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P.O. Box 426, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305-0426 • Phone: 209-962-7425 • FAX: 209-962-7717 • e-mail:

Vol. 22, No. 11

Serving Southern Tuolumne County and Northern Mariposa County Since 1987


Christmas Craft Fairs
By Sandy Smith The holidays will soon be upon us. Just a quick reminder to set this date aside. Come and enjoy being part of our great community. Our annual Christmas Craft Faire will be held on Thanksgiving weekend (Friday and Saturday, November 28 and 29), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Many local artisans and craftsman will be represented. Everything is handmade and some exciting things are just waiting for you, ranging from jewelry, soap, quilted items, hand painted Christmas items, dolls, handcrafted wood articles, fun and fanciful signs, and Terry Metz, one of our local photographers. Come on down and take a look; much to choose from. We spoke to Santa this week and he will be here at the firehouse on Saturday, November 29. You can, for a $5 charge, have your picture taken with him in his sled. This is a wonderful opportunity to make this a holiday tradition for your family. Santa has also made available a mailbox for letters written to him. Tenaya Parents Club will be providing the “eats.” We are looking forward to sharing a cup of coffee, tea, and goodies with you. Come and join us at the community hall on November 28 and 29 – a great way to get in the spirit early and a little shopping too. We will again have a face painter at the firehouse on Saturday. Her face painting talent is known far and wide. Come on down, have your photo taken with Santa and your face painted too. See you Thanksgiving weekend.

Lake Don Pedro Elementary 1st Annual Turkey Trot

Scramble Golf Tourny!
By Tara Henderson On Saturday, November 15 the Lake Don Pedro Elementary School Parents Club will be hosting a scramble format golf tournament at Lake Don Pedro Golf and County Club. A shot-gun start is set for 9 a.m. The cost per player is $95, which will include a seasonal dinner and award ceremony. If you are unable to golf and would just like to come for dinner the cost is $25. There will also be raffle tickets being sold to win many great items. All fund-raising proceeds will go towards implementing an after-school program for Lake Don Pedro Elementary School. This program is desperately needed for parents who commute to the valley and surrounding locations. The program will consist of children receiving help on their homework, snacks, access to the computer lab, and physical activity. Please call to sign up and reserve your spot and if you have any questions, call Tara Henderson at 209-852-9878, or Shelley Cummings at 209-852-9864. On behalf of the Lake Don Pedro Elementary School Parents Club we thank you in advance for your support.

Thanksgiving Feast
By Ruben Bacci This year will be the 21st year for the annual Thanksgiving Feast in Groveland. The traditional dinner, with all the trimmings, will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 27 at the Groveland Community Hall. If you would like to volunteer to help including crib quilts; beautiful lamps made out of ordinary things; hand-made soaps, and a lot more. There will also be some commercial booths, including Avon; Italian Charm Bracelets; Mary Kay and BeautiControl. I had misplaced my vendors list from prior years, but just found it. If you haven’t received an application and wish to do the Craft Fair, please call me. I sent the applications out by memory, telephone books for addresses, and frantic calls to friends. I hope I didn’t forget anyone. The Northside Women’s Club will have home-made soups, salad, and hot dogs for sale. The Northside Sr. Citizens’ Club will sell their home-made pies and coffee. For more information, please call me at 878-3537 or Dawna Colbert at 878-3034. serve please call Edith Gray at 962-7055. Over 400 guests were served in 2007 and we are prepared to serve that many in 2008. Contributions may be made to Groveland Thanksgiving Committee, P.O. Box 55, Big Oak Flat, CA 95305. will be food, art, and gift booths of all variety. Santa will be present both days. For information call Denise at 209852-0109 or cell 209-968-2588.

The 34th annual Sonora Christmas Festival will take place Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 28, 29, and 30, opening at 10 a.m. daily, at the MotherLode Fairgrounds in Sonora. It will feature 150 craft artists and continuous live entertainment on three stages. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $2 for children 6 to 12.

Halloween Haunt
Sponsored by GAINs, downtown Groveland merchants, community groups, and neighbors will open their doors to trick-or-treating families from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 31, the day for Groveland’s Halloween Haunt.

Regular Features
Church Services ................... B13 Classifieds ............................ B14 Club Activities ........................ B3 Community Events ............... B15 The Computer Guy ............... A10 Footnotes from North County ...A2 In the Kitchen.......................... B4 Letters to the Editor ............. A12 Long View from the Hills ..... A11 School Happenings ................ B1 Service Directory .................. B14

Greeley Hill
By Irene Rhyne The 22nd Annual Greeley Hill Christmas Craft Fair will be Saturday, November 8, from 10 to 4 and Sunday, November 9, from 10 to 3. It will be held in the Greeley Hill Community Hall, 10332 Fiske Rd. in Greeley Hill, off J132 (Greeley Hill Rd.) There will be hand-made jewelry; soy candles; quilted items; things for babies,

Don Pedro
By Denise Embry The Don Pedro Art and Gift Fair will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23 at the Lake Don Pedro Hacienda, corner of J59 and Bonds Flat Road. There

Time change
Remember to set your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 2 as we switch back to Standard Time. And change the batteries in your smoke alarms at the same time!

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Footnotes from North County
By Lyle Turpin, Mariposa County Supervisor, District 2 As fall arrives with cooler temperatures, which includes the problem we had with our mornings sure are refreshing. We have the state budget. Mariposa County is very had our first rain, which helped settle the conservative, and the information we have dust, and all those with livestock will wel- from the state is that state safety and transcome additional rain. The past two years portation dollars remain intact. Subvention have been very lean with regard to forage funds the County receives from the state production on our range lands. Green grass for ag lands under the Williamson Act has all but become an endangered species. Contract have been cut 10%. I will keep As our fall rains produce green grass, live- everyone informed as the County works stock producers will be qualified to recog- through this upcoming year. nize this renewable resource even though The contract has been signed for the we do not have a degree in plant science. upcoming improvements at the Red Cloud The new county fire engine and water Park; included are additional tables with tender project unofficially received six bid barbecue, sidewalks, sealing cracks and proposals for fire engines and four propos- entire concrete slab, horse shoe pits, lawn als for water tenders. That is very good area and volleyball court. I want to thank news for our county volunteer fire compa- the local committee for all the input on this nies. Competition is what helps make this project. nation so great. The preliminary numbers The new Red Cloud Library is very appear to be within estimate and the Board close to completion. Watch for information of Supervisors will be evaluating the Public on the Grand Opening Ceremony. Works Fleet Division recommendation. On a lighter side, I received an e-mail Assuming all proposals are in place with entitled “Rules of the Wild West.” I thought the 15-year lease agreement for 11 new fire you might get a chuckle from some of the engines and four new water tenders, the points: equipment hopefully will be on order by Pull your pants up. You look like an November 1. idiot. Turn your cap right. Your head ain’t We are in very unsettled financial times, crooked.

Money Management Workshop
By Kathy Delaney On Thursday, November 13 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m., Mariposa Safe Families North County Family Enrichment Center Task Force is hosting a free Money Management Workshop for the community. The workshop is being held at the Let’s get this straight. It’s called a dirt road. I drive a pickup truck because I want to. No matter how slow you drive you’re gonna get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way. Every person in the Wild West waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept. Yeah, we eat trout, salmon, deer, and elk. If you really want sushi and caviar, you can get them at the local bait shop. You bring “coke” into my house it better be wet, brown, and served on ice. You bring “Mary Jane” into my house, she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair. Turn down the blasted car stereo. That thumpity-thump stuff ain’t music anyway. We don’t want to hear it anymore. Think we want to see your boxers?! Refer back to #1. Be sure to vote November 4. Suzanne and I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Office: 1-800-736-1252 or 966-3222 Home: 878-3308 E-mail: Coulterville Community Club (old schoolhouse) located on the corner of Broadway and Cemetery in Coulterville, CA. Christene Scott, AVP/Branch Manager of County Bank in Mariposa, will be presenting information on the following topics: • Budgeting (Tips on creating a monthly budget) • Loan and Credit Cards (avoiding traps and debt) • Banking (opening savings/checking account, direct deposit, and debit card use) •Assistance Programs (i.e. Earned Income Tax Credit, student loans ) Dinner and child care are included for those that attend the workshop. Dinner will be served from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Please contact Mariposa Safe Families, 966-2211 or, to reserve a space and to sign up for child care.

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Upcoming Events
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Barn Sale to benefit Telegraph Fire Victims Fund
By Debbie Cook, firefighter Are you looking for office or home furnishings, clothing, crafts, holiday decorations, collectibles, and more? You won’t want to miss the Greeley Hill Station 31 Barn Sale at 10332 Fiske Road, Saturday, November 1 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mariposa County Fire and many EMS services experienced first-hand the devastation of the Telegraph Fire. While many are still grieving the loss, there are those who heal by becoming active in the rebuilding process. It is for this reason that all proceeds from the barn sale will benefit the victims of the Telegraph Hill Fire. It gives everyone a chance to help by either donating items or shopping at the barn sale. The communities of Greeley Hill, Coulterville, La Grange, and the Don Pedro area have many worthwhile organizations that accomplish great things for our community. The barn sale is the collection of all these people coming together to help those who have lost everything. Greeley Hill Station 31 appreciates your support and hopes to see you at the barn sale. Captain Brian Conley states there are many new items collected for this sale and community donations have been great. He also suggests coming early if you want a chance to purchase some great items. All items are fairly priced, but as an added bonus, there will be a special 50% off sale of items after 2 p.m. and markdowns will continue until the sale ends at 4 p.m. The goal is to sell everything. Can it be done? Certainly! Not to mention how good you will feel knowing that your purchase is directly benefiting a resident of Mariposa County. To donate items, volunteer, or for more information, please contact Captain Brian Conley of Greeley Hill Company 31 at 878-3318.

Autumn Boutique, Afternoon Tea, and Auction
By Sharon Volponi Last year’s Autumn Boutique, Afternoon Tea and Auction was such a success and enjoyed so much by our members and guests that we are going to do it again this year! It will be held at the Pine Mountain Lake Lodge on Tuesday, November 18, beginning at 11:30 a.m. This event, (formerly known as Personal Endeavor Day), will begin when you arrive wearing a hat fitting for high tea and sit down at one of the beautifully and uniquely decorated tables among friends, old and new. You’ll enjoy savory tea sandwiches, scrumptious scones, and yummy sweets served with a special tea service. The preview of the items up for auction will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The “Buy It Now” items will be on sale at this time as well. No-host champagne and mimosas will be available. The tea luncheon will begin at 12:30 along with the live auction. The tea will be catered by Dori’s Tea Cottage. The cost is $20. Soroptimists have been handcrafting, baking homemade goodies, and personally putting together creative baskets and personal services that will go on the auction See BOUTIQUE, Page A4

Flu shots
VNA Hospice will be holding a flu shot clinic on Wednesday, November 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Groveland Evangelical Free Church at 19172 Ferretti Road in Groveland. Private pay is $25 per shot; Medicare Part B may be billed. You must show your Medicare Card for billing purposes. For more information call 533-6800.



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2008 Christmas Basket Project: Important dates
By Patti Beaulieu The Christmas Basket project is well underway and November is the month that all those wishing to apply must attend one of the Application Days. The author of last months article (me) had the wrong day of the week, but the correct date. Here are the days/times you have to choose from to apply at the Groveland Community Hall. Those not applying in person will be accepted on an “as available” basis only. Friday, November 7, 10 2 p.m. or Friday, November 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. When you apply, please be prepared to list your children’s clothing/shoe sizes, toy wishes for Santa, and have your Social Security Card number. This program is made possible through the generosity of the residents from Groveland, Big Oak Flat, and Buck Meadows communities. Low-income families residing in these areas are eligible to apply. Donations: You’ll probably be hearing more about giving donations of food or gifts from the various clubs, churches, and organizations that you belong to this month, since all are involved in this community wide project. Next month’s article

Free class for new writers at Groveland Branch Library
By Michalene Martin Former Village Voice columnist, an editor for Helen Gurley Brown at Cosmo, author of six books published by major New York houses – one a Book-of-theMonth – and now a columnist for the New York Daily News, Bill Manville will once again conduct a free “Writing to Get Published” course at the Groveland Branch of Tuolumne County Library for six will give the delivery dates for your designated item(s) to the Community Hall. If you’d like to assist during our assembly week of December 15-19, or if you have any questions about donating or applying, please call either Patti Beaulieu at 962-7402 or Dar Brown at 962-5930 for details. Saturdays, starting November 8, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Here is what Michael Korda, Editor in Chief, Simon & Schuster, says about Bill: the work I know best is your novel Goodbye, which I edited. What first attracted me was the dazzling prose; I was equally impressed by plot and characterization. A considerable literary accomplishment but also a Book of the Month choice, bringing an impressive price at paperback auction. What may also interest your students, I’ve heard you in discussion with writers like Joe Heller, Patricia Bosworth, Lois Gould, and Gay Talese, and remember thinking more than once, Bill ought to be teaching it too. You need not have attended Bill’s earlier sessions to enroll. The only requirement is a life-long interest in reading and a desire to get published. It’s free, everyone welcome. Call Michalene, Maddie, or Phyllis at the Groveland Branch (962-6144) or come in to sign up. P.S. from Bill to former students: please bring 500 words of whatever you’re working on now to our first session. Contact your favorite Soroptimist for a ticket, or call Ann Schafer at 962-1984 for ticket information. Or you can send a check for $20 to Soroptimist International of Groveland, PO Box 824, Groveland, CA. Reservation deadline is November 14. See you at the SIG Autumn Boutique, Afternoon Tea and Auction!

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Pine Cone Singers

Holiday Concert
By Gail Perlee The Pine Cone Singers, under the direction of Dennis Brown, will present their Winter Holiday concert, “A Joyous Celebration” on Friday and Saturday, December 12 and 13, at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. in the Groveland Evangelical Free Church on Ferretti Road. As always, concert repertoire will include choral numbers as well as solos, duets, trios, quartets, and the like. This year’s musical offerings will include classical pieces by Handel - “And The Glory Of The Lord” from “Messiah,” and Palestrina - “Adoramus te,” a lovely Spanish Christmas carol, “Nanita Lullaby,” and a rousing Hebrew melody, “Hava Nagilah,” along with a beautifully haunting piece entitled “The Hands of Winter.” There will also be at least two medleys full of favorite Christmas songs and carols such as “Happy Holiday,” “The Holiday Season.” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “I Saw Three Ships,” “Ding Dong! Merrily on High!,” “Deck The Hall,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” And then there’s “Ding-a Ding-a Ding” (the words are very difficult but the chorus is

It’s not too late By Barbara Broad
It’s not too late to get your entry into the 2009 GAINs Resource Directory. GAINs has extended the deadline. If you don’t know what this useful little book is, you can pick one up at the Groveland Branch Library along with an entry form. If your business or group is in the 2008 Directory, you can send email to or call Barbara Broad at 962-7730. For-profits pay just $35 and not-for-profits’ entries are free. About 1,400 books are distributed free in Groveland, Buck Meadows, Greeley Hill, and Coulterville. game to try it), and what would a Pine Cone Singers concert be without a “shoo-bie doowah bop bop” number! Tickets will be available from midNovember until the concert at Yosemite Bank, The Hotel Charlotte, from any member of the Pine Cone Singers, or call 9624240 for reservations. Donation is $7 for adults. Children ages 12 and under do not need a ticket. The Pine Cone Singers will also be performing at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church in Sonora on Saturday afternoon, December 6 for the church’s annual Advent Tea and Recital.

