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Stop and smell the roses

Gary S. Dove


My wife Debbie and I are starting our eighth year living in the Carson Valley. As I look back at the past seven years since moving here from the Bay Area I realized it was time to “Stop and Smell the Roses” while reflecting the years.

I started getting involved in the community my first year with Project Santa Claus and was amazed how giving and friendly this community is. Several years later after seeing the commitment the Kiwanis Club had with providing bicycles for Project Santa I decided to join the club and have never regretted that decision. I enjoy my time with our members while helping and giving back to the community.

There will always be issues whether it’s Walmart, politics or the economics, through it all this community never stops helping those in need. Good example is the residents of Douglas County provide more food and money than Reno, Sparks and Carson City combined when you remove corporate sponsors monies for the Carson Valley Food Closet’s Christmas food drive and then a week later provide help and gifts for 806 children at Project Santa Claus.

Currently, I am attending the Leadership Douglas County class through the Chamber of Commerce. I along with my classmates are being exposed to the many levels of private, state and local government and community services that we take for granted or in some cases didn’t know existed. We may not have all the amenities the big cities have but we have professional sheriff and fire departments, county and town staff, good schools, service clubs and support groups for everyone’s interests or needs.

If I could recommend anything, I would suggest you too “Stop and Smell the Roses” and realize how good we have it here and ask yourself how can I make a difference.