Clean-up day happening this Sunday |

Clean-up day happening this Sunday

Amy Roby

Each day on his drive back and forth from the Ranchos for work, Mike Pailliotet laments the trash along each side of the road. Tired of passing the debris and knowing it wasn’t just going to disappear, the Ranchos resident decided to do something about it.

Pailliotet, who owns Connoisseur Carpet, Tile and Upholstery Cleaning, put out a call in the Minden/Gardnerville Community forum on Facebook. In part, his post reads, “Would anyone like to join me this Sunday [Aug. 27] at 9 a.m. to tidy up the stretch [of Dresslerville Road] between Tillman and Mitch? I’m guessing 5 to 10 of us could get it all collected in an hour or two. I’ll haul it to the landfill when we’re done.”

Volunteers to the clean up effort are welcome. Those who aren’t able to participate in this weekend’s clean up but would like to contribute toward dump fees can stop by the area on Sunday morning and leave a donation. Questions can be directed to Pailliotet at 831-588-9063.

Pailliotet is active in the Pine Nut Mountains Trail Association, and was recently voted in as president. The mission of the nonprofit association is “to keep public land open for public use, stop unnecessary closures, promote safe and responsible multi-use, and to care for public land.”

One of Pailliotet’s goals in his new role as association president is to organize at least one “fun ride” and one clean up day per month. “Everyone plays in the whole valley, I figured, ‘Why not work together to keep it clean?’” he said.

More than 60 people showed up to a Pine Nuts clean-up day organized by the PNMTA last May. “We removed all kinds of stuff,” he said. “Furniture, rusty metal, old appliances, tires, and four cars. People have fun out there; it’s a miracle what you can get done in 2-3 hours when people work together.”

The association’s next clean up day is scheduled at the Tillman Sand Pits on Sept. 10 starting at 9 a.m.

The PNMTA meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month. Their next meeting will be held on Sept. 12 at Louie’s Mandarin Gourmet restaurant, 1799 Ironwood Drive, in Minden.

For more information, log on to or check out their Facebook page.

Elks flea market and Bingo

The Tahoe/Douglas Elks Annual Flea Market will be held at the lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos, on Sept. 15 and 16.

Donations to the sale are being accepted through Sept. 7.

Proceeds from the flea market benefit the many local charitable organizations that the Elks support.

Bingo will be held at the lodge Sept. 1. Doors open at 5 p.m. with warm ups at 6 p.m. and regular games starting at 6:30 p.m.

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