Holiday poinsettias available again in Groveland
By Sydney Avey The Little House on Merrell Road, a project of Southside Senior Services, Inc., is sponsoring its second annual poinsettia fundraiser to support our programs and services. This is your opportunity to dress up your house for the holidays with beautiful fresh, high-red poinsettias from Duarte’s Greenhouse in Ceres for $11 for red poinsettia and $12 for color poinsettia. The poinsettias are in 6 1/2” pots in decorative covers and are 16 to 18 inches high. Use this pre-order form by November 17 and save the high price of gasoline and a 120mile round trip to Ceres. Make your check out to SSSI - Little House and mail your check and the form below to SSSI-Little House, P.O. Box 372, Groveland, CA 95321 Mark your calendar to pick up your poinsettias in Groveland behind the See’s Candy Booth in the Main Street Market parking lot either Saturday, November 22 or Saturday, December 6 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Little House on Merrell Road Name: Phone: Email: Street Address: City: Zip: Cost: Red $11 ea. X#_______ = $_______ Colored Poinsettias are available in: Burgundy - $12 ea.x #_____= $_____ Pink - $12 ea. X# = $_____ White $12 ea. X # = $_____ Check the date you wish to pick up your poinsettias. _____Sat., November 2 _____Sat., December 6






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in and love this area, to contribute a small slice of their time and talent to this project. Artists names should be included in the 8.5” x 11” sketches submitted. A short description of the item, its importance, the era it represents, or a personal memory, etc. can be sent on a separate page. The current plan is to publish these written tidbits on the left facing page. Artist copyrights will be acknowledged. Anonymous contributions will also be welcomed for artists who prefer not to include their name. Not only will these booklets encourage the creative and artistic interests of the youngsters, they will also serve to tie together the important early history of Coulterville and the gold country. It is hoped that these booklets, along with a pack of crayons, may also be made available to some of our local home-bound seniors as well as to local senior residential living facilities. The booklets will be sold in the history center for an easily-affordable nominal fee. While ideally the booklets should be available for the Christmas season, as they would make a great stocking stuffer, they could also be rolled out as part of next year’s tourist cycle in the spring. Please contact Dale Silverman at or 209-878-3750 if you would be willing to contribute a drawing or can reach out to an artist who might or if you are interested in making a small financial contribution to offset the expenses of this worthwhile community project.

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Kids Coloring Book project interests local artists
By Dale Silverman Local artists are starting to get the word about the opportunity for them to volunteer their talent to help out the History Center and…just perhaps…broaden kids’ interest in the incredible sights and history of the local area. In spite of all the electronic gadgetry that modern youngsters have available to them, hand most any youngster a crayon or two and a simple black and white image and just watch their own creativity take off! Bob Jobe, Jim Leitzell, Maryanna Kingman, and John Hernandez have all indicated they will contribute a page or two to the project. Bob has in mind sharing a very special memory with this generation of kids while John Hernandez is creating Coulterville’s very own cartoon hero. All four also promised to spread the word among their fellow artists that more talent is needed! The NMCHC coloring book will help kids remember the unique and unusual things they saw while exploring the gold country, Coulterville, and, the History Center. Board member, Dale Silverman, is organizing the project. She really needs the talent of the many creative people, who live

Sierra Club Hikes
By John Kinnear Thursdays: Midweek Hikes in the Groveland/Highway 120 Area. Each Thursday meet at Mary Laveroni Community Park, Groveland at 8 a.m. (beginning November 7 the hikes will meet 9 a.m.) for an approximately 6-mile hike. Bring a jacket, water, sunscreen, and a snack in a daypack and wear hiking boots. The hike is generally followed by a nohost lunch at a local restaurant. Call Frank Oyung for further details, 209-962-7585. Fall Walk on San Domingo Road to Stevenot Winery, Sunday, November 9, Day Hike (2A). This is an annual walk prior to Thanksgiving which affords an opportunity to sample some of the sights and the fruits of fall in the lower foothills. The road passes through ranchlands where we’ll see grazing livestock, see and sample wild grapes on vines clinging to oaks, and on the ground, walnuts and chestnuts dropped from trees lining the hike route. Total roundtrip distance is eight miles along a country road with little traffic. At Stevenot Winery the group shall stop for a picnic lunch and also can browse and taste samples of wines for purchase. There is a limit of 12 participants on this outing. For reservations and other details, contact leader, Frank at email:, or 209-962-7585.

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Wild and Scenic Rivers celebration
By Kay Crow On Saturday October 4, the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce hosted a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the “Wild and Scenic Rivers Act” passage. The bill was passed in 1968 and signed by President Johnson. This was the bill that created the vehicle to protect the Tuolumne River in September of 1984 from its headwaters to Don Pedro. The Merced River, Kings River, and Kern River followed after that and were passed in 1987. There is still much work needed today to protect the Clavey and other threatened rivers. The “T” A view from a seasoned rafter who helped protect the river along with “Friends of the River.” The year was 1984.…the Tuolumne River was granted “Wild and Scenic” status. Many people came together to stop a three-dam hydroelectric project. We were successful. Some of the most beautiful wilderness was protected. The Jawbone ridge is exquisite! Meral’s Pool to Wards Ferry provided the most pristine whitewater in the United States with its class 4 rapid (average) on a 18-mile run. At high water the river is a roller coaster…at low water, a very intricate maze through giant boulders. The campsites along this stretch, Rock Garden, Clavey (where the Clavey meets the main Tuolumne to create the largest rapid on the river, a 43-ft. gradient drop), Grapevine Creek, Indian Creek, Tuolumne Powerhouse, (that once supported two 500 horsepower turbines and was built in 1905), North Fork, and many others are each a spectacular painting in itself. For years there were remnants of an old suspension bridge at mile 15; the Mohican and Mary Ellen Claims. Along the river one can still see the beautiful rock paths that the Chinese built in the early mining days.

We need volunteers
By Kay Glaves The need to decorate Groveland for the Christmas season is rapidly approaching. Anyone, both men and women, with a little time and a desire to help our community will be greatly appreciated. Decorating will be in full swing Friday, November 21 at 9 a.m. We will meet by the purple Mustang in the parking lot between Custom Rentals and Perfectly Posh. It will be fun and you will be proud of your efforts. Call Kay, even after December 1, to see you are lucky, in the early summer before the fire restriction is enforced, you may even get a river sauna. A tepee is built with the oars and tarps. Rocks are cooked in the fire during dinner and after dessert everyone interested goes into the tepee with the rocks (now in a bucket) and water splashed on the rocks making for one big steamy tepee. When you have had enough, just walk out and jump into the river. The beauty of this river has touched many. Because there is no road access along the river, it is more desirable. The only other people you can see are other rafters, kayakers, fishermen who have hiked over the ridge, and backpackers who have hiked down the Hamby Trail to the Clavey. There is great respect for this river. Tuolumne River Trivia: • In 1927 Melvin Belli and Harry Cobden, while attending law school, navigated a log raft down 6 miles of the Tuolumne toward the Clavey. It took them two days. • The Tuolumne River’s screen debut was in the 1940s film “For Whom The Bell Tolls” starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman. • She was also pictured in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in 1984 starring Harrison Ford and Kate Capshaw. what work still needs to be done. We certainly would appreciate your participation in this gratifying effort to display our town in a manner that makes us all proud. Please contact Kay Glaves, 962 6769, if you can, or wish to be part of our effort. If you have scissors, staple gun, and a step stool, bring them.

Groveland’s Annual

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Tuolumne River The Sunnyside Mine (mile 16) was active circa 1900 - 1910. Still today there is part of an old stamp mill you can see if you hike up a short distance from the river. Spring rafting is fast and cold…plenty of whitewater. Summer is more relaxed. Rafters are dependent on the dam operators to maintain enough water from mid summer until the end of the season. A typical summer morning starts with breakfast, packing up the boats, then taking a short hike or swim until the water released from the dam reaches camp. Only then would there be enough water to navigate down stream. The afternoon is spent at a lunch stop then heading for camp. Camp is spectacular with time for reading, fishing, walking along the river up the Clavey or North Fork. Then there is this wonderful dinner complete with dutch-oven-baked desserts from pineapple upside down cake to brownies and hand whipped cream. If

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read and leave library books in classrooms throughout the school year, have helped to increase the number of children with library cards and their use of the library. FOGL News Many thanks to “The Groveland Bookies” (Elsie Stock, Bill Martin, and Malcolm) who well represented the Friends in the October Trivia Bee in Sonora. Everyone enjoyed the food, fun, and frivolity and especially the opportunity to raise funds for the county adult literacy program. The October meeting of the Friends was preceded by a memorial dedication ceremony honoring Marilyn Bangs. A collection of high-interest/easy-reading-level books were purchased, with memorial contributions, for the use of local students. The books are displayed in a special section of the library with a dedication to Marilyn, as well as a lovely sculpture of a young girl reading. Marilyn is remembered for her many significant contributions to the library and the projects of the Friends group. There will be no meeting in November. Plans are underway for the annual luncheon in December. For membership information please call Jane Sperry (962-4178).

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Friends of the Groveland Library - Friends in the fall
By Nadine Pedron Friends of the Groveland Library held their Fall luncheon in September to celebrate accomplishments of the year and to recognize the dedicated and outstanding work of the many volunteers who make our programs and projects so successful. President Audrey Fiance and her officers – Isobel Wylie, Elsie Stock and Belinda McBride – have provided leadership and support for the group’s work throughout the year. Major projects include the Book Nook, which has grown to be an impressive money-maker and a well-attended community event each Saturday morning, with income supporting projects and contributions to the county library system. Also noteworthy is the Bookleggers program, entering its fifth year, in partnership with Tenaya School. Visits from volunteers who

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Groveland women receiving literature at Main St. Market

Breast Cancer Awareness

“Think Pink”
By Bonnie Phillips Although the first rain in seven months, in Groveland, fell on Saturday, October 4, members of Soroptimist International of Groveland (SIG) did not allow it to dampen their spirits as they set out to participate in their “Think Pink” campaign. The purpose of this breast cancer awareness program is to provide information to women of all ages about how early detection of breast cancer helps 95% of these women to survive. Dedicated SIG women stood in front of the fire station flagging down cars, in the rain, to hand out 500 free pink carnations and 500 goody bags filled with valuable breast cancer information along with a couSee THINK PINK, Page A15

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Young and old alike enjoyed visiting with Woodsy the Owl, Smokey Bear, and Frances the Fish at the recent Wild & Scenic Rivers celebration.
Photo by Tom Tyshko Photo provided by Jim Goodrich

Kay Glaves received award presented by Jim Goodrich.

David Volponi and Kay Glaves at Kay’s Dollar Party portrait unveiling. $2,500 was raised by the Iron Door Saloon for the Tenaya Parent Pre-School at the event. School. • Decorated town for ‘49er Festival activities. • Helped initiate Red Ribbon Days in October. • Handed out candy and hot cider at Halloween on Main Street. • Sold Camp Pacifica calendars to raise money for youths with hearing and vision impairments. • Conducted the Flag Day presentation at Tenaya Elementary School in June. • Served pie at the Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner while dressed as a Pilgrim. • Supervised decorating Groveland for Christmas. • Assisted Helping Hands with the See GAINs AWARD, Page A15

Kay Glaves receives GAINs Community Service Award
By Jim Goodrich Before a cheering crowd, Honorary Groveland Mayor Kay Glaves received the coveted GAINs Community Service Award at the 2008 ‘49er Festival. Each year Groveland Area Involved Neighbors selects a worthy man or woman for the Community Service Award who has contributed to the betterment of Groveland and the surrounding community during the previous year. The perpetual GAINs Community Service Award hangs in the lobby of the Groveland Museum and Library. Kay “the Purple Lady” Glaves received this award for the many activities that she spearheaded or participated in during 200708, including: • Pre-sold tickets to STCHS, Rotary, and Kiwanis fund-raising dinners and events. • Sold Daffodil Day commitments to raise money for cancer research, and then put the daffodils up around town on March 24. • Pre-sold tickets to the Saint Patrick’s Day Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner and dressed as a leprechaun. • Dressed as the Easter Bunny at the Rotary Easter Egg Hunt in Mary Laveroni Community Park and passed candy out to the children. • Established and monitored Lion’s Club White Cane Days resulting in generous contributions that aid the blind. • She was involved with the Lions volunteer scholarship awards for graduating students at Tenaya School and Tioga High

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keen observer of national events. World War II began when I was eight. I watched a movie newsreel that had President Benes of Czechoslovakia talk about the Nazis’ invasion of the Sudetenland. In my dad’s parents’ house I heard over the radio the bombs falling on Pearl Harbor when I was 12. I was 16 in 1945 when, after the terrible life-costly battles of the South Pacific, we dropped the atom bomb on Japan; a terrible thing to have done, but we expected we were going to have to fight a battle against Japan that would be many times more destructive than the fearful battles of Tarawa, Okinawa, and New Guinea. My grandmother called up the stairs to wake me up when she read that peace had been declared. I sat on the steps feeling ambivalent. It was wonderful that the war was ended, but now I would not be able to join the Women’s Army Corps; my unspoken plans for the future. When we fought the war in Korea, I lost many friends from my college days. In the early 1950s I detested the actions of the House un-American Committee. It seemed to me un-American in itself. When JFK was killed, my husband, three children and I drove to Washington, DC, to stand, filled with desolation, shivering in the cold, to watch the caisson carrySee LEAP YEAR, Page A15

Long View From the Hills ... Every four years
By Marjorie Ward It’s Leap Year. You knew that, of course. We had that extra day in February; the day that brings the calendar into sync with Earth’s orbit around the sun. We like things tidy when we’re dealing with time and space; everything in its proper place at the proper time. Predictable, so that the equinoxes will occur in the spring and fall just when the 24 hour days are equally balanced between light and dark. So that the shortest day will occur on the 21st of December and the longest on Midsummer eve, usually June 21. But in our nation, in the midst of this dependable, trustworthy Leap year, there is this great upheaval, political disruption. Leap year is also the year when we conduct our Presidential elections. The Founding Fathers invented an organized, dependable appointment to allow for a turn-over in the administrative branch of our tri-part government as well as a replacement for one third of the Senate and all of the House of Representatives to Congress. They believed that the most reliable way to prevent civil uprising was to offer a definite time when change might occur. This gave ordinary folks hope that they could change things at the top, which might improve the lives of the folks at the bottom of the pyramid, who could influence the change by voting for people they trusted to govern more fairly. And four years is not an unbearable length of time for most mature-thinking people, which I believe most of us would agree is what the Founding Fathers were. What they failed to take into account was the sense of territoriality that is experienced by those possessing differing points of view; and the outrage with which these viewpoints are defended. I have been an observer of Presidential elections since 1936, during the Great Depression, when Franklin Delano

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outdid itself this past Saturday with the ‘49er Festival. Jim and Laurie Nagel and all the members of their committees positively outdid themselves with the ‘49er Festival this year. The race for the Mayor, the parade, the exhibitors, the awards, etc. were all great. This was by far the greatest ‘49er Festival this town has had to date and just makes us all the more proud to be from Groveland. A very special thanks to the Nagels and their committee members. Ron and Carole Smith, Groveland


Thank You
By Kalamity Kay Because of all the most wonderful, generous, super, fantastic, great friends who supported me in my effort to become Groveland’s Honorary Mayor, by buying my bribes, I want to say thank you. Bribe purchases ranged from $1.00 to $100.00 and some bribes were received by mail with one bribe coming from as far away as Clayton, CA. I thought that I was far behind Goose and Red Baron Rossio and it was your generous help that allowed me to fulfill my campaign promise of taking down the four legged and two legged dogs. What a surprise but, we did it. The Garrotte Lions Club will also benefit with my win as 30% of my bribes will go to them for supporting projects such as Sight First and hearing impaired, as well as other community projects. Again, please accept my humble, sincere thank you. Love and God bless to all.

