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FEATURES

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Property Update Euer Valley purchase

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A February of Firsts Trying new recreational activities

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Recipe of the Month Clam chowder

TAKE NOTE

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Catherine Larkins On the cover

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Email Newsletters Hear about things first

27 I-Did-A-Run Annual Snowfest event 28 Crime Prevention Reducing burglaries

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DEPARTMENTS

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President’s Message Community updates

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Monthly Calendar Something for everyone

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General Manager’s Message Getting the word out

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Important Member News Seeking candidates

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Let’s Get Together TD events & happenings

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Bulletin Board Liability as a dog owner

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WELCOME

MARCH 2012 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Brittany Felton

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Amanda Wallace Kirt Zimmer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS President

Suzan Knisley, suzylynn@mindspring.com

Vice President

Tom Johns, btjtd@aol.com

Secretary

Steve Miller, stephen.m.miller@wellsfargoadvisors.com

Treasurer

Ron Wulff, rwulff@sbcglobal.net

Director

Jay Lempinen, jjlempinenlost@sbcglobal.net

Board of Directors

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Postmaster Send address changes to Tahoe Donner News, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA 96161 (530) 587-9400, Fax (530) 587-9419

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Snow flurries are finally falling on Tahoe Donner’s Cross Country Ski and Downhill Ski trails with enough snow pack to get everyone excited about waxing your skis. So get your gear ready and hit the slopes! Did you know that Truckee was recently named by National Geographic Magazine as one of the top 25 ski towns in the entire world? The article highlighted Tahoe Donner as one of the best family and learn to ski hills. So now we are famous and you can read about it on the following link: http://adventure.nationalgeographic. com/adventure/trips/best-ski-towns-photos/ By the time you read this article, the escrows on both the important land acquisitions Tahoe Donner purchased will be recorded and ready for our next phase, planning improvements on the approximate 500 acres in the Euer Valley and the 20 acre Rosemond property and building to accommodate our Forestry operations. The Forestry building had an original budget of $1,450,000 and the final purchase price was $1,250,000. Improvements for the remodel of the building to accommodate our Forestry needs will remain within budget. The big bonus in this

purchase is we gained 20 acres of land, instead of taking away open space from within Tahoe Donner closer to residential areas. Additionally, plans are already in process by our new director of capital projects for the scope and remodel of the Maintenance facility in its current location. In addition to those projects, planning will begin for the new cross country ski center building, the equestrian operation, and the expansion of the deck at The Lodge, all within the approved 2030 General Plan. With all of these important improvements to Tahoe Donner’s infrastructure, the board will be involved with the approval of the final plans for these structures and improvements. Therefore, this election year will be a very important year to consider whom you want on your board of directors during the election process. Unlike many other large homeowners associations where the infrastructure is retained by the developer, Tahoe Donner members own all of the infrastructure. All of the open space, the amenities, the signage, the buildings and land belong to you as members and your voice is what will take Tahoe Donner into how we will look in the future. It has been a very rewarding experience serving on the board of directors for Tahoe Donner. I have benefited from expansion of my business skills, including accounting and finance knowledge, building and planning knowledge, training on employee benefit plans and hiring processes, and professional training on corporate legal matters and corporation management. Considering the experience and the board’s responsibility of an approximate $15 million dollar a year budget, it would look good on anyone’s resume to have served on Tahoe Donner’s board of directors. I encourage members to consider running for the board of directors, both as a benefit for Tahoe Donner and yourself. Please refer to the article in this issue of the Tahoe Donner News on the upcoming election process. Your vote counts. Your participation counts. Enjoy the snow,


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Miracle March Happy Hour Every Friday 4 - 6 p.m. @ Cross Country Ski Center Join in the fun with $3 draft beers, plus tasty food including sweet potato fries, nachos and sausages on the BBQ. Are you a musician and want to share some of your songs? We’ll also have open mic night. Wrap up your week and toast to a great weekend ahead with us!

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200 ft. Banana Split Extravaganza Saturday, March 24 1:30 p.m. @ Downhill Ski Area Bring your appetite and devour the incredible 200foot banana split. This event is weather dependent.

Winter Beach Party Saturday, March 3 12 p.m.@ Downhill Ski Area We’re bringing the beach to Tahoe! Tropical drinks, food and live music are just a few of the fun things we’ve got planned. Wear your Hawaiian shirt, grass skirt and lei.

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St. Patrick’s Day Concert and Carnival 12 - 3 p.m. @ Snowplay Area Join us for live music from Todd Wees and his band The So Heavies, snow-building contests, games and prizes for all! Wear your green flair and celebrate the luck of the Irish with us.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! Wii Night Sundays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Test your skills on the 150-inch screen! Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill while challenging competitors in Wii tennis, baseball, golf, bowling, Mario Kart and much more. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse Trivia Night Thursdays, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Join in the fun at Trivia Night. Enjoy a pizza from Pizza on the Hill, show off your brain power and win cool prizes. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse Family Movie Night Fridays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring your favorite pillow and blanket, kick your feet up, and enjoy both classic and new G and PG rated movies. Free! @ Northwoods Clubhouse

St. Patrick’s Day Party @ The Lodge Restaurant & Pub For a meal you often only eat on this Irish holiday, enjoy our corned beef and cabbage special for $16.95. Wear your festive green and enjoy $5.50 Guinness drafts, $5 black and tans and $5 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

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FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK

ROBB ETNYRE | GENERAL MANAGER If you haven’t already shared the news of what’s happening in Tahoe Donner, along with our great amenity benefits – now is the time to get the word out. While the overall Sierra snowpack is still growing, our beginner-focused downhill ski area, world-class cross country ski center and snow sledding/tubing operations only need minimal snow coverage to function. So, share the news that there is still a season of winter fun here in the Sierra. As an owner and member of Tahoe Donner, you’re vested in the success and failure of the entire operation. Last month, I briefly covered how management is implementing appropriate and timely business practices to quickly respond to the changing utilization of our amenities. However, we continue to encourage and request your participation. There is still considerable opportunity for all to get out and enjoy a great winter season. While I’ve covered the overall and specific average amenity utilization numbers from members, guest, and public in the past, each group’s utilization is critical to maintaining our overall low annual assessment. Therefore, even if you’re taking the winter off, encourage your friends and acquaintances to come and enjoy our wonderful recreational amenities. Any additional visits to our winter amenities will contribute to our efforts to maintain Tahoe Donner’s vibrant amenity operations, as well as an engaged work force that consistently delivers the high level of customer service our members expect. If you haven’t already explored our new web site, tahoedonner.com, this is a great reference tool to pass along to others so that they can be informed about our various amenities. Or, pass along the Weekly News emails that are distributed every Monday about all the upcoming exciting events. If you’re not already signed up for the Monday Weekly News or Wednesday Member News emails, you may do so on the Tahoe Donner web site by clicking on the “Subscribe” link in the upper right hand corner of every page.

