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THE ONLY NEWSPAPER DEDICATED TO SERVING CLOVIS
By Kendra Gilbert
On Aug. 29, 2013, at 5:18 p.m., Brooklynn Kristine was born to proud parents Jill and Josh Harold of Clovis. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, was 19 3/4 inches long and perfectly healthy from head to toe. Except that, speaking of toes, the ones on Brooklynn’s right foot pointed inward. The foot itself was twisted at the ankle so that it resembled a golf club. Newborn Brooklynn was a healthy baby girl born with a club foot, a common congenital deformity that 1,000 babies.
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july 17, 2014
City Council approves Centennial Plaza project in Old Town
By Elizabeth Warmerdam
Photo by Kendra Gilbert 10-month old Brooklyn Harold of Clovis wears special boots and braces to help correct her club foot, a condition that is being treated at Children’s Hospital’s Clubfoot Clinic.
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Clovis will soon see the makeshift parking lot on Pollasky Avenue in Old Town transformed into a meeting and event space that pays tribute to the city’s history. The city will be moving forward with plans to construct Centennial Plaza at the site where the Department of Motor Vehicles used to sit before it vacated the space in 2007. The vacant DMV building was razed and the city began putting together a plan to revitalize the property, located at 533 Pollasky Ave. Last month, the City Council approved a project that will include the new community plaza, 80 to 90 public parking spaces, space for new commercial or retail businesses, and improvements to the sidewalk and street. The city developed the plan after two attempts to collaborate with developers to build townhomes and retail businesses fell through. Both developers pulled out after realizing that the projects were not feasible, said Tina Sumner, director of the city’s community and economic development. In 2012, the state decided to eliminate redevelopment funding, which had been the source for all the
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Contributed photo Pollasky Avenue in Old Town Clovis will be the site of the new Centennial Plaza, a 7,800-square-foot plaza where special events, such as concerts and art shows will be held.
improvements in Old Town Clovis. The city had $2 million left from redevelopment bonds it had sold in 2008 and the Pollasky site had been identified as a project for the use of those funds. Centennial Plaza, continued on page 3
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But not all clubfoot babies have a mom like Brooklynn’s. Jill Harold had been preparing for her daughter’s condition since she found out about the abnormality on an ultrasound when she was 20 weeks pregnant. That’s when the research began. “From there I just did some crazy, crazy research,” Harold said. “I wanted to know what it was. What was going to happen the minute she came out. Stuff like that.” By the time she was a week old, Brooklynn would be fitted with her first of many casts as part of a clubfoot treatment pioneered by Dr. Ignacio Ponseti, which uses serial casting as opposed to major surgery to correct the deformity. Dr. Candice McDaniel, who heads up the weekly “Clubfoot Clinic” at Children’s Hospital of Central California, has been treating Brooklyn for the past 10 months. “There’s a series of manipulations that you do which are just held in place by the casts, Dr. McDaniel said of the Ponseti method used at Children’s. “It used to be that we’d have to cut open half the foot and release all the ligaments. Now, we just release one tendon contracture through a very tiny incision. And then we put them in their final cast after that surgery and everything else is bracing.” Brooklynn has a unilateral club foot, meaning she has it in only one foot, her right, as opposed to having it in both feet, which is equally as common. Dr. McDaniel characterized her deformity as a moderate case, and one that required a “significant” amount of casting. Now 10 months old, finished with the casting process and wearing boots and braces at night, it’s nearly impossible for the untrained eye to tell that there was ever a problem with Brooklynn’s foot. However, Dr. McDaniel notes that the
July 17, 2014 muscles, tendons and bones in a club foot are not normal and will never be. “We’re taking abnormal bones, we’re trying to put them in a normal position and hold them there in the hopes that they will grow as normally as possible,” Dr. McDaniel said. “Our goal is to have them running and playing and doing most everything every other child does.” Throughout her daughter’s treatment, Harold has chosen action over a wait-andworry approach. While going into the clinic at Children’s Hospital on a weekly and monthly basis, Harold couldn’t help but want to reach out to the other parents in the waiting room. “You come in on Thursday and, it’s like, you see all these people going through the same thing you’re going through,” Harold said. “And you just want to go up and talk to them.” A few months into Brooklynn’s treatment, Harold started the Clubfoot Community of Central California on Facebook. With parents coming to Children’s Hospital from as far away as Bakersfield and the Central Coast, and with little information about the daily struggles of caring for a child with clubfoot given out by doctors, Harold set out to fill the void. “I want to be this other component,” Harold said. “I don’t know everything. I don’t give out medical information. But I can just help with the support, the at-home support component of it.” It’s the “at-home” component that accounts for about 90 percent of the clubfoot treatment process, and can be the difference between a child going on to have a healthy foot or relapsing. “My part is very intensive. If I do my part well, and I have a perfect foot, as perfect as I can make that foot, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter unless the parent braces the child,” Dr. McDaniel said. Bottom line, said Dr. McDaniel: “If they [parents] do nothing, they may as well have never met me.”
Photo by Kendra Gilbert (L to R) Bryce Aebi, Karen Ray, Dr. Candice McDaniel, Jill and Brooklynn Harold
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“We realized this was really our last chance to develop something that was going to be an asset to the community and to Old Town in the long run,” Sumner said. For the last several years, the site has been used as an overflow parking lot and to host weekend farmer’s markets. The city is planning to start construction on the property beginning in October, following Clovis Fest and the end of the farmer’s market, and is hoping to have the entire project finished within 90 to 120 days.
The project has several parts. The main attraction will be the Centennial Plaza, which will front onto Pollasky and face in to where Bullard Avenue runs into Pollasky. It will be raised from the height of the sidewalk by a few steps and include raised seat walls and landscaped areas. Sitting in the center of the plaza will be the centennial tree, which represents the year 1912 when Clovis was incorporated as a city. The tree is part of a 2012 project celebrating the city’s 100-year anniversary, in which valley oak trees representing each of the years were planted along Clovis trails. Aside from the tree and seating areas, the 7,800-square-foot plaza will be relatively open so that it can serve as a flexible
Contributed by Jill Harold Brooklyn Harold was born with a club foot, a common congenital deformity that occurs in about one in every 1,000 babies.
But it’s hard, Harold said, of trying to put a child in braces day after day. The good thing: it’s all they know and they’re not in pain. “I have a happy, healthy baby and I have to do this for her so she can go on that soccer team when she’s 4 and run amuck,” Harold said. “The best thing about it is that it’s all they know. I remember coming in saying, ‘It’s hard.’ And Dr. McDaniel said, ‘It’s going to get harder.’” Members of Harold’s Facebook group use it as a platform to discuss these struggles. They ask questions, share tips on everything from bathing a baby with clubfoot to where to buy clubfoot-friendly baby clothes, and tips on how to treat blisters that a child might get from wearing boots and braces (or bnb in Facebook clubfoot shorthand) 23 hours a day. Betsy Miller and Dr. Matthew Dobbs are two members of the group. Their names might not ring a bell for those outside the clubfoot world, but to Harold they are “clubfoot celebrities.” And it’s because of her persistence and desire to learn about her daughter’s condition that they’ve taken an interest in her group. Dr. Dobbs is the man behind a new kind of brace that allows kids to move their legs independently during the boots and braces stage of treatment, which can last until age 4 or 5. Miller is the author of several books about clubfoot, one of which Harold
has found helpful and now recommends to other parents. Currently, Harold is pushing to become a parent representative at the Children’s Hospital clinic. And she has nothing but high praise for the team of physicians, nurses and surgeons who make-up the “one-stop shop,” as Dr. McDaniel calls it, for clubfoot treatment in the Central Valley. “We’re so lucky,” Harold said. “Because not every clubfoot baby lives in Clovis.” In October of last year, a second doctor was added to the team at the clinic, which has been in operation for about four years and continues to grow. Dr. Thu-Ba LeBa will join Dr. McDaniel, nurse practitioner Karen Ray, and Bryce Aebi, an orthotist based at Valley Orthopedic who comes to Children’s Hospital specifically for the clinic, to care for an expanding list of patients. As Brooklynn continues to take strides in her clubfoot journey, her mom continues to grow as well. They will spend the next three years in and out of the clinic until, one day, Brooklynn is free of all boots and braces. Until then, and perhaps even after, “knowledge is power,” according to Harold. And that mindset has surely benefited Brooklynn and, if Harold has her way, it will benefit every parent of a clubfoot baby that crosses her path.
location for special events, such as concerts and art shows. “One of the things we do a lot is close the streets in Old Town for certain events. We get requests for a ton of additional events that a lot of times we have to say no to because the merchants north of 5th and Pollasky are pretty well saturated with street closures,” Sumner said. “One of the nice things about this project is that we will be able to create an event place that will not impact a lot of businesses with street closures, so we will be able to do more events.” On the north and south sides of the plaza will be two commercial pads – one 6,500 square feet, the other 4,000 square feet – that will be sold to the private sector
to be developed as retail or office spaces. “One of the other benefits of the project is the extra parking. We chronically need parking in Old Town,” Sumner said. “This project will create the permanent public spaces that the community wants.” Approximately 69 new public parking stalls will be constructed east of the commercial pads. The city also plans to reconstruct and restripe Bullard Avenue between Sandy’s Restaurant and Linenbach Auto to create a more efficient parking arrangement and extra parking stalls. The project will also include new curbs and sidewalks on Pollasky Avenue, as well as decorative treatment in the intersection. “This project is really an investment in our downtown,” Sumner said.
