Community Briefs - Jan. 22, 2015 Sierra Star

Democratic Club

California Highway Patrol Commander Jason Daughrity is the guest speaker at the Oakhurst Democratic Club, Saturday, Feb. 7, at Denny’s Restaurant. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. The public is welcome.

Details: (559) 658-2342.

High school seniors scholarships

The Madera County Cattle Women and Cattlemen’s Association are sponsoring four $1,000 scholarships for eligible Madera graduating high school seniors. If a student lives outside Madera County, but has a parent belonging to either MCCAW or MCCA, they may be eligible to apply. Students must have a background in beef or a related agricultural field and be a spokesperson for the beef industry. The applicant must be planning to pursue beef-related studies.

Applications are available at Madera County high schools or from MCCW-MCCA Scholarship chairman Betty Samper at 34240 Road 607, Raymond 93653; or (559) 689-3304; or

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, March 27.

Varney appoints media relations lieutenants

Effective Jan. 16, Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney appointed two media relations lieutenants to assume the duties of the sheriff’s office public affairs - Lt. Bill Ward, who leads the department’s major crimes unit and the regional SWAT team, and Lt. Patrick Majeski, who supervises valley patrol, as well as the department’s civil courts units.

The pair are replacements for Erica Stuart, who will retire from the department Jan. 30.

Rotary Crab Feed

The Rotary Club of Oakhurst Sierra will hold its 29th annual crab feed at 6 p.m., Feb. 7, at the Oakhurst Community Center. It’s all you can eat bread, salad, pasta and crab. There will be a raffle, door prizes, and a full bar available.

Proceeds support area scholarships and community projects.

For tickets contact: Bob Brosi, (559) 683-4694; Doug Dearing, (559) 658-0300.

Anderson and Cannella

Recently retired Madera County Sheriff John Anderson has been hired by State Senator Anthony Cannella (R - 12th district) as a field representative at public events when Cannella is busy in Sacramento. Anderson’s duties will include answering questions and providing public information for the Madera and Fresno areas.