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Future capital investment plans are abundant and at hand. Your management staff, General Plan Committee and Board of Directors are deep in the details of several exciting facility and activity modernization plans for the future. First, the board has reviewed a draft of the Euer Valley Operating Plan and has directed management to obtain member feedback on the authorized uses for the newly acquired Euer Valley property. This plan and membership feedback solicitation is in the Major Projects area of the Members section of our web site. Plans for a new cross country and equestrian center are also being considered by the board of directors, in keeping with the 2030 General Plan. Funds have already been approved and collected, and are available from the Development Fund portion of the annual assessment. No Special Assessment is being contemplated. These specific plans include several elements that recommend not simply the replacement of an aging and undersized facility, but also the minor relocation of the building of the cross country and equestrian centers in order to maximize the parking area. Further considerations for this site include an ice skating rink, kids’ adventure playground and small sports field. If you subscribe to Member News, you’ll be alerted when new information has been added to the web site on this project and others. Member feedback is critical in assisting us with meeting membership desires while minimizing the negative impact on the overall annual operating budget. Lastly, I want to plant a seed of an idea for your summer plans. While I’m sure the entire membership will be checking out the Euer Valley for the first time this summer, there are also great opportunities to book a unique group event at most of our amenities. For a special company outing or social function, consider that we could help you set up golf tournaments with lunch or dinner at the Lodge Restaurant & Pub, organize a group paddle board lesson at the Beach Club Marina or provide mountain bike tours into the Euer Valley! Inquire at Member Services, or link in with our outstanding group sales team located under the “Play” tab of tahoedonner.com


ON THE COVER Tahoe Donner homeowner Catherine Larkins enjoys a morning ski at the cross country ski center. Catherine works as a librarian at the Alder Creek Middle School in Truckee and helps teach the after school cross country skiing program at Tahoe Donner. She has two children, Lizzie, 13, and K.C., 10, who both love skiing at cross country and downhill. In the summer, the Larkins family spends their days at the Beach Club Marina swimming in Donner Lake. Catherine has lived in Tahoe Donner for 12 years and “just loves it!”

TAHOE DONNER CONTACTS Member Communications (area code 530) Member Services

587-9400

info@tahoedonner.com

General Manager

587-9431

gm@tahoedonner.com

Contact Member Services to be transferred to other administrative departments.

Amenities Alder Creek Campground 587-9462

campground@tahoedonner.com

Beach Club Marina

587-9460

marina@tahoedonner.com

Cross Country Center

587-9484

xcski@tahoedonner.com

Downhill Ski Area

587-9444

ski@tahoedonner.com

Equestrian Center

587-9470

equestrian@tahoedonner.com

Forestry 587-9432 forestry@tahoedonner.com Golf Course

587-9443

golf@tahoedonner.com

The Lodge

587-9455

lodge@tahoedonner.com

Pizza On The Hill

582-9669

pizza@tahoedonner.com

Recreation Info Hut

587-9413

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

Tennis Center

587-9474

tennis@tahoedonner.com

Trout Creek Rec. Center

587-9437

troutcreek@tahoedonner.com

Tahoe Donner Association Committee Chairs Architectural Standards, Jason Wooley aso@tahoedonner.com Covenants, Al Noyes

anoyes@sbcglobal.net

Elections, Nan Carnal

ncarnal@sfsu.edu

Finance, Jim Stang

jcstang@sbcglobal.net

General Plan, Dick Gander

rwgander@yahoo.com

Tahoe Donner Association Chartered Club Presidents Bridge, Sharilyn Nelson

nelson9025@sbcglobal.net

Friends of TD Trails, B.R. Levine

tdtrails@gmail.com

Rowing Club, Dot Mace

dotmace@sbcglobal.net

Senior Alpine Ski, Jeff Bonzon

jdbonzon@yahoo.com

Tahoe Donner Green, Sue Sorensen

tahoedonnergreenclub@gmail.com

Tennis, Linda Stewart

pindagold@yahoo.com

Nordic Ski Club, Carol Ozimek

president@tdnordicskiclub.org

9-Holers, Hilary Ward

hilary2@aabol.com

Mens Golf, Ralph Shindler

tdmensgolf@gmail.com

Women’s Golf, Denise Kosak

deezak12@hotmail.com

Hiking Club, Robin Reese

rbtahoe@sbcglobal.net

Quilt Club, Linda Brush

cbrush4110@gmail.com

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What is involved in running for the board? Candidates must submit an application by 4 p.m. on May 1, 2012. Applications will be available starting April 1, 2012, in the Member Services office at Northwoods Clubhouse or can be mailed to you on request. After verification that the applicant meets qualifications, the candidate will submit a Candidate’s Statement, due May 8, 2012, that will be reproduced and included in the Board Election Packet sent to property owners in late May. Finally, candidates are invited to participate in a Candidates’ Night in early June to directly present their ideas about serving on the board to property owners and answer owners’ questions. How much time is required and what is expected? Serving on the board is unquestionably challenging and requires time. While there is no monetary compensation, board members are rewarded with the satisfaction that comes with meeting challenges, guiding policy and operations and, in general, contributing to a wellrun association. Regular board meetings are held once per month, normally on the third Saturday, and usually last most of the day. A briefing packet for each meeting is prepared by staff; a significant amount of time is required to prepare for board meetings, that is, to review and research information in the packet, including meeting with staff, if appropriate. Occasional special meetings may be required to review items that cannot wait until monthly meetings. Each board member also serves as liaison to one or more of the committees serving the association; this involves attending regular meetings of the committee.