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can open an account with as little as $5. Open the account now, pledge to deposit a certain amount every week or every month, and at the end of October you can withdraw the money and have funds for holiday shopping. For instance, if you decide to deposit $25 into your holiday savings account each week from July through October (about 17 weeks), you can save up $425, plus interest. If that weekly deposit is doubled to $50, you’ll have over $850 reserved for Christmas shopping. This summer, instead of watching your money slip away, stash some of it in a holiday savings account to help with your Christmas shopping spending. And why not? A holiday savings account can be started any time of year, and it’s especially helpful for people who have limited amounts of money to put away. Young people, especially younger couples, will find that opening a holiday savings account – and making strong
contributions to it – is the best way to actually save money for holiday shopping. Experts suggest that total holiday shopping expenses should not exceed 1.5% of your total income. This is great to keep in mind when selecting regular deposit amounts that you’re comfortable with. And the great thing about a holiday savings account is that the money you deposit into the account can be withdrawn when you need it. Setting up a holiday savings account at Fresno County Federal Credit Union is easy. Establishing the discipline to save small amounts throughout the year is usually much easier than coming up with excess cash all at once – and much smarter than dealing with mounds of bills in January. A holiday savings account is a safe place to keep your money. No one should do what your great-grandmother may have done: keep large amounts of money at home – it’s dangerous. The money could
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Ag at Large – Fracking issue run deep as water By Don Curlee
We know oil and water don’t mix, but they may soon meet head-on in the midst of one of California’s major farming counDon Curlee ties. Water, or the lack of it, has spoken eloquently for several months as a monumental drought has brought surface, underground, imported and future supplies front and center. But fracking, the high pressure fracturing of deep underground shale to release gas and oil deposits, is expected to demand its own prominence after the water issue subsides, if it ever does. Several areas in California appear to be blessed (or cursed) with underground shale deposits that can yield gas and oil, but none is more concentrated and dependent on both oil and water than vast Kern County. Its history is deep with oil production, and its present is bound up with voluminous production of fruit, nut, grape
and vegetable crops that are distributed throughout the world. Economically, it is California’s fourth largest agricultural county. Fracking carries its own water issues because large volumes of water forced deep underground are part of the process. Can the integrity of precious and dwindling underground aquifers be maintained as fracking pipelines poke through them to reach the gas and oil beneath and bring it to the surface? And can the water be found to perform the function? If so, will those controlling it consent to its use? A fairly recent chapter in Kern County’s oil-rich history has been the conversion of huge acreages to agricultural production. Much of the land was or still is owned by oil companies not quite ready to drill and pump the oil they hope is underground. Arrival of water in the California Aqueduct in the ‘60s changed their outlooks from “wait and see” to “produce profit now” to pay for the new water costs. Of course, some former oil acreage has changed hands as the agricultural productivity of adjacent properties has been prov-
en. Enough has become available to allow Paramount Farms to become the world’s largest producer of citrus, almonds, pomegranates and pistachios with most of its acreage in Kern County. In 2012, Kern was ranked second among California counties in the value of its agricultural production. The attitudes and prospects of megascale agricultural producers are likely to differ from those of moderate or small scale farmers in regard to the fracking and water conservation issues. Both large, small and in between sized operations can be expected to line up on all sides of the issues. Attitudes and responses can be expected to be “all over the place.” Opinions originating with the environmentalist community will be forcefully expressed, possibly by a law suit or two, especially from the radical fringe of that community. The scientific community is sure to offer evaluations of fracking and its effect on health, wealth and wisdom. Already, farmers are beginning to evaluate farming practices, making sure that activities by oil interests don’t throw
them off balance. They have discovered unidentified pools where some kind of oil drilling operation or preparation has been done. Will the residues dry up and go away? Will they damage the soil as they lie dormant, evaporating? Will they harm livestock, or even pets? From the superficial to the deep, the questions are sure to arise as the oil, water and farming interests come face to face, even intertwine. Many operating elements represent all three. They may be pressured to declare allegiance and support for one or the other. They may have to forego one in favor of another. Fracturing miles-deep shale deposits might become a fractious issue. Choosing sides might be almost as hard for Kern County residents as it was 40 years ago when a big Saturday night decision might have been choosing between Buck Owens or Merle Haggard. We can hope for a harmonious conclusion – one that is whole, not in fracktions.
Trout bite picking up at Shaver Lake Just when the kokanee started slowing a tad, the trout bite picked up enthusiastically at Shaver Lake. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing Charters said that his clients have been working hard for two to three mixed limits each trip. The best trip in the past couple weeks had Mike Balesstreri of Shaver Lake, Chuck Delfina of Madera, Bill Beatty of Clovis, and Mal Ross of Fresno bringing three limits of mixed fish on board. Their biggest was a nice 3.5 pound rainbow caught by Ross. Nichols says that more trophy sized fish are popping up. One of his clients lost an estimated seven-pounder near the boat and Shaver Lake regular Lee Gates boated a three-pounder this week. Nichols sad that the recent planters by DF&W have scattered to many locations and are quick to hit a blade/crawler combination at 20 feet deep. The kokanees are still at about 60
feet. Trout Busters tipped with crawler on the back hook and corn on the inside hook behind Mountain Flashers have been great for him and other regular Shaver anglers like Gates. Orange or pink Apex tipped with corn behind Mini Mountain Flasher are attracting most of the kokanee and a few trout at 60 feet deep. The island and Black Rock still are Nichols’ favorite spots. Bank fishermen seem to be scoring easier on crawlers or Power Bait with the dam, Roads 1 and 2 and the point providing the best success. There are still a few tickets left for the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project’s 4th Annual Sportsmen’s Dinner slated for Aug. 9 at the Shaver Lake Community Center. The $50 a plate sit down steak dinner features an free bar and some outstand-
Contributed photo Bill Beatty of Clovis, 2nd from left and his friends Mal Ross, Chuck Delfino and Mike Balestreri, all Shaver Lake condo neighbors and fishing buddies, enjoyed a day of fishing on Shaver Lake with Dick’s Fishing Charters. Ross had the big fish of the day, a 3.5 pound rainbow.
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Preventative care important for pets According to a 2011 Bayer Veterinary Care Usage study, companion animal veterinary visits have been declining over the past several years. Study participants reported their pets saw the vet nearly 20 percent less than they did a mere four years ago. The infrequency of vet visits might be traced to a host of factors, including financial concerns stemming from the recent recession, the high cost of veterinary care, increased use of the Internet as a source of information about animal health and modifications in pet immunization schedules. Many vets have moved to a three-year vaccination schedule, wherein pets only have to receive routine shots every three years instead of annually. Some pet owners are choosing to forego annual checkups because they don’t see the need to visit the vet unless a pet is sick or due for shots. Financial concerns are another factor in the decrease of vet appointments. Though the economy has begun to recover, some pet owners simply do not have the extra income to devote to animal care. While owners may have viable reasons for not taking their animals to see the vet, failure to do so can prove costly down the road. Health checkups for pets can alert owners to potential problems that can be resolved with medication or other therapy. Left unchecked, illnesses may spread until surgery or other invasive treatment options are the only recourse. Veterinary health insurance for pets is available at a reasonable cost. These insurance plans can offset the expense of some visits and provide protection if a major illness should befall a dog or cat. Many veterinarians recognize the high cost of pet care and will be willing to work
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July 17, 2014
Is there a fungus among us? By Jeff Kollenkark, Weedman
Summer has arrived with its excessive heat, limitless sunny days and absence of rain. The struggle for the homeowner is deciding what is responsible for the brown sections of the lawn. Is it the sprinklers that aren’t covering well? Is it the lawn guy’s fault because he just fertilized, broke a sprinkler, or repeatedly cut the lawn too short? Did someone in the family toss or leave something on the lawn causing it to turn brown? Is the neighbor’s dog or cat squatting on the lawn? Are there lawn bugs? Is it bad soil? Have aliens landed? Perhaps even a fungus? An experienced and knowledgeable professional should be able to identify and eliminate most of the above causal agents by taking soil samples, looking at patterns, asking questions, and getting on their hands and knees to look at the soil, thatch and leaves. I maintain that lawn diseases are too often made the scapegoat when really, something else is causing the problem. I can’t tell you how many times we have been told, “My gardener says that I have a fungus,” when they just have dry spots in the lawn. Make no mistake. We do experience a good deal of disease activity on tall fescue, blue grass and rye grass lawns in the summer months. Many of these are soil borne or at least lay dormant in the soils or thatch until the proper conditions arrive. Symptoms are usually spots or circular rings in the lawn, unlike many sprinkler or insect patterns. Brown Patch is probably the most common lawn disease in our market. It likes hot sunny areas, ample irrigation, poor air circulation, warm nights, and late evening watering. You can’t control the weather, but you can manage the amount, frequency and timing of your irrigation. Deep, less frequent watering that is done between 3 and 6 a.m. is best. The sun can then dry out the lawn and leaf blades by mid-morning,
reducing the period of leaf wetness. Southern Blight is another fungus that infects the same cool season grasses during the summer. It has sclerotia, seed like structures, that hibernate in the soils and thatch until the conditions are favorable for “germinating.” Typically, yellow to brown rings of one to 12 feet in diameter will form. We do not feel the watering schedule has a significant impact on its spread or damage. A preventive fungicide is the key for this one. Pythium is a water mold, and it loves wet and saturated conditions for its spread and infection of the cool season grasses. It will appear as spots of greasy, matted leaves in lawns generally overwatered. This is the least common of the three, and can mostly be managed with proper watering practices and use of a fungicide as needed. We have found that prevention with fungicides is a terrific option. Some offer up to 30 days of protection in our area. For more information on lawns please check out our website at Fresno.WeedManUSA.com or call us at 266-1624.
