Fund-raising lifesavers |

Fund-raising lifesavers

In a few short months, local high schools will be releasing 12th-graders into the world where their first adult choices will have lasting effects on the outcome of their lives.

My husband and I are doing our best to guide our high school son along the path to a successful career after high school. Part of this effort has been making sure he is taking the appropriate courses required for entrance into a four-year college, should he choose that path.

To assist parents and students with those choices, we are fortunate to have career centers available as an information resource. It is reassuring to know that the career centers of our two high schools, Bear River and Forest Lake, will continue to operate, thanks to money donated from local organizations.

The South Nevada County Chamber of Commerce, in accordance with their vision to serve the common good of the community, has once again contributed greatly by presenting cash awards to our schools.

At the monthly luncheon meeting at the Lake of the Pines Clubhouse last week, SNCCC President Alan Eggers cheerfully presented $9,500 to local organizations. Bear River and Forest Lake High Schools received $3,000 each for their career centers. Magnolia Intermediate School received $3,000 for its computer center, and the Nevada County Food Bank received $500.

The funds were raised primarily through the Chamber’s yearly plant sale and by the October golf tournament. The SNCCC also sponsors a yearly $1,500 scholarship awarded to a business-oriented high school senior. Information regarding this may be obtained at the Bear River High School Career Center.

Also present at the SNCCC luncheon was Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal, who was the guest speaker. Keith addressed the group regarding the successes and challenges of county law enforcement.

His staff handles approximately 230,000 calls per year and dispatches personnel to 16,000 of those. Along with emergency communications, investigations and patrols, Keith oversees the animal control facility, search and rescue efforts, coroner’s office and the Truckee jail facility.

Keith pointed out an overall decrease in the per capita crime rate, but also warned against a major increase in identity theft, and a slight increase in arrests at local high schools for marijuana use. He also cautioned residents of gated communities to lock their doors and cars. Two automobiles were stolen last week from LOP.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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