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A look back on an exciting year

Record Courier Staff Reports

It has been three years since I started writing the Sweetwater Notes column and reporting news and events in the Topaz Lake, Topaz Ranch Estates, Holbrook Highlands, Holbrook Junction and surrounding areas.

I have met many wonderful people who live here and work hard to support this community.

Looking back on 2004, the year started out with my return home driving north on Highway 395 from southern California after the birth of our granddaughter Emily.

Passing Topaz Lake, fishermen were trying their luck in the annual Topaz Lodge Fishing Derby that begins each Jan. 1 and continues through mid April.

The Topaz Sagehens and Town and Country Homemakers presented scholarships awards to four Douglas High School students at their annual Spring Luncheon in May.

The Topaz Sagehens presented scholarship awards to Trent Hennessy-York, Matthew Marple and Staci Sullivan.

Town and Country Homemakers presented a scholarship to Shannon Wentz.

In June my husband Doug and I packed up the motor home and towing our pickup traveled to Schellbourne to provide amateur radio communication for the Pony Express Reride. We followed the pony from Schellbourne Station to Deep Creek Station in Ibapah, Utah where the mail would depart Nevada.

The newly completed improvements to the Children’s Playground equipment at the Topaz Ranch Estates Park were dedicated in September, a project that took five years and $50,000.

More than 40 pre-1915 restored automobiles in the Horseless Carriage tour stopped at the TRE Park building on their Silver State tour.

Drivers and passengers were dressed in period costumes reliving a simpler time when men wore long slim trousers and a cap with goggles and women wore long cotton dresses, high button shoes and big hats.

During the year, I reported on programs and services available here in the Topaz area including the DART schedule, free income tax preparation, senior lunches, weed control, library kiosk, and open burning regulations.

We said goodbye to our friends Bill Brown, Lois Swarts, Rowena Schneider, Janet Nieve, Vivian Von Dracek and Lloyd Mills, who died this year.

I want to acknowledge and thank the General Improvement District of Topaz Ranch Estates, Douglas County Senior Services, Topaz Lake and Topaz Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Departments, South County Sheriff’s Substation, Topaz Sagehens, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3630 and Auxiliary, the First Baptist Church of TRE, Smith Valley United Methodist Church, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Topaz Community Open Bible Church and the many individuals who volunteer their time to support this community.

I look forward to the new adventures ahead for 2005.

Please call or e-mail me with news or announcements you would like to see published in the Sweetwater Notes column.

— Carolyn Purkiss can be reached at 266-9482 or by e-mail at k6dug1@juno.com.