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The Petersons: A Dynamic Portrait of Family, Faith and Reno Roots

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Happy Holidays from The Good Life! This month’s issue brings holiday cheer as we celebrate family and our local community. Our cover story spotlights the Peterson family of Somersett, a blended family with strong bonds and deep roots in Reno. We visit the Petersons on the eve of the holiday season and get a peek into their dynamic lives, future hopes and past struggles. We know the type of warmth their family displays is kindling throughout our neighborhoods as the season of togetherness begins. Also in this issue we become acquainted with the Sierra Association of Foster Families, a Reno charity with special needs during the holiday season—a time that can be challenging for youth in transition.

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We visit the River School Farm, a Northwest-Reno “best kept secret” to learn about their farm fresh goodies and mission to bring locally grown produce to Reno. Don’t miss our interview with Somersett resident and interior designer Tori St. Pierre who offers her “outside the box” holiday decorating tips.

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The Petersons: A Dynamic Portrait of Family, Faith and Reno Roots By Carlie Partridge


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hen I meet the Petersons at their Somersett home, it’s near sunset and they’re preparing for their traditional Sunday family dinner. Teri and Jeff Peterson are chatting, joking and multitasking—it’s the familiar domestic choreography of cooking, laundry and conversation. They have a full house tonight including their two children Micaella, 17, Dolan, 15, Kylie Ramatici, 23, Teri’s daughter from her first marriage and Ginger Jia, their Chinese exchange student. Kuma and Nala are eager for dinner too-their two omnipresent Pomeranians—the type that are constantly underfoot or panting endearingly in someone’s lap. The Petersons are a blended family with deep Reno roots and strong family bonds. Their home takes on an atmosphere of casual celebration as Dolan begins to riff on his guitar. Soon he’s joined by Jeff—a lifelong musician—and there’s an impromptu guitar duet of a Counting Crows song. “They’re not just doing this because we have a guest,” smiles Micaella, who will graduate in June from Excel Christian School. “They do this all the time.” There is a warm and inviting rhythm to the household as Kylie discusses her homework plans over the live music. Kylie is graduating with honors from University of Nevada-Reno’s Orvis school of Nursing in just a few weeks. Kylie will join her late father, her mother Teri and her stepfather Jeff as the third in the family to become UNR alumnus. Her last semester in school will require some late-night studying—but the end is in sight. She’s excited about her career choice and is in the process of interviewing for nursing jobs in Reno. Kylie anticipates a rewarding career in nursing but is flexible about which specialty to pursue. Not present is Teri’s son Jake Ramatici, 22—but Teri answers a phone call from him while everyone gathers in the kitchen. He’s in Thousand Oaks California studying at Cal Lutheran, where he also played football for a year—a love he shared with his late father, John Ramatici. The elder Ramatici, who passed away in 2007 from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, both played and coached football at University of Nevada-Reno. He wore number 44, a number his son adopted when he played. John Ramatici was inducted into the UNR Hall of Fame just months before he passed away. John had also played football at UNR with Jeff Peterson, at one point coaching him. Jake will be graduating from Cal Lutheran in May with a major in Communication and Marketing. Ginger Jia of Zhangjiakou, China has joined the Petersons this year to further her studies and attend Excel Christian School along with Dolan and Micaella. “She’s become one of the family,” says Teri. Future plans are also on Micaella’s mind. A star volleyball player, Micaella recently took her SAT test and plans to attend Truckee Meadows Community College in 2014. She will miss her involvement with volleyball but looks forward to the journey ahead. December 2013

“Living in the moment, loving people and loving the Lord are key for me,” says Micaella, in imagining her post-high school path. Dolan takes a break from playing his guitar to explain that his passion for music occasionally causes him to procrastinate on school work. “Music is such a gift,” he says. “I can’t imagine what I’d do without it. Music is something Dolan picked up from Jeff, who currently plays guitar and sings during worship at their church as well as in a local band called 2wice on Sundays. Dolan also enjoys his classes at Excel Christian School where he plays basketball. He is grateful to his parents for allowing him to pursue his passions. “I love how in our family, we can share what we feel—we can be social and enjoy the company of other adults and families without feeling awkward—we love being around other people and even as teens we don’t feel the need to look at our smartphones every ten minutes.” Micaella echoes her younger brother’s admiration of their family dynamic. “We’re touchy feely, but in a good way,” she says. “We embrace one another for who we truly are. My mom allows me to be the person I am and pursue what I want—even if I don’t know exactly what that is in the moment.” She appreciates her father’s perspective and gentle way of challenging her. “We’re like two peas in the pod,” she says about their relationship. “Like most teens, we naturally love spending time with friends or at church, but we genuinely love being together.”

