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Eagle-eyed photographer gets great shot of bird

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Linda Annett came by with her photo of an eagle with a rabbit in its talons.

The Orchard Road resident said she traveled to Alaska to see something that at 10 a.m. Dec. 2 landed on a tree in her back yard.

“I see hawks all the time, but I’ve never seen eagles,” she said. “I stepped out my side door and zoomed in as far as I could.”

Linda has lived in Douglas County for four years.

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Genoan Penny Speir, project coordinator of the Sierra Nevada Ballet, said the group is having a free presentation at the Carson City Community Center 7 p.m. Dec. 10.

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The Ballet is performing the “Peanutcracker – The Story in a Nutshell.”

Penny said Sara Bunting of Minden is playing Aunt Silberhaus in the play.

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I received a copy of D.E. Whitchurch III’s “The Pied Piper Project: “Russia’s Child” from the author’s mother, Jeanie Nowak.

I haven’t had time to read it yet, but Jeanie said Daniel visits Gardnerville often and participated in Sharkey’s cowpasture boxing some decades ago. Jeanie and her husband came here 19 years ago. Jeanie sent several copies of the book to the troops via The Record-Courier’s donation barrels.

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Douglas High School senior Nikki Villoria is starting “Help for the Holidays” to gather food, clothing and toys for those in need over the holidays.

Nikki reports there’s a box at the Gardnerville Stor-All, located at 1456 D Industrial Way for donations, and that the folks at the storage place have donated a unit to hold the stuff.

Donations are being accepted through Dec. 22. If you want to talk to Nikki, e-mail her at holidayhelp2004@aol.com or call her at 265-7547.

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I spoke at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Volunteers dinner on Tuesday night. I had a topic idea but it didn’t quite gel until about an hour after I’d stepped away from the podium.

I was asked Tuesday morning by photographer Belinda Grant to be Santa. She said she had the suit and all I had to do was show up ready to ho, ho, ho.

It’s hard to be a large man with a whitening beard around this time of year and I’ve had to do Santa duty a couple of times.

My favorite was when a co-worker videotaped me in a Santa suit with a big bag of presents sneaking into her living room, leaving the presents and eating the cookie.

My pet name for this was the Blair Gift Project and the slogan, “Be merry, be very merry.” I think she still has the tape.

I was also Santa for one Appeal Christmas Party, which had me walking into the Carson Nugget in full regalia. People honked and waved as I made my way along Carson Street. It was different.

So, I will put on the Santa suit on Friday and try not to scare the kids too much.

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As to the volunteers dinner, 80 people filled Sharkey’s back room for what Warren Thayer called the fifth or sixth version.

Warren is a great joke teller and was perfect as master of ceremonies. Jennifer Hollister and I sat between Sgt. Tom Mezzetta and Sheriff Ron Pierini.

Tom and his wife, Amy, made glitter angels for the occasion and the volunteers had a great dinner and a substantial door prize giveaway featuring dozens of Carson Valley businesses.

I’m sure the volunteers will be writing a letter thanking everyone in the near future, so I won’t attempt a list here.

However, I would like to thank all the volunteers, not just for having me to their dinner on Tuesday, but also for everything they do during the year.

They save the taxpayers of Douglas County a substantial amount of money every year.

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Alice Lamb brought in husband Larry on Monday to get his picture taken. Larry, a veteran of Pearl Harbor, was his way to the Pearl Harbor Survivor’s meeting.

“There aren’t too many of them left,” Alice said.

Although Larry is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, he still looks pretty good.

— Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at khildebrand@recordcourier.com or 782-5121, ext. 215.