July 17, 2014
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By Paul Hinkle
“Hot Rodding is just for men.” Don’t tell that to Ethel Mullikin of Clovis. Ethel grew up in Ventura as Ethel Kenney and has always had an interest in cars. At 16, she passed her driving test in a 1935 Buick. As a high school student without much money, she drove her dad’s 1954 Ford. Ethel quickly learned how to disconnect the speedometer cable so she and her friends could drive around town for hours without her dad knowing. Just for something to do, Ethel and her girlfriends would cut school and pile into a 1948 Packard and drive to the “Big City” of Los Angles for the day. When questioned by her mother why she was absent from school for 56 days, she explained it away by saying the school had her confused with her cousin. Ethel’s interest in cars grew in 1953 when her sister bought a 1951 Olds 98. Ethel soon realized that “hot rodding”
wasn’t just for the boys. In 1954, Ethel, her sister Lucille and 11 of their girlfriends formed the first ever all-girl hot rod club in Ventura, the “Monarchetts.” The purpose was to learn about auto mechanics by attending a college mechanics class for women, and to create an interest for women in drag racing and auto meets. In 1955, Ventura College held the first ever all women’s auto mechanics class. This was the first in California, and it turned out to be a great place for women to learn all about cars. One of their project cars was a 1932 Ford Roadster. Over a period of six months, they stripped it down and rebuilt it. Ethel met the love of her life, a fellow hot rodder, Ted Mullikin. They were married in 1958. In 1974, Ethel and Ted moved to Clovis and bought an old farmhouse that was built in 1886. It is believed to be the oldest standing house in Clovis today. Raising her kids never deterred her love for fast cars. In 1993, Ethel’s son gave her his 1979 Camaro Berlinetta. Ethel and Ted cleaned it up, painted it twice and replaced the upholstery. They rebuilt the engine, put in a new transmission, replaced the exhaust with a Flow Master system and put on new wheels and tires.
The front end was updated with a Billet grill. When Ethel’s granddaughter ChynaMarie reaches driving age, she will be handed over the keys to this great driver, keeping it in the family. Ethel’s next project is a 1979 Z28 Camaro. At car shows, Ethel enjoys sharing her Camaro with people, hoping others will become interested in cars, too. Ethel says you should “always listen to your car; it will tell you something.” When she was younger she would race anybody, anytime, any day. She stills likes to go fast! UPCOMING EVENTS: July 19th Clovis Park in the Park, July 26th Shaver Lake Car Show, July 29th – August 3rd Hot August Nights Reno, August 1st Rods on the Bluff, August 3rd Long Beach Hi Performance Swap Meet, August 15th-
16th Hot August Daze Car & Bike Show, August 16th Clovis Park in the Park and Bridge Church Car Show, August 22nd – 24th ANRA Summer Nationals Famoso and Goodguys West Coast Nationals Pleasanton, August 29th – 30th Golden State Classic Cruise and Car Show Paso Robles, August 31st Cambria Pinedorado Car Show, Sept. 5th Rods on the Bluff, Sept. 7th Biola Veterans Car Show. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m always looking for interesting cars and events to share. You can find past articles and pictures of events at www.clovisparkinthepark.com.
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July 17, 2014
Old Town furniture store specializes in effortless luxury By Kendra Gilbert
Andy Rodriguez wants to set it off. As in, the decor in your living room. The new kid on the block in Old Town Clovis, Rodriguez opened Brick and Mortar Furniture Decor on May 1 with the hope of bringing unique, quality furniture pieces and decorative accessories to a variety of customers. And for the 27-year-old Rodriquez, there was no other place to do that than in Old Town. “It has that walkability, where people kind of come and hang out,” Rodriguez said. Along with the festivals and events held year round, Rodriguez cited the area’s “originality” as another reason for setting up shop there. In fact, Rodriguez had been keeping an eye on the area since his days studying finance at Fresno State. The opening of his own furniture store is a return to his roots for Rodriguez, who said he remembers going to trade shows when he was 14 years old. Raised in Visalia, members of his family have owned furniture stores throughout California for many years. And his upbringing taught him that, in this business, “you get as much out of it as you put into it.” “As opposed to other jobs where you just kind of clock in, clock out, this comes with a lot more responsibility, but it’s also a lot more rewarding as far as doing what you like to do,” Rodriguez said. It took Rodriguez just 16 days after quitting his job at the Macy’s furniture store in Fresno to officially open the doors to his own store. With his 1,800-squarefoot showroom on Fifth Street, he wants to convey a sense of “effortless luxury.” By working with small, young distribu-
Photo by Kendra Gilbert Andy Gilbert, owner of Brick & Mortar Furniture Décor.
Photo contributed by Andy Rodriguez At their showroom on Fifth Street, Brick & Mortar carries statement pieces that maintain an easy, modern feel with a retro touch.
tors—who Rodriguez says are the source of creativity in the industry—his store will remain innovative while maintaining an easy, modern feel with a retro touch. “I’m not going to have big reclining sectionals,” Rodriguez said. “I’m going to have those think pieces. I’m going to have those statement pieces.” Mixed in with the selection of classic, comfy sofas and chairs in a selection of neutral and printed fabrics, and the solid wood pieces Rodriguez says will make up the majority of his selection, are those “think pieces” he’s talking about. Among them, a low stool made from reclaimed pieces of teak wood that Rodriguez calls “multipurpose.” And a geometric, marbled glass coffee table that looks like a large crystal recently unearthed from a cave in a South American jungle. Big, glossy coffee table books on pop stars like Gaga and Kanye are unexpected styling touches you’ll see throughout
the store. They allow Rodriguez to share a bit of himself with his customers and build a connection. Note: You must check the photos in the picture frames scattered throughout the store closely. You never know who might pop up. Maybe a Miley. Maybe a Kate Moss. It’s no wonder then that Rodriguez wants to target the style-minded boomerangs who have moved back to Clovis from a place like Los Angeles, but still want the unique pieces found in furniture stores in the bigger city. Instead of making a trip to L.A. to get those pieces, Rodriguez says his shop is a local option for those customers. Whether it’s a boomerang shopping local, or the empty-nesters looking to redesign their home after the kids are gone, a Brick and Mortar customer can be just about anyone. “My experience has told me that I have the ability to serve people of all ages,” Ro-
driguez said. But, who he really wants to serve is the young professional. “I’ve come to find that they don’t necessarily want just the cheapest thing out there,” Rodriguez said. “They do want to buy something that’s quality. And I just kind of want to be able to be that source.” As for the name, Brick and Mortar, it’s a nod to the days when a deal was sealed with a handshake instead of a mouse click. And it drives home Rodriguez’s philosophy on furniture shopping. “Furniture should be the last thing that you buy online. Buy a computer cable online. Or buy a phone case online. This is completely different,” Rodriguez said. “Furniture should be a completely different shopping experience. It should be way more personal. It should be tangible. You should feel what you’re buying.”