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A Family is Born Micaella and her older sister Kylie start chatting about how they became a blended family in the first place—which of course involves how Teri and Jeff met. “Can I tell you how our parents met? It’s perfect!” offers Micaella. She tells the story in brief: “So, my mom and dad were supposed to go on a skiing date with a bunch of other people but it ended up being just them. When my

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dad offered to carry my mom’s skis, she refused and said she could carry her own skis.” At this point, Jeff chimes in and says “not only could this woman carry her own skis, but she had packed a lunch for the slopes. And not just any lunch—a whole cooler of organized goodies. Later when I told my friends about her carrying her own skis they said—Jeff, you need to marry that girl.” Already a mother of two from her previous marriage, Teri was surprised by Jeff ’s interest. “He was cooler than me in College,” she joked about their UNR days— “you know,” she smiles, “a football player.” Jeff had come to UNR to play Wolf Pack football as an outside linebacker. Their romance blossomed through a shared faith and attitude towards life. The smitten couple married months after meeting. A second marriage for both of them, they will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014. “It’s gone by so very

fast,” says Teri. “Naturally we’ve had our ups and downs like anyone, but it’s just been so full.” Jeff, a longtime pastor, shared some of his views on family and marriage. “Marriage is a place where one plus one becomes more than two. It’s not just simple addition, it’s exponential. There’s Teri, and there’s Jeff—and then there’s Teri and Jeff.” He explained his perspective about marriage being about mutual enhancement of their shared lives through the tumultuous journey of life. “The journey involves being open to vulnerability and change. Therein lies the richness.” As the matriarch of the family, Teri considers herself a mom-atheart. Having graduated from UNR in family studies she was the first female in her family to graduate with a four year degree. The youngest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family, Teri grew up in Reno where her family established deep roots in the community. Her late father, Bobby Dolan, played professional baseball in the

“Can I tell you how our parents met? It’s perfect!” offers Micaella.

Dodger organization. He is the namesake of the annual Bobby Dolan Baseball Dinner, a Reno fundraiser benefiting the UNR Wolf Pack baseball team. Teri’s 83 year old mother and two of her siblings still make their homes in Reno. Her uncle owns the Dolan Automotive group, one of Reno’s most trusted auto dealers for decades. Teri, who is also a licensed hair designer, has considered going back to work but feels that her heart is with motherhood and involvement in the busy lives of her teens and older children. Teri shares that since 1976, the Dolans have an annual family reunion attended by over 100 people. “I could totally kiss my great aunt and that would be totally natural,” says Micaella, again noting the affectionate nature of their extended family. Facing Adversity Together The Petersons experienced a challenging passage during the economic downturn following the market crash of 2008-2009. At the time, Jeff was a mortgage banker. “With all our investments wrapped up in property, you can imagine that the credit crisis hit us pretty hard,” he explains.

During that time, Jeff changed jobs several times and the family faced having to leave their beloved Reno to seek new work. They were so close to leaving Reno at one point that they even toured high schools in California. Fate conspired to keep them in Reno and they endured difficult years when Jeff was travelling frequently to Florida and New York for work with a hedge funds company. Dolan and Micaella reflected on that time as one in which they missed their father but became more independent, adjusting to his frequent travels. Teri noted that their family’s strong faith brought them through the challenge with confidence and grace. Jeff comments that the trying times truly reveal that “it’s not so much about where life takes you but rather who you’re travelling with.” Shared Perspectives As parents, Teri and Jeff share a passion for providing space for their children to thrive spiritually and become “other centered” with their attention on faith and on other people. Jeff explains it as “living life in a way that creates value for others—in a way that sort of creates something from

nothing.” The idea of creating positive relationships in life is a cornerstone of their family outlook. “If we can move through our lives in a way that adds value to the lives of their others, there’s an ultimate hope and a reason for our story,” says Jeff. The focus on creating an “other centered” family is evident in the care they display for one another and the community. Kylie has volunteered by participating in a support program for new and expecting mothers at Reno’s Crisis Pregnancy Center, and her brother Jake has volunteered cleaning up beaches in Southern California. Outside of his full time job as VP of operations at Guru Dental, Jeff volunteers at life church as one of the worship leaders, and Micaella and Dolan eagerly take on volunteer responsibilities through their school and church. Last year they assisted with flood relief in Reno by filling sandbags and sorting clothes at Reno Gospel Mission. Community involvement is integral to their lives and is expressed through school and church endeavors. Ginger Jia, as part of the Peterson family this year, offers her own perspective on the

family. “I really love living with the Petersons. They make me laugh and sometimes they quietly support me in my academic goals. When I took the SAT, Teri supported me and helped me feel less nervous. I am so happy to be living with them!”

