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Local Lens – Community Updates & Memorial Day Events

May 24, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl


Memorial Day weekend evokes a lot of Midwest memories. It’s a time of spring cleaning and a time for remembering loved ones and honoring those that served our country in the armed forces. 

IVCB Veterans Club Annual Memorial Service at Burnt Cedar at 10 am (arrive at 9:30).

This year is especially poignant as the Vets Club honors AJ Banford, a ‘seasoned veteran’ who passed away this year. The IHS scholarship for a JROTC student has been named after him by the IVCB Vets Club.   AJ was a 1962 graduate of the US Air Force Academy. He served a combat tour in South Vietnam, flying Huey gunships for the Navy Seawolves HAL 3. Banford moved to Incline Village in 1975 and started the Radford Company, a mortgage business, in 1979. He was a counselor for the VA’s PTSD program in Reno, having been a wounded warrior three times. AJ was last year’s Local Heroes Parade Marshal. A memorial service is being held for him on June 3.

Some of the wonderful people who lived and contributed much to our community passed away this last year. They are missed. Please think of them and others not listed here, especially on Memorial Day.

AJ Banford, Mike Croke, Kaye Dietrich, Ross Heppe, Bryan Hoopes, Donna McKay, 

Robert Ohlmer, David Parker, Anga Rebane, Bear Resna, Thalia Routsis, David Smith


Who gets through the weekend without making a trip to Mountain Hardware and Sports! Go on Saturday, when they are serving up hotdogs and entertainment by the local group ‘Jacked Up.’ I swear there are more pine cones and needles than in previous years!

Get them cleaned up so your defensible space is good. And do it BEFORE June 3 so you are free to Clean up the Village and the East Shore Trail. Pick up supplies at IVGID. And start early enough so you can head over to the Incline Library Block Party in the afternoon! It’s the kick-off to their summer reading program.

LOCAL BUSINESSES are doing their part too. Thank you to IPM, Tahoe Immo, and the many other property managers who keep our commercial areas looking good. IVCBA and the Incline Village Main Street program are undertaking beautification projects…it all starts with a spruced-up Village. More later!

I have to mention yet another activity on June 3:

 The Enchanted Forest Fur Ball, a fundraiser for the Pet Network Humane Society!

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