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All I want for Christmas is you: Holiday proposal at Santa Claus Lane
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By Valerie Shelton| EDITOR
This season’s jingle bells will soon turn into wedding bells for one local couple. On Friday, Dec. 4, 26-year-old Alex Michalski got down on one knee in front of a crowd of onlookers at Santa Claus Lane in Clovis to propose to his girlfriend of three years, Danielle Ybarra, 24. Michalski enlisted the help of Santa Claus Lane programmer Deb Toews, who set up a special light show to Mariah Carrey’s “All I want for Christmas is You,” at his request. Michalski said he knew he would be proposing during the holiday since it would be easier to bring the family together without raising any suspicions. When he heard about Santa Claus Lane from his boss, who lives in that east Clovis neighborhood, he thought it would be the perfect setting for him to pop the big question. “The idea was developed by my boss,” Michalski said. “I was brainstorming ideas with him and telling him I wanted to make it special and he told me about Santa Claus Lane. I went over to Santa Claus Lane and talked to Deb about setting something up…Danielle had no idea but she almost caught me because I came home late a few times since I was over there working out all the details and previewing the show. She thought I was
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During the Holiday Season
Christmas tree pays tribute to late Clovis High counselor Gary Prentice By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
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While the Christmas season is often a joyous time for families to gather together, it can also be a difficult time for those who have lost a loved one, especially those spending their first holiday without them. This Christmas, the Prentice family and the Clovis High community are reminded of the loss of a great educator, counselor, husband and father, Gary Prentice. Prentice passed away May 12 after a short and courageous battle with leukemia. He served Clovis Unified at Tarpey, TemperanceKutner and Fancher Creek Elementary schools, Alta Sierra Intermediate School and Clovis High School for 35 consecutive years.
His last role, from 2000 to 2015, was as a counselor at Clovis High. The impact Prentice had was vast, touching those who only had the opportunity to meet him once or twice. One person he touched was Nick Meyer, who operates the Christmas tree lot on Herndon and Fowler. Meyer said he didn’t know Prentice well, but knows his wife, Renae Prentice very well as she was the kindergarten teacher for all three of his children. Meyer said Renae and Gary both impacted his and his children’s lives and he wanted to do something special in his memory. “I wanted to do this because we’re in the middle of the Clovis High area and he was part of Clovis Gary Prentice | PAGE A15
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | A figurine of a man teaching a young child resembles what Gary Prentice spent his life doing—guiding the youth of Clovis and Fresno.
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City of Clovis shows its holiday heart By Carol Lawson-Swezey | REPORTER In a concerted and cohesive act of generosity and charity, many City of Clovis employees and departments including City staff, police and fire departments have demonstrated their holiday spirit by going the extra mile for their community. HOLIDAY TROOP DRIVE Military service members overseas will benefit from theClovis Police Department Holiday Care Package Drive. Donation items, including food, socks, toiletries and DVDs, were shipped out to deployed American Combat Units through Boxed Inc., a local non-profit started by Clovis High graduate, Raegan Fast. This is the third year that the 23 year old has been organizing a care package drive. Clovis Police Officer Anthony Gonzales started a drive within his department three years ago and the group sent 60 care packages to units in Afghanistan that first year. Last year, another 5000 sailors on the aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, were added to the donation list. This year’s drive culminated with a boxing event on Dec. 7 with approximately 130 care packages sent out to four different American military units stationed in Afghanistan, Qatar and Kuwait. “It never ceases to amaze me how generous the community is in supporting their military,” Gonzales said. “We want to thank all the people who continue to care about their deployed men and women.” CLOVIS KIWANIS The Clovis Kiwanis became all-out Santas and elves to local seniors who they treated to a holiday feast on Dec. 5 at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building. About 500 people were served with another 50 additional dinners delivered to shut-ins, said Kiwanis member and Clovis Business Development Manager Shawn Miller. Clovis Kiwanis also donated the complete ingredients for Thanksgiving dinners for 40 local families, collected about 100 coats to be distributed to area children, and work with Aspiranet, an agency managing foster child cases. “Every Christmas, the Clovis Kiwanis
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED | Volunteers sign supportive Christmas cards for overseas troops
Club partners with Aspiranet to help make Christmas possible for many children of all ages,” Miller said. “Club members shop for, wrap and present the gifts all on their own time and with their own funds.” This year,50 children were sponsored. The organization also underwrote the printing of all programs and brochures for the local chapter of Wreaths Across America, which placed 900 wreaths on the graves of local veterans on December 12. The City also participated in Coats for Kids, to collect new and gently used coats for Clovis children. That drive ended Dec. 15 to enable distribution of the coats prior to the school winter break. “Monetary donations are also accepted to purchase coats and if coats come in late, I’ll find someone in need,” said police Corporal Jared Binford, who can be contacted at 3242471 or Jaredb@cityofclovis.com. TOYS AND SOCKS, OH MY OH MY All Clovis Fire stations served as
collection centers for the 2015 Toys for Tots drive, an annual event spearheaded by the United States Marines and the United Way of Fresno County. Clovis FD also collected socks, mittens and scarfs in their 10th annual sock drive. Socks and other cold weather items will be collected at the Clovis Fire Headquarters, 1233 5th Street, until Dec. 18 and then distributed at Poverello House and the Veteran’s Administration hospital, said Chad Fitzgerald, Clovis’ Life Safety Enforcement Manager. The drive is in honor of Nick Cattelan, the stepson of retired Clovis Fireman Larry Cottom and his wife Judy. Cattelan, an Emergency Medical Technician and paramedic with American Ambulance, was moved to start the drive when he went on a call on a cold December evening in 2005. He treated a homeless man whose feet were in terrible and debilitating condition because he did not have clean, dry socks. Cattelan, a Clovis West graduate, died
at age 28 in November 2006 but the family continues his mission to help the homeless and helpless. Over the years, the drive has gathered between 4,000 to 6,000items annually. The drive will continue at fire headquarters until Dec. 18. Other FD projects include a fundraiser and dinner for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, which was held Dec. 12. Event proceeds enable burn victims to go to Burn Camp at Wonder Valley Ranch.Another FD project benefitted a 9-year-old brain cancer patient, whose wish for a Nintendo DS for Christmas spurred a contingency of holiday helpers to get to work. Clovis fire and police departments, Pink Heals, a breast cancer advocacy group, and the Firefighter’s Association provided a Christmas party, complete with Santa, and gave the young patient her Christmas wish. CLOVIS PD UNITED IN GENEROSITY Continuing to promote neighborhood understanding and bonding, the Clovis Peace Officers Association (CPOA) Food drive, in conjunction with Clovis Rotary, will be held this year on Dec. 20 at PR Farms. Donation bins were placed at Clovis District schools through Dec. 16. Recipients were chosen based on need, with any leftover food donated to local church food pantries.Boxes contain a complete dinner for Christmas including eggs, flour, sugar, veggies, stuffing and a frozen chicken. The main staples are purchased by donations, amounting to about $7,000 to $8,000,funded through the Clovis Rotary and families of Clovis PD. Bicycles, both new and renovated, are also given away at the event. The event has been held for 10 years,and is expected to draw 400 to 500 families. Participants must be issued vouchers and the community can still call in names of needy families to Police Officer Angel Velasquez at 559-593-3957up until Dec. 16. “The experience promotes good bonding and community relations,” Velasquez said.“The greatest thing is that we all bring our families out there to help. It’s a rewarding time where the community can see officers in a different light.”
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Gingerbread Wonderland and Santa Claus Visit Sierra Vista Mall By Carole Grosch | REPORTER The smell both enticed and welcomed visitors of all ages. Children and adults filled the cozy shop between Game Stop and Hot Dog on a Stick at Sierra Vista Mall; all theirattention focused on decorating gingerbread houses or gingerbread cookies. A variety of icing and a smorgasbord buffet of toppings, including popcorn, all kinds of candy, pretzels, marshmallows and cereal were provided. TheCentral Valley Children’s Services Network (CSN) had their seasonal fundraiserfrom Nov. 21 through Dec. 13. Gingerbread cookies and small, medium and large gingerbread houses could be purchased and decorated at tables in the shop.Also for purchasewere decorateto-go kits that included included gingerbread and 10 small baggies of toppings. “We’ve been busy off and on all day,” said Anna Wong of CSN. Delicious creations were on display and provided by the expertise of pastry ChefCaroline Wade of “Caroline’s Creations” in Clovis. “Chef Caroline” as she is affectionately known freshly baked the gingerbread and made the frosting. Visitors were encouraged to express their creative side as they decorated gingerbread houses and cookies. Their creations could be later eaten or displayed. “Everything is freshly baked,” said Chef Caroline, who demonstrated decorating techniques. “I really enjoy seeing what the kids come up with.” Along with the culinary delights,raffle tickets were sold for a custom gingerbread playhouse. The child size playhouse, on display
outside the shop, had an estimated value of $10,000. It was built by T.K. Hensleit Company.BMC Lumber of Fresno donated materials & Minnick Roofing supplied and installed a composition shingle roof. The decorated house included furniture and was delivered to the winner’s home. DPS Telecom is the event’s major sponsor. The purpose of the fundraiser is to familiarize the community with services of Central Valley Children’s Services Network, rather than to make a profit. “We are a one stop shop for resources, a referral for care and basic needs,” says Ofelia Gonzales, CSN’s Public Relations Director. “Everything goes to the child’s well-being. We want people to know who we are and where they can come for referral information. We work with early educational programs and services for parents and child care providers.” CSN’s mission statement is: “Improving the quality of care for children of the Central Valley.” They are a public benefit, non-profit, 501 (C) (3) agency that has been aiding families for over 35 years. For a complete list of services offered at Central Valley Children’s Services Network or to make a donation, please contact a staff representative at (559) 4561100. Pancake Breakfast with Santa For those who wanted to meet Santa while enjoying a pancake breakfast, their lucky day was Saturday, December 5, 2015, when Sierra Vista Mall hosted the annual Breakfast with Santa. Tickets were $5, children 3 and under were free, with children receiving a free gift. The popular family friendly event benefited the Clovis Lions Club and their charitable work.
