Gardnerville World War II veteran honored |

Gardnerville World War II veteran honored

Kurt Hildebrand

This morning, the Nevada Society of Sons of the American Revolution will award their war service medal to Al Copley, 93, who fought in World War II.

Al is a longtime Topaz Ranch Estates resident who moved up to Gardnerville recently. He fought in the China-Burma-India theater during the war.

Al’s lived in Douglas County for a quarter century and has been a longtime subscriber to The Record-Courier.

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Al’s a member of the society, which recognizes military veterans for their service by awarding certificates and medals to them, according to Northern Chapter Secretary-Treasurer Roger Linscott of Reno.

All the members are descended from patriots who fought in the American Revolution. There are 203 members in Nevada, seven of whom live in the Gardnerville area.

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Gardnerville entered a new era of mobility this week when the town installed the first electric vehicle charging station in Carson Valley this week.

The station is on Eddy Street next to the Historian Inn. It can charge two cars at once, and was a joint effort between Gardnerville and NV Energy.

Town spokeswoman Carol Louthan suggested that those folks charging their cars will have an opportunity to check out old Gardnerville while they’re waiting.

The town is at the outside edge of the traveling range of electric vehicles belonging to residents in Reno. The station isn’t the first one in Douglas County, though. That distinction belongs to Stateline.

Town Manager Tom Dallaire said there are 400-500 electric cars in the state now, but that number is expected to increase rapidly.

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We’re not collecting used Christmas cards for the troops this year because our prior efforts have been too successful.

After picking up thousands of cards we’ve collected both at The R-C and the Nevada Appeal for years, there’s a backlog of them that will last a couple of years, according to the Blue Star Moms.

I’ve checked around, and there doesn’t seem to be anyone else collecting them, either. Should that be incorrect, send me a note and we’ll get you some ink.

Thanks for all the support for the program over the years.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.