The board has a fiduciary relationship with the members of the association that imposes obligations of trust and confidence in favor of the association and its members. It requires the members of the board to act in good faith and in the best interest of the members of the association. The fact that the association is a not-for-profit corporation, or that the members of the board are volunteers and unpaid, does not relieve them from the high levels of trust and responsibility that the fiduciary relationship requires. The bottom line! Serving as a director for Tahoe Donner Association carries many of the very same duties and responsibilities as overseeing any other large business. Being a board member is a valuable and rewarding experience and an opportunity to act on behalf of fellow owners while protecting and enhancing the assets of the Tahoe Donner community. If you are interested in running for the board and would like more information, feel free to contact the elections committee; current members of the board would also welcome your questions.

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PROPERTY UPDATE: TAHOE DONNER FINALIZES PURCHASE OF THE EUER VALLEY AND FORESTRY PROPERTIES

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n September 2011, the Tahoe Donner Board of Directors announced that the association was in escrow for two properties which included 482 acres of the Euer Valley and a 20 acre parcel with a building for the relocation of the Forestry department. We are happy to report that the association has now purchased both properties.

There has been an ongoing discussion regarding future Euer Valley uses and prohibitions. These discussions can be reviewed by going to the board of directors meeting minutes on tahoedonner.com. Additional information regarding the Euer Valley can be found on the Euer Valley web page in the Major Projects section of the site. This summer, the Euer Valley will be open to Tahoe Donner members for hiking, biking, and equestrian riding, with the following guidelines:

• Motorized access to the Euer Valley is forbidden, except for Tahoe Donner staff and others who have a deeded right of way over the land. • For the next three years, free range livestock will be present in the valley. Please avoid them and proceed with caution. • The Euer family still owns 40 acres in the middle of the valley. This land will eventually be marked. In the meantime, please avoid hiking near the homestead and its nearby buildings. • On select weekends this year, Tahoe Donner will offer a shuttle bus with paid access from the Equestrian Center to the Euer Valley. Visit tahoedonner.com for details this summer. • The Euer Valley is a “pack in/pack out” destination. Please do your part to keep this a litter-free landscape. • Respect the privacy of those who live adjacent to the Euer Valley, as well as the trailhead parking at the end of Alder Creek Road. Sound levels should be kept low and parking should only occur in designated areas.

The move for Forestry from their current location to the newly purchased property on Teton Way is exciting for the staff. There is no definite date for their official move as of yet, but there will be ample notification to the membership as changes occur. We thank all homeowners who have participated in all of the town hall style meetings on the Euer Valley and the Forestry facility. Many great ideas and suggestions have flowed out of these forums.

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March usually comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We hope this is true, especially this year! We have some great upcoming events to help us celebrate (or encourage) a “Miracle March,” starting with our new Friday night Happy Hour at the cross

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in the first group. Lucky for you, Tahoe Donner’s email newsletters are a great way to get updates when the news is still fresh. When you visit tahoedonner.com, you can sign up for any of these lists by clicking “subscribe” in the upper right corner of every page.

Weekly News Upcoming events, activities and special deals at Tahoe Donner. Comes out every Monday.

Member News Info about Tahoe Donner’s business affairs. Comes out most Wednesdays.

Downhill Skiing Occasional updates on downhill skiing events and promotions.

For more information, please contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437.

Kids Night Out at Northwoods Clubhouse 5 - 9 p.m. Friday, March 2 Kids 4 – 9 years old are invited to join in the fun with crafts, dinner, a movie as well as cookies and milk. This month’s featured film is Kung Fu Panda 2. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 582-9646. Cost: $15 per child.

Wii Night at Pizza on the Hill at Northwoods Clubhouse Play a friendly game of Wii on the big screen each Sunday from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Thursday Night Trivia Test your trivia skills from California history to sporting events. You never know what questions are going to be on the list from week to week. Trivia is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the winner receives a certificate for a free pizza!

Cross Country Skiing Occasional updates on Nordic skiing events and promotions.

Golf Occasional updates on golf events and promotions. If at any time you change your mind about your subscription, just click on the “update subscription preferences” link at the bottom of your message. Do you have an idea for something we should mention in one of our newsletters? Drop us a note at comdep@tahoedonner.com.

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Please note ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT. Please visit tahoedonner.com for the latest updates.

Sledding and Tubing

Join us for a fun guided snowshoe hike from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. We suggest participants dress in warm layers, bring a hat and gloves, headlamp or flashlight, and water. We will serve hot chocolate. Meet at Trout Creek Recreation Center and we will caravan to our hiking destination. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 587-9437. Cost of the hike is $7.50 with your own equipment, or $15 with snowshoe rental.

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March 24: 200 ft. Banana Split Extravaganza

granola bars, lemonade and plenty of socializing. Lunch will be served on the deck from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. This year Bill Blaylock and the Boys are back with us for our entertainment. Come join the fun and good weather.

Giant slalom – Second place in their class: Donn Bryant, Nan Carnal, Bob Ellis, Ron Kahn Slalom – First place in their class: Bob Ellis, Nancy Ellis, Barb Bryant

Bring your appetite to help us devour the incredible 200 foot banana split. This event is weather dependent and set to begin at 1:30 p.m

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In the Council Team Challenges, TDSASC raced for Sierra Council as Tahoe Donner Kung Fu Pandas and finished second in the costume division. Pictured below (left to right in the photo) Donn Bryant, Ken Simpson (sub for Graham Powell), Ron Kahn, Paulette McGregor, John Stubbs, Nan Carnal and Jo Simpson (President of Sierra Council). The eight-member “speed” team for Sierra Council, including TD racers Barb Bryant, Nancy and Bob Ellis, Barb McCabe and John McGregor, won first place out of 20 teams for fastest combined race time in the team competition. NER DON Y forms TDSASC membership information, E O NTR TA H U O and schedules of winter C and off-season activiOSS ties can C beR found at tdski.com. I We are acceptEN PU BLIC AM ing renewals and new applications now. Come join in the fun!

