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Without a glitch

Robb Hicken

I’ve been telling everyone in my family that this Y2K thing was nothing more than a great way to provide a bunch of computer junkies with a job.

The scare, the hysteria and the hoopla came and went without any real disaster or catastrophe, other than the sudden power outage in downtown Carson City at midnight.

My daughter asked me, “What if they hadn’t taken care of the Y2K bug, would it have happened without a glitch?”

Hmm. I didn’t have a good answer for that one. I just think that it could have been taken care of without all the scare tactics.

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Here’s another way to be 2K compliant.

Students in the combined second- and third-grade classes at Scarselli read a share of 6,000 books in time to end the millennium.

Each pupil read 100 books (25 books per month) with the help of their parents. The three teachers, Brenda Downs, Debra McNeill and Debora Eve, said that as a result the classes read 2,000 books, making them “Y2K compliant.”

“We are hoping this project will get the kids excited about the new millennium and, more importantly, have the students asking, ‘What book can I read next?'” the teachers wrote in a letter home to parents.

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In our millennium countdown page, we mentioned Ed Carlson, who had become known as “The Waver.”

I got a call from Anne Beeson, who said that Ed is alive and waving stronger than ever as he walks through the streets of Reno.

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The mother of an 11-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head has asked that her neighbors in Fernley not remove their Christmas decorations.

Connie Nelson said that her son, Trent Jones, is doing OK, and that he’ll be home soon. She said his doctors are still optimistic that Trent will recover fully.

She said that prior to the accident, she and Trent drove around and looked at the decorations in the neighborhood and that it delighted him so much.

She hopes to bring him home soon.

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The Carson City School District Even Start Family Literacy program had its annual holiday family gathering at Empire Elementary School.

Nearly 175 people were treated to dinner, and families brought desserts to share. The children made Christmas ornaments and received a book.

The Even Start program strives to improve the literacy skills of the entire family. The three components of the program include early childhood education, parenting education and adult basic education.

The home-based program provides weekly one-hour home visits with each family. During the visits advocates work with parents and their children (up to 8 years) to prepare them for success in school. Adults are required to attend adult basic education classes and school-age children receive extra help in their classrooms.

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Here’s a good one. It comes out of Fernley.

A local church, The Living Faith Christian Fellowship, was holding a spaghetti fund-raiser dinner at a local restaurant. Seems that’s the best place to have a fund-raiser.

The restaurant was closed for all intents and purposes, but the doors were open.

Damian Rios, of Reno, walked into Rico’s Tacos hoping to sit down and have a taco for dinner. Instead, he found the church members cleaning up the tables and putting away the leftovers of the spaghetti feed.

Rios was invited to sit down and share in the meal since there was plenty left from the fund-raiser. He politely declined and motioned to the friend he was with that he’d really had his heart set on tacos.

After some gentle coaxing, Rios agreed to have some of the spaghetti.

During the course of the meal, the church members were talking about their plight in finding a bus. The fund-raiser was slated as the first of many to earn needed money for the purchase.

Rios broke into the conversation, exclaiming that he knew where the church could find a 25-seat bus, and he gave the leaders of Living Faith the name and number.

The church used the money from the dinner to buy the bus, which is handicapped accessible and in good condition.

Another example of how He looks after the good people of churches.