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For the good of whose family?
Dear Editor: We read with interest the two opposing columns in The Union Democrat regarding Proposition 8 published on October 20. Rev. Stephen Blaire’s urging to pass Prop. 8 and write this discrimination into our California Constitution, “for the good of the family,” was disturbingly narrowminded. Whose family? Certainly not ours. We have always treated our daughters equally; raising them to be just and to expect justice. Why is it OK for one to marry and the other to be denied the right, just because she was born gay? Equality under the law is one of the pillars of democracy. We should be holding our state Constitution to a high standard in defense of our freedom, not writing bad law into it. Proponents of Prop. 8 make the most outrageous accusations on this issue. No church or minister is required to solemnize a marriage that doesn’t conform to the teachings of that faith. No school child is required to take part in family life or sex education classes if parents disapprove. None of that changes due to the state Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry. We agree with Ms. Woodall; Prop. 8 does not protect marriage. Instead it divides families and diminishes us all. Vote No on Proposition 8. Cheryll and Charles Giles, Groveland

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Thank You
By Marianne Quinn, Principal A big thank you to the people who volunteered at the first district-sponsored community clean-up day on Saturday, September 27. We weeded, planted, spread bark, completed sprinkler system installation, and washed outside windows. The following participants joined me in this endeavor and their efforts were greatly appreciated. Ellen Jeffrey (Tenaya teacher), Edie Lazzeroni (Tioga Booster club board member), Frank Oyung (GAINs representative), Dave Gookin (BOFGUSD board member), Dr. Kate Newcomb (Tenaya Site Council member) and her daughter, Sarah Morcott (Tenaya 5th grader).

a parent and taxpayer, I am sick of bearing the cost of legal fees for the multitude of grievances and lawsuits that this board is generating by their ineptitude. Furthermore, the damage that was caused by the removal of Sherry Gempler from the Tioga campus affected not only our students’ GPAs, but nearly cost us certification for our AVID program. This amazing four-year program (Achievement Via Individual Determination) teaches Tioga students problem solving, organization and debate skills, and guarantees acceptance into a four-year college. The removal of Ryan Dutton, a gifted math teacher and role model (Ryan is a former punter for the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, and Oakland Raiders) is another indescribable loss for our school and community. Let’s get rid of the real problems and sign those recall petitions! Miriam Martin, Groveland

suffering. Our board obviously doesn’t care about the students even though we are the reason why they are there. The board states that they care about our schools, but make complete opposite choices. It’s funny they say that they cannot speak about what they did to our math teacher, but almost each of them has spoken about what was discussed behind closed doors. They have been caught talking in hair salons, at soccer games, restaurants, on the phone, and even quoted in the newspaper. Shame on you for acting like you are following the law at the meetings but going off district grounds and speaking of what happened (in their words anyhow). It’s really sad because it seems they are completely mis-informed, also. Do you think you are fooling us with your “we’re following the law” tactic? when you go and break it left and right when not at board meetings. Good job! You aren’t fooling us one bit! We have never seen any of these board members at any of our school events, or even on our campus, but they sure think they know what we need! They don’t even know who we are; how do you think they know what we need? Sheldon Crouse, Groveland

Superintendent not honest
Dear Editor: It is time that our community realizes that we are being led by a school board and leader who are not being honest with us and not telling us the whole truth. When the students at Tioga High talked to the superintendent at our “sit-in,” I asked her about why my mom’s salary had been reduced by 15% this year and why she has been given extra duties of teaching as well as doing her full time job as Principal. For 12 years, my mom has intermittently been a teaching Principal and was never given any salary cut. Our family has now had to hire an attorney to fight the school district because the Superintendent’s answer to me that “she is working on that” really isn’t happening. This is the action of someone who cares about us? Our school district doesn’t care about the teachers, students, or the Groveland schools. It is obvious with how they are treating us. There are parents, students and community leaders who know better; wouldn’t you trust their experiences and knowledge over a board that is ignorant of the truth and will not question what is happening to both Tioga and Tenaya schools? Trust your neighbors, your teachers, and students who know the inside stories. Our district has become corrupt and we must fight to turn around the many wrongdoings. Ask questions, get the answers from those who are really aware. Support the teachers, students, parents; support the schools, and support the recall! Thoren Bradley, Groveland

Superintendent rips school apart
My name is Elise Vallotton, and I am a senior at Tioga High School. Recently there have been unfair actions and decisions executed by the Superintendent, Mari Brabbin, and also the school board of our small school district. They have taken away a role model and great teacher, Mr. Ryan Dutton. There are members of our community that believe that we kids at Tioga do not know the facts, and do not know what is going on, when in reality we know more than those community members. We have recently learned that Mari Brabbin caused a similar uproar with students and teachers at a former school she worked at called Eagle Point High School in Oregon. Why as a board and a hiring agent wouldn’t we look into what she did to a previous school? Why is it that we have to find out the hard way after our school has been ripped apart? We plan to recall the school board, and ultimately get rid of Mari Brabbin. If you care about our schools, and the future of the students please sign the recall petition. Elise Vallotton, Groveland

Greatest ‘49er Festival
Dear Editor: What a fantastic place to live! Groveland

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consulting those who are directly affected. Needless to say, the community of Groveland strongly encourages the recall of the school board and wishes to see reform of the district. They would like to see the education of the students become the main priority once again. Jessica Calvillo, Groveland

The Problems we have
Dear Editor: My name is Frankie, a junior at a Tioga High School. This year has been a nightmare to all of us students that attend Tioga. We are not learning anything at all. Why? Because Mrs. Superintendent is taking all our great teachers that really do help us out, and putting subs for their replacements. We had about seven subs in total for one teacher that we lost. We are not learning anything because one sub talks about something, and the other teaches something else. I am asking if anyone out there cares about the students of your town. Please help us get a recall on the school board. Thanks for taking your time reading this paper. Frankie Martinez, Groveland

Students won’t take it anymore
Dear Editor: Tioga High is going through something that is uncalled for. The school board is making it harder and harder for students to learn. We can’t afford to lose another teacher. He is a wonderful teacher and person. The school board has done enough to Tioga High and we the students are not going to take it anymore! We will do whatever it takes, if it means going on strike or recalling the board. Ashley Marr, Groveland

District making poor decisions
Dear Editor: I am Billy Hilton, a senior at Tioga High. The superintendent made a similar mistake last year regarding an action with a teacher. We had a good teacher taken away last year, and it turned out that she was innocent of the charges. Now again this year we had a teacher taken away, and I have no doubt in my mind he will be cleared of these charges and come out of this fine. We are forced to try and learn math from multiple substitute teachers. Not only academics are being affected by these horrible decisions, athletics are as well. For a lot of male teens, sports are their lives and it is the reason they do well in academics. I am a senior and I had everything to look forward to in terms of having a great senior season, especially with the coach of my dreams! I know that he would have helped me get to college. I lost my baseball and basketball coach for this season. The loss of our teacher, and coach is unfortunately not the only problem we have incurred here at Tioga. Everyone may get the wrong impression that Mr. Dutton is what this whole uproar is about, but he’s just the catalyst! This district has been making a lot of poor decisions and this has topped it all off! Good luck board and superintendent; try to maintain your innocence now, because the truth is going to come out! Billy Hilton, Groveland

ated the quality of education our four children have had in our local schools; sadly and alarmingly that is changing. Three years ago Tioga High School was given the California Distinguished School Award; today however, our students’ education is at serious risk. Currently, three of our seven teachers are long-term substitutes. The victims of these repeated disasters are our children who are being denied the quality education they once enjoyed. I don’t want our district to become the sinking ship, broad-sided by a destructive force. Our children deserve and are worth the outstanding education Mrs. Brabbin promised when she first arrived, “…we are committed, kids first.” Lori West, Groveland

Thanks for unification
Dear Editor: I want to thank the Superintendent of the BOF/GUSD, for doing what no other Superintendent in the District has been able to accomplish. Through bullying and deception, she’s united the teaching staffs at Tenaya Elementary and Tioga High Schools. They’ve aligned with parents and students to recall a school board that refuses to listen to those who elected them, and demand the resignation of Superintendent Brabbin. When she attended the October 8 Board meeting she hired three off-duty sheriff’s officers to protect her. The straw that broke the camel’s back was her placing Ryan Dutton, one of Tioga High School’s most popular teachers, on unpaid administrative leave on the trumped-up charge that Mr. Dutton plagiarized a paper at the university he attends. The paper was a rough draft and not the one he’d turned in. The university is aware of it, but chose no disciplinary action. The copy of Dutton’s draft was obtained illegally. He did not give permission for it to be shared with the superintendent. His site administrator is the Principal of Tioga High School, not the Superintendent. Mr. Dutton is still in the university’s teacher credential program. Why should the school district supersede the college’s decisions? Who’s being ”dishonest” here? Shame on Ms. Brabbin for spearheading the effort and trying to ruin Mr. Dutton’s teaching career. I urge all citizens to support the recall, demand Ms. Brabbin’s resignation, and write letters to the editor. Robert D. Wilson, Philippines, A retired district teacher

Make education the priority
Dear Editor: On October 8 the members of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District’s school board (the four that were present) were served recall notices by community member, Doug West. The students of Tioga High School and a group of community members have initiated this course of action out of frustration with decisions made by the board. Both students and adults of the community feel that the board is not acting in the best interest of the students. Lisa Pennel, a student at Tioga High School, said, “The Board has been making inappropriate decisions that are not for the betterment of the schools.” In particular, Lisa referenced the dismissal of Ryan Dutton, the popular and, more importantly, effective math teacher hired last year. Losing the recent math and outstanding teacher, was just the icebreaker. Those close to Tenaya and Tioga know that there have been no positive decisions made by the board and superintendent. Some of the concerns include cuts to school programs, over-reliance on legal advice, and cuts to teaching positions at Tioga. Also, the decisions made by the board seem to have been made without

Get informed on schools issues
Dear Editor: What kind of behavior and activities for the past year have caused the Big Oak Flat/Groveland Unified School District Teachers Association to vote no confidence in Superintendent Mari Brabbin and the BOFGUSD Board of Trustees? Parents, teachers, staff, students, and community members have united to fight for our students and our community. Intimidation, retaliation, and reprisals have replaced trust, ethical behavior, and accountability. Our community organizations, volunteers, and supporters deserve to know the facts so they can decide whether the School Board Trustees still deserve your confidence and support. You believed in our schools with your time, your tax dollars, your donations, and your love for our children as if they were your own. Please take a moment to read the issues and concerns which have led to an historic recall effort, and sign the petitions to require an election to either reaffirm these School Board Trustees, or replace them with new Trustees which you choose. Gloria Marler, Groveland

Guide to Your Local Representatives
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Promise of “kids first”
Dear Editor: Like the Titanic, the BOFGUSD has encountered unexpected, tragic times. Repeatedly, our board and superintendent have become unnecessarily dependent upon legal counsel before making decisions. How many programs and teachers could have been retained without these excessive legal fees? Within this past year there have been fear among the Groveland staff of retaliation, broken promises, lack of access to public information, and apparent Brown Act violations at board meetings. Moving the district office during the last winter break from Groveland to 45 minutes away, without notifying staff or community in a timely manner, left many confused and distrustful. Our superintendent Mari Brabbin was quoted in the Oregon paper (Upper Rogue Independent) dated 8/8/07, saying that she came here to “double dip” in her retirement. Concern and commitment for our children’s education was not mentioned. For 19 years I have enjoyed and appreci-

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‘49er Festival gold pan decorations kept volunteers busy
By Kay Glaves Once again it all came together; the annual put-up of ‘49er Festival gold pan decorations. Thanks to a great group of volunteers. Our first step in preparing for the town decoration effort was the resurrection of past usable decorations. Janet Hardie graciously allowed us to use her home for the volunteers’ resurrection effort. Volunteers who came to help restore were Mary Brown, Nancy Whitefield (ROOFBB), Kay Moreno, Janet Hardie (ROOFBB), and Kay Glaves. Restoration involved spray painting, gluing, and ribbon tying to make the pans acceptable. Don Myers hauled all the decorations needing resurrection from storage to Janet Hardie’s home and helped set up the necessary work tables. Mike Millard hauled the completed work to our staging area between Custom Rentals and Perfectly Posh. This done, the more serious work of putting up the new and resurrected decorations began. This included the gold pans, the picks and shovels, decorative bows, and our proud-to-be-an-American U.S. Flags. We want to thank all our volunteer decorating crew for their dedicated efforts involved in the put-up of ‘49er decorations. Included were Anita and Michael Millard, Pat and Rudy Fernandez, Don Myers, Chelsea Dahlinger, Virgil and Julie McVicker, Frank and Karen Jablonski, Bert YOSEMITE TITLE COMPANY Howard, Liz Reinhard, Dan Frye, Judy Tobia, Faye and Mike Buckley, Bruce Patti Flinchum Snyder, Thomas Hoffman, Vice President Brandon Klein, Tustin Branch Manager Foote, Nathan Livingston, E-mail: Gene and Lee Nye, Art Web: and Della Johnson, Sydney P.O. Box 705, 18687 Main St., Suite A Havens, Richard Fries, Jim Groveland, CA 95321 209/962-7179 Glaves, Lion Frank Oyung, FAX #209/962-7209 and Lion Kay Glaves.

‘49er Festival take down
By Kay Glaves After the festival is over the task of taking down the town decorations must be considered. All the gold pans and U.S. Flags have to be removed. The volunteers who came forward to help in this were: Chelsea Dahlinger, Maria Dean, Mike Millard, Pat and Rudy Fernandez, Paul and Barbara Klahn, Liz Reinhard, Dan Frye, Thanks again to all those that helped make our town a place people will notice and one we will be proud of. We hope we have accounted for all that helped as we refer to our daily work sheet for those that were there. All potential volunteers, please keep in mind that Christmas is coming up and we will really need your help. We always try to start the Christmas decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 21), So, mark your calendars and we’ll plan on seeing you there. We begin prior to Thanksgiving to fulfill the request to have the downtown area completed in support of the Christmas Craft Fair. Bert Howard, Pat Cluff, Don Myers, Mike and Faye Buckley, Paul Sperry, Karen Tabloosk Dave Balek, Judy Tabia, Gene and Alena (Lee) Nye, JoAnn McLean, Frank Oyung, Jim and Lion Kay Glaves. It took only one hour to take down all the decorations – another 1 and 1/2 hour to sort and take everything apart. This was a record time as we beat our take-down time from last year. A big thank you to all of this year’s volunteers. Our thanks goes also to the Groveland Fire Department for putting up and taking down our ‘49er banner across Main Street. We really appreciate all the volunteers, and, perchance you are one that did not sign the work sheet and failed to get recognized here for your generous effort, please accept our sincere apology. Notice: Anyone interested in volunteering their help in future community projects, please call Kay Glaves at 962-6769. Needless to say there is always a great need for volunteer help in completing community projects that highlight our town. Remember that Christmas decorations will be next so consider adding your efforts. Christmas decorating will begin the weekend before Thanksgiving, so mark your calendars now.

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Leap Year
From Page A11 ing his body pass by. When I went back to college in the late ‘60s, I was doing an internship in Newark, NJ, the summer of the riots opposing the Viet Nam war. My kids made friends with a boy who was a deserter from the army, something I knew nothing about at the time, who slept in my car at night and took showers in my apartment while I was at work. I went to night school in NYC, to Columbia. Twice after we had driven into school, we found our classes were canceled because the students were on strike. All these things are part of my memory, a personal history of the USA. I was shocked when Richard Nixon was re-elected in 1972 even though the story of the Watergate Break-in was already national news. And so on and so on…. Another Leap Year, another Presidential election, and the candidates are busily attempting to entrance the voters while simultaneously trying to undermine their opponents, to prove that they are reliable, wise, caring, and capable of pulling the nation out of the morass that this most recent administration has plunged us into. We need wisdom, courage, strength, and good health;

Think Pink
From Page A8 ple of goodies decorated with the distinctive breast cancer pink bow. Other SIG members stood in front of Main Street Market or walked downtown visiting Groveland’s businesses, or went in the library or even visited the “rained out” Wild and Scenic River Festival relocated to Tenaya school; all for the purpose of reminding women, starting at age 40, to have a clinical breast exam and mammogram every year! Much appreciation to the American Cancer Society for providing educational brochures: “ABCs of Breast Health,” “Reach to Recovery,” and “Cancer Facts for Women,” to Sonora Regional Medical Center for providing the offer of a mammogram for self-pay patients for $129 (offer expires 12/31/08); and to Curves for their flyer announcing the availability of Liv Aid Breast Self-Exam Kits at their facility. Soroptimist wishes to thank Martha and Tom Schriner for their continuing, exceptional generosity in donating 500 lovely pink carnations given out to promote our “Think Pink” campaign. hopefully with a man at the helm who will steer us back to a shore where we can again be proud to be Americans. So vote your conscience on Tuesday, November 4.

