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Old Town Welcomes Small Business Saturday

By Carole Grosch | REPORTER

The clip-clop of a horsedrawn carriage could be heard as Christmas shoppers bustled along Old Town’s holiday decorated streets last weekend. Thanksgiving is a fond memory and now Christmas shopping begins in earnest, first with Black Friday, followed by Small Business Saturday. Initially started by American Express in 2010, the first Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they contribute to their communities. “Small businesses are the backbone of our communities,” says Valerie Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor. “Small business owners don’t just employ our neighbors; more often than not, they live alongside us, too. They support our Little League teams, our schools, our houses of worship, and our charities. And they provide the essential character of towns and cities across America. “For the last eight years, I

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have had the honor of working with small business owners across the United States and have seen firsthand as they turn their dreams into engines of our economy and essential parts of our communities.”

Last year, approximately 95 million people nationwide shopped small and local on Small Business Saturday. Consumers create growth, which will in turn, create jobs and boost the economy.

Both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday are excellent opportunities for store owners and customers to get to know and support each other as well Small Business | PAGE 8A

Rising to the top: Clovis West defeats Clovis for girls’ polo title By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

So, you’re Clovis West, playing rival and defending champion Clovis in the Division I Valley championship match and find yourself down 3-1 in the second period on the road in a highly intense and physical game. Do you: A) Panic, sound the alarm, become flustered B) Swim to the corner of the pool, curl up in a ball and sink C) Shoot four-point goals (yes, I know there are none) D) Remain calm, trust your

teammates, stick to the gameplan and play some “D” The answer, of course, is “D” and the Golden Eagles, gunning for their 13th Central Section girls’ water polo title, rode the strong play of senior Maddie Loggins and received clutch goals by Caitlyn Snyder and outstanding goaltending from Hannah Duggins, outscoring Clovis 3-1 in the fourth period on their way to a 9-7 victory and the Division I Central Section title. “Down two goals I felt like we were OK, we were playing well offensively but we needed to

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The Clovis West girls’ water polo team won the Division 1 Central Section championship with a thrilling 9-7 win over Clovis. [Photo by Nick Baker]

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Buchanan boys dominate Clovis for D-1 polo title By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

The 2016 Buchanan boys water polo team can be described many ways; dominating, aggressive, and now Valley champions – and after beating Clovis 8-3 for the D-I Central Section championship they left little doubt they’re the best. And let’s add another simple word to describe this edition of the Bears: fun. “We like to get after it and this team likes to have fun together,” said Buchanan coach Nic Maes. “This is a close team, like a family and when something good happens we celebrate it.” And they got the party started just after the clock hit zero. The Bears as players and coaches all jumped in the pool, a fitting celebration after being upset as the No. 1 seed in last year’s semifinals by Golden West of Visalia. In fact, the party continued well after the match was over, with players whooping and hollering with friends and family members, proudly displaying medals around their necks. The Bears capped off a 25-5 season with their first title since 2013, behind the strong play of four-year varsity players Robert

Phillips and goalie Kyle McKinney on a gorgeous morning at Buchanan’s home pool. Phillips scored three goals and was matched up against Clovis standout PJ McDonough, holding him to a single goal while McKinney registered 12 saves. How good is McDonough? Well, he scored eight goals in the Cougars 11-6 semifinal victory over Clovis North. “Phillips and McKinney went out like we want to send out every senior class,” added Maes. “When you can neutralize a player and be an offensive threat yourself like Robert did is a good thing. They both played phenomenal games.” It was Phillips who scored the first goal of the game – a perfect lob shot – with 4:55 left in the first quarter and it was all Bears after that. They No. 1-seeded Bears also received goals from sophomore Gabe Putnam, another from Phillips and Caleb Archer as they lead 4-1 at half and were never threatened. In addition, the Bears’ Zack Keysaw, Dawson Bricks and Cade Barrett scored goals. Ryan Trutna and Matt Wilfong scored for the Cougars. And what about that camaraderie forged between teammates – one where thousands upon thousands of hours are spent in the

The Buchanan team celebrates in the pool after their Valley title win. The Bears finish the season 25-5 and was unbeaten by Central Section opponents. [Photo by Ron Sundquist]

Buchanan’s Dawson Bricks tries to get a shot off with a Clovis defender draped all over him in the Bears 8-3 win. [Photo by Ron Sundquist]

pool? That makes the thrill of this season’s Valley championship that much sweeter. “I’m just ecstatic,” said Phillips. “It’s all about the team and so glad we got it as a team. It’s the brotherhood of the team that I’ll remember most.” And for McKinney, who also was a part

of last year’s national champion Buchanan baseball team, waiting three years was well worth the wait. “This is the greatest reward ever for my senior year,” McKinney said. “It took some years to finally get here but it’s been worth it.”

Clovis West loses heartbreaker to Central in OT in semifinal clash By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

Four quarters wasn’t enough to settle this one. In a knock down, drag out game resembling a heavyweight boxing bout, Central connected on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Trent Tompkins to Malik White in overtime to beat Clovis West 34-28 in the Central Section Division 1 semifinal game in front of a packed Koligian Stadium. Central had the second possession of overtime after Clovis West came away empty when Adrian Martinez, who was spectacular all night, threw two incompletions and was sacked. A 49-yard field goal attempt was missed setting up the Grizzly touchdown on their second play - a twisting catch by White caught at the 1-yard line, stretching out over the goal line. The win sent the No. 1 seed Central (111) into the championship game where they’ll host No. 2 Bakersfield on Dec. 2. Clovis West, who had lost earlier to Central 49-28 n TRAC play, ended the season 8-4. “Central did a tremendous job, my hats off to them,” said Clovis West coach George Petrissans. “I’m extremely disappointed for the fact that I can’t see my guys go on. They’ve fought all year long just as Central did - I can’t tell you have proud I am of all of them.” And there were many reasons to be proud of Clovis West on the chilly 48 degree night facing a 10-1 Central team loaded with talent. The Golden Eagles have some talent of their own featuring Martinez, skilled offensive threat Rodney Wright and linebackers DJ and Dusty Schramm. Martinez finished his amazing season

with 404 total yards (262 passing, 142 rushing) with two electrifying touchdown runs (42 and 49 yards) in the first quarter after Central led 7-0. But the Grizzlies would strike back to take a 21-14 halftime lead behind ever-elusive Tompkins’ 63-yard touchdown strike to Jacob Torrez and a 1-yard TD run by Matthew Mendoza. Clovis West would tie the game with some trickeration in the third quarter with a 33-yard flea-flicker pass from Martinez to Brigham Bray - a play that prompted Petrissans to say, “When you’re facing a team that’s aggressive like Central you have to try something different.” After a 17-yard touchdown pass from Tompkins to Torrez, the Golden Eagles knotted the game at 28 with 9:37 left in the game with a 68-yard touchdown from Martinez to Wright setting up the overtime period. Central coach Kyle Biggs praised the effort of Clovis West, especially the play of Martinez who verbally committed to Cal on Sunday, Nov. 20. “After the game I asked him to graduate early and go to Cal so we don’t have to see him,” said Biggs with a wry smile. “He’s phenomenal and when they need a play he’ll make it for them. He’s tremendous - a great kid, player and competitor.” Though the heartbreaking loss was difficult to swallow, the silver lining was standing toe-to-toe with the talented Grizzly squad. “You can’t go wrong when you lay it all out there,” Petrissans said. “You open your heart to your teammates and coaches and as it is in life whenever you put forth your effort in anything if you can look yourself in the mirror and be proud of what you’ve accomplished.”

Rodney Wright III of Clovis West looks up field against Central. Wright, a junior, had 107 receiving yards including a 68-yard touchdown reception. [Photo by Nick Baker]

Clovis West’s No. 29 Dusty Schramm takes down Central quarterback Trent Tompkins in the Golden Eagles 34-28 overtime loss in the semifinals of of the CIF Central Section Football Playoffs. No. 3 Tykee Woods is ready to help out. [Photo by Nick Baker] | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Adrian Martinez verbally commits to Cal-Berkeley By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

Adrian Martinez first started paying attention to Cal football while attending Kastner Intermediate, about the time he started to become a “football junkie.” From there the affection progressed on to Clovis West where he said, “I could really see myself going there.” Well, the dream of playing for the Pac12 school is now a reality as the standout quarterback verbally committed to the Bears, telling the coaching staff on Nov. 19 after the Cal-Stanford game. He made his announcement on Twitter the next day. Martinez, only a junior, had plenty of big-time Division I offers – ten in all: Utah, Washington State, Colorado, Colorado State, Cal, Miami, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Nevada and Fresno State. But it was a combination of the Bears’ authenticity in their program, their tradition at the quarterback position and the priority they placed on Martinez that won him over. “I was their only target for this class,” Martinez said. “They opened up a big board showing their recruits and I was their only name under ‘quarterback.’ That spoke volumes to me and they treated me special. “The people there are genuine and I really like the vibe there – I felt like I really fit in.” And Martinez will fit in quite nicely in the program that likes to score points. Cal, currently under head coach Sonny Dykes, runs a shotgun offense similar to what Clovis West runs with the potent air attack averaging 360 yards per game with 37 passing touchdowns on the season. The Bears

Clovis West junior quarterback Adrian Martinez committed to play Division 1 college football at Cal-Berkeley on Nov. 21 after the Bears’ game against Stanford. [Photo by Nick Baker]

average 37 points per game and are 5-7. Another factor was following in the footstep of some great Cal quarterbacks, namely Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (Martinez said it would be “a dream” if he got a call from Rogers) and last year’s No. 1 overall NFL draft choice Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams. It’s been a stellar season for Martinez despite the Golden Eagles’ season coming to a close in the semifinals of the Division I playoffs – a 34-28 overtime loss to Cen-

Martinez, a dual threat quarterback who threw for 2,585 yards and rushed for 1,430 and 39 total touchdowns, picked Cal-Berkeley over ten total scholarship offers. [Photo by Nick Baker]

tral in which the dual-threat quarterback accounted for four touchdowns and 404 yards of offense. His season totals in 12 games were 2,585 passing yards with 25 touchdowns and 1,430 rushing yards and 14 scores. A verbal commitment is not official, and since Martinez is only a junior he will have to wait until next year to sign his official National Letter of Intent. The 6-foot-3, 195 pounder is firm in his stance in playing at Cal saying, “I’ll stay true to my word.”

Even though he’s a year and a half away from suiting up in the Berkeley blue and California gold, Martinez feels extremely blessed to have this opportunity – a university with fine academic standing and a chance to dazzle and amaze on the big stage in college football. “When it started to come true it unraveled in a way that only God could make it happen,” Martinez said. “I’ve been thankful for it and I know that my decision was right.”


