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A hearty breakfast starts safe and sober grad night

It is sometimes a challenge to make sure your teenagers start the day with a good breakfast, but this past Friday, the Northridge Restaurant in Lake of the Pines fed the graduating class of Bear River High School a Senior Breakfast. This helped provide them the energy necessary to participate in the day’s graduation activities.

Perhaps you noticed the giddy gathering of graduates lined up in front of the restaurant. Driving into the Long’s parking lot that morning, I surveyed the group myself, looking for familiar faces.

Northridge employee Mike Jahantash, shift leader at the breakfast, told me the buffet was served to approximately 260 students and consisted of scrambled eggs, Popeye eggs (with spinach, of course,) fruit, muffins, bacon, coffee, juice, milk and more.

“We worked as hard as we could to make sure they had a good time,” said Mike, and he said the Bear River students’ behavior was “great.”

After breakfast the seniors attended a graduation rehearsal, graduation ceremony, and then Senior Grad Nite. Grad Nite is a community-sponsored safe and sober celebration that has been a successful school tradition for 17 years.

This year’s theme was “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and the booty of decorations rivaled Disneyland in their appeal, with ships, treasure chests and even an animated pirate. Activities for students included dancing, prizes and hypnosis, to name a few!

All of these activities for LOP area youth require hours of volunteer time from concerned adults.

More parent volunteers were on hand at another event, the Bear River Little League’s end-of-the-year picnic. Last Saturday, volunteers were present to help players celebrate a great season of baseball.

Outgoing president John Karas and his wife Tish, membership director, were on hand, as usual. They, and many other volunteers, made sure the event ran smoothly. John and Tish have been donating time to the league for years, and deserve a huge thank you for their contribution.

An election for Little League board members was also held at the picnic. The names on the ballot, running unopposed, were Shannon Robinson, Brian O’Brien, Angie Pitts, Cindy George, Christie Krogman, Gary Leonard, Steve Stanley, Scott Kilgore, Gary Bisagno, Randy Anderson, Joe Lopez and Dahori Ennis. There are still many volunteer positions available. If interested, more information is available at http://www.leaguelineup.com/brll.

Another area election is being held in LOP for open board positions. This year’s ballot has three write-in spots, and qualified members volunteering for those openings are as follows: Bill Hagin, Max Kane, and Derrald Pick. Brigitte Crawford is also listed as an incumbent. The mail-in ballots are due by June 26 and should be returned as soon as possible.

Also, if you are opposed to another increase in LOP’s sewage taxes, then make sure you sign a petition in protest by today, and return petitions by noon to the Administration Office. Nevada County will reconsider the increase if enough signatures in protest are received.

Finally, the LOP signature event, the Pinesmen’s 4th of July Celebration, will soon be upon us. This stellar fireworks display is funded by the sale of raffle tickets. Purchase these tickets from any Pinesman or at the LOP Clubhouse.

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

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