Phone for burn days
By Dawn Leitzell tion burn pile (date to be announced – watch The Greeley Hill Committee of the for posters) and the “how-to” prepare for Mariposa Fire Safe Council reminds every- next year’s chipping program. You may also one that burn days require you to phone the call Dawn Leitzell at 878-0935 for informaburn day line for permissive burn days. For tion on clearances, sign-ups for chipping, Mariposa County the number is 1-888-440- and any other fire-safe information. 2876. For Tuolumne County the number is 962-7825. Greeley Hill residents can watch for the next Fire Safe in your home Council event – a demonstra-

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School Happenings

Photo provided by Steve McDonald

Ashleigh Stephens

Lake Don Pedro Elementary School

Student of the Month
Ashleigh Stephens is Lake Don Pedro Elementary School’s Student of the Month. “Ashleigh is a bright, cheerful young lady,” says her first grade teacher Mrs. VanDenover. “She tries her best on every assignment. She is creative, helpful, and a good friend to her classmates. She is also a lot of help at home with her two younger sisters.” Ashleigh’s parents are Jennifer and James Stephens of Lake Don Pedro.
Photo provided by Barbara Connelly

Photo provided by Cindy Green

Irving Hernandez

Tioga High School

Coulterville Greeley Students of the Month

Student of the Month
By Sandra Bradley, Principal Irving Hernandez has been picked for the Student of the Month for the T-Wolves. Irving moved to Buck Meadows the summer between his sophomore and junior year so we have only had the pleasure of his company for a year and a half. But Irving is well liked by his peers and really enjoys being a part of the Class of 2009. It was a huge transition for him as he came from a large high school in Merced, but he and his younger sister, Kim (sophomore) have made a smooth change and seem to be enjoying the small, intimate setting that Tioga provides. Irving is a huge techie. He carries around his laptop and does all of his school work when given the opportunity to pull his laptop out and use it. Irving is a big fan of Timberwolf sports and comes to most every home game or match. He is a great cheerleader for our soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, and softball teams. Irving likes golf too, but it’s too hard to follow the players around and carry his laptop too… so he just cheers them on at school. Irving is applying to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he wants to study engineering, but he has a couple of back-up choices for college if his first choice doesn’t pan out. Mr. King, Irving’s Civics teacher, nominated him for the “Student of the Month” where Mr. King observes him taking very seriously the weekly current events, trivia pursuit matches in the class. Bonnie Belisle, STCHS Special Events Coordinator, and Steve Ryan, local photographer who volunteered to be this year’s Photography Advisor, conducted two meetings with the students – the first meeting was to give photo tips and inspiration to capture scenes through the eye of the camera. See PHOTO CONTEST, Page B2

Coulterville Greeley School

Students of the Month
By Barbara Connelly This month’s students of the month were chosen for Respect. The attributes of respect are: an opportunity for parents or caregivers to bond and teach their child through play. In addition, participants will receive age appropriate toys or books and travel stipends will be available. “Play & Learn” is provided by Mariposa Safe Families and the North County Family Enrichment Center Task Force thanks to a grant from First 5 Mariposa County. For more information contact Mariposa Safe Families at 966-2211, toll free at 877-2565465 or email • Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule. • Be tolerant of differences. • Use good manners, not bad language. • Be considerate of the feelings of others. • Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone. • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements. The following students were selected this month for the respect they show to their teachers, classmates, and others: Kaydence Walker, Mrs. Housler, 1st grade; Colton Lessley, Mrs. Wilkie, 3rd grade; Brandey Fitzgerald, Mrs. Breshears, 4th grade; Forrest Ferrell, Mr. Housler, 6th grade; Stephanie Mason, Mr. Glazier, 8th grade. Congratulations to each of these great students!

Greeley Hill

Play and Learn
By Kathy Delaney “Play and Learn,” a free playgroup for children ages 5 and under and their caregivers, will begin Thursday, November 6 at the Building Blocks Preschool in Greeley Hill, 10333 Fiske Road. “Play & Learn” will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon for 12 weeks (excluding holidays) and includes a snack, music, arts and crafts, stories, and more. A second playgroup is planned for Lake Don Pedro in the near future. “Play & Learn” offers

Visit the museum and cast your votes

Tenaya Elementary Photo Contest
By Bonnie Belisle You can all help support our young photographers by dropping in to the Groveland yosemite Gateway Museum to cast your ballot for the top three photographs on display! Each year, the Rotary Club, STCHS (Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society), and Tenaya Elementary work together to host a student photography contest. In September student participants were given one-time-use 35mm film cameras.

Photo by Miguel Maldonado

Tenaya students look over their photos.

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BOFGUSD School Board recall in progress
By Edie Lazzeroni Pursuant to section 11020 of California Elections code, we, Marian L. Wolf, John Vincent Olson, Tim M. Donovan, Kathleen Malloy, JoAnne Bacci, Douglas L. West, Edie M. Lazzeroni, Danny R. Crow, David L. Livingston, and JoAnn A. Prieto as qualified voters of the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District, in Tuolumne County hereby give notice that we are the proponents of a recall petition and that we intend to seek recall and removal of the entire School Board; Mary Kelly (president), Chuck Day, Bryan Berger, David Gookin, Lillian Cravens. We further demand an election of successors for the School Board. The grounds for this recall are a vote of no confidence in the school board’s ability to manage the education of our children, our financial resources and personnel in any way that is in accordance with the Brown Act, California Ed Code, Government Code, and Board Policy, using positive, productive, and fair leadership. The entire board has lost the trust of the community they are sworn to serve. We have extensive documentation for these claims. When you review this evidence, we feel certain you will join us in the recall petition. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact Edie Lazzeroni at 209-962-7020.

New Youth Center update
By Barbara Broad The latest report on the new Groveland Youth Center in Mary Laveroni Community Park is that the plans have changed, and the building will go up without the two decks and the storage area under the building. This is because of financial constraints. In the next month or two the plans will be put out to bid, and the County office expects building will begin in the spring. It has been a long time in coming, and the deadline for using the federal money is coming up. The GAINs Board is optimistic about their schedule. GAINs hopes to start enrichment activities at the current center before spring, and the Board is looking for volunteers. Want to help the kids? Contact Barbara Broad at or 962-7730.

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General David Petraeus (left) and Ssgt Brian Robitaille

Local man meets General Petraeus
By Lydia Sweet Local soldier, Ssgt Brian Robitaille, in his second tour to Iraq, got to shake the hand of General David Petraeus. General Petraeus has recently relinquished his command to General Ray Odierno. Ssgt Brian Robitaille will be looking forward to deployment sometime in October 2008 and coming home to his wife Erica and son Caleb at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, Ca. Brian’s immediate family members are sister Tina Acosta of Modesto, sister Suzette Mansfield of Atwater, brother Marc Robitaille, step-dad Rocky Sweet and mom Lydia Sweet of Coulterville and employee of Re/Max in Groveland. We all look forward to Brian’s homecoming.

The VA is coming to Coulterville
By Louie Bickford, VFW Post 9454 Service Officer Dr. Doral Gonzales is a disabled vet, just returning from Iraq. She will be holding a regular primary care clinic at the VFW Post on Main Street starting October 24 from 8:00 a.m. till noon. This was the first but certainly not the last. Once a month we will be having the clinic here until her client base grows. I will be handling your paperwork for you. If you have served in the military, make less than $34,117 if married, or $28,449 and single (and there are deductibles that apply that bring your income down), you qualify! You do not have to be a Combat Veteran. Just as long as you served your country. Bring your discharge papers, DD214, with you. If you don’t have them I can order them for you. This is a chance to get affordable health care free except for co-pay. Please call me and I will answer any of your questions, 878-3369.

Photo Contest
From Page B1 The second meeting was to choose their entry for the contest. The 14 students that participated were a joy to work with. Each wrote a paragraph of thoughts about the photo they chose for the contest in addition to coming up with a title for the photo. You will all enjoy the creativity they displayed with this effort as well as their photos. This contest is “judged” by each of you! So please be sure to give our up-and-coming photographers your support by voting. The ballots and controlled voting sign-in sheet are available with the docent on duty – only one vote per person. Thanks to Rich Hathaway for once again mounting the 8x10 photos and creating the display at the Museum. Voting started on October 10 and will run through December 1 – so don’t delay in getting those votes cast. First, second, and third place winners will be judged the first week in December. Cash Awards of $35 for first – $25 for second – $15 for third, as well prizes will be awarded at an Awards Ceremony at Tenaya in December. In addition, the three winners will be invited to a Rotary luncheon to give the Rotarians an opportunity to discuss with the students their experiences in taking their photos and choosing the subject matter. Kathi Schiffler of Coulterville has won $10 from the Yosemite Highway Herald.

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Christmas cards galore!
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Isbell if you plan to attend so PML Safety Department can issue the proper pass. To learn other information about the CUG, such as past meeting content, monthly newsletters, club by-laws, and officer info, check out the club’s website listed in this article. Please note the URL change to our web site. We look forward to seeing you on November 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Lake Lodge. The Multi-Media Sig will not meet. The Beginners SIG will meet at 6 p.m.. Be sure to check out the CUG Web Site at Further information about the CUG may also be obtained from Frank Perry at 962-0728 or Lee Isbell at 962-5727.

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By Debbie Cook Living in the foothills, many of us depend on the Internet for shopping for both convenience and variety. As we approach the holiday season, many of you might be shopping for gifts via the Internet. If you do, please give Shop For Museums a try. is a premiere online fund-raising web site where you can shop online with over 100 of your favorite national retailers and at the same time, have a portion of your purchase amount donated to the Northern Mariposa County History Center at no additional cost to you. Here’s how to participate; Go to www. and register/sign in. Select the Northern Mariposa County History Center. Use the links listed in the shopping directory to shop at your favorite participating online store. Do your shopping and check out as you normally would. The rest is automatic! A part of your purchase amount will be tracked by and will be paid out quarterly to our very own history center. Our history center works very hard to preserve our area history. They spend countless hours researching, cataloging, and setting up for volunteer docents to sit on weekends so visitors to our area can learn about how things used to be, who lived in our area, and what important events took place here.

Club Activities
Pine Cone Players
By Gail Perlee The Pine Cone Players and all interested thespians will gather in the Groveland Community Hall on Monday, November 3 at 7 p.m. to talk about and learn of plans for next spring’s play: “Groveland’s Got Talent,” a lively and wicked spoof based on such real reality shows currently on TV. This will also be an evening when folks who would like to try out for a part in the play may audition. The group also, as always, would welcome anyone wishing to help in any other way…such as with costuming, finding or making props, or painting and glittering sets, etc. Subsequent to the November 3 meeting, the Pine Cone Players will begin rehearsals for the play on Monday evenings in the community hall. Those who cannot make it to the November 3 meeting may call the director at 962-0771 for further information. We are fortunate to have a museum and staff that takes pride in the restoration and safekeeping of our history. If you haven’t had the chance, stop by the museum. If you have family that come to town, take them by for a visit. Arrangements can also be made for tours. Contact Gail Tyler at 8783015 for more information.

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Computer Users Group
By Tom Carman Bill Haas was scheduled to present a view of “History of Computing” from his personal 40 years of working as a software professional in September but had to cancel due to the birth of a grandchild. We have rescheduled Bill’s presentation for November. Bill will present an overview of each stage of technology, from punch cards to today’s computers, and will do it from the perspective of someone who was working in the creation of the systems that we use. It will be an “insider’s view” of the computer industry, but will be presented in such a way that both expert and novice can come away with a better view of how the computers we use today came into existence and a better idea of how they work. Bill will follow his own career, including the 30 years of working at IBM, touching every aspect of software (and hardware) creation. His goal is to share the essence of what happened to make the computers what they have become and make it entertaining to the membership and guests. The CUG is composed of members at all levels of computer experience, and guests are always welcome. Remember, you do not have to be a resident of Pine Mountain Lake to attend the CUG meetings. For non-PML residents, please contact Frank Perry or Lee

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Northern Mariposa Co History Center

Kids Coloring Book project interests local artists
By Dale Silverman Local artists are starting to get the word about the opportunity for them to volunteer their talent to help out the History Center and…just perhaps…broaden kids’ interest in the incredible sights and history of the local area. In spite of all the electronic gadgetry that modern youngsters have available to them, hand most any youngster a crayon or two and a simple black and white image and just watch their own creativity take off! Bob Jobe, Jim Leitzell, Maryanna Kingman, and John Hernandez have all indicated they will contribute a page or two to the project. Bob has in mind sharing a very special memory with this generation of kids while John Hernandez is creating Coulterville’s very own cartoon hero. All four also promised to spread the word among their fellow artists that more talent is needed! The NMCHC coloring book will help kids remember the unique and unusual things they saw while exploring the gold country, Coulterville, and, the History Center. Board member, Dale Silverman, is organizing the project. She really needs the talent of the many creative people, who live in and love this area, to contribute a small slice of their time and talent to this project. Artists names should be included in the 8.5” x 11” sketches submitted. A short description of the item, its importance, the era it represents, or a personal memory, etc. can be sent on a separate page. The current plan is to publish these written tidbits on the left facing page. Artist copyrights will be acknowledged. Anonymous contributions will also be welcomed for artists who prefer not to include their name. Not only will these booklets encourage the creative and artistic interests of the youngsters, they will also serve to tie together the important early history of Coulterville and the gold country. It is hoped that these booklets, along with a pack of crayons, may also be made available to some of our local home-bound seniors as well as to local senior residential living facilities. The booklets will be sold in the history center for an easily-affordable nominal fee. While ideally the booklets should be available for the Christmas season, as they would make a great stocking stuffer, they could also be rolled out as part of next year’s tourist cycle in the spring. Please contact Dale Silverman at or 209-878-3750 if you would be willing to contribute a drawing or can reach out to an artist who might or if you are interested in making a small financial contribution to offset the expenses of this worthwhile community project.

Greeley Hill Community Club
By Dawn Leitzell The Greeley Hill Community Club has a new attractive display board in the hall, generously donated by Judy and Bill Hadley. And we may have new fuel-efficient heaters installed by the time you read this. We have a very generous set of “angels” who help the club with all kinds of projects and donations. Bill Bailey and friends have donated one heater and all the labor of installation for which we are most grateful! So we invite you to our first Sunday of the month breakfasts for the rest of the year; Sunday, November 2, and December 7, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pancakes and biscuits! Very popular. For Christmas, the Community Club, along with other clubs in Greeley Hill, invite everyone to our annual community holiday dinner, Saturday, December l3, 4

p.m. at the Greeley Hill Community Hall. Food is free of charge. If you would like to help we would like to hear from you. Kitchen help is always needed. Keep up to date with club projects by attending our monthly board meetings, the third Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m., in the Hall. Remember, both the Hall and the Senior Annex are available for private parties, classes, etc. Call Twyla McClintock, 878-3125, for information and reservations. We also lend tables and chairs for your home events. Thanksgiving is upon us and the board of the Club thanks so many volunteers for making our projects successful!