PHOTO BY CAROLE GROSCH | Imaginative gingerbread creations by Chef Caroline was a popular display.
PHOTO BY CAROLE GROSCH | This child size play house was the subject of a raffle held Dec.12.
PHOTO BY CAROLE GROSCH | Many different toppings were used to give the houses a unique look.
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City brings back Big Wins Day By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
Last week, the City of Clovis brought back its wildly popular economic stimulating Big Wins Day. The promotion, which was successful in attracting shoppers to Clovis in 2008 and 2009, was brought back as a surprise this year on Wednesday, Dec. 9. City of Clovis Business Development Manager Shawn Miller said the event can only be announced a couple of days prior, as not to interfere with the regular holiday shopping season. “If this was an annual event that everyone anticipated, then people would wait to shop until this and that would mess with Black Friday and the rest of the season, so it’s not something we do every year and when we do it, we only let everyone know a couple days before,” Miller said. “I think three days was good notice.” The event is organized by the City of Clovis, the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the Business Organization of Old Town and local merchants developed Big Wins Day during the recession in 2008 as a way to inject an additional $1,000,000 into the Clovis economy within a 24-hour period. Big Wins Day encourages citizens to shop in Clovis on that day by making high-quality prizes available just for doing so. For every $10 spent in retail stores, grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants, customers received one ticket toward a chance to win in a series of drawings. Miller said all prizes combined easily total over $20,000. Prizes range from flat screen televisions to gas grills, a washer and dryer set, a dishwasher, dinners for two and movie tickets. Customers who participated brought their receipts for purchases made Dec. 9 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. to Sierra Vista Mall’s center court to redeem for tickets they could enter in the drawing.
A lot of recent college graduates are taking their degrees to the farm, where they are finding satisfying, good paying and fulfilling jobs. It looks like many of their classmates can be expected to follow them. What many of them learned long before graduation is that the general category of farming includes dozens of job classifications, some of them quite technical, that may be far removed from typical planting, harvesting and storing of crops. The potential for broader interests is being driven in part by a growing presence of technology in agriculture. Products and services related to crop production are appearing at several levels on today’s farm as well as in products and services on their way to the farm and others connected to farm and food products after they leave the farm. In May the Secretary of Agriculture announced a new report that showed strong demand with 57,900 high skilled job openings annually for recent college graduates with degrees in agricultural programs. He said the jobs are waiting in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment fields. Another report released about the same time said an average of 35,400 students with degrees in agriculture graduate each year, 22,500 short of the demand. The Secretary of Agriculture called the resulting circumstance an “incredible opportunity for highly-skilled jobs in agriculture.” According to the second report almost half of the job opportunities will be in management and business. It projects that an-
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PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | Over $20,000 worth of prizes were raffled off for Big Wins Day.
The drawing was held later that day at 7:30 p.m. at Sierra Vista Park. Miller said just after opening the redemption location at 11 a.m., already 300 tickets had made their way into the drawing bin. In addition to the regular drawing, this year residents who saved the mandated 36 percent on their water bills were entered into a separate drawing for three complete grass replacements from SYNLAWN. Those prizes include the removal of old turf, all materials and labor. “This is truly a community-wide event,” explained Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig. “It’s a great example of the entire community having fun together and supporting the local economy together. And it’s our way of giving back.”
other 27 percent will be in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics (STEM) areas. It showed that women make up more than half of the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment higher education graduates in the country. All of this seems to create an even accelerated job market for the agriculturally oriented, especially in California, the country’s number one agriculture state. The colleges and universities in the state with strong agriculturally oriented programs are in a perfect position to develop the personnel to fill the vast gulf between job demand and supply. One of those particularly excited about the opportunities for students is Mary Willis, in charge of student internships for those in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences at Fresno State University. Placing students in summer and other temporary intern jobs has been a rewarding experience for her, but more important, for the interns. Strong agricultural emphasis is expressed in the programs at the University of California, Davis, at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and its companion California State Polytechnic University at Pomona and at several other state universities including Chico and Bakersfield. Leading to agriculture and agricultural science programs in the state colleges and university level are the many strong, handson programs at the community college level. The College of Sequoias in Visalia, for
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example, operates a school farm as part of its 500-acre property in Tulare, with full facilities for managing the livestock, equipment and physical structures necessary for its operation. And the high school level plays an important part as well, with its FFA(future farmers)activities. At Clovis East High School in the highly regarded Clovis Unified School District facilities include housing for beef animals and sheep, with full care assigned to students. And well before high school, farm, animal and home arts oriented youngsterscan take part in 4H programs, often attached to the schools they attend. They foster development of interest and responsibility for conducting programs leading to agricultural living and production. Whether preparation begins in grade school or graduate school, agricultural curriculums and technological preparation for ag related jobs are beckoning. Many qualified and well trained graduates are in positions to help put food on the table; yours, mine and theirs.
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Let’s talk Clovis: The Cadwallader Family By Peg Bos | CLOVIS MUSEUM
John Hollister Cadwallader was born in Pleasant Grove, Iowa on Feb. 8, 1863 to David and Albina Cawallader. His father was a contractor/builder who also farmed acreage near Pleasant Grove. John’s mother Albina was widowed with two young children, John being the eldest at age 2, in 1865. She remained on their farm for five years and taught school to support her family during that time. In April 1873 Albina and her two children traveled to California with her father, Edwin Howison. Albina married Steve Hamilton, who was a successful rancher and civic leader who served two terms as Fresno County supervisor. Education was a focal point of the new family. Young John attended two colony schools, Mississippi and Red Bank. Mississippi was established May 4, 1969 and was located on the ranch of J.M. Heiskell. The school closed in 1903 and Heiskell moved the building to 304 Harvard in Clovis. The historic school is now a residence. Red Bank District was organized on Aug. 3, 1874 near the area of Herndon and Del Rey avenues. It is believed the school’s name was selected for the presence of the reddish clay soil in the area. The 1891 Official Historical Atlas Map of Fresno indicates a second school was located on the northeast corner of Sierra and Dockery avenues. The land was owned by Clovis M. Cole. Clovis’ father Stephen Cole had homesteaded there on 320 acres in 1872.
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY CLOVIS MUSEUM | John Cadwallader
Families taught their children a strict work ethic at an early age. John benefited from his step-father’s knowledge of ranching. He began working on grain ranches and learned the skill of managing the big teams required for harvesting. He was a friendly man that was known by families from the San Joaquin River to the Kings River. In 1880, at the age of 17, John began
leasing land and harvesting grain. He continued that operation for 20 years. In 1899, he purchased 40 acres in the center of the Garfield District. He expanded his farm to 180 acres and named it Garfield Vineyard. He planted muscats, figs and peaches. He was active in the California Associated Raisin Company, the California Peach Growers Inc. and the California Fig Growers
Association. He was also an organizer of the Clovis Farmers Union that was eventually purchased by California Associated Raisin Company. He was an active civic leader. He served from 1900-1922 on the Clovis Union High School District, and served as clerk on the Garfield Elementary school district from 1907 to 1915. John was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Clovis that was established 1897 on east side of Woodworth Ave between 5th & 6th, and was involved with the construction of the new 1912 church on the northwest corner of Fifth and DeWitt. The Clovis Masonic Lodge #417 purchased the vacant church building in 1930, and is still located there. In 1905, he founded and became president of the Farmer’s Telephone System headquartered in Clovis. He was a director of the First National Bank of Clovis that was founded in May 1912. The bank was located on the southwest corner of Pollasky and Fifth. The original building remains a vital part of Old Town. John married Miss Bette Heiskell on Oct. 5, 1885 at the Academy Church. The couple welcomed son Tom. Bette died, and in 1895, John married Anne Ambrosia. They had two children: Maude graduated from Clovis High, became a teacher and principal of Nees Colony School. Ward graduated from Clovis High and received his D.D.S. from the University of California. The Cadwalladers left us a rich heritage.
