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Fayth Ross Executive Director of Urban Roots

Star Navigator Fayth Ross

Star Navigator Fayth Ross
By Natasha Bourlin
When she saw her eldest son, a super-finicky eater attending an Urban Roots farm camp, pluck kale from the ground, eat it, then suggest the family have it for dinner, a passion — not just incredulity — ignited for the organization within Fayth Ross.

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Colin West Founder of Clean Up The Lake

The Great Pandemic Pivot

Extraordinary people conquering extraordinary times.
By Natasha Bourlin
Many people and businesses have suffered during the pandemic, but many others have strived toward new goals while positively affecting others. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, stories abound of organizations that have pivoted as gracefully as a ballet dancer towards new ways to serve their community, and even save their businesses. Inspiring people instilling new tactics relevant to the times to pursue their goals. Like these four forward-thinking folks.

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Sierra Safely

Kids Day on the Sierra Safely Trail

By Heidi Bethel 
If your children are anything like my two, you could say we’ve started going a bit stir crazy with all the at-home togetherness. My mom brain is about spent coming up with special projects and creative snack options. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a change of scenery to inject some enthusiasm into those sweet little faces. And, I know the absolutely perfect places, no matter their ages … Get ready to spend a great day or two exploring the Sierra Safely Trail where you can get some safe adventuring with the kiddos in at Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe.

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Light Up the South Shore

Holiday Lights Trail Map Provides a Safe, Festive Activity

Community invited to travel the map and vote for the People’s Choice Award
December 8, 2020 (South Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev.) – Local businesses and residents are LIGHTING up the town for the Light Up the South Shore Holiday Contest and bringing much-needed cheer with their festive light displays. The community is invited to travel the Holiday Light Trail Map for a fun and safe activity to enjoy some holiday spirit!

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BARTON CENTER FOR ORTHOPEDICS & WELLNESS

Barton Supporting the Active Mountain Lifestyle in Lake Tahoe

BARTON CENTER FOR ORTHOPEDICS & WELLNESS WELCOMES BACK INTEGRATED CARE AND PERFORMANCE SERVICES

(South Lake Tahoe, Calif.) – With safety as its top priority, Barton Health is bringing back health and wellness programs to the Barton Center for Orthopedics & Wellness, serving the community and visitors to the Lake Tahoe area with rehabilitation and physical therapy, Performance services and training, and wellness programs to help participants pursue their health goals. This U.S. Ski & Snowboard Certified Center of Excellence has continued to provide expert orthopedic services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has brought back integrated services and coordinated care.

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Debbie McCarthy

STAR Navigator Debbie McCarthy

By Heidi Bethel 

Have you spotted the inspiring #TogetherWeAreOneHeart blue bands around Reno/Tahoe? When we received a few in Virtual Wine Lock bags supporting the Riverwalk District, our four-year-old son quickly claimed them as his own and proudly sports his “super hero” bracelets nearly everywhere he goes … even to bed. As he naps with his favorite accessory, I’m reminded of the big impact Debbie McCarthy (aka “About Town Deb”) has made on the community with her #TogetherWeAreOneHeart initiative. She is a Star Navigator super hero bringing a simple statement with big impact during these unusual times.

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STAR Navigator Britton Griffith

By Natasha Bourlin
She’s been to more countries than states.
She holds a degree in international business from the University of Nevada, Reno.
She’s the vice president of Reno Engineering Corporation, a civil design and development services company with a 23-year history.
She’s served and led more regional boards of directors that this writer can even list.
She funneled her community passion and desire to better her hometown by campaigning to become a member of the Reno City Council.
She’s up for sainthood next year …

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