AROUND THE TRAC By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

And POOF! just like that the weather has turned cold, my family has picked out our Christmas tree (and I’m proud to admit I got that darn thing up in record time) and with the CIF State Cross Country Championships completing on Nov. 25, we can say fall sports is officially over. Now bring on soccer, wrestling and basketball. And as much as I love football I’m not built for the bitter cold as evidenced by my bald dome that needs a beanie. Yep, I’m that needy. So I can say with much conviction that I’m going to enjoy the controlled environment that comes with basketball

and being indoors. Well then, so what shall we look forward to in regards to winter sports? Oh, let me count the ways. First of all, there’s defending Valley champion soccer teams in Buchanan boys and Clovis East girls to keep an eye on, the Nationally ranked wrestling teams by in Buchanan (No. 2) and Clovis (No. 5) will be epic when they clash in their dual meet in January and the girls’ basketball team at Clovis West is primed for a monster season, ranked No. 3 in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 10 in the nation by USA Today. Think that’s good enough to keep us busy for the next three months? You bet - it’s gonna be a good winter indeed.

Buchanan girls’ cross country shines at state meet The Buchanan girls’ cross country team had quite the showing at the 30th CIF State Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park on Nov. 26, placing third as a team in Division I with two phenom underclassmen leading the charge and medaling. Bears freshman Corie Smith placed fourth in Division I with a time of 17:35.8 and sophomore Meagen Lowe finished sixth at 17:36.7. Yes, you read that right – less than a second behind her running mate. Helping the Bears’ cause were junior Katie Nili (44th, 18:40.3), freshman Amanda Dolberg (59th, 18.59.6), junior Clare Hernandez (63rd, 19:02.3) and senior Mackenzie Mora (69th, 19:08.2, non-scoring). Buchanan also won the CIF Central Section Division I championship on Nov. 16 also at Woodward Park after bested for the title by Clovis North the past two

Buchanan sophomore Meagen Lowe (center, No. 186) and freshman Corie Smith (left, No. 189) run in a pack at the CIF State Cross Country Championships on Nov. 26. Smith finished fourth and Lowe sixth, helping the Bears to place third overall. [Photo donated by Nick Baker]

years. Smith won the individual title with a time of 17:48.5 while Lowe, Nili and Hernandez placed 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Buchanan and Clovis North football lose in second round of playoffs Gosh darn if it wasn’t for those opening kickoffs down in Bakersfield. Both Clovis North and Buchanan saw their playoff games against Liberty and Bakersfield High open up with long kickoff returns for touchdowns in their CIF Central Section D-I playoff losses in the second round on Nov. 19. For the No. 7 seeded Bears (7-4), they faced a red-hot No. 2 seeded Bakersfield squad who had won their last six games and fully recovered from some key earlyseason injuries. And the game was tough sledding from the get-go as the Drillers, after returning the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, never let off the gas as they led 30-9 at halftime on their way to a 44-14 win. Bears’ senior quarterback Nolan LeForge threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns on the night, one each to senior Blake Wells and junior Jack Wilkins. On the same night in Bakersfield, No. 6-seeded Clovis North took on Liberty and while that game also opened with an opening 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Broncos were on their way to an upset win until an ill-fated snap late in the game. After the Patriots, the defending D-I champs, took a 21-0 lead after the first quarter the Broncos showed some fight behind standout quarterback Brent Bailey. A 1-yard TD run by Jordan Ayerza followed by a 70-yard touchdown pass from Bailey to sophomore Brock Jones chipped away the lead to 21-14 at halftime. The comeback was complete after

Clovis North quarterback Brent Bailey and his Broncos teammates almost pulled an upset over Liberty in a 34-28 loss in the second round of the D-1 Central Section Football playoffs. Bailey scored on a 29yard touchdown run to make the score 28-27 and finished with 303 yards passing and 106 rushing. [Photo by DeAnna Turner]

another 1-yard touchdown run by Ayerza and a 29-yard run by Bailey gave the Broncos (6-6) a 28-27 lead with 5:05 left in the game. But a bad snap over the head of Bailey with 2:08 left gave the Patriots the ball at the 23-yard line, where Johnny Balderas caught a game-winning 10-yard touchdown with 28 seconds to play. Bailey, who ended the season ranked No. 25 nationally as a dualthreat quarterback on, had 303 yards passing and 106 rushing.

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The Clovis West girls’ golf team handily won the Division 1 Central Section Golf Championship in dominating fashion - by 39 total strokes. [Photo contributed]

Clovis West girls win Valley team golf The girls won the Central Section Division I Championship Oct. 31 at Kings Country Club in Hanford, known for playing as one of the toughest courses around, by a whopping 39-strokes. Clovis West’s Aya Enkoji and Madison Nii finished second and third overall. Only six girls shot in the 70s with the individual medalist (Lexi Keene of Stockdale) shooting a one-over 73. “The girls played great,” said Clovis West coach Craig Shipley. “They were focused, responded well to bad breaks when they happened, played smart golf,

and played with resolve.” Clovis West started a young team with only one senior (Allyson Musser), two juniors (Enkoji, Nii), and three sophomores (Taylor Dufresne, Kayla Terrey, Claire Shubin). Besides Enkoji and Nii, Shubin placed 10th and Terrey 11th. Musser became the fifth girl in the Section to be on four Valley Championship teams. The other four were all CW girls who did it in 2009 – Asia Adell, Alison Ross, Jamie Thomas, and Morgan Thomas.

Clovis West girls’ basketball state and nationally ranked It’s no secret the Clovis West girls’ basketball team is primed for a special season. They have five seniors officially committed to play Division I next season and a sophomore who holds college offers as well. And believe me, with sharpshooters galore and a pressure defense ready to suffocate the competition, people not only statewide but nationwide are well aware of the talent as the Golden Eagles are ranked No. 3 overall in the state by Cal-Hi Sports and No. 10 nationally by USA Today. Archbishop Mitty of San Jose is preseason ranked No. 1 in the state followed by Long Beach Poly, who beat Clovis West last season in the second round of the CIF State Southern Section Open bracket, the part of the playoffs made up of the top eight teams regardless of enrollment or whether the school is public or private. And with big-time tournaments and showcases on the schedule, the girls from the west side are looking towards a fifth-consecutive Central Section D-I championship and a run towards a state championship in the Open Division. First off, they host the Nike Central Valley Showdown from Dec. 1-3, then they travel to Hawaii for the ‘Iolani Classic from Dec. 5-11 and then the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Arizona Dec. 18-22. Nothing like playing the top competition in the nation. And wouldn’t you know it -

Clovis West senior Sarah Bates is one of many standout players on the Golden Eagles basketball team this season that is preseason ranked No. 3 in the state and No. 10 nationally. [Photo by Nick Baker]

Archbishop Mitty and Long Beach Poly are in the 8-team ‘Iolani Classic. The team is led by those highlyregarded five seniors in guards Danae Marquez and Sarah Bates, and forward/wings Bre’yanna Sanders, Megan Anderson and Tess Amundsen. Also there are sophomores Maddie Campbell (coach Craig Campbell’s daughter who also has Division 1 offers), Champ Pulliam and Ari Sanders. Juniors Ana Maldonado and Brianna Robles are expected to receive ample playing time as well.

Clovis West volleyball wins one, loses one in state playoffs Despite losing in the D-I Valley championship game to No. 1 LibertyBakersfield, the Clovis West girls’ season didn’t end there as the Golden Eagles were placed in the CIF State Division I playoffs as the No. 7 seed. That meant a home game against Beckman from Tustin and the Golden

Eagles responded with a hard-fought 3-2 victory. The Clovis West High girls volleyball team ran into a buzzsaw against one of the state’s powers and was swept at No. 2 seed Edison-Huntington Beach in the second round. | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Sweet victory: Clovis West again beats Clovis to reach D-I semifinal

By Paul Meadors | SPORTS EDITOR @paulmeadors

In a season where Adrian Martinez has been magical, Clovis West needed the quarterback extraordinaire more than ever to continue their march towards a Valley title. Calm, cool, collected and most of all – composed – Martinez put on a show in leading a 42-28 comeback win over Clovis at Veterans Memorial Stadium. His final act: a 9-yard touchdown run with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter with his Golden Eagles trailing 27-28 to advance to the D-I Central Section semifinals. “Adrian’s been our leader all year – he’s the most humble guy I’ve ever been around,” said Clovis West coach George Petrissans. “With him it’s always about the team and the wins – it’s never about individual stats or about him.” True – it’s all about the win, but just in case you were wondering Martinez passed for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 222 and another two scores. Two weeks earlier, Martinez put up 415 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in beating Clovis 41-27 in the final TRAC game. And to sweeten the thrill of victory, Martinez verbally committed to play at Cal-Berkeley on Nov. 20, an early decision for the 2018 graduate. “We were going to leave it all out there on the field tonight,” said Martinez, who also had offers from such heavyweights as Oregon State, Utah, Colorado and Miami. “We came out on top because we are a family.” The win sets up a rematch for the No. 4-seeded Clovis West (8-3) at No. 1 Central (10-1) on Nov. 25 for a place in the Valley title game. No. 3 Liberty will be playing No. 2 Bakersfield in the other semifinal. And here’s a fun fact: it was the 45th meeting between the two schools, with each school winning 22 games coming in. But, playoffs are always a different story and it was tough sledding for the Golden Eagles as they fought back after being down 14-13 at halftime and withstood an amazing effort from Clovis running back Samir Allen. The 5-foot-8, 160 pound

Clovis West receiver Hayden Leach is tackled in the end zone by Clovis’ No. 27 Aliikoa Ramos after crossing the end zone for the Golden Eagles first touchdown of the game in their 42-28 quarterfinal win. [Photo by Stan Miyake]

senior dazzled, amazed, and elicited oohs and ahhs all night to the tune of 320 yards on the ground and four touchdowns, his fourth (a 39-yard run) putting the Cougars up 28-21 with with two seconds left in the third quarter. Petrissans was impressed with Allen’s big night: “He was so difficult behind that big, physical offensive line. He has a great mixture of speed and vision and gets hidden a lot. Hats off to him for a great game.” Clovis West’s opening drive ended with a Martinez to Hayden Leach 21-yard TD pass for a 7-0 lead and two Eli Riofrio field goals accounted for 13 first half points. The game was essentially sealed on some trickeration as Nick Coleman took a backwards pass from Martinez and threw a 20-yard pass to a waiting Donovan Gonzalez with 6:46 left in the game – a play where Coleman said he had to tell himself to “catch the pass first then throw it.” After such a promising 6-0 start for Clovis, the Cougars (7-4) ended the season losing four of their last five games. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles are attempting to win their 10th Valley title and their first since 2010.