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City celebrates the season with Christmas tree lighting By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
The Christmas season has many traditions—sipping hot chocolate with the family by the fire or while watching “Miracle on 34th Street,” taking a day trip up to play in the snow, picking out and decorating a Christmas tree—the list can go on and on. As a city, Clovis, considered one of the best cities in which to raise a family, has its own traditions. There is of course the annual Children’s Electric Parade and One Enchanted Evening, but another tradition is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in front of City Hall. This year the tradition was held on Monday, Dec. 7. “The city’s Christmas tree is a symbol of the season,” Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig said when welcoming guests to this year’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. “It represents the community spirit and goodwill. This event has been
an annual tradition in Clovis for many years and I’m pleased that so many people could be here tonight. It is events like this that make Clovis a special place to live.” Prior to lighting the tree, guests were entertained by choirs from Clovis High School and Clark Intermediate School. A special appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus added to the excitement and Santa even helped Mayor Magsig do the honors of lighting the tree. Magsig said this year’s event would not have been possible without the diligence of city staff who had to scramble to get a new tree this year. “One month ago, we had to swap this tree out because the other one that was here needed to be replaced,” Magsig said.“City staff moved heaven and earth and made this happen in about a week so really they saved Christmas in Clovis this year.”
PHOTO BY RON SUNDQUIST | Santa Claus raises both arms in excitement as he gets ready to assist Mayor Nathan Magsig with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.
PHOTO BY RON SUNDQUIST | The City’s Christmas tree all lit up.
Holiday Banking: Why Mobile Banking is so Popular Contributed by FCFCU
Consumers have embraced mobile banking (accessing and managing personal funds through a smartphone or tablet) for many reasons – chief among them is the sheer convenience of being able to do your banking anywhere, anytime. Banking convenience can be especially important during the holiday season, when your free time becomes scarce, and you’re busy holiday shopping and attending holiday events. More and more Americans are using some features of “point & click” mobile banking. In fact, the number of mobile banking users will grow to an estimated 111 million users by the end of 2016.
What are they doing? They are saving time, enjoying the holidays more, and eliminating stress by keeping up to date with their finances - checking balances, depositing checks, paying bills, and transferring funds without having to visit an ATM or branch. During the holiday rush, mobile banking can save you precious time so you can do the things you enjoy more: visiting family and friends, shopping for gifts, wrapping presents, baking and decorating. Doing your banking electronically means no travelling to a branch, no waiting in line – instead, you can do nearly everything on your mobile device, when and where it’s convenient to you. Keep on Track – No more holiday
overdrafts! Imagine you’re in a store, about to purchase a gift, but you want to make sure you have the funds to cover your purchase. Use your smartphone or tablet to instantly check your balance and transfer funds if necessary. Save Time, Money – Mobile banking saves you money – not just during the holiday season, but all year round. It’s Easy to Pay Bills – Pay your bills, schedule payments, and never hassle with a paper checkbook again. It’s easy to pay your bills as you receive them – you can even schedule them on a recurring basis, to be mailed only when they are due. Instant Access – Wherever you are – out of state, out of the country, or just outdoors – when you want to access your
accounts, you can log on instantly to your accounts and take care of business. Locate the Nearest ATM – When you need cash, mobile banking apps can provide you with your nearest ATM. For example, with the Fresno County Federal Credit Union “MyCU2Go” app, with a tap of a button, you’ll instantly be directed to the fee-free ATMs near your location (more than 30,000 of them!). This holiday season, you need all the breaks you can get! Choose mobile banking for all the advantages. Want to make life a whole lot easier? You can be better off! Explore membership in Fresno County Federal Credit Union and the advantages of mobile banking. Visit www. FresnoCU.com.
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Clovis remembers Pearl Harbor By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
Dec. 7, 1941, “a date that will live in infamy” as stated by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is still, 74 years later being remembered. On the 74th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor, citizens and veterans, including three local Pearl Harbor survivors, gathered at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District for a ceremony hosted by the VA. VA Chief of Public Affairs Cenethea Lofbom, said it is important to remember the historic day even after so many years have passed. “Even though there are few survivors left to commemorate these attacks on Pearl Harbor, we can all agree that it must never be forgotten,” Lofbom said.“It is important to come to grips with the past, no nation can fully understand itself or find its place in the world if it does not look to its past.” The guest speaker at the ceremony was Gordon Pickett, LCDR U.S. Navy retired veteran and Clovis Veterans Memorial District board member. Pickett spoke of the definition of infamy and retold the story of what happened on the tragic day so many moons ago. “I looked up the word infamy in Webster’s dictionary and it’s a noun meaning evil thing or reputation, public disgrace or dishonor or reproach…Yes the surprise attack on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor by the empire of Japan on that Sunday morning at 7:55 a.m. was truly infamous and as Admiral Yamamoto put it ‘awoke a sleeping giant,’” Pickett said.“The attack was over by 11 a.m. Hawaii time, 1 p.m. Washington D.C. time. Only then did the Japanese declare war on the United States. The next day Germany and Italy declared war on the United States and the United States declared war on all three. U.S. at War as reported in my Pasadena Star newspaper actually dated the 8th of December, 1941. I’ve kept that treasure and will pass it on so we will continue to remember: 2,403 Americans were killed, 1,178 were wounded and 15 ships and 198 aircraft were destroyed during the attack.” Pickett said he was just 11 years old at the time of the attacks but remembers much of the aftermath in his hometown of Pasadena, from the local victory garden to meeting with a Chief Petty Officer who became a family friend. “There are many stories I recall growing up during WWII in southern California: the blackouts, the rationing, the two-man Jap sub that fired a round into a 10-story hotel in Los Angeles,” he said.“I was a messenger tasked to ride my bike from post to post and report fires, lights or sabotage or anything suspicious. I even organized a junior Army with the neighborhood kids and we trained in all kinds of military skills. One day I remember the sky turned dark from hundreds of low flying B17s. We had a victory garden and raised chickens and a cow. People in uniform were our gods. My mom invited
Christmas Proposal CONTINUED FROM PAGE A1 going to propose on Christmas day. “I knew I wanted to do it around family and mine lives in the Philippines so this is the time of year we are together. Most of the family didn’t know about the proposal ahead of time and thought we were just all going to see the lights and hang out. Her parents knew, though, because I asked their permission and some of my friends and my sister knew. A good 35-40 people from our family and friends were there.” Toews said she was surprised when Michalski came to her door with his request and that she was honored to be a part of the couple’s special night. “I was working at home and the doorbell rang and my daughter answered it and a young man was at the door asking for the person who was in charge of the Christmas
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | Veterans from Madera give the Presentation of Colors.
a Chief Petty Officer off of a destroyer who was on liberty in Los Angeles to our home for dinner and two weeks later he brought a 5-pound brick of butter to us. That was a rationed item. He became a lifelong friend. He was married to the head supervising nurse at the naval hospital in Pearl Harbor and she treated hundreds of wounded. My first trip to the Island, I visited them and they took me to the memorial and made a grand tour of the island.” Pickett said it is important for everyone to commemorate the day and remember those times for three reasons. First, he said because “freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction” so future generations must know and understand what was fought for and what is worth continuing to fight for. Secondly, he said it is important to “carry on the mission” of preserving the community’s and country’s foundational ideals. Third, he said it is important to remember for the memory of those who served and the family members of those who served. “Let us resolve to ensure that fellow Americans never forget the day of infamy or the consequence of losing our freedom,” Pickett said. Clovis Veterans Memorial District CEO Lorenzo Rios and Clovis Mayor Nathan Magsig also spoke at the ceremony, reiterating many of the same thoughts as Pickett. Said Magsig: “It is important for us to remember because when we remember it allows us to have resolve. It allows us to remember why this country is great. I think about what took place in Pearl Harbor 74 years ago when I’m reminded of the fact that over 2,500 individuals who lost their lives, both service personnel and also civilians that these were people who were mostly teenagers and in their early 20s. A lot of them had young children. Some of them had pregnant spouses back home. These are children who were raised without fathers or mothers, but
lights,” Toews said.“My daughter called for me and I went to the door. I told Alex I was the one that is in charge of the light show and asked how I could help him. He told us that his boss sent him over to our house and that we did some kind of projection thing. We kind of went back and forth because I couldn’t understand why he was asking. Then he finally explains that he just went to his girlfriend’s house and asked her parents for permission to marry her and he wanted to do something special for his engagement. “I was overwhelmed that this young man had the courage to come to my door and ask me to help him with his proposal! So I started to brain storm with him on what we could do. We have a video that plays of Santa in our control house but that wasn’t what he was thinking about. Then, bam, I tell him I can put pictures and words on the big silver tree and I could program it to do his proposal. Then all three of us (me, my daughter and him) were overwhelmed by the vision in our heads and got emotional. He hugged me really hard and said thank
PHOTO BY RON SUNDQUIST | Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Waldron is interviewed by Amanda Venegas of channel 30.
