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december 5, 2013
Enchanted evening creates holiday magic By Carol Lawson-Swezey
What a way to start the holiday celebration. Old Town Clovis kicked off its holiday season with an old fashioned street party at its “One Enchanted Evening” event on Nov. 21. The streets were lit with luminaries, Santa’s village beckoned in store fronts and the streets were pulsating
with shoppers, strolling musicians and the sounds of horse hoofs on the pebbled streets. Thousands of revelers packed the streets of Old Town to sample food, shop, listen to carolers and sip hot chocolate and cider. Antique cars lined the peopled Enchanted Evening, continued on page 8
Eploring the Last Frontier, on page 3
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By Don Curlee
Bill Allison is so-o-o Clovis that when he moved to Yosemite Lakes Park (YLP familiarly) three years ago he left his voice behind. Well, sort of. A Clovis resident for 30 years, Bill’s voice was one of his most important assets, and it still is. He was the on-air farm reporter at Fresno’s KMJ Radioand
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Bill Allison is So-o-o Clovis television (now KSEE) and several other stations for 20 years and on a part-time basis for another 10, in the same capacity at Fresno’s Channel 26 for three years, an occasional reporter at Fresno’s KJWL radio for part of 2001 and 2002, and the voice of the Fresno Fair from 1967 to 1977, before it became the BIG Fresno Fair. That deep and mellifluous voice returned to the airwaves recently as Bill voiced commercials for Clovis Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. He was recruited for the job by Maximus Studioss, the Fresno area’s only full-scale sound production studio. For many radio listeners it was as if Bill returned in person to the FresnoClovis area, perhaps as if he never left, voice as strong and easy to listen to as ever. Bill’s affinity for agriculture and his accumulated knowledge of the farm community led him to serve as manager of the Fresno County Farm Bureau from 1978 to 1997. But even there he was engaged in broadcasting farm news on a
daily basis, and voicing commercials, spot announcements, messages, appeals and incidental comments. So much a part of Clovis you’d never guess that he grew up in Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University with his degree in communications,. His first radio job was in upper Michigan, after which he dropped over the state line for radio job in Fort Wayne, IN for six years. Even though he became king of the hill in radio there Bill decided to leave 30 years of snow shoveling behind and move west. He landed radio jobs in Winslow and Stafford, AZ before moving to the San Joaquin Valley to work at the radio station in Visalia. After a couple of years he signed on to the job at KMJ Radio and moved to Fresno, and later to Clovis. As his radio career wound down and retirement beckoned, Bill took a delivery job that sharpened his intimacy with Clovis streets – some that only a few have heard of – and gave him a new awareness
of the city’s friendliness and informality. With so many ties to Clovis it’s a wonder that Bill and wife Charlotte are content living in the foothill community near Coarsegold. They are intimately involved in their church, where he sings in the choir. They contribute time regularly to the Ronald McDonald House near the Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera County, to the Clovis Senior Center, the Food Bank and the Valley Center for the Blind. He enjoys the openness of YLP, its rustic, mountain atmosphere and its location above the winter fog, and points out that it boasts at least one thing Clovis never expects to have, a golf course. And from just the right location on a clear day (or night) he can dredge up a bunch of pleasant memories by catching a glimpse of Clovis, and perhaps some reflection from Fresno, that bedroom community next door.
Exploring the last frontier By Carol Lawson-Swezey
For the past several years, Buchanan High School junior Callie Carbajal has had several out of this world experiences. Callie, 16, always loved science and recalls watching the shuttle launches and space walks on television with her parents when she was small. But it wasn’t until she took Kendia Herrington’s 8th grade Honors science class that she found her passion in space exploration and a kindred spirit in her teacher. “I have a great fascination for the science of space,” Callie said. “It’s one of the great unknowns- something we
just recently discovered with endless possibilities.” Callie said she now realizes that she can pursue a career in which she is so passionately interested in. “You don’t have to be a genius to do this,” she said. “Women are branching out and doing the same things as men have before.” Herrington was so impressed with Callie’s passion and enthusiasm for space that she invited her and her parents to accompany her for the landing of NASA’s Curiosity Rover in Pasadena last summer. While there, Callie got to attend the
Planetary Society and Mars Society events being held at the same time. “It was amazing- I had never done anything like that before, to be in a room of people who were as passionate as I was,” Callie said about the landing. And things just got more exciting. Teacher and student were both able to see the launching of NASA’s MAVEN (Mars Atmospheric and Volatile EvolutioN), the second mission selected for NASA’s Mars Scout Program, on November 18 at Camp Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Although they were four miles away and separated by the Banana River Estuary, a wildlife preserve, the sound waves of the launch shook them to their core. “You could see it before you heard it,” Callie said. “You felt it in your whole body- the rumble of the launch- you just don’t get that on television.” Herrington agreed. “To see how thousands of people who collaborate together for ten years can work towards one goal. It was just amazing,” she said. Following the November launch, a Mars orbit reach is anticipated for September 2014. During the MAVEN mission, critical measurements of the Martian atmosphere will be obtained to help understand the historic climate change of the red planet. Callie has a long history of exploring uncharted territory. She had been an NSPIRE student with NASA, spending a summer participating in an online student community, and is involved with Robotics at Buchanan. This past summer, she went to Washington with two other members of the Robotics team– to lobby congress to fund STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math). Herrington is one of only 30 teachers in the United States trained as a MAVEN Education Ambassador (MEA), which enabled her and her guests, including the Carbajals, to attend the launch. Statewide, four teachers were selected for the MEA program with Herrington being the only teacher south of Stockton selected. The MEA program is a NASA-funded program that focuses on in-depth learning experiences around Earth, Space and Physical Science topics for educators
teaching in intermediate and high schools. All MEA teachers took part in a five-day workshop in Berkeley in July. During the school year, Herrington and the 29 other teachers are incorporating MEA lessons into their classrooms when appropriate. “In my class, I teach the application of forces,” Herrington said. “We did a lab on magnetics and showed how it is on earth and how it would be on Mars.” Herrington took over 1500 photos in Florida during her five day exploration of the Kennedy Space Center and also filmed the launch. “Words cannot express how amazing it was,” she said. “The nice thing about teaching what I do is that I can always pull back to this experience in so many aspects of science. Students tell me that the thing they love about my class is the stories and I see so many stories from this experience.” Herrington has been teaching 8th grade science at Alta Sierra Intermediate for 10 years. She said the two space adventures were made even more special by seeing it through the eyes of her student. “I’ve known Callie for five years and watching her go in that science realm has been very heartwarming,” Herrington said. Callie’s mother, Michelle and her father, Enrique, who is a physician at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Fresno, accompanied Callie and Herrington on both trips. “For the past two years, the only vacations we’ve been on are taking these amazing trips,” Michelle said. “My dad shares my passion and helps feed that passion,” Callie said. “I definitely am interested in Nano engineering- with a focus on material science- how different robot materials break down into the nano level. I am so grateful to be able to go and experience the things I have. I hope I can do bigger and better things in the future.”
