North Fork citizen of the year to be announced Saturday

By Volney Dunavan/Community CorrespondentFebruary 1, 2013 

The 2012 North Fork Citizen of the Year will be announced Saturday at North Fork Town Hall. Six indiviuals and two couples have been nominated for the honor. Individuals include Hansel Kern, Mark Logee, Scott Marsh, Roger Robinette, Janet Wheeler and Gina Clugston. Couples are Al and Robyn Flory and David and Donna Fisher. All the nominees are well known for their continued service to the citizens of North Fork.

The winner will be announced at the Town Hall dinner that begins at 6 p.m. Following tradition, the dinner will be prepared by the current honorees, Vince and Ginny Smith. The Smith's, along with friends, will be cooking a spaghetti dinner with rolls and salad, with an optional vegetarian dish, soft drinks, coffee and dessert.

A no-host bar will be provided by The North Fork Boosters and Supervisor Tom wheeler will serve as master of ceremonies.

Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased in advance at North Fork Hardware, Slim's Koffee Shak and The Buckhorn Saloon.

Al and Robyn Flory moved to North Fork from Southern California in June 1984. They are known for their work in the Squirrel Cage Theatre Company and for working the beer booth during the North Fork Loggers Jamboree, something they have done nearly 20 years. Al works at the Coarsegold Post Office and Robyn teaches music and theater at North Fork Elementary School and is an member of the Sugar Pine Trio.

Hansel Kern of Kern Family Farms, is on the board of the Ecological Farming Association. As owner of Kern Family Farm, he has taught North Fork School students about organic gardening as they work and learn in a school garden that helps provide produce for the school cafeteria.He also distributes surplus commodities.

David and Donna Fisher have been helping bring food to the Mountain Area for hungry families. David helped Grace Community Church UCC in this mission by getting the Fresno Community Food Bank to bring surplus food to North Fork monthly.

Donna helped start the free community dinners and continues, nine years later, to not only plan but prepare the twice a month dinners. She also serves with Grace's Friendship Circle which donates to those in need.

Mark Loggee has recently retired following a successful 31 year school career, ending as Director of Maintenance, Operations and Transportation for Chawanakee Unified School District. For many years he has organized and coordinated the very successful Loggers Jamboree parade, including writing the script for the announcers which includes information about the parade entries and North Fork history information.

Janet Wheeler has been involved not only selling land and homes to new North Fork residents, but by giving time, energy and talent to the town through the North Fork Boosters where she currently serves as a vice president. She has been active in the community, starting her real estate career here in 1977.

Scott Marsh is the owner of Slim's Koffee Shak. He was drawn to North Fork because family is here, but has brought new energy and enthusiasm with him. He is president of the North Fork Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Community Development Council board. He has been the driving force behind some of the new downtown events such as summer Friday night gatherings, which feature food, music and community information.

Gina Clugston has been directing the North Fork Choir for many years and performs frequently with the Sugar Pine Trio. She is president of the Squirrel Cage Theatre and editor of SierraNews Online.

Roger Robinette has photography in his soul, and has used this gift to help preserve memories of the local area and its many events. He can be spotted at most community events. His works have been featured in the Sierra Star and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau annual visitors guide. He will take pictures for sale at the Feb. 15 Valentines Dinner and Dance, a joint fundraiser for the North Fork Boosters and the North Fork Studio.

Money raised from the dinner tickets and the $10 annual Booster membership fee, is used for the care and maintenance of both Town Hall and the Recreation Center which is the home of the annual Loggers Jamboree and the free summer program for North Fork youth.

Details: (559) 877-7700.

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