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | A red, white and blue wreath is set up in memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
children who definitely were raised and I think about that sacrifice and it pains me because those sacrifices continue to take place today by our service men and women all over the world. “I think about that moment, Dec. 7, 1941, and what took place that huge tragedy and I’m reminded by the fact that life is lived in moments. That moment was a moment we cannot forget. While it was a moment when our service men and women and civilians there were living hell on earth, it was a moment when our country and our president reflected and it allowed this nation to become united and it allowed this nation to face our oppressors and fight for freedom and it defined us. That moment became a defining
moment for our country and it continues to define us today.” Rios also spoke of the date’s importance. “Dec. 7, 1941, marks a very significant point in our life [as a country] because what ensued the following day brought us into the global war that we now know as WWII and many sacrifices took place because of that,” Rios said.“We are no strangers to sacrifice and we’re no strangers to having the beacon of hope and freedom constantly challenged. As we know, most recently, someone has tried to attempt to scare us but we’re Americans and as proud Americans we will not tolerate any cowards who would try to make us waver in our commitment to democracy and freedom.”
you.” Toews said she exchanged numbers with Michalski and stayed in touch with him over the next two weeks as they prepared for the engagement. In that time, she said they sent several texts back and forth plotting the big night. When she let all her neighbors on Santa Claus Lane know about the plan, she said they had a similar emotional response to hers and were excited that someone chose to propose at their Christmas light show. A few even helped Toews program the big silver tree perfectly. “I reached out to a friend of mine to help me with the programming and how I wanted it to look and we quickly got the programming done and I loaded it into the computer for review,” Toews said.“I had another friend set up to do video so we could capture the special event. Alex came a couple days prior and viewed the lights. He told me it made him nervous just to watch it. That was so cute!” Michalski said he loved how it turned out “They did a fantastic job,” he said.
As for how the proposal went, Ybarra, of course, said yes and now Michalski says both of them are still getting used to being betrothed. “It still hasn’t sunk in,” Michalski said. “It still feels like a dream and we’re dazed. I got a priceless reaction from Danielle and it was so loud there I didn’t hear her say yes, but she did and made sure I knew that when we went back to the house. We’ll be sure to make a trip to Santa Claus Lane a tradition.” Toews said she and her neighbors all wish Michalski and Ybarra the best. “All of us at Clovis Festival of Lights are honored by this young man’s request and admire his courage to do what it takes to make his engagement extra special for Danielle,” Toews said.“We wish Alex and Danielle many years of happiness and thank them for allowing us to be a part of their special day!” To view the video of the Santa Claus Lane proposal, visit https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=U2PRwc2T3Lg&feature=yo utu.be
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FAMILIES SHARE HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AT CHILDREN’S ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS PARADE Reporting and Photography by Diana Giraldo The end of the year brings families and friends together through many traditions. Everyone celebrates the Christmas holiday differently and we set out to see what people in Clovis considered their favorite winter traditions.
Alexandra Cabral - “This is a tradition for us. We brought both of our kids today and this is our second time, and we definitely want to instill that in our children of bringing them here every year. I don’t even remember the first time I was here, oh my gosh, I was a baby. This is a family thing, we have always lived in Clovis and it’s just a little tradition we always do. I didn’t even know this side opened, we only though it was on Clovis avenue and we just found out today it was over here too. Other traditions – we got to Simonian Farms for our Christmas tree, and this year we are going to go to that Tulare light show. And that’s not a tradition yet but, who knows.” Joe Cabral - “We also go to Cindy Lane during the holidays. Cindy Lane is a street where all the houses are lit up and decorated, so we go and walk that with a big group of friends every year. It’s kind of like Christmas tree lane but it’s in Clovis. Today we have two of our kids here and we have all of our friends and their kids.”
Amy Hamburger - “Oh. We have a lot. There’s so many. Tamales Christmas eve, oh yeah, and coming out here. Our daughter is in the parade. We open presents purely Christmas morning and spend the rest of the day just hanging around and spending time together. We are having Christmas at our house, just like every year. It’s such a busy time of year, you know, because our middle daughter’s birthday is before Christmas. So it’s just super busy because we have Christmas and birthdays. She doesn’t mind having her birthday close to Christmas and it was just super special to have a Christmas baby. It was just, you know, with a brand new baby at Christmas it was really neat. December is just a big party for her.” Erik Hamburger- “I just love having my family together all at the same time. That’s the best.
The Macias Family (Center left) - “We open presents Christmas day. The kids wake up extra early, and wake us up and we open our gifts. (Left) - “I don’t really know what I want for Christmas, but I love opening presents.” (Right) - “I like the same thing. I love opening presents.”
Jaimie (right center) - “We usually decorate the house with lights. I like putting the Christmas tree up and putting the lights up. Oh, and the Christmas music, my favorite song is “Jingle Bells.” Nikki (right) - “This is our first year here. But that’s pretty much what we do. We will decorate the house, decorate the lights on the house, decorate the tree, make Christmas cookie and that’s it.”
Chris - “The tradition is waking up early Christmas morning and just gathering around the Christmas tree with the family and opening the presents with each other and enjoying the day. Christmas eve we will do stocking stuffers, just like as a startup for Christmas morning. And then we just hang out and have Christmas eve dinner. Then in the morning open up presents and have hot chocolate and coffee and stuff like that, have some breakfast.”
Michelle - “For me, we always get pizza Christmas eve. It’s a little different. It’s just we don’t have to cook until the next day and we save my mom all the effort and now me.And of course being with family. Court - “Eating prime rib Christmas day. For me after university, maybe amour ten years or so. I love cooking it and I love eating it. I think we are the only two that haven’t said gifts and stuff like that. We are all about food. Yeah, opening presents is good, but for me it’s the prime rib.”
Leah (right) - “There’s so many to choose from. We go to tea with friends at one of the shops around. Yes, Christmas tea. There’s three of us from high school, actually from elementary school. With our family, we get to open Christmas pajamas the night before on Christmas eve. That’s a big one for our family and then we open presents on Christmas morning. Stella (left) - “We make homemade ravioli every year for Christmas. This started, I think, from before I was even born. My family came from Italy. My grandmother and my dad actually came from Italy when he was younger. I guess it’s not really a tradition everyone else would partake in.”
Kristen Mceowen (right) - “Well, one of them is coming to the Christmas parade. We also go to Christmas tree lane and drive around and look at lights. We do decorate the tree together and put the light up outside. We open presents on Christmas eve from our family and we will save a couple for Christmas morning.”
Anita - “We alike to get together and make homemade tamales from scratch the week before Christmas and we give them to our friends and our family that comes over. We’ve done this for the last 15 years. Sometimes about six or eight of us get together, but other times its 15 or more. It takes us all day. We make them all day long. We keep doing this because it helps to bring our friends and family together, just for the sake of being family and get away from all the shopping and all the bustle and all the stuff that’s going on and we get to be family and friends and just enjoy the holidays together. Their delicious we get lots of compliments. In all, we make about 240 to 300.” Don - “Well we have a tradition in our family that all the men get new knives for hunting or just general use. It’s kind of a thing my father started 30 years ago, because he got tired of having to replace my brother’s knives that he took from him. So every Christmas, this will be the first Christmas that I do it because it’s usually my father that does it, so since he no longer can do it, I buy knives for all the men in my family. And spending time with all the family getting together.”
The Quinn Family (left) - “Probably going to a big Christmas eve dinner with my family. Since before I’ve been born my mom’s side gets together and this year is the first year we will be hosting it at our house. We are starting new ones with our kids. This is our first year with the kids here.” (right) - “Besides the obvious, we are trying to start new traditions with our family. Opening Christmas gifts – we open one Christmas present on Christmas eve. It’s the kids’ choice which one we open. And then Christmas day we go up to a cabin in Shaver Lake. Each year we also buy each other a Christmas ornament. I think I got her, last year, the Norman one. We have an orange cat so I got her one of an orange cat coming out of a present.”
Tyler Northy - “Probably my mom making a bunch of food. It’s always my mom’s cooking. She makes these little things that we call chocolate turds. It’s like cocoanuts and a bunch of nuts and that’s just covered in chocolate and it’s like a little cookie. I just call them chocolate turds, they are real good.” Greg Northy - “We just cook, eat good, stay warm.”
John Rodriguez - “Food in my favorite part of Christmas, it all goes down good. We make tamales at our house the Saturday before Christmas ever year, it’s a tradition. We’ve made them at our house for about 10 years I guess, we started the tradition. We have a lot of family and the neighbors come over.” Jackie Weedin - “I would say that it is watching my dad and my son hand out Christmas candy canes at the Clovis Christmas tree lane. They do it every year, they hand them out in the driveway. My son looks forward to it, so that’s probably the best.”
