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Local Lens – Another Reason for the Season: Wreaths Across America

December 13, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

Richard’s father never talked about it. Most men didn’t. Most certainly Edward Offerdahl thought about his service in World War II, and it impacted his life in many ways. When he did talk about it, we listened raptly. Could he really have been fighting in Italy, on skis in the winter? He certainly didn’t ski the rest of his life. My husband Richard tells me his father was in the 10th Mountain Division and saw things no one should ever see. I only saw the Purple Heart award he received for his service AFTER he died. I wish I had been more inquisitive. Some of you might remember a father, grandfather or great grandfather who served in World War II. Or perhaps a younger loved one who served in the many wars since then. 

Wreaths Across America gives us another “reason for the season”: to remember those that gave their life in service to our country. This Saturday, join thousands of people across the country laying wreaths on every single grave in military cemeteries such as the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.  Locally, that means joining the Rotary Clubs at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City or joining our local Veterans Club at Eastside Memorial Park Cemetery in Minden-Gardnerville. Carpooling is at the parking lot alongside Umqua Bank at 8:30am for the Vets and 9:00am for Rotarians. I am told this is a very moving ceremony. Those wishing to donate can do so here. 

Let’s talk about SNOW PLOWING!

I was about to join my neighbors on Lariat Circle and other parts of Incline in complaining about my road not being plowed. But there he was at 9:30 this morning cleaning up our road! I am talking about Cody in that ginormous rotary snowplow (attached to a John Deere 944-K articulated loader) that makes the nice straight walls of snow. He told me we had almost 3 feet of snow on Lariat Circle. It was nice to put a name and a face to someone who helps us so much.  You will know if he has been on your street, believe me.  If you need help with your street, leave a message with Washoe County by calling 311. Be sure to leave the day and time of your call.  You can also track your plow with real time snow equipment operations here.

And lastly,

Enjoy the Sip & Shop festivities coming up at the Village Plaza and the Incline (Raley’s) Center. Don’t forget about the Chanukah celebration at UNR Prim Library next Tuesday. Check out all of the local events here.

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