In The Kitchen
By Helen Lawfer Hot Crab Appetizer 1 (6 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 small clove garlic, finely minced Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup crab meat 1 or 2 dashes of hot sauce Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cream cheese in mixing bowl; add all ingredients except crab meat. Work well to blend and soften. Adjust seasonings as desired. Fold in crab meat and spoon into 3-cup baking dish. Bake 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with sesame toast, Melba rounds, or other firm crackers. Lemon Pumpkin Dessert 1 can sweetened condensed milk 6 Tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 cups canned pumpkin 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ginger Combine all ingredients; pour into 9-inch square refrigerator dish. Refrigerate overnight. Decorate each serving with whipped cream. 6-8 servings.

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Quilter’s Corner
By Sandy Smith What great weather for quilting! The heat is gone and the days are much cooler. Fall is always full of preparations for the holidays, family and fun. Remember the Christmas Craft Faire Thanksgiving week-end. Come on down to the Groveland Community Hall, browse, get ideas, Christmas shop, and enjoy something great to eat. How are you doing on the mystery quilt? It is fun, and easy too. If you haven’t started, you still have time. A good Christmas gift for someone special. Speaking of fun stuff, Chris Frantz Seaside quilt is really interesting to do. Never having done paper piecing before, it has been quite a learning experience. A personal thank you to Wina for her patience in teaching a certain person we all know and love. (her initials are S.S.) The Pine Needlers Quilt Guild meets every third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Lots going on; come and see. In case you missed it, the opportunity quilt was won by Marissa Laidlow of Louisville, Texas. Congratulations to her. She was very excited. November brings the fifth clue of the mystery quilt and a Christmas ornament

exchange. Here is a chance to be creative and clever too. Remember these ornaments are to be hand made. Lillian Cravens is sitting in as president, for a while, as Lonnie Roman is helping with her husband Bob’s recovery. A little note of encouragement would be appreciated, I am sure. Also if you know anyone else who needs a little bit of Quilt Guild Sunshine please call Anita Millard. Now is the time to get those soldier quilts started for our Quilt Stroll…June 13, 2009. Catherine Santa Maria and her committee are excited about how things are shaping up for the Stroll; lookin’ good. Our Community Projects leader, Dee Small, says keep working on the little quilts for the Womens Resource Center. Also see Sandy Smith for information about Quilts Without Borders - Ethiopia Project. The Thursday after our Guild meeting come join us in the community center for Quilt Til You Wilt. Bring your machine (or not) and a project (mystery quilt or Seaside is perfect). Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and we stay till about 4 p.m. We all exchange ideas, shortcuts, and lots of encouragement too! For those of you who are computer saavy here are three great websites for you to browse, - - See you on Tuesday, November 18, 6 p.m. at the library meeting room, lower level.

Groveland Knit & Crochet Club

Perfect knit and crochet weather
By Beverly Oakley This is the voice of your conscience speaking. OK, no more excuses. You need to get those gifts started now! People love to get hand-made scarves, hat, and gloves. With all the beautiful yarns out now, who wouldn’t want to knit or crochet that lovely gift? Don’t forget yourself. It doesn’t cost anything. Everyone is welcome including young people and men if they would like to learn. I learned to crochet from my dad. It does lower you blood pressure and keeps your mind working. If you have any questions about the club or would like to donate supplies to the club, please call Beverly Oakley at 962-4799; if I’m not there, leave a message and I will get back to you. Don’t sit home and be board; come to the Knit/Crochet Club! The Knit and Crochet Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 3:30 p.m. in the Groveland Library (downstairs). The next meeting is November 19.

Shopping? Think Museum!
By Rosemary Adams Here we go again, the year has advanced to the last three months - goodness! But that brings us to the scramble of Christmas shopping. Our Museum has many fine items of interest to both children and adults, and we hope you will drop by to see if there are any that would help you in selecting gifts. We have a fine selection of books, pictures, DVD’S related to Yosemite and the history of our area; and a fun selection of children’s toys and games. For both children and adults, we have T-shirts, sweat shirts, and other items. How about walking sticks for our hikers! Come check us out.

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These types of charts are freely available at such internet sites as, and Charts are also available at the docent desk of the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. A three-ring binder is helpful for keeping your charts and notes together and you need a suitable place to store certificates, documents, photos, etc. Having achieved this beginning, decide what you want to know next about your family and bring your questions (and charts) to the Genealogy Workshops sponsored by the Groveland Genealogy Chat Group. These workshops are held in the downstairs meeting room of the Groveland Branch Library at 1:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month January through October (dark November and December). Anyone with an interest in genealogy is welcome.

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Getting started
By Karen Davis One of the first steps in genealogical research is to pick up a pen and paper and write down the names and vital statistics of yourself, your spouse(s), and each of your immediate family members (parents, children, grandchildren, etc). Include the dates and places of their birth, marriage(s), death and burial. You’ll also want to do the same for each set of grandparents and great-grandparents to the greatest extent possible. Plan to acquire, eventually, copies of birth, death, and marriage records for your ancestors as far back as these records exist. You should record this information on “Pedigree Charts” and “Family Group Sheets.” As you fill out these forms, you will be able to see what information is missing or incomplete, giving you a road map to follow as you begin your research.

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By Rosemary Adams We all remember, when we were lads and lassies, the fun of going to the movies and enjoying the treat of seeing double features. Well, our PML Ladies Club presented a bit of it recently by offering us a double feature, in a sense, by bringing us two shows with a 20-day intermission! And, they were great! PML Country Club was the setting, the weather was fine and the decorations were lovely. The September event was our annual fashion show, Down Town Fashions. Chair Vicki Sorci and her committee presented a lovely program, much enjoyed by our attendees. The great selection of fashions were presented by Joan’s Boutique, Heel To Toe Fashions, and Sweet Pea Boutique. We so enjoyed having them modelled by our own members. For Joan’s Boutique our models were Sandy Blankenburg, Rae Ann Bozzo, Connie Buckner, Bev Clark, Shari Els, Jane Hansen, Linda Hunter, Flo Jansen, Barbara Lacy, Deb Peters, Kim Purifoy, Cheri Ricket, Farah Safar Bahri, Cindy Selvey, Connie Soderberg, and Harriett Wallace. Heel To Toe Fashions were modelled by Linda Craig, Nancy Jones, Judy Michaelis, and Rosemary Wilson. Sweet Pea Boutique provided their own models, The Adorable Sweet Peas, and they were surely suitably identified. Great! Our Pat Price presented the models and she was just great. Our thanks to her, to the modBy Jan Sloan On October 13 members toured Solomon’s Nursery in Sonora. This is quite a large nursery with about any plants you could want. Lunch was enjoyed, as always, at Cover’s. I wonder how many wonderful pies made their way home with people? We celebrated Halloween as usual at the Groveland Jail passing out donated candy by members to ghosts and goblins. Always a lot of fun. Our November excursion will be to Morris Nursery in Riverbank on the 10th. Carpools will leave the Lake Lodge at 9 a.m. Please donate gas money to drivers. They will have a beautiful Christmas shop on display along with the amazing nursery! Mark your calendars for the installation dinner, December 7, at the Country Club. I’m sure all your gardens welcomed the great rain. Hope we get more soon. Plant spring bulbs now such as iris, daffodils, and tulips. Also time to have winter garden crops in the ground.

els, and to Vicki Sorci and her Committee for bringing us a lovely day. Following our 20 days intermission our members were offered another of our fine annual events. Chair Claudette Babyak and her committee brought us a grand program – Harvest of Homes 2008 – wherein we visited seven homes here in Pine Mountain Lake. The committee arranged car pools for us to make the tour, and had committee members available at each home to serve as guides, and to answer the many questions of interest raised by our group. The Tour featured the homes of Sharon and Bob Lathrop, Bobbi Vandenbergh, John and Shelia Cenicola, Chris and Dave Balek, Cecile and Randy Burke, Sharon Hunt, and Gabriella Martin Crowley. Our attendees were much impressed with the many varieties of architecture and decor of the homes. We truly appreciated having the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the labors of the homeowners. We had another treat following the tour, as the owners joined us for lunch at PML Country Club. This gave us an opportunity to thank them for their fine and gracious gesture of permitting us to share their lovely homes. Our thanks to them. We thank Claudette Babyak and her committee, as well as the homeowners, for bringing us such a great day. And, we thank our members for being so supportive of our activities. You make our days!

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vision or equipment that you would like. There are so many ways to support the History center but the easiest is to become a member. Just mail a check to: Northern Mariposa County History Center, 10301 Highway 49, Coulterville, CA 95311. Individuals are $15; family $20; business $30; patron $50, and lifetime memberships are $200.

Helping Hands Happenings
By Joyce Smith Fall is a beautiful time in this area. Fall is also time for us to change our store hours. Beginning on Monday, October 27, opening time is still 11:00 a.m., but closing time will be one hour earlier at 3:00 p.m. We volunteers love our jobs and work place, but that one hour shorter day is always welcomed. Speaking of volunteers; if you have a desire to do something worthwhile and of great benefit to this community, think about joining us. Stop in at the store and give your name and number to someone at the counter and you will be contacted. You can’t find nicer people to be around anywhere and you will feel good about the good we do. Our fall clothing give-away has come and gone. This is an added bonus for the community. Free clothing and many other miscellaneous items are given away on the two days. It is a big help to us, making room in the store – big win, win for everyone. As I write this article, those people working at the store are busy bring out “new” fall and winter things. Hope you will stop in and see what is there when you’re downtown. Also, the Barn is a popular place to look around. We have had many tourist from all over the world, either coming from or going to Yosemite, stop in. Everyone recognizes a good thing when they see it. Do you think we are world famous? We may not have had a float or entry in the ‘49er Parade this year, but Helping Hands was well represented. Laurie Nagle was in charge of the vendors. Tony Flores chaired the Chili Cook-off, and Patti Beaulieu was Parade chairperson. It was a great parade and festival. Thanks to one and all for the work you put in – beautiful day and fun for all.

Northern Mariposa County History Center events
By Gail Tyler We are again offering the holiday Poinsettia sale this year. The poinsettias are in 6 1/2” pots, colorfully foil-wrapped. Red Poinsettias are $11 each and colors are $13 each. Colors consist of white, cream, burgundy, plum pink, jingle bell (red and white), carousel (red and green), strawberry and cream. The first delivery date can be the week before Thanksgiving and continue until the week before Christmas. Please call 878-3015 or email to place an order. Don’t forget to purchase your quilt tickets for the “Rose Garden” quilt. The quilt was designed by Tina Sula and the materials were donated by Elvie Bullis. Barbara Lyman has been doing the quilting to have it ready for the drawing at the Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 14. There is still time to purchase your tickets at either the November or December Pancake Breakfast or at the museum any Wednesday through Sunday. The museum is open from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Or you can mail your check to: NMCHC, 10301 Highway. 49, Coulterville, CA 95311. Your ticket stubs will be sent to you by return mail. Our next Pancake Breakfast at the Old Schoolhouse in Coulterville will be Sunday, November 9. As always you receive pancakes, eggs cooked the way you like them, ham or sausage, fruit, and beverage. Adults are $5 each, children $3 each and a family of four (two adults and two children) are $15. While at the breakfast don’t forget to sign up for the free breakfast give-away. October’s winner is Jennifer Hancock of Elk Grove. During the breakfast there are several raffle drawings for baked goods and special prizes. Tickets for the breakfast raffle are three tickets for $1. Breakfast is served from 8 until 11 a.m. The Historical Afternoon program will begin again at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. The speaker will be Leroy Radonovich and he will speak on “There Once Was a Town called Bagby.” Leroy is a riveting speaker who keeps the audience on its seat edge, through the spoken word and pictures. The program will be held at the historical IOOF Hall on Main Street in Coulterville. The hall had been used by one of our local churches for many years and was not open for public use. The church has recently moved to their own building and now the hall is open for use again. Les Weir has agreed to take us on a tour of this historical building which is used for meetings of the Odd Fellows, which have been in existence since the mid 1800s. This building has real historical significance as it had been used for any local event for almost 100 years. The building was used for elections, justice court, weddings, Christmas dinners and parties, and many other events. We have a new fund-raising raffle this year. Thanks to a very generous donor, we have a $1,000 television to raffle off on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, 2009. Tickets for this raffle are $5 each and can be purchased the same way as quilt tickets. This prize from Best Buy, comes as a gift card which can be used to purchase any size tele-

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Business News
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Jen Nersesian (rt.), crowns Mayor Kay. Kick-off, stump-off crowning/swearing in…

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By Kay Crow The first appearance of Jack Foltyn on September 12 at the Yosemite Courtyard Theatre at the Groveland Hotel just wasn’t enough! I had to return the next night for the finale. Why? Because good showmanship is hard to find today. A true entertainer is enthralling. That is Jack Foltyn. Foltyn is no stranger to Tuolumne County. He has played the Fallon House Theatre in Columbia (Idols of the King) in 2006, performed at the Groveland Hotel in the past, was the star of the fund-raiser “Steppin Out with SRT” and has been given the keys to the city of Sonora. This was an excellent tribute to “The King” of rock and roll! His Elvis reperSee ELVIS, Page B12

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Photo Provided by Mary Ann Avalos

Kathleen Love of CBMLP presents $50 check to Jasmine Ferrell.

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation Greeley Hill’s Fab Five

Essay Contest winners
By Liz Lilley We had a fantastic response to our September contest, with participants from Tenaya School in Groveland, Lake Don Pedro Elementary, and CoultervilleGreeley Elementary. Many thanks to the parents who encouraged their children, the teachers who made this a class essay-writing contest, and those children who took it upon themselves to enter of their own accord. The winners were: Joey Garcia, almost 7 years old (at the time of writing his essay), from LDP Elementary - won in the K - 2nd grade with his vacation to DisneyLand. Laura Smith, 9 years old, from Tenaya,

Back (l. to r.) Mary Ann Avalos, Liz Lilley, and Chris Lake of CBMLP present $50 check to Laura Smith.

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Country Mountain Riders lead the 2008 ‘49er Parade as the Color Guard. They were also the “Best of Parade” winners.

‘49er Parade winners announced
By Patti Beaulieu and Ron Prieto The 2008 ‘49er Parade was a great success this year due to the wonderful, creative entries, record number of spectators, our glamorous Grand Marshals Kent and Sandy Blankenburg, Jackie Sample singing “America the Beautiful” (a cappella), and the help of the CHP and Groveland Fire Department skillfully performing the road closure and traffic control duties. A special thank you to Rudy Manzo for photographing each and every parade entry. They can be purchased by calling him at 962-5219. Paul Purifoy did another outstanding job as the emcee of the Parade, as well as the festival, colorfully describing the flyover planes, the “gunfight” in town, as well as all the entries. His ad-libs and commentary are amusing, entertaining, and bring his own brand of humor to the event. It’s thoroughly enjoyed by all. James Nagle, the 2008 ‘49er Festival General Manager, did another remarkable job this year keeping all the event chairpersons on task, yet allowing them the latitude to be creative with their own events. Since all the entries were spectacular this year, the Parade judges, Jerry and Paula Baker of Tuolumne Trails Camp; Theresa LeBarre of PML Association; and Jen Nersesian of Yosemite National Park, had a particularly difficult task of deciding the winners in each category. The winners this year were: Best Walking Junior: Groveland Museum’s Living History Days Best Walking Adult: Friends of the Groveland Dog Park Best Mounted Junior: Heidi Aherns (as Rowdy Kate) Best Mounted Adult: Ronda Amos as Diamond Lil Best Motor Vehicle: Paul and Pat Price (1941 Cadillac Convertible) Best Community Service: Groveland Fire Department Best Festival Theme - Celebrating our Golden Past: PML Realty (the floating western bar with saloon gals) See PARADE WINNERS, Page B12

Photo Provided by Liz Lilley

Mary Ann Avalos presents $50 check to Joey Garcia. Groveland - won in the 3rd - 5th grade See CONTEST WINNERS, Page B12

Great American Smokeout
November 20, 2008

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When you see these Chairpersons, assistants, and volunteers take a moment and just say “We appreciate you and thank you for the greatest day of the year in Groveland.”