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Bobby Salazar’s serves up delicious Mexican fare Story and photos by Amy Guerra In downtown Clovis, the small, intimate dining rooms of Bobby Salazar’s are decorated in maroon and bright blue, flattered by the oranges and yellows of traditional Mexican décor.The dining rooms were full of patrons…lunchgoers enjoying a short break in a long work day, or the beginning of a daylong celebration, obvious by the sounds of the birthday song that filled the dining room as staff placed a bright sombrero on a patron’s head. We were the former, there to enjoy a short lunch before returning to work; we took a window seat and were greeted quickly with chips and a bowl of the Bobby Salazar’s salsa that is now sold at most grocery stores in the Central Valley. Bobby Salazar is the founder of the Bobby Salazar’s chain that encompasses the Bobby Salazar’s taquerias, full service restaurants and cantinas.The son of Eleanor and Sal Salazar, Bobby grew up working at Sal’s, the restaurant his father started in 1942 when he begin selling tacos out of shed building in Selma. As the restaurant and Bobby grew, Bobby was driven to grow his own business and eventually expanded into catering, party trays and the commercial production of his own Mexican food. Today, the restaurant’s location on Clovis Avenue in downtown Clovis makes it popular location. A diverse menu makes selecting just one entrée difficult, but my colleague and I, after some contemplation decide on the chicken fajitas plate (at our server’s recommendation) and the chicken tacos plate.When the fajitas arrive, they sizzle, steam coming off of the cast-iron pan; fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes accompany the sliced chicken breast.The tacos arrive, poised on the edge of the plate, cabbage, onions and cilantro cascading onto the accompanying rice and beans sprinkled with cheese.
For dessert, our server, Denise, convinced us to try one of Bobby Salazar’s dessert specials—deep fried cheesecake. It arrived a few minutes later, the rim of its bowl decorated with strawberry and chocolate sauce.The cheesecake was tightly wound within a deep-fried crust, the tender rich cheesecake emphasized by its crispy outer shell. We left the restaurant so many affectionally refer to as “Bobby’s” full and happy, content with our choices and somewhat remiss that we hadn’t taken a longer lunch hour to enjoy one of Bobby’s margaritas. Bobby Salazar’s offers a children’s menu, catering options and seating for larger parties. For more information on Bobby Salazar’s visit them at 434 Clovis Ave. in downtown Clovis between 4th and 5th Streets, or online at bobbysalazar.com.
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othing brings family and friends together quite like a full holiday meal menu. Whether creating an entire festive feast from scratch or looking for a tasty dish to take and share, these dishes aim to fill up the table and keep the seats around it full as well. From a tender, juicy attractive main dish to a zesty twist on a holiday favorite to sweet treats that bring holiday cheer, dinner through dessert offer
A Centerpiece Worth Celebrating
A stunning main dish is the centerpiece of any holiday meal, and a pork crown roast can lend an extra special touch to this year’s celebration. Find main dishes, sides and desserts, as well as a variety of holiday meal packages to fit any size gathering, at OmahaSteaks.com.
Pork Crown Roast with Garlic Herb Rub
Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 2 hours, 30 minutes Total time: 3 hours Serves: 12-16 1 Omaha Steaks Pork Crown Roast 1/4 cup kosher salt 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper 1/3 cup fresh garlic, peeled and finely diced 1/4 cup thyme, leaves removed from stem and coarsely chopped 1/4 cup rosemary, leaves removed from stem and coarsely chopped 2 tablespoons sage, leaves removed from stem and coarsely chopped 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 pounds baby red potatoes, halved 1 pound fresh pearl onions, peeled and halved
Thaw roast completely and remove plastic packaging. Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare rub by combining salt, pepper, garlic, herbs and 1/2 cup of olive oil. Mix 2 tablespoons of rub with remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss with potatoes and onions. Liberally rub all sides of roast with remaining rub, including in between bones. Put any excess rub on top. Place roast on foil lined sheet pan and spread potatoes and onions around sides of roast. Cook on center rack of oven for approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 35 minutes for a 9-pound roast, or until internal tem perature reaches 145 F in the middle. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before cutting away string and slicing between bones for 16 even portions. Serve with roasted red potatoes and pearl onions in natural au jus.
Serve Up Nutrients and Color
With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, remember that making healthy and appealing foods does not have to keep you in the kitchen all day long. Recipes using versatile, heart-smart canola oil – one of the healthiest cooking oils in the world – are ideal for any festive meal. With its neutral taste, light texture and high heat tolerance, canola oil ensures that flavorful seasonings and ingredients remain the starring attraction on your holiday table, as in this dish of roasted vegetables. For more information and more recipes, visit canolainfo.org and find CanolaInfo on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Roasted Winter Veggies and Tri-Colored Potatoes
Festive Fun That Melts in Your Mouth
This holiday season, treat your guests to something special. The delicious taste of sweet, baked Christmas cookies is captured in the Limited Edition Sugar Cookie Flavor Candy Melts candy and made into edible candy spoons to give you a scoop on being the host with the most in no time at all. For more holiday ideas and inspiration, visit wilton.com.
Sugar Cookie Candy Spoons Makes: 24 spoons
Wilton Sugar Cookie Candy Melts Candy (12-ounce bag) Wilton Christmas Candy Spoon Mold Wilton 12-inch Disposable
Decorating Bags Break 12 candy wafers in half and place in cavities of mold. Place mold in microwave and microwave at half power or defrost setting for 1 minute. Gently jiggle and lightly tap mold to smooth melted candy. Continue to microwave and tap at 30-second intervals until smooth and completely melted. Alternate melting method: Melt candy in disposable decorating bag according to candy package directions. Snip a small tip off end of bag and gently squeeze bag to fill cavities with melted candy. Chill filled mold until candy spoons have hardened, about 10-15 minutes. Place mold on flat surface and gently push on bottom of cavities to release candy.
Servings: 10 1 1/2 pounds tri-color potatoes, quartered 1 pound Brussels sprouts, cut in half 1 large red bell pepper, coarsely chopped 1 medium red onion, coarsely chopped 2 medium zucchini, cut lengthwise and sliced 2 medium carrots, sliced 1/4 cup chopped rosemary 1/3 cup canola oil 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder Heat oven to 400 F. In large roasting pan, place vegetables. Add rosemary, canola oil, salt and garlic powder, and stir to combine. Cook about 40 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
Warmth with a Dash of Holiday Cheer
On a cold winter night, there are few things that compare to curling up by the fire with a warm cup of hot cocoa. Adding a traditional holiday flavor such as peppermint extract can impart that extra seasonal touch. Find recipes using fine vanillas and flavors for any occasion at nielsenmassey.com.
Gourmet Peppermint Hot Cocoa
Serves: 6 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch processed) 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 cups whole milk 2 cups half-and-half 1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Peppermint Extract 1/4 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract In medium saucepan, combine cocoa powder, sugar and salt. Place over medium-low heat and gradually whisk in milk and half-and-half until combined. While stirring occasionally, continue to heat until hot, without bringing to a boil. Stir in vanilla, peppermint and chocolate extracts. Before serving, top with a Vanilla Bean Marshmallow. For an extra blast of peppermint, drop a peppermint candy in each mug before serving.
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Amber Avenue Coffee Roasters: A passion for coffee and friendship By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
Those who have frequented the Friday evening farmer’s markets in the summertime or have been out at Clovis Fest or Big Hat Days, have likely noticed a lovely fresh-roasted coffee aroma wafting in the air along Pollasky. That delicious scent hails from Amber Avenue Coffee Roasters, a family-owned coffee roasting business in Clovis. The young company, which is owned by the Reeves family, took off in 2013 after daughter Chelsea, 24, who had worked as a barista, decided to brew coffee from some of her dad’s roasted beans as a fundraiser for her mission’s trip to the South Pacific with the Clovis-based organization Medical Ministries International. “My dad [Rick] started roasted just for fun and just to be able to experience the taste of different coffees and then when I was getting ready for the mission’s trip, we decided that we would make and sell coffee as a fundraiser,” Chelsea said. It was the success of the fundraiser and the fun of sharing different coffees from around the world with others that compelled the Reeves to start roasting on a larger scale and bring their brews to the farmer’s markets. “We decided that we wanted approach the coffee world in a little different way by taking our roaster to the farmer’s markets and introducing people to coffee while showing them what it’s really like and showing them the process,” Rick Reeves said.“We let them see the experience from green bean to the cup basically. Most people don’t know that coffee is actually a seed and most people don’t know really anything about it so one of our goals was to educate people and to introduce them to specialty coffees. It’s been a lot of fun meeting people, sharing not only coffee but developing relationships with people. Then as they become customers they get to experience the same adventure we did in getting to try different coffees from
different countries.” Educating customers about coffee— from how it’s made to where it comes from—is a major goal of Amber Avenue Coffee Roasters. While so many of us drink coffee on a daily basis, Rick said few know much about it. For example, he described that the beans are actually seeds that come from what is called a coffee cherry. The cherries, like apples, start out green and turn red as they ripen. Once ripe, they are picked. Each coffee cherry typically has two green seeds inside and these are removed through different methods—sometimes a dry method is used where the cherries are dried like a raisin and sometimes a wet method is used. The method of removal affects the taste of the bean later on. It’s after this harvesting process that green beans are shipped to roasters like the Reeves. Knowing where the coffee comes from is also important. Rick’s wife Yoli Reeves said Amber Avenue ensures that its beans are not only organic, but are come from areas where fair trade is practiced. “We want to make sure we’re being socially responsible,” Yoli said. Amber Avenue’s beans come from all over the world. Their current line-up includes coffee beans from Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Indonesia, Columbia, Papua New Guinea, Nicaragua and Ethiopia. Beans are roasted at different levels from light roast to dark roast, depending on what is a good representation of the particular bean. Currently, one can purchase Amber Avenue’s roasted beans wholesale on their website, AmberAvenueCoffee.foursquare. com. You can also order a cup of their coffee at the Old Hotel Bistro in Old Town Clovis or the new Maya Cinemas by Fresno State. In the spring, Northside Christian Church will begin serving Amber Avenue coffee as well. Plans are also in the beginning stages to open a brick and mortar coffeehouse. A location has not yet been determined.