July 17, 2014
“Let’s Talk Clovis” - Bert and MaryLou Hall: Dedicated to Clovis youth By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum
Bert and MaryLou Hall were united in marriage on Sept. 14, 1937. They became dedicated teachers and stewards of our Clovis youth. Bert organized Clovis Boy Scout troop #351 in 1951. He remained an active leader for 19 years. Mary Lou would teach at Luther E. Weldon Elementary School, located at DeWitt between 3rd and 2nd, for 27 years. Bert was born on August 18, 1901 in Fresno. He attended the Easterby School, which was founded in 1864 at 5211 East Tulare in Fresno. He remembered riding a wagon to the saw mill in Clovis (1893 Fresno Flume & Irrigation) to get blocks of wood for the family stove. He worked at a local bakery and earned the title “master cook” for his culinary skills. He became the chief cook for 17
summers at Huntington Lake at the Lakeshore Resort. His hot cinnamon rolls became part of the lake’s culture. Bert and MaryLou cherished and promoted their love and respect for the natural beauty of the Sierra Mountains. His Boy Scout Troop #351 planted two Sequoia Gigantean trees at the park at the southeast corner of Sierra and Clovis Avenue. Bert had nurtured the trees from seedlings. The troop also planted a tree at Weldon Elementary as a tribute to all Scouts in this area. They planted a tree at the Boy Scout Camp Chawanakee near Shaver Lake. Glenn Reavis, principal of Clovis Elementary, asked Bert to establish a cafeteria at the Clovis Grammar school (1896) building while the new (1949) Luther E. Weldon school was being built. Bert re-
tained that position for eight years. Cole and Sierra Vista Elementary schools were added to his service. MaryLou was born on March 27, 1916 in a small rural settlement called Enterprise in southeastern Oklahoma. Her father died before she was 2 years old. She was raised by her mother and her maternal grandfather. She credits them for guidance in forming her moral and spiritual values. Contributed photo. Relatives were living in MaryLou Hall and friend George Middleton, 2003. Fresno, and MaryLou joined them in 1934 to attend Fresno State College. She would meet her future Bert began to build redwood landscape husband, Bert, while attending two sum- products, tables, benches and planter tubs. mer college sessions at Huntington Lake. In 1968, the family moved to a ranch on MaryLou graduated from Fresno State east Herndon Avenue. They raised cattle with a teaching degree in general educa- and sheep and assisted the 4-H and FFA tion in June of 1937 and married Bert in youth with their animal projects. Bert beSeptember, but did not begin her teaching gan his wood carving hobby that included career until their two children, Joyce and neckerchief slides. Louis, entered school. A former Boy Scout believes the folBert would do carpentry during the win- lowing quote captures the essence of his ter months when the resort was closed. The former Scout Master: “When you look, see couple was forced to move form their first and when you hear, listen.” home on Shields Avenue when Hamerfield MaryLou described her life this way: Air Base was expanded in 1941. They re- “I believe the greatest rewards of my life located to Armstrong Avenue and raised a have occurred day by day, year by year besmall herd of cows and produce from their ing a part in the development of not only truck farming. Bert also worked on the Fri- my own children and grandchildren, but ant Canal project. all those hundreds of youth who now take In 1945, the family would move to a their place in their communities. Lots of 15 acre parcel at 5314 N. Sunnyside, near ‘my kids’ are still in our community and Tollhouse Road. Bert became known as seeing them always brings a thrill. I give the “African Violet Man” as he sold 250 thanks to all those parents who loaned varieties of plants and flowers to floral those young lives to my care.” shops in Fresno and Clovis. The Halls provided us a rich heritage.
July 17, 2014
Cowboy history plays prominent role in Clovis development
By Nicole Maul
The rich history of Clovis features many unique traits, one of which includes excellence in education throughout our local schools, but the history of the cowboy is one that brings a camaraderie that has proven fruitful for more than 100 years. National Day of the Cowboy, a nonprofit organization committed to the preservation of America’s cowboy heritage, is commemorating cowboy history in its 10th annual celebration on July 26. Celebrated on the fourth Saturday of July, Clovis’ roots in agriculture and rodeo make it a perfect fit to celebrate. Families, such as the Smith family, settled in the Central Valley and helped bring developments in trade and agriculture to the area. In a presentation at “Let’s Talk Clovis” on July 8, Joy Smith-Ventress discussed the Smith family history and their ties to Clovis. The Smith family’s start in the Central Valley began with Daniel Smith, a Michigan native, who relocated in the mid1800s. Daniel Smith eventually settled in Caruthers with his children, Fred and Ida, where he had one of the first combine harvest operations in the Valley and operated a dairy, said Smith-Ventress. Daniel’s son Fred eventually started a family in the Academy area where they raised cattle and various other livestock. “The genesis of Clovis was Academy and it was founded in the 1850s by early day families,” said Peg Bos of Clovis-Big
Photo contributed by Clovis Museum
Dry Creek Historical Society. “They were successful cattle and sheep ranchers and had a strong work ethic. The community was loyal to each other and wanted quality education for their children.” Smith-Ventress and her brother were active members of 4-H and showed dairy
cattle and sheep. She remembers fondly when her grandfather Delbert, son of Fred Smith, would often take her and the grandkids to the ranch at Academy where he still ran cattle and had horses. Many families, according to Bos, had 20 acre parcels of land where they could raise a family. Water flowed through most properties, allowing families to rely on farming for food and to raise cattle. “When you rely on rain, sunshine and your neighbors to help you, that creates a moral thread that strengthens a community and it still exists today,” Bos said. The Smith family also had a penchant
In a message from the Clovis Rodeo Association, Chuck Rigsbee, current president, says the rodeo represents a family tradition for many residents. “I got started with the rodeo because growing up on a ranch in Clovis, the rodeo was a part of our own family tradition,” Rigsbee said. “My father, Emmett Rigsbee and brother Dan Rigsbee, have also volunteered and served on the board of directors. Our family is proud to have been involved in growing a Clovis family tradition into one of the top three rodeos in California and top 15 in the nation.” With over 700 volunteers, the Clovis
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for community involvement. Fred was involved in several athletic associations, while his son Delbert served on the Nees Colony School Board, the Clovis High School board and the California Dairy Breeds Association. Delbert also played an active role in Fresno State’s rodeo team. In 1963, he was presented with an honorary membership in the National Collegiate Rodeo Association. Both Fred and Delbert were active volunteers with the Clovis Rodeo Association. Delbert served on the board for several years, as president in the late 1940s, and was grand marshal of the parade in 1962. Founded in 1914, the Clovis Rodeo is one of the oldest in the country and just celebrated its centennial in April.
Rodeo has seen generations of families involved with the operations and maintenance of the rodeo. Bos credits the strong loyalties by these cowboys to the key to Clovis’ strong identity. “It’s important to remember our roots and that hopefully new people will identify with them if they know the history,” Bos said. To learn more about Clovis’ history, you can visit the Clovis-Big Dry Creek Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday on the southeast corner of Pollasky and 4th avenues. The ClovisBig Dry Creek Historical Society also hosts the monthly “Let’s Talk Clovis” forum at the Clovis District Memorial Building on the second Tuesday of each month.
