Community News 11/8/12 Edition

November 7, 2012 

Veterans Day service

Veterans Day will be observed with a service at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12 at the Little Church in the Oakhill Cemetery off Highway 41. The services is sponsored by the Little Church on the Hill Foundation.

The service will give thanks for the sacrifice of thousands of men and women for the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. The service will include patriotic hymns, a short message, prayers and readings. Rev. David Sebastian, pastor of the Oakhurst Lutheran Church, will lead the service.

Details: David Sebastian, (559) 683-HOPE (4673).

Donate to storm relief at Raley's

Customers can donate to east coast storm disaster relief during their visit to Raley's grocery store with 100% of their donations going directly to help regions devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

Raley's announced last week it is designating all donations to checkstand collection boxes in its stores to Storm Sandy disaster relief. Donations received will be split between relief efforts of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Raley's will absorb all administrative costs to ensure that all donations reach the victims and relief efforts of the storm.

As of the first of this week, the death toll from Superstorm Sandy had reached more than 100, more than 100 homes were destroyed by fire and more than a million people in 15 states were still without power. The loss has been estimated at close to $20 billion.

"Any time we're faced with a natural disaster, it's important that we come together to aide those in need," said Jennie Teel-Wolter, Raley's Community Relations Manager. "We recognize the huge need for support and we want to provide our customers with an easy way to contribute and feel confident that their donations are reaching people in need."

Tusso named Pines General Manager

Tommy Tusso, owner and operator of Bass Lake Water Sports at the Pines Marina at Bass Lake for 16 years, has been named the new general manager for The Pines Resort.

Tusso takes over from Theresa Moody who has served in the GM position for the past five years and will remain associated with the resort as a consultant.

Tusso, working for Greenlaw Partners of Santa Monica who bought The Pines Resort in March 2007, will oversee the operations of the Pines Market, Pines Bar, Pines Marina, Shell gas station and Lakeview Room banquet and entertainment center in the Pines Village.

Greenlaw sold Ducey's Restaurant and the 84 Pines Chalets in September, 2010, to Kyusun and Sunwha Choe, former owners of the Days Inn in Oakhurst.

Tusso is married with two children and served as the stadium announcer for Yosemite High School Badger football this season.

Wheelchairs sought

The Oakhurst Sunrise and the noon Sierra Rotary Clubs are joining together to collect donations of used wheel chairs, crutches, walkers, shower benches and canes that will be refurbished to be distributed to the needy throughout the United States and South America.

The clubs are asking anyone in the Mountain Area that have these items and are willing to donate them, to deliver them weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to Martignoni Glass, 40714 Highway 41, Oakhurst.

Details: Fern Facchino (559) 683-0408, Dale Miller (559) 683-0819, Randy Papike (559) 683-0478.

Thanksgiving luncheon

The Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club will host the 18th Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Senior Center located behind the Oakhurst Community Center.

More than 100 seniors are expected to attend the event and music will be provided by the Minarets High School music department.

Performers sought for special exhibit

A special evening of performances in association with Sierra Art Trails' 2012 special exhibit "Pathways" will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Steller Gallery, 40982 Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

Artists are being sought to add their voice, story, song, or dance to this special evening.

To enter, submit an email description and written version of your performance and how it relates to "Pathways" to The performance is limited to 12, five to seven minute performances. Entries must be received by Nov. 14. Performers must pay $20 to help defray promotion and production costs.

Details: Joyce Wycoff, (559) 870-656-4141.

Yosemite waives fees for Veterans Day

In celebration of Veterans Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission Saturday through Monday, Nov. 12. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members and reserve members of the United States armed forces and their families.

Fees being waived for Veterans Day Weekend include the fees associated with entrance into the park only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.

Oakhurst Community Advisory Council

The Oakhurst Community Advisory Council will meet today (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. at the Oakhurst Library Sue Rhu Meeting Room to review a request by Marie Lane for a seven-lot subdivision on the northside of Westlake Drive off Highway 49.

The project is scheduled for the Madera County Planning Department meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. in Madera at the Resource Management Agency building at 2037 West Cleveland Avenue.