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How to Get More From Your Christmas Shopping Everybody wants to be a popular Santa – and this year, everyone needs to be watching expenses. There are ways to make Christmas a lot more “Merry” without spending a lot of money. These days you can be a wiser shopper and have a much happier holiday! Develop a Holiday Budget – and Stick to it. Determine exactly how much you can spend on Christmas this year. You know how much money you have, how much is coming in, and the bills and obligations you have. With a reasonable budget, you’ll be able to satisfy your shopping desires. Take a good look at your finances and decide how much you can realistically afford. Face it, if you don’t want to be carrying a big debt in the New Year, you may not be able to get everyone everything they want for Christmas. Set a spending limit now, because it is very easy to get carried away with gift buying. Make a Christmas Gift List. Write down the names of the people you plan to give a gift to, then write down the gifts and the prices
of the gifts. If the total is over budget, try to shave off some dollars here and there. Then keep the list with you when you go shopping. Edit Your List. You may want to get a gift for everyone because you love them so much, but what if your budget can’t handle it? Do yourself a big favor by eliminating anyone from your list who you have not seen, talked to, or chatted with online for more than three months (excluding family). Eliminate anyone to whom you give a gift because you feel you “must” – there’s no reason to give a gift to someone you don’t like. Shop Sales. Don’t go to just one store to do all of your Christmas shopping – every store is competing for your business. Some run “after-Christmas” sales before Christmas! Shop around to discover all the great deals you can find. Some stores will offer deals that provide you with a free gift for purchase. If the gift is something someone on your list would want, consider buying it. Make Your Own Gifts, Stockings and
Stuffers. You can affordably craft beautiful, personalized gifts and stockings using items available at discount stores. Put family photos in small frames. Wrap a bright ribbon around a small box of chocolates. They are Called the Dollar Store for a Reason. Discount stores are a thrifty shopper’s best friend. Shop for the holidays at a discount store and you’ll save a ton of money on wrapping paper, tissue paper, stocking stuffers, garland, ribbons, bulbs, lights, festive signs and much more. Nobody needs to know where it all came from. Be Better Off in the New Year. Join Fresno County Federal Credit Union and you’ll be better off, because you’ll have
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Ag at Large – Educulture: Farmers produce and teach as well By Don Curlee
Farmers in California are trying harder than ever to show and tell the nonfarming public what they do and how they do it. You might say they are cultivating a renewed understanding of farming. For more than 30 years they have been reaching elementary, intermediate and secondary school students through a highly effective program called Ag in the Classroom(CFAITC). Colorful, ageappropriate materials have been produced and distributed. Thousands of teachers have been counseled and introduced to farming practices, many of them through visits to farm sites. Hundreds of vegetable gardens have been planted and maintained on school grounds, providing opportunities for students to know what it takes to maintain healthy plants and nurture them to production. For some of them the taste of a ripe tomato from a plant they seeded,
watered, weeded, and protected from insects and disease is more exciting than a good report card. Of course, such a project can become part of a good report card too. From humble beginnings the educational effort has grown to become a trusted basic resource for teachers in all grades throughout the state. That seems a well deserved result since it was teachers in the San Francisco area who ignited the ag education flame to begin with. They contacted the California Farm Bureau Federation asking for help in finding farms they might visit on field trips for their students. The program at CFAITC rests, like an old-time milker in a dairy barn, on a three-legged stool – encouragement and participation by the farm community, appreciation from teachers and the educational profession and financial support for the materials and educational efforts from any source interested. As the early program gained momentum financial support was offered by a few banks And insurance companies serving agriculture. Besides expansion of support from both categories agricultural
associations and other organizations have begun to include support for CFAITC in their annual budgets. Recently financial support is has been received from specialty grant programs emanating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. They have added stability and strength to the day to day work of the CFAITC staff and facilities at the office in Sacramento. Several local county units of the Farm Bureau organization contribute financially, but especially appreciated by CFAITC are the efforts of those organizations to enlist local members and other farmers in planning and conducting field trips for students, teacher training and offering resources and sites in support of the broad based educational program. Emphasis at the third to fifth grade level includes presentation of career opportunities in agriculture and its related industries and professions such as food safety, packaging and handling and marketing. In high school classrooms agriculture’s contributions to sustainable energy programs leads to lively discussions and assignments. Ag in the Classroom
materials are available to support the curriculum. Local units of the agriculturally oriented 4-H Clubs and the high school level FFA organizations also receive and utilize educational materials developed by Ag in the Classroom. One of the intangible benefits of the structured CFAITC program is the encouragement it has provided for other groups in agriculture to conduct their own outreach and networking efforts to encourage wider understanding of agriculture’s benefits and contributions to society. Only a minute percentage of today’s population was privileged to grow up in a farm setting, and the percentage gets smaller each day. California agriculture’s education and outreach efforts make many wish they had known farming earlier in their lives. It’s a sharing opportunity that cultivates understanding and creates friendships. Is it any wonder that it is growing and gaining support, or that cultivation pays off?
Shaver Lake Fishing Report Trout fishing at Shaver Lake was very good this past week. The weather was good and few boats were on the lake. Dick Nichols, of Dick’s Fishing charters fished with Shaver resident David Dungy, a regular on the lake. Together, they caught and released over 3 limits of very nice rainbows with the biggest at 3 pounds. They have been fishing from the surface to 10 feet down using Trout Busters, tipped with crawler and Rapala’s all behind mini Mountain Flashers. Dungy had a nice day alone on the lake a few day’s earlier and picked up two limits. One was 3 to 4 pounds, all were released in the water with out netting. Nichols say’s that proper release is important to the survival of the released fish. They should be released before raising them to the boat while still in the water. Nichols said that most of the boat fishermen he talked to were having good luck also. The best locations have been the dam, road’s 1 and 2, the Point and the island. Things may change as a cold front arrived early this week and was scheduled
to drop some snow. The high temperature for Thursday is listed as 28 degrees with a low of 17 and 80% chance of snow. “ I think that only the hardiest of fishermen will hit the lake this week regardless how good the fishing is due to the weather”. Nichols said. Bank fishermen were doing well according to Nichols. “I talked to several bank anglers, many families over the Thanksgiving weekend who reported 4 to 8 fish in their group with a couple of trophies”, Nichols added. Power Bait was good, but the majority of trophies from the bank were caught on crawlers. The dam, roads 1 and 2, near the Sierra Marina seemed to be the best locations. The lake is maintaining at 60% capacity with the Sierra ramp open for launching. Anglers should check the sierramarinawebcam before heading to Shaver. The Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project will take December off from it’s normal meeting. The next will be at the Shaver Lake Hotel on January 15th at 10 am.
Shaver Lake resident Pam Dungy and her husband David recently fished the Cowlitz River out of Woodland Washington with guide Don Kinsey (shown in photo) for a great day of King Salmon fishing. Pam caught this wild King and released it along with 6 others about the same size.
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Fighting obesity in pets Being overweight can cause joint pain, strain the cardiovascular system and result in fatigue. But humans are not the only animals to suffer from obesity. Many companion animals are overweight as well. Helping pets to shed extra weight can alleviate a number of health concerns and help pets feel more comfortable. Extra pounds can sneak up on cats and dogs. According to the National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, in 2012 52.5 percent of dogs and 58.3 percent of cats in America were overweight or obese. This equates to 80 million dogs and cats at increased risk for weight-related health disorders, including many cancers. “Our data shows that obesity is rampant, and we are certainly setting up more and more dogs and cats for joint problems during their lives,” said veterinarian and surgical specialist Dr. Steve Budsberg of the University of Georgia. “This results in hundreds of millions of dollars in medical bills and countless surgical procedures for weight-related conditions.” Few animals will turn away from extra food, and overfeeding is a primary culprit in animal obesity. Here are some other causes of paunchy pets: * Leaving food available all of the time. * Giving the animal too large a serving size. * Supplementing food with table scraps. * Offering too many treats in between meals. * Feeding the animal too many carbohydrates or a subpar food. * Being unaware the pet is scavenging food from the garbage or from other animals. * Lack of exercise. Focusing on the causes of obesity in pets can help pet owners develop a strategy to assist companion animals with weight loss. * Check ingredients. Scores of different pet foods are on the market. Not all are created equal, and some may actually
contain ingredients that make it difficult for pets to maintain a healthy weight. For example, many dog treats now contain sugar to make them even more irresistible to dogs, fueling greater sales. Some of the mainstream dog treats available at pet stores and supermarkets list sugar as the second or third ingredient, which means there are high concentrations of sugar, and this can lead to weight gain. By reading the labels, pet owners can weigh the potential health benefits of the foods they choose to feed their pets. * Measure food carefully. The serving portions suggested on food products are just suggestions. Pet owners can reduce or increase serving sizes as necessary based on an animal’s activity level and age. Older, less active pets will not need to eat as much. Reducing portion sizes can help pets lose weight. * Split up meals. Rather than feeding a cat or dog one large meal per day, serve two to three smaller meals per day. Eating smaller portions more frequently can keep pets’ metabolisms working while burning off excess calories. * Check where the nutrition is coming from. When reading labels ensure that a meat is the primary source of calories in the food. Foods that provide the majority of their calories from grains and other carbohydrates may not be satisfying pets, who will then compensate by overeating. Pets can be both obese and malnourished. * Pay attention to picky pets. Hungry animals should not be picky of their food choices. If an animal refuses to eat until you give him or her a food or treat of choice, it could be an indication that the pet is customarily overfed. A hungry pet will eat what is served.
