Community News for 8/29/13 edition of the Sierra Star

August 27, 2013 

Sierra Star closed Monday, Sept. 2

The Sierra Star office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2 due to the Labor Day holiday.

Deadlines for advertising will be early this week. Classified ads for the Sept. 5 edition, are due by 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 and display ads for the Sept. 5 paper are due by 3 p.m. today (Aug. 29).

Peddler's Market

The Coarsegold Peddler's Market will be open all day Friday, Aug. 30 - Monday, Sept. 2.

Coarsegold Historic Village will be hosting the 30th annual peddlers market. The event will take place Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2.

The village will be filled with vendors from throughout the Western US offering antiques and collectibles from many different time periods of US history. The market will include food, craft booths and admission is free.

Vendor space is still available for those interested in having a booth.

Details: (559) 683-3900,

Cowboy poet

The Sept. 13 Friday at Fresno Flats dinner/speaker event will feature the 'Cowboy Poet,' Madison Seamons, DVM, at 5:30 p.m, where he will spin his humorous stories of cowboy life. Dinner will be served by members of Fresno Flats and Kiwanis before the program held in the Cunningham School located on School Road (427) at the Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park. Cost of the dinner is $10.

Seamons, a Mountain Area equine veterinarian and cowboy artist, will put on his 'Cowboy Poet' hat for this performance. Proceeds from the evening will go toward upkeep and repair of the Fresno Flats historic buildings.

Details: (559) 658-2019

Mariposa County Fair

The Mariposa Fair will kick off Friday Aug. 30 and will run through Monday Sept. 1 at the Mariposa fairgrounds.

The fairgrounds will open at 12 p.m. and will include entertainment and events all four days. Family Fun Night, sponsored by Foster True Value Hardware, will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday night with Dachshund Races and closes with Wheelbarrow races at 8 p.m.

Saturday will host the Destruction Derby and Sunday will be the CCPRA Rodeo. Saturday's and Sunday's events are $12 for box seats and $10 for general admission and do not include the price of fair admission.

Admission to the fair is $10 for adults (12 and Up) and $5 for children. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

Details: (209) 966-2432 or

Coolwater concert

Eric Taylor is a Texas singer-songwriter and master of the guitar, who will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Coolwater Ranch in Nipinnawasee. His songs have been performed by Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith and many artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher whose time is long overdue.

In 1977 Taylor was a winner of the "New Folk" competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Cost is $20 ($25 at the door) and are available at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed Details:

2013 property assessments available online

Assessed Value notices for the 2013-2014 fiscal year are available online for all properties in Madera County.

Property owners can review their value notices at by using their Assessor's Parcel Number located on the upper right-hand corner of a property tax bill.

The posting online allows assessors to make assessed value available for all properties, allowing to save thousands of dollars in printing and mailing costs.

Property owners without Internet can access the information by calling (559) 675 - 7710, visiting the assessor's office or sending a written request to the Madera County Assessor's office at 200 W. 4th Street, Madera, Calif. 93637.

Instructor makes emergency landing

The Madera County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a downed plane at around 12:29 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, after the pilot made an emergency landing in an open field on Avenue 12 west of Road 28 ¼ and Highway 99.

Both the pilot and his student walked away from the plane with no injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Patriot Day 2013

Sierra Telephone will host Patriot Day on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at their office on Crane Valley Road (426).

Members of the Mountain Area are invited to join the ceremony to show appreciation and gratitude to veterans, active duty military and emergency services personnel for their service and dedication to the country and the Mountain Area. The ceremony will commemorate and honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001.

Retired United States Naval Officer Larry Westerlund will be the key note speaker and will address those in attendance.

The ceremony will include entertainment and music by Yosemite High School Chamber Singers and Yosemite High School Advanced Percussion Ensemble.

Details: (559) 683-4611

American Red Cross mixer

The American Red Cross "Central Valley Region" Disaster Service Department hosted a county wide mixer Aug. 21 at the Oakhurst Community Center on Road 425B.

The Red Cross, with the help of community donations, hosted hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a discussion as a way to get local members of the community to get to know their local American Red Cross.

The mixer discussed important issues for business and volunteers services that could potentially help in the case of a disaster in the area.

During the mixer Emergency Service Program manager Katrina Poitras talked with the group of businesses about a pro-active approach to disasters. They talked about distribution and compensation to merchants as well as what qualifies as a disaster and who decides when the Red Cross is activated in the case of an emergency.

