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VOL. 4, NO. 9
AUGUST 29, 2013
Young Entrepreneur’s Academyempowering student leaders By Carol Lawson-Swezey
This year the Clovis Chamber of Commerce’s’ focus is on the upcoming, younger generation of business owners and leaders. “We want to encourage and work with them to become assets to the economy and our communities,” said Clovis
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Chamber marketing director Fran Blackney. “We have added younger directors to our Board and spend time with them on the importance of networking and good business practices.” Empowering Student Leaders, continued on page 8
August 29, 2013
Grandparent’s Day- Another reason to say you care By Carol Lawson-Swezey \
Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of our children.”--- Alex Haley (author of ROOTS) Just like for mothers and fathers, we shouldn’t need a special day to commemorate those we love and who have given us so much. The same is true for grandparents. They should be honored and remembered and loved every day. But in case we need a little push to make them feel as special as they are, there is now a day set aside just for them. Grandparent’s Day was first coined a national holiday in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, on the recommendation of West Virginian housewife Marion McQuade. It falls on the first Sunday in September after Labor Day, and serves as a day to celebrate not only our own grandparents but all the older and wiser adults who enrich our lives. We searched far and wide (and asked a few grandparents) for ideas, both tried and true and novel, to make Grandparent’s Day a special one. Here are some ideas but feel free to customize your celebration for your favorite nana or papa. • Photographs of grandchildren, in a frame or cut out and glued onto construction paper. For those grandparents who are running out of room or don’t display family photos, a photo album or photo book is nice. Something handmade or • something with a personalized message. Some ideas are picture frames, handmade cards, T-shirts, or grammy and pops books. How about a canvas bag with a photo
or the grandkid’s fingerprints and their names. Customize bird houses, frames and jewelry boxes with grandma’s broken and mismatched jewelry for a one-of-a-kind work of art. Other ideas include Cameo broaches made of felt and fabric, photo coasters made with pictures, glue and old DVDs and magnets with photos or handprints. Something to help around the • house. Shopping list pads, a key rack to hang inside the back door, a basket for all the remotes, eyeglass holders- anything to make lives easier for those who might be having a harder time remembering and keeping up with things. Customized calendar. The • calendar can be as simple as store bought with seasonal photos pasted in and important dates written in bright gel pens or a customized, professional one ordered
from a local drug store or web site. A book to share which has special • significance- For instance, the classic “Love you forever” by Robert Munsch. • Something to use daily. A special mug, pencil cup, writing pen or tablet or specialty food or drinks are a daily reminder of how special they are to you. • A collection of television or film classics circa “I love Lucy”, Laurel and Hardy or “Gunsmoke” on DVD or a CD custom made with all their favorite oldies but goodies. Bake a favorite dessert item or • make their favorite meal and wait on them hand and foot. Offer to do some chores which • are harder for them to do. Ideas include yard work, cleaning the house or digging out the gutters, grocery shopping and driving them to errands or running those
errands yourself. Coupon book for future chores or • special treats like a shoulder massage or a big hug. • Handprint crafts or framed artwork by the grandkids with a special note attached. • Warm, fuzzy socks or slippers, lap robes, warm gloves for the coming cold months. • Flowers, which don’t have to be expensive florist delivered but can be as simple as a bunch of freshly picked wildflowers, a potted plant or bouquet from the grocery store or an edible fruit bouquet which is pretty as well as functional. • For those grandparents who are on a tight budget, a gift card to their local grocery store or restaurant can be a special treat. A phone calling card is also practical yet important. There are some items that grandparents might not want or need. They include candles and candy which isn’t appropriate for their dietary restrictions or more knickknacks they might have to dust or find room for. Usually a work related item like a tie for a retired person might not be heartily appreciated. Most grandparents or adopted grammies and pops appreciate well thought of tokens of tenderness, devotion and time. They most appreciate that they are not forgotten and the love they give is being returned. Many of us are not fortunate enough to have grandparents or grandkids. That’s when it’s the best investment of your time and energy to adopt an older, lonely neighbor or nursing home patient. And remember, tokens are nice but love and attention are the best gifts of all.
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Info provided by The City of Clovis & The Clovis Tourist Information and Visitors Center at Tarpey Depot. Revised and edited by Peg Bos of the Clovis Museum.
August 29, 2013
How to Save More Than $100 Every Year! A lot of people keep their personal checking accounts at big banks out of habit, without realizing that it’s a habit that can cost up to $100 or more in fees every year. The big banks charge monthly checking account fees – fees for the simple convenience of accessing your own money – that range from $60 a year to $120 a year and more; and that’s not counting the huge amount of fees they collect for going under a minimum balance, overdrafts, ATM use, etc. On the other hand, some local credit unions offer no-monthly fee checking accounts. At Fresno County Federal Credit Union, for instance, your checking account is free of monthly services fees and there are no balance requirements, debit card transaction requirements, etc. Plus, you receive, free online and mobile banking, a VISA debit card that you can personalize with your favorite photo – and you can use, free, at more than 30,000 ATMs nationwide. That’s a long way from what the big banks offer. A Bankrate.com study concludes that big bank checking account fees have hit unprecedented highs in the
following areas: Average monthly maintenance • fee • Overdraft fees • The cost to get cash from an outof-network ATM Why all the big costs to be in a big bank? It’s all about profits, of course. Banks are making up for lost income. Overdraft fees and debit card swipe fees have been reduced by law, so banks have to please their shareholders somehow – and the answer is to charge their customers more for everything else. At a credit union, all the members are owners of the credit union, equally. Big banks simply cannot match the credit unions’ no-monthly fee checking account! So, if your checking account is at a big bank, break the habit and start saving money: move your money to Fresno County Federal Credit Union. And why not? According to the survey, 72% of Americans said they would consider moving their money if their financial institution raised its fees on checking accounts. Want to know what else the big banks are doing to take more of your money?
Here are some fees – and what you can do to avoid them: Higher Monthly Maintenance Fees. Even as bank checking accounts have gone from “free” to “fee,” bank fees have risen steeply. The average monthly maintenance fee for a non-interest-bearing checking account rose to $5.48, an increase of 25% over the previous year! What about a minimum balance? You have to keep an average of $723.02 in your account to avoid a monthly fee, up 23 percent from the previous year. Tip: Fresno County Federal Credit Union offers no-strings attached checking accounts, complete with no monthly maintenance fees. Using Out-of-Network ATMs Costs Plenty. The cost of grabbing cash from an out-of-network ATM continues to rise. Not only will you pay a fee to your bank – an amazing $2.50 – you’re probably going to pay additional fees to the owner of the ATM. Tip: Fresno County Federal Credit Union provides access to more than 30,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide, along with a mobile app to help you find ones nearest to you.
Non-Sufficient Funds Fees Going Up. Banks make lots of money off of overdrafts, and they are about to make a lot more. The average overdraft fee has risen to a record high of $31.26. Tip: Fresno County Federal Credit Union provides you with the opportunity to have overdraft protection at no additional cost. Plus, through their convenient, easy and free online and mobile banking, you can keep closer tabs on your money and avoid overdrafts altogether. At Fresno County Federal Credit Union, members have access to a full range of financial services, including no monthly fee checking and savings accounts, free VISA debit cards, free online and mobile banking, low rate MyRewards VISA credit cards, and professional budget management. Members receive highly personalized service, and the essential services needed to manage finances with ease. For more information about membership in Fresno County Federal Credit Union, visit online at www.FresnoCU.com.
