DDS, Douglas Democrats/ Douglas Democratic Women, Heritage Bank, Bike Habitat, Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Brian Fitzgerald and Frances C and William P. Smallwood Foundation.

Sharon Schlegel

Carson Valley Arts Council

Executive Director

Sharon Hoelscher Day

Events Committee Chair

No such thing as an empty firearm


It is well known to all that Alec Baldwin hates guns, hates the NRA and hates the second Amendment. It is very unfortunate that he is not a gun owner or NRA member. An NRA gun owner knows a gun is not empty until you prove it is empty for yourself. You open a revolver to show the cylinder to see if any rounds are there. You remove a magazine, if there, on a pistol, lock the slide open to establish nothing in the chamber. Ideally, you will have a second person check your procedure along with you. Now it is empty. This safety check is done without you finger anywhere near the trigger and not pointing anywhere in the direction of any harm or damage.

Gun-hating Baldwin, showing his total ignorance of weapons and weapon safety, took a gun from someone who said, "Cold gun" pointed it at a person and pulled the trigger, killing her. He should go to jail for manslaughter, but he won't. He will blame guns, NRA and the need to take guns away from all of us “others.” I am NRA and proud of it.

Ron Savinski



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