Ansel Adams Gallery to present awards

Selected student artwork and poetry from Yosemite's Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest will be featured in an exhibit at the Ansel Adams Gallery and students will be acknowledged at a special awards ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 17.

This is the second year the park has hosted the contests as a way for the park and the Ansel Adams Gallery to celebrate the creativity of youth in the Yosemite gateway communities.

The park received 140 pieces of unique artwork from around the Yosemite region. Students were encouraged to submit original artwork or poetry that communicated a connection to Yosemite's natural or cultural history.

Lottery registration open for Yosemite's Ostrander Ski Hut

Yosemite Conservancy is accepting lottery registration forms for the 2012-2013 season at Ostrander Ski Hut, a popular overnight destination for those making the stunning 10-mile trek from Badger Pass Ski Area to Ostrander Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite Conservancy manages the rustic two-story stone ski hut, which sits in a small glacial cirque at the edge of Ostrander Lake at 8,500 feet. The historic hut was built in 1941 and maintains much of its original facilities. The accommodations are suitable for individuals or groups up to 15. Facilities include single bunks with mattresses, community cookware stocked in a common kitchen, wood for heating, solar powered electric lights for evening use and two outdoor toilet facilities. Nightly rates range from $35 Monday through Thursdays to $55 Friday through Sunday.

The lottery applications must be returned by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Remaining reservations can be booked by calling (209) 379-5161. Reservation information can be found at

Stavast Studio's 20th Anniversary Nov. 10

Stavast Studio/Gallery will hold its 20th Anniversary Show from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Stavast Studio Gallery, 40982 Highway 41 in Oakhurst. There will be food, wine and art for attendees to enjoy.

Stavast is a world renowned oil painter that has been working professionally for the past 47 years as an artist. He is well known for the "Rock and Water" series that will be featured that evening. He recently won "Best Landscape" in the 2012 International Guild of Realism Show in Carmel for the piece titled "Last Rays of Day."

The first collector's edition book of poems and images by Stavast will also be available. This limited edition of 1,000 copies are signed and numbered by the artist. Featuring more than 80 color plates meticulously reproduced from the original paintings and the photos are accompanied by poems.

California Carbon Monoxide Awareness

November is Carbon Monoxide Awareness month and Cal Fire is reminding all residents of the importance of having a working carbon monoxide alarm. As of July 1, 2011, state law requires owners of single family homes with attached garages or fossil fuel sources for heating to install carbon monoxide alarms in every California home. In addition, all other dwelling units, like apartments, are required to have an alarm by Jan. 1, 2013.

"Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, each year claiming the lives of an average of 480 people and sending more than 20,000 people to emergency rooms across the nation." said State Fire Marshal Tonya Hoover, Cal Fire-Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices. The best way for homeowners to stay protected from CO is to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed on every floor and outside each sleeping area. A recent study found that nearly nine in 10 California households did not have a CO alarm.

California's Carbon Monoxide Month is intended to help educate homeowners about the law and to encourage them to install a carbon monoxide alarm. Cal Fire Office of the State Fire Marshal is teaming up with fire departments across the state, as well as other State agencies to spread the word about the dangers of CO and how to keep your family and friends safe.

Details: or visit the website for the California Department of Public Health at

Ulman releases CD

A new CD entitled "Music of the Senses" has been produced by Coarsegold composer Barbara Ulman, who was featured in a Jan. 24, 2011 Sierra Star article. The music, composed by Ulman during the past 50 years, is contemporary classical in style.

The CD contains five choral works, six vocal solos with piano and a duet for clarinet and piano.

"My love of poetry has inspired much of my composition,' Ulman said. "Some poems sing to me ... setting them to music seems like a good way to honor them."

Some of Ulman's music has been described by Brad Hufft, CSUF music professor and composer as "contemporary in nature, yet accessible and witty."

The CD is available for sale at Artifacts and Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst.

Food collection for Manna House

The Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors is collecting food donations through Nov. 30 to benefit Manna House of Oakhurst.

Food donations can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. They are closed Wednesdays and also for lunch from 12-1 p.m.

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