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'Tis the Season

December 01, 2017

Winter is coming. That not only means something for Game of Thrones fans, but also for our small mountain community. It's the time when families are the most in need. We at Lakeside Inn believe in giving back to the community that has done so much for us. Lakeside is one of many businesses in town that collects unwrapped toys or non-perishable food items that will be distributed by Christmas Cheer to local families in need during the holiday season.


Christmas Cheer feeds over 1,000 people each month, year-round, and the need for wholesome meals is even more important to families with children who are out of school during the holidays. Christmas Cheer Food Pantry, which also operates under the name Christmas Cheer All Year is funded solely by donations from the community under the leadership of a community board of directors. They annually collect around 2,000 pounds of food and toys.


Christmas Cheer has provided thousands of toys and meals to local families over 24 years and recently has seen an increase in the number of families in need of assistance. Besides donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable foods, they are in need of toiletries and other household items. If you are interested in the helping others during the holidays and for more information about donating call 530-541-5255. For those in need, Christmas Cheer Food Pantry is located at 1120 3rd St, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

A Brief History of Slots

October 27, 2017

What do you picture when you hear the words slot machine? The stereotypical machine with three reels and a side mounted lever? Or something more modern with a multi-colored touch screen? Slot machines have evolved a lot over the years and have an interesting and colorful history in American culture, spanning well over 100 years.

In 1895, the first modern day slot machine was invented by Charles Fey in San Francisco. He created a simple automatic mechanism with three spinning reels. Each reel contained a total of five symbols: horseshoes, diamonds, spades, hearts, and liberty bell. The machine was known as the "Liberty Bell," borrowing its name from the bell symbol. Slot machines were also referred to as "one-armed bandits" because they were originally operated by one lever on the side of the machine, like the old-fashioned ones that you picture.

Liberty Bell’s jackpot was a whopping $0.50, making it an instant hit among saloon patrons throughout San Francisco. By 1908, "bell" machines were installed in most cigar stores, saloons, bowling alleys, brothels and barber shops. By the time San Francisco banned them in 1909, there were some 3,300 slot machines throughout the city. The design was quickly copied by Fey’s competitors, such as the Mills Novelty Company of Chicago, and soon slot machines were popping up everywhere, despite being illegal in some parts of the country.

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