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week and are very excited about their performance. Twelve ski club members attended ski week, and 10 raced in various events.

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able through the pro shop. If you are interested in joining our club, please call our President Hilary Ward at (530) 587-2317 or email hilary2@aabol.com for more information.

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Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club

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We are pleased to announce the 2012 tournament schedule. Please mark your calendars now and plan on joining us for these events: Ice Breaker Sunday, June 3 | 12 p.m. s/g NCGA Senior 4 Ball Friday, June 8 | 8 a.m. s/g NCGA 4 ball Saturday, June 23 | 8 a.m. s/g Match Play Qualifier Sunday, July 15 | 8 a.m. s/g Net Amateur Saturday, July 28 | 8 a.m. s/g Jr/Sr (Father/Son) Saturday, August 4 | 8 a.m. s/g Zone Championship Sunday, August 19 | 11 a.m. tt Club Championship Saturday – Sunday, August 25 - 26 | 7 a.m. tt Invitational Saturday – Sunday, September 14 - 16 | 9 a.m. s/g Memorial Sunday, September 30 | 11 a.m. s/g Chapman Sunday, October 7 | 11 a.m. s/g

This is the time of year when the Green Club coordinating committee usually works to put together a lineup of educational presentations for the summer months. However, at our yearly wrap-up meeting last November, we evaluated the club’s goals and activities and decided to shift our 2012 priorities to the following: 1. Focus on action-oriented sustainability projects rather than the educational presentations that we have been spon soring and facilitating over the last several years; 2. Reach out to collaborate with other Truckee-North Tahoe organizations involved in sustainable community building and environmental protection/ restoration work; 3. Explore and pursue the creation of a community communication hub and related media products to facilitate orga nizational synergism, publicity and rel evant project news; 4. Determine effective ways to update the community annually on “How Truckee is Going Green” and to measure and demonstrate our community’s prog ress in this important work.

Last Day of season is Sunday, October 21 s/g=Shotgun, tt= tee times from shown timePlease note: The Club Championship has been moved one week later in August.

We are in the process of meeting with several related community organizations and individuals to get their suggestions and interFor more information about these tournaest in this collaborative pursuit. Your associments or to find out more about the Mens Golf ated thoughts, ideas and support are most Club, please visit our website at tdgolfclub. welcome, too - just let us know by sending com. Applications are now being accepted for us an email. We’ll be scheduling a meeting the 2012 season. Applications for membership in late spring to launch these new initiatives. are available on the website or on our bulletin Stay tuned! board outside the pro shop on the lower level Sue Sorensen, President of the Lodge. tahoedonnergreenclub@gmail.com Bassett TD Guide Ad 5.278x2.403_Layout 1 4/14/11 11:32 PM Page 1

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DINING OPTIONS The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Open nightly at 5 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (530) 587-9455.

Happy Hour at the Pub Drink specials and 25 percent off tasty starters, soups and salads from 5 – 6:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday.

No Corkage Tuesdays Bring your own bottle of vino to enjoy with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesdays nights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy that favorite bottle of wine you’ve been saving at home. Offer only valid during non-holiday periods.

WildER Wednesdays Happy Hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant! Enjoy 25 percent off small plates, soups and salads, plus drink specials.

I-Did-A-Run – March 11 Support the local community and come out to cheer on the pooches! Part of North Lake Tahoe’s SnowFest, the Tahoe Donner I-Did-A-Run is set for Sunday, March 11, behind the Lodge Restaurant & Pub. The snack bar opens at 11:30 a.m. The Pub opens at 2:30 p.m. (More info on pg. 27)

St. Patrick’s Day Party – March 17 A meal you often only eat on this Irish holiday, enjoy our corn beef and cabbage special for $16.95 at The Lodge. Wear your festive green and enjoy $5.50 Guinness drafts, $5 black and tans and $5 shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Pizza on the Hill Open from 5 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday – Monday.

Happy Hour Specials from 5 – 6 p.m. every day. Stop by after work to catch up with friends and relax with $3 Coors Light drafts and $4 glasses of house wine.

Thursday Night Trivia Test your trivia skills from California history to sporting events. You never know what questions are going to be on the list from week to week. Trivia is from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and the winner receives a certificate for a free pizza!

Half Price Pizza Hour A family favorite! Order a cheese, pepperoni or veggie pizza for half price from 5 – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Offer valid for takeout only, limit 10. For more information, or to place your order, please call Pizza on the Hill at (530) 582-9669.

3 for 2 Deal It was so popular in February, we’re extending this special through March! Buy two pizzas during the month of March and get one FREE! Bring all your friends and family members for pizza night! Pick up your 3 for 2 Deal coupons at Trout Creek Recreation Center, Downhill Ski Area, Cross Country Ski Center, The Lodge, Member Services office or ask for a coupon when you first arrive at Pizza on the Hill. Coupon must be presented for this special deal. Complimentary pizza must be of equal or lesser value. Deal cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer.

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A February of Firsts PI E E L B M F HU O E T I AB

I moved to Truckee last March to “live the dream.” My intent was to work hard and ski harder. I often hear similar stories when I meet new people in town – like the girl at the grocery checkout, the bartender at my favorite restaurant, even the barista who serves me coffee in the morning. Most of us who call Truckee home 12 months out of the year have a passion for the outdoors and live here because we love to participate in winter sports. I consider myself to be one of the very lucky ones; I have a full-time job, live in a cozy mountain chalet in Tahoe Donner and have a friendly dog to keep me company on my adventures. When you live in a town where the winter economy depends on snow, what happens when Mother Nature throws us all a curve ball? Unfortunately, many people are forced to leave because they are unable to find work. Avid outdoor bikers, climbers and hikers embrace the warm temperatures and continue their favorite hobbies. In my case, what happens to a girl who moves here all the way from upstate New York to chase her dream of skiing epic Tahoe terrain? I can tell you; I made lemonade out of lemons and had fun doing it! Truth be told, after working on our January and February issues of Tahoe Donner News, I found my inspiration. We printed several photos of Tahoe Donner members staying active outside despite the lack of snow and I began to realize the extent of cool things available at my fingertips. Instead of getting frustrated about not skiing endless powder days, I decided to look at things a little differently for the month of February. Why not try something new and different? I set a personal challenge, picked five new things to try and decided to call it A February of Firsts.