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ACROSS 1. Chafe 7. Taps 11. Wild llama 13. “Taming of the Shrew” city 14. Israel Isidore Beilin 18. 12th Greek letter 19. ___ Lanka 20. Obsequious use of title 21. Failed in function 22. 1st workday (abbr.) 23. Sea eagle 24. Bamako is the capital 25. Mains 28. Body of water 29. Fern frond sporangia 30. Baseball implements 32. Peels an apple 33. Ingested 34. Coverage to cure & prevent 35. Satisfied 37. Having a slanted direction 38. Acts of selling 39. Pod vegetable 41. To lay a tax upon 44. Ancient Olympic Site 45. Gram molecule 46. Internet addiction disorder 48. Feline 49. 19301 PA
50. East northeast 51. AKA consumption 52. U.S. capital 56. 1st Mexican civilization 58. Police radio monitors 59. Give advice, explain 60. Drab
31. CNN’s Turner 32. 21st Greek letter 35. Merchantable 36. Dismounted a horse 37. Catchment areas 38. Private subdivision of society 39. Piglet’s best friend 40. Norse goddess of old age 42. Yellow-brown pigment 43. TV journalist Vanocur 45. More (Spanish) 47. Openly disparage 49. Political funding group 52. Tiny 53. Greatest common divisor 54. Tobacco smoking residue 55. United 57. 7th state
DOWN 1. Age discrimination 2. Donkeys 3. Deep narrow valley 4. Cuckoo 5. Newsman Rather 6. Heartbeat test 7. Cooking pot 8. Promotion 9. Ancient barrow 10. Citizens of Riyadh 12. Preoccupy excessively 13. Crusted dessert 15. Ireland 16. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid 17. Downwind 21. Issue a challenge 24. Brooding ill humor 26. Makes less intense 27. Repletes *See our next issue for Crossword 29. Languages of the Sulu islands Answers*
2014 CLOVIS CALENDAR -JulyOld Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday nights, July 18 & 25 Every Friday evening in July, Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample a cornucopia of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! This weekly event also offers live entertainment and special activities for kids. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org Peach Party at Farmer’s Market Friday, July 18 If you’re looking for a peachy good time, make plans to head into Old Town Clovis as the Old Town Clovis Farmer’s Market presents “A Peach Party,”sponsored by Wawona Frozen Foods. A celebration of everything peachy wouldn’t be complete without peach samplings and peach specialties. From peach flavored ice cream to peach flavored coffee, peachy funnel cakes to peach jellies and jams, and a huge assortment of mouthwatering peach deserts. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue between Third and Fifth streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org “Sounds Of Freedom” Military Concert Sunday, July 20
The Association of the United States Army “Sounds of Freedom” Military Concert Band will present a free summer concert. Time: 2 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial District Building, 808 4th St., Clovis Information: 297-2297 Rock the Mall Concert Series Thursday, July 24 Bring your blanket or chairs, family and friends and spend an evening with us this summer. All shows are free and appropriate for all ages. Visit a variety of vendors at the park while enjoying the music. Most of the Sierra Vista Mall restaurants will prepare your dinner to go so you can enjoy it while taking in an evening of fun. The Shock Top Beer Garden is open for those 21 and older. Sierra Vista Mall is located on the southeast corner of Shaw and Clovis avenues. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission For more information, please visit www. sierravistamall.com North American Pole Vault Championships at Farmer’s Market Friday night, July 25 Track and field fans from around the world make Old Town Clovis their destination for the 17th Annual North American Pole Vault Championships. Come early for a good vantage point as top-rated athletes compete right in the middle of Pollasky Avenue. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Place: Pollasky Avenue and Fourth Street Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774 www. oldtownclovis.org
-AugustOld Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday nights, August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Every Friday evening in August, Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis. Sample a cornucopia of fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, grown here in the nation’s finest agricultural region, each in the peak of season! This weekly event also offers live entertainment and special activities for kids. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org KSEE Concert Series Friday, August 8 A fantastic evening at the Farmer’s Market just got more fun! The KSEE 24 Concert Series brings the best Valley entertainment to Old Town. And, this year’s concerts are bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss the excitement and some great concerts. Plus, you will see some awesome local talent during Central Valley’s Top Talent performances. Great music, great food and drinks, and great family fun. Join us for the 2014 Concert Series in Old Town, Clovis. Time: 5:30 to 9 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth streets Free admission Contact: Business Organization of Old
Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774. www.oldtownclovis.org Let’s Talk Clovis Tuesday, August 12 “Let’s Talk Clovis” featuring the Bob Simpson Academy pioneer family Time 7 p.m. Place: Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, Freedom Room, 5th & Hughes. Free to the public. Rock the Mall Concert Series Thursday, August 14 Bring your blanket or chairs, family and friends and spend an evening with us this summer. All shows are free and appropriate for all ages. Visit a variety of vendors at the park while enjoying the music. Most of the Sierra Vista Mall restaurants will prepare your dinner to go so you can enjoy it while taking in a evening of fun. The Shock Top Beer Garden is open for those 21 and older. Sierra Vista Mall is located on the southeast corner of Shaw and Clovis Avenues. Time: 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission For more information, please visit www. sierravistamall.com
July 17, 2014
Log of Shame By April French-Naten
June 25, 2014 I have often wondered what makes a person mad enough to take paint to another person’s car in revenge. A man living near Shaw Avenue calmly called police to report that “SOMEONE” took a roller brush and dragged it with hot pink paint around the perimeter of his car. He claims the suspect is unknown, but did not seem too surprised at all to report the crime. I imagine whomever this unknown “SOMEONE” is, she accomplished her goal of humiliating the young buck as now he has to drive around town with a homemade, hot pink racing stripe on his big white truck!
June 28, 2014 Four juveniles were arrested for attempting to break in to a local and closed business on Shaw Avenue. Apparently the ring leader and his three brainless followers didn’t stop to consider that there would be a silent alarm dispatching police. Thinking they were home free, they chucked a brick through the front window and thought they would take their time stuffing their pockets when *BAM*, a myriad of police catch them in the act! June 29, 2014 The phone lines in dispatch lit up like Christmas with people reporting a public hazard near Herndon and Temperance. A man in a late model Cadillac was driving backwards through a parking lot and nearly hit several cars before he was stopped and arrested for drinking and driving. Way to call attention to yourself big guy! June 30, 2014 A man residing in an apartment over on Willow called police when he got home to report a theft. While he and his wife were at work, someone stole three mountain bikes from the apartment patio. As if that wasn’t enough, they stuck around for a few minutes and even took the mount that the bikes were hanging on! Criminals, much like rats, are getting more and more brazen these days! July 1, 2014 A man in the 1200 block of Barstow called police when he noticed that someone had cut the fence between the property adjoining his. Concerned that there may be criminals scoping their homes to rob them, naturally he reported it. As soon as the police showed up, his very nervous son came forward and confessed it was his doing. Looks like sneaking out at night through the neighbor’s yard wasn’t such and iron clad plan, now was it, kiddo? July 2, 2014 A rat, I mean thief, over on Timmy snuck in through the side gate and stole an entire patio set from the back yard of a residence. Perhaps some serious conversations with the gardener are in order? Perhaps if they hadn’t left the yard perfectly manicured the same day, no one would be suspicious, but… July 3, 2014 An officer driving down the road noticed a man on the sidewalk yelling at cars,so he decided to stop and do a subject check at Bullard and Sunnyside. When he approached the man, he heard the man preaching the gospel to cars passing by at a cool 50mph. Maybe your sermon would be more effective if you were not being placed into a police car for being drunk in public? Just a thought! July 4, 2014 A single mom over on Cromwell became the victim of fraud when she discovered a bill in her inbox for a new credit card opened in her name for a gas card. Apparently someone opened a credit line and filled up a boat full of gas with a onetime charge of $300! Either that or the suspects bought a boat load of smokes and munchies! July 5, 2014 Looks like no one told the guy over in the 900 block of West Fairmont that the 4th of July was over. He had extra fireworks and decided he would do an after show, and in doing so, caught his dead lawn on fire. True story, folks. July 6, 2014 Oh, summer love! Two youngins were issued a citation for trespassing on a farmer’s land. They were caught with less than all of their clothes tucked in and looked like deer in the headlights when the officer approached and advised them they need to produce identification for the citation. *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.
June 27, 2014 A woman parked in the parking lot of some apartments on Fowler Avenue was taken to jail after neighbors called police. She had been parked for an hour in front of the reporting parties’ door with an excessive amount of smoke inside the cab and was all alone. When police arrived, they found her and her only friend, “Mary Jane,” relaxing in the car. She claimed her mom wouldn’t let her smoke in the house so she had to come outside. Needless to say, the officers didn’t have sympathy for her and she was arrested for possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.
June 26, 2014 A woman called police to report an unwanted subject and when police arrived, sure enough, the man was still on scene. After breaking up with her now ex-boyfriend, the dude wouldn’t quite take the hint to leave and insisted the woman still wanted him. When police came to escort him out of her apartment on West Alamos, I do believe he finally understood just how serious she was. It’s over buddy…100%!
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Swallowing water can be fatal hours after leaving the pool Drowning is a danger any time of the year and wherever water is present. Instances of drowning escalate in the summer, when more people are apt to spend time in the pool or at the seaside. But drownings can occur year-round, and young children are at the greatest risk of drowning. While many people are familiar with the risk factors that lead to drowning, many have never heard of secondary drowning, a related condition that can occur hours after leaving the water. According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death across the globe, accounting for almost 400,000 deaths annually. When a person drowns, he or she takes water into their larynx and lungs, which is known as aspiration. Lack of oxygen in the body causes bodily systems to shut down, and cardiac arrest and brain damage can result. Secondary drowning, also known as dry drowning or delayed drowning, is a postimmersion respiratory syndrome. It occurs when water or another fluid has entered the lungs but has not caused enough initial trauma to result in fatal drowning. However, water that has gotten inside the lungs may cause damage to the inside surface of the organ, collapse alveoli and cause a hardening of the lungs that reduces the ability to exchange air. The body may also retaliate against the foreign water by drawing more fluid into the lungs. Over time, the lungs will suffocate themselves, which is why dry drowning can occur hours after exiting the water. Children tend to be more prone to dry drowning than adults. Parents are urged to keep careful watch over children who experienced distress in the water, which may have resulted in the inhalation of fluid. Furthermore, the children who are most at risk for dry drowning are those with known breathing or lung problems, including underdeveloped lungs or asthma.