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long the banks of the Truckee River in Northwest Reno, you’ll find Reno’s “biggest little secret”—the River School Farm. RSF is a venue for year round farming and special events that also hosts educational opportunities and classes and workshops open to the public. The farm works in cooperation with other farmers, gardeners and teachers towards a goal of promoting local agriculture to sustain the health of our community’s residents and local food economy. The River School Farm operates several deep organic micro eco-farms and collaborates with other market gardeners in our region to sell their produce. Our goal is that 20% of our food here in the Truckee Meadows will be grown locally by the year 2020. These holidays, you can think “in” the box for holiday gifts—in the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box, that is! Consider giving a holiday gift of a gift certificate

for the river school farm that can be used towards purchasing our weekly produce boxes come Spring! Giving the gift of farm fresh produce grown right here in Northwest Reno can add great cheer to your holiday table. A gift certificate to the RSF can be used towards any of our produce or artisan gift items. Gifts and Goodies from our Gardens and Beyond Our inventory of gifts is constantly changing because we make things in small, handmade batches. We invite you to check our web site for holiday gift items including our locally grown honeys, jams, preserves, body crèmes, salves and candles. If you choose gifts from River School Farm, you are contributing to our mission of operating a functional, year-round organic farm and educating the public about how to grow functional gardens. Gift Basket Ideas You can combine fresh produce items with our artisan food items to create a fresh, local

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Dolan Auto Group Finds Home in Community By: Kristin Stith


ommunity. People today use this word often, but rarely do we really examine what this word means to an organization or group. How does an organization support the community in which they do business? For Dolan Automotive Group the word community is deeply rooted in our past, present and future and it starts right from the top. Tom Dolan, planted roots in Reno in 1969 and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Social Welfare and Corrections. From the beginning of his career he was deeply embedded in our community, working as a Juvenile Parole Officer, where he served the most vulnerable members of our community. This work forever left a mark on Tom, stressing the importance of education, the importance of giving back and serving the community in which you live, and the importance of fostering and mentoring the next generation of community members. As his position changed he decided to completely change careers and utilize his innate sales skills and began selling life insurance, which lead to an opportunity to work in the car business. He worked his way from Sales, to Finance Manager, to Sales Manager and in 1982 Tom became the General Manager and Vice President at Reno Toyota. Throughout his career Tom has lived by the mantra, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” It is a mantra that he has passed down within his family and his entire business. It is this mantra that he has used to inspire businesses to implement a culture of investment in people and programs that serve our community. One of the most successful and impactful projects that Dolan Automotive Group has implemented is Class Project.

Class Project In this their Third Annual Class Project Giveaway, Dolan Automotive Group will give away $60,000 to 22 schools in northern Nevada. Two top schools will earn $5,000, one based on the most votes from the community and the other by being the Dolan Automotive Group employee pick. The 20 runner-up schools with the most votes will earn $2,500 to help bring their ideas to life. The annual contest encourages area public school teachers to submit a concept for a classroom project on behalf of students. Teacher proposals are then voted on by fans of the Dolan Automotive Group Facebook page. Since 2011, Dolan Automotive Group has given $100,000 to 40 northern Nevada classrooms with Class Project. However, the impact of the Class Project goes far beyond the funds distributed. Class Project provides an opportunity for our area schools to connect with their students, parents, teachers and their neighborhoods. Since voting takes place on Facebook, teachers, schools and students are empowered to connect with their community in a new and different way. Teachers have an opportunity to express their ideas, programs and plans to a much wider community audience, while opening up and expanding conversations regarding education, which is near and dear to the entire Dolan family. As Tom has instilled his mantra in his children’s work and business ethic, sons Ryan and Brady are continuing his established legacy and they know that, “The more you give the more successful you are in life and business.” About the author: Kristin Stith, Community Outreach for Dolan Auto Group.

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December 6, Friday Choral Christmas Concert at UNR Nightingale Concert Hall, Church Fine Arts Building on UNR Campus 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 The University chorale groups perform a variety of vocal pieces to celebrate the holidays. Call (775) 784-4278 December 8, Sunday Tuba Christmas Concert at the May Museum Wilbur D. May Museum, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno 3 p.m. Free This family-friendly concert features holiday carols played in four-part harmony and performed by local baritone, euphonium and tuba players. Sip cocoa and cider while nibbling cookies at this free event! Call (775) 785-9561 December 7, 8, 9, Saturday, Sunday and Monday The Nutcracker Ballet Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Reno Various show times Tickets are $25-$50 The stage will come alive with sugar plum fairies and dancing mice as the A.V.A. Ballet Theatre presents their 17th annual Nutcracker Ballet featuring the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Call (775) 666-6600



ADDRESS 1250 Firefly Court 9275 Palmetto Court 2050 Heavenly View Trail/ Lot #126 2055 Heavenly View Trail 1455 Orchard Park Trail 9095 Cabin Creek Trail 2035 Heavenly View Trail 2360 Hickory Hill Way 1150 Cliff Park Way 2365 Maple Leaf Trail/ Lot #20 2390 Maple Leaf Trail/ Lot #17 8845 Scott Valley 1830 Sun Shadow Court 8998 Beacon Ridge Trail 7751 Autumn Ridge Circle 8708 Lynrock Circle 1785 Laurel Ridge 8855 Scott Valley Court