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* Select low-calorie treats. Opt for apple slices, green beans or raw carrots as rewards for pets. They are lower in calories than many processed treats. Always check that a food is safe before feeding it to a companion animal. Chocolate, garlic, grapes and onions are toxic to some animals. * Make sure pets get plenty of exercise. Combine the right foods with exercise to ensure a pet maintains a healthy weight. Dogs can be walked, and cats can chase around stimulating toys or balls to burn calories. * Don’t overlook a physical malady. Sometimes weight gain is the result of an illness. Poor thyroid function is a common culprit when pets’ weights fluctuate. Annual checkups with a veterinarian are necessary to keep abreast of any potential weight issues. Much like their owners, dogs and cats suffer from being overweight and obese. Many of the same remedies that work for overweight men and women are just as effective at helping pets maintain healthy weights.
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Please Turn Down the Water We are settling in to our cool, damp days of winter here in the Central Valley. This means that plants will not require much if any supplemental watering from our irrigation system. Our demand for water is in the 5-10% range of what is needed to hydrate our lawns and other plantings in the peak summer months. With a normal rain shower here and there the sprinklers could even be turned off until February or March. The exceptions may be the newly planted annuals and even they won’t need much water in winter months. Water is precious and we certainly don’t need to waste it. Too much water can increase disease incidence on the lawn and accelerate root rots in trees and shrubs. Saturated lawns also get rutted up with heavy mowers crossing it. Weeds, of
course, will love the abundance of water if you love weeding. A bermudagrass lawn will certainly do fine with no irrigation until you water in your pre emergent crabgrass control products in February. Here is the bottom line. Only water as needed. If you are willing to turn off your water do so and then watch for dry spots following long periods of no rain and above normal temperatures. If you don’t believe me, then please reduce your water to one day a week and cut that to 50% or less than normal. Let’s pray for a wet winter and tons of snow in the mountains. For more information about watering or lawns contact Weed Man at 266-1624 or visit our website at Fresno.WeedManUSA.com.
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Central Valley Motorsports - SPONSORED BY HEDRICKS CHEVROLET -
By Paul Hinkle
The unusually warm weather seems to be on its way out. The rain, fog and colder temperatures may finally be moving in. Take your rods out of the garage a few times while you have the chance before the winter weather arrives. NASCAR and Central Valley NASCAR has a connection to the valley this year. Matt Crafton from
Tulare won the Camping World Truck Championship. You may have seen Matt race in the Winston West Series in Madera. He is a championship driver on the move; keep your eye on him next year! Also, 1998 graduates of Buchanan High, Harley Rauch and Andrea Mueller followed their goals of being involved with racing. The NASCAR teams they are affiliated with both won championships this year. Harley is a crewmember for Austin Dillon, 2013 Nationwide Series Driver Champion. Austin drives the #3 Chevrolet owned by Richard Childress Racing. After the race Harley called to thank me for getting him hooked on racing through his involvement with my family. He always said someday he was going to be on a race team and he did it, way to go! Andrea is a Race Engineer for Penske Racing. Roger Penske won the Nationwide Series Owners Championship with the #22 Dodge.
SEMA 2013 If you have the opportunity to attend the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, be sure to go. This Specialty Equipment Market Association Show is the largest expo of its kind in the world. The inside exhibits cover over 2,000,000 square feet with additional exhibits and activities overflowing outdoors. This show features the latest in automotive designs, thousands of wheels, tires and aftermarket products. More than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100 countries attend this event. Everything imaginable is on display at this show, including any type of product you would need to build that special hot rod or high performance sports car. This event is held over a 4-day period, not nearly enough time to take in the entire expo even though you feel you have walked hundreds of miles. UP COMING EVENTS: Dec 7th Clovis VW Toys for Tots Car Show, Mooneyes X-Mas Party Car Show & Drags
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streets and young families or those just young at heart, waited for free horse drawn carriage rides in a line which stretched down Pollasky Avenue. Bundled up children with rosy cheeks were pushed in strollers, anxiously looking for Santa or one of his elves. Food, holiday music, twinkling lights and all that is bright combined to make it, not only an enchanted evening, but a magical heralding of the holiday season. The event, sponsored by B.O.O.T, the Business Organization of Old Town, has been an annual holiday mainstay, and is highly anticipated by young and old alike. Festivities included a feast for the senses with music on every corner and complimentary culinary offerings including festive cookies, scones, gingerbread, crackers and dips, hot cocoa and cider and marinated meatballs. Crowds gathered around vintage Model A cars and a live bridal fashion show and clustered around carolers like the Jubilation Singers, dressed in period costumes. Other entertainment included musical performances by the Voices Unlimited,
Voices United, Gold Notes Chorus and the Clark Intermediate School Choir. Many participants, like Larry and Priscilla Klum, have been making the event an annual pilgrimage. The Klums, Clovites to the bone, seldom miss any Old Town event from Friday Night Farmer’s markets to Big Hat Days. Others, like the Madrigal family, came for the first time. Michael and Gina and their five children, ages 7 to 18, were having a great time soaking in the holiday ambiance. Although they regularly have dinner at Old Town eateries and come to the Christmas parade, this was their first “enchanted evening.” They were having a great time in the old town that night. With their tiny boxer puppy, Bruno, bundled in their arms, Santino and Katrina Simental, also enjoyed the crisp, autumn evening. Although the 8 week old puppy was a “bit nervous,” he was a “little celebrity,” Katrina said. Local merchants welcomed shoppers with great bargains and treats, and some with just a teasing of what’s to come. The new owner of the House of JuJu, a gourmet burger eatery in the Old Town Alley, greeted strollers outside his renovated store. The Glenn family owned restaurant will offer gourmet burgers and locally crafted beers and wines when it opens around Christmas. The evening was an ideal way to highlight the magic of the season as well as the special charm of Old Town, with its cobbled sidewalks and old-fashioned street lamps. It was a wonderful way to ease into the delightful, but hectic, holiday season. Above the sound of carolers, horse’s hoofs
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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - Growing up in Clovis by Mary Grace Heiskell Martin, part two.
By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum
Mary Grace and her husband Bill were active in our community. She was inducted into the Clovis Hall of Fame in 1980. Bill was a volunteer fireman for 32 years. Mary Grace served as Court Clerk at the Clovis Justice Court (located at 401 Pollasky which is now the Clovis Museum) for many years. Her Grandmother Emma Cole Heiskell Family (William T. Cole) arrived at Academy in 1876. Emma was their first child to born there. She attended the 1870 Academy school. All of their ten daughters (Sally Sample, Alice Hoskins, Mary Stroud, Angeline Birkhead, Jane Estill, Ida Bell, Kate Shafer, Grace Hogue and Harriet Blasingame) were married at the family home. William Temple Cole (1825-1907) and his wife Jane Sweany Cole (1830-1927)
remained at their Academy ranch (three thousand acres of grazing and wheat land) for thirty years. Jane Cole (“Grandma Cole” ) moved into Clovis in 1910. She was active in the Methodist Church and the Jane Cole Circle was formed. It is believed to have disbanded in the early 1990’s. We conclude Mary Grace’s article that was printed in “Images of an Age” that was published by the Clovis Unified School District and the Clovis Community Bank in 1984. “The whole manner of courtship was different, way back then. It was much slower than the pace today. Being the only child, I was awfully slow to catch on. I must have been a senior in high school before I had the nerve to have a boy call. I’ll tell you where my time was spent----
with friends. All Saturday and Sunday, plus evenings, we had a band. Earl Nevins was beating the drums and Merle Good was playing the saxophone and they knew where we were because we were very noisy. Well, the Good’s home and ours were open to the band. We would have several saxophones and trumpets, and a drum was very necessary. But you could do a lot with a saxophone, a piano, and a drum set. We would play at dances, upstairs where the apartments were, above John E. Good’s Store or above the antique store. There was a large dance hall and lodge hall up there. There was also one across the street in what they used to call the “500 Club”. It was quite a hall; then there was the Legion Hall, too. Some of those people had a dance once a month over a period of several years. And there were lots of parties given at the Women’s Club House. This was during a time when money was very, very scarce, so playing was a glorious experience — and we made a few dollars. We made our two dollars a week. Once we were approached and I could have made $50 a week. Now that was a pretty large sum for a woman back in ’32. Things came up and I had to pass it by. I can think of a few amusing incidents which occurred during the first years of “local option.” Once, officers raided the home of a suspected bootlegger and seized several gallons of liquor. The bootlegger was released on bail and the liquor was
locked in a closet in City Hall. In a month or two the trial of the bootlegger began. All went well until the court produced the evidence: yes, some lowdown sonof-a-gun had somehow gotten into City Hall and removed all of the confiscated booze. Local option presented a lot of embarrassing problems to local peace officers. People made it at home — liquor, wine. Another girl and I made beer. We got some malt and put a lot of sugar in. We got some bottles and capped them. It all blew up.” Mary Grace and her husband Bill remain an important part of our rich heritage.
