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Remember backyard etiquette

Every September the Barbara Schmidt Millar triathlon is a great cause, but when you’re in someone’s backyard you should obey the rules and be courteous! This does not just apply to the days of the event, but the many days prior to it when women are preparing for the event.

1. You should do the speed limit, 25 mph; we have children about and many of the residence regularly walk our dogs.

2. When swimming, stay in your cove where the race is, not all over the lake accessing people’s fishing lines, or endangering yourself where you can not be seen by boaters.



When a skier is out in the water a red flag is required to alert other boaters of their presence. Swimming out in the boating areas with only a little black swimming cap is not enough.

We have a bad time launching our boats or bringing them out, because the girls are sunning after their swims on the boat dock or ramp; there is a beach area for this.




3. Bicycling down the hill, Quaker Hill 32 percent grade and not stopping at the four-way stop, also riding three or four abreast down our streets and we have to blow our horns just to get to work or our homes.

4. We, as homeowners living here in Cascade Shores, give up Saturday and Sunday for your race, as we can’t launch our boats. We pay $165 per year for a pass and have to drive around to the Highway 20 side or go elsewhere. Also, our streets are closed for those days, so we have to come and go from our homes prior to or after the event.

5. The race with all the people does not bring any money to our country store or benefit us at all. And please carry out any trash; don’t leave it behind for us.

Please think about when you’re in someone else’s backyard, would you like it in yours? Please be more thoughtful when you’re up here working out in our backyard.

Gary E. Kildoy lives in Nevada City.


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