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**Before you read any further, I must warn you my experience and story is for entertainment purposes only. I do not claim to be an expert of any kind. If you are looking for key information or more facts, I’ve included some basics on page 25. If you have any comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to email comdep@tahoedonner.com. I’d love to hear from you!

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SNOWSHOE AFTERNOON My February of Firsts adventure started on a Sunday afternoon. Spending time outside with Henry, my 2-yearold cocker spaniel, is always something I look forward to on weekends. Our romps range from hiking and swimming, to playing fetch and trail running. I was pretty excited to share my first February adventure – a four mile snowshoe hike – with Henry. I’ve been snowshoeing once or twice before, but I do not recall those outings being very strenuous. I always pictured snowshoeing as strolling in the woods with friends. I was proven wrong. I borrowed a pair of snowshoes from a friend but didn’t really ask for any instructions, tips or pointers. I was pretty sure I knew what I was getting into. Henry and I headed out on a trail we often hike in the summer - a relatively flat and easy trail. I thought it would be a great place to take a quick lap around familiar territory. Little did I know that our short hike would turn into a long slushy march and killer cardio workout. About halfway through the loop, I couldn’t stop thinking about my soggy feet, the granola bar and water bottle in my car two miles away, and the poles my friend offered earlier that morning. My drenched base layer was proof: snowshoeing is more than just hiking! Walking in snowshoes is definitely more exercise than walking in hiking boots. You have much more surface area to lift and - depending on if the snow on the trail is slushy, hard or light and fluffy - the conditions can change from step to step. Conditions were soft and slushy the day Henry and I ventured out. He loved hopping through the damp snow, but I ended up cursing the slop. The sun was bright and warm (great for working on my suntan) but also turned hard snow into mush. I quickly learned that the shaded areas with hard-packed snow made each step easier for me.

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But I will pick a day when there’s either fresh snow or an overnight freeze. I will refrain from leaving my backpack with water and granola bars in the car. (I figured it would be a quick hike and I’d be back in time to fuel up.) I will probably dress in lighter layers and be better mentally prepared for a cardio calorie burning session. I will also opt to use poles the next time around.

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HUMBLE PIE I’m honestly not sure if my first snowboard lesson package at the downhill ski area was the best or worst of my challenges. It was by far the most humbling experience I’ve had in many, many years. I typically set goals and work hard to achieve them. When I get hung up on something, I tend to get a little frustrated. OK, well, maybe a lot more frustrated than the average person. I started skiing in elementary school and weekend trips with my family to the Adirondacks. I know for a fact that it is much easier to learn a sport when you’re younger. I dabbled a few times with snowboarding in high school and remember it being fun and somewhat easy to pick up. I thought taking a beginner snowboard lesson would be a breeze.

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Lindsey did a great job keeping my spirits up and encouraging me to keep trying.I slowly began connecting turns and stopping.

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is “the best place to begin.” That’s not just our tagline. I can personally say I believe it after taking my first adult lesson here. It’s convenient, simple and easy. They have a great rental shop with all the gear you need for the day - I think I was actually the first person to wear my rental boots – and they are experts when it comes to making beginners feel like a million bucks. I got my package at the ticket office, easily maneuvered the rental area, got fitted for equipment, and was on the mountain within 35 minutes. Lindsey, a Truckee local and one of many instructors working that day, greeted me with a big smile at the Learning Center for my 10 a.m. lesson. Together, Lindsey and I were ready to take on the sport of snowboarding! After a brief chat about my skiing/snowboarding experience and a few key questions about my ability level, she suggested we hop on the chair lift and take a ride to the top of Snowbird – the beginner run. I confidently agreed. We carried our snowboards towards the lift and

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it wasn’t until I actually strapped on my board that I started to feel a little uncomfortable. Looking up at the hill and lift from the perspective as a seasoned skier, I felt like I was like planning a relaxing beach vacation to Hawaii - a comfortable and familiar time for me. Shifting gears and looking up at that same hill and lift as a beginner snowboarder, I suddenly felt as if I was headed to Hawaii to compete in an Ironman triathlon – something I’m completely fearful of and uncertain of my ability to succeed. I was amazed at how fast my comfort level changed, my confidence level dropped and uneasiness set in. My first chairlift ride was decades ago. I don’t remember it clearly, nor do I think back to it often. But I keep telling myself now that I must have been just as scared as I was the second first time around on my snowboard. I’m sure of it. Lindsey assured me I would be just fine. She asked the lift attendant to slow the chair down and told me where to stand on my board and place my foot. I got on the lift without any


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major noticeable issues. I kept my nerves and anxiety on lockdown, unzipped my jacket and wiped the sweat off my forehead once I got on the lift. Maybe fear comes with age or perhaps it comes with knowing more about consequences, but I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the variables that might go wrong. I reminded myself that I was at “the best place to begin” of course, learning from a team of beginner experts and I was just one of many trying something new for the first time. Thoughts of catching an edge, falling and getting hit by the chairlift circled in my head. I had no choice once we arrived at the unloading area. With Lindsey by my side, I stood up and gradually rode down the ramp. I managed to successfully get off the lift! We started with toe-side and heel-side turns. Remember all those skills I spoke of earlier? They didn’t help much. I struggled to make turns without catching an edge and falling. I had difficulty getting up each time I fell. I felt most comfortable turning while holding on to poor Lindsey as my guide. My butt, wrists, knees and most importantly my ego took a beating. At my request, after our first trip down Snowbird, we stayed on the conveyor lift. My body somehow liked remaining in contact with the ground. Lindsey did a great job keeping my spirits up and encouraging me to keep trying. I slowly began connecting turns and stopping. But most of my time my body was drawn to the ground like a magnet. My body and my confidence took a toll that day, which was something I did not expect. To lift my spirits, I stopped at Trout Creek Recreation Center for a long soak in the hot tub. My bumps and bruises started to fade away and I humbly began to appreciate all the adult beginners who attempt to learn a new sport like skiing or snowboarding.

