Community News for 3/28/13 edition

March 27, 2013 

Congressman Tom McClintock meetings

Congressman Tom McClintock will hold two town hall meetings in the area next month:

Oakhurst -- 6 p.m. April 1 at the Oakhurst Elementary School multi-purpose room, 49495 School Road (427).

Mariposa -- 6 p.m. April 2 at the Board of Supervisors Chamber, 5100 Bullion Street.

Location of Easter egg hunt changed

Due to the possibility of rain, Saturday's Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Children's Museum of the Sierra, will be held at the museum instead of the Oakhurst Community Park. The museum is located at 49269 Golden Oak Drive off Crane Valley Road (426).

There will be numerous treat-filled eggs hidden throughout the museum's exhibits for children to discover from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the hunt is included with the $6 museum admission (three and under free).

The Easter Bunny will be at the museum 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to meet children and pose for photos.

The Sierra Lions Club will barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. The cost of lunch, which includes burger or hot dog, drink and chips, will be $5.

"Nothing dampens spirits like rain on an outdoor event, so we thought we would move the hunt to the museum," said Jarrod Lyman, president of the museum's board of directors. Details: Children's Museum of the Sierra, (559) 658-5656, (559) 683-4636.

Literacy council will train April 6

Since 1987, Mountain Area Literacy Council has been helping adults improve their English skills in reading, writing and speaking. To continue growing, the organization is always seeking volunteers who can give a few hours a week as tutors.

Currently, there is also a need for people to serve on the board, but who do not have to tutor.

The all volunteer organization currently has 21 active tutors and 23 students.

"Expanding the skills of those whose second language is English is of benefit not only to the students, but to their future generations," Sara Drost, literacy council volunteer said. "These are the people who advance in their jobs and become more productive members of society. They are better able to reach citizenship goals, advance to higher income brackets and to read to their children. Immigrants are the foundation of America."

Drost said not only are the students' lives enhanced by the learning, the tutors gain an immense measure of satisfaction from their efforts.

"Long term friendships often grow from the connection between tutor and student, but knowing that they are making an investment in the future is worth more than anything," Drost said. "Literacy is a gift that keeps giving for generations to come."

The training is free, as are the lessons for students.

The organization will be conducting a Tutor Training Workshop 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 6 at the Yosemite Bank conference room.Advance registration is required. Details: Sara Drost, (559) 658-7463

Chamber seeks candidates for Honorary Mayor race

The Oakhurst Honorary Mayor's race kick-off is approaching and the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates. To become an honorary mayor, candidates must compete to see who can raise the most money for a local non-profit organization. Whoever raises the most money wins the title.

If anyone is interested in running for honorary mayor, contact the chamber of commerce at (559) 683-7766.

The application deadline is Friday, April 12. The kick-off is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17.

Ragtime Festival April 12-14

The 13th Annual Ragtime Festival will be held April 12-14, featuring pianists Tom Brier, Jack and Chris Bradshaw and Larisa Migachyov. Other favorite artists include Robyn Drivon on tuba and Steve Drivon on percussion and vocals.

The first concert will be held at Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park on April 12. The evening will begin with dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Cunningham School at Fresno Flats on School Road (427). Admission to concert and dinner is $10.

At 2 p.m. on April 13, a concert, $5 admission, is scheduled in the Cunningham School House, followed by a youth concert with Jackie Byers' piano students and the public is invited to stay after the presentation for a no-host pizza party and open piano concert.

At 1 p.m. on April 14, a finale concert will be presented at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church at Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road. Details: Bea Walden, (559) 641-2272,

Tenaya job fair

Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13. A lodge spokesman said there are 75 positions to fill for the summer season. Details: (559) 683-6555.

Wood cutting season in Sierra N.F.

Firewood cutting and gathering season in the Sierra National Forest opens April 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

To cut and gather firewood in the Sierra National Forest, a woodcutting permit must be obtained that authorizes the permit holder to gather a specified amount of dead and downed wood for personal use from any portion of the Sierra National Forest open to woodcutting.

The cost of a fuel wood cutting permit is $10 per cord with a two cord minimum.

U.S. Forest Service permits are available at the following office locations beginning April 1:

North Fork office -- 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 57003 Road 225.

Oakhurst offi (chamber/visitor bureau office) -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 40637 Highway 41.

U.S. Forest Service permits are available at the Mariposa office from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Fridays only, beginning April 5.

Hospital fundraiser by Wood Choppers

Wood Choppers Supply in Oakhurst will host a fundraiser to benefit Children's Hospital Central California from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at 40451 Highway 41.

Tim Harmon, of Wood Choppers, put the event together as a thank you to the hospital.

"My granddaughter, Jenna, was at Valley Children's this year and they did a terific job, so I thought it would be nice to do something for them," Harmon said.

There will be a $10 ticket raffle for a Stihl MS 250 chain saw and the winner will be announced at 2 p.m. Door prizes will be given away at 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m. A chain saw safety class will be presented at 12 p.m. by Captain Clark Daly of Cal Fire. A chain saw carving demonstration will be held. Equipment demonstrations will be provided all day by reps from Huskey, Stihl, Echo and Ariens.

Accident involving stolen vehicle

A single car accident occurred sometime in the early morning hours of Friday, March 22 of Raymond Road (415), just before Blueberry Hill Drive.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a vehicle was heading eastbound when it took the curve too fast, hit a drainage culvert and rolled over, landing in a field. The vehicle was found abandoned later that morning. It was then discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

Lyman honored

Jarrod Lyman, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau public relations director, was honored with the "40 under 40" award at a ceremony in Fresno last week.

Sponsored by Business Street Online, the annual awards event recognizes emerging leaders in central California who are under 40 years of age.

In addition to working for the visitors bureau, Lyman chairs the Madera Tourism Alliance and is president of the Children's Museum of the Sierra board of directors. He ran for honorary mayor last year raising nearly $27,000 for the museum.

He is married to his wife of 11 years, Cindy Lyman, who is the wedding and banquet sales manager at Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse. They have two children, Kaylee, 8, and Collin, 3 months.

One other resident of Madera County was honored, Madera City Councilman Brett Frazier, who recently completed a term as mayor of Madera in addition to numerous volunteer activities.

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