“The coffee movement is really coming into our Valley now where it hasn’t been before,” Yoli said.“You visit places in San Francisco and they have coffee shops on every corner, some right next to each other. Coffee is not something where we take the attitude that you have to compete with other people, it’s a coffee world. We love coffee. We love people. Obviously, other people who have coffeehouses PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY THE REEVES FAMILY | The Reeves family. From L-R, love people and Trevor, Chelsea, Yoli and Rick. love coffee so it’s a big family. We’re all coffee people. We all have a different are then packaged and delivered to goal as to why we put our coffeehouse up countries that don’t have enough medical and ours is to reach people, show them supplies. Missionaries with Medical love and educate them more about coffee Ministries go overseas to assist in some of we all like. It brings about conversations the medical clinics where supplies are sent with people and relationships and that is and also to help construct new clinics. “I got to see firsthand what the good always a good thing. We want to have an they are doing and coming back, we knew environment where people can come and relax, enjoy some coffee and make some we wanted to work with them,” Chelsea new friends possibly and hang out with old said. “It’s good for everyone who buys our friends.” coffee to know that they are contributing No matter how big Amber Avenue may get in the future, the family will always to a cause that is outside of where we live,” honor its humble beginnings by giving Yoli said. “There are other places here in back. To this day, 10 percent of all the town that we continue to partner up with proceeds from Amber Avenue go to benefit and we seek out other missions and socially Medical Ministries International. This, responsible groups we would like to send a the family says, will continue after their portion to as well. Everytime we’re out at the farmers markets, we have a flyer that coffeehouse is open. Medical Ministries International gathers tells people where they can go to help that medical supplies from local hospitals and group. We’re hoping that spreads the word doctor’s offices that would normally go to around that they can go volunteer and do the landfill because of a change in brand or something good for other people as well. some other reason that doesn’t affect the We’re hoping just with our coffee that it usefulness of the supplies. These supplies touches other people and even people we don’t even know.”
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High so I decorated this tree with the Clovis High colors,” Meyer said.“He was such an inspirational man to people he didn’t even know. He did a homeless food ministry, he did a less fortunate kids toy drive, he organized the Kids Day newspaper drive and he was just an awesome man. I know his wife very well, she has taught my 13-year-old, my 9-year-old and my 7-yearold. She’s a kindergarten teacher at Fancher Creek so I knew of him through her and she is a powerful Christian lady and the impact their family has had on my family alone is incredible, but then there are all these other people he impacted and some of the things they’ve said about him are amazing.” Meyer said people from all walks of life have come to his Christmas tree lot having heard about the tribute tree, just so they could sign the book and share their memories of Gary Prentice. Many, Meyer said, are former and current Clovis High students, some were in his classes in elementary school and others knew Mr. Prentice through his wife, one of his three children—Aimee, Adam and Anthony—or through one of the charity organizations he was involved with. Clovis High and Clovis Unified School District personnel, as well as friends of the Prentice family, have also come to sign the book which Meyer intends to give to Renae close to Christmastime. Some of the messages inscribed in the book include: “I wouldn’t be the man that I am today if it wasn’t for Mr. Prentice.” “He was an amazing man, he touched so many lives and left behind a humble legacy.” “He will forever be in our hearts.” “Loving husband, father, educator and man of God. God bless this holiday season in his name.” “Mr. Prentice was an amazing man. I had the pleasure of attending Clovis High School where he was a counselor. He dedicated his time to helping others. He was an extraordinary man.”
PHOTO CONTRIBUTED | Clovis High Councelor, Gary Prentice
“You are a big part of my life. Thank you for everything. Love you always!” “In loving memory of Mr. Prentice. I only met him once, but I knew who he was because I was one of his wife’s students. We love and appreciate the Prentice family and all they do for students.” “Heaven has a special angel this Christmas. Always in the hearts of family, friends and students.” “The impact Gary has made on all of our lives is unnumbered. He will be with us always.” Meyer wrote: “An earthly man spends his life building monuments for and to himself. A Godly man spends his life building up the less fortunate and enhancing the kingdom. Renae, we love you. Thank you for sharing Gary with us.” Meyer said he really felt compelled to do something for Mr. Prentice and although he was nervous about it at first, not knowing how the family would react, he is glad he decided to follow through on his idea, as it has touched many who knew Mr. Prentice. “There are ladies who have come in here and they’ve started crying,” Meyer said. “One lady came in the other day and I
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | A Christmas tree at the lot on Fowler and Herndon is decorated with ornaments in the Clovis High colors in honor of Gary Prentice, who served as a counselor there from 2000 until he passed away last May.
thought I was in trouble because she asked ‘Who is responsible for this?’ and I said “I am” and she asked “Can I hug you?” and I told her of course. We stood here and cried. The other night, his son’s girlfriend and her family came in and they stood here for 45 minutes just reminiscing and thinking about him. It is touching. I have people coming in not for a tree but because they heard this was here and they wanted to write something in the book. “I didn’t want to do this until I knew it was OK emotionally for Renae but when I asked her best friend what she thought, she told meRenae had said she was so worried that people would forget what Gary did.So I went ahead and did it and came up with a nice saying. I wish I could say more about what he’s done in people’s lives…I can’t say enough about him. He was such a powerful man and the kids just adored him.” Last Christmas season, Meyer said, Prentice was kind enough to help him secure a couple workers at the Christmas tree lot.
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | Visitors sign a guest book near the special tree and share their fond memories of Mr. Prentice. The book will be given to his family as a Christmas gift.
“Last year I was looking for two elves because we had a big ta-do out here with a train and Santa and I asked his wife since we’re in the Clovis High area if he could get me anybody from the school who would like to work and he sent me over two hard workers,” Meyer said. “He picked the two kids and sent them over and we paid them. He was always doing selfless stuff. It was never about Gary Prentice, it was about, what can I do for you? It was unspoken too. He would do things and you didn’t know it was him. You didn’t know he was involved in any way and he didn’t want any credit. He didn’t want to be known. He just wanted something to be done for the next generation and he did leave a legacy.” In addition to giving Renae a book full of people’s memoriesof Gary Prentice, Meyer is also giving her a figurine that reminds him of Mr. Prentice. “This figurine reminded me so much of him because it is a man teaching a child, so I’m going to give this to his wife and I think that will be very touching,” Meyer said.