THE SKIING IS OUT THERE A full parking lot is a good sign. Every time I drive by the Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center, its parking lot is full. It’s quite a popular place. I’ve learned that many Truckee locals flock to the cross country ski center for their daily ski workouts. With over 100 kilometers of groomed trails, it is one of the largest centers in North America. The grooming and well-maintained trails set it apart from the rest. Just two miles from where I live, this gem is a place I knew I couldn’t pass by. I’ve skied a few times on hand-me-down equipment at full moon cross country ski parties in the Adirondacks.

Maybe. Will there be a next time?

I would like to try again with a friend next time. I’ve heard it takes lots and lots of practice, so I’m not ready to give up yet. Living only two miles from great terrain, instructors and equipment at the downhill ski area, it would be silly for me to turn down the opportunity to try again. I would probably wear wrist guards and maybe find a pillow I could place on my backside next time. I think that would help a lot!

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I also immediately realized that Dee Dee emulates positivity and was my biggest cheerleader

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Skiing from bonfire to bonfire under a brightly lit sky in pursuit of a hot dog or hot toddy was the extent of my Nordic skiing skills. With my amateur full moon party skiing skills under my belt, I thought it would be quite easy to learn proper cross country skiing fundamentals. Convenience is key for me, and the process of buying a lesson package and getting rental gear at the base lodge was a breeze. The rental shop has everything you need and the staff is helpful in making sure everything fits right and is comfortable. My instructor Dee Dee helped get me all geared up and explained the difference between ski and skate skis. I can tell she’s been living in the area for a long time, loves the outdoors and knows what she’s talking about when it comes to teaching cross country technique. I also immediately realized that Dee Dee emulates positivity and was my biggest cheerleader. We started the lesson by skiing to the beginner practice tracks just off the back deck of the base lodge. Dee Dee patiently explained different beginner pointers and asked me to take short strides as if I was walking down the street. After a couple trips down the practice track, Dee Dee added something else to think about. She always demonstrated each step and asked me to mimic her. It was a great teaching method, one that really worked well for me. By watching her first and then trying myself, I started to pick up her pointers. By the fourth or fifth trip down the track, I started sweating and began to feel my arms, legs and core burn.


Dee Dee explained proper posture, weight placement, short strides and pole planting. I had no idea that cross country skiing technique had so many different details. My alpine skiing background was a big help with picking up the basics. I took one big fall on the steep part of the learning hill, but aside from that I had a smile on my face the entire time. I’m not an expert, but here are a few tips I picked up from Dee Dee that helped me. • Take short strides like you are walking. • Bend forward from the top of your thighs instead of your waist. • Lead with your knees, not with your toes. • Keep your hands low and behind your body, not in front of your body. • Line your hips up with the center of your feet gently bend your knees and ankles.

Definitely! Will there be a next time?

Cross country skiing is a great workout. Now that I have some of the basic techniques down, I will definitely come back to work on them. One of my favorite sayings of the day came up when we were working with our pole planting. Dee Dee instructed me not to arc my arms. She told me to keep them next to my body and roll my shoulders forward as if I was bowling.

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I wondered exactly how hard it could be to ride a bike for an hour...

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PUSH YOURSELF People tend to go through fitness phases. I’ve set goals to go to the gym, to lose weight, to eat healthy… the list goes on and on. A perk to Tahoe Donner is the Trout Creek Recreation Center and all of its great fitness opportunities. I’m a big fan of workout classes. It’s easier for me to make it to the gym if I have a workout buddy or an organized class to participate in. I haven’t tried many classes at Trout Creek, just because it’s been beautiful outside and I prefer to exercise with Henry. But for my February of Firsts, I challenged myself to try one of Karen’s Spin and Sculpt classes. Fitness classes sometimes intimidate me, especially ones I’m trying for the first time. I honestly dread going to really hard ones. The description didn’t seem too threatening: “this class is a non-impact cardiovascular workout which combines strength training and spin for an all-over fitness experience.” I wondered exactly how hard it could be to ride a bike for an hour and decided I would give it a try. Well, I learned riding a bike for an hour is a challenge. A spinning class is a tough workout - especially for someone like me who has never attended before. Each person controls the level of difficulty, your bike speed and resistance, but the pace of the class makes you sweat and sweat and sweat some more. During spin class, you are in constant motion - pushing – and PULLING – the pedals with your feet. I consider myself to be somewhat active, but by no means in great shape. During the class I started imagining what my body would look like if I did this twice a week for a few months. I’d be ripped. During the class, we pretended to bike up huge hills, sprint across straight paths and do intervals. My shirt was drenched in sweat within the first 15 minutes. One of the unique things the instructor kept saying was “you should be pushing yourself to fail” and “if this isn’t uncomfortable, then you’re not doing it hard enough.” It was a challenge for me, but knowing I only had to complete one class kept me going. The best part of the class was the imaginary calorie calculator that engaged in my head. I was burning hundreds of calories in such a short amount of time. A close second was the music. Between songs, we worked on squat and core exercises next to our bikes. I was close to collapsing halfway through

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the squat routine, cursing under my breath, but the blaring of The Black Keys helped collect myself, toughen up and get back on my bike for the next segment of the ride. Anyone who plays a mix that includes music by the XX, Led Zeppelin and Michael Jackson is OK in my book. Even if they keep telling me I’m not pushing it hard enough.

Maybe. Will there be a next time?

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If I get serious about getting into shape, this class will definitely help me get there. It will be a tough ride, but I know the results will pay off. I might go back just for the music playlist.