The following are potential indicators of secondary drowning. Prompt action should be taken if any of these signs are noticed after an adult or child leaves the water. * Persistent cough: Anyone who has swallowed water will cough and sputter as the body attempts to naturally expel the water. But persistent coughing that lasts long after the water has been breathed in may be indicative of water aspiration in the lungs. * Confusion: Difficulty understanding verbal instructions or not being able to form words or thoughts may be a symptom of dry drowning. * Pain: Chest pain is a strong indicator of water aspiration. * Trouble breathing: Difficulty breathing long after a person has been swimming may indicate secondary drowning. * Lethargy: Extreme tiredness or a sudden lack of energy may be indicative of a problem. Monitor for the symptoms of dry drowning anytime a person swallows water. Keep the person nearby and do not allow him or her to go to sleep, as some children have died from secondary drowning in their sleep. If you notice any symptoms of dry drowning, take the person exhibiting those symptoms to the hospital, as this is not something that can be treated at home. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, a person would only have to inhale four ounces of water to drown and even less to injure his lungs enough to become a victim of secondary drowning. Emergency room physicians can remove residual water from the lungs and administer life-saving oxygen. Although not all instances of swallowing water will result in dry drowning, it is beneficial to understand and learn to recognize secondary drowning symptoms so fast action can be taken if necessary.
Drag racing collision results in injuries and two arrests Two suspects, one 18 and one 17, were taken into custody after a drag race on Herndon Avenue resulted in a collision which injured four, including two uninvolved motorists. Shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 6, Clovis Police officers responded to a rollover vehicle collision at the intersection of Herndon and Temperance avenues. They arrived to find two vehicles with significant damage, one of which was resting on its roof. The investigation revealed that 18-year-old Brandon Dean and a 17-year-old male, both of Fresno, were racing each other eastbound on Herndon approaching Temperance. Dean failed to stop for a red signal light at Temperance and entered the intersection at a high speed, colliding with an SUV that was travelling southbound. The force of the collision caused the SUV to roll into the northbound lanes of travel. The vehicle driven by the 17-year-old also failed to stop for the light, but was able to turn southbound on Temperance and avoid the collision. Witness esti-
mates placed the speed of both vehicles in excess of 80mph before the accident. Both occupants of the SUV were transported to Clovis Community Hospital and Brandon Dean were treated for non-life threatening injuries. Dean and a passenger in his vehicle were also transported to Clovis Community for treatment. All injured parties were treated and released from the hospital. Dean and the 17 year old juvenile were arrested for engaging in speed contest resulting in injury and booked into Fresno County Jail and Juvenile Hall.
July 4th DUI crackdown nets 41 arrests The Independence Day Weekend Anti DUI crackdown is reporting DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special AVOID the 21 DUI deployments in Fresno and Madera counties. From 12:01 a.m. on Thursday July 3 through midnight on Sunday, July 6 officers representing 21 county law enforcement agencies arrested 41 individuals for driving under the influence
of alcohol or drugs. Law enforcement officials will be conducting their next major Avoid DUI campaign throughout the county and region during the 18 Day Summer Campaign in August ending Labor Day weekend. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to watch and report impaired drivers each and every trip around town or during summer vacations. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
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July 17, 2014
The Pest Report: Preventing pantry invasions Contributed by Taylor Reinke Tamarack Pest Control
Indian meal moths are the most common type of moth found in the Central Valley. Even though they have an adult lifespan of a short six days, their main function in life is to reproduce. Unfortunately, their diet consists of the very foods that you and I store in the pantry. Some of the foods they infest in aregrains, cereal, cornmeal, flour, powdered milk, pet food, etc. There are two ways that Indian meal moths can make your pantry their new place of invasion. The first way is to bring home food that is naturally infested within packaged food. Even though this is not the most common way, it is a possibility. Secondly, you could bring moths home from groceries bought in an infested store. Bringing items from a moth infested store will ultimately leave you with a moth infested kitchen. As a result of the Indian meal moth’s life focus of reproduction, you can imagine that things can get out of control fairly quickly. An adult moth can lay up to 400 eggs in just 18 days. Everything in your kitchen that is not sealed or canned can be infested by this pest. The moth’s life depends on the temperature and outside conditions; however, in summer it takes up to seven weeks for moths to develop. The egg: The eggs of the Indian meal moth are microscopic and almost impossible to see with the naked eye. Adult Indian meal moths: These can be easily recognized, even if you are not a professional pest exterminator. The wings present a blend of pale grey and rust
Contributed photo Indian meal moth
bronze and are folded together and held by the body when resting. Meal moth larvae: The color of larvae is dirty white, sometimes with pink or green hues. It is quite easy to identify them – they look like worms and have brown heads. Larvae can chew through packed food items and feed on them and may hide among the grains and seeds or in various cracks and crevices. You may find them meters away from infested products as they crawl around the kitchen to find places to make cocoons. Once moths have found their way into your house, it can be tricky to get rid of them without serious help. The first step you could take would be to keep everything in your pantry sealed and air tight. Clean your pantry and your shelves on a regular basis. Do not buy food in damaged packages, as they are an easy target for infestation. Clean out previously used containers with soap and water before putting new food in them. Lastly, do not mix new and old food in the same containers.
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Two, four, six or eight: Improvements in dental implants By Dr. Edward Trevino
As infants, we start out without any teeth.At about six months of age, we begin to get our first set of teeth, which we call baby teeth or deciduous teeth. When we get a little older, around 6 years of age, we start to get our second set of teeth. They are called adult teeth, permanent teeth or succedaneous teeth. These are the teeth we are supposed to have for the rest of our lives. But, as we all know, all things alive will undergo change and nothing that is living will remain a constant. That is where tooth problems come in. Of course when our teeth first appear they are pristine and healthy. As we grow older, we must maintain this condition. For some of us, this is very easy. For others, this might not be so easy. For some it is just the luck of the draw. Some may not take care of their teeth and yet never have a problem. For others, they could be very vigilant and aggressive about their tooth care and still end up having numerous dental problems. If someone does start to have problems and they give them their due attention, they can head off some of the bigger problems. Still, in this day and age, we see a vast number of patients who find themselves losing multiple teeth. They may have waited too long to see the dentist and the remaining teeth can no longer be preserved. Along the way, they may have lost one tooth here or a couple of teeth there. They may have had the opportunity to replace those teeth with a bridge, partial, or maybe even an implant. When it gets to the point of multiple lost teeth, or maybe all the teeth within an arch, it’s not quite as simple. In years gone by, the treatment of choice for loss of all teeth has been a denture. A denture has all the teeth from that arch included on it. Done correctly, a denture can look very natural and be very
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serviceable to eat with (it works). It’s not like your natural teeth with the capability to chew with all your normal force, but it works fine. You must still got to the dentist to monitor bone resorption, which means the bone underneath will shrink due to no stimulation from not having teeth. Because of bone shrinkage, you may have problems keeping your denture in place. Sometimes you may need some help with retention or keeping them in place. That’s where implants come in. Of course you can replace all teeth individually with implants; some people do this but it is costly. You can, however, have a few implants strategically placed to help keep a denture secure and in place. Another option is having just four implants placed and have a modified denture made. This allows for your palate to be uncovered and have your ability to taste restored (a denture covers your whole palate). On the lower you don’t have to rely on gravity to keep things in place, it stays put. This can also provide a more forceful chewing capability. Now you might need six implants depending on your individual needs. If six or even eight implants are used, it can allow you back into the arena of having bridgework done without placing sixteen implants to replace all the individual teeth. But whether it’s two, four, six, or eight implants used, remember you have options to take you from treatment of yesteryear into the treatment of today. If you wish to contact this writer, you may do so at: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon Avenue #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax email@example.com www.fresnosdentist.com
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Residentes de Clovis pueden poner basura de
their green waste cart: however, only if yard
comida en dentro de contenedores reciclables
waste is in the cart. PLEASE DO NOT FILL
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cart with just food waste.
si tiene basura de la yarda en dentro del contenedor. POR FAVOR NO PONGA nomas
What to Place in Cart
basura de comida en dentro del contenedor.