Clovis West quarterback Adrian Martinez accounted for 274 yards passing and 222 rushing yards and four total touchdowns including the go-ahead 9-yard TD with 9:51 left in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles defeated Clovis and advance to face No. 1 Central in the D-1 semifinals. [Photo by Stan Miyake]

Clovis running back Samir Allen is tackled by Clovis West linebacker Dusty Schramm. Allen ran for 320 yards and four touchdowns in the Cougars loss. [Photo by Stan Miyake]


tighten up some things defensively,” said Clovis West coach Scott Torosian. “We talked about if they got on a little run to not panic, stick with what we were doing and we’ll come out OK in the end.” And you bet – the end was simply A-OK. After Clovis senior Trystyn Vuori’s goal made the score 3-1, Clovis West (21-10) countered with goals from Lisa Moreno and Loggins for the equalizer. The game was tied 4-4 at halftime and 6-6 entering the fourth. Then it was Snyder, also a decorated member of Clovis West’s swim team, scoring the game-winner from about 10 meters out on the right side for a 7-6 lead with 5:25 left, a lead they would never relinquish. “Words cannot express how happy I am right now,” said Snyder. “When we were in the pool I just looked at my teammates and we all had huge smiles on our faces because we knew we had done it.” And for Loggins, who’s committed to Fresno State, the defensive specialist rose to the occasion scoring Clovis West’s first goal, the game-tying, and the final goal to give her Golden Eagle team a three goal lead at 9-6 with 1:35 left. “It was the will to not lose, so I was telling myself I need to score these for the team,” said Loggins when asked what was

Clovis West head coach Scott Torosian celebrates a goal in his team’s 9-7 victory. [Photo by Nick Baker]

Clovis West senior No. 3 Maddie Loggins, who scored three goals in the game, guards Clovis’ No. 13 Trystyn Vuori. [Photo by Nick Baker]

going through her mind during the game. “Tomorrow morning when I wake up and see this hat [that says Valley champion] I’ll say to myself ‘we did it.’” Along with Snyder’s two goals, Moreno also tallied two and senior goalie Duggins registered seven saves. But it was Loggins, normally a defensive specialist, who stepped up her offensive game for the most important game of the year. “She stepped up when we needed her to, she’s a defensive-first player, she’s thrives on defense,” said Torosian, the

Clovis West coach in his 12th year. “ The coaching staff – Matt Brooks and Derek Kisling – they’ve been working with her all season long. When it was her moment and her turn she did it. I was proud of her.” Clovis received the No. 1 based on beating Clovis West twice during the season, once way back on Sept. 9 in a tournament and on Nov. 2 to tie for the TRAC title, both at 9-1. The Golden Eagles beat the Cougars 8-7 on Oct. 11. “We are bummed we didn’t come out on top, but they played a good game and anything can happen in a Valley championship game,” said Clovis head coach Noah

Minton, whose team ended up 23-8 on the season. “These championship games are really exciting and could go either way.” Clovis star Callie Woodruff was a bright spot for the Cougars, scoring four goals while Raylene McVicar and Anna Brazill each scored one. “This group of girls has bought in from day one, getting them to believe in themselves was the key for us.” said Torosian, still soaked after the game due to the tradition of jumping into the pool after a Valley championship win. “They truly did that. That’s why they got to this point.”


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CenCal Cosmos club soccer teams place high in state CONTRIBUTED

In just their third year of existence, the CenCal Cosmos Soccer Club has established great reputation evidenced by their place in state-level competition this year. Last year their Under-9 boys’ team became the first boys’ team from the Central Valley to ever win the NorCal Premier State Championship. This year, the Cosmos placed three teams in the top five for the Under-9 and Under-10 age groups. No other club in all Northern California had greater representation and no other Central Valley club had even one team reach the final eight. Cosmos began in January 2014 with a vision of putting the long-term development of the player first, in a professionally and ethically run club environment. The Cosmos philosophy puts the long-term development of the players ahead of the immediate success of the team. The club focuses on playing possession soccer and teaches players technical habits that will serve them at high school and college rather than the tactical shortcuts that lead to wins in the short term. The list of accolades has steadily accumulated proving the philosophy works.

The Under-10 boys team Jupiter took second place at the State Cup this season. [Photo contributed]

Numerous players have been recruited to play collegiately. The 2016 Girls Grey qualified for the US Club National Championships in 2015 and the Under-9 Boys’ State Championship the same year. During the Nov. 12 weekend, the CenCal Cosmos Under-9 Boys Astros and the

California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) announces All-State Academic Team

The Under-9 girls team Galaxy placed fifth in the State Cup this season. [Photo contributed]

Under-10 Boys Jupiter both made the final of the top level of NorCal Premier State Cup in their respective age groups, before losing in hard fought games. This result means that both teams finished second out of all the teams in Northern California. The Under-9 Girls Galaxy team took

Fresno State: Banquet puts bow on 2016 Football season KeeSean Johnson, Jeff Camilli and Kody Kroening highlight Sunday’s end-of-the-year banquet with MVP honors FRESNO STATE ATHLETICS

From left to right - Jesus Garnica, Diego Banda, Drew Walters. [Photo contributed] CLOVIS ROUNDUP STAFF

Clovis Community College soccer players Jesus Garnica, Diego Banda and Drew Walter earned this recognition from the California Community College Athletic Association. The criteria for the All-State Academic Team from the California Community College Athletic Association is as follows: 1. All nominees must have completed at least one (1) season of competition with a minimum of twenty-four (24) units accumulated from the beginning of their first season of competition. 2. All nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those accumulated units. “Our team played exceptionally-well during the inaugural soccer season for Clo-

vis Community College,” said CCC men’s soccer coach Chad McCarty. “The team was focused, and worked hard throughout the season, both on and off the soccer field. I am honored to serve as the men’s coach for these dedicated athletes and am very proud of our three All-State Academic Team members.” Both men’s and women’s soccer team just wrapped up an outstanding inaugural season. Men’s soccer team posted a 10-7-6 record and finished 3rd in the Central Valley Conference. The men’s team also made the postseason as the No. 13 seed in Nor Cal but was eliminated in second round of the state playoffs. #13 seed in Nor-Cal. The women’s team finished the season with 9-3-5 record and a second place finish in the Central Valley Conference.

fifth in the state and only lost twice all year; both losses were to the same team who went on to reach the final. Of the four age groups who have reached the end of State Cup, CenCal Cosmos reached the top five in three of them and the top two in two cup matches.

The 2016 Bulldogs gathered as a team for a final time Sunday afternoon for their end-of-the-year banquet. The event started with the 14-member senior class that walked down the ramp and onto the turf of Bulldog Stadium for the last time on Saturday being honored for their dedication to the program. The group was presented with framed jerseys as mementos. Others were recognized for their efforts in the classroom, including 13 Bulldogs that had at least a 3.30 GPA: Jakeem Fedd, Frank Dalena, Jacob Vazquez, Brandon Hughes, Michael Martens, Kyle Riddering, Zack Kinninger, Jaleel Carter, Patrick Williams, Jr., Kody Kroening, Blake Cusick, Mike Bell and Justin Verrell. From there, the banquet moved into the awards presentations. The following awards were distributed by football staff members: • Academic Achievement Award OL Jacob Vazquez – presented by Jordan Peterson. • Over Achiever Award Offense, OL Micah St. Andrew

Defense, DB Stratton Brown – presented by Joe Bernardi. • Developmental Weight Room Award WR Justin Allen – presented by Thomas Stallworth • Scout Team Players of the Year Offense, WR Da’Mari Scott – presented by Todd Hunt Defense, DB Ryan Alvarez - presented by Dylan Cruz Special Teams, WR Frank Dalena – presented by Lucus Gingold • Outstanding Linemen of the Year Offense, OL Aaron Mitchell – presented by Mark Weber Defense, DE Nathan Madsen – presented by Pete Germano • Most Valuable Players of the Year Offensive, WR KeeSean Johnson – presented by Burl Toler Defensive ILB Jeff Camilli – presented by Lorenzo Ward Special Teams Player, PK Kody Kroening – presented by Dave Ungerer For their leadership over the past season, commemorative coins were distributed to the 2016 team captains, WR Aaron Peck, QB Chason Virgil, LB Jeff Camilli and DB Tyquwan Glass, by interim head coach Eric Kiesau to cap the event.


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Scam Alert: Fake iPhone Retail Apps Are Surging Right Before the Holiday Shopping Season

Scammers Are Impersonating Themselves as Legitimate Companies to be Able to Hack Into User’s Personal Information CONTRIBUTED BY BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

With the holiday shopping season just around the corner, Better Business Bureau Serving Central California & Inland Empire Counties is issuing a warning to iPhone users regarding hundreds of fake retail apps popping up in Apple’s app store. These counterfeiters have impersonated themselves as retail chains like Dollar Tree and Foot Locker, department stores such as Dillard’s and Nordstrom, high end luxury-goods makers like Jimmy Choo and Christian Dior, and online retailers such as and Polyvore. These apps appear to be legitimate retail store apps, but they are able to fool you; especially when companies don’t already have an existing app through Apple’s app store. These counterfeiters camouflage themselves as the real thing, and while some of these apps appear to be relatively harmless and more of a pop-up junk app, others can take over and really cause damage. When you download the app and install it that is when these criminals can really start attacking. Some fake apps contain malware that can steal a person’s information such a credit card and banking info; they can also lock your phone until the user pays a ransom to be able to use it again. Some are even having users sign into their social media accounts so the hackers can gain access to that as well. The question remains, how can this happen? Apple has always set themselves

apart from Android’s operating system by being more restrictive about what apps pass through. Apple is supposed to stop any software that is deceitful and uses other companies name and logo for profit from being able to harm consumers. However, it is not that simple. These apps don’t have a malicious code associated with them; they are just simply not what they say they are. Apple focuses more on blocking that malicious software and does not routinely examine the tens of thousands of apps that are submitted to the app store daily to ensure they are legitimately associated with who they say they are. Earlier this month, Apple went on a sweeping spree and removed hundreds of fake apps from the app store after The New York Times inquired about this issue. Unfortunately, even after Apple deleted those apps new fake apps are still appearing every day. Many developers are changing the content of an app after it has already been approved by Apple’s monitors, or the counterfeiters are changing their name and credentials and re submitting similar apps after the fake ones were discovered. These apps will continue to keep appearing until Apple can figure out what the best solution is. Until then, BBB recommends you follow these tips to protect yourself from falling for these fake apps. Be very cautious when deciding what app to download. Read the reviews as well. The Dollar Tree app was a fake one that came up and one reviewer wrote how the app kept getting stuck in menus and closes what you

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are doing. Just remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. Never click on a link in any email to download a new app. Go to the website of the retailer to get a link to the legitimate app in the App Store. Those email links are usually filled with viruses that can steal your personal information and even hold your computer hostage until you pay ransom. If you do decide to use an app, give as little information as possible. Most apps don’t require a lot of information unless you are purchasing something. Even then, be cautious and make sure that app is the legitimate one before you make any purchases. Be very reluctant to link your credit card to any app. If you link it and that app is compromised they could steal all your account info. BBB reminds you to be smart and protect yourself. To view more scams in your area, or to report suspected scams visit our scam tracker.


as develop a rapport. It’s as much a social experience as a business experience and a chance to discover what products are right here in Clovis. “It was a great day, Friday [was] unbelievable,” said Bruce Maxwell of Maxwell House Antiques. “There were constant people coming in and a lot of them seemed from to be from out of town. I was packed with people.” On Small Business Saturday, participating merchants offered tax-free pur-

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Memorial United Methodist Church is getting set to present its eighth annual Christmas Card to the Community featuring eight inspiring scenes, live performances, music and narration by Newell Knudson. The community is invited to take a 20-minute walk with your shepherd guide back to Bethlehem to celebrate the true meaning of Christ’s birth. The night will also feature Christmas carols and hot beverages and snacks will be provided. The event is free and runs two nights – Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. – rain or shine. Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 1726 Pollasky Ave. For more information, please call 559-299-4615 or go to Memorial United Methodist is the pioneer church of Clovis, rooted in Jesus Christ and branching out to serve the community, nation and world by growing disciples for Christ and celebrating its faith in mission. The facility offers services in English, Hmong and Korean.