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The New and Improved 2014 Chevrolet Impala By Nu Vang
The 2014 Chevrolet Impala LT has beaten both Japanese and European automobiles for the first time in 20 years, receiving the highest rating in quality by the Consumer Report. The revamped Impala, which is a full passenger sedan automobile, offers consumers a ride that is both cushy and controlled, the Consumer Report stated in an article on its website. The General Motors model scored a 95 this year after being at the bottom of the rating with a score of 63. I talked to the local Hedrick’s Chevrolet dealership to learn more about the Impala, and find out what it has to offer to customers. Brett Hedrick, co-owner and manager of Hedrick’s Chevrolet, said that the Impala offered modern technology to enhance the driver’s experience and also provide many safety features. “There is a lane departure feature, where if you go too far into the lane, it will alert you,” said Hedrick. “Side blind zone alert, where a sign will show up on your rear view mirror and tell you that a car is coming up next to you. There is also a rear view camera and also ten standard air bags.” Hedrick said that the new Impala car offers something for consumers of all ages. “The Impala is just a brand new, redone vehicle for us,” Hedrick said. “This is that big car that you need to have. In the past it was the car the drug representatives and maybe a few older people drove, but they changed the market around because there are the young people that like to drive a car rather than an SUV, and there are people that want style, comfort, and safety.” And that is what the Impala offers. I took a drive with Hedrick’s Chevrolet
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sales representative Dale Revis, who showed me the features of the car. The first thing I noticed was how much the body of the car was oval and there was a lot of head space. Revis said the car’s shape goes along with the steel safety cage construction. “If you look at the roof, you notice there is a lot of head room,” Revis said. “Well you can wear your hat or your cowboy hat in there. But it’s also arched, and with the double reinforced laminated steel, strengthens it. And, say you were in a forward car roll over, it won’t collapse
on you.” The Impala provided a smooth quiet ride along Highway 168 yet also a sporty feel. The 3.6 Liter V-6 made for a powerful ride with 305 horsepower and 264 foot pounds of torque. Yet, the Impala can shift mode from automatic to manual through the shift lever, and by a simple switch changes the up and down shifts. Visually, the Impala also has much to offer to the eye. Customers can select to have the leather feature which comes threaded in white, as part of the interior
design. When I drove the Impala, this feature really added to the luxury feel of the car. Besides that, there is also a great hidden compartment behind the touchscreen that with the push of a button pops up. Consumers have the option to store valuables and charge their smart phones through the USB charger. Whether you are looking for a nice quiet car or that luxury sports car but without having to pay a large surplus sum, the Impala offers all those features in one car.
Affordable Care Act enrollment scheduled at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District The Fresno County Department of Social Services is partnering with the Fresno County Public Library and Community Partners of Fresno County to provide assistance for individuals seeking to register for health care under the terms of the new Affordable Care Act. Trained volunteers or agents will be on hand at every event to answer questions and enroll individuals for health care coverage. Having health insurance can give you peace of mind and help make it possible for you to stay healthy. You and your family can obtain health care when you need it, have access to preventive care, and have a network of health professionals who are trained to provide medical care. What you need to know when you apply: • Photo Identification. • Social Security numbers for applicants who are U.S. Citizens, or document information for immigrants with
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satisfactory status who need insurance. • Proof of citizenship or immigration status is required only for applicants. • Employer and income information for everyone in your family. • Your federal tax information. For example, the person who files taxes as head of household and the dependents claimed on your taxes. • Information about health insurance that you or any family member receives through their employment. Location: Clovis Veterans Memorial District - 808 4th Street, Clovis, CA. 93612 (559) 2990471 Dates & Times: Thursday, December 12th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Room # 2 Tuesday, December 17th 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Room #1
The 22nd Production of “Nutcracker” Opens in Fresno in December The Lively Arts Foundation invites you to the William Saroyan Theatre December 14th and 15th to enjoy the Central California Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” This local ballet tradition has been recognized in DANCE MAGAZINE for its resurrection of the character of the vengeful Mouse Queen from the original E.T.A. Hoffman “Nutcracker” fairy tale. The whole family will enjoy the festive Party Scene, the Battle of the Nutcracker General and Mouse King, and the lovely Waltzing Flowers. Each year the production offers new choreography and professional guest artists. Three shows: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on 12/14 and 2 p.m. on 12/15. Information/tickets: www.livelyarts.org Note: Tickets are available by calling 1-877-608-5883 or at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office (559) 445-8200 and Ticketmaster (800) 7453000.
Fire season ends for the Sierra National Forest CLOVIS, Calif., Nov. 22, 2013 – For Immediate Release – Due to the recent rains, cooler temperatures and projected forecasts, the Sierra National Forest is ending the 2013 fire season Saturday and beginning winter operations. The end of fire season means that seasonal firefighters are released for the winter, fire lookouts towers are unstaffed and high country fire stations are closed
until next spring. “We maintain a ready-reserve of firefighting personnel throughout the winter months,” said Van Arroyo, Deputy Forest Fire Management Officer, Sierra National Forest, “Our firefighting personnel maintain the ability to respond to fire or other forest incidents throughout the country.” The Sierra National Forest experienced
heavy fire activity in 2013 due to drought conditions. Firefighting resources from the forest stayed very active, assisting with suppression efforts throughout California primarily and throughout the country. During the winter months, fire crews work on fuels reduction projects, trailwork and other various ecosystems restoration projects to enhance forest health and reduce the likelihood of uncharacteristic wildfire,
in addition to training and maintaining readiness for the upcoming fire season. For more information please contact the Sierra National Forest at one of the following locations: Clovis 559-297-0706, North Fork 559-877-2218, or Prather 559855-5355. Information is also available on the Sierra National Forest website at http:// www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/.
2013 CLOVIS CALENDAR -DECEMBERSanta & Free Horse Drawn Carriage Rides Saturdays, November 30th through December 22nd 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: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www.oldtownclovis.org OLD TOWN CLOVIS OPEN HOUSE Sunday, Dec 1st Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) (559) 298-5774 www.oldtownclovis.org Christmas Tree Lighting Monday, December 2nd This annual event is always an exciting evening full of merriment as Santa arrives by fire truck, delighting children and families. He quickly becomes the center of attention as he, and Mayor Jose Flores light the giant Christmas tree. The air will be full of Holiday carols courtesy of the Clovis High School and Clark Intermediate School Choirs. Refreshments will be served. Bring your entire family and enjoy the magic of this special time of year!
Senior Center Holiday Luncheon Saturday, December 14th Time: 12:00 p.m. Place: Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building Hosted by Clovis Kiwanis Free Tickets are available at the Clovis Senior Center Starting on December 1st Contact: Clovis Senior Center (559) 324-2750 for more information
Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Clovis City Hall, 1033 Fifth Street Free Admission Contact: Clovis Recreation Center (559) 324-2780 Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade Saturday, December 7th Each December, Valley residents look forward to the Clovis Children’s Electric Christmas Parade, ushering in the holiday with a parade featuring a spectacular display of holiday cheer alive with thousands of local children, adults, animals and floats, all blanketed in a blizzard of lights. Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Old Town Clovis Kiwanis Club at (559) 916-9124 www.otckiwanis.org Escape to Brazil with Rio Grill Saturday, December 7th
Shows start at 6:30pm Rio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse 1240 Shaw Ave.- Sierra Vista Mall Join us for an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse Dinner & Live performances from Brazilian Samba Dancers 559-322-6300 $30 per person Academy Church Services and Events Advent Service Sunday, December 8th at 2:pm 10667 N. Madsen (North on Madsen from 168/Tollhouse Rd Clovis Senior Center Christmas Karaoke December 9th at 10am What better way to get into the Holiday spirit than by joining your friends at the Clovis Senior Center for some Christmas Karaoke. Come and enjoy the spirit of the holidays and fill the building with sounds and songs of Christmas on Monday.
Holiday Military Band Concert Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 PM The AUSA Sounds Of Freedom Military Concert Band will present SOUNDS OF THE SEASON a musical selection of traditional and contemporary Holiday music. Location is: The Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building 808 4th Street, Clovis. The concert is free and open to the public. Please call 2972295 for more information. Academy Church Services and Events Christmas Service Tuesday, December 24th at 4:pm 10667 N. Madsen (North on Madsen from 168/Tollhouse Rd Lord of Life Lutheran Church Service and Event Christmas Eve Candle Light Service Tuesday, December 24th at 7:00 pm 1521 Tollhouse Road, Ste D North Side of street between 1st and N. Stanford.