Groveland ‘49er Festival

‘49er Festival & Chili Chili Cook-off Cook-off a huge success winners
People’s Choice Chili with Beans: 1.Groveland Hotel - Chef Greg’s Chili 2. ‘49er Leaders of Good to Go 3. Hotel Jeffery “House on Fire Chili” Chili without Beans 1. Buck Meadows Restaurant Chili 2. Hotel Charlotte “Pffft Free Chili” 3. Wild Bill & Yes Chefs Vegetarian Chili 1. Groveland Fire Dept. 2. Hotel Charlotte “Meadless Wonder” 3. Pine Mountain Lake Country Club Smokin Veg. Chili Judges Choice Chili with Beans 1. ‘49er Chili Leaders of Good to Go 2. Jiliopis Custom Chili 3. Groveland Hotel Chef Greg’s Chili Chili Without Beans 1. Hotel Charlotte “Pfffft Free Chili” 2. Buck Meadows Restaurant Chili 3. Wild Bill & Yes Chefs Vegetarian Chili 1. Groveland Fire Dept. 2. Hotel Charlotte “Meatless Wonder” By James Nagle, General Manager The 2008 ‘49er Festival Committee Chairpersons out-did themselves this year: biggest parade, biggest crowd, biggest event. Even though the year was nerve-wracking because of the economy, the ‘49er Committee buckled down and pulled off a record net income of, $20,846 for the Chamber of Commerce. The weather was beautiful, the crowd was full of smiles, and all had fun. A very big community and General Manager, “thank you” to the committee chairs and all of their assistants, Tony Flores - Chili Cook-off, Cathy Leetham - permits. Laurie Nagle - vendors, Lynn Upthagrove - advertising/PR, Elizabeth Lilley - corporate/event sponsors, auctions, and raffle; with sub chairs, George Voyvodich, Laurie Nagle, Kim Curran, Carol Voyvodich, Cindi Goodrich, Lynn Upthagrove, Jim Nagle, Patti Beaulieu, and Robin Patterson; Marc Fossum - entertainment/stage set-up, garbage, and porta potties; Patti Beaulieu and Ron Prieto - Parade; Shane Warner, Fire Department - highway coordination; Paul Purifoy emcee; Wayne Handley - antique airplane fly-over; Miguel Maldonado - photography; Kay Glaves - town decorations; Jim Goodrich - Parade PA, chairs and tables setup; Jackie Sample - Chamber coordination; Jim Sample - beer booth; Christine and David Wilkinson Sabre Design - flyers, posters; and schedules; Jim Nagle - park setup with Jim Knudson, David Danberger, and all the rest of the volunteers.

Senior meal services
By Sydney Avey Sierra Senior Providers provide hot lunches at noon on Tuesday at the Groveland Community Hall and Thursday at the Fellowship Hall of the Big Oak Flat First Baptist Church on Wards Ferry Road. All people 60 years or older are welcome. A $4.00 donation is requested but not required. The charge is $6.25 for any nonsenior who accompanies a senior. Call 962-6700 before 8 a.m. on hot lunch day to reserve your meal. Sierra Senior Providers also provides Meals on Wheels in the Groveland/Big Oak Flat area. Call 533-2622 to sign up for Meals on Wheels.

3. Pine Mountain Lake Country Club Janet’s Smokin Veg. Chili Best Decorated Booth 1. Hotel Jeffery House on Fire Chili 2. Groveland Fire Dept. 3. ‘49er Chili Leaders of Good to Go

More Dirty Harry
1. Jordanian capital 6. Mild Dutch cheese 10. Box lightly 14. Main frame in Mecca: var. 15. ____ Nat’l Forest near Missoula MT 16. ‘78 Film: “___ Time, Next Year” 17. Glacial ridge 18. One lion ____the other 20. Harry’s last film 22. “___ we there yet?” 23. Between ready & fire 24. Dir. from Yosemite to LA 25. World peace grp. 26. Fix-it Abbr. 27. Spanish laws 29. ‘56 song “Long __ Sally” 31. Cooties 32. Roadside assistance up north, eh?: Abbr. 34. Fool’s parsley 37. Harry’s 2nd film 39. MA. Pen’sula N. of Boston 40. Tire msmt. 41. Filet choice 42. Soldier’s clothing fabric 44. Some evidence samples 48. Fiddler crabs 49. How the UK deaf communicate: Abbr. 51. Newt 53. Old Tokyo 54. See 3 Down 55. Harry’s 3rd film 58. Makes unrecognizable 60. Deed, e.g. 61. OK city near Vance AFB 62. A Spanish yard, mas o menos 63. Much 21st Century correspondence 64. High, low, and ___ tides 65. Alcott, Cater, and Irving 66. “He who ____, wins”
1 14 17 20 23 27 28 32 37 39 41 48 54 58 61 64 59 62 65 49 55 50 56 42 33 38 24 29 30 34 21 2 3 4 5 6 15 18 7

By Tuolumne Tom
8 9 10 16 19 22 25 31 35 36 26 11 12 13

40 43 51 52 57 60 63 66 44 45 53 46 47

1. Vinegary 2. Old name for a 5 iron 3. Harry’s greatest line from 41 Down, with 54 Across 4. Sick with the flu 5. Nostrils 6. Common aquarium plant 7. Use special care in dressing 8. Mid. C on the 3rd staff line 9. Another word for nitwit 10. They mail millions of checks: Abbr. 11. CA town burned in June 2008 by wildfires 12. “____ The Beautiful” 13. Midnight flight from SFO 19. Not new 21. Kazakhstan cap. since ‘98 28. Follows land or sea 30. Mackerel fish genus

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31. Coherent 33. “Act your ___!” 35. Fill to the brim 36. 60 min. intervals 37. Nation N. of Singapore 38. July 4th parade sight 39. Colombian export 41. Harry’s 4th film: “_____ Impact” 43. Really, really smart people 45. Drink this with ambrosia 46. Antarctic coast or penguin 47. 3rd year young bucks 49. Energy unit: Abbr. 50. Hindu deity & Kali’s husband 52. Carried with difficulty 56. Strange and unusual; var. 57. Narrow elongated orifice 59. USA econ. stat.

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Hetch Hetchy AOR

Tuolumne Trails

‘49er Parade – Best Float
By Carolyn Botell The Hetch Hetchy Association of Realtors® entry, “Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea,” in the ‘49er Festival Parade for this year featured SpongeBob Square Pants and his friends, including his Under the Sea Pineapple Home, and took home the Best Float trophy…yippee! But the best part was watching the faces of the young children along the parade route when they saw SpongeBob and his friends coming down the street…there were big smiles all around. Featured with the float were a number of characters from the SpongeBob cartoon, including Mr. Square Pants himself, Patrick Star, Squidword Tentacles, Mr. Krabs, and Plankton. Thanks to Danny Martin, Zack Perreira, Cyrena Scott, and Bethany Wilkinson for donning costumes for our float! Also included with our parade entry were three very special dancers, Danielle Perreira, Cassidy Gempler, and Taylor Gempler. They all dance at On Stage Dance Studio of Sonora under owners Dana Spurrier and Kelly Wolfgang. And a big thank you to the following persons for their help in designing, building, and driving the float for our parade entry this year: Miriam Martin, Ann Powell, Michelle Perriera, Eleda Carlson, Nancy Jones, and Val Bruce. Also thanks to James and Laurie Nagle for the helium for the “golden” balloons that were available for every parade entry to add to their vehicles, persons, and pets!

Volunteers make progress
By Virginia Gustafson On a sunny Saturday in October, 30 volunteers from all over our community joined together as a team at Camp Tuolumne Trails to tackle several important winterization projects. Under the direction of camp director John Infelise, we had a great time working together, feeling good about giving back to this wonderful project, and getting lots done. We stained three cabins, fenced a garden, cleared a hiking trail, framed a concrete floor, and organized storage spaces. Thanks to all who participated: Dave and Sue Armstrong, Willie and Betty Boatman, Paul and Siri Lackovic, Art and Shirley Colley, Rick and Charlie Fratus, Linn Faler, Harriet Wallace, Jerry Lynn, Bill Bent, Austin Parlette, Stan Bruederle, Mike and Virginia Gustafson, Frank Menacho, Scott and Jan Edwards, Chelsea Dault Dallinger, Greg Jones, Roger and Jan Sloan, Otis Fender, Tom Sweeney, and Shindig Committee - $111 from Candidate Pistol Packin’ Pete Robin Patterson, in her president’s address, thanked outgoing directors Elizabeth Lilley, Dave Lint, and Tony Flores and welcomed newcomers Charleen Beam, Stacey Brown, Carol Voyvodich, and Carol Wilson who will join Bob Asquith, Bill Charleson, Tim Hallock, Cathy Leetham, and Cherylann Schimmelfennig for the year 2008-2009. Chairpersons James Nagle (‘49er Festival), Bob Asquith (Wild & Scenic Rivers Act), and Jeannie Tasker (Annual Gala) were also awarded a large round of applause. We would like to tell you that the evening ended with dancing under the stars, but it

Photo provided by Virginia Gustafson

Tioga student Chelsea Dallinger fulfills her community service requirement. Paul Sperry. See you in the spring for our next semi-annual Volunteer Day. Remember, if you’d like to help out at the camp at any other times, just call John at 962-7534 or Virginia at 962-6336 and we’ll be happy to accommodate your schedule. was a little cold for that and we danced in the lodge, warm and happy! For information on joining the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce, contact Jackie Sample at 209-962-0429.

YCC Celebrates with a Gala
By Lynn Upthagrove The public was invited to participate in the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Gala on Tuesday, October 21. With the addition of a dance floor, a larger venue, a reduction in business talk…lots of folks (nearly 100) made the trek out to Camp Tuolumne Trails where the celebration was held and catered by the Hotel Charlotte. With a theme of “Prosperity through Partnerships,” the keynote speaker, Mike Tollefson, Superintendent of Yosemite National Park, gave an overview on the Yosemite Gateway Partners program, unique within the National Parks system, sharing the many ways the communities are working together, and opened the floor to a bevy of questions. We also enjoyed comments by supervisor-elect John Gray and look forward to his term starting. He seems to have many fresh ideas brewing and has spent a busy six months preparing to take on the role. The Hotel Charlotte was named Business of the Year in the program’s inaugural year. Lynn attributes much of their success to their partnerships with the community. Congratulations to Lynn, Victor, Goose, and Team Charlotte; job well done! It was with great fanfare that the Mayoral Candidates each presented checks from the Yosemite Chamber of Commerce to each of their sponsors: Garrotte Lions - $1,243.50 from Candidate Kalamity Kay Camp Tuolumne Trails - $1210.90 from Candidate Goose PML Aviation Association - $907.80 from Candidate Red Baron Country Mountain Riders - $210 from Candidate Luke the Drifter

New winter hours at The Magnolia
By Cherylann Schimmelfennig Beginning October 13, 2008 we will be closed on Mondays. Tuesday through Thursday we will be open from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday we will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Mayor Contest
From Page B8 and Country Mountain Riders, of $3,683. Congratulations to all the candidates and their sponsors for a spirited and fun campaign. Well done! A very special Chairperson “Thanks” to the supporters, “bribe purchasers,” businesses, Iron Door Saloon, Hotel Charlotte, Groveland Hotel, Sabre Design, PML News, Yosemite Highway Herald, Union Democrat, PML Voice, and the special helper/banker/head pollster/vote counter that kept me and all in line, Laurie Nagle. Special Thanks also to Jen Nersesian for presentations to the Deputy Mayors and the crowning of the Mayor, Kalamity Kay Glaves. Thanks also to the Groveland Fire Department, Bonnie Langfeld, and George Navarro for the presentation of the “red” strongbox that held the results, Miguel Maldonado for the pictures and DVDs, and to Sacramento’s own Channel 13 for the live coverage and putting Groveland’s own Honorary Mayor Contest on the map. So with this new event being introduced to the “doin’s” of the 2008 ‘49er Festival and Chili cook-off and being an annual event, get your candidate, figure out his/her slogan(s) for 2009, and “get-’em-started.” Congratulations to all and thanks, thanks, thanks.

The Soroptimist Sierra Professional Mountain Lutheran Church Scene Artists
By Barbara Elliott CORE Day. There were many hours poured into launching this new program. This event was targeted to reach young ladies in the junior and senior year of Don Pedro and Tioga high schools. One attendee described this maiden voyage as “good and punchy.” Wynette Hilton gave an inspirational talk about part of her life’s journey. The talk inspired the listeners and even drew a few tears. A speaker from ITT Tech broadened the horizons of options for the young ladies about to graduate from high school. Well, it wasn’t Saturday Night Live, but the mock interviews were described as entertaining and informative. Twenty-two young ladies attended this event, along with some administrators from each of the schools. Everyone provided feedback and we are looking forward to planning the second CORE Day. We hope everyone attending finds that “Taking Responsibility for Yourself” is important and knows that folks in the community are there to lend help and guidance on that next step in life. By Liz Reinhard The Sierra Professional Artists’ October meeting had 16 members and two pets in attendance. Plans were made for our group show to be held at the Hotel Charlotte for the month of November and the upcoming Yosemite Bank display. Our esteemed President Heinie Hartwig gave a critique of the members’ art works that were brought in for that purpose. John Moore gave a demonstration showing a method to make art work enlargements. Kathy Tuchalski gave a four-hour workshop for members on her techniques for making art works using different textures. The portrait of Kay Glaves, painted by Liz Reinhard, was unveiled and given a permanent home at the Iron Door Grill lobby during the Iron Door Saloon’s Dollar Benefit Party on October 12. We meet the second Friday of the month at the Yosemite Vista Estates club house in Groveland from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. unless special events are announced. Check out our website for some of our artists work at For membership information contact Donna DuFresne at 209-536-9509.
Meetings are free and open to the public and potential new members are always welcome. Refreshments are served after the presentation. Products and publications on a wide range of topics are on display, and for sale, at each meeting.

By Dorothy Parker In the second year of our new Mountain Lutheran Church high on a hill we have put our roomy parking grounds and outdoor barbecue to good use. What with our anniversary celebrations, flea market, live and silent auction to help out the mid-west flood victims, and the work parties it’s been a fastmoving two years. We look forward to many more busy times and good fellowship. Shirley Carman reminded us that it’s time to pass out the large bags for food collection. They will be distributed to the less fortunate people in our community by the Baptist and Evangelical Free churches. We have had some discussion lately about See MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN, Page B13

From Page B8 toire hits from “In The Ghetto,” “Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and “Teddy Bear.” He adds “Mustang Sally” for his closing number. Originally from New York, Jack spends a good amount of time in Texas. He opened his show “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” on October 10 at the Eisemann Theatre in Dallas. Foltyn wrote, directed, produced, choreographed, and acts in this story. It is an extension of Elvis’ life in today‘s world. Foltyn won best sound track for “Bicycle Bobby” last year which will preview at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. He was also named “Entertainer of the Year” for 2007. When I interviewed Jack he reflected on Elvis and said: “Elvis for me is an outlet of self expression…I am bringing a message to a person.” Foltyn’s singing has a wide range of style and his dancing is striking, exciting, and precise. This was a truly fascinating high energy show. Jack will be returning next summer. Catch his performance. You will leave with a smile on your face…and you may even be caught dancing in the street! Foltyn was accompanied by Dave Kellogg (lead guitar), Mat Wood, (bass guitar) and Kurt Nicholls (drums). Foltyn’s career includes numerous stage productions and a long list of television credits. More Dirty Harry - Solution

Contest Winners
From Page B9 and wrote about her summer vacation at Huntington Lake. Jasmine Ferrell, 13 years old, from Coulterville-Greeley - won in the 6th 8th grade and wrote about her Santa Cruz vacation and her visit to the Winchester Mystery House. Each child won $50 to spend on whatever they wanted.