Straight to Dental Health Both Bugs Bunny and Dracula are famous for their teeth or should I say, missaligned teeth. Bugs has the famous buckteeth that allows him to eat carrots on the other side of the fence. Of course, there is Dracula who has those wolf fangs, which allows him to drink your, well you get the picture. If they had straight teeth, their life and image may be totally different. This may also apply to our children or maybe even for ourselves. What would it be like if I had straight teeth? I have never read in the literature that anyone has ever suffered detrimental trauma from having his or her teeth straightened. I’ve only known positive
benefits from having a corrected smile. If you’ve ever seen a child without their front teeth, you can rest assured that at sometime, someone has teased them about it. When kids have teeth that are going every which way, it’s really no different. We all know that we all want the best for our children. We want them to have their perfect little smiles. Before we get to perfection, we must understand that in it’s most basic performance; the mouth is the portal to our health. If you can’t chew, you can’t eat. If you can’t eat, you can’t survive. All the smiles and great photos are secondary to those basic needs for survival. In a child’s early transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth, there may be an awkwardness. Anywhere from 10 - 12 years of age, give or take a year up or down; depending on the individual, it would be time to start consulting whether or not braces are going to be in order. By wearing braces for so many months, de-
pending on positioning and bone structure, our teeth can be properly aligned and a new smile can be born. There is more to it than that. When teeth are properly positioned, the ability to keep them clean is tenfold. Misaligned teeth get food impacted in them, they are hard to keep clean and gum disease could result. Gum disease may be the preliminary stage to bone loss, which can lead to tooth loss. No teeth means there is nothing to stimulate bone growth which could lead to bone attrition and maybe the inability to replace teeth. Beside the inability to eat and maintain your health, many complications can arise. Another result is looking prematurely old. Sometimes people think they are too old to consider straightening their teeth. If you have healthy teeth and the proper amount of bone, age doesn’t matter. There is never a bad time to focus on having a healthy oral cavity. Health is always #1, but a new smile is monumental to our selfesteem. Our confidence level can rise to
a point where it is life changing in many other aspects of our lives other that just our looks. You may have a gap, a little crowding, or a few teeth rotated. You may not even need to have full braces. You can have limited orthodontics which is way less, costwise, and far less time in braces. In any case, ask your Dentist, and they can lead you in the right direction and steer you straight to dental 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 email@example.com www.fresnosdentist.com
Shaver Lake Fishing Report By Dick Nichols
Dick Nichols owner of Dicks Fishing Charters
When you think that Shaver Lake is kicking out great amounts of mixed kokanee and trout last week, you need to see this week. The trophies have shown up! Dick Nichols, of Dick’s fishing Charters in Shaver Lake said that his clients have caught upwards to 3 limits per trip all week, but the neat part is that they include 6 trophy trout to 6 pounds over the past 10 days. The latest were caught by Dr. Vivian Liu, of Manhattan Beach, when she fished with Nichols over the weekend with her husband Dr. Clark Fuller and son’s Charlie and David. They collected 3 limits of mixed kokanee and trout. Two went 4 pounds and 6 pounds. Nichols says that he had no idea where the 2,500 trophy trout that the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project planted this past winter, but he says patience has proven it’s point and they have been found and some caught. He thinks this will be a turn around for trophy sized trout and trollers are going to walk into
them into the Fall. The big fish of Dr. Liu were caught on the side pole at 21 feet deep that had a Trout Buster with corn and crawler behind a Mountain Flasher and on the down rigger pole with a Captain Jack’s Super Hoochie with corn behind a Mini Mountain Flasher at 55 feet deep. Nichols says pink or red Apex with corn is also doing a great job on kokanee. There are two bites, one early at day beak and the other about 9 am to 11 am. The front of the Shaver Lake Marina, the island, Black Rock and Eagle Point are Nichols favorite spots. Other trophy sized trout have been reported caught by trollers this past week according to Captain Jack Yandell of Captain Jack’s Tackle in Shaver. Bank fishermen report that they have had some success near roads 1 and 2, the Shaver Marina at Edison Camp and the Point. Crawlers or Power Bait are the normal go to bait from the bank. A camper at Edison Camp showed Nichols a picture of a big small mouth bass that he caught at Dorabella Cove that the camper claimed was 3.5 pounds. The small mouth bass bite remains hot on crickets and spinners near rocky locations. The water level continues at 67% and at the surface water temperature at 69 degrees. The 3rd annual Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Sportsmen’s Dinner will be held at the Shaver Lake Community Center on Saturday September 28th. SLTTP secretary and dinner chairperson, Debby Dixon, said that there are tickets still available for those wanting to attend. The sit down steak
Dr. Clark Fuller, his wife Dr. Vivian Liu and their children Charlie and David, proudly display their catch while fishing with guide Dick Nichols, of Dick’s Fishing charters on Shaver Lake.
dinner features live and silent auctions and a raffle that includes a Kindle Fire and other great prizes. A get acquainted hour is at 5 pm followed by dinner and events. The event has been a sellout every year in June but was moved to the September date due to the heavy business season for the SLTTP members. Tickets for the event remain at $50.00 each and can be purchased at Shaver Lake Sports or call Debby Dixon at 559-841-2740 at Shaver Lake Sports. All proceeds go to purchase trophy trout for 2014. Treasurer and trophy trout planting chairman Bob Bernier said that
the trophy trout have started making their appearance this year recently. His SLTTP planting committee will be planting about 3,000 big fish this winter for the 2014 season. Last year the SLTTP planted 2,500 trophies to 6 pounds. This year’s increase will include a good number of 2 pounders to go with the larger trophy fish. For more information contact Debby at 841-2740 or e-mail president Dick Nichols at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets for the 3rd Annual Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Projects Sportsmen’s Dinner are on sale at Shaver Lake Sports, 559841-2740.
August 29, 2013
Benefits of early dog socialization In 2012, Superstorm Sandy caused the catastrophic destruction of many residential areas up and down the eastern seaboard. Just months later, much of the country experienced extreme temperature swings, some as much as 40 degrees in just a few days. Areas of Georgia were overturned when a tornado turned over cars, trapping residents of an Atlanta suburb. Such drastic changes are an anomaly that have many meteorologists scratching their heads. The aftermath of drastic weather can sometimes result in property loss and damage that may force families and their pets into new living situations. Oftentimes, pets are not able to make the move and are surrendered to area shelters. A struggling economy has also taken its toll on pets. According to Hope Brustein, the executive director at the Geauga Humane Society in Ohio, many animals are brought to shelters because owners have lost their jobs or homes and tight budgets can no longer support them. Those who have lost their homes and need to relocate may not be able to bring their pets along. The ASPCA estimates 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Shelter intakes are generally evenly divided between animals that are relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. There are no firm statistics on how many animals are surrendered to shelters in Canada, but the Winnipeg Humane Society alone takes in 8,000 to 9,000 animals each year. Although the number of animals entering shelters continues to rise, so do the number of adoptions. This is in part to the publicity campaigns of many area shelters as well as the grassroots efforts of people
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Shelters have seen a rise in the number of surrendered pets, partly due to the displacement of families after bad storms.
communicating via social media. Animal adoption announcements are frequently posted on Facebook, and many shelters now have their own online presence to alert the public to the plight of animals in the shelter. Petfinder.com remains one of the largest databases of searchable pets available for adoption, boasting more than 374,000 pets from nearly 14,000 adoption groups. Parties interested in pet adoption are urged to visit their local shelters first and inquire about the available animals. Some
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August 29, 2013
Don’t Let Moss Grow Under Your Feet You have probably seen moss growing on trees and rocks in the forest and perhaps you are growing some right now in your home lawns. In lawns, it’s that soft, dense, cushiony green mat competing for space with your lawn. Moss is a rather primitive plant that forms a dense mat on the soil surface. It absorbs nutrients and water primarily through its leaves and needs some sunlight to photosynthesize and make food. Their rhizoids are not true roots and serve primarily to anchor the plant to the soils; not absorbing water and nutrients. Mosses spread primarily by movement of spores via wind or water. That’s enough of the biology lesson. Why is it growing so happily in certain lawns? It is an indicator of potentially poor growing conditions like poor drainage, over-watering, shade, compacted soil, poor fertility, and low pH soils in many cases. The long-term solution to keeping moss out is to change the factors that favor the moss infestation and create more favorable conditions to grow grasses. I would suggest starting the process by treating the moss and raking out the dead plant material. There are several good moss-control products that usually include some form of ferrous sulfate and can come in sprays or granules. This is usually done in 70 degree weather and causes the moss to turn black. (Keep off the walks because it can turn them orange.) It should then be raked out. After this, I would aerate heavily and reseed the area with a shade loving grass and keep the mowing height above 3 inches if possible to favor the grass over the moss. If the area is heavily shaded, the surrounding trees could be
thinned out to allow more light in. Don’t overwater lawns and address poor drainage issues as needed. A soil test will tell you if you need to correct the soil pH. Soil pH levels below a pH of 6.0 should receive a lime treatment. Regular feeding of the lawn should also favor a healthier and more competitive lawn as well. Moss is growing there for a reason. Without some positive changes in cultural practices it is not likely to go away completely any time soon. The steps may need to be repeated a few seasons to make significant changes in the lawn density. You should aerate and feed the lawn regularly, mow high, let proper light in, and treat, rake, and seed as needed in spring or fall. If you have questions about moss, moss treatment, aeration, proper fertilization, irrigation, or any other lawn problems call us at Weed Man (559) 266-1624 or visit our website at Fresno.WeedManUSA.com.