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Log of Shame by April French-Naten
November 13, 2013 A woman called police to report identity theft when she noticed a $400 charge on her credit card that she certainly did not approve. A week prior, she had gone to the vitamin store and spent a whopping 30 bucks. Immediately after that, there was a charge for $400 and some change for male muscle enhancement shakes, powder, drinks, etc. Ummmm, apparently the kid at the counter had a shopping spree at her expense!
November 16, 2013 A woman was pulled over for speeding. She was arrested when the officer determined she had no driver’s license, no vehicle insurance, and no current registration on her car. Did you think these things were a mere suggestion, sunshine? November 17, 2013 A local storeowner reported a commercial burglary over on Minnewawa when someone kicked in the front door, stole what little cash was in the register, and a large amount of ammunition. Tell me again how gun control keeps us safe? November 18, 2013 A vehicle stop turned out to be a hot mess and a victorious day for police, taking yet another criminal off our streets. A man who ran a red light was arrested on four counts of narcotic possession. Question of the day: Why in the ever lovin’ world would you run a stop light if you knew you had a variety stash of drugs in your glove box?
November 15, 2013 An intoxicated male in the 400 block of Clovis Avenue was arrested for being drunk in public. In his drunken stupor, he decided it would be a good idea to throw a big ole fit and bring attention to himself. Apparently, the bartender cut him off and, assisted by bouncers, he left the bar. While wandering home, he proceeded to scream and yell and randomly kick the tires of parked cars. So this buckaroo woke up in the drunk tank with a sore foot.
November 14, 2013 A woman called police when her ex-boyfriend showed up at her house. She had broken up with him because of all his legal and substance problems, but he wasn’t getting the hint. When police arrived, he was still on her porch trying to talk to her through the door. He had an active warrant for his arrest, so that worked out nicely for the woman. He was whisked away for a nights stay in the county jail!
November 19, 2013 Two neighbors over on Twain got into a screaming match because one neighbor was upset about an excessive amount of cars parked in front of their house. Neighbors called police when it started getting heated, and officers arrived just in time to see one neighbor chuck his keys at the others head! Assault with a deadly weapon baby! November 20, 2013 A male subject was arrested for fraud when a savvy cashier caught him trying to cash a government check in his MOTHER’S name! Sorry kid, not even on a bad day could you pass for someone with a name like Betty! November 21, 2013 Four young ding dongs were arrested for robbery when they attempted to hold up a gas station with a water gun. The silent alarm sounded, police came, and not only were they charged with attempted robbery, but one genius had notes in his pocket of the entire plan. Premeditated is an additional and very serious charge. They hung their heads low, and were completely silent on their drive to juvenile hall. Oh the embarrassment. November 22, 2013 Over on Homsy, a high school girl called police to report that someone had used a black marker to vandalize her car. When asked if she had any idea who would have done such a thing, she informed officers she was a cheerleader, “…the number of jealous girls that hate me is endless!” Oh to be young. November 23, 2013 I have often wondered how people get DUI’s at a DUI Checkpoint. Because when you’re sober, you notice that each checkpoint is lit up like Christmas, with flashing lights and police officers buzzing about. Apparently, for an unlucky local woman, alcohol inhibited her ability to see all that. Not only was she arrested for being intoxicated, they also booked her pretty little black Mercedes into the tow yard! November 24, 2013 A local hardware store employee reported a commercial burglary. As they were closing up the store for the day, someone busted in the front door and physically took the cash register. The cashier just stood there, stunned. When police arrived she exclaimed, “In hind sight I guess I should have screamed or chased him, but I just stood there wondering why anyone would steal an empty register?” Oh the joy of her manager when he realized she had already turned her till in for the night! November 25, 2013 Some Grinch decided that that their overzealous neighbors needed to be punished for having too much Christmas cheer. A couple in the 1700 block of Minnewawa put up Christmas lights on their house, went to bed, and the next morning someone had stolen them. So much for the Holiday Spirit in that neighborhood, jeesh! November 26, 2013 Three mountain bikes were stolen from three separate locations in one day! All were stolen from unlocked garages. The moral of this story: LOCK YOUR GARAGE and if Santa brings you a used bicycle, you should seriously question its origin! *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.
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Clovis PD to combat roadway deaths and injuries with DUI Checkpoints The Clovis Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for an anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on Clovis roadways. Enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $50,100.00 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to Clovis. The Clovis Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education. Clovis Police Chief Janet Davis said, “Our department appreciates the support of the California Office of Traffic Safety to make our streets safer through this generous grant to put more officers on the road to apprehend drunk drivers.” The special DUI Checkpoint grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving. Drunk and drugged driving are among America’s deadliest crimes. In 2011, a modern day low of 774 people were killed and more than 24,000 injured in alcohol
Clovis PD arrest 1 at DUI/ Driver License checkpoint The Clovis Police Department’s sobriety/driver license checkpoint at Herndon Avenue and N. Helm Avenue netted 1 drunk driver and 8 license violators. 1101 cars and trucks passed through the checkpoint between 9:00 P.M. on 11/22/13 and 2:00 A.M. on 11/23/13. Clovis Police stopped and screened the drivers of 533 vehicles. Here are the stats for the evening/morning: • 2 arrested for DUI, including Saturation Patrols. • 4 arrested for being unlicensed.
• 4 arrested for driving on a suspended license. • 5 vehicles were towed. A DUI Checkpoint grant and a STEP (Selective Traffic Enforcement Program) grant through the California Office of Traffic Safety made this checkpoint/ saturation patrol financially possible. The grants will allow the Clovis Police Department to hold special traffic details, including additional checkpoints, well into next year.
Clovis FD saves pets from condo blaze Clovis Fire Department responded to a condominium fire at 2100 Herndon Ave. Wednesday morning. Initially reported at 8:44am, Clovis units arrived within 6 minutes reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the second story of one unit. Arriving crews quickly performed a search of the primary apartment and adjacent units to ensure no occupants were inside. With confirmation that the primary and adjacent units were unoccupied, additional personnel were able to contain the fire to the single condominium. Personnel from the Clovis Police Department successfully kenneled two dogs from neighboring units as a precaution while Clovis firefighters rescued the owners fish from the blaze. Having controlled the blaze within five minutes of arrival, only one unit sustained substantial losses with two other units suffering smoke or water damage. No injuries to occupants or firefighters were sustained as a result of the fire. Five units and eighteen personnel, including resources from Clovis Police Department and American Ambulance responded to the incident. Preliminary
Police Corporal promotes children’s coat drive in Clovis Clovis Police Corporal Dustin Dodd is no stranger to winter coat collections for children in the City of Clovis. He and his colleagues have spearheaded coat drives for youngsters in Title 1 schools over the last few years. The smiles on the kids’ faces show their appreciation. This year, Corporal Dodd decided to expand the coat program to cover ALL children in Clovis who need winter coats and jackets. Community partners include City of Clovis employees, Target Corporation, Walmart, Kohl’s, CVS Pharmacy, Mountain View Community
and drug-impaired crashes in California. Last year, Clovis experienced one person killed and 28 injured in these tragic crashes. Crashes involving alcohol have been shown to drop by up to 20 percent when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted often enough. Checkpoints have proven to be the most effective of any of the DUI enforcement strategies, while yielding considerable cost savings of $6 for every $1 spent and are supported by nearly 90 percent of California drivers. In addition, the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Clovis Police Department with a second, $40,561.00 STEP grant for DUI Saturations, Stakeout Operations, Warrant Service Operations, along with Traffic, Motorcycle and Distracted Driving Operations.
estimates place damages to the unit at $150,000 including personal belongings. Local property management and the Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross are coordinating care and shelter for the single owner and child displaced from the blaze. With the holiday season approaching, residents are reminded to maintain a fire safe home by limiting use of candles, checking smoke detectors and keeping decorations clear from open flames or decorative lighting. For information on how you can make your family fire safe, please visit our public education page at www.cityofclovis/fire.