Basics of raptor identification
By Bill Zachman If separating raptors is as difficult for you as it is for most birders, you have to attend Ed Pandolfino’s presentation on the subject at the Wednesday, November 19 meeting of the Central Sierra Audubon Society. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Sonora Public Library on Greenley Road at 7 p.m.

Parade Winners
From Page B9 Best ‘49er Theme: The Sherman Family (Mother Lode with her little nuggets) Best Float: Hetch Hetchy Association of Realtors (SpongeBob float) Best of Parade: Country Mountain Riders (color guard and horse procession) Many thanks to all who entered, came to watch, and helped support this amazing event. Each year it gets bigger and better and enforces what we all know – we live in the best little town in the world and it just keeps getting better!

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Church Events
Operation Shoebox
By Irene Rhyne Operation Shoebox for the Modesto Gospel Mission is well underway. Many of us have been collecting things all year to go in the shoeboxes for the children at the Mission. October 1, four of us drove to Ceres and shopped at the Dollar Store. Our Wildwood Christian Aid Group goes shopping once a year and then in November we fill and wrap all the shoeboxes. This project began when I read about Franklin Graham’s Operation Shoebox…he sends the shoeboxes overseas. I asked my Christian Aid Group if they would like to participate and they said yes, but wanted to do something for children closer to home. Since Wildwood Chapel supports the Modesto Gospel Mission (among others); it was decided to take the boxes to them. This will be the eighth year we have been doing this. It has extended to Coulterville, Groveland, and Lake Don Pedro. This year, a Church in Lake Don Pedro is going to collect shoeboxes, too, and we will take them down together. If you want to do one, take a shoebox (or a plastic one the same size,) fill it with toothbrush, toothpaste, barrettes, small cars, small books, Crayolas (they hold up the best – some crayons are waxy and don’t color well), diaries for the girls, bibs, baby clothes, etc. We make boxes for ages newborn through 14 years old. Just include anything you think a boy or girl might enjoy. The Mission is always so grateful for the shoebox-

Into The Wild
By Kathy Malloy We read of prophets and leaders of many religions who have left their homes and gone off into the wild searching for tenets on how to live. They have gone to find communion with God, to bring back laws to live by, and to find enlightenment. Kathleen Malloy will talk about our own walk on the Wild Side and question if we really need to go to far off places to find these things, or are they perhaps with us all the time? Join the Southern Tuolumne County Unitarian Universalists on Sunday, November 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the downstairs meeting room of the Groveland Library. We welcome people of all ages and beliefs to join us. A potluck lunch will be shared after the service. For more information feel free to call Kathleen Malloy at 962-7883.

Methodist Church
By Ken Kennedy I have bad news, but I have good news also. The bad news is that just as you were getting used to those wonderful roast beef dinners at the Coulterville Community United Methodist Church, the last Saturday of each month, the kitchen once again goes dark until after the holidays. The good news is they will return in January. Even better news is that even though your belly will have to wait awhile, Pastor Larry dishes up a generous helping of nutritious food for the soul every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. So if you haven’t found yourself a church home and right now you could use some good old-fashioned spiritual nourishment, why not round up the family, load up the car, and head on over. All of those friendly faces that have been serving you those wonderful dinners will be there to welcome you as you join us in fellowship, song, and a healthy helping of God’s Word. The church is located on Highway 49 just off Highway 132, across from Coulterville Park. God bless and we hope to see you really soon. es. They have a party for the homeless children close to Christmas and anything they can get is most welcome. Linda and I will take the boxes down the first part of December. For information, please call me at 878-3537.

Mountain Lutheran
From Page B12 becoming a Full (free standing) Organized Congregation. As we stand now we are a Synod Authorized Worshipping Community. So that we may gain understanding of the advantages, differences, and requirements involved in making this change our congregation will meet with Pr. Harvey Blomberg (the Western Region’s Representative and Minister for Mission Development) November 9, after the worship service. Discussions will follow on future Sundays and the congregation will vote on this matter in the near future. Our Bible Study meeting held on October 2 was led by Jean Cox. We are studying and discussing the Book of Acts. There are many ideas and greater understanding brought out in our study group. We meet the first and third Thursdays at 1 p.m. at our church. We welcome all others who would like to join our group or perhaps just visit. It’s time again for our Stewardship Program. Informative messages, “Temple Talks” in the theme of “Walking With Jesus” will be given each Sunday. This period of program development will be completed by November 16, with the turning in of pledges, a light lunch, and warm fellowship. Every one is welcome at Mountain Lutheran Church. Our service starts at 10 a.m. We are gaining new members every Sunday and enjoy welcoming them to our worship service. We are located at 13000 Down to Earth Court, just off Ferretti Road, Groveland.

Church Services
COULTERVILLE COMMUNITY METHODIST Hwy. 49, Coulterville • 878-3837, 852-2178 Rev. Larry Wincentsen • 869-6956 (Modesto) Adult Study: 9:40 am, Worship: 10 am, Children’s: 10:15 am WILDWOOD COMMUNITY CHAPEL 10348 Fiske Rd, Greeley Hill • Pastor Lee Eddy Sunday School: 9:45 a.m., Worship: 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Awana Clubs: Thursdays 2:45 p.m. • Potluck last Sunday LAKE DON PEDRO BAPTIST CHURCH 4175 Abeto St., Don Pedro, 852-2029,Pastor Hans Frei Sundays: 8 & 11am, Sun.School: 9:45am, Wed. Bible Study: 7pm Ladies Bible Study - Wed. 10 a.m. Call 852-2289 CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS 19870 Old Hwy 120, Groveland • Br. Pres.: Ron Dugdale, 852-9600 Sunday Sacrament: 10 a.m., Sunday School: 11:15 a.m. Sun. Priesthood mtg. & Women’s Relief Society, 12 Noon GREELEY HILL BAPTIST CHURCH 10241 Holtzel Rd., Greeley Hill, Pastor: Jerry Howard, 878-3262, 878-3128 Worship: Sun. 10:45 a.m., Sun. School & Nursery 10:45 a.m. Family Hour: Sun 6 p.m. • Wednesday Prayer Mtg: 7 p.m. SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 6455 Pine Dr, Greeley Hill • 878-3108 • Pastor Ron Gerking Saturday Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. • Saturday Worship: 11 a.m. Tuesday lite supper at 6 p.m. followed by Bible Study at 7pm GROVELAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH 19585 Elder Lane, Groveland • 962-5585 • Pastor Ron Gerking Saturdays: Bible Study: 9:20 a.m., Worship: 10:55 a.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 6:30 p.m. at the church FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY CHURCH
(Assemblies of God) 18717 Main St., Groveland • Mark Ray, Pastor,

BIG OAK FLAT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH Wards Ferry Rd., 3 blocks from Hwy. 120. • Pastor: Jim Lowe Sunday School: 9:45 a.m., Worship: 11 a.m & 6 p.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 6 p.m. NORTH SIDE CHURCH OF CHRIST 11892 Ponderosa Ln., Unit B, Groveland, msg. phone 878-3949 (in the CabinetsNMore building.) Sunday School: 10 a.m.; Sun. Worship: 11 a.m.; Wed. 7 p.m. BUCK MEADOWS COMMUNITY CHURCH Old Hwy 120 @ Buck Meadows • 962-5789 Sunday School & Worship: 10am, 3rd Sun. potluck after service Wed. potluck & bible study 6-8pm/Food Pantry open INDEPENDENT CHURCH OF CHRIST 18829 Foote St., Groveland • 962-7654 • Pastor Ron Gerking Sun. Bible Study 9:30 a.m. • Sun. Worship Service: 10:45 a.m. OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL CATHOLIC CHURCH Hwy. 120, Big Oak Flat, Pastor: Fr. Bill Kraft, 532-7139 Mass: Sat. 4:45 p.m.; Sun. 9:15 a.m.; Tues. 4 p.m. FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST SCIENTIST 69 N. Washington St., Sonora • Rdg Rm, 17 S. Washington St. • 11-2, Mon.-Fri. Sun. School & Church, 10am; Wed. Testimony Mtg. 7:30pm MOUNTAIN LUTHERAN CHURCH 13000 Down to Earth Court, off Ferretti Rd., Groveland, 962-4064 Pastors: Ralph B. Herman & Ginger DuMars, Sunday Worship 10 a.m GRACE EPISCOPAL MISSION CHURCH at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Hwy 120, Big Oak Flat 2nd & 4th Sundays: 4 p.m. • Fr. Jim Stout: 785-0225 or 768-0540 GROVELAND EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH 19172 Ferretti Rd., Groveland • 962-7131 • Pastor: Ron Cratty Services: Traditional 9:30 a.m., Contemporary: 11 a.m. Adult Bible class 11 a.m., call for mid-week Bible studies info ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC MISSION Floto St., La Grange • Rev. Ray Abella • Saturday Mass: 5:30 p.m. For info. call GiGi Barton at 852-0276 or Doris Quinones at 852-0220 UNITY CHURCH OF THE MOTHER LODE 326 W. Stockton Ave., Sonora, CA 95370 • 209-532-3965 Ministers, Linda Livingstone and Marge Brown Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Wednesday, Healing & Meditation, 7 p.m.

962-5859 • Sun. Worship: 10:45 a.m. • Christian Ed. 9:45 a.m. Midweek service.: Wed. 7 p.m. COULTERVILLE CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP IOOF Hall - Main St. Coulterville 878-3216, 852-9447 Pastor: James Harrison • Sunday Worship: 10 a.m. Children’s Ministries, Mid-week Meetings & Ladies Fellowship UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP 5th Sunday, 10:30 a.m., Groveland Library, downstairs Marjorie Ward, 962-5632, facilitator

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NEW FULL SIZE ELEC. Help Wanted Rotisserie/BBQ. Includes instrucWELCOME TO COLDWELL tion, recipes, etc. $55. Fellowes BANKER COUNTRY! Now paper shredder, $25. Please call hiring in the 4 Coldwell Banker 852-9364. Northside Pet Conn. offices. Groveland, Greeley Hill, Misc. Wanted Lake Don Pedro, & Mariposa are expanding their staff of real WANTED: STATIONARY Bike estate professionals. You choose Pam 209-962-6438. (12/08) the location, & we will pay for your state-req’d courses & give you free training. Ask for John Stone at 962-5252. (cont.) Classified Ads are 20¢ per word with a $2.00 minimum. Please send your payment with your Try a Classified ad. ad by the 15th of the month for They work! the next month’s issue to:

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Thrift Shop
Open Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. ‘til 2 p.m.
Greeley Hill Community Hall Lower Floor

Northside Women’s Club

Mary Laveroni Community Park Groveland

Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum

Yosemite Voice Mail

Hours: 1 - 4 p.m. Daily, Closed Tues.

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Red Cloud Library

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1st Thursday of month Dinner 5:30pm - Bingo 7pm Groveland Community Hall For info: 209-962-7631

Northern Mariposa County History Center
Hwys 132& 49, Coulterville Hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Sunday

Two of our Readers Have Won Some Money!
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Groveland Library
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Democratic congressional write-in candidate
For those of you who would like an alternative to Congressman Radanovich, there is a write-in candidate for the 19th Congressional District: Peter Leinau. He says that writing in his name will be a “vote for a greener, healthier, more peaceful and sustainable future.” You can find more information about the longtime educator in a Fresno Bee article at

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SRT presents All Shook Up
All Shook Up - a brand new, Elvis-infused love story of magic, music, and the power of rock ‘n roll - roared onto the East Sonora stage on October 24. Tickets are $18 - $28 (Rush Tickets are half of gen-

eral admission price Thursday and Friday); seniors receive $2 off (except Wednesday); tickets for children 17 and under are $15. Students 18 and older with ID are $18 anytime. Shows are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact the Box Office at (209) 532-3120 or visit

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Community Events
Attention Readers: If you have any additions or corrections to the Community Calendar please get them to us as soon as possible. Call 962-7425 or email Thanks.

Let’s Eat!
Big Oak Rebekah Breakfast, 1st Sunday Groveland Community Hall, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.. Includes bacon, eggs, hotcakes and drink. $5.00/adults & $3.00/children. Greeley Hill Community Club Breakfast, 1st Sunday Greeley Hill Community Hall, 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. Includes eggs, sausage, fruit, all the pancakes you can eat, coffee, milk and hot chocolate. $5 for adults and $2.50 for children & a special family rate of four or more for $12. History Center Breakfast, 2nd Sunday Old School House, Coulterville, 8 a.m. till 11 a.m. Includes pancakes (all you can eat!), sausage, eggs, fruit and beverage. $5 for adults and $3 for children; families $15. Odd Fellows Breakfast, 2nd Sunday Odd Fellows Hall, Main Street, La Grange, 7 a.m. till 11 a.m. Includes biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage or O’Brian potatoes; all you can eat for $6. La Grange Rebekah Breakfast, 3rd Sunday Odd Fellows Hall, downtown La Grange, 8:00 a.m. till 11 a.m. Includes ham and cheese omelet, or scrambled eggs, pancakes or biscuits and gravy, juice & drink. $6 for adults, $3 for children. LDP Fire Brigade Breakfast, 3rd Sunday Bozsik’s Pizzeria, Lake Don Pedro, 7:00 till 11 a.m. $5 for adults, $3 for children. $15 for family of four.

Regular Monthly Events
AA - Tues. & Thurs. 7pm, Church of Christ, 18829 Foote St., Groveland AA - Mondays, 6-7pm, 10375B Fiske Rd., Greeley Hill, Gail H.878-0447 AA/NA - Thurs. 5pm, Counseling Cntr, 5009 Main St., Ste. C (across from P.O.), Coulterville. Call Rich, 966-2000 for info. Arts & Crafts for Seniors - 3rd Thurs, 1-2:30 pm, Groveland Community Hall Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District Board - 2nd Wed., 7pm, call 962-5765 for location Big Oak Rebekah Lodge - 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 7pm, IOOF Hall, Big Oak Flat Bingo - 1st Thur., 7pm, Groveland Com. Hall, Garrotte Lions Celebrate Recovery - 12-Step Recovery Program, Fridays, 6:30pm, LDP Baptist Church, 4175 Abeto St, La Grange, 852-2029 Coed Recovery Group - 1st, 3rd & 4th Thursdays, 10-11am, Coulterville, Call 966-2000, to enroll Community Connections - Wednesdays, 10am-2pm, Above & Beyond, 5801 Cuneo Rd., Greeley Hill Coulterville Community Club - 2nd Monday, 6:30pm, Old School House, Coulterville Coulterville Fire Brigade - 3rd Mon., 6:00pm, Coulterville Volunteer Firehouse, 878-3739 Country Mountain Riders - 1st. Fri., 6pm, PML Lake Lodge Don Pedro Elementary School Parents Club - 2nd Tuesday, 2:45pm, DP Elementary School, 852-2144 Don Pedro Fire Brigade - 3rd Wednesday, 7:00 p.m., 9910 Alamo Dr., La Grange, 852-9009 Don Pedro High Parents Club - 1st Monday, 7pm, DP High School Don Pedro Sidewinders Square Dancing - Tues, 7:30pm, Lake Don Pedro Hacienda Fitness Fun - for over 50s, Tues.- 12-2pm, Thurs. - 11:30am-1:30 pm, Mon.- 11am-1pm, Groveland Comm. Hall, Erna, 962-0904 Friends of the Library - 4th Tuesday, 2pm, Groveland Library, lower level meeting room Garrotte Lions - 1st & 3rd Wed., 6pm, Groveland Com. Hall The Gathering Place Lunch - Mondays, 12 noon, Groveland Community Hall. Call 962-6700 before 8:00am for reservations. Exercise classes - Mon. - 10:30 - 11:30am.; Lunch Thurs., noon, Big Oak Flat Baptist Fellowship Hall. Call 962-6700 before 8:00am for reservations. Exercise Classes-Thurs. at 10:45am Genealogy Workshops - 4th Friday, 1:00pm, Groveland Branch Library (lower level meeting room). Dark Nov & Dec. Gold Chain Lions - 2nd & 4th Mon., 6pm, Coulterville VFW, for info call Lion Tammy, 852-2025 Gold Country Singers - Thur., 7:15 p.m., 852-2039. Greeley Hill Community Club - 3rd Tues., 6 p.m., GH Community Hall Groveland Community Services Dist. - 2nd & 4th Mon., 9am, Board Mtg, GCSD office, 18966 Ferretti, Rd., Groveland Groveland Library - Mon - Thurs, 2 - 6pm, Fri & Sat. 10am - 2pm. Storytime Fri. 10:30am Groveland Rotary - 1st 4 Tues., 12:15pm; Hotel Charlotte. Call Jim Goodrich at 962-4660 for membership info. Helping Hands - 2nd Thursday, 10am, Groveland Community Hall HICAP Health Insurance Counseling -1-800-434-0222 for appt. High Country Line Dancers - Tues, 7 p.m., Groveland Comm. Hall ($2), select days thru summer, call Carol Stevens, 9627254. Regular Tues. schedule restarts Sept. 9. Hilltop Stitchers - 2nd Tues, 1:30pm, Groveland Library, downstairs. Hilltop Sustainable Living Network - potluck meeting 2nd Sat., 5:30pm, Mountain Sage, Groveland Immunization Clinic & WIC - 4th Wed. every month, 12 noon5pm, County Office, Coulterville In Stiches - 1st Thurs., 12:30 p.m., Greeley Hill Senior Annex. IOOF - Coulterville Lodge #104 - 2nd Wed., 7pm, IOOF Hall, Coulterville IOOF - LaFayette Historical Lodge #65 - 2nd Thurs., 7:30pm, La Grange IOOF Hall, downtown La Grange

