Community News for 1/24/13 edition

January 23, 2013 

Oakhurst resident Patricia Privett wins trip to Ellen DeGeneres Show taping

Oakhurst resident Patricia Privett won won tickets to the taping of Ellen DeGeneres' Birthday Show in Burbank last week after participating in a CBS 47 On Your Side contest. Along with the tickets, she also won a hotel stay and a $250 gas card.

"I've been watching her show for many, many years and .... I'm very very tickled," Privett said. "I'm excited and I'm very, very happy that I got chosen," Privett said. "I'm looking forward to fun-filled adventure."

Privett took her daughter-in-law, Karen Privett of Fresno, along on the adventure and they are at the taping today. The show will air at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31.


Wheeler new valley air board member

Madera County District 5 SupervisorTom Wheeler has been appointed to the San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District Board, filling the seat left open by former Supervisor Ronn Dominici.

The Valley Air District's Governing Board is made up of a supervisor from each of the Valley's eight counties, five city representatives from throughout the Valley and two members of the public appointed by the governor.


Public invited to health services meeting

The public is invited to attend a Madera County Behavioral Health Services planning meeting at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the department's Oakhurst clinic, 49774 Crane Valley Road (426), suite D. Attendees will learn about the Madera County Behavioral Health Services budget, programs, the Mental Health Services Act, alcohol and drug prevention programs and will take part in planning next year's plan.

The Mental Health Services Act (also known as Prop 63) was passed by California voters in 2004. It provides funding for services that promote wellness, recovery and resiliency for adults and older adults with severe mental illness. It also provides services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their family members. Funding comes from a 1% tax on income earned over $1 million annually.

The clinical supervisor is Genevieve Becker (559) 683-4809.

The clinic provides outpatient mental health, drug and alcohol services for children, adults and families, as well as crisis intervention services. Psychiatry services are available through Telemedicine.

Lunch will be provided and RSVPs are requested by Jan. 25 by calling (559) 673-3508.


And the winner is ...

After nearly 200 people cast their ballots in a blind taste test, Pizza Factory was won the title of "Best Pizza In Oakhurst" at the Jan. 20 event sponsored by the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Club.

Guests paid $10 to attend the tasting and participate in the voting at the Oakhurst Community Center. Five restaurants participated in the event and one slice of pizza from each restaurant was presented to those attending who selected their favorite pizza, not knowing what restaurant the pizza was from.

Event chairman Bruce Howard said the club raised about $2,000 from the event that will be used for scholarships for high school graduates from Yosemite and Minarets High Schools and Children's Hospital, Central California.

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