Bread, grains and pasta
Lo que se coloque en el contenedor
Cheese & dairy scraps
Pan, fibra y pasta
Coffee grounds, filters & tea bags
Quezo y productos lacteos
Filtros de cafe, bosas de te
Cascarones de huevo
Fruit & vegetable peelings
Recortes de flores
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Table scraps Yard waste (must have in cart)
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Mediterranean Bean & PitaWiches Prep time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1/2 cup coarsely chopped baby spinach 1/4 cup sliced celery 1/4 cup sliced pitted black or Kalamata olives 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or basil 6 whole grain pita pocket halves Dressing: 2 tablespoons reserved bean liquid 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 clove garlic, minced Black pepper, coarsely ground Drain bean salad; reserve 2 tablespoons liquid. In large bowl, toss together bean salad and next six ingredients. For dressing, whisk ingredients together. Add dressing to bean mixture; toss. Fill pita pocket halves with bean mixture. Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches, Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, and Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad
Flavorful al fresco dining ideas
ere comes the sun — and the fun of dining al fresco. When it comes to summer fare, familiar favorites are always welcome, such as burgers on the grill, sandwiches, salad, lemonade and dessert. But if the tried-and-true choices are getting a little too familiar, maybe they need a makeover. New al fresco favorites These deliciously doable ideas start with time-saving, quality prepared products, such as Aunt Nellie’s jarred vegetables and READ classic bean salads, that provide real homemade flavors. Here’s how: n Elevate burgers from basic to sensational with a dollop of Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam, made with sweetand-sour red cabbage, sauteed onions and smoky bacon. n Need a new sandwich inspiration? Mediterranean Bean & Pita-Wiches are a combination of 3 or 4 bean salad, vegetables, olives and feta cheese stuffed into whole grain pita pockets. n Trade the traditional greens or potato salad for Herbed Beet & Tomato Salad, an updated combo of colorful sweet-tangy pickled beets, garden-fresh yellow tomatoes and herb vinaigrette. n What’s for dessert? Try Fudgy Beet Brownies, which are made with Harvard beets to keep them extra moist and yummy. n Lemonade is always a welcome thirst quencher, especially if it’s pink. Here’s the simple secret: Just stir pickled beet liquid into prepared lemonade — it’s pink in a wink. Cheers to a new twist on favorite al fresco fare. For additional recipes and serving suggestions, visit www.auntnellies.com
Fudgy Beet Brownies Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: Per package directions Servings: 24 brownies 1 jar (15.5 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Harvard Beets, not drained 1 box dark or milk chocolate brownie mix (for 13-by-9-inch pan)* 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks Confectioners’ sugar (optional) Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place beets in blender or food processor. Puree until smooth; set aside. Combine brownie mix, oil, eggs and pureed beets in large mixing bowl; stir until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared pan. Bake as directed on package, checking after shortest recommended baking time. Remove from oven; cool. Lightly dust with confectioners’ sugar, if desired. *Note: Package sizes may vary according to brand.
Pink Lemonade Makes: 2 quarts Add 2 to 4 tablespoons pickled beet liquid to 2 quarts prepared lemonade; stir. For deeper pink color add additional beet liquid.
Red Cabbage, Onion & Bacon Jam
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage 1/4 pound bacon (thick cut or regular) 1 large yellow onion (about 8 ounces) 2 tablespoons granulated or brown sugar 2 tablespoons white balsamic or white wine vinegar 1–2 tablespoons fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme) 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste) Green onion or parsley (optional) Drain cabbage; reserve liquid. Cut bacon into pieces (about 1/4 Fudgy Beet Brownies inch). Cook in large skillet over medium to medium-low heat until browned and crisp. Transfer bacon Herbed Beet & to paper towel-lined plate; reserve. Tomato Salad Measure 2 tablespoons drippings and Prep time: 20 minutes return to skillet. Discard remaining Servings: 4 drippings. 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Meanwhile, cut onion lengthwise in Nellie’s Sliced quarters. Cut crosswise into very thin Pickled Beets slices (about 1/8 inch thick). 2 medium yellow Heat bacon drippings over mediumtomatoes, sliced low heat until hot. Add onion slices, 1/4 inch thick reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes 1/4 cup olive or or until onions begin to soften, stirring vegetable oil 1/4 cup white wine or occasionally. rice vinegar Stir in sugar, vinegar, thyme, peppers, 1 tablespoon finely bacon and 1/2 cup reserved liquid. Add chopped fresh herbs cabbage and continue cooking over (such as thyme, parsley, medium-low to low heat 15 minutes basil, oregano or chives) or until liquid is absorbed and mix1 clove garlic, minced ture is very soft and thick, stirring Salt and pepper occasionally. Sprinkle with thinly sliced Drain beets well.* Cut beets in half. Cut green onion or chopped parsley before tomato slices into quarters. serving, if desired. For vinaigrette, whisk together oil, vinegar, Serve warm or at room temperature herbs and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. as topping for burgers or crostini, as Place tomatoes in large bowl. Toss with dressing. Gently toss in beets. Serve sandwich spread, condiment for meats immediately or chill. or tossed with pasta. *Reserve liquid for pink lemonade, if desired.
July 17, 2014
Clovis queens making their royal mark
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Britain might have their royalty, but Clovis residents have two new queens who have been busy making their city proud. Miss Clovis, Morgan Edwards and Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen, Jacqueline Trafton, won the honor of representing our city in February. Since then, they have been busy wearing their tiaras at parades, the Clovis Rodeo, the Mayor’s Breakfast and most recently, representing Clovis at the Miss California Pageant held June 28 at Fresno’s Saroyan Theater. Miss Clovis This year’s Miss Clovis is truly home grown. Born and raised in Clovis, Morgan Edwards attended Mickey Cox Elementary and Clark Intermediate and graduated from Clovis High. Now a senior at Fresno State majoring in child development, the aspiring teacher is proud to show her Clovis roots. Her parents are Doug and Deanne Edwards and she has an older sister, Alex. “I have always loved the Clovis community. It is truly special here,” Edwards said. “During my sophomore year of college, I decided to compete for Miss Fresno County as a way to help pay for tuition. I ended up winning and making it to the Top 10 at the Miss California Pageant in 2012. After my year as Miss Fresno County, I knew I wanted to compete for another title. I knew I wanted to be Miss Clovis since it is the city I have always called home and is near to my heart.” Edwards was awarded a $2,000 scholarship as Miss Clovis and wants to obtain a teaching credentialand teach first grade at a Clovis Unified school. She chose the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization as her platform campaign. The program matches youth and adults for one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships. “I was matched with my little one a year ago and have seen a huge change in her overall confidence, enthusiasm and joy since I first started spending time with her,” Edwards said. “As Miss Clovis, I market Big Brothers Big Sisters using my social media platforms and have inspired five people that I know of to become Bigs themselves. I hope to continue to inspire others to volunteer for this organization because it really does change lives for the kids in our community.” In June, Morgan competed against 53 other contestants from throughout the state in the Miss California Pageant. “I absolutely loved my time at the Miss California pageant. It is such a wonderful week being surrounded by beautiful, intelligent and talented young women from all over the state – women just like me who have similar interests and aspirations. Now I have 53 more people I can call my friends!” Edwards’ talent spot was a lyrical dance to the song “Unchained Melody,” for which she won a non-finalist talent award, which comes with an additional $500 scholarship. The rest of Edwards’ year as Miss Clovis will consist of representing the Miss Clovis Organization and recruiting contestants for the upcoming pageant, which will have auditions in November. “Being a part of pageants in the Miss California Organization has truly changed my life by making me a more confident, well-rounded and educated young woman, and I highly encourage everyone to disregard the negative stigma that comes with the word ‘pageant’ because it really is a wonderful growing experience for everyone involved,” Edwards said.
Contributed photo Jacqueline Trafton, Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen and Morgan Edwards, Miss Clovis recently competed at the Miss California Pageant.
Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen For the past five years, Jacqueline Trafton, Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen, has been preparing for the role of her young life. At age 13, she was this year’s youngest contestant for both the Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen and Miss California Outstanding Teen competitions. The competition’s age range is 13 to 17. “Over the past five years, I’ve had a few mentors who competed for Miss California, so I was able to see the show several times. After seeing that stage, the amazing show and all the opportunities the Miss California Organization offers young women, I was hooked! I knew then that I had to be a part of it someday,” Trafton said. It was a natural progression to compete for Miss Clovis, since Trafton attended Nelson Elementary and Kastner Intermediate and will be a freshman at Clovis West next fall. “Clovis has always been home for me. My brothers and I all went to Clovis schools,” she said.
Trafton’s parents, Scott and Jackie, have three other children, Baylen, 26, Brandon, 24 and Christopher, 11. At her coronation in February, friends, family and even teachers were there to cheer her on. “My teachers, Miss Louanne Bernoulli and Ms. Monica Brewer, have been following my journey since 2008 when I started,” Trafton said. “It was so wonderful to have them there after all these years to see the moment I was crowned.” At the Miss California pageant in June, Trafton competed against 42 Outstanding Teens from throughout the state. For her talent portion, she tap danced to Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl,” which previously won the “Best Talent” award at the Miss Clovis Pageant. In addition to her many duties as Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen, Trafton is looking forward to being on the Clovis West Pep Squad and showing others that Clovis really is THE way of life. “Clovis was voted the #1 small city in California to raise a family,” Trafton said.
“I want to show people that’s true; Clovis is a great place to live, work and go to school.” She also plans to use her title to promote her platform for the Little Baby Face Foundation, which provides free surgeries, medical care and therapy to children with facial deformities. “They help so many children re-enter the world with self-confidenceand the power to overcome any obstacles they encounter,” she said. Trafton plans to study criminal justice in college to become a crime scene investigator. Meanwhile, she is keeping quite busy. “At 13, I was the youngest contestant at Miss Clovis and also at Miss California,” Trafton said. “When I said my age on stage, the audience kind of gasped; they didn’t realize I was so young. I take it as a complimentthat I was able to hold my own with the older girls and perform well enough to even win.”