IOOF - Yosemite Lodge #97- 4th Thur., 7pm, Big Oak Flat IOOF Hall Kiwanis - Tues., 5:30pm, Foothills Comm. Church, Groveland Knit/Crochet Club - 3rd Wed., 3:30pm, downstairs Groveland Library. La Grange Elementary Parents Club - 3rd Monday, 5:45pm, La Grange Elementary School. La Grange Improvement Association - 2nd Tuesday, 7:30pm, LaGrange Firehouse meeting hall, east of town, behind museum La Grange Rebekah Lodge - 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 7pm, IOOF Hall, LaGrange LDP Community Serv. Dist. - 3rd Mon., 1pm, LDP Dist. Off. LDP Volunteer Fire Co. - 4th Wed., 7pm, Blanchard Fire Station Mariposa County Unified School Board - 1st & 3rd Tues., 7p.m., site varies, Call 966-3691 for location Mariposa County Sheriff’s Station One - Tues. & Thurs., 14pm, Fiske Rd., Greeley Hill Meals on Wheels - call 533-2622 to sign up in Groveland area. Mother Lode Spinners and Weavers Guild - 2nd Tues., 10am, Eagle Cotage, Columbia State Park, call 878-3000 Mothers of Preschoolers - 1st Thur., 9-11:30am, LDP Baptist Church, 852-2040; 2nd & 4th Wed., 9-11:30am, Groveland Evangelical Free Church, 962-4611. Mountain Crisis Services - help for domestic violence victims, 1st & 3rd Wed., 9 a.m. - noon, Old Schoolhouse, Coulterville. Northside Ambulance Association - Qtrly. Mtg., 1st Mon. of Feb., May, Aug. & Nov., 6pm, Greeley Hill Sr. Annex. NMC History Center - Board of Directors meeting. 1st Wed. 7 pm, Coulterville History Center, 878-3015. Northside Pet Connection - First Tuesday, 7pm., Hugh Martin res., Granite Springs Rd., Lake Don Pedro Northside Senior Citizens - Meeting & Potluck, 2nd Thur., 4:30 pm, Greeley Hill Senior Annex. Northside Women’s Club - 4th Thurs., 12 noon, lunch,12:30 meeting, GH Sr. Annex; Dark Jul. & Aug. NYCPI Board - 3rd Wed., 4-6pm, 1st American Title, Groveland Overeaters Anonymous - Call Betty, 962-7786, or Sondra, 962-6444. P-FLAG - 3rd Tues., 6:30pm, Tuolumne County Library, Greenley Road, Sonora. Call for info: 533-1665, PML Computer Users Group - 3rd Tues., 7pm, PML Lake Lodge. Pine Cone Singers - Tues., 3pm, Groveland Community Hall. Pine Mountain Garden Club - 2nd Monday, 3pm, PML Lodge The Pine Needlers Quilt Guild - 3rd Tues., 6pm, Groveland Library, downstairs Red Cloud Library - Winter Hours: Tues., Wed., Fri. & Sat., 11am - 3pm, Fiske Rd., Greeley Hill Scrapbooking - 1st Tues., 5-9pm, Greeley Hill Senior Annex Senior Hot lunch - Tues., noon, Groveland Community Hall, Call 962-6700 before 8 a.m. on lunch day to reserve your meal. Sheriff Jim Allen - Thurs. 1-3 p.m., Station One,10549 Fiske Rd., Greeley Hill. Call Sheriff’s Dept. at 1-800-774-8314 Sierra Red Hatters - 3rd Thurs., 1pm, call 962-6769 for location. Soroptimist International - 1st 4 Tues., 12:30 p.m., PML Country Club, Call Cindi Goodrich at 962-4660 for membership info. South County Democratic Forum - 1st Wed., 7pm, Groveland Library downstairs meeting room Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society (STCHS) Program - 3rd Sat., 7:30pm, Groveland Community Hall Southside Senior Services - Board Mtg. open to all, 4th Mon,at First American Title Conf. Rm., 9-10:30am. Call Sharon, 962-7707. USDA & Senior Brown Bag food distribution - 3rd Tues., 10am-12noon, LDP Baptist Church, 852-2029 USDA Food Dist. for Seniors & Low Income Families - 3rd Tues., 10:30am-12noon, Groveland Community Hall & 4th Friday, 9:30am-12 noon, Greeley Hill Sr. Annex VFW Thom Jenkins Post #9454 - 1st Thurs., 7pm, Ladies Auxiliary - 2nd Tuesday, 6:30pm, 5014 Main St., Coulterville Women Veterans of the Mother Lode -2nd Monday, 5:30pm, Veterans Hall, 9 N. Washington St., Sonora. Enter thru back door. Call Judy Carso-Carroll - 588-2715 for more info. Yosemite Chamber of Commerce - Mixers - 4th Thurs. Yosemite Foothills Fire Safe Council - 1st Mon., even months, 6pm, Groveland Library, downstairs meeting room

Special Events This Month
Halloween Haunt, Fri., Oct. 31, 5 - 7 p.m., downtown Groveland & Mary Laveroni Community Park. Barn Sale Benefit, Sat., Nov. 1, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Greeley Hill Fire Station, Fiske Rd., Greeley Hill. Open Auditions for “Groveland’s Got Talent” Mon., Nov. 3, 7 p.m., Groveland Community Hall. Election Day, Tuesday, November 4. Christmas Craft Fair, Sat & Sun., Nov. 8 & 9, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Greeley Hill Community Hall. Flu Shot Clinic, Wed., Nov. 12, 10 a.m. - 12 noon, Groveland Evangelical Free Church, Ferretti, Road, Groveland. Money Management Workshop, Thurs., Nov. 13, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Old Schoolhouse, Coulterville, FREE. Turkey Trot Scramble Golf Tournament, Sat., Nov. 15, 9 a.m. shotgun start, Lake Don Pedro Golf & Country Club. Autumn Boutique, Tea & Auction, Tues., Nov. 18, 11:30, Pine Mountain Lake Lodge. Don Pedro Art & Craft Fair, Sat., & Sun., Nov. 22 & 23, Lake Don Pedro Hacienda. Thanksgiving Feast, Thurs., Nov. 27, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Groveland Community Hall. Christmas Craft Fair, Fri., & Sat., Nov. 28 & 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Groveland Community Hall.

Upcoming Events
PCS Winter Holiday Concert, Fri., & Sat., Dec. 12 & 13, 7:30 p.m. & Sun., Dec. 14, 2 p.m., Evangelical Free Church, Ferretti Road, Groveland. Greeley Hill Holiday Dinner, Sat., Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Greeley Hill Community Hall. Patty Jensen of Groveland has won $10 from the Yosemite Highway Herald.


Monthly Cash Winners in the Herald
Since the January, 1990 issue, we have been drawing two names at random, one each from Southern Tuolumne County and Northern Mariposa County, to win $10 each. If you find your name in the Herald with the announcement that you have won, you must call 962-7425 and identify yourself by the 10th of the month of that issue to claim your prize.

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Delivering on the Promise
Since 1966

2601 Ranchito Dr, La Grange AFFORDABLE LUXURY! Pristine 3bd, 2ba, home with open floor plan. 2-car garage. Near fishing pond and centrally located between Lake McClure & Lake Don Pedro. $275,000

11038 Dexter Rd, Greeley Hill COUNTRY CUTIE on 2.4 acres. Mfg home w/foundation. 3bd, 2ba, great room, plus separate living room. Detached 1-car garage & 12x8 workshop/storage. Covered front & rear decks Paved-road access. $275,000

3323 Margarita, La Grange A QUIET OASIS. Charming beauty w/6 decks and open, airy floor-plan. 2bd, 2ba, 1800sf & 4-car garage. Parking for boat, RV and more. 1.7 acres, with foothill views. “Move-in” ready. $369,000

11094 Smith Station, Greeley Hill RUSTIC RANCH HOME on 2-acs, bordering BLM. Very private, well maintained 3bd, 2ba, single level. Deck overlooks pine forest, 3-car garage w/storage above. Stone fireplace & propane fireplace. $237,000

6472 Sierra Dr, Greeley Hill READY FOR NEW OWNERS! 2bd, 1ba, home on two half-acre parcels. 30x36 metal shop w/loft and separate wkshp area. Property is fenced on three sides. Pier blocks in place for rear deck. $179,900

7318 Dogtown Rd, Greeley Hill CEDAR-SIDED HOME on 40 acres, with incredible views! 3bd, 2ba, 3194sf, bonus/ game room. 2-car carport & workshop w/220 & wood stove. 25,000 gallons stored in two water tanks and 30-40gpm well. Large, graded area for additional building. $495,000

14269 River View, Delhi BEST BUY! 1-acre ranchette, near Merced River recreation. 2100+sf, spacious bdrms, formal dining or den/library. Low-maintenance, inside & out. Suitable for horses. Easyaccess to freeway for commute $338,900

5708 Cuneo Rd – Beautiful–15+ acres& valley views from 2.4 acres. Approved for engineered 3878 Arbolada Lake with mobile (no value or warranty). Potentially lovely home-site...cleanup necessary. Wonderful views & privacy. Utilities in. Property is sub-dividable. $249,999 septic (report on file). Near Modesto & Merced. $145,000 11027 Dexter RdArbolada acre4.3 acres well & 100-Amp service. Older structure onadvantage be removed. 3T/1186 - Useable 3/4 – with septic, with oak trees. Build to take site needs to of the Meadow & mountain views. $60,000 beautiful valley views. $175,000 Parcel 2, Elder Ln – Over 1 acre, almost– Five very near town. GCSD water & sewer available. Shared well. $87,750 9450 Bondurant Mine level and acres, bordering national forest, with a view of 2 Acres on Gold Cup Lnmountains. 1/4 interest in existing well. Perked & permitted for a snow-capped – Seller financing available! Backs up to large acreage. Private access gate shared with neighboring No power. $119,900 your dream home. $90,000 septic. homes. Cleared and ready for 3T/1067 Colina – woodsy slope in beautiful location. Corners flagged. Site & soil 22315 Hells Hollow Rd – Five Gentleacres, with lovely views towards Yosemite and plenty of seclusion. Capped well & power to the property. Existing, rustic cabin has no value or warranty. $80,000 certified for engineered septic. $69,000 6425 Dogtown – Mostly-level 5+ ready for your already in. Septic & power nearby. 1T/54 La Grange Rd - Beautiful 5.1 acres, fenced andacres. Wellhome. Easy commute on J59. Valley views. $119,000 Perked – Wooded, sloping 1-acre Paved-road access. $229,900 2480 Medina for standard septic.on cul-de-sac, with breath-taking views of the hills. Nearly 100 miles of 6453 Dogtown –View golf course amenities mountain equestrian & hiking trails. Enjoy lake &of snow-cappednearby. $55,000 peaks. Beautiful 6+ acres, perked for septic. Capped well Mariposa County. Power, phone & water available. $224,900 3255 Maravilla – Majestic oaks on 1.9 acres inin, power nearby. Paved-road access. Great views from top 2691 El Campo – Nearly 2 beautiful acres with views. City water & power avail. of property. $69,000 Between two lakes. $110,000 21600 Sprague Rd - Peaceful 10 acres w/towering pine trees, bordering national forest. 2 areas to build. Zoned A-10. $149,900 Parcel 2 Elder Ln – Near town. Sewer to property & city water available. 2M/507 TorrewellThis 21+ parcela 3). $87,750 LDP Subdivision. Rolling hills, mature oaks, rock outcroppings and Shared Dr – (with acres is rare find in the year-round stream. Backed by parkGentle uphill lot with approved septic test for a 3bd home. 11147 Merrell Rd – land. Perfect for horses! $210,000 3M/1145 Alamopower at front& mountain views at an unbelievable price! Over 2 acres located between Lake Don Water & - Spectacular lake of lot. $60,000 Pedro & Lake McClure. This property deserves a special home. $75,000

5845 Cuneo Rd, Greeley Hill BE SURE TO SEE THIS 3bd, 2ba, home on 4.72 acres. Attached carport, detached 2-car garage & laundry room. Garden area. Easy access from paved-road. Some fencing & gravel driveway. Deck w/hot tub from main bedroom. $299,900

14494 Buena Vista, La Grange VIEWS OF YOSEMITE PEAKS & a pond. 3bd, 2ba, home at the end of a court. Fully fenced, beautifully maintained, RV hookups. Ask us about Nationstar Financing--Competitive rates, quick closings, & up to 2% in closing cost assistance for qualified buyers. $190,000

22725 Whispering Pines, Groveland BEAUTIFULLY-MAINTAINED home in a retirement community. 3bd, 2ba, upgraded carpet/ padding, flooring in entry, kit., utility & baths. Two phone lines, ceiling fans, 24x24 Garage has 8x16 overhead door w/10-ft ceiling & cabinets. $269,000

10511 Blanchard ENGLISH TUDOR-STYLE on two level acres. 6bd, 4-1/2 baths, 3866sf. “Pebble Tech” built-in swimming pool, horse stalls & tack rm. Near two lakes & golf course. TLC needed to make this a showplace. $365,000

18687 Main St, Groveland NOW LEASING! First American Title Co. office, Suite E, at Mountain Leisure Center. 1392sf. Extensive tenant remodel completed approx. 3 yrs ago. Contact John Stone for details at 962-5252

Chris Lake Kim Davis, GRI James Nagle Broker Assoc.-Mgr. CB Mtg. Advisor Realtor

Krystal Bigger GRI, Realtor

Rob Stone Shirley Colley Larry Jobe Realtor CRS, GRI, Broker Assoc. Realtor

Liz Lilley GRI, Realtor

Bjorn Wahman Broker Assoc.

Liz Mattingly Broker

Berit Brown Carlos Medeiros Kim Medeiros Kathleen Love Realtor Broker Assoc., GRI Realtor Realtor

Caprice Epps Mary Ann Avalos Realtor Realtor

John Stone Owner/Broker

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