Church, New Harvest Church and Sonrise Church Donation bins are located at the Clovis Police Department, all Target stores in Clovis/Fresno, Kohl’s at Sierra Vista Mall, the Walmart Supercenter on Herndon Avenue in Clovis, all Clovis CVS stores, and at the three aforementioned churches. Donors are encouraged to bring new or gently used coats to any of these locations. The goal is to provide a coat for every child in need in Clovis this winter season. The coat drive runs through December 13th.
Clovis woman fatally struck while crossing the street Just after 5 o’clock on Monday evening, Clovis Police Officers responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision in the area of Peach and Gettysburg Avenues in Clovis. The 28 year old Clovis woman was struck by oncoming traffic while walking across Peach just south of Gettysburg. She was wearing dark clothing and chose to cross in a dimly lit portion of the roadway. The 18 year old driver of the car that struck her stopped at the scene and waited for Officers to arrive. The woman was taken by ambulance to Fresno Community Regional Medical Center and after several hours of surgery, was pronounced dead shortly before 11 o’clock. Alcohol
does not appear to be a factor for either party and the cause of this collision is still under investigation by the Clovis Police Collision Reconstruction Unit.
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Senior Center provides a home for Thanksgiving meal
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Thanksgiving started early for Lenny Papulias and his stalwart crew. The diligent group started their celebration Wednesday afternoon, not by lining up outside the nearest big box store, but by preparing a feast for about 300 of their favorite people. Lenny, one of the owners of Pappy’s Fine Foods, and a crew of about 10, cooked 41 turkeys, 300 pounds of yams and 50 to 60 pounds of stuffing. They started cooking around 3 pm on Wednesday and didn’t finish until the last lunch was served at the Clovis Senior Center on Thanksgiving Day. The combined effort from Pappy’s, the Clovis Salvation Army and the Clovis Senior Center provided a holiday meal and a warm place to share food and fellowship. The free event, open to all ages, has been held for nearly 30 years. More than 3 dozen volunteers, ranging in age from pre-teen to senior status, cooked, served and cleaned. Celebrity chef Tim Pashayan came just to make the stuffing, adding an Armenian twist with apples, raisins and special poultry seasoning. Servers Bertha Hansen and Brenda Fairless and cooks James and Scott had worked several back-to-back shifts and were tired but happy to help. Other volunteers delivered 25 meals to seniors who were homebound or unable to
travel to the senior center. “Most of the participants are seniors but we also have the homeless and whole families who come,” said Shonna Halterman, General Services Manager for the City of Clovis. Lenny, who has been head chef for the past 28 years, is reluctant to take any credit, instead praising his many long term volunteers including family and community members. “My dad’s a loving man who doesn’t think about himself, only others,” said his daughter Desi. Lenny’s enjoyment comes from a job well done. “The greatest compliment is when everyone sits down to eat, and you don’t hear a word,” he said. “Silence is the greatest compliment.” Some participants came because they had nowhere else to go but for many, there was no other place they would rather have been. The tables were decorated with autumn centerpieces and a 10 foot Christmas tree was adorned with cowboy boot and star ornaments. Jan Berill, decked out in bright purple and fur, has been coming for lunch longer than she cares to admit. For many, it is a long held tradition. 14 members of the Martinez family have spent decades of Thanksgivings at the Senior Center lunch. Four generations have been coming since their grandmother and godmother first came and received a warm welcome. The family, which range in age from 1 to 65, considers the noon time meal part of their tradition. “Our favorite part is saying grace before the meal and interacting with the volunteers,”
said family spokesperson Clara Martinez. Clovis Chamber member Bev Stocketti has been volunteering every Thanksgiving for a decade. “We do it to help the community and provide them a nice place to go,” she said. Donna Ohman, Gene and Mary Ann Richardson and Jean Larson all volunteer regularly with the Senior Center and see the Thanksgiving lunch as a time to spend with friends and a chance to get served instead of serving. Donna, a Fresno State alumni and die hard Red Waver, was leaving the next morning to travel to San Jose to see the Bulldogs play. Patrick and Linda Pippig also volunteer at the Senior Center but consider the meal a chance to spend the holidays with those they’ve come to see as family. Lea Minyard is both a Salvation Army and a Senior Center volunteer and would rather serve at the lunch than be served. “I love, love, love coming to this event to volunteer,” she said. “For some this is their only meal and if they didn’t come here, they would have nowhere to go.” This year, the Thanksgiving food was donated by the Clovis American
Automobile Association, Mary’s Free Range Chicken and Turkey Ranch, Pappy’s Fine Foods, and Clovis city employees, who donated funds to buy 25 gigantic pumpkin pies for dessert. For most of the participants, the Thanksgiving meal provided much more than a meal. Sia Xiong, Captain in the Clovis Salvation Army, brought a legion of young volunteers from the Salvation Army Corps. “It’s important to get together to thank God for the blessings He’s given us throughout the year,” she said. “We give thanks that we have life and are able to join as a family of God to share this beautiful meal together.” The Clovis Kiwanis are also sponsoring a Christmas holiday lunch on December 14 at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial Building. The Kiwanis purchase all the food and do all the cooking and help serve around 500 seniors with the assistance of Clovis Boy Scout Troop #60 to help serve and clean up. This event is especially for seniors and free tickets will be available on December 2 at the Clovis Senior Center.
What should come first! We are faced with many things in our lives that give us challenges. Every day something different is added to the list of the already daunting collection of tasks we must undertake. When we look around and see in our periphery the multitude of things lying around to do, where do we start? How do we know which should come first? As we become inundated, we may be unable to move forward. If we are unable to move forward, we become planted in one position and then nothing gets done. How can this be rectified and allow us to get out in front of this dilemma? Prioritize! By setting priorities and giving everything a value of importance, one can put everything into perspective. Webster’s dictionary defines priority as, “superiority in rank, position, privilege, or importance.” How does this apply to our health? We know that all our body parts deserve equal attention across the board when it comes to our well being. But we also know that society at large spends billions of dollars every year to influence us as to what is important and what is not. If the sales industry wasn’t trying to do this to us, we would never see an advertisement or commercial. The health industry must educate the patient base so that they can make informed decisions about their own healthcare. The dental field must do this in triplicate in order to make sure a patient is aware of their condition, what their options are, and what the possible ramifications are. Sounds like some pretty important stuff to me. Sounds like we should maybe give it some thought. The only thing is, if it is so important, why has society brainwashed us into thinking that dentistry
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is less of a priority than any other thing in our lives? The medical health industry has hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits that keep sky-rocketing up. But did you know that your dental benefits have barely risen since the fifties. How is it that your teeth have a lesser priority that any other part of your body? What if they gave a lesser priority to your fingers or toes because you had nine others and your pinky was merely cosmetic. Everything is of equal value, but at the same time if you are told over and over that your teeth are of lesser importance and the amount for your dental coverage clearly shows that, you start to believe it. People somehow relate having insurance to whether you need dental treatment at all. Funny thing is that your teeth know nothing about whether or not you have dental insurance. Let’s compare your body to a car. You can start with any model but we all know that your car will not go anywhere if it has no fuel. If you don’t have a place that can properly intake the fuel, your car will just sit in one place and rot. Your mouth is the portal to all intake of fuel which will maintain the health and well-being for your entire body. And, just like a car, if you don’t have fuel, your body will just shut down as well. Now I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a pretty high priority system to me. So don’t discount the oral cavity and all of your teeth. Give your mouth and dental health the priority it deserves and remember it is “first” in line to all the other systems which support your health. If you have any questions or wish to contact this writer you may do so at: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic, and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, DDS, FADIA 1040 E. Herndon Ave. #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax firstname.lastname@example.org www.fresnosdentist.com
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Easy Chicken Parmesan
Easy Chicken Parmesan
amily schedules can get hectic, but it doesn’t have to be hard to make time for a great family dinner. Whether it’s a hearty dish of Bolognese or lighter vegetarian fare, quality ingredients and easy recipes can help you get a great dish on the table in no time. The whole family will love the Latin-inspired flavors found in Chorizo Bolognese. Ground beef, chorizo, sliced olives and adobo seasoning are cooked in tomato sauce and poured over pasta. Look for canned tomatoes and sauces, like those from Hunt’s®, which are 100 percent natural and free from artificial preservatives. Hunt’s uses hot water to peel their tomatoes with FlashSteam® instead of being peeled with harsh chemicals like other leading brands. When you’re taking the time to prepare homemade meals for your family, it’s important to use quality ingredients. Another crowd pleaser is Easy Chicken Parmesan. Start by combining grated Kraft® Parmesan cheese with diced tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano. Coat each chicken breast with the delectable sauce and place it in the oven. While it bakes for 30 minutes, you can help the kids with their homework or enjoy a little time to yourself. For those looking for a meatless option, try the Vegetarian Lasagna Skillet with a preprepared Alfredo sauce to help save you time. Combine the creamy white sauce with pasta, zucchini, beans, fire roasted tomatoes and part-skim mozzarella cheese and it’s ready in just 30 minutes. For more delicious signature recipes, visit www.hunts.com. While visiting the website, choose an easy weeknight Hunt’s Signature Recipe with Kraft cheese and you’ll receive a valuable coupon. Share your favorite recipe with friends on Pinterest, Facebook or email and you will receive the chance to win one of several prizes, including $5,000 to host your own party with Chef George Duran. For recipes, official rules, complete details and a chance to win, visit Hunts.com.
