Lions donate blankets to Children’s Cancer Foundation

Carson Valley Lions with their transport of blankets for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Special photo at the RC

The Carson Valley Lions Club collected 251 items during their recent fleece blanket drive. The new double blankets were brought to the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation in Reno to help provide comfort and support to young people undergoing cancer treatment.

Lions expressed their gratitude to everyone who donated blankets and to the following businesses for hosting collection containers throughout the campaign: Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Douglas County Library, Fabric Chicks, Kids and Horses , Nevada State Bank and Quilt House.

The Foundation is dedicated to helping local children and their families affected by childhood cancer. Find more information at or call 775-825-0888.

Lions focus on issues related to vision, hunger relief, diabetes, youth and the environment. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at COD Casino, 1593 Esmeralda Avenue in Minden, with social time at 5:30 p.m. and meetings at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more about the Lions Club can call Ron Santi at 775-315-2354.

FISH flea market this weekend

The FISH Ranchos Family Service Center Flea Market takes place on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon.

Manager Diane Schachterle said the flea market is a great way for people to pass on their treasures to someone new and help build community in the Ranchos.

Vendors can rent booth space for $20, and each booth rental includes a $10 gift certificate redeemable at the FISH thrift store. Call 775-265-3474 for booth rental inquiries or for more information.

Peaches are making a sweet comeback

There’s a peach tree in our backyard that has faithfully produced a crop of juicy, beautifully reddened fruit year after year for over two decades. With virtually no effort on our part and provided there are no severe spring frosts, we have peaches in abundance to enjoy and share with friends and neighbors every summer.

In other words, we did until I made the well-intentioned but unfortunate decision to prune the tree a few years ago.

The tree was overgrown and after reading that peach tree pruning had to be done every spring, I got to work. Once started, it was easy to get lost in the meditative practice of evaluating which branches to keep and which to cut. I thought I had kept a good track of the overall amount of removal, but when I stepped back to check my work, I realized I had taken more from the tree than expected.

I was concerned about the potential effects of this oversize and, to my dismay, we did not harvest a single peach that year. The same thing happened the following year, and my heart was heavy at the thought that I had destroyed our magic tree.

Several weeks ago, however, I noticed a welcome and familiar sight nestled under the canopy of long green peach leaves. A few little globes of goodness dotted the tree here and there, and I squealed with delight at the discovery.

I plucked the first succulent peach from the tree last weekend and ate it over the sink, humbled and grateful for the return of this sweet harvest. Remembering to be a little less enthusiastic in all future tree pruning endeavors is a valuable lesson learned.

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Charles P. Patton