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Sassano’s Men’s Wear: The Oldest Family Owned Business in Clovis By Carole Grosch | REPORTER

Should I be watering my lawn this winter? By Jeff Kollenkark | Weed Man CONTRIBUTED

It can be a bit confusing trying to determine if the sprinklers should run or not in the cooler time of the year. Both the city and state want us to use water wisely and not be wasteful. You can, but the question is, should you? The simple answer is to only water as needed. Bermuda lawns are going dormant, and if they are not over-seeded with ryegrass, you can pretty much turn the water off until sometime in March after greenup starts. Other lawns like tall fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass lawns will only need a fraction of the water required during July and August. Annual plants and flowers may need supplemental water, too. With normal winter rainfall, lawns can go one to several weeks without additional water following a good rain. Without rain, I would expect five to 10 minutes once a week would be sufficient in most cases. The temperature, exposure, degree of shade and level of fog will all determine the need for irrigation. If a fertilizer is applied and no rainfall occurs for several days, you should go ahead and water on your watering day, or you could just wait to fertilize on your watering day. We start applying crabgrass pre emergent products in January and February, and they too need to be watered in to activate them. Here’s another thought regarding sprinkler systems and winter maintenance. The

Valley does get several nights of freezing temperatures, so we would suggest wrapping exposed pipes with foam insulation to reduce the chance of freeze damage. Winter is also a slower time of yard maintenance, and it’s much easier to work on your sprinklers when it’s not so hot. Why not turn your sprinklers on and check for leaks, poor spray patterns, and plugged nozzles? The ground is generally softer now and may be easier to move heads or put in a new system that is more efficient. You should consider water saving tools that are available like smart clocks, low volume nozzles, and drip irrigation. These measures alone can save 50 percent on your water usage year after year without sacrificing the quality of your lawn and landscape. For further questions on lawn issues or irrigation, visit our website at Fresno. or call our office at 559-266-1624. We are happy to talk and visit with you over the phone or visit your specific property.

Old Town Clovis has been home to several women’s boutiques, but for the past 84 years Sassano’s has been the go-to store for men. The shop’s history began in the early 1900s, when a young Aniello Sassano immigrated to the United States from Lucca, Italy. After working as a cobbler for a downtown Fresno department store, he opened a shoe repair store on Front Street (now Clovis Avenue) in 1907 and sold men’s shoes and hats. The original structure was 10-feet by 10-feet and situated on skids. Current store owner Greg Sassano relates the story of the store being pulled into the middle of the street on the first day of business, as a Halloween prank. “Can you imagine going down the street and seeing your store sitting in the middle of the road?” he asks. “A livery horse had to be used to pull the building back to its original spot. Grandpa wanted a more permanent location and we moved to where we are now.” In August 1931 the business briefly closed during the depression and then reopened in February 1932. With time, the store doubled in size. It carries all manner of men’s work and western wear, hats, boots and jeans from brands such as Red Wing, Lee, Levi’s, Wrangler, “Old Guys Rule,” Justin and Tony Lama Boots, and Stetson, Dorfman, and Scala hats. Shirts come in sizes small to 4X, jeans size 28-58, bib overalls to waist size 74 and belts up to size 60. “I remember being a kid in the 50s and even the 60s, when going all the way to Fresno to get clothes was a big deal,” says Glenn Gibson, a past customer. “Sassano’s was the only place in Clovis where you could get a pair of Levi’s.” “Personal service and inventory is a big part of our success,” says Greg Sassano. So is long time employee Bob Parks, a

[Photo courtesy of Sassano’s Mens Wear]

Clovis native and friendly presence at Sassano’s for over 50 years. Considered one of the family, Parks worked alongside the last three generations of Sassanos: Aniello’s son, Lawrence “Shorty,” his son, Les and now Greg Sassano. There have been no daughters in the Sassano lineage. “Hats, jeans and boots have long been popular items,” said Parks. “Doesn’t a day go by we don’t sell a hat.” Throughout the years, Sassano’s has been active in the community. The Sassano Blanket was created in 1936 and given yearly to the outstanding Clovis High School athlete in each of the school’s 23 sports. For a time, the store provided gym clothes and sports uniforms to the school and now supplies lettermen jackets to Buchanan and Clovis High Schools. In separate years, both “Shorty” and Les served as Grand Marshal of the Clovis Rodeo. “Shorty” was inducted into the Clovis Citizen’s Hall of Fame in 1975. Like many of the businesses in Old Town, Sassano’s welcomed customers on Small Business Saturday by offering no sales tax on purchases. Sassano’s is located at 448 Pollasky Ave. Store hours are Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday. For more information, give them a call at (559) 299-4430 or visit their website at | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Holiday Prep Checklist By Central Valley Window Cleaning CONTRIBUTED

The Christmas tree is up, the ginger bread houses are made and the stockings are finally hung. You survived Black Friday, and the dog managed to counter surf only one Thanksgiving turkey leg before you caught him this year. You think, “I’m finally ready. Christmas is 25 days away and I’m ahead of sched-- Christmas is only 25 days away?!? I still have so much to do!” That’s right: less than four weeks to prepare your home for the winter holidays, and you don’t even have your holiday lights up yet. To guarantee you don’t miss a thing, Central Valley Window Cleaning can land on your roof this year with Santa’s mighty helpers. Tis the Season … Is Your Winter Wonderland Ready? With the days getting shorter, the time for your home’s holiday makeover is running out. Ensuring that your home is in tip top shape before the cold really sets in is a high priority for more reasons than just curb appeal. Allowing the investment of your home to go without proper upkeep is akin to skipping an oil change on your car or never having your brakes checked. Eventually, your home will degrade. Your rain gutters will overflow and cease to function, your windows will accumulate hard water spots, and your blinds will trap harmful dust and germs. It’s The Final (Christmas) Countdown:

Santa’s Mighty Helpers at Central Valley Window Cleaning. [Photo by Ron Sundquist]

The temperature is dropping and the leaves have fallen; your property is covered in Summer dust and Fall debris. Home maintenance is the last thing you need to worry about when the Holiday cheer is calling you to sing Christmas carols as you sneak just one more cookie. Our highly trained technicians have been working around the clock to ensure that our clients’ homes are fully prepped for the holidays. To give you a headstart, here are a few key seasonal projects around your house that can boost your property value and create

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cozy quarters for your seasonal guests. Santa’s making a list, and checking it twice; To ready your home, here’s our advice: On your holiday break, frolic with cheer! Use our checklist to ring in the New Year: Remove leaves and debris from rain gutters and flush downspouts Dust and detail blinds and shutters Clean windows, tracks and screens Detail interior and exterior ceiling fans

and light fixtures Hang up outdoor holiday lights and decorations Deliver your wish list to Central Valley Window Cleaning, and we’ll send our magical elves to make sure you’re ready to proudly host for the holidays this year. When you complete your Holiday Prep Checklist with CVWC, you’ll be celebrating your holiday savings from our amazing package deals. We are available via phone at (559) 709-3783, and we look forward to adding that extra cheer to your home!


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Family Barbecue Turkey Mini Flatbread

Servings: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes 2 cups Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine 1/2 cup barbecue sauce 1 1/2 cups roasted turkey, large diced 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 tablespoons yellow onion, small diced 1 cup zucchini, large diced 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup smoked Gouda cheese, shredded 1 cup fontina cheese, shredded 2 flatbreads (approximately 8 inches each) 2 teaspoons cilantro, chopped Heat oven to 400 F. In small saucepan, reduce cooking wine to about 1/2 cup. Mix with barbecue sauce. Toss diced turkey with about 1 tablespoon of sauce and set the entire mixture aside. Heat oil and saute onion and zucchini about 3 minutes over high heat. Season with garlic salt and remove from heat; mix in Parmesan cheese. Set aside. In small bowl, mix Gouda and fontina cheeses together and set aside. Spread each flatbread with an even layer of barbecue sauce. Top each with 1 cup cheese and half the zucchini and turkey mixtures. Bake 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro then cut flatbreads in half to serve.



ransforming that leftover holiday turkey or ham from an ordinary dish you heat up in the microwave or let go to waste into an extraordinary meal may be easier than you think. From flatbread pizza to a hearty stew, enhancing your everyday meals is easy with Holland House Cooking Wines, available in five flavors – Marsala, Sherry, White, Red and White with Lemon. The premium, flavor-enhancing cooking wines are a go-to countertop ingredient and can be used to add a bold boost to any dish whether it’s around the holidays or just pasta for an any-night family dinner. These recipes from Guy Meikle, corporate chef for Mizkan America, Inc., show how easy it is to whip up a new twist on holiday leftovers with Holland House Cooking Wines. You can also find quick tips for boosting the flavor of everyday meals on the label of each bottle. Find more recipes and tips at

Turkey and Caramelized Onion Jam Stuffed Empanadas Servings: 15 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 15 minutes 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup turkey, diced into 1/2-inch cubes 2 tablespoons dried figs, diced into 1/2-inch cubes 1 cup button mushrooms, minced 3 tablespoons caramelized onions 2 tablespoons Holland House Marsala Cooking Wine salt, to taste pepper, to taste Empanada Dough (recipe below) 1 egg, beaten Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Hearty Ham and Bean Protein Bowl Servings: 4-6 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30-45 minutes Total time: 3 hours 1 ham bone 12 cups water, divided 2 bay leaves 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 3 tablespoons, divided 1 cup yellow onion, small diced, plus 3 tablespoons finely chopped, divided 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1/4 cup Holland House Red Cooking Wine 3 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, undrained 1/2 cup sour cream 8 ounces wild rice

(recipe below) Heat oven to 350 F. In pan, heat butter; add turkey, figs, mushrooms and caramelized onions. Deglaze pan with cooking wine; season with salt and pepper, and cool. Roll out dough 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick and cut into 15 3-inch circles. Brush egg on entire disc of dough, eliminating any air bubbles, and place 1 table­spoon filling in center of each circle. Fold dough in half and crimp with fork; prick top with toothpick to let steam out. Place empanada on greased sheet tray and brush with remaining egg; bake 15 min­utes until golden brown. Place on plate and serve with Cranberry Dipping Sauce.