December 15, Sunday Holiday Gingerbread Festival Rancho San Rafael Park at the Wilbur D. May Center 1595 N. Sierra Street in Rancho San Rafael Park 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. $10 Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to the best gingerbread houses in three categories. Proceeds will benefit the arboretum and botanical garden. The event also features holiday music and other crafts for the family. Call (775) 823-6500

December 15, Sunday Reno Santa Pub Crawl Throughout downtown Reno Free, Adults Only This event contributes to the local school charity, 7:30 p.m. Visit for more information

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ADDRESS 1650 Woodcrest Court 9170 Heritage Ridge Court 1825 Stone Pointe Drive 8885 Golfwood Court 1910 Champion Hills Drive 1785 Laurel Ridge Dr. 8507 Gypsy Hill 1770 Timaru Court 1850 Scott Valley Road 1850 Laurel Ridge Drive 8540 Gypsy Hill 8625 Eagle Chase 8625 Eagle Chase 8625 Eagle Chase 8140 Twin Eagles Court 8680 Eagle Chase 2195 Candle Rock Court

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LIST PRICE $484,900 $489,000 $499,000 $499,500 $505,995 $519,850 $534,400 $540,000 $549,000 $599,500 $622,000 $675,500 $699,000 $775,775 $1,010,000 $1,070,000 $1,095,000

SOLD HOMES IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ADDRESS 1455 Orchard Park Trail 2225 Heavenly View Trail 1355 Cliff Park Ct. 9031 Cabin Creek Trail 1460 Centennial Mill Way 1670 Autumn Valley Way 1242 Firefly 10080 Watercress Circle 9106 Mount Pleasant Drive 1100 Cliff Park Way 75 Mule Deer Drive 8798 Lynrock Circle 1225 Cliff Park Way 1250 Hidden River Way

Throughout December Holiday Fun at the Washoe County Library Free The Washoe County Library hosts various holiday-related events for the family including storytelling, Santa visits, holiday movies and more. Call (775) 327-8300

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LIST PRICE $212,000 $265,900 $229,900 $239,000 $245,000 $249,700 $250,000 $285,000 $295,000 $315,000 $339,900 $339,000 $360,000 $374,900

SOLD PRICE $210,000 $225,000 $226,500 $237,000 $245,000 $245,000 $250,000 $285,000 $290,000 $313,000 $320,000 $339,000 $351,000 $369,000

ADDRESS 8245 Antler Pointe 1205 Tarleton Way 2370 Roanoke Trail 1758 Evening Rock Court 80 Mule Deer Dr. 7790 Harvest Hill 9084 Cabin Creek Trail 8395 Desert Candle 8770 Forest Willow 1871 Laurel Ridge Drive 8580 Gypsy Hill Trail 1955 Champion Hills Drive 8548 Gypsy Hill Trail 2100 Candle Rock Court

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LIST PRICE $410,000 $399,000 $415,000 $419,000 $439,000 $429,000 $440,000 $499,000 $505,000 $599,000 $599,463 $650,000 $622,009 $1,090,000

SOLD PRICE $395,000 $395,000 $395,000 $400,000 $419,000 $429,000 $430,000 $490,000 $492,714 $560,000 $599,463 $620,000 $622,009 $1,000,000

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he Reno Bighorns are a part of the NBA Development League and currently affiliated with the Sacramento Kings. Since their arrival in Reno during the 2008-2009 season the Bighorns have been an important part of the Reno community under the local leadership of Herb Santos Jr. Each year the Bighorns staff, players and mascot (Bruno) attend over 150 events in the Reno community. Some of community events the Bighorns attended last year were: Boys and Girls Thanksgiving Dinner, Relay for Life and Scheels- Run For Education. Not only was the team and staff active in the community, the Bighorns strive to provide entertaining basketball and a family fun environment at each game.

1825 Stone Pointe Dr Reno NV 89523 Pembroke model by Toll Brothers in the sought after community of Somersett. No immediate neighbors behind, upgraded like the model including a fantastic kitchen, full covered patio, 3rd car garage and built in vanity in master bedroom. This house was built with all of the builder decorative touches in mind. From the flooring to the cabinets and on through the countertops and appliances…this house is beautiful. Backyard is open and large, but has not been landscaped. You bring your imagination. You can’t buy this model with these upgrades and no rear neighbor for under $500K. Call me to schedule your showing today!

If you are looking to add some life to a community event or inject some energy into your next employee or client outing, reach out to the Bighorns at 775.853.8220. The Bighorns strive to form strong partnerships both on and off the court.

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