TAKE ME AWAY I confess maybe I cheated a little with this fifth First in February, but I figured I deserved a little reward after all the physical and mental anguish of my research. I had been dying to check out the massage options at Trout Creek Recreation Center. I always see signs posted and have wanted to try it out for myself. I scheduled an appointment with Tara. I have some chronic back issues and received massage therapy and acupuncture over the years. Massage is one of my favorite treatments and I love finding a great therapist to work with. My treatment with Tara was fantastic. The small massage room off the main hallway is quaint and cozy. The deep colors and warm décor made me feel comfortable immediately. I filled out paperwork with Tara and told her briefly about some of my problem spots. I’ve been places where therapists listen, but just do their routine massage without adapting to your problem areas. Tara’s treatment was different. She listened carefully and really honed in on my problem spots. She spent extra time working through those difficult places and it made a big difference. At the beginning of my treatment, I could still hear the shuffling of people in the hallway, but it soon faded as I melted


away into the lavender and lemongrass aromatherapy and relaxing sounds of Middle Eastern beats. It was the best 60 minutes of relaxation I’ve had in a long time. My body thanked me for taking care of it. I’ve mentioned that convenience is important to me, especially since I have such a busy schedule. Getting a wonderful massage right down the street at Trout Creek is extremely easy and very convenient. Tara also mentioned they do house calls, which is an added perk. I like to leave all my thoughts, cares and worries at the door when I receive a massage. Mission accomplished!

Definitely! Will there be a next time?

I highly recommend Tara for massage. The other therapists at Trout Creek also come highly recommended. I hope to schedule another treatment soon. Next time I’m definitely bringing my swimsuit to also take advantage of the steam room, sauna and hot tubs.

CIRCLING BACK Lately it feels like spring might be just around the corner. I still hold out hope and smile when I hear some of the local chatter about March possibly being the biggest and best month for snow this year. I arrived last winter with the goal of transforming myself into a mountain chick who could shred the powder like most skiers who live year-round in Tahoe. I’m not sure if that will happen this winter. Mother Nature gave me another gift – our mild winter forced me to get creative instead of sitting idle and push myself physically and mentally. I learned from all of my February of Firsts experiences. I’ve become humble and appreciate people who push themselves to try new things. It’s definitely not easy. I hope you will consider looking around at this amazing playground we call home and challenge yourself to try something new. If you can put up with some grueling moments, a few bumps and bruises, you may actually learn a lot and grow from the experience!

SAY HELLO TO AMANDA Amanda Birchenough is our marketing communications manager. She moved to Truckee in March of 2011 from upstate New York. Before coming to California, Amanda lived in New Hampshire, Lake Placid and Rochester. She loves the Tahoe area and enjoys exploring everything outdoors in Tahoe Donner!

READY TO TRY SOMETHING NEW? Snowshoe Rentals Available at Snowplay Area Cost: $7.50 per hour Tips about snowshoeing: snowshoemag.com/first-timers

Snowboard Lesson Package at Downhill Ski Area Includes full-day lift ticket, two hour group lesson and full-day equipment rental. Times: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily Cost: Adult (13-59) $85 Purchase your package in advance at tahoedonner.com, or at the ticket window. More info: tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski/clinics

Learn-to-Ski or Skate Package at Cross Country Ski Center Includes full-day lift ticket, 90-minute group lesson and full day equipment rental. Times: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily Cost: $49 Purchase your package at the cross country base lodge. More info: tahoedonner.com/cross-country/lessons

Spin & Sculpt Fitness Class with Karen at Trout Creek Recreation Center Times: 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Mondays and Fridays Cost: Members: $8 per class, $72 for a 10 pack or $290 for one year unlimited classes Guests: $12 per class Check in at the front desk to pay and sign-up for the class.

Massage at Trout Creek Recreation Center Cost: $50 for 30 minutes $90 for 60 minutes $125 for 90 minutes $160 for 120 minutes Book your appointment at the front desk, call (530) 587-9437 or email troutcreek@tahoedonner.com More info: tahoedonner.com/massage

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BULLETIN BOARD

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ince the weather has been mild, the Architectural Standards Office continues to receive calls and complaints about dogs running loose. This is an issue that is addressed often, but perhaps it is appropriate to talk about the rules once again. The rules are very clear. “Dogs shall only be allowed within any portion of the common area when they are leashed and otherwise under the supervision and restraint of their owners or other person accompanying the dog.” Common area(s) means all real property owned by the association for the common use and enjoyment of the owners. So, if you are not on your property or on the street, you are either on someone else’s lot or on one of Tahoe Donner’s many common areas. The Town of Truckee Animal Control Department has also asked us to remind everyone of the rules regarding dogs on the streets. If dogs are on the streets they are required to be under the immediate control of the owner or caretaker. The best way to assure the safety of both you and your dog is to have your dog on a leash at all times. Your liability as a dog owner is a serious issue and should not be taken lightly. If your dog is off leash and attacks or bites another

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person or dog, you may be subject to a violation, as well as legal action. Being courteous to those around you by using a leash will help prevent any unpleasant situations. Additionally, if you rent your property, please be sure that your tenants are aware of all association rules. To report loose dogs, call the Town of Truckee Animal Control Department at (530) 582-7830. If you have any questions about rules pertaining to dogs or any other subject, please call our office at (530) 587-9407.

ENID LONGO | ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS SUPERVISOR

HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee did not review any plans in January 2012.


HOSTS THE EIGHTH ANNUAL SNOWFEST

I-Did-A-Run SUNDAY

MARCH

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SIGN UP AT NOON RACE STARTS AT

1 p.m.

BEHIND THE LODGE

Racing Rules • You must sign your dog up before 1 p.m. on the day of event • All dogs must be on a leash • All dogs must be up to date on their shots and healthy • All dogs will pull 50% of their weight • Once your dog is in the harness and the whistle blows, he/she must get the entire sled across the finish line to stop the clock • If your dog breaks through the snow fence, it is disqualified • Any tied times will be asked to run again • Remember, this event is for a good cause and all in good fun • Please, as a spectator or participant, be a good sport and may the fastest dog win

Raffle tickets will be available during the event. Participants will receive one ticket. The tickets are $1 each or six for $5. You do not need to be present to win and the proceeds benefit the Truckee Tahoe Humane Society. Meet us at the race course behind The Lodge. As part of the festivities, the snack bar will open at 11:30 a.m. The Pub opens at 2:30 p.m. with happy hour specials. So, even if you don’t have a dog entered in the race, this will be a fun event for the whole family. The I-Did-A-Run is a part of Snowfest. For a list of other Snowfest events, visit tahoesnowfestival.com.

