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The Local Lens: Congratulations Incline High Class of 2022!

June 15, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

In a small town like Incline, there are two things everyone attends: one is the 4th of July parade, and the other is high school graduation. I’m here to talk about Incline High School graduation. Under Principal Tierney Cahill and her wonderful cadre of educators, 71 students are receiving their diplomas next Tuesday, June 21, at 4 pm in the main gym. The community is invited to attend. Nine students qualified as valedictorians. Wow! Congratulations to Rebecca Noble, Kenna Mirzayan, Jordan Stephens, Andrew Bilotti, Ava Winter, Brooke Gutheil, Emily Manship, Lupita Ramirez Gomez, and Ben Rock.

Tomorrow night, Thursday, June 16, is Scholarship Night, a chance to honor the academically gifted and college-bound graduates. This is another well-attended and moving event, as each recipient is celebrated with their profile shared on a big screen. You will be amazed at the generosity of our community with scholarships from AAUW, Rotary Clubs, and many other organizations.

LIVE.WORK.PLAY. Magazine is out!

The summer issue, featuring the Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration, is here! Watch for it in your mailbox, whether it’s home delivery or at the post office. Read about “almost famous” locals Elko James (Village Ski Loft) and Shahri Masters (Masters of Tahoe Incline Real Estate). PLUS, it has a feature on a new local leader, Louis Ward. Louis is the new Administrator of Incline Village Community Hospital, as well as the Chief Operating Office of the Tahoe Forest Health District. Father of four. Big on community engagement. Welcome! *Read LIVE.WORK.PLAY. Magazine online.

New leaders in the community!

The Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation…give thanks for EVERYTHING they do for Incline Village…has a new Executive Director, Jim Dugdale will be involved in many aspects of our community. You know what the Foundation has done already for the schools, for the Substation, and IVGID. Don’t forget the Pet Network and the BGCNLT Duffield Youth Center. Much more to come.

New leaders in the business world… Steve and Tracy Tomkovicz, hope I spelled that right, with Bowl Incline? Wow! What a game-changer! Ebbie Nakhavajani and EKN Development Group are working so hard to revitalize the Biltmore. Randy Fleisher (Hamilton Realty Finance) and his wife Lisa (Summit Pilates), live in Incline Village full time and are trying to fill in some of the gaps in housing. Have you noticed that the Bank of America building now houses Merrill Lynch? 

The Rotary Garden

Ever wonder who maintains the cute little flower patch at the corner intersection of Village and Tahoe Blvd, in front of the Chevron station? The Rotary Club of Incline Village is quietly doing its part to beatify Incline. Under the Co-Presidency of Lisa Bernard and Lu Sweeny, annuals get planted every year and now, snippets of our history have been added.  It’s worth a stop at the Chevron Station (high gas prices are not Manager Doug Brown’s fault) to check out the history plaques. Find out more about our colorful history with the King’s Castle, aka, the Hyatt, and the Card House, aka the Whittell Mansion, at the Thunderbird Lodge. Thank you, Rotarians!

Spam for Breakfast

Check it out at the soft opening for Bowl Incline! Head Chef Sam Choy (I have his cookbook!) is from Hawaii and the breakfast menu is very creative. Spam pairs well with eggs, fried rice, banana pancakes, and pretty much anything on that breakfast menu. Who knew! By the way, Spam is manufactured by Hormel, in Austin, Minnesota, my home state! This “Special Ham” was created for servicemen in WWII.  Visit Bowl Incline to book your soft opening tickets and check out the diner, the bowling alley, arcade games, and bar. This place promises to be a great new event venue as well as a place for locals to bowl and hang out.

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