2015 CLOVIS CALENDAR -DECEMBERIt’s a Wonderful Life at Warnors Theatre December 17 Come see the classic holiday film, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Warnors Theatre. Before the film, there will be a holidaythemed pipe organ concert. Seating is first come, first serve, so we encourage folks to get tickets in advance. We recommend that folks buy their tickets pre-sale, and or arrive early to avoid lines. Frank’s Place will be open before, during, and after the film for anyone who is interested in an adult beverage. Tickets are available for promotional giveaways, and many photo opportunities will be available that evening as well. Place: Warnors Theatre in Fresno Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., organ concert at 6:30 p.m. and film starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, children under 12 are free. Christmas Eve Service December 24 The historic 1868 Academy Church United Methodist will be hosting its annual Christmas Eve service. Place: Academy Church United
Methodist, 10667 N. Madsen (Hwy 168 & Madsen) Time: 4 p.m. Info: (559) 299-6484. Santa Claus Lane presented by Clovis Festival of Lights Every evening through Dec. 31, with walk nights Fridays and Saturdays Santa Claus Lane is located in the Ladera Ranch subdivision of Clovis California. It consists of 16 houses decorated with Christmas lights all synced to Christmas music. On Nov. 27, Clovis Festival of Lights, a non-profit organization, will host a Grand Opening Lighting Party of Santa Claus Lane. This is a family-friendly free event to
the community. On Opening night the Lane will be closed to automobile traffic and be a walking only night. Come out and visit our Mrs. Santa’s Treat Shoppe for pizza, hot dogs, drinks and some special treats she’s cooked up just for you! Santa Claus will make a special appearance to help us turn the Lane on and we will be passing out free Candy Canes to all visitors. We will be accepting cash donations that will benefit a local Clovis food pantry. Time: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Place: Santa Claus Lane, 3100 block of Indianapolis in Clovis Website: www.ClovisFestivalofLights. org Contact: Deb Toews- Director, (559) 977-2820 Santa & Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Saturdays and Sundays through December 20 Enjoy a free horse drawn carriage ride through the beautifully decorated streets
of Old Town Clovis with the jolly man himself along for the ride! Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free admission Info: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT), 298-5774, oldtownclovis.org Buses to China Peak January 2, 16; February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2 A charter bus to China Peak Resort will be available for students and community members and will leave from the Academic Center Building One Traffic Circle (AC1) at Clovis Community College. Parking at the campus is relaxed on Saturdays and Sundays and students and community members can park on campus free of charge. Place: Clovis Community College, 10309 North Willow Avenue, to China Peak Mountain Resort Time: Departs at 7 a.m. and returns at 7 p.m. Reservations are required for the bus. For prices and ticket information and to reserve seats on the bus, call China Peak at (559) 233-2500 Info: SkiChinaPeak.com or (559) 2332500
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Log of Shame By April Blankinship | CONTRIBUTED
November 25, 2015 A woman over on Whittier called police to report that someone had broken into her garage and stolen her tool box. She noticed it was missing when she pulled her car into the garage and the tool box was no longer in plain sight and the garage door had been opened. Hope you enjoy that box of pink tools Mr. Thief. Suppose when you finally got that box opened they were a real surprise eh? November 26, 2015 Several citizens driving past the corner of Alluvial and Peach called dispatch to report five juveniles throwing eggs at cars as they passed by. An officer met one of the reporting parties when he pulled over to confront the vandals. He told officers he got out of the car to yell at them and they dropped the egg cartons where they stood and scattered like ants with their backsides on fire running for home! Ha….poetic justice! November 27, 2015 A young man over on Stuart Ave called police to report identity theft when he tried to get a new phone and found that “someone” had already opened an account fraudulently in his name. The victim hung his head low and seemed to recognize the number associated with the account to be that of his recently ex-girlfriend. Looks as though she thought she might burn him just one last time for cheating on her with his current cutie pie. Oh brother, choose your girls wisely and only one at a time. Heed my words and prosper friend. November 28, 2015 An unsuspecting renter called police to report that he lost $1500 dollars in an online scam. He answered an ad to rent a home. He even met the guy at the house and signed a fake rental agreement. After he gave him the $1500 deposit to move in they parted ways and he began to move in the very next day. To his surprise a realtor showed up to inform him this house is about to go on the market for sale and the person he gave the money to was NOT the owner. November 29, 2015 Just after 10 p.m. a local man was arrested for being drunk in public near Shaw and Villa. He was attempting to walk back home near the college (opposite direction BTW) and flat got tired. He sat himself next to a street pole, leaned against it and took himself a drunken nap. He was awakened to ambulance sirens rushing to the street in front of him! That outta give you a good drunken headache for sure! November 30, 2015 A local hardware store called to report that someone had stolen a very nice $300 faucet from their plumbing department. They found the empty box stuffed far back on a shelf. How exactly does one get out the front door hiding a faucet? “Oh mister, are you happy to see me or is that a faucet in your pants?” December 1, 2015 A man over on Mitchell had someone get into his unlocked car and steal the pills he had in the center console. Joke is on the addict who thinks he scored big! Those were fitness supplements! So instead of getting blitzed out of your mind you about to get a good healthy dose of vitamins! Love it! December 2, 2015 A non-injury traffic accident occurred at 7:57 a.m. when a young man was rushing off to school and bumped the car in front of him at Sheppard and Minnewawa Avenue. He was making a right and saw the car start to go. He had his head down texting his girlfriend that he was trying to make it to school on time when the car in front stopped to let oncoming traffic pass and the kid bumped him. Oh now you are definitely going to be late Ace. December 3, 2015 Tis the season for credit card fraud folks! Watch the purchases on your statement carefully! A woman over on El Paso noticed her balance higher than she expected and as she started read her statement she had 32 charges to the same restaurant bar and grill in one week! She had eaten there the previous week and it seems that her pretty little waitress suffers from ethical dysfunction and has a LOT of friends she had no problem picking up the tab for with the victims credit card! December 4, 2015 People steal the oddest things. A man called to report that someone went into his back yard while he was at work and stole his 8 foot, 800kg Javelin Pole. (Insert the sound of crickets here.) Why would you steal that? December 5, 2015 A local tire company had someone break into the storage behind their shop and steal $10,000 dollars worth of tires. The suspect and vehicle are unknown. Maybe it’s just me but if I had that kind of merchandise in a storage unit I might have a surveillance system installed. On December 6, said cameras were installed. A day late and $10k short. December 6, 2015 A victim on Polson called police when someone broke into his 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck and stole his golf clubs valued at $7,000! Maybe it’s just me but when your golf clubs are valued higher than your car you really might want to re-evaluate your priorities. $7,000! Wow! *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.
This Week’s Sudoku Puzzle Like puzzles? Then you’ll love sudoku. This mindbending puzzle will have you hooked from the moment you square off, so sharpen your pencil and put your sudoku savvy to the test! 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!
- TIP OF THE DAY When involved in a collision, remember life over property is the priority. First, turn on your hazard lights. If a person is injured or complaining of pain, call 911. If it’s safe to do so, and the vehicle is able to, drive it to the side of the road out of traffic. Stand on the sidewalk, not in the roadway. If the vehicle is not able to be moved, leave it in the roadway, and walk to the sidewalk or shoulder to wait for officers or exchange information with the other driver. A police report is not needed if there are no injuries. Information that your insurance company will need from the other driver are: Their contact information, vehicle information (license plate number, make, model, color), damage (take photos of all involved vehicles), and their insurance information
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December 16, 2015
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Michelangelo’s raises funds for Make-A-Wish By Valerie Shelton | EDITOR
For the fifth consecutive year, the owners and managers at Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Old Town Clovis have donated funds raised through a golf tournament to Make-A-Wish Central California. This year, nearly $13,000 was raised for wish kid Emilio G. Emilio is an 11-year-old from Fresno who was diagnosed with T-Cell non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 2014. He recently finished the intense chemotherapy portion of his treatment and is continuing with the maintenance phase. While shy at first, Emilio quickly warms up to new people and overwhelms them with his knowledge of WWE wrestling. WWE wrestling is a huge part of keeping Emilio’s spirits up and his wish is to attend Wrestlemania and see his favorite wrestlers, including John Cena, in person. Emilio’s wish experience will provide him and his family with unforgettable memories as well as give them hope for the future, strength to endure and joy to last a lifetime. Thanks to help from Michelangelo’s, Emilio’s wish will soon be fulfilled. While the golf tournament took place on Oct. 3, Michelangelo’s general manager Omar Rosales recently presented Make-AWish with a ceremonial check at a presentation on Dec. 8. Rosales said he is proud to support Make-A-Wish and is happy to see the golf tournament has continued to raise more and more each year for the worthy cause. “It all started because we got really into golf about five years ago and someone asked us if we are so into golf, why don’t we put on a golf tournament,” Rosales said. “We didn’t know the first thing about that because we had never played in one and we don’t know how they work but we decided we would do one. We needed to find a charity to donate to because if not, you’re not going to get anyone to the tournament. There has to be a cause behind it. I thought of Make-A-Wish because they help kids and who doesn’t want to help out kids? We put
CONTRIBUTED BY MAKE-A-WISH CENTRAL CALIFORNIA | Wish kid Emilio G.
it together and did out first one and raised about $6,500 and we were all pumped and we made it a yearly thing. The second year we raised over $7,000 and then the third year it went to $9,000, then it went to $12,000 and this year it was almost $13,000 so every year it keeps climbing as more people get involved.” This year, Rosales said 144 golfers (36 foursomes) signed up for the tournament, which was held at Riverside Golf Course. The participants and their families met at Michelangelo’s after the tournament for a special dinner. In addition to raising funds through the tournament itself, a raffle and silent auction were also held. Many auction and raffle items were provided by other local businesses and some of Michelangelo’s frequent customers. “We try to get local businesses involved
PHOTO BY VALERIE SHELTON | From L-R, Rita Rosales, Diego Rosales and Omar Rosales from Michelangelo’s Pizzeria in Old Town Clovis present a check to Cortney Snapp, the Community Director at Make-A-Wish Central California.
with us as far as donations and goody bag prizes and raffle and silent auction items,” Rosales said.“We know the bullpen coach for the San Francisco Giants. He is our regular customer so he’ll send us some autographed jerseys and this year he sent us a Madison Bumgarner autographed jersey and that raised $1,050 at the silent auction. We also have friends and customers that are part of the Pittsburg Steelers and we’re big Steeler fans here and they donate. Different companies put together baskets. New Belgium donates a bike and we raffle that off separate. The guy that won it this year said he already had a bike so he gave it back to us to re-raffle to make more money for the charity. It’s hard to find people who are genuinely generous like that. They are out there and we have been fortunate to come across some of them.”