1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 tablespoons Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine 3 cups fresh okra, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces at an angle 1 1/2 cups grilled corn kernels 1 1/2 cups kosher dill pickle, sliced 1/4 cup parsley 4 teaspoons tarragon To prepare broth: In 4-quart stock pot, combine ham bone, 8 cups water, bay leaves and peppercorns. Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, about 2 hours. Strain broth and set aside. In same stock pot, heat 1/4 cup oil and saute 1 cup onion and garlic 2 minutes. Pour in red cooking wine and reduce by half. Add in canned pinto beans; no need to drain. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer soup about

30-45 minutes, or until liquid is reduced to stew-like consistency. Place sour cream in mixing bowl and ladle in some cook­ing liquid to temper it. Add back to soup while stirring. Let simmer a few minutes. To prepare rice: In small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add remaining onion and saute 1-2 minutes. Add rice and stir until coated with oil. Pour in remaining water and cook covered about 45 minutes, or until rice is tender. Remove from heat and rest, covered, 10 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and sherry cooking wine. In 10-inch skillet, heat remain­ ing oil. Saute okra about 3 min­ utes, or until slightly charred. For each bowl: Place rice and stew in center and garnish with 1/4 cup grilled corn, 1/4 cup diced pickles, 1/2 cup okra, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley and sprinkle of tarragon.

Empanada Dough

Servings: 15 Cook time: 5 minutes 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 4 ounces butter 1 egg 1/3 cup ice water 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Sift flour and salt. Cut butter into small cubes and blend into flour. Whisk together egg, ice water and vinegar. Add egg mixture to flour and mix until just incorporated. On table, knead dough; wrap and chill 1 hour.

Cranberry Orange Marsala Dipping Sauce Servings: 15 Cook time: 5 minutes 1 1/2 cups whole cranberry sauce 2 tablespoons whole unpeeled orange, finely chopped 3 tablespoons Holland House Marsala Cooking wine Mix all ingredients thoroughly.


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Compassionate Coach Makes a Difference Off the Field

Emma Steinhardt (right) with her coach, Meghan Marvin. [Photo contributed by Teresa Steinhardt] Johnny Martin | REPORTER @jmart_17

Making a difference in an athlete’s life can sometimes be a difficult thing for a coach, especially at the junior high level. Given just about two hours a day to help their kids in their respective sports, coaches don’t always get the credit they deserve for the work they do. In a society where the mentality “win at all costs” looms large in the sports world, not every day are the coach’s actions off the field considered. That was until a Clark Intermediate School girls cross country coach decided to do something off the field to make a difference in one of her athlete’s lives. “My first instinct and thought was like, ‘Oh gosh I am not in shape and I will

Emma Steinhardt (white shirt) running during the Two Cities Half Marathon. [Photo contributed by Teresa Steinhardt]

just fail you,’” Clark assistant head coach Meghan Marvin said. “I was nervous but I could tell it meant a lot to her so I told her I would do it with her and she was so excited.” For a 12-year-old girl, running a half marathon may be a little too much, but seventh grader Emma Steinhardt was determined to run one when she heard about the Two Cities Half Marathon. “She has begged us to let her run the Two Cities Half Marathon and every year we tell her 13.1 miles is a long way and it takes a toll on your body,” said Emma’s mother Teresa. “This year was no different, but instead of asking if she could run the half marathon, she asked if she could run the half-marathon relay.” When her parents said it was too much to run by herself Steinhardt found out that

Meghan Marvin (right) running during the Two Cities Half Marathon. [Photo contributed by Teresa Steinhardt]

she could split the distance with someone, so she turned to her cross country coach. “It would be real hard for me to say no to any of the kids out there,” Marvin said. “But it was just something about Emma, she is definitely one that I was like, ‘Oh yeah definitely I’ll do it for you.’” The duo of Steinhardt and Marvin split the half marathon and Emma, being the determined one to run, decided to run the longer of the two in the first 7.2 miles instead of the final 5.9 miles to close the race. “I asked her which one she wanted to run and she was like, ‘I want to run the further one,’” Marvin said. “I was shocked at how far ahead she was in it – she got up to me to pass it off to my part at a pace that was so impressive.” The two finished the half marathon run-

ning at a 7:45 minute/mile pace for a total unofficial time of 1:41:16. That time was the 17th fastest out of the 156 duos entered in the half marathon and it was among the top three for a duo of both girls. “She was really excited I did it with her and it was a lot of fun,” Marvin said. “I was nervous though. I put pressure on myself just thinking I got to do this for Emma, I got to win for her.” Marvin knew that she wanted to one day be a cross country coach but she never knew the kind of impact she could make in just her first year as a coach. “Coaches like Meghan are a blessing to parents of athletes,” Steinhardt said. “My daughter will never forget this day and I owe it all to a selfless coach who took the time out of her weekend to fulfill a 12-year-old’s dream.” | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Clovis Self Storage offering affordable storage units this holiday season CLOVIS ROUNDUP STAFF

Whether you are trying to hide your Christmas presents from your children or declutter the spare bedroom for relatives, Clovis Self Storage has the solution for you. During the holiday season, Clovis Self Storage is offering a Christmas special that includes a 5-foot by 5-foot indoor storage unit for $18 a month for two months. Storage units can also be used to store Christmas trees and decorations after the holidays. Clovis Self Storage is located at 2491

CR PHOTO CONTEST WINNER: MAIKOU YANG FERN AND JERRY NOVEMBER 2016 Of the dozens of photos received, we at the Clovis Roundup felt Yang’s photo best represented “Autumn in Clovis.” Thank you to everyone for their photo submissions. Stay tuned for our December Photo Contest!

Year-End Financial Tips for a Better 2017


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December can be full of warm family memories and truly joyful gift giving. But as you approach the “Twelve Days of Christmas” there’s no reason to go overboard on golden rings, calling birds and French hens. You can keep more money in your wallet with these year-end tips: Sell losing stocks. If you have a Wall Street portfolio, some financial planners suggest now is the time to sell underperforming stocks to offset winners. You can write off up to $3,000 in losses against income. Stick to a Christmas spending budget. Give gifts to people you love and friends you see frequently. It’s ok to drop some people from your list. Watch your tax liability. If your income sagged this year, take advantage of lower tax brackets. If you had a better financial year, consider deferring income till next year. Take deductions early by making one or more of next year’s mortgage payments this year. Donate. Giving to your favorite charitable cause is important year-round, but now your charitable giving can result in a big deduction. Contribute the maximum to your 401(k). If you’re 50 and older, you can contribute more this year than folks under age 50. If you have one, use up your flexible medical spending account. See your physician before the end of the year to take care of any medical problems, big and small. Invest in equipment if you own a business. The year-end is a traditional time for businesses to buy and install computers, communications gear, even vehicles, usually qualifying for a deduction. Consider converting your Traditional

IRA into a Roth IRA. You’ll pay taxes on it this year only, but it will grow tax-free from then on. Give the Gift of Time. Instead of buying a gift, give loved ones and friends coupons for babysitting, home cooking, car washing, etc. Plan financially for next year. Stay focused. Develop a written budget that includes every possible expense. It’s the best way to economize and save. Move your money from the big banks. Why spend $100s just to keep your money in a big bank? By moving your money to a local, not-for-profit credit union, you become a member, not a profit-center for stockholders. Credit unions offer checking and savings without monthly fees, tons of no-fee services, low loan rates and really friendly service. Be part of something special. Join Fresno County Federal Credit Union and be better off. You’ll get highly personalized service, mobile banking, and the essential services you need to manage your finances with ease. For more information about membership in Fresno County Federal Credit Union, visit


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“Let’s Talk Clovis”: The Beauty and the Witcher Nola and Les Smith


The Beauty, Nola (Magnolia) Dewees Smith (1900-1990) was born in Oklahoma. She was three years old when her family (John (1875-1970) and Dora Dewees) arrived in Clovis in 1903. Nola attended Clovis Elementary and Clovis High School. She began working at the Lewis P. Gibson Store, northwest corner of Pollasky and Fifth Streets, prior to her marriage to Les Smith in 1921. She became skilled in creating fashionable hats and later in life became an accomplished portrait artist in addition to her barns and mountain scenes. Nola would be selected as Queen of the Clovis Festival and Horse Show in 1919. She wore a white gown, purple royal robe and a crown. A canopy protected her from the sun. She and two young attendants rode in a truck that was decorated with white cloth and purple bows. The truck’s wooden wheels were also decorated. During her child-rearing years, Nola joined a legion of Clovis mothers that worked in the numerous packing houses that lined Clovis Avenue. It was an excellent source of “pin” money. The Smith family would raise three children: Marilyn who married now retired Colonel Jack Weyant of the USAF; son Lt. Sidney Smith who would perish in a B-24 airplane crash in 1944 during WWII; Judy married Vern Barkman (both are active in the Clovis Rodeo Association). Leslie Edwin Smith was born in Easton (Washington Colony) on March 9, 1893 and died on March 20, 1978. His parents, Ed and Jenny Smith, moved to Clovis in 1899. Leslie attended the two story elementary school (built in 1896) at

Pollasky and Third Streets. Education was not mandatory after the age of fourteen and Leslie began working at the L.W. Gibson grocery Store (northwest corner Fifth and Pollasky). He would walk from house to house to take and return grocery orders to their customers. Leslie joined the United States National Guard in 1916. He served in Arizona and helped protect the border towns from Pancho Villa raids. He remembered bootlegging escapades when a bottle of beer would cost $1. He stated: “One bottle of that stuff was so strong; it could knock over a row of peach trees.” After his service in WWI, he worked as a clerk at the C.S. Merriman Store (formerly the Gibson Store). He opened the Smith Grocery store in the late 1920’s at 621 Fifth Street in Old Town Clovis. He closed the store in 1942 when WWII government restrictions (ration stamps) and regulations made business difficult. He became manager of two Richmond U.S. Navy supply depots and after the war he was a maintenance foreman at Friant Dam. During that time, the Smiths purchased a 33-acre ranch and raised cattle. Leslie began his “witching” by searching for oil in the Bakersfield and Raisin City areas. His “divining” rod was a straight piece of metal with a cartridge at the tip filled with oil and secret ingredients that he would not divulge. He recalled that a barrel of oil was selling for $2 in the 1930s and $11 in 1977. Witchers would use witch hazel or hickory limbs, fruit tree twigs, willow limbs and grape vines but Leslie had two favorites: (1) A forked brass witching stick

