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Couldn’t do it without volunteers

by Carolyn Purkiss

A special thank you to all who volunteer their time, talents and resources to support the growing communities of Topaz Lake, Topaz Ranch Estates, Holbrook Highlands, Holbrook Junction and surrounding areas. Together we can make a difference.

Community organizations, meetings and services in the Topaz area:

n Adult exercise class takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the TRE Community Center in Topaz Ranch Estates. Bring handheld weights and a mat if you have them. There is no charge and signups are not necessary, just come.

n Douglas Area Rural Transit provides service both north and southbound from Topaz Lodge to Wal-Mart. All-Day Fares: Adult (Age 12 & older) $2, senior/disabled $1 suggested donation, social services $1, student I.D., discount $1. Children 11 and younger ride free with an adult. Route schedules are available at South County Sheriff’s Substation and Nevada Trading Company in Topaz Ranch Estates and the D.A.R.T. office at Douglas County Senior Services, or call 783-6456 for information.

n The Home Companion Program is looking for volunteers to provide transportation for people who otherwise couldn’t get out. Volunteers serve as a companion taking clients shopping or shop for them, transport to doctor, pick up prescriptions, pay bills, or read to them. A volunteer cannot perform services that fall under professional health care services (i.e., nurse, nurse aide). A volunteer does not administer medication of any kind, dress wounds, or lift persons. Information call Vangie McCracken 266-4446.

n Senior lunches are served at Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center, 3939 Carter Drive, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. 60 years of age and older suggested donation $2. For people 59 and younger, the suggested donation is $3.50.

n South County Sheriff’s Substation, 1470 Albite Drive, 266-1028 Topaz Ranch Estates, provides bicycle registration, dog licenses, electric engraver, file reports to Sheriff’s Department, gun locks, permits to cut Christmas trees, forms that list requirements for open burning within the East Fork Fire District and vacation checks. Hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A library kiosk is available during business hours.

n Topaz Lake and Topaz Ranch Estates Volunteer Fire Departments need volunteers. For information contact TLVFD Chief Dave Thomas, 266-4864 or TREVFD Chief Ronna Hubbard, 266-3656 or come to either station on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., for the business meeting.

n Topaz Ranch Estates General Improvement District Board meetings take place the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the Community Center in TRE. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. The GID is responsible for the water company, road maintenance and flood control for the area. The board would like to hear your concerns to better serve the community. Agenda’s for the meetings are posted at Maggie’s Gift Shop, TRE Water Co., South County Sheriff’s Substation, and Nevada Trading three days before meetings. For information call 266-3000 or 266-3212.

n Topaz Sagehens are guided by their creed: “The Topaz Sagehens are a dedicated team working in fellowship to improve the quality of life of our members, their families and the community.” Proceeds from fundraising events are used to help many worthwhile community organizations and projects. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday beginning in September with a potluck at noon, at the Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center. During the months of October through May the meetings take place at 1 p.m. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Information president Micki Joye 266-1025.

n Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3630 meets the third Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., and the Auxiliary meets the second Tuesday at 7 p.m., at the TRE Community Center. For information on membership please call secretary Jacqui Mobley 266-3636.

n Volunteers are needed for the AARP Tax-Aide program, a free income tax preparation service beginning in February 2006, at the South County Sheriff’s Substation, 1470 Albite Drive, Topaz Ranch Estates. Training is starting soon and will take place one day a week for three weeks. For information call Vangie McCracken 266-4446 or John Oscarson 266-3616.

n Carolyn Purkiss can be reached at 266-9482 or by e-mail at