One-hundred percent of the proceeds, Rosales said, went to Make-A-Wish and each year Michelangelo’s is honored to meet the wish kid and the family they are helping. “This is close to home because it is Central Valley Make-A-Wish and it helps kids here in the Valley,” Rosales said. “It’s rewarding in more ways than one. We always get to meet the kid and everyone met Emilio that night. His whole family was so nice. Every year, it’s a nice family and this year the family was very big and people just warmed up to them and Emilio.” Already, Rosales said he and his family are looking forward to hosting the 6th annual golf tournament in 2016. The tentative date for that tournament is Oct. 1. For more information, visit Michelangelo’s website at MichelangelosClovis.com.
Remember to recycle food waste during the holidays
Recuerde para reciclar los residuos de alimentos durante los dias Festivos Bread, rice, grains, & pasta
Egg shells & paper egg cartons
in your Bones and shells Meat, poultry, fish
Coffee grounds, filters & tea bags
Cascaras de huevo y cartones de huevo de papel
Pan, arroz, granos y pasta
Huesos y conchas Carne, aves, y pescado
contenedor Café, filtros y bolsas de te
Fruit & vegetable peelings
Cascaras de fruta y vegetales Table scraps
Cheese & dairy scraps
Call Republic Services at (559) 275-1551
Pedazos de la comida de la mesa Quezo y productos lacteos
Llame Republic Services al (559) 275-1551
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Keeping pets safe during the holiday season By Diana Giraldo | REPORTER
The season of joy and cheer invites many to stay inside and enjoy time with family, and that includes beloved pets. The holiday decorations and the festivities food bring many hazards to pets, said Dr. Steven Fenster, a veterinarian at the Clovis Pet Hospital. “When it comes to guests and holiday foods, they can be exposed to things that they might not normally be around and those can cause problems,” Fenster said. Alcohol is one of those available toxins. Dogs and cats can knock over a drink and ingest it. Chocolate, raisins, grapes and chocolate dipped coffee beans can also look tempting but are all toxin for pets Fenster said. Food that might get mold on them, like cream cheese are infamous for causing seizures, he added. According to the Pet Health Network, rich, high-fat foods can cause stomach problems such as diarrhea and gastroenteritis and even more serious conditions like pancreatitis. Also, small food items can be choking hazards. “One of the things we have classically seen in the past is people would cook the turkey and put the extra drippings on the dog’s kibble as sort of a treat, and the dog loves it but it can cause severe gastral intestinal problems and sometimes even pancreatitis,” Fenster said. Sugar-free candies also pose a threat to pets’ health, he added. The ingredient Xylitol, a sugar substitute, can be very toxic and cause problems from vomiting to seizure and in extreme cases can cause liver failure. Some of the decorative plants like mis-
tletoe and holy should not be ingested. Attention around the Christmas tree is also required for different reasons. For one many times additives, to help preserve a Christmas tree, are given to people that buy live trees. These additives can be toxic, explained Fenster. Depending on if your dog is active or a puppy, it can get tangled up in the wires which could cause a fire if they knock the tree down. The electric cords that are around might even get chewed on. One way to deviate this behavior is by taping them down or putting them behind furniture, Fenster said Tree ornaments are also dangerous for dogs. Irregular shaped objects can look interesting to pets, they can get curious and try to ingest these items which can be dangerous and lead to foreign body obstruction. The most important to look out for are glass ornaments, Fenster said. Dogs and cats can chew on them, break one and swallow it some somehow and that can lacerate their mouth or the gastral intestinal tract. Ornaments that fall off a tree are a problem. A possible fix to this problem is to suspend the Christmas tree from the celling so that it’s of the ground a couple of feet, then put all the presents under it, so the ornaments are not casually available. “We have had quite a few puppies, they need to stay away from the tree and all the decorations,” House said. “Sure dogs get into things; they might think it’s a ball.” Other available chemicals that can be hazardous is liquid or solid Potpourri. The chemicals can be very toxic if ingested by pets and can cause problems on the skin, mouth or eyes. Another critical problem Fenster sees in
this time of year are linear foreign bodies, which can be a sting, a ribbon, a tinsel they can swallow. This can get bound up and as the bowel goes through its normal motion, it can even saw through the bowel and cause perforations, Fenster said. If a decorated area becomes a big issue there are baby separator gates that can gate
a particular area off, Fenster advised. “You have to think dog. Dogs do things that sometimes we don’t expect, especially if you’re gone,” House said. “Be very careful with young and active dogs if you’re gone and the dog is in the house with your Christmas tree – it looks like fun to them.”
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Finding solace through Saint Agnes Blessing Bears CONTRIBUTED
How do you tell someone you love goodbye? When a young father dying of cancer asked his nurse how to break the news to his daughters, she had the answer. Saint Agnes Medical Center oncology nurse Rebecca Lopez, RN, came up with the idea to record her patient’s voice on a Build-A-Bear recorder box. “When he asked me to help him I thought about what I would want if it were my father – I would want something to hold on to as I grow up, when I get married, and to eventually pass on to my kids so they know they always have a grandpa,” Rebecca says. Build-A-Bear Workshop is a place where children can create their very own stuffed animal – from filling it with just the right amount of stuffing, to picking out its clothing and accessories, to creating its birth certificate. There’s also the option of stuffing the bear with a personalized recording. Wanting to show love and compassion for their patient, Rebecca and fellow nurse Callie Simons, RN, worked together to coordinate the special experience for his daughters at the Build-ABear Workshop inside Fashion Fair Mall. Now, with just a gentle squeeze, the girls can still hear their father’s voice when they need to. They have a lasting piece of him to hold on to, snuggle, and hug – all because of his kind-hearted nurses. Through this experience, the Blessing Bears Program at Saint Agnes was born, allowing children and family members of
terminally-ill patients to hear their loved one’s voice through a recorder that is inserted in their very own Blessing Bear. Families may also request a recording of the patient’s heartbeat. Saint Agnes nurses and staff members are glad to know that since the program
began in January 2015, it has brought solace to many patients and their families. “This program is making a big difference for our terminal patients because they’re leaving something behind for their family – it brings them joy, even in a time of great difficulty,” Callie says. “It
also brings a level of comfort and peace, especially for the children involved. When we take care of our patients, there’s a whole family unit involved.” To make a donation to the Blessing Bears program, contact the Saint Agnes Foundation at (559) 450-2040.
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The Gift of Life: Heroes Blood Drive By Carole Grosch | REPORTER
While gifts are everyone’s mind this holiday season, how about giving the gift of life? The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office wants to help save lives by holding their Heroes Blood Drive fromFriday, Dec. 18, Wednesday, to Wednesday, Dec. 23. It’s being held in Sierra Vista Mall, 1050 Shaw Ave., in Clovis, at the west end of the mall near Kohl’s, across from Payless Shoes. Donation hours are from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. “This is a good chance to team up with Central California Blood Center and raise awareness in the community,” says Public Information Officer, Tony Botti. “The need goes up this time of year.” There is also another blood drive opportunity taking place Tuesday, Dec. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Main Jail parking lot on the corner of Fresno and M Street. The drive is made possible by a partnership with the Central California Blood Center and is open to the public. The donation process, including paperwork, takes approximately one hour. All donors will receive a free Fresno County Sheriff’s Heroes T-shirt and be entered to win one of several $100 gift cards to Sierra Vista Mall, movie passes to Cinema 16 and other great prizes. Donors must meet certain criteria: Be in good general health and at least 17 years old (16 years old with written parental consent) Have an acceptable medical history Weigh a minimum of 110 lbs. Be Prepared: Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to donating Wear something comfortable with sleeves that can be rolled up Bring a list of medications Photo ID and Social Security number required at registration
Donors may give blood every eight weeks Relax. This is a very safe and simple procedure. Some interesting facts from the American Red Cross: • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately three pints. • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O. • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs. • Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives. • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment. • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. • One pint of blood can save up to three lives. BLOOD AND DIVERSITY People come in all different shapes, sizes and blood types. The vast majority of blood typesfall into one of the major ABO groups. However, for a small percentage of the population, finding someone else with the same blood type can be as difficult as looking for a needle in a haystack. For more information, call Public Information Officer Tony Botti from Fresno County Sheriff’s Office at 559-600-8137 Darla Silvera at 559-288-6319 or visit Central California Blood Center at www.donateblood.org