[Photo contributed by Clovis Museum]

held with palms up and thumbs turned outward. When water was located, the fork would move toward him. (2) A metal stick with a large wooden bead at the tip end that would shake up and down when an underground stream is located. Leslie identified an underground stream east of Academy Avenue that produced 1,000 gallons per minute. He does not know why water witching (also called

dowsing or divining) works. Folklore suggests that a witch haunts our lakes, ponds and underground streams. Leslie was a charter member of the Clovis Rodeo Association and would serve as their Grand Marshall in 1961. He was inducted into the Clovis Hall of Fame in 1977. The Smith family left us a rich heritage. | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Holiday Giving with the Marjaree Mason Center CONTRIBUTED BY MARJAREE MASON CENTER

Find out more about our holiday giving programs to support our clients and their families throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can help fulfill a wish list, provide a holiday meal, volunteer to wrap gifts or host a donation drive or holiday festivity to support those affected by domestic violence. For more information or details on our holiday giving programs, please contact Lorena Moreno, Donor Relations Coordinator at - (559) 487-1317 or lorena@ MAKE A DONATION Donations are essential to help with funding our daily operations throughout the year, including the holiday season when utility bills increase. Our Safe Houses are usually at full capacity over the holidays as this is often a time of year when family stress piles up, finances are tight and these frustrations lead to violence at home. In a year, the Marjaree Mason Center serves over 5,600 adults and children affected by domestic violence and we are proud that 85 cents from every dollar goes directly to support our client services. You can support our efforts by making a donation online or mailing a check addressed to: Marjaree Mason Center, 1600 M Street, Fresno, CA 93721. TREES OF HOPE Through our Trees of Hope program, we ask the community to fulfill holiday wishes for those affected by domestic violence. Christmas trees are decorated throughout the community with holiday wish tags which include items that our clients have requested. Play Santa this holiday season and select a holiday wish tag from one of our trees. Please bring gift unwrapped with the holiday wish tag attached and deliver it to our downtown administration building location (1600 M Street, Fresno) by Dec. 19th, and make someone’s holiday wish come true!

This year our Trees of Hope will be set up beginning November 21st, at the following locations: Fashion Fair Mall Sierra Vista Mall Edwards Theatre in River Park 25 DAYS OF GIVING From December 1 - 25, 2016 we will host “The 25 Days of Giving” and feature a different item from our Amazon Wish List on our Facebook page each day. You can easily click on the link and purchase the item(s) from Amazon and have them shipped directly to our office with just a few clicks! Holiday shopping has never been so easy! Some of the items on our wish list include linens, towels, cookware, paper products, underwear and more. We have wishes waiting to be fulfilled for every donor’s budget. Follow our Facebook page to keep up with MMC this holiday season! HOST A DONATION Marjaree Mason Center safe houses are consistently full during the holiday season. Help make sure our most needed items are continually stocked, allowing us to best serve victims of domestic violence. Some items that are constantly in need include brand new linens and pillow, towels, economy size shampoo/conditioner, and diapers/baby products. If you or your group are interested in hosting a donation drive this holiday season, please contact Lorena Moreno, Donor Relations Coordinator (559) 487-1317 or We also welcome general gift donations from the community to make sure every person we serve gets a holiday gift. Donate brand new toys and clothing for girls and boys, newborn to 17 years old; or help mom feel beautiful again with brand new beauty products and accessories. Due to the nature of our agency, we will not be accepting toy guns or toys that promote violence. Donations are accepted at our downtown location (1600 M Street) Monday Friday between 8:30am- 4:30pm.

HOST A HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER Some groups or businesses – large and small - hold events of their own to benefit victims of domestic violence. For example, annual toy drives, children’s Christmas parties, wine tastings, golf tournaments and hosted parties – all to benefit the Marjaree Mason Center. To host a Fundraiser this holiday season complete our Fundraising Commitment Form and submit it to Lorena Moreno, Donor Relations Coordinator – All signage with MMC logo must be approved prior to the event. VOLUNTEER Because the holidays are our busiest time of year, we need all hands on deck helping to manage the incoming donations, wrap and deliver gifts to those in need, and help advocate for domestic violence victims. If you are interested in giving your time to the Marjaree Mason Center this holiday season, please contact Lorena Moreno, Donor Relations Coordinator at 559.487.1317 or

Salvation Army’s Angel of Tree


The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing and toys for children of families in need through the support of donors like you. Found in local malls, companies and churches, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags

with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of gifts. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags. Location: Sierra Vista Mall (inside Sierra Vista Mall near Kohl’s) Duration: Nov. 25th – Dec. 17th

COATS FOR KIDS Their Mission: “To ensure that every child who needs a winter coat receives a new one” Their Vision: • Every child in America deserves to have a new winter coat, not a used one. • The need for winter clothing is so great that new winter coats must be distributed throughout the winter, not just between Thanksgiving and Christmas. • Giving a child a new winter coat, not one that is “gently used”, has a dramatic and measurable impact on a child’s selfesteem, on their participation in school and school activities, and in their ability to learn. • Building understanding, support, and strong partnerships with schools, governmental and nonprofit entities, including churches, who provide services to disadvantaged children are critical to achieving even limited success. • Financial support is dependent on documented results and financial accountability. • Each delivery of new coats must be done with respect for the children receiving them. • Progress toward this vision is measured one coat at a time, one day at a time. The Fresno County Sheriff’s office in conjunction with 93.7 Kiss Country, KSEE 24 and the Salvation Army has been sponsoring the Coats for Kids Campaign for more than 20 years. The Coats for Kids Campaign collects coats at various locations throughout the Valley as well as a large advertised Coat-aThon Drive at Sierra Vista Mall in Clovis. For more information on the Coats for Kids Foundation visit:

2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY SEASON FOOD DRIVE Among those giving back is Yosemite Falls Cafe, who is holding a Christmas holiday meal drive to help feed the less fortunate. The restaurant is asking customers to purchase a holiday meal for the less fortunate – $15.99 covers the cost of a holiday meal for a family. All meals will be distributed to Poverello House or Fresno Rescue Mission. Last year’s drive fed around 300 people, according to restaurant manager Roberto Torres. For volunteer opportunities contact Yosemite Falls Cafe at (559) 324-8456.

559 LOCAL CAN DRIVE Local microbrewery 559 Local is partnering with Community Food Bank to give back this November. Customers who bring in a bag of canned goods get their first draft beer for only $1.



Children’s Electric Christmas Parade Saturday, December 3, 2016 Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Old Town Clovis Kiwanis at (559) 270-0929 Old Town Clovis Saturday Farmer’s Market Saturday, December 3, 2016 Time: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2016 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 Knights of Columbus and Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Christmas Boutique Sunday, December 4, 2016

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Place: Notre Dame Hall, 333 8th Street, Clovis, CA 93612 Info: Jennifer Marmolejo at 559-229-7504 1868 Historic Academy Methodist Church Advent Service Sunday, December 4, 2016 Time: 2:00 p.m. Place: 10558 N. Madsen (Hwy 168 and Madsen) Info: 299-6484 City of Clovis Christmas Tree Lighting Monday, December 5, 2016 Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Clovis City Hall, 1033 Fifth Street Free Admission Contact: Clovis Recreation Center (559) 324-2780 Clovis Senior Center’s Senior Walk Monday, December 5, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th St, Clovis, CA 93612 For info: Maikou Yang at (559) 324-2756 Vietnam Veterans of America, Fresno Chapter 933 Monthly Meeting Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Time: 6:00 p.m. (first Tuesday of each month) Place: Clovis Veteran’s Memorial building, 5th & Hughes Details: 559-260-6671 Clovis Chamber’s December Holiday Mixer at KAIL TV Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Place: 1066 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno, CA 93710 Info: (559) 299-7363

Jingle Bell Run for Toys for Tots Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. Place: Palm and Shaw Avenues in Fresno For more info: http://www.

Let’s Talk Clovis”, Ralph Lockwood, Education, 25 years CUSD Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Time: 7:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 5th & Hughes For more info: 559-297-8033

Old Town Clovis Saturday Farmer’s Market Saturday, December 10, 2016 Time: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party – Benefitting Community Food Bank and Toys for Tots Thursday, December 15, 2016 Time: 9:00 p.m. Place: TGIF, 1077 E. Herndon Ave., Fresno, CA 937110

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Saturday and Sunday, December 10-11, 2016 Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774

Old Town Clovis Saturday Farmer’s Market Saturday, December 17, 2016 Time: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774


This Week’s Sudoku Puzzle Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mind-bending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test!

If you receive an email from what you think is your bank, credit card company, or other financial institution, ensure that it’s actually them before responding or providing personal information. Criminals will set up emails that appear to be your financial institution (credit card company, bank, PayPal, other...), and make it look like you need to log into your account to verify a suspicious transaction or something similar. Your info will go to the criminal and not your bank. Always verify first! Look at the email address it’s sent from, or go directly to your financial institution’s website instead of clicking on links in an email.

Courtesy of the Clovis Police Department

Log of Shame By April Blankinship | CONTRIBUTED

November 9, 2016 A man called Clovis PD to report that he found a pink bike behind his fence in the alleyway. It was previously reported stolen from the victims home and it appears that the thief ditched it in the alley. What? Did your other lowlife criminal buddies make fun of you because you’re riding around town on a pink girls bike with tassels on the handle bars? For shame! Maybe you shouldn’t have taken it in the first place!

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

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November 10, 2016 A woman over on Dupree Ave reported that she was the victim of theft when she received a package on her front door that clearly was not meant to come to her. The shipping company made an error because whoever the thief was had changed the shipping address to their own. Luckily she was able to catch it and the charge for $307.16. I imagine that this is the one time you would be happy when a company ships your order to the mailing address instead of the shipping address. Makes it mighty convenient for the police to track down the offender too!

Last issue’s Puzzle Answers

November 11, 2016 A local business on Herndon Avenue was shocked when they arrived at work and found that somebody had jumped their fence and broken into several of their company vehicles on the lot. All were in a locked and gated area and each had the window smashed out of it and the stereo pulled out. That totally boggles my brain. First of all, I don’t actually know anybody who buys stereos for cars anymore without taking it to a shop to have it installed. Second of all I don’t know anyone who buys things off the street. If some guy had a table of 20 stereos just randomly sitting there I would definitely assume that he stole all of them because nobody just has 20 stereos somewhere for sale that have been legitimately AND randomly ripped out of a variety of different vehicles. Apparently there’s a whole level of humans I don’t even know about much less comprehend.