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Central Valley Motorsports - SPONSORED BY HEDRICKS CHEVROLET -
By Paul Hinkle
Mid August has entered with triple digit temps, thunderstorms and humidity. Not the sort of weather that makes being out in our street rods enjoyable especially those without AC. On Saturday, August 17th the Clovis Elks Lodge held its 10th Annual Hot August Daze Charity Car show. The event began Friday night with a cruise around the streets of Clovis followed by a sockhop and dinner dance back at the Elks Lodge. Everyone had a fantastic time! On Saturday morning cars started arriving at Fifth and Woodworth around 6:30. By 8: 00 the street and parking lot around the Elks Lodge were filled with custom rods for car enthusiasts to appreciate. Several local merchants donated prizes for those lucky enough to have the winning raffle tickets. Awards were presented to the following car owners:
BEST OF SHOW: Ron & Diane Bates, Hollister, 1969 Chevrolet Camero PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Pat Graham, Fresno, 1937 Ford Coupe KIDS CHOICE: Mike Poe, Clovis, 2006 Ford Mustang 1940’s WINNER: Nikkoois & Carol Soider, Selma, 1948 Ford 1950’s WINNER: Ken Sewell, Maders, 1955 Chevy Bel Air 1960’s WINNER: Bryan Chevoya, , Fresno, 1963 Cadillac Convertible 1970’s WINNER: Ron Berglund, Fresno, 1970 Pontiac 1980’s WINNER: Pete Logduso, Kerman, 2007 Ford Shelby GT 500 The second Clovis Park in the Park was also held on Saturday at the corner of Sierra and Clovis Ave. Car owners started arriving at the park around 4:00 pm and chose their favorite spot under the shade trees. This is a very casual get together
where you can just hang out with other local car owners, enjoy hamburgers and hot dogs (grilled by the first person that picks up the spatula.) Hedrick’s Chevrolet sponsored this get together; Bruce Williams Auto Body provided the food and drinks. The next and last park gathering for the year will be held Saturday September 21st. Mark your calendar and join us anytime after 4:00 pm for a casual afternoon of relaxation and conversation with other car owners and their families. UP COMING EVENTS: Aug. 31st Paso Robles Classic Car Show, September 1st Cambria Car Show, Sept. 7th The 11th Annual Run of the Gold Classic Car Show Oakhurst, Sept. 8th Grandparents Day, Biola Veterans Car Show, Sept.14th Summer Send-Off Car Show Tulare, Sept. 15th Coarsegold Classic Car Show, Sept. 21st Clovis Park in the Park 4:00pm, Chowchilla Classic Car Show, Selma Park in The Park Car Show, Sept. 28th Spoke & Rods Fresno Fair, Calvary Chapel Car Show Visalia, Sept. 29th British Car Roundup Clovis, Oct. 5th –6th Eagle Field Drags Hot Rod Gathering Pre 74, Oct. 12th Fall Finale Mopar Car Show Madera, 2nd Annual Autumn Car Show at Clovis Christian Church, Sports Cars in the Park Oakhurst, Oct 18th – 20th 22nd California Hot Rod Reunion, Oct. 19th Mariposa Yosemite Hot Rod & Custom Car Show, Nov. 2nd 23rd Annual Cayucos Car Show, Nov. 9th –10th 24th Autumn Get-Together Pleasanton, Nov. 15 – 17th Motor Trend 2014 Model Car Show Fresno. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to email@example.com or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m also looking for interesting cars and events to share with everyone.
August 29, 2013
Empowering Student Leaders Continued from page 1
Blackney said that every economic study sounds the alarm that when the 78 million Baby Boomers retire over the next 10 years, there will not be enough highly skilled and trained workers to replace them. Just receiving a college diploma does not necessarily qualify workers as highly skilled. A recent survey of employers conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities found that 93% of employers said that “a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than the candidate’s undergraduate major.” With their emphasis on the next generation of movers and shakers, the chamber is working with the Clovis Unified School District to offer the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA!), an innovative 30 week after school course for 9th through 12th graders. YEA! was created in 2004 at the University of Rochester in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The U.S. Chamber chose the Clovis Chamber as the first to present the program in California. The District is supporting the program’s efforts by promoting the class to its students. Now in dozens of states and hundreds of communities, YEA! is a groundbreaking program which transforms students into CEOs. YEA! will take 24 aspiring local entrepreneurs through the processes of launching and running their own real businesses in a fun, exciting, projects-based approach. Complete with dynamic guest speakers from the business community and trips to local companies, YEA! is far from a standard classroom experience and empowers students to become leaders with values, said Blackney, who also serves as the local YEA! Program Manager. “We are thrilled that the US Chamber of Commerce sought us out to be the first in the state to offer YEA!” Blackney said.
So far, the chamber has received more than 30 offers from local business people and entrepreneurs to volunteer their time and expertise. One such volunteer is Rick Snow who owns Snowflake Designs, an e-commerce leotard business, with his wife, LaDonna. “YEA graduates throughout the country have gone on to operate successful businesses. The program grooms today’s youth to be tomorrow’s CEO’s. Our business is but one local company happily giving time to share success building experiences with the students,” said Snow. “This is an outstanding opportunity offered by the chamber for area students and is right on point with the Chamber’s mission “…to advocate and support a healthy business environment which improves the quality of life in Clovis.” The Chamber is still looking for sponsors to help run the program and provide scholarships and investor funds for the new businesses. It thanks Central Valley Community Bank, Pelco by Schneider Electric, Fresno Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and Clear Channel Radio, home of PowerTalk, for their investment in education, Blackney said. During the program, students, in addition to starting their own business, gain invaluable skills that will last a life time such as planning, team building, financial literacy, public speaking, opportunity recognition, networking, creative problem solving and conflict resolution while increasing their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness as they realize the power of their ideas. The program is divided into three 10 week sessions. In the first “idea generation” session, students brainstorm business ideas, learn about market research, go on informative field trips and are mentored by local business people. The second session is the “nitty, gritty business plan,” Blackney said. “We’ll have guest speakers like lawyers, accountants, e-commerce business innovators and
graphic and web designers. The students will be assigned a mentor and treated like adults.” That session will be taught by volunteer Rod Geist, Vice President of Central Valley Community Bank. “I have been a mentor at CART (Center for Advanced Research and Technology) for over 10 years and thoroughly enjoy working with young people, helping them to sharpen their vision and hone their skills while introducing them to the “real world” of business,” Geist said. “I see the YEA program as an opportunity to help young people with a dream become the business leaders of the future.” The last 10 week session, to help launch their businesses, will include a back tour of the Save Mart Center and a trade show at the Sierra Vista Mall where the budding entrepreneurs will be able to set up their own booths and market and sell their products. The course will culminate with a presentation before an Investor Panel that will have actual funds to disburse to the students. One of YEAs’ mottos is “Think Shark Tank meets The Apprentice meets American Idol.” The classes will be held at Willow International Community College on Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. starting November 4th through May. Since its inception, the program has graduated nationwide nearly 900 students who produced over 550 enterprises. Those projects have included video production companies, kid’s educational exercise DVDs, jewelry making businesses and even some nonprofit social agencies. For the past five years, the top student from each YEA! course earns a trip to Rochester, New York to compete for thousands in scholarships. And all this could happen to a local student as well. To be accepted, students must complete the application that includes personal references, transcripts and an essay followed
by an interview. It is open to any qualifying high school student, not just Clovis Unified. “Applicants are also judged on their passion and sense of responsibility,” said Blackney. “Grades are considered, not so much for a high GPA, but it shows their depth of intensity for education. We expect them to attend every after school class, show up on time and actively participate.” The cost for the nine month course is $395 but partial scholarship funding is available. Blackney said the YEA! Program is beneficial for all- the student, community, schools and the economy. “That is why YEA! is so crucial. When the students complete the course, they will have mastered the skills of critical thinking, communication and solving complex problems. They will have a huge advantage in college and employment. And some will create jobs themselves through their businesses,” she said. “I am passionate about this program for our local high school students. Our kids are facing an economy in crisis and are not prepared to tackle it. Our charge to keep as the older generation must be to give them all the skills to embrace every opportunity available. “ For further information or an application for the program, go to www.clovischamber.com Multiple videos of successful enterprises are also on UTube under Young Entrepreneur’s Academy. Blackney can be contacted at 299-7363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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August 29, 2013
Ag at Large – Farmer backbone: Farmer lineages are keys to grit By Don Curlee
The non-farm public is being encouraged to get acquainted with farmers. As that happens the public may learn more than it really wants to know or accept. In California, and probably in other farm communities in America, ethnic backgrounds are strongly represented among the farm population. A public sanitized by see-no-race philosophies and educations will be surprised by the strength farmers gain from their forefathers and where they came from. Some can be explored here, but much more than this space is required to fully reveal the ethnic background and backbone that plays such an integral part in California’s agriculture. For example, the state’s dairy industry is largely operated by descendants of two nationalities, the Portuguese and the Dutch. Not only are most California dairies owned by members of one or the other nationality, both tend to hire employees of their own heritage, often those who have immigrated recently, reinforcing the racial component. In the tree fruit and raisin segments of the state’s agriculture the Armenian influence is extremely strong. While it is most prominent in the area in and near Fresno, where raisin production is also prominent, it extends both north and south, and to other crops as well. California’s fresh market grape production is centered in Delano in Kern County, and Delano centers around the Slavic community. Grape growing families can recall earlier generations that grew grapes on slopes overlooking the Adriatic Sea before migrating to America.
