Community News for 10/24/13 edition of the Sierra Star

October 22, 2013 

Town hall meeting

The next town hall meeting, hosted by Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6-8 p.m. at the Coarsegold Community Center. The topics to be covered include:

Update on the state of the county.

Update on Coarsegold wall repairs.

Update from the sheriff's department.

General discussion on District 5 and county-wide issues.

Wasuma fundraisers

Wasuma Elementary School will offer pumpkin-seekers a patch for that perfect pumpkin-search Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 23-25 from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They will also host a Fall Festival on Oct. 26 from 3-7 p.m. so come in costume to play games, win prizes and have fun. Supernaws BBQ will provide food.

Both events are fundraisers.

Details: Shannon Castonguay, (559) 760-5785

Mallouf to be honored

Long-time Mountain Area resident and pharmacist Doug Mallouf will be honored with a Professional Achievement Award Oct. 26 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Ok., where he graduated in 1960.

Mallouf, who is one of three pharmacy alumni receiving this award, will be recognized during the university's Pharmacy Alumni Recognition Ceremony.

Mallouf has been a pharmacist for 53 years, including four years as pharmacist at The Pines Market in Bass Lake from 1979-1983, and owner/pharmacist for Oakhurst Pharmacy from 1987-1996, when his business was bought out by Vons. He then worked as pharmacist for Vons until his retirement. Mallouf is currently employed part-time with Rx Relief, a relief organization out of Fresno.

Halloween spooktacular

Madera County First 5 Family Resource Center will hold a Halloween spooktacular on Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. - noon. Activities include a costume contest, game, crafts and giveaways. Free for children ages 0-5 and their families.

Space is limited so call to register.

Details: First 5, (559) 664-4198

Angels Amongst Us

The 17th annual Angels Amongst Us dinner will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO), beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Details: Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929

Country fair

The Coarsegold School annual country fair, which will take place on the lower field of Coarsegold Elementary School, will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Activities include a silent auction, inflatables and games. There will also be entertainment and an assortment of food, ranging from tri-tip to hot dogs.

Details: Carrie Jenkins, (559) 760-1962

Oakhurst library fundraiser

Friends of the Oakhurst branch library will host its $3 a bag book sale in the Library Community Room on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds to benefit Oakhurst Library. Dealers welcome after 11 a.m.

Details: Oakhurst Library, (559) 642-4333

Dave Thomas honored

Allstate exclusive agency owner Dave Thomas of Dave Thomas Insurance has been designated an Allstate Premier Agency for 2013.

This designation is awarded to Allstate agency owners who have demonstrated excellence in delivering an accessible, knowledgable and personal customer experience, and in achieving outstanding business results.

Prescribed burns

The Bass Lake Ranger District, Sierra National Forest, is preparing to implement the fall/winter burning program to include pile burning, broadcast, and underburning. The objective of underburning is to reintroduce low intensity fire to the ecosystem on a rotational basis.

While many of the projects are located at the higher elevations of the district, some are near populated areas, and may result in a temporary reduction in air quality in the communities of Oakhurst, Fish Camp, Bass Lake, Ahwahnee, North Fork, and surrounding areas.

The burning will cease if smoke dispersion becomes a problem and suppression tactics will be employed if necessary. High use roads will be monitored for visibility hazards, and traffic control will be provided when necessary.

By limiting the number of piles ignited at one time, and by "mopping up" (extinguishing) smoldering piles it is expected that emissions will not reach unacceptable levels.

Details: Burt Stalter, (559) 877-2218, ext. 3208

Fire restrictions lifted

Sierra National Forest officials have partially lifted fire restrictions in light of cooler days. While fire restrictions in low and moderate fire hazard areas are canceled, they remain in effect for high hazard areas including North Fork and Batterson. Current fire restrictions require that campfires be lit only in designated areas.

Details: U.S. Forest Service North Fork, (559) 877-2218

Mountain Area Literacy Council

Mountain Area Literacy Council will hold their annual meeting Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 p..m. in the Oakhurst Library community room.

Anyone interested in promoting adult literacy is invited and welcome to join.

Details: (559) 683-1456

The Tequila Experience

Roman's Bar above Crab Cakes Restaurant will present the Tequila Experience 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, hosted by Executive Chef Brian Velasquez. Premium tequila and hors d'oeuvres will be featured. Cost is $10 per person.

Details/reservations: Crab Cakes, (559) 641-7667; crabcakes

Author at library Saturday

Author Robert Williams will speak at 10 a.m., Oct. 26 in the Community Room at the the Oakhurst Library.

Williams is a veteran of the Vietnam war and is the recipient of a Purple Heart among other military decorations. When he returned home, he earned a Bachelors Degree from Pepperdine University. After 17 years, he retired from the Culver City Police Department as a Sergeant and obtained a license as a private investigator. His company worked fraud cases for insurance companies until he moved to the mountains. He was hired as Senior Supervising Investigator at the Fresno County District Attorney's office. After five years in that position, he retired writ.

His newest novel is "T.Y.M.E. Interrupted," the story of a scientific expedition using a time machine to venture to ancient Egypt.

Details: (559) 683-4838

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