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Let them drink lemonade

I love lemonade stands. You cannot drive around Lake of the Pines on these hot summer afternoons without noticing them. I wouldn’t say there is one on every corner – but the supply may exceed the demand.

It is so sweet to see young, fresh-faced entrepreneurs, fervently flagging down passers-by, peddling lukewarm reconstituted powdered lemon-like drink in a Dixie cup. Their innocence is overpowering – children so overcome with the spirit of capitalism that they believe their stand will someday turn into a mega-franchise.

Stands never work when Dad steps in to help; patrons are turned off by a white canvas pop-up canopy and computer-generated signs on the rear window of the family’s BMW. Would-be customers feel uncomfortable asking “how much?” when lemonade is poured from Crate and Barrel serving ware. Most lemonade stand operators know the marketing secret – a homemade sign with a well-placed backward ‘e.’



Hopefully, the new general manager for Lake of the Pines, Bob Broyer, will not put a stop to renegade lemonade stands. Bob currently resides in Truckee but is planning to relocate to the area. He was selected from an initial pool of 84 applicants, screened by a search committee. The LOP Board of Directors interviewed the seven finalists and chose Bob based on his 20-plus years of experience in managing homeowners’ associations.

Board President Ralph Kendrick said Bob is professional and affable. He will begin managing full-time beginning Aug. 16. LOP residents have been holding their suggestions and complaints for some time, waiting for a new general manager to be named.




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For Little Leaguers, summer never really starts until baseball season is over. And for a few of the Bear River Little League All Star teams, it has been a very long spring. Earlier this week, All Star moms were still tossing Gatorade and sunflower seeds into the shopping cart along with back-to-school supplies, as the BRLL 9/10, 11- and 12 year-old All-Star teams continued to dominate area playoff games. The teams began practicing in March, but for the All Stars, baseball never ended until the 11-year-olds lost Wednesday night to Woodcreek. The 12-year old All Stars fell last Friday to Carmichael.

The two teams did defeat Antelope and Rocklin, however, for the Division-11 titles. The 9/10 All-Star team won its Wednesday game but was eliminated from competition on Thursday night during a game for the section title. Congratulations to all of our Division 11 champions.

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The LOP pool will be closing on Aug. 1, so don’t miss the opportunity to take one last dip before it closes for the summer. The pool, which was constructed over 30 years ago, is being entirely replaced. The pool volume will remain the same, but the dimensions will change. Instead of four lanes, there will be six shorter lanes. There are also plans for new bathrooms and a shower area.

In my last column, regarding the LOP Pinesmen, I mistakenly put Bill Campbell’s name and number in for the membership contact person. Bill has moved out of the area, and Larry Elliott at 268-1891 or Bob D’Angelo at 268-0237 are now the people to call. I apologize for the confusion.

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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 laural@theunion.com or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.


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