Japanese influence and traditions are deep seated in several smaller fruitgrowing communities in Fresno and Tulare County: Dinuba, Fowler, Parlier, Reedley, Selma. The same is still true in smaller communities north of Sacramento such Lincoln, Newcastle, Penryn and in Orange County, home of former California Secretary of Agriculture A. G. Kawamura. Strawberry and cut flower production in the Watsonville area are strongly reflective of Japanese culture, as is fruit and sweet potato production near Livingston. Punjabi populations are prominent in several California agricultural strongholds, the southwestern portion of Fresno County, the southeastern portion of Tulare County and in fruit-growing regions of the Sacramento Valley, radiating from Marysville and Yuba City. The Italian influence on California agriculture is noticeable in many parts of the state and at many levels, from field production to sales, especially in wholesale markets. At the grower level it is especially strong in the Stockton area and the outer cities of San Joaquin County. Find it in Castroville artichoke country, elsewhere along the Central Coast, Santa Maria especially, and wherever wine grapes are grown. Southeast Asians dominate truck farming in Central California, and Germanic traditions prevail in the farming areas near Turlock and some other Stanislaus County communities. Swedish and other Scandinavian influences are celebrated in such agricultural centers as Kingsburg in Fresno County. And Oklahoma has contributed an influence and cultural significance to the tapestry of California agriculture equal to any country. From the platform of hard work and low pay in difficult conditions the “Okie” segment has helped transform cities such as Bakersfield as well as the
state’s farming personality. A similar transformation is taking place today as the Latin underpinning of the farm labor market rises to take its place in the production and distribution of an astounding number of essential food commodities produced, packed, handled and shipped from California. To all of these groups traditions mean a lot. Many of the traditions are based on a work and business ethic that does not take kindly to regulations by offfarm power and political sources. For them resistance to outside interference originated generations ago, and persists today. Friendliness is a virtue with all of these farm groups as well. You can begin to know a California farmer by knowing a bit of his or her ethnic background and honoring it. It’s all part of learning “where he’s coming from” according to today’s vernacular. A map of the world may help. “Don Curlee operates his own public relations firm in Clovis specializing in agriculture issues. His Column appears in the Clovis Roundup every other Thursday. E-mail Don at agwriter1@ aol.com”
Sustainable Forests and Communities Collaborative open to new members Sustainable Forests and Communities Collaborative— a group comprised of a diverse range of stakeholders from throughout Madera, Mariposa, Fresno and Tulare Counties with a common interest in the ecological, economic and cultural health of the Sierra Nevada — is available for residents, agencies and organizations to join. The group holds quarterly meetings, with the next planned for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 29th at the Oakhurst Public Library, located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive Oakhurst CA 93644. Participation is free. The mission of the collaborative is to initiate, encourage and support efforts that promote a healthy sociological system of forests, watersheds and economies in the communities of the South Central Sierra through a transparent, collaborative and mutually supportive process within a diverse and committed stakeholder group. “We are facing so many environmental, economic and social challenges in the Sierra that it can be hard to know where to most effectively invest your time,” said Mandy Vance, a Sierra Nevada Conservancy representative in the collaborative. “The Sustainable Forests and Communities Collaborative’s balanced mission, diverse, passionate and knowledgeable members and commitment to action make this group the ideal place to develop innovative projects and leverage them into reality.” Open to New Members, continued on page 23
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“Let’s Talk Clovis” 1946 Clovis High’s Cougar’s Growl By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum
The Honorable Phillip Sanchez (1946 Clovis High graduate) was the first editor of the Clovis High Cougar’s Growl newspaper published during the 1946 school year. Among his many accomplishments, he would serve as US Ambassador to Honduras and Columbia. He became publisher of “Noticias Del Mundo” the Spanish language newspaper that was circulated in 62 US cities. We have selected Cougar Growl articles that represent the life and times of Clovis High students and the community of Clovis in 1946. A front page article requested support of the March of Dimes. President Franklin Roosevelt (a victim of polio) established the foundation in 1938 in response to the US polio epidemic. The 1944 Clovis High war bond drive netted $63,890.30 that would fund a grasshopper plane (light military observation plane), one amphibious jeep and one land jeep. Clovis High collected a grand total of $168,763.95 (war bonds and stamps) during WW II (1941-1946). Fresno County was sponsoring an Old Clothes Drive to help those in need. Clovis High supported the drive. An article on war raw materials stated that during the first three years and five months of WW II, the US consumed 375,000,000 tons of iron ore, 187,000,000 tons of coke and 255,000,000 tons of scraps. These amounts equaled our consumption from 1932 through 1939. If the tonnages of iron, coal and scrap were gathered in one location, it would encompass one mile square with a height of 620 feet. Solom Rizk was the guest speaker at a school assembly. He was born in Syria, his mother died at his birth, he lived through WW I and at age five learned he was a citizen of the United States. His story reaffirmed how fortunate we are to live in America….the land of opportunities. To make the Honor Roll you had to have two A’s in academic subjects. For
Honorable Mention you were allowed one C with the rest of your grades B’s or better. The status of the honor roll goal (at least 25 percent of every class) was published: Seniors, 20.04%: Juniors, 17.72%: Sophomores, 9.84% and freshmen, 12.98%. The names of students celebrating birthdays were published each month. The latest gossip of who was dating who and if not why not was published. Dances were held at Notre Dame Hall and at school during noon hour. The Youth Center met each Saturday night at the old Clovis High gym. The Clovis High jazz band provided music. Ping-pong, jump rope, hot dogs and cokes were available. The grand march (80-90 participants) was a favorite of the evening. “Deep Purple” closed the event at 11:00 pm. The a cappella choir gave concerts at Hammer Field and sang in the Field Hospital on Christmas Eve. Dorothy Carpenter was their director. Girl’s fashions were the peplum (made your waist look smaller?), box pleated skirts, high neckline with a false fly front which gave the Chinese look plus ballerina shoes. The boys wore Levis (seldom washed for the stand alone used look), saddle shoes, bright socks, flashy shirts and brown leather jackets. Barbara Kemp was president of The Junior Red Cross. The members were busy
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making lap boards, stuffed toys, bounded stories, wash cloths, games and puzzles. Clovis High Principal Paul E. Andrew resigned after 21 years (1925-1946) of leadership. He was known for his punctual attention to the individual student’s problems and his courteous but firm distribution of discipline that was described as swift with long lasting results. Over 1,200 admirers attended his farewell party. He would later serve as a San Luis Obispo County supervisor. A portion of an editorial titled “My Government” stated: “When we speak of a government ‘of the people’, we mean that it is composed of average individuals, not of a certain caste or religion. When
we speak of a government ‘by the people’ we mean just that---a government manipulated by the people themselves through their representatives. A government ‘for the people’ has a definite purpose: to give to the lay public a voice; to give the common man a chance to become a part of his country. We can therefore think of no better way to describe our government to a foreigner than that we have when we proudly say that it is a government OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE.” The 1946 Clovis High students provided us a rich heritage.
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Is it time to abandon Facebook? Why are small-business owners and Facebook users, specifically teens, beginning to abandon the social network? Remember the days when Facebook was “the” place for savvy businesses to market themselves? All a small business needed was create a profile, post consistently and the fans and “likes” would start rolling in. It offered a whole new way to engage with customers. Well, some businesses have surely benefited from Facebook exposure. Others, not so much—and they’re choosing to leave altogether. Greg Ciotti, head of marketing for IT firm Help Scout, said his company left Facebook recently and no longer incorporates it into the company’s marketing plan. The reason: “Our Facebook page was returning abysmal results and became a complete waste of time,” he told PCWorld.com. “In contrast, our newsletter, LinkedIn sharing, and Twitter profile were sending in much more traffic.” Another business said traditional marketing efforts seemed better at engaging their customers than its Facebook page.