November 12, 2016 The three amigos were arrested on Clovis Avenue early in the day around 4:30 PM for being drunk in public. Thinking things are more funny than they actually are (which is what alcohol does to you) the three good ole boys left a local tavern and decided to roam around downtown on foot singing their best renditions of George Straits 50 greatest hits. Moms shopping with kids where not amused. November 13, 2016 A gentleman parked over on Herndon Avenue learned his lesson the hard way when somebody smashed his back window and stole several items from his car. Funny, the story is always the same...... allow me to enlighten you. Thieves ALWAYS steal sunglasses, loose change, your cell phone, and your designer purses. Make a note, these are things NEVER to leave in a vehicle. You’re welcome. November 14, 2016 While a local resident over on West Rall Street was at work someone broke into his home and stole his prescription medicine that was sitting on the nightstand. They didn’t steal anything else that he could tell and he is still scratching his head in wonderment why anyone would steal his prescription for heartburn. THAT’S why you broke into a home, because your heartburn was so bad you lost all your senses and had to steal medicine? What the what? November 15, 2016 Talk about scratching your head in confusion. A woman on Norwich called to report that her car was broken into and the the thief stole everything she had in the car. Which was one Gatorade bottle. {insert the sound of crickets here!} November 16, 2016 A woman walked out to find her car had been stoned, literally. Someone had thrown rocks at her front windshield, her passenger side door, and the hood of her car. In Bible days women were stoned for adultery. Apparently in this century, you stone the woman’s car. November 17, 2016 A local business was the victim of a robbery when somebody came in and stole several designer purses. Listen, the next time “The Purse Lady” shows up at your salon with Dolce and Gabbana purses for only $19.99 out of her trunk.......please remember that to date the company has never signed a marketing contract to display and sell their purses out of the back of a Honda Accord. November 18, 2016 A local construction company called dispatch to report that somebody had smashed a window in 2 different company trucks that were parked next to each other on their lot during the night. The day before they had let go of a gentleman that had some pretty bad behavioral problems and according to the surveillance cameras he came back and busted out the windows just to be vindictive. Genius, now you have no job and you’re going to jail. November 19, 2016 A woman accidentally dropped her Visa debit card out of her pocket while out running errands with some girlfriends the night before. 24 hours later someone had found that card and was mighty tempted because they spent over $900 at miscellaneous stores in town! The audacity of people to think that there is simply no problem at all with using somebody else’s debit card to fill their refrigerator and buy diapers in bulk just because they found someone else’s card! What happened to people returning things when they found them? Deputy Barney Pfeif would order the hounds after you for a crime like that back in Mayberry. Unfortunately, it appears we are no longer living in Mayberry. *The above Police Logs are loosely based on actual events. The names have been changed to protect the innocent. The circumstances have been created and embellished for your entertainment. | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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Dan Brown Named Dean of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University CLOVIS ROUNDUP STAFF

Dan Brown has been named Dean of Pharmacy at California Health Sciences University College of Pharmacy effective July 1, 2017. Brown comes to CHSU from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where he served as Dean of the Lloyd L. Gregory School of Pharmacy from 2005-2010, at which time he returned to full-time teaching with a focus on faculty development. He has over 35 years of academic and professional experience, much of which has been spent working in hospital pharmacy management. “With extensive experience in the field of pharmacy, team-based learning, and clinical practice, Dr. Brown will be instrumental in leading our College’s unique mission and prepare our students to become Advanced Practice Pharmacists,” Senior Academic VP, Provost and Interim Dean of Pharmacy Wendy Duncan said in a statement. “He is an accomplished leader who can help to develop our faculty’s teaching and clinical skills with an innovative curriculum to prepare our students for the highest degree of professional preparation.” In 2013, Brown was recognized as a Certified Consultant-Trainer at the TeamBased Learning Collaborative (TBLC), a world-renowned organization that encourages and supports the use of team-based learning in all levels of education. Dr. Brown has served as a clinical practice faculty member at four other schools of pharmacy, holding such positions as director of drug information, director of experiential education, director of pharmacy services, director of ambulatory care, and program director for an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency. He also served as the Director of Pharmacy Services at San Joaquin General Hospital near Stockton in 1987-1988 and

1998-2001 and at Merced Community Medical Center (now Mercy Medical Center Merced) from 1991 to 1998. His passion for serving patients and the health care needs of our community will help us achieve our university mission to healthcare outcomes of people living in the Central Valley, Duncan added. Dr. Brown completed his Clinical Pharmacy Residency at the University of Illinois Medical Center, Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Science at the University of Wisconsin. “I am honored by this appointment and inspired to continue the great work already begun by President Dunn, Provost Duncan, and the entire CHSU community to offer a program that is uniquely designed to prepare students from this part of California to become future leaders within the profession of pharmacy,” Brown said in a statement. “I have strong ties to the Central Valley and look forward to working with CHSU students, faculty, staff and local partners to improve healthcare outcomes in this region. I have been mission driven throughout my career, and the CHSU mission is one that I am very eager, and truly humbled, to begin.” Brown was selected from a pool of highly-qualified candidates during a national search that began last spring. Brown will succeed Duncan. About California Health Sciences University (CHSU) California Health Sciences University was founded in 2012 and is the first university of its kind in the Central Valley. Envisioned by the Assemi family, CHSU offers a local option for healthcare professionals seeking postgraduate and doctoral programs and to help remedy the shortage of health care services offered in the Valley. Students can enjoy the unique combination of high quality of life, affordable cost of living and plentiful career oppor-

Dan Brown. [Photo contributed by CHSU]

tunities the Valley provides. The College of Pharmacy was the first program offered because of the demand for pharmacists in the region. CHSU plans to open up to 10 post-baccalaureate colleges to train healthcare professionals in the coming years and is considering Allied Health, Podiatry, and a Medical school. The timing and specific discipline for each new school will be determined based on

the need and opportunity for job placement within the region. The fall 2017 admission cycle for the CHSU College of Pharmacy is underway and applications for the Doctor of Pharmacy program are now being accepted. For more information about the Doctor of Pharmacy program at CHSU, visit, call 559-325-3600 or find them on facebook, twitter and Linkedin.

Ag at Large: In food, safety is dominant


A new era in the protection of our food supplies has just begun, and the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is its energized watchdog. The FDA’s traditional oversight of drug purity, distribution and food authenticity was given a broader and deeper responsibility when the U.S. government enacted the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in 2011 and assigned responsibility for its enforcement to the FDA. Several fresh produce items grown in abundance in California are included under the broadened scope of the act. Lingering memories of food illnesses in the United States in 2006 (spinach), 2008 (peppers), 2010 (cantaloupes), and 2012 (widespread listeria) seemed to motivate Congress to weave stricter and broader food safety measures into the FSMA, especially for foods that are shipped and consumed in their fresh condition. For California, many of the foods that fall under the act are leafy greens – lettuces, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, the popular kale and others. About 125 growers who produce them are covered by the state’s Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA). “Covered” means they are obligated by statute to contribute to the welfare and order of the industry and its products and abide by certain industryadopted standards, rules and procedures. The existence of the marketing agreement, authorized by the California Department of Food & Agriculture, gives the state’s growers of leafy greens a leg up in complying with the strict, rigid demands of the new FSMA. Administrator of the marketing agreement Scott Horsfall explains that food cleanliness is now the

law of the land, that growers and shippers of fresh products must comply with standards that ensure food safety and that any violations will bring strong repercussions. Fines may be substantial. But Horsfall indicates that the stillyoung state marketing agreement originally adopted standards that are at least as tough as the federal rules, and in some cases more demanding and rigid. He projects that the stricter federal involvement by FDA will strengthen and probably expand the membership of the California organization. It was natural that California’s lush fields that produce tens of thousands of acres of leafy greens year round were the first site for FDA to evaluate and inspect. FDA administrator Dr. Stephen Ostroff was ushered by Horsfall and California Secretary of Food & Agriculture Karen Ross on a recent farm-to-fork tour of fruit and nut orchards and grape vineyards in Fresno County as well as vegetable and berry fields in the Salinas Valley. Horsfall could not speak for the FDA executive but said his own response to the brief tour of food production areas was positive. He doesn’t expect growers of food items in California to have to make major adjustments in their practices, because many of them are following standards more stringent than those established by FDA, especially the members of his marketing agreement. He reiterated a point that growers and shippers of fresh fruits and vegetables often make. by describing the industry as handler driven. Whether demand originates with giant supermarket chains, terminal operators who supply smaller outlets or institutional buyers who supply the mass feeding spectrum, their demands for quality, freshness and purity dictate the

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market. If growers don’t produce to their standards they don’t buy. Ross, Horsfall and other agricultural leaders will have added responsibilities in making sure that several new and more demanding procedures for growing and handling fresh-food products are applied. It’s not that the products now under tighter federal scrutiny have not been

produced under the highest standards of cleanliness and health. And it’s not that tons of fresh fruits and vegetables going to dozens of America’s major food handlers daily have resulted in sickness, disease or discomfort. It’s just that federal influence seeking tighter regulation of all that we eat, drink, bathe in or breathe has prevailed once more.



Powder Coating

By Eric Hinkle | CONTRIBUTED @clovisparknpark

It’s more than likely that your car or a car you have seen at a show has had the wheels, frame or headers coated at Cap’s Coating. They offer a wide range of automotive services, from powder coating to media blasting to thermal coatings. The family business, known to local hot rodders as the best coaters around, is ran by The Webers; Don Sr., Don Jr., Ron and Dianne. 30 years ago, The Webers may have started out by offering commercial blasting and powder coating, but Hot Rods, motorcycles and race cars have always been their true passion. “We understand that the difference between a nice ride and a really nice ride that turns heads is in the details,” Don Weber Jr. said. “So the same time and effort is applied whether we are powder coating a suspension piece that will never be seen or porcelain coating a custom set of headers.” You may have seen their coating and not even known it. If you have spent any time on the trails winding throughout Clovis, you might have stopped to admire the amazing metal sculptures placed alongside the trail. A few of my favorites include the farmer on the plow located near the intersection of Shaw and Clovis Avenues along the Old Town Clovis Trail, the bull at the Rodeo Grounds, and the newest piece by local artist Brandon Greer called “Running Time” at the Dry Creek Trailhead. These metal sculptures have been coated with a layer of clear polyester, so even after years in the elements these pieces look shiny and newly completed. This coating is applied electrostatically and then cured in an oven, allowing the polyester to flow and form a finish that is much more durable than paint. The powder coated finish not only looks great but protects the artwork from water and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, and is resistant to chemicals, making it easy to clean if they were to ever be defaced. These same benefits are available in the automotive coating they offer. “Our coatings are the best in the industry and are on vehicles around the world,” Ron Weber said. “Automotive restorers know that if you want something done right the first time that Cap’s Coating is the place to go.” Some of their recent automotive projects include powder coating the entire body of a 1929 Ford in a gloss black. New services include etching and sandable primer, which is a great way to seal interior and exterior body

panels of the car before painting. They also purchased a Spray Weld Zinc machine to repair rusted body panels while on the car. You no longer have to cut out the bad section and spot weld in new metal. The winter months are typically the time to fix all the little things on your rod or even tear it apart and give it a new look. Little changes, like freshly coated wheels or ceramic coating those rusty headers, make all the difference. We all know how many countless hours are put into a vehicle restoration, so don’t spend any of them watching paint dry. For more information about Cap’s Coating you can stop by their facility at 4460 S. Chestnut Ave., visit their website or follow them on instagram @capscoating. We would also like to recognize the recent passing of Dan Rouit. The motorsports community lost not only a great person but a flat track legend and historian. For 25 years Dan and his family have opened their home and museum to share and help preserve motorcycle history. Our sincere condolences to his family. He was a true ambassador to our hobby. UPCOMING EVENTS: December 3: 7th Annual Toys for Tots Clovis VW December 10: Mooneyes Xmas Party Show & Drags, Irwindale, CA January 27-29: 67th Grand National Roadster Show February 11: 15th Annual Dr. George Car Show Palm Springs February 17-19: Sacramento Autorama For more information on past and upcoming events visit or email me at If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to clovisparkinthepark@ or call me at (559)970-2274 and we will post it on our website.