Servings: 6 Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 45 minutes 1 (15-ounce) can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce 1 (14.5-ounce) can Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained 6 tablespoons Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided 6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds) 3/4 pound spaghetti, uncooked 1 1/2 cups Kraft Shredded Mozzarella Cheese Heat oven to 375°F. Pour tomato sauce and undrained tomatoes into 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Stir in 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) Parmesan. Add chicken; turn to coat evenly both sides of each breast with sauce. Cover. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is done (165°F). Mean while, cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt. Top chicken with remaining cheeses; bake, uncovered, 5 minutes or until mozzarella is melted. Drain spaghetti. Serve topped with chicken and sauce.
Vegetarian Lasagna Skillet
Vegetarian Lasagna Skillet
Servings: 6 Prep time: 30 minutes Total time: 30 minutes 8 ounces dry bowtie (farfalle) pasta, uncooked 2 tablespoons Pure Wesson Canola Oil 2 cups quartered, sliced zucchini 1 (15-ounce) can Great Northern beans, drained, rinsed 1 (16-ounce) jar light Alfredo pasta sauce 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained well 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini; cook 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add beans, Alfredo sauce and garlic salt to skillet; heat until hot and bubbly. Add cooked pasta to skillet; stir to combine. Add drained tomatoes; toss to combine. Top with cheese. Reduce heat; cover and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Sprinkle with Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese.
Servings: 6 Prep time: 25 minutes Total time: 25 minutes 8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta, uncooked 1/2 pound ground chuck beef (80% lean) 6 ounces fresh pork chorizo (Mexican-style) 1/4 teaspoon adobo seasoning blend 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives 1 (15-ounce) can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Meanwhile, heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, chorizo, adobo seasoning and pepper to skillet; cook 3 minutes or until meat begins to brown, stirring once. Add onion and olives; cook 2 to 3 minutes more or until meat is crumbled and no longer pink. Drain. Stir in tomato sauce; reduce heat and simmer 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over pasta. Sprinkle with Kraft Grated Parmesan Cheese.
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Blind Buchanan HS Student marches on When NASA launched MAVEN (Mars AtBuchanan High School student and marching band trombone player David Alvarado has been playing for five years and been a part of the band for three years. David’s a regular teenager, but encounters an additional challenge: he is legally blind with night blindness and severe peripheral field loss. At first, David was hesitant to join the marching band when he was a freshman, but decided to take a risk and try it. Now that he is a junior, he has accomplished more than he thought he ever could. Buchanan High Band Director Jason Orchard praises David as one of his best marchers and musicians. Says Orchard: “His positive attitude, style, and humor really draw students to David. He never complains about anything. I’ve never had a student like David. There is no obstacle too big for him. My hope is that whether or not his sight diminishes, he is able to continue participating in
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marching band. I would love to see David on the field with the Bulldog Marching Band one day.” One of the biggest challenges David faces is seeing peripherally side-to-side and in low-lit areas. This can be difficult trying to get from spot-to-spot as needed for accurate band formation. He is also unable to use the band members on his sides for visual reference as he stays in formation. Instead, David watches the people in front of him, yard lines and yard markers. He also relies on Shannea Salas, an instructional assistant who was hired to spot for David during practice and also has experience in marching band herself. However, during competition David simply uses everything he learns and practices. “I overcome the challenges by practice, practice, practice, and with help from my shadow Shannea and the trombone section and friends,” David said.
Clovis North HS honored Clovis North High was honored yesterday for winning the Valley-wide Got Milk? competition for increasing the number of school breakfasts purchased year-over-year during the duration of the competition. Congratulations, Broncos!
New solar projects at 18 locations around Clovis Unified Because energy meters with lower annual usage have a higher per kilowatt cost, sites were selected that would most benefit from replacing traditional metered electric service with renewable energy resources. Several factors were considered in determining where the installation of solar would provide the optimum cost savings. First, the system size required at each meter to yield the highest possible amount of savings was calculated. Meters with lower annual usage have the highest cost per kilowatt hour, and so offer the best
savings opportunities. Next, the “avoided cost” at each meter is calculated. Avoided cost is the savings per kilowatt hour of solar production. Based on the calculations, all district meters were ranked according to highest value of avoided cost. Finally, the optimal combination of meters yielding the highest possible 25year net savings was identified. Installation and operating costs at each site were also taken into consideration as well as such factors as: • Fire lane access and fire safety codes,
• Shade assessment, • Proximity to the energy meter, and • Construction costs. Sites selected for solar projects to be installed over the next 18 months include: Buchanan High School Century Elementary School Clovis Elementary School Clovis West High School District Office (Bus Shade Structures) Dry Creek Elementary School Fancher Creek Elementary School Ft Washington Elementary School Fugman Elementary School
Kastner Intermediate School Lincoln Elementary School Mountain View Elementary School Nelson Elementary School Pinedale Elementary School Professional Development Building Reagan Elementary School Red Bank Elementary School Reyburn Intermediate School Riverview Elementary School Weldon Elementary School Woods Elementary School
Simple steps can protect
Helping Hams’ campaign
everyone during flu season
kicks off for families in need
By CUSD Nursing Services
It’s that time of year: the regular cold and flu season. To help keep all of our CUSD students and families healthy, please keep the following healthy habits in mind. Just like we do at school, encourage your child to frequently wash his or her hands, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food or drinks with others. Don’t send your child to school if he or she is running a fever of 100 degrees or higher, and has one or more of the following symptoms: a cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, vomiting or diarrhea, or extreme fatigue.
Before sending your child back to school after an illness, make sure he or she is fever-free (without the use of a fever reducer, like Tylenol or Advil) for 24 hours. Students who arrive at school with flu symptoms will be sent home to recover, and to avoid spreading the flu among classmates. Clovis Unified will continue to conduct daily sanitation of bathrooms and high contact areas such as door knobs and countertops, but the best protection against colds and flu are the simple steps listed above.
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and student body president Moses Menchaca will kick off a new campaign for families in need this holiday season, Helping Hams, at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market. This campaign replaces the popular Give a Gobbler drive due to a turkey shortage this year, said Dr. Charles Boyer, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology. “Because of uncertain feed costs and hot weather, fewer turkeys are available for the holidays,” Boyer said. “Featuring hams is another way for us to showcase a different part of agriculture while making a difference.” No turkeys are available for purchase at the Gibson Farm Market this year, said Nina Palomino, store manager. But prepackaged holiday hams are in stock and the tradition, started seven years with turkeys, continues undaunted with the aid of the Associated Students Inc. and a new donation strategy that also encourages students to participate. The campaign runs through Dec. 18 with a goal of 150 hams, ranging from $20 to $35 each. The Bulldog Pantry will distribute the hams on Dec. 20 to families in need who live near campus and in the El Dorado Park neighborhood. Hams also will be given to other local
charities, as determined by Bulldog Pantry. Donors may purchase a whole ham or give in increments of $5. The drive will be tracked with a “Helping Him gauge” — a poster of a thermometer. The Bulldog Pantry’s Smile Center and the El Dorado Boys and Girls Club created piglet ornaments to affix to the thermometer every time a $25 contribution is made. One major donation will be announced today from RCO Ag Credit which is giving $2,000 to the cause, Boyer said. The switch from turkeys also follows the recent pardoning of “Pepper”, a 17-week-old, 36-pound tom turkey spared by California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White. ASI held the special event to kickoff to the Helping Hams campaign when the chancellor visited campus on Nov. 13. Donations may be made at the Gibson Farm Market located at 5368 N. Chestnut Ave., between Shaw and Barstow avenues. Checks should be made payable to the Agricultural Foundation (mailing address 2385 E. Barstow Ave., Mailstop AG 85, Fresno, CA 93740). For more information, contact Ashleigh Rocker, programs and volunteer coordinator for ASI, at arocker@csufresno. edu or 559.278.7703.