Facebook’s new “boosting” feature may be part of the problem. Companies can pay to promote their posts and get prominent placement in their Facebook fans’ news feed. But if a company doesn’t want to pay, its posts may get buried and never reach its intended audience. Another issue may simply be time and focus., since many small businesses have limited marketing resources. While Facebook may be the right engagement tool for some businesses, it’s not for everyone. Certain types of consumer businesses, such as restaurants and retailers, may benefit highly from constant access to their customers. But for other types of businesses, it may not be worth the time and money spent. A recent survey by Manta found that 61 percent of businesses don’t see any return on investment on their social media activities, while 50 percent say they have increased the time they spend on them. Source https://www.openforum. com/articles/time-to-abandonfacebook/?extlink=of-syndication-dsq-p
Farmers Market Hard Boiled Egg Eating Contest Friday, Sept 20th at 7:15pm at the Porch of The Old Clovis Hotel Bistro All funds and donations go to the Honor Flight to send our WWII Veterans to visit the WWII Memorial at Washington DC. Info call Bill Shipley (559) 360-3293 or inquire at the Bistro.
Clovis AMVETS Collectible Show Clovis AMVETS Post 2011 is sponsoring a Collectible Show September 7th 2013 - From 9 am to 4 pm Location: Clovis Memorial Building Trading Cards, Hot Wheels, Comics and more… Dealer spaces available, for more information call Steve 269-0661 email@example.com
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“Nutcracker” Auditions in September The Lively Arts Foundation invites all valley dancers to audition for the Central California Ballet’s 2013 community production of “The Nutcracker” on September 7th in the Fresno State Dance Studio (Shaw and Maple). • Ballet students, ages 8 to 12, will audition from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. • Intermediate/Advanced students (ladies bring pointe shoes) will audition from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with callbacks from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. • Girls, ages 6 to 9 with ballet/ gymnastics experience, will audition for Bon-Bon roles from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. • Boys (ages 8 to 14 – acting experience is a plus) are encouraged to try out for the Party Scene from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. More info: www.livelyarts.org Note: “NUTCRACKER” performances will be held at the Saroyan Theatre on December 13-15, 2013.
Clovis Blood Drives PINT FOR A FRESNO FAIR PASS CONTINUES The 4th Annual Pint for a Pass Blood Drive continues at all Fresno and Visalia blood centers, as well as mobile drives through September 8. All donors who give at any of these locations will receive a voucher for a Fresno Fair “Buy One, Get One Free discount. Fresno donor centers are at 1196 E. Shaw Avenue, #102, 1010 E. Perrin Avenue, 4343 W. Herndon and the Visalia center is at 1515 S. Mooney Blvd. The centers operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, except that Visalia closes at 1 p.m. on Saturday. For additional information, please
-SEPTEMBEROld Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday Nights, September 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th Friday Night Farmer’s Market is in full swing in the heart of Old Town Clovis through September 12. 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.
call (559) 389-LIFE (5433) or visit www. donateblood.org . Blood Drives near Clovis through 9/12 The California State University, Fresno, Blood Drive kicks off on September 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Residence Dining Hall, 5152 N. Barton Ave. In addition to the Fair voucher, all donors will receive a Blood Bowl T-shirt. The Fresno State drive continues September 5 and 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at four other locations: the Student Union, Maple Mall Quad Area, Education Building and Engineering East. Grundfos Pumps Blood Drive – Thursday, September 12, 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 5900 E. Shields Ave., Fresno. Donors receive a variety of coupons from Valley businesses.
-AUGUSTOld Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday Evenings, August 30th 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 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis, Pollasky Avenue, between Third and Fifth Streets Free Admission www.oldtownclovis.org Blue Grass in the Park Fridays, August 30th Time: 6:30 to Dusk Location: The park adjacent to the Clovis Senior Center and the Veterans Memorial Building (808 4th Street) Cost: Free to All Contact the Clovis Senior Center for more information at 559-324-2750
September 21st Clovis Veterans Memorial Building 6:00-11:00 Dinner at 7:00 Full Bar, Dancing, Activities, and a Photo Booth will be just a part of the fun to have!! Come catch up with old friends and classmates!
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 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 Blue Grass in the Park Fridays Night, September 6th Time: 6:30 to Dusk Location: The park adjacent to the Clovis Senior Center and the Veterans Memorial Building (808 4th Street) Cost: Free to All Contact the Clovis Senior Center for more information at 559-324-2750 Clovis AMVETS Post 2011 Collectible Show Saturday, September 7th 9 am to 4 pm At the Clovis Memorial Building Trading Cards, Hot Wheels, Comics and more…
Dealer spaces available, for more information call Steve 269-0661 firstname.lastname@example.org “Let’s Talk Clovis” Tuesday, Sept 10th at 7pm Happy Jack Hawn by Gary Cole Clovis Veterans Memorial Building, 453 Hughes at 5th Sponsored by Clovis Museum / Free to Public Farmers Market Hard Boiled Egg Eating Contest Friday, Sept 20th at 7:15pm At the Porch of The Old Clovis Hotel Bistro All funds and donations go to the Honor Flight to send our WWII Veterans to visit the WWII Memorial at Washington DC. Info call Bill Shipley (559) 360-3293 or inquire at the Bistro. Clovis East Class of 2013 10-year Reunion
ClovisFest Hot Air Balloon Fun Fly Saturday & Sunday, September 21st & 22nd The tradition of hot air balloons floating across the Valley sky will continue this year starting at dawn at the Rodeo Grounds. Once they are out of sight, saunter across Clovis Avenue to Old Town Clovis where 250 crafter and food booths wait for your visit. There is also a Family Carnival, All Valley Car Show and live entertainment. Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis Free Admission Contact: Clovis Chamber of Commerce at (559) 299-7363. www.clovischamber.com FCFCU “Member Education Seminar” Credit Score Wednesday, September 25th at 6pm Fresno County Federal Credit Union, Cedar & Nees Branch Reservations are to be made the Friday prior to the seminar to seminars@ fresnocfcu.org. Any questions can be directed to the credit union at 252-5000. For additional information and a complete list of seminars go to fresnocfcu.org. Seminars are open to all members and non-members of the credit union.
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Log of Shame by April French-Naten
August 7, 2013 Officers responded to a disturbance that happened between two sisters! Apparently the younger sister borrowed some sassy wedges and ruined them in the process of her day. They began to argue, and the older sister started throwing shoes out of her closet, hitting her younger sister. This, in turn, got her a lovely little drive to the station, where she was booked and released for assault! August 8, 2013 A woman woke up early so she could go out in her yard to enjoy the summer morning. While she watered her plants, she discovered she was the victim of a theft! During the night, someone had wondered through her yard and stolen all of her potted plants. As if that wasn’t obnoxious enough…they took her garden Gnome too!
August 11, 2013 Some snot-nosed kids in the 3000th block of Indianapolis thought they would have some end-of-the-summer fun and throw rocks at a car parked in a woman’s driveway. A neighbor saw them speed away on their bikes after the kids heard the window break! Attention snot nosed kids: Now the cops are looking for ya…and they will find you! Muahahahahaha! August 12, 2013 A new resident in the 2000th block of Lind came home to find that someone had tried to kick in her front door. She just bought the house, and oddly, decided to pay the additional cost for a higher quality door while she did the rehab. Looks like she made the right decision spending a little more for quality, because the attempt to get in and burglarize her house was unsuccessful!
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August 10, 2013 A man was arrested in the 1000th block of 3rd Street when a local bar-keep called police for help in a disturbance. The transient gentleman had been loitering on the patio. When people would walk away from their tables, he was helping himself to their drinks! By the time bouncers figured, it out he was very intoxicated and put up a fight about leaving!
August 9, 2013 A man was arrested when he was found inside his ex-girlfriends apartment. She had gone out of town on vacation, and he decided he was going to move in while she was away, in a last ditch effort to show her how “serious” he was about getting her back. Ha…well…she showed him how “serious” she was, and had him arrested!