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CRIME PREVENTION TIPS: REDUCING THE RISK OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES The Tahoe Donner Association is one of the largest property owner associations in the United States and is somewhat unique in that the majority of homes are owned by owners whose primary residence is elsewhere, generally referred to as “absentee owners.” The homes of absentee owners are particularly vulnerable to home burglaries. Although the home burglary rate in Tahoe Donner is relatively low for its size (24 burglaries during the period from 20072009), they do occasionally occur. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars. • Burglars often cruise neighborhoods, looking for absentee owners or such telltale signs as newspapers which have not been removed from the front of the house or the newspaper box.

• Another favorite trick is the wrong number telephone call to find out if the owner is home before attempting to enter a residence. They often represent themselves as someone they are not in order to determine if the residence is occupied or not. Burglars may knock at your door and ask for simple directions or may ask you where a particular family may live.

• Quick thefts of purses or other valuables are commonly carried out by burglars who enter an opposite door when the resident is seen working outside in the yard.

Discourage burglars by following these simple rules:

• Keep exterior doors and windows locked, even while you’re at home. In the majority of residential burglaries, forced entry is not used. Why? Because doors and windows are found unlocked. Install a one-way door viewer and have visitors identify themselves. Never admit strangers under any pretext.

• Use proper exterior lighting and keep bushes and shrubs trimmed. One of a burglar’s worst enemies is light. Hiding places can be eliminated with proper outside lighting. In addi tion to continuous lighting, energy saving motion detection devices are available that will turn on lights immediately if movement is detected outside your home. Place a light over every door. Make sure entryways are well lit.

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• Always keep garage doors closed and locked. Thieves know that many valuables are kept in garages, and quite often there is a door inside the garage that leads to the interior of the home. Take an extra second to close and lock the garage door. Install an automatic door opener to provide added security.

• Work together with your neighbors. When you are going to be away, tell a trusted neighbor and ask them to watch your residence. Communicate with each other; be aware of the neighborhood routine, call the Truckee Police Department to report any suspicious activity, vehicles, or people that may seem out of place. Residents often inform the police of suspicious persons or vehicles after the fact. If you are unsure about something or someone, call the Truckee Police Department. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

• A home with a “lived in” or “at home” look is a deterrent to burglars. Lock all outside doors and windows. At night, leave one or more interior lights on in locations not visible from windows. For extended absences, there are inexpensive plug-in timers that will turn lights on and off at times that imitate your living patterns. Leave a radio playing, preferably tuned to a talk show with the volume low. This will create the impression of conversation. Do not leave notes indicating your absence. Shut and lock the

garage door. Do not leave extra keys outside; some burglars will look for them. Install an alarm. Many types of alarms are now available to help foil an attempt to break into your home. Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers to build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to pick it up regularly.

• Make it time-consuming for a burglar to break into your home. Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors. Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for sliding glass doors for better security. Place additional locks on windows.

• What should you do if you discover that a burglary has taken place? Get out of the house and call the police. The burglar may still be inside. If you discover that your home has been burglarized, immediately contact the Truckee Police Department via 911. Try to avoid disturbing anything (inside or outside) as you may destroy evidence that could be used to identify the suspects.

Most burglaries in the Truckee area are committed by youths 18 years of age and younger. They are not skilled professionals, but they will take advantage of an easy target. Don’t make it easy for them.

RON NEIBERT | SECURITY MANAGER

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E P I C E R h t n o M he of t

FRESH MANILA CLAM CHOWDER

from the kitchen of LEW ORLADY, THE LODGE | EXECUTIVE CHEF

METHOD How to prepare the clam liquor In a large pot, combine the wine, shallots, garlic and herbs. Bring to a boil and reduce by half. Add the clams, cover and steam until clams just open, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the liquid, reserving the clams and the clam liquor. Pick the clams and lightly chop them; discard the shells, reserve the chopped clams.

How to prepare the chowder In a 4 qt. pot, sauté the bacon until crisp. Reserve bacon and drain bacon fat leaving 3 tbsp. Add onion, celery, garlic and herbs to pot over medium heat. Sauté vegetables about 5 minutes. Add diced potatoes and reserved clam liquor to pot and bring to a boil. Simmer until potatoes are tender. Add heavy cream, reserved chopped clams and bacon, bring to a simmer and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. You can make the chowder thicker by smashing some of the potatoes with a wooden spoon against the side of the pot.

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INGREDIENTS • 5 lbs. fresh manila clams (cleaned and rinsed) • 4 peeled shallots (chopped) • 4 garlic cloves (smashed) • ¼ bunch fresh thyme (crush with your hands) • 4 Fresh bay leaves (crush with your hands) • 1 bottle dry white wine • 3 oz. applewood-smoked bacon sliced • 2 cups yellow onion diced ½ inch • 2 cups celery diced ¼ inch • 2 cups potato diced ½ inch • 2 tbsp. chopped garlic • 1 tbsp. fresh cracked black pepper • 3 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, parsley) • 2 cups heavy cream • Reserved chopped clams


Israel

Helen and Bill Meuser visited Jerusalem while on the Holy Land Cruise, Mariner of the Seas.

Washington, D.C.

Linda Shores visited the Mar tin Luther King Memoria l in October of 2011.

Belize

The Filer family before climbing the Mayan Pyramids in the jungles of Belize - 142 steps and our 4 year old made it!

Africa

Brad and Denyse Des Jardin with “friend� Sophia at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge.

Costa Rica

Colleen, Charlie, Hannah, and Eric Freund pictured near the Arenal Volca no, on a two week trip through Costa Rica.

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Philippines

The Etemad family traveled to the Philippines, where among other adventures they enjoyed two days on the beach at Laiea.

Email your “Where in the World” photos to: comdep@tahoedonner.com. Please submit only .jpeg of 300 dpi or higher for printing. Photos must include a copy of TD News. Please list the names of everyone in the picture, where and when it was taken, and a short description of your captured experience.

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