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Derek Carr Named Manning Award Finalist By Matt Burkholder email@example.com | GoBulldogs.com
NEW ORLEANS - Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr was announced on Tuesday a finalist for the Manning Award. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, was created in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates’ bowl performances into consideration in its balloting. Carr, one of 10 finalists for this year’s award, enters the Bulldogs final regular season game this Friday versus San Jose State leading the nation in touchdown passes (39), touchdowns responsible for (41) and passing yards per game (394.3). Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. PT on the CBS Sports Network. More Carr Facts: • Is responsible for 37 more touchdowns than he is turnovers this season, which leads all FBS players by three. • Has an FBS-leading 39 touchdown passes against only four interceptions in 502 pass attempts. • Has a current streak of 266 consecutive passes without throwing an interception, which is a school and Mountain West record. • Throwing for 394.8 yards per game, which leads the nation. His 3,948 total passing yardage ranks No. 2 in the FBS despite the fact that he has played in one less game than every other player ranked in the top 5. • Tied for the national lead in touchdowns responsible for with 41 and points responsible for with 246.
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• Has thrown a touchdown pass in 30-straight games, which is the longest active streak in the FBS. • Thrown for over 300 yards in 8-of-10 games this season and four or more TD passes in 6-of-10 games. • His six games with 400-plus passing
yards this year leads all FBS quarterbacks. The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8 after the bowls conclude and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. ”This has been another great year for quarterbacks; and it’s getting more
interesting as the games get bigger,” Archie Manning said. “We really appreciate our selection committee’s work in choosing this outstanding group of finalists. I’m looking forward to seeing how they all do over the next couple of weeks and through their bowl games as we prepare to honor our 10th winner in January.” The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC’s Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas’ Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU’s JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick. Boston College’s Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, then the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks - Auburn’s Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season’s winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.
No. 16 Fresno State Upset
Area Youth Invited to Bulldog
62-52 By San Jose State
Winter Softball Camp
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Derek Carr threw for 519 yards and six touchdowns, but threw a fourth-quarter interception for the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) as they lost to San Jose State 62-52 in an entertaining showdown on Friday. Davante Adams caught 13 passes for 264 yards and three scores. The loss ended Fresno State’s chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-
automatic qualifying conference. The Bulldogs will still play in the Mountain West title game next week. David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns for San Jose State, matching his six first-half touchdown passes in an impressive performance. The Spartans (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) become bowl eligible with their first win over a ranked opponent since 2000.
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State softball coaching staff is excited to invite area softball players to sign up for its Winter Clinic scheduled for December 14-15. Hosted by Fresno State coaches and players at Bulldog Diamond on campus, the fun, instruction-based clinic will allow players to work on pitching, fielding and hitting while showcasing their talent. Players from seventh grade and up
are eligible, and are asked to bring their own gloves, bats, helmets, tennis shoes and cleats. The Saturday first-day session runs from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday’s final session goes from 9 a.m.-Noon. Campers will be responsible for their own meals, and the cost of the two-day camp is $200. Players can visit THIS LINK to register or for more information (or can call (408) 559-9990).
‘Dogs Roll Past San Diego Christian By: Andrew Rich firstname.lastname@example.org | GoBulldogs.com
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State opened its four-game homestand with a 92-59 rout of San Diego Christian on Monday night at the Save Mart Center behind a balanced scoring effort that saw six Bulldogs score in double figures. “This time of year it’s not so much about the opponent that you’re playing as it is each and every position,” head coach Rodney Terry said. “We’re trying to get better as a team.” Tyler Johnson scored a team-high 19 points in just 19 minutes of action. The senior was an efficient 8-of-10 shooting and also pulled down six rebounds. Fresno State (4-2) raced out to a 19-2 lead in the first ten minutes of the first half. The Hawks shot just 27.8% from the field in the opening 20 minutes, including 0-for10 from the three-point line. The stifling defense led to a 44-20 lead at the half for
the Bulldogs. There was no letdown in the second half as Fresno State extended the lead to as much as 42 at one point. San Diego Christian shot just 34.3% from the field and 4-for-21 from behind the arc. The Hawks also shot just 11 free throws compared to 27 attempts for the Bulldogs. For the second time in the first six games of the season, Fresno State put six players in double figures. Marvelle Harris (17 points), Allen Huddleston (15), Cezar Guerrero (11), Paul Watson (10) and Karachi Edo (10) all joined Johnson in the double-figure club. Edo recorded the first double-double of his career by also finishing with 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday when they open the 29th annual Fresno State Classic with a matchup against Drake at 7 p.m.
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Festive Peppermint Twists Dark Cocoa, Light Cocoa, Green or White Candy Melts Candy Peppermint Twisted Sticks Candy - Assorted Holiday Sprinkles, including Holiday Nonpareils, Confetti and Jimmies, Red and Green Colored Sugars Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In Disposable Dipping Container or bowl, separately melt Candy Melts candy in microwave following package instructions. Dip peppermint sticks into melted candy; tap stick lightly to smooth surface. Immediately add sprinkles. Set on prepared cookie sheet; chill until set, 5 to 10 minutes.
Cheery Cereal Tree Treats Makes about 12 treats 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 4 cups mini marshmallows Sweet Snowmen Cookies Juniper or Leaf Green Icing Color White, Red, Green, Black and Orange 6 cups crisp rice cereal Candy Melts Candy White Cookie Icing Peanut butter sandwich cookies Jumbo Rainbow Nonpareils, Holiday Confetti, Holiday and Snowflake Sprinkles or Sugars, as desired Mix Sprinkles Prepare 3D Silicone Tree Mold and silicone spatula or wooden spoon Cinnamon Drops with vegetable pan spray. In large saucepan, melt butter. Add marsh Black Sugar Pearls mallows; cook and stir until melted. Tint with icing color. Remove from heat and add cereal; mix well. Press into prepared mold. When cool Silver Pearlized Sugar to touch, remove from mold. (If mixture becomes hard to work with, Melt white Candy Melts candy following microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 60 seconds to soften.) Heat Cookie Icing following label directions. Squeeze snow and garlands on package instructions. Place cookies on cooling grid positioned over parchment-lined cookie trees; add sprinkles and sugars as desired. Let dry. sheet. Spoon melted candy over top surface of cookie; chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Turn Christmas Candy Swirl Cookies cookies over, candy side down, on cooling grid. Completely cover cookies with melted candy; Makes about 2 dozen cookies. chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Repeat, if 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour needed, to completely cover cookie. 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened To decorate snowmen, melt Candy Melts 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar candy following package instructions as needed. 1 egg Using red, green and white candy in candy or 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract disposable decorating bag, pipe hats, ear muff 1/2 teaspoon almond extract band and scarves, adding colored sugar trim to (optional) candy before it sets. For ball cap, cut a Candy Red and Green Sparkle Gel Melt candy wafer in half; attach with melted Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray Easy Decorate Swirl Cookie candy. Attach sprinkles for buttons, ear muffs Pan with vegetable pan spray. In small bowl, combine flour and salt. and decorative accents using dots of melted In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Add flour candy. Using melted black candy and decorating bag, pipe facial features. Using melted orange mixture; beat until well blended. Press dough into pan cavities, filling 2/3 full. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown around edges. Cool candy and decorating bag, pipe nose. in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool cookies completely. Decorate cooled cookies with Sparkle Gel. Let set, at least 30 minutes.
Festive Peppermint Twists, Cheery Cereal Tree Treats, Gingerbread House, Jolly Santa’s Treat Cookies and Christmas Candy Swirl Cookies
Jolly Santa’s Treat Cookies
Jolly Santa’s Treat Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen cookies 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 egg 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Red, Green and White Cookie Icing Red and Dark Green Colored Sugars White Sparkling or Pearlized Sugar White Sugar Pearls Preheat oven to 350°F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts; mix well. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Dip Cookie Hugger or “Ho-Ho” Word cookie cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 8 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies completely. Outline and fill-in cooled cookies with Cookie Icing. For “Ho-Ho” cookies, sprinkle with sugars; let set until icing is completely dry. For snowflake cookie, add white Cookie Icing detail to dried cookie; attach Sugar Pearls with dots of icing.
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