August 13, 2013 A local clothing store employee showed up for opening shift at the store in the 600th block of West Herndon only to find the front door had been pried open. Someone had stolen an excessive amount of clothing during the night. Well, I guess that’s one way to get back to school clothes! August 14, 2013 A local beauty supply house had a woman come in empty handed and walk out with a $300 UV lamp to do gel nails with. I wonder if she can use it when she goes to jail? She thinks she’s broke and times are tough now? Ha…honey, let me know how the slammer treats ya, it ain’t no beauty shop that’s for sure! August 15, 2013 Officers stopped to talk to a suspicious man that was pacing the length of his car parked near Ashlan and Fowler. Turns out he was arrested for possession of narcotics when he immediately gave himself up! Apparently, the new drug dealer gig wasn’t his thing. He was waiting for someone to meet him, and when officers approached him with all that Mary Jane in his pocket, he nearly wet himself. We anticipate this being the end of his illegal career. August 16, 2013 A woman called police to report that her neighbor’s dog had bit her! Unfortunately for the woman, she had been very intoxicated and walked into the neighbor’s front door, thinking it was her house. So little Scruffy was just protecting his domain! August 17, 2013 A young man was stopped near Shaw and Willow when an officer noticed his expired tags. When he reached into his glove box to get his insurance card, the kid’s pipe and bag of green came rolling out. The officer arrested him for possession, and asked why in the world would he carry all that in his glove box!?! His answer: “Because my mom won’t allow me to keep it in the house!” August 18, 2013 A local check cashing establishment clerk called police when a woman came in trying to cash a suspicious check. The payroll check had a man’s name on it, and it was issued from the construction company he worked for. When they confirmed that the check did not belong to a woman, police arrested her for fraud! Exactly how dumb was she hoping they would be? August 19, 2013 We see it in commercials, we hear it in stories, but this Clovis resident near Bullard and Temperance found out first hand what it really feels like to have a tree fall smack down in the middle of your car! Thank goodness it was parked, and no one was inside (with the exception of a family of squirrels with very puzzled looks on their faces) but boy howdy! August 20, 2013 A woman found a pound, you heard me, a pound of marijuana laying in the middle of the street on her morning commute! She dropped it off at the police department’s Safe Drug Drop Box, and explained that the whole way over she was terrified that she would be pulled over. Try explaining that to an officer! “Officer, I swear I was on my way to the police department, I just FOUND a pound of drugs in the street!” *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.
CLUES 45. Frees from pain or worry 22. Bill in a restaurant 1. Feminist Lucretia 47. Tennis player Bjorn 23. Cozy 5. Lacrimal gland fluid 48. Not inclined to speak 24. Knocking out 9. Airborne (abbr.) 49. Shoulder blade 25. Polio vaccine developer 12. Double-reed instrument 53. Express pleasure 26. Numeral system 13. De Mille (dancer) 56. One week before Easter 28. Former gold coin worth 15. Burn plant: ____ vera 60. Attired $10 16. Represent by drawing 62. Chew the fat 29. Swats 17. Roy Harold Scherer 63. Weighing device 30. Flows back or recedes 19. Point that is one point N 64. Captain __, British pirate 31. Rotation speed indicator of due E 65. Tropical American cuckoo 33. Respect beliefs of others 20. Causing vexation 66. Any place of bliss or 37. Original matter 21. Belonging to a thing delight 41. Cologne 24. Leg joint 67. Remain as is 44. Small round soft mass 25. Suffragette Anthony 46. Kisses noisily 27. Form a sum DOWN 47. Large passenger vehicle 28. Point midway between E 1. “Rounders” actress 49. Prevents harm to creatures and SE Gretchen 50. Songwriter Sammy 31. Convert a hide into leather 2. Off-Broadway theater 51. Jai __, sport 32. Radical derived from award 52. Payment (abbr.) butane 3. Grave 54. Settled onto 34. Priest’s liturgical vestment 4. Court game 55. Incline from vertical 35. Goat and camel hair fabric 5. Pitch 57. Father 36. Sticky 6. Sense of self-esteem 58. Brew 38. Talk 7. Mandela’s party 59. Strong desire 39. Committed information 8. Lights again 61. Insecticide rate 9. Likewise 40. Strong twisted cotton 10. Film set microphone pole thread 11. “Housewives’” Leakes 42. 331/3 rpms 14. A torn off strip *See our next issue for Crossword 43. Honey (abbr.) 15. Promotions Answers* 44. Founding Father Franklin 18. A. Godfrey’s instrument
The 3rd “Clovis Night Out” Offers Family Fun & Information Join the Clovis Police Department on Saturday, September 28th, at Sierra Meadows Park at Sierra and Temperance from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Meet the officers; learn about the “Clovis Community Watch” neighborhood program; browse the food, game and boutique vendor booths; enjoy live music; and spend an
evening with family and friends. You’ll also see a variety of law enforcement, fire and sanitation equipment along with military displays. Kids can enjoy face painting and the “free” bounce houses. More information: jamesm@cityofclovis. com or email@example.com
Search Warrant on Burl Reveals More Crimes/House Condemned About 8 p.m. on Aug 14th, Clovis Police served a search warrant at 1062 N. Burl after arresting 34-year-old Randy Kestner as he tried to evade officers. While Kestner was waiting to be booked on charges of drug possession, assault with a deadly weapon and seven outstanding warrants, officers arrested 40-year-old Kellen Seavy. Seavy, who lived in the Burl Avenue residence, was booked for possession of methamphetamine and possession of stolen property. Clovis Police detectives discovered a stripped, stolen pick-up truck inside a garage attached to the house. It appeared that Seavy may have been involved in a small chop shop operation. Officers were able to locate the owner of the stolen pickup truck and let him know about the truck’s current condition. Clovis Police Detectives, in cooperation with the City of Clovis Building Division, inspected the house to determine whether the structure was actually inhabitable. Someone had knocked out two bearing walls. The wall on the backside of the garage, where the stripped truck was discovered, was completely gone. Another wall inside the house had also been removed. Both compromised the structural
and fire integrity of the house. City of Clovis building officials declared the house uninhabitable. No residents will be allowed to live there until proper corrective action can be taken. The immediate action of the building department ensured the safety of both the occupants/residents and the surrounding neighbors.
deadly weapon along with drug charges. Members of the Clovis Police Collision Reconstruction Unit were on scene to gather information regarding the vehicles into which Kestner crashed. Kestner was booked at Clovis Police Headquarters and transported to the Fresno County Jail.
Shooting at Villa Apartments About 10:50pm on 8-19, Clovis Police received several calls of 5 to 6 shots fired in front of an apartment unit at 505 Villa Avenue. The victim’s girlfriend called to report her boyfriend had been shot several times in front of her apartment. People living in the complex tended to the injured man until paramedics arrived and rushed him to Community Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. Clovis Police set up a perimeter around the apartment complex, and Fresno Police and Fresno County Sheriff’s K-9
Back to School Traffic Enforcement Begins Twenty-one Clovis Police officers along with ten Clovis Unified School District Police officers began patrolling around Clovis elementary, intermediate and high school campuses beginning Monday (8/19), as parents and students got back to the morning and afternoon routines of arriving at and leaving campuses. Officers will be writing citations for speed, seatbelt/child safety seat, stop sign and crosswalk violations. Students not wearing helmets while riding bikes can expect to receive citations, too. People creating traffic hazards, such as double parking and impeding traffic, stopping in bus and red zones, and dropping off youngsters on the street rather than the sidewalk, can also expect tickets. This special detail is designed with student safety in mind. Because class times are staggered from school to
school, officers have the opportunity to check for violations around elementary, junior high and high school campuses in Clovis between 7:30 in the morning and 3:30 in the afternoon. Clovis Police want pedestrians and drivers to know they share equal responsibility when it comes to crosswalks. Pedestrians must proceed with caution and look both right and left before entering the crosswalk. Drivers must slow down in school zones and pay attention to pedestrians in crosswalks. Crossing guards with stop signs are a big help, but not all schools have them. Police presence should serve as a reminder to motorists to be careful in and around school zones. Also, look for the mobile radar units, which show the speed your car is traveling. Keep in mind an officer may be in the vicinity.
Summer/Labor Day avoid DUI campaign
Clovis Police Arrest Man Wanted for 7 Warrants & Several Pursuits Aug 13th at about 4:30pm Clovis Police arrested 34-year-old Randy Kestner, wanted for a variety of crimes, in the 1000 block of North Burl Avenue near Goshen Avenue. Detectives learned of his whereabouts and set up surveillance on the home in which he was staying. When Kestner came out of the house, he got into a vehicle rammed two police vehicles and a vehicle that belonged to someone in the neighborhood. A Clovis Police officer tried to stop him by using a PIT maneuver. Kestner then climbed across the console of his car and got out through the passenger side window. He was combative, and an officer tased him. Kestner is wanted on 7 warrants, 5 no bail warrants for possession and sales of drugs, 1 for DUI and 1 for driving on a suspended/revoked license. He is also wanted for at least 4 pursuits in Clovis and in Fresno County in the last two months, all of which had to be called off for safety reasons. Clovis Police were working to obtain search warrant for the home in which Kestner was staying. Right now, it appears he will face 3 counts of assault with a
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units assisted in the search for a suspect. Witnesses say they saw a man running from the scene. Members of the Clovis Police Crime Scene Unit are combed the area for clues. The victim in this case is described only as African American in his 30s. He was alert and talking when he arrived at the hospital. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call Clovis Police at 324-2800 or CrimeStoppers at 498-STOP.