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Fitness and Mental Strength:

misconceptions about willpower

something that is in direct conflict with our goal or dreams. For instance, I want to eat in a healthy manner but I also want to eat a half dozen chocolate chip cookies; or I want to do enough healthy movement or exercise but I don’t want to get off the couch. The word temptation comes from a root that means “to test.” What is being tested is which one we want more. If we view willpower as simply denying ourselves the pleasure of what we want, then we will be like the little dutch boy who put his finger in the dyke to plug the leak – eventually the water will win and come flooding in. This testing can be likened to a tug of war – constant effort and pulling is necessary. We regard temptation as an external force to be resisted. But if we think differently about will, if we regard will as the ability to chose between two alternatives – as in free will – instead of the ability to fight with ourselves, then we can take a different approach. The word dedicate means to devote or consecrate. It is to elevate one thing above others. These are two distinctively different approaches. In the first, we resist a thing. In the second, we remodel our thinking and feeling by consistently choosing one value over another. This second use of will is more challenging, but as a result we perceive the thing we are seeking with more actual value than the thing we are resisting. This means that instead of a perpetual battle with temptation, it becomes less alluring and things become easier rather than harder to accomplish. Life is a process, and process takes time, but the effort can be focused on inward change rather than just resistance. The couch can look like a threat to your health but the outdoors can look like a reward.


Each and every one of us would like to improve the quality of our lives in one way or another. We all live in an environment. In fact, we all live in multiple environments and in various relationships within those environments. We have both an inner and an outer environment. Our outer environment includes: all the external demands of life; balance in gravity; our relationships with others; societal expectations; energy requirements, as in the ability to obtain food; environmental constraints; and emotional and stress related issues that exist in the mind and the body. Our internal environment has to do with how we process all of this and what our own wants, dreams and expectations are. Our internal processing determines our perceptions of ourselves and of the world. When the stress of the external demands or our own expectations are great we must find the internal resources to meet these demands. This is where most people might think willpower comes in. Many people think that if they don’t workout at the gym, fail to lose weight or don’t accomplish some other goal, it is because they lack sufficient willpower. Many people might think of willpower as the ability to resist temptation, and this is a good thing, but there is more to the essence of wil. The essence of the meaning of temptation is that internal conflict exists. That means we want to do one thing, but we also want to do

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Laugh in the face of challenges GET FIT CLOVIS

By DIANA GIRALDO | GFC EDITOR @dianaiinspired

Life is full of moments where you can choose to challenge yourself or shy away from new experiences. Even though I do not consider myself a runner, I have always admired the running community and have been interested in participating in an event. When the Fresno State Army ROTC presented me with the opportunity of joining them on a half marathon I did not stop and think what it all entailed and said yes immediately. Maybe it was my unfearful youth talking but I chose to push my limits – even though I doubted myself – even if I knew I would be challenging myself in a way I had never before. I would be running my first half marathon – the Two Cities Marathon and Half, which was a round trip of 13.1 miles – only after a few weeks of completing my first 5K, the Monster Mash Dash. A month leading up to the race I followed the advice given to me by Scott Forrester, who writes for Get Fit Clovis and is a certified personal trainer. I ran 3 to 5 miles, three or four times a week and trained by running in intervals – starting with 2 minutes of running followed by 2 minutes walking, until I was able to reach 6 to 10 minutes running with only a few minutes of walking in between. He advised me to use this strategy to pace myself to successfully complete the run. The days leading up to the half marathon I was nervous but more excited than anything else. The day I went to pick up my packet was when it all finally felt real. I saw dozens of other runners there just as excited as I was to pick up my goodie bag, which included my bib, a race shirt and plenty of

information for other runs and possible gear I would need. I was ready for the next day. I had everything prepared – my clothes, energy gels and water. When I arrived to Woodward Park the next day, my heart was beating out of my chest – both from the excitement and the final moment of truth – I would be running several hours, a little over a dozen miles and all for my first time, but my mind was ready. I was determined to finish – that was the only thing I was thinking. The marathon was broken down into several groups, those participating in the Clovis half were set to leave at 7:15 a.m. A few minutes before, 1,323 runners out of the nearly 3,000 total people participating in the day’s events began to settle in front of the starting line. As we took off all I saw in front of me was a sea of people with the willpower to complete their objective, whether it was to complete the marathon or beat their personal record. Lining the sidewalks were spectators holding signs reading messages of encouragement, inciting humour and rooting for their friends and family. From Woodward Park the runners went on to Shepard Ave., turned down Willow Ave. then followed the Sugar Pine/Old Town Trail and looped around when we reached Sierra Ave. Throughout the run there were water stations where volunteers handed out water, Gatorade and energy gels. Police were stationed in areas to control traffic and look out for any injured runners. A few local bands and DJs also played in open areas along the run. When I reached about the halfway point I felt my body begin to get heavy but I remembered I just had to walk a little more to conserve energy. Seeing all the signs throughout the run and hearing people’s words of encouragement ultimately was what I feel kept me going. They fed my conviction to continue.

Get Fit Clovis girl on the track, Diana Giraldo. [Photo courtesy of Two Cities Marathon]

I remember about a third of the way through, maybe even a little more, a little boy was holding a sign that read “tap here for more energy” with a picture of the sun and lightning. He saw me and said, “Do you need energy?” I must have looked exhausted but I did need more so I played along and tapped his sign. He boosted me all the way to the end. Once we turned back onto Friant Ave. to go back into Woodward Park and cross the finish line I was feeling relieved. The last couple minutes of the race I was astonished with myself. I would have never known what

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my body was capable of if I wouldn’t have tried. I ran – not for time – but to prove to myself I was capable. I can now cross this off my bucket list. For next time my objective will be to beat my 2 hours and 37 minute incoming time. And, yes, I would recommend even nonrunners to try, even if you just do it once. Whether you walk or run it, all that matters is you take a chance, take it as an adventure, a step into the unknown. At the end of the day this will be a memory of your tenacity and vigor. You can do it. | WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

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HALTER BREAKING CONTINUED... Hello Everyone! Beth Eva here to not only further explain halter breaking from where I left in prior article, but to introduce my process of trailer loading. Maintaining consistency in training is critical in the training process. As such, I will lead them around the entire property, including potentially “scary” items such as tarps, logs, or puddles of water if present. If they walk over these items without fear or objection, we continue on. If not, I will desensitize according to the level of objection. In addition, I will lead them to the wash rack – utilizing the same process noted above. Thus, my process will insure the horse will lead quietly around the property without being worried or scared about various objects. Upon a horse demonstrating comfortable and proper leading, I will continue with more advanced lunging. Unlike my prior article of introducing lunging, at this point the horse should walk, trot, lope, change direction, and stop when asked through proper body movement and placement, instead of a ‘bump’ from a long lead line. When I ask a horse to stop, I want them to learn that doing so is a point of rest and relaxation. After stopping, I observe to see if they “lick and chew” as a sign of message sent and understood. When approaching, I make sure they have both

of their eyes on me. If not, I will move to the right or left, or back up to draw their eyes to me. Only when they keep both eyes on me when approaching will I reward them by rubbing their forehead. This step is a very important to communicate with the horse. Before leading them out of the round pen, I will place my hand on their “pole” with light pressure to teach them to drop their head. Should there be any resistance, I will adjust my technique accordingly. My ultimate goal goal is teach the horse to drop their head soft and willingly with the least amount of pressure, which leads to standing quiet while tied at the hitching post. Standing quiet while tied teaches patience, regardless of the period of time they are tied before being lead away, which is great completed step when introducing trailer loading. Loading a horse into a trailer may be very scary to a horse, especially if it is a small trailer as the horse views the small trailer as much more confining. My trailer is a large four-horse slant load which is easier to teach horses to load into given the large open space it has, therefore much less confining. When introducing a horse to my trailer, my technique is as follows: First, I lead them to the loading area of the trailer and move them around in one direction or the other to maintain them focusing on

[Photo contributed by Beth Eva]

me. If the horse wants to lick or smell the trailer, I allow them as long as their energy is directed at going in the trailer. I then lead them to the rear of the trailer at which point I step in and rub their head as a reward. If they are quiet and compliant during this, I will ask them to take a step forward. If the horse complies, I will release pressure on their lead and reward with a rub on their head. Provided these steps are done with compliance, the horse may follow you in the trailer. Once in, they realize being in the trailer is a comfortable place to be as I keep good hay in the feed bag for them. Horses are naturally relaxed when eating, which reinforces a positive environment. Additionally, having hay in the feeder does not serve as a bribe to load in the trailer, given they didn’t know it was there until after they got in. While they are eating, I will rub different parts of their body such as hip, head, neck and back, which enhances their relaxation. When unloading, I will turn them in complete

circle many times before leading them forward and unloading them, allowing me as the handler to decide when the horse can unload. Additionally, this is process is performed on a daily basis. Once this process is completed with compliance, you’ll be able to load your horse by pointing and sending them in while you stay on the outside. This process is a broad overview; As such, every horse is different and I urge you to not hesitate in contacting myself or another qualified trainer for questions related to this process or what to do should problems arise. Handler patience and proper timing is critical as horses do not want to be disciplined and would much rather learn to please you. Until next time when I discuss the steps necessary to completion of halter breaking, be safe and enjoy your horses! Have a blessed Day! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at



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