"What we are trying to do is bring awareness to the Mountain Area," Poitras said. "We would like to build a stronger partnerships with the community."

For more information on the American Red Cross or what you can do to help packets are available online at

Sports cars in the park

The Oakhurst Chamber of Commerce and Body by Boyd are hosting Sports cars in the park on Saturday Oct. 12 at the Oakhurst Community Park.

Eligible cars include sports cars (Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers) but no street rods or hot rods are to be shown at the event. Classes will be determined at the event and participants can get registration forms at Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Entry fees are $25 and no entries will be accepted the day of the show. Checks and registration forms can be mailed to the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce at 43637 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, Calif. Make checks payable to Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Details: Dave Wolin (559) 760-1143 or

Brawny candidate

Coarsegold resident Kerry Patterson has been selected as one of the 10 national finalists in the Brawny Industrial Great American Worker contest.

Patterson was nominated following a submission of an online essay regarding what makes a great American worker. His essay focused on productivity, safety and community involvement and Patterson says he is extremely honored to be nominated.

Patterson's nomination has automatically entered him into a competition, to win a truck, which he needs votes from the public to win. The winner will take home the grand prize of a Ford F-150 V6 Supercab 4x4 truck.

Patterson is the owner of Design Technologies which designs custom driveway gates and the truck, if won, will go to use for his business.

Members of the community are encouraged to go online to to vote for their favorite essay and are allowed one vote per day.

Yosemite 150th anniversary

Yosemite National Park and surrounding areas are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant originally signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

The bill, signed on June 30, 1864 was passed to ensure the preservation of Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove. The public is encouraged to join the Nation Parks Service in observing the birth of the National Parks.


Run for the Gold

The Oakhurst Kiwanis are set to host the 11th annual Run for the Gold car show in Oakhurst on Saturday Sept. 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center.

The weekend long event will kick off with car registration Friday from 2-7 p.m. and will be followed by a barbecue dinner and music open to the public. All members of the community are encouraged to join the Kiwanis and participants in the barbecue.

The show will continue Saturday at 7 a.m. and participants cars must be parked by 9 a.m. Saturday morning to be judged. There will be vendors, prizes and three grand prizes of $500.

Saturday will host a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. followed by the Cruise of Champions. For dinner tickets or for more information on the event or registration contact the Kiwanis club.

Details: or (559) 683-4917.

Sierra Vista Presbyterian to honor former pastor

On Sunday, Sept. 1, Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church will honor former pastor Rev. Bill Welch by giving him the title of Pastor Emeritus.

Welch, who served as pastor of Sierra Vista from November 1986 to October 2003, will deliver the 9:30 a.m. message in the church's outdoor amphitheater.

Welch was the chartering pastor of Sierra Vista on Nov. 16, 1986. After leaving Sierra Vista he has been serving as an associate pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, until his retirement last fall.

Welch will be joined by his wife Chris who worked as a teacher in the Bass Lake School District for many years.

A pie and ice cream reception will follow service.

Rim Fire continues to rage

The Rim fire north-east of Oakhurst has grown to more than 179,000 acres and continues its eastward spread along Packard Canyon Road and Pilot Ridge. Structure defense continues for San Jose Camp, Spinning Wheel and Tawonga Camp as the fire moves up the middle fork of the Tuolumne River canyon.

More than 3,500 firefighting personnel, C-130 and DC-10 firefighting airtankers and helicopters are battling the blaze that as of Aug. 27 is only 20% contained. The fire has now crossed the Yosemite National Park boundary, although the park is still open.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for residences north of Old Yosemite Road. Tuolumne City and the area east of Highway 108. An evacuation center is located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Highway 120 remains closed to all inbound and outbound Yosemite National Park traffic to Crane Flat Campground, Highway 120.

County meeting opens with Hindu prayer

The Madera County Board of Supervisors started its day Tuesday, Aug. 20 with Hindu mantras reportedly for the first time, containing verses from world's oldest existing scripture.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed delivered the invocation from ancient Sanskrit scriptures before the board. After Sanskrit delivery, he then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, will recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures.

Hinduism, the oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. There are about three million Hindus in the United States.

Meetings of 14 city councils and county board of supervisors in California are opening with ancient Hindu prayers during the next few months, mostly for the first time.

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