The Summer/Labor Day National Anti-DUI crackdown has resulted in a significant number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special AVOID the 21 DUI deployments overnight in Fresno and Madera Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday August 16, 2013 through Midnight Thursday, Aug 22, officers representing 21 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 49** individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2012 40 DUI arrests occurred during the same six (6) day time period. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**) For the second week of the campaign DUI Saturation Patrols and Checkpoints were again deployed throughout Fresno
and Madera Counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 2, 2013. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, Multiple/DUI Driver’s License Checkpoints, Multi Agency DUI Task Force operations and local Roving DUI patrols are set region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.
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Community offers help and hope after devastating fire By Carol Lawson-Swezey
Only the clothes on their backs. For many victims of the recent home and apartment fires in Clovis, that’s all they had left when fire gutted their homes and destroyed all they owned. No furniture, no personal belongings, no keepsakes or family photos—not even a toothbrush to call their own. A July 3rd fire at apartments near Barstow and Willow avenues displaced 14 residents and caused nearly a million dollars in damages. The most recent fire, which destroyed 13 apartments on July 30 at the Scottsmen Apartments near Gettysburg and Willow avenues, affected 40 residents, most of whom lost everything. In total, eight apartments sustained substantial losses with another five apartments suffering smoke or water damage. Of the affected residents, six are children ages 3 to 11. One occupant was treated for smoke inhalation and no firefighters were injured but some residents lost beloved pets. Ten fire units and 45 personnel, including resources from the Fresno Fire Department, Fresno County Fire Protection District, Clovis Police Department and Clovis Emergency Response Team responded to the two alarm fire. Preliminary estimates place damages to the complex at over $1 million including personal belongings. As devastating as this was, there was a Phoenix which arose from the ashes. Local property management and the Central Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross coordinated care and shelter for the displaced residents. The Red Cross always responds to residential fires to offer aid from blankets to clothing and hotel vouchers. They also help expedite insurance claims and help victims access services.
In these recent tragedies, an overwhelming theme was the wave of humanity that swept over the victims-from neighbors and friends, strangers and the community. Patrol officers with the Clovis Police Department began collecting donations of materials and money in their own department as well as from the community. The Clovis Wal-Mart donated replacement items and complete strangers donated money. For a week following the devastating fire, people dropped off donations at the apartments and police officers volunteered their time to pick up and distribute other donations. For responding Clovis Police Officer Chuck Wages, the Scottsmen Apartment fire seemed surreal with flames shooting up 40 feet and heat so intense he could feel it from 100 feet away. The next day, the reality of the devastation prompted him to initiate a donation drive. Wages and his wife had lived at the Scottsmen twenty years earlier and knew someone whose friend was affected by the fire. Wages said the fire was the worst he has seen in his 13 year career. “It was so sad to see the devastation and the sorrow of the victims,” he said. “I just had to do something. With the support of my chief and the PD, I started getting the word out and the response was overwhelming.” Volunteers with the PD made 30 stops and collected everything from televisions to furniture to clothing. One teenage girl even donated her entire bedroom’s furniture. Wages, a homegrown Clovis boy, just wanted to help the community that he feels grateful to serve.
“Most of those people lost everything,” he said. “It was neat to see people coming together and help. It did as much for me as it did for those we helped.” Reverend Akiko Miyake-Stoner, an associate minister at Clovis’ United Japanese Christian Church, is normally on the giving side of comfort and solace but found the roles reversed after the fire. Miyake-Stoner, whose apartment was damaged in the Scottsmen apartment fire, lost everything but the clothing she wore to work that day. She also lost her beloved cat, Kiki, who had fled the fire safely but couldn’t be found. ‘I was so amazed at the kindness of everyone- church members, neighbors and even strangers,” she said. “The Clovis Police and people I didn’t know calIed to ask me what I needed. It was such an outpouring of love.” Acts of humanity started immediately, from the support of the first responders to two women she met the first night while looking for her cat. “These women were just driving around with bags of clothing and necessities, trying to find victims of the fire to give them to,” she said. “My neighbors also were looking for Kiki and I got at least 7 or 8 calls about sightings.” Although Miyake-Stoner lost nearly everything from a family heirloom piano to her treasured books, she found what was most important- hope and her cat. Kiki was found nearly three weeks after the fire, hiding out in one of the burned out apartments. She was thin, had singed whiskers and burned paws, but was relatively healthy. Miyake-Stoner counts her blessings to have found her. “Praise be to God,” she said.
Another positive to have come from the fire was community education. The fire department hopes to use the recent fires as an educational tool. Based on a preliminary investigation, the fire appeared to have been started by a child playing with matches. As a community service, the Clovis Fire Department conducted an event at the Scottsmen Apartments to educate residents on how to properly install a smoke alarm and reduce fire hazards in the home as well as develop a home escape plan. The event included a tour of the area devastated by the fire. “It gave residents a sense of the scope and scale of that fire,” said Chad Fitzgerald, Clovis Fire Department Public Information Officer. Fitzgerald said the Scottsmen apartment fire was one of the most destructive fires he’s seen in the city in recent yearsespecially in the resulting number of displaced residents. Fitzgerald said it is important not only to have a smoke alarm and an escape route but also to know your neighbors. Firefighters rely on information from neighbors to determine if there might be additional victims within the home or apartment or to reach the resident if they aren’t home. Monetary donations can still be given through The Clovis Police Foundation or brought directly to the Police Department during business hours (checks made payable to Clovis Police Foundation). Online donations can be made by going to www.clovispolicefoundation.org and donating via PayPal. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 for taxable donation purposes
Fire destroys family home but not their spirit By Carol Lawson-Swezey
In a matter of minutes, the Clovis home that Carol and Russell Cunningham shared with their three children was a giant fireball. On July 20th, a normal Saturday family night in, Carol was cooking dinner and her husband was in the bedroom when Russell thought he noticed flames in the back yard. He rushed out to the back and upon opening the sliding glass patio door, two explosions rocked the house. “The explosions were enough to knock him down,” Carol said. “I turned around to see he was on fire and started yelling at everyone to get out. Russell got 3rd degree burns on the left arm as well as burns on his scalp, back of arm and ear.” Somehow, the couple managed to get their three children, a grandson, two dogs and a cat out to safety. Carol carried out her special needs son, 15-year-old Phillip and one of the dogs, while 13 year Joe and Mariah, 17, helped grandson Patrick out. Carol, a nurse, was a foster parent to medically fragile children and fell in love with Phillip as an infant, and decided to adopt him and his siblings as well. She also has a grown biological daughter and grandson. Because of her training as a nurse and a foster mom, the family had a disaster plan and an escape route in case of emergency. It came in handy. “The kids learned that drills were a good thing- they functioned and we are alive,” Carol said. The fire was made more deadly because the family had been doing some spring cleaning and had boxes of aerosol cans and other flammables close to the house for later disposal-which fueled the fire. Investigations are still continuing as to the initial cause of the fire. The back end of the house was completed burned and the house was considered a complete loss. Because of the quick response of the fire department, neighboring homes weren’t in danger but the shared trees, bushes and fencing were scorched. Although the chaotic scene seems a blur, what Carol recalls is the kindness which encompassed them and she learned
that pure humanity can be born from the worst of situations. A neighbor, who was then out-of-town, heard about the fire and sent word to the Cunninghams that they could stay at their home. “People in the community- neighbors I never met, were wonderful- one gave us shoes off her feet,” Carol said. “Another neighbor insisted she give me clothes. A young man spent hours talking to and calming Philip down. I have an awesome neighborhood- I can’t wait to go back home.” Carol said the Red Cross was there immediately. “They were extremely helpful and lit a fire to our insurance. We were at the Marriott Hotel by 1am.” Carol also recalls that a volunteer group responded to the fire with tables and food and water for the firemen and the victims. “They even provided water for the dogs,” she said “We all needed water badly.” It took eight hours before the last fireman left. Carol badly injured her back while carrying her son to safety and Russell sustained some major burns, but otherwise the family feels quite fortunate. For two weeks the family was in shock. School was starting and they had no clothes. They spent three weeks in a hotel and then moved into a rental where they will be for a year until their home is rebuilt. They couldn’t go into their charred house for two weeks and are still trying to list what they lost. Computers, electronics, IPods, even the family address book- all lost. Although some furniture can be salvaged, smoke infused clothing and other items were a total loss. The fire didn’t destroy 10 boxes of photos in the garage, which was away from the main fire. They are grateful they had homeowner’s insurance which will replace much of what they lost as well as their rental and all the necessary items needed to live on. “You don’t realize how much you have until you have to replace it,” she said. Carol said there is little that they lost that is as precious as what they still have-
their lives and the ability to rebuild. “We were so fortunate to have insurance, to know what to do in an emergency,” she said. “I haven’t thought about one thing that isn’t irreplaceable- we got out alive. God was good to us- he was so good to us. It could have been so much worse.” The same night of their fire, there were two other local home fires. “I understand there was an older couple who died in a fire that same night,” Carol said. “If our fire had been in the middle of the night, things might have been so
different. I am so grateful that the kids didn’t freak out and knew what to do.” It’s been a long five weeks since the destructive blaze and Carol said she is tired and knows there is a long road ahead to get back to normalcy. “We never thought this would happen to us,” she said. “We’ve always been so cautious and never anticipated it. Possessions are just stuff. We live by faith and when things happen- we just take care of it.”
