Laura Lavelle: ‘Hub’ forms for Bear River families; golf tourney set |

Laura Lavelle: ‘Hub’ forms for Bear River families; golf tourney set

Local parents may want to jump-start a national political career by joining the new Bear River High School Parents, Students and Teachers Association. The first meeting of the BRHS PTSA was held at the high school last Wednes-day evening.

Shana Laursen, a BRHS parent and community volunteer, founded the organization because she recognized the need for a school “hub” where school improvement projects and resources could come together. Shana is currently the PTSA’s treasurer.

Other board members present at the meeting were LeeAnn Halleib, president; Sherry Reafsnyder, first vice president; Ryan Laursen, second vice president; Samie White, secretary; and Alison Bergman, parliamentarian. Greg McAteer, Bear River High School ASB president, also attended.

BRHS school counselor Michele Eggers was the guest speaker at this meeting and addressed career and college counseling concerns. This issue topped the list of the BRHS PTSA 2008-09 Family Survey.

Eggers directed parents to the BRHS Web site at, where parents and students could locate a variety of resources, including information on the Oct. 15 College Fair field trip to Rocklin High School. This site has a link to the BRHS PTSA as well.

The PTSA has recruited more than 200 members so far, and the next meeting will be held on Nov. 12.

To join, contact Shana Laursen at 269-1231 or

Marine memorial tourney set

September is a perfect month to remember the courageous young men and women who have died in the service our country.

Lake of the Pines Golf Course will remember Marine Lance Cpl. John Lucente and others at the Third Annual Fallen Marine Golf Tourna-ment on Sept. 27, starting at 8 a.m.

Shawn Mason, LOP golf operations manager, and his wife, Kristine, lost their son on Nov. 16, 2005. “J.T.,” 19, was killed in combat while serving in Ubaydi, Iraq.

John’s mother was presented with her son’s posthumous award of the Bronze Star during the first memorial tour- nament held in 2006.

R. Lee Ermey, former Marine Corps drill instructor and host of the History Channel’s Mail Call program, will be present at the golf tournament. Ermey also played a role in the movie “Full Metal Jacket” and has appeared in many other movies, television programs and commercials.

The tournament still has a few openings. Contact Shawn at the LOP golf course, 268-8337, for more information. As in past years, the day will begin with a military fly-over.

Tortilla Grill to open

Residents of the Lake of the Pines area will soon have another local dining choice. The Tortilla Grill will be opening next to Starbucks by the Chevron gas station on Combie Road. The restaurant is expected to employ 10 to 15 people.

Andrew Roperto, owner, has begun construction at the new location and plans to open in October. The restaurant features “elevated, fresh Mexican food with an emphasis on the authentic, complex flavors of Mexico.”

Roperto believes his existing restaurants in Nevada County are successful in serving great-tasting food that is “good for you and served fresh all day, every day.”

If you would like to sample his menu before October, Roperto owns and operates two other Tortilla Grills, one on East Main Street in Grass Valley and the other on Commercial Street in Nevada City.

Laura Lavelle’s column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a message at 477-4230.

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