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Reno Stories You May have Missed

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With so much talk about the end of the world coming, I thought I should share with you a few Reno stories you may have missed.

Ralph Thomas who lives on Alum Creek in west Reno has more friends than most at Christmas time. You see for the past 47 years he's been building an 8 foot Christmas wreath that frames his front door in a way that you have to step through it to get into his house.

"I've been doing this forever," he says. "I collect boughs from the landscapers and the Christmas Tree lots and tie them on to an 8-foot metal hoop. People who job along the river just stop by and take Christmas pictures."

And he's happy to see every one of them.

Just up the street the Garden Shop Nursery has a giant redwood stump they say is certified as some of the oldest wood on the planet.

"A lady called and asked us to store it here because she had no room. It's from Monterey Bay and it's redwood and it's beautifully preserved. The lady who owns it says it's at least 2,000 years old and she says she's been told it's worth up to $50,000. But what she really wants is for it to go to someone who will protect it and enjoy it as much as she has," says Ed Bath with the Garden Shop Nursery.

And in Sun Valley, Lloyd Mitts stumbled on quite a find during a remodel at Harrah's. He snagged the commode from the celebrity showroom's dressing room.

"It's the most sat-on by celebrities commode in the world!" he says.

The wall-mounted salmon commode was installed in 1965 and it was there for 35 years! All kinds of stars used it from John Wayne to Burt Reynolds to Eddie Fisher to the Rat Pack. "I have a list of a thousand stars who sat on it!" Mitts says.

And he has plans for his "Celebrity Bowl."

"I want to start a reality show and take this to new stars and get a picture of them sitting on it, build up the publicity and then auction it off," he says.

And if that happens....we'll let you know.

You can find the giant Christmas Wreath on the Riverwalk along Alum Creek.

You can find the wood at the Garden Shop Nursery on Mayberry.

For more information, call Lloyd Mitts for his celebrity bowl at 673-1780.

Written by Erin Breen  

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