By Carol Lawson-Swezey
August 29, 2013
Miss Clovis off to national competition
First Clovis, then California and then the national Miss America Outstanding Teen competition. It has been quite a year for 17-yearold Mikaela Harris. She won the Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen Competition in February, got to the top over 40 contestants at the state competition in June and then represented our city and state at the nationals against other outstanding teens in Orlando, Florida, August 13 through 17. Although Mikaela did not take home the crown at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, she said that incredible experience is something she will always treasure. “In Miss America or Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, contestants may compete up to the State level as many times as they are eligible; however the National pageant is a one time only opportunity,” Mikaela said. “It was an honor to be among 51 other contestants (one titleholder from each state, as well as DC and Puerto Rico) that are such high achieving, positive and motivated individuals and that I now call friends.” The San Joaquin Memorial High School junior won the talent portion of both local and state competitions by performing an original piano composition, Seasons. Music has always been Mikaela’s passion but when she realized that the keys to her piano could serve as keys to healing, she knew her future focus would be on Music as Therapy. Mikaela has been spreading healing notes since she started volunteering to play the piano at St. Agnes Hospital at age 11. Since then, she has played music at Fairwinds Retirement Community and participated in the annual Rata Handicapped High School Prom. She plans to get her degree in Musical Therapy and wants to be a Musical Therapist as a career choice. Her Miss Outstanding Teen Platform is Music as therapy In addition, she is involved with Cheer, student government, basketball and Academic Decathlon, has a 4.0 GPA,
has done fundraising for various charities, is a Student Council representative, and participated in the Junior Olympics. She was also named a Fresno Bee Academic All-star, initiated an annual Beautification Day at her high school and has composed music for several instrumental pieces. Besides the piano, she also plays drums, ukulele, guitar and a full-size accordion, which she received at age seven. She also volunteers with disabled children at Break the Barriers. “She is a musical genius, said Alyssa Bandoni, Miss Clovis executive director. “Mikaela is highly disciplined in the pursuit of all of her goals! Simply a beautiful young lady and a true role model.” In recognition of her big national competition, the Miss Clovis Committee threw Mikaela a gala sendoff party at the Clovis Veteran’s Memorial on August 3. The gala was complete with a four tier wedding cake donated by “Barb’s Cakery” and the event was catered by “Classic Catering.” Community businesses making donations included “DJ KNO BEATS”, centerpieces by Tina Davies of “Le Creature”, and stationary services by
“Made 4U by Me ~ JulieG”. The event’s 126 guests included Clovis Councilman Jose Flores and his family, the Miss California staff and Bob Aryhm, president and CEO of the Miss California program. In addition, the reigning Miss California, Crystal Lee from Silicon Valley, and Miss Clovis, Jenny Tormey, and Miss Fresno, Elizabeth Farr, attended as a show of support. Twelve other title holders also attended and performed their talents for the crowd. Also present were Mikaela’ s proud parents, John and Kina Harris. “They are amazing parents,” said Alyssa Bandoni, the director of the pageant. “They have taken this scholarship program very seriously from start to finish. It’s no wonder now where Mikaela, at 16, has such an incredible work ethic.” “Her dad and I are extremely proud of her and are amazed at the growth we’ve seen in her during these competitions,” said Kina Harris. “I attribute that to the individuals involved in the Miss California competition. Mikaela has worked very, very hard and it shows.” Kina said they are delighted their
daughter has made it this far, but not surprised. “The competition has already opened so many opportunities for her to share her passion for music and to promote music therapy,” Kina said. Mikaela won scholarship money for both competitions and plans to use it for her future in music. “My plan is to use my title and the doors it opens to promote musical therapy in hospitals, clinics and rehab programs and to educate the public on this beneficial treatment in classrooms and through media,” Mikaela said. “Ultimately music therapy is an extremely healing treatment that should be practiced more in hospitals and the medical field in general.” Mikaela plans to continue striking those sweet chords and sharing her healing music. It is not the last we will hear from her. * Editor’s Note: We are reprinting and updating this article about the Miss Clovis Outstanding Teen, Mikaela Harris. The article was printed in last issue’s Roundup with part of another article attached to it, and we apologize.*
August 29, 2013
Clockwise from upper left: Asparagus, Orange and Prosciutto di San Daniele Salad; Parmigiano Reggiano-Spinach Puffs; Ziti with Roasted Cauliflower, Prosciutto di Parma and Toasted Breadcrumbs; Bruschetta with Skillet-Seared Mushrooms and Grana Padano
aking dishes worthy of a choice restaurant menu doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. It’s more about choosing top-drawer ingredients — and here are a few you can pick up in the deli department. They’re all members of an elite club of authentic foods made according to traditional methods and are certified PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) by the European Union. n Grana Padano, a cheese made only in the Padana Valley in Northern Italy, is terrific for easy but sophisticated dishes. n Prosciutto di San Daniele is a special ham, produced in San Daniele del Friuli, in the Northeast of Italy, and like all PDO products, it must pass the strictest inspection. nParmigiano Reggiano, renowned for its complex flavor, is made exclusively in Parma, Reggio Emilia and three other neighboring Italian provinces. n Prosciutto di Parma, a delicately flavored, all-natural ham, is produced in the gently rolling hills near Parma. With legendary European foods, it’s easy to make restaurant-quality dishes like these. For more serving ideas and information about the PDO system, visit www.legendsfromeurope.com.
Introducing Montasio Cheese
Montasio, with a savory, well-balanced flavor, is new to many Americans, but its origins can be traced back to a 17th-century monastery. To this day, it is made only in northern Italy’s Friuli Venezia Giulia and East Veneto and has earned membership in Europe’s “hall of fame” as a PDO product. Young semi-soft Montasio is terrific on a cheese platter or on sandwiches. Aged Montasio can be grated for pasta, risotto and other dishes.
Asparagus, Orange and Prosciutto di San Daniele Salad
Parmigiano Reggiano-Spinach Puffs
Yield: 6 portions 1 pound asparagus, trimmed 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon orange juice 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 8 slices Prosciutto di San Daniele (4 ounces), halved lengthwise 2 navel oranges, peeled and segmented 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted In salted water, cook asparagus until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water; pat dry. In small bowl, whisk olive oil, orange juice, vinegar, salt and pepper. Divide asparagus on salad plates and drizzle with dressing. Arrange Prosciutto di San Daniele and orange segments over asparagus; sprinkle with pine nuts.
Ziti with Roasted Cauliflower, Prosciutto di Parma and Toasted Breadcrumbs Yield: 4 portions 2 slices country-style bread, crusts removed, torn into pieces 1/3 cup olive oil, divided 1 large cauliflower (2 1/2 pounds), trimmed and chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 8 slices Prosciutto di Parma (4 ounces), cut into 1-inch squares, divided 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 8 ounces dry ziti, cooked and drained, reserving 1 cup pasta water 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley 1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, or to taste Preheat oven to 425°F. In food processor, pulse bread to form crumbs. In shallow pan, mix breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon olive oil; toast until golden, stirring once, about 5 minutes. In large baking pan, mix cauliflower with 3 tablespoons olive oil and salt. Roast until browned, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil; add half prosciutto and cook until crisp. Stir in garlic; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in pasta, cauliflower and wine. Stir well, adding pasta water as needed for a saucy consistency. Stir in parsley and hot pepper flakes. Spoon into shallow bowls; top with remaining Prosciutto di Parma and breadcrumbs. Garnish with additional Prosciutto di Parma slices, if desired.
Yield: about 3 dozen 4