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Tips on cruising Alaska, the last frontier By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Having explored Alaska by land 10 years ago, it was the thrill of a lifetime to see it by sea. Rather than packing and unpacking a half dozen times for a land tour, settling into a cozy ocean cruise cabin was far better. Armed with three nearly bursting suitcases, some motion sickness patches and an explorer’s appetite, we set sail on an 11-night passage to the great frontier. Although it lived up to all our expectations, there were a few cruising tips we could have used. In packing, the key is to layer, layer and layer. Hat and gloves and a parka can be added to long sleeve shirts and long pants to accommodate all kinds of weather. You can always pick up warmer clothing at the ports or on board. Next to eating, shopping is the ship’s greatest draw. Unless you live on deck, wildlife sightings are sparse. We did have magnificent views of the moon winnowing behind vaporous clouds from our 12th floor balcony. Many times we went to sleep with the windows and curtains cast wide open. The view of the slate gray swelling waves were well worth the draft. The only wildlife we saw on deck was seals sunbathing on floating icebergs when we toured the glaciers. Although I did see a tail of a whale, the true thrill was when we paid the extra bucks for an orca shore excursion and were delighted to steer right into two pods of killer whales. Watching the orcas frolic and prance for over an hour truly was a breathtaking series of Hallmark moments. Vanity shouldn’t win over common sense. Bring comfortable walking shoes. Most ports are within easy walking distance from the towns. I had hoped to counteract the caloric overload by working out daily, but found that the 40 treadmills and bicycles did little to accommodate the 3,000 passengers on board, and they
were always busy. Even when walking on deck, rubber backed shoes are recommended. The second day at sea, I slipped and slammed knee first onto a wet deck and had to wait until two fellow walkers came by to hoist me up. Both my knees and dignity were crest fallen the remainder of the trip. Cruising is a culinary adventure – try something new since food is all inclusive. Frog legs, snails, reindeer chili – try a mouthful for the future bragging rights. Without a worry about cost, all of us ordered an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert with every dinner. Some in our party ordered several dinner entrees and one dessert lover ordered four sinful sweets. Most cruises will allow you to bring a bottle of wine or champagne on board for each cruiser without a corking charge, as long as you drink it in your cabin. Take advantage of that. Save the fancy umbrella drinks for special occasions or your drink tab will cost more than your cabin. Soft drinks are also extra so for the sea voyage, so learn to prefer coffee or iced tea. We spent nearly as much on our shore excursions as we did on one cruise. The train trip to the Yukon and the orca expedition were worth every hard-saved dollar, but our excursions in Ketchikan and Juneau could have been easily replaced with a self-guided tour of the town. Tours are also offered at ports for less. Frequent cruiser Ria Robitsch of Redwood City suggests reading up on your ship and its destination before you embark. She suggests signing up for websites for all the major cruise companies that go to your chosen destination to get e-mail offers and special incentives. Robitsch also packs items like Ziploc bags (a variety of sizes), air freshener for the bathroom and something to read or puzzle/Sudoku books to amuse yourself
Photo by J. M. Swezey Ketchikan is one of the cities where cruise lines port during Alaska cruises.
while waiting for shows or relaxing. Also bring items to cozy up the cabin like an alarm clock or your own pillow cases, which then double as extra laundry bags for the trip home. Also helpful is a power strip to recharge electronics, since outlets in the cabin are scarce. Robitsch also suggests post-it notes to leave notes for the cabin steward if necessary. Getting to know your shipmatesenhances your trip and it helps to have someone to take pictures of your whole party and vice versa. There are also literally a hundred activities of every kind from crafts and trivia contests to dance lessons and variety shows on board. “Try to go to as many activities as possible, but don’t overwhelm yourself trying to do everything,” Robitsch said. “Take a picture of the daily activity schedule with your phone or tablet and it will always be handy.”
morning on board. If you are flying home from your cruise, Reilly suggests visiting the ship’s Guest Relations desk the day before disembarking and ask if they are able to check you in for your return flight home. She also suggests making copies of your passport, writing your phone number on the back of your credit card and calling your credit card/bank to advise them of your travel dates and where you are traveling to. “If you are using an ATM Visa, call your bank before your departure to find out if you have a daily limit. Cruise lines normally charge your full onboard bill on the last day of the cruise.If the bill is over your daily limit, it will be declined,” Reilly said. Other tips offered by frequent cruisers include arriving at the port terminal to board about an hour after it opens. Waiting until a little later after the initial rush
Photo by J. M. Swezey Mendenhall Glacier is one of many breath-taking sights that can be enjoyed during an Alaska
Clovis resident Laurie Haas has taken five family cruises and suggests researching the weather before setting sail, leaving time for relaxation, bringing a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated and washing your hands a lot. “Bring a lanyard to keep your ship ID card convenient, and you might want to bring small white boards to write notes and messages to your traveling companions... phone service and wireless connections are sketchy at best,” she said. Tropical cruiser Pat Dempsey from Atlanta, Georgia suggests packing more bottoms than tops as you can buy T-shirts in ports. Also, take advantage of early debarkation if offered. Whether your cruise is to the tropics or to the glaciers, travel counselor Lori Reilly of the Clovis American Automobile Association, has some advice for first time cruisers: Pack a small carry-on with items you will want right away such as a swim suit, sunscreen, any needed medication, a book to read next to the pool. She suggests using this same carry-on bag for disembarkation to carry your overnight clothes and get-ready items from the last night &
means less wait time. At the port terminal, pick up brochures and shopping packets which can be bursting with coupons you can use at each of the ports of call. They also sell a Savvy Saver book on board which is totally not worth the $25 cost. Consider other costs into your budget like parking at the cruise terminal (as much as $18/day), tips, souvenirs and on-board extras like Bingo and shopping. Our trip was magical in so many ways. Was the trip worth the scrimping and saving for years? Absolutely. We met many cruisers who spend months at sea every year. How do they do it? Some go first class because they can. Others are content to afford more cruises by staying in interior cubicles that have the same amenities, but are just smaller, darker cabins. Exploring the magnitude and beauty of our 49th state made us realize how small we are in comparison to the vastness of our last frontier. I am just getting back my land legs and recouping from my smoked salmon induced coma, but already dreaming of that vast slate of sea and my next trip aboard.
July 17, 2014
GM recall increases business at Hedrick’s Chevrolet By Nicole Maul
In six months, General Motors has recalled over 28 million vehicles worldwide. Clovis-based Hedrick’s Chevrolet has seen an increase in business as the recalls begin to roll out. “This isn’t work that we would usually be expecting,” said Brett Hedrick, general manager and owner of Hedrick’s Chevrolet. “We have seen an increase in our labor needs; customers look to us to solve their problems with their vehicles.” Hedrick’s Chevrolet’s service department is staffed with 19 service technicians and made additions to the staff once the large scale recalls started, Hedrick said. The recall that has garnered the most attention is the recall of several million vehicles due to ignition switch issues that can cause vehicles to shut off unexpectedly, disabling safety features, power steering and braking capabilities. “I received a letter in the mail explaining what was going on with my car and that I would need to bring it into a dealership as soon as possible,” Marie Jessen of Fresno said. Affected by a recall separate from the ignition switch issue, Jessen said this has not changed her view on GM. “My family has always bought cars from GM, so I don’t really see myself getting something else anytime soon,” said Jessen, who drives a GMC Acadia.
Contributed photo Brett Hedrick of Hedrick’s Chevrolet. The massive GM recall has kept the service department at Hedrick’s Chevrolet busier than normal.
Hedrick does not foresee a negative impact in sales for the dealership. In a recent article in Forbes, writer Jim Gorzelany said, “GM posted its best June sales in the U.S. since 2007 with 267,461 vehicles de-
livered to retail and fleet customers, which represents selling-day-adjusted increases of nine and 10 percent, respectively.” GM is not alone in recalls, however; a brief check of the National Highway Traf-
fic Safety Administration’s list of recalls and defects shows recalls from brands such as Chrysler, Toyota, Ford and Nissan with a variety of issues. Hedrick says he has noticed a heightened awareness of recalls within the community. Recalls happen all of the time, Hedrick says, but big safety recalls like this aren’t as frequent. As soon as the dealership receives a list of affected vehicles, Hedrick’s sends an orange postcard to customers who have purchased a vehicle involved in a recall at their lot in addition to the letter sent by the factory. If you think your vehicle may be affected by this or any recall, Hedrick suggests making a call to a dealer of your choice so they can see if your car needs to be serviced. Hedrick’s Chevrolet, which sells new cars exclusively from the Chevrolet brand and used cars from several different brands, serves as an authorized station for repairs for all brands under GM on Shaw Avenue at the 168 in Clovis. The service department is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at (559) 840-3181, or you can visit GM’s recall website at recalls.gm.com and enter your vehicle identification number.
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