Community News for 6/27/13 edition

June 26, 2013 

Fundraiser July 8 for Wilbour family

A benefit for the family of Shawn Wilbour will be held 4-7 p.m. Sunday, July 8 at The Oak Room on Highway 41.

Wilbour recently passed away at the age of 47, leaving a wife and several children. The Benefit will feature the music of "The Fanatiks. " There will be a $5 cover charge and tri-tip sandwiches available for $5 with proceeds going to the family. Details: Jorene Mize, (559) 760-2585.

Free oak workshop July 20 in Mariposa

"Oak trees are one of the iconic symbols of California open space. Dark-green oaks scattered across spring-green or summer-golden hillsides give Sierra foothill residents our sense of place," says Becky Miller-Cripps, a representative of UC's Natural Resources Program who works out of Tuolumne County.

She will present a free public oak workshop from 10 a.m. to noon July 20 at the Mariposa Board of Supervisors chamber, 5100 Bullion Street, Mariposa. The event is presented by the Mariposa County Master Gardeners.

"Oaks protect our watersheds and increase our property values," Cripps said. "However, oaks are in danger from construction, land management practices, and imported and native pests."

Cripps will discuss oak communities, how to identify the common oaks in your neighborhood and some techniques for ensuring their continuation. Reference materials will be provided and free management handbooks will be available. The presentation includes short, interactive management activities. Funding for this event is provided by a Renewable Resources Extension Act grant. Details: (209) 966-2017 or

Free food program in North Fork

The North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, along with the United States Department of Agriculture's Summer Lunch Program began Monday, June 10 and will run through Friday, Aug. 16. The program gives free lunches to children ages one to 18. There will also be activities each day, such as movies, games, and crafts.

Meals will be provided at:

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through Aug. 16 — North Fork Rancheria Community Center, 56900 Kunugib Way, North Fork, CA 93643.

12 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through Aug. 9 — North Fork Recreation Center, 33507 Road 230, North Fork, CA 93643. Details: (559) 877-2461.

Jeppson new vice president of operations for DNC

Delaware North Companies (DNC) Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. has announced the appointment of Paul Jeppson as vice president of operations. Reporting to DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite President Dan Jensen, Jeppson will lead all DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite operations including lodging, food service, transportation, retail and guest services.

Jeppson has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, a majority of which came at the executive level. Prior to joining DNC, Jeppson served as vice president of hospitality at Keystone Resort where he received several awards, including Highest Brand Standard in 2011, Legendary Service in 2012 and Environmental Awards in 2006 and 2009.

Jeppson's previous roles include positions as vice president at The Lodge at Vail and general manager at The Seasons at Avon. He also spent seven years as the director of lodging and property management at Beaver Creek.

"Paul Jeppson's vast experience in the hospitality industry is an extremely valuable asset to DNC," said Jensen. "We are proud of our operations and environmental programs, and are thrilled to have someone of Paul's caliber join our team in Yosemite."

Jeppson is based in Yosemite National Park. He has two college-age daughters and will be joined in Yosemite by his wife, Teri. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Massachusetts.

Fundraising for Bass Lake fireworks show

The annual "Light up the Sky" fireworks show at Bass Lake will begin at 9 p.m. July 4.

Community donations make the $20,000 to $25,000 show possible every year. People can help support the show by making a contribution in one of the donation cans in any of the Bass Lake businesses, or by making a paypal donation online at

"The show is pretty much all funded from donations ... with a generous contribution from Donaghy Sales, the Budweiser distributor," said Leslie Cox, president of the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, that spearheads the fundraising efforts. "Every little bit helps, even if it's just throwing a dollar into a donation can — it all adds up."

Cox said this year's show is going to be a "really good show" because there will be an extra special celebration as it's the 50th fireworks show that Jay Combs has done, who does the pyrotechnics for the show.

The fireworks show lasts between 20 to 25 minutes, with the best viewing between The Forks Resort and The Pines Resort, Cox said. Details: Leslie Cox, (559) 642-3737.

Drive-through dinner canceled July 2

A drive-through fundraiser dinner planned for July 2 as a fundraiser for Dale Miller — running for honorary mayor of Oakhurst to support the Oakhurst Community Center — has been canceled.

Mariposa Summer Fest at fairgrounds

The 2013 Mariposa Summer Fest will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds.

Tickets are $35, and allow individuals to sample 150 varieties of beers and 20 different sausages, along with wine, cheese, soft drinks and other snacks.

There will also be a live and silent auction.

The Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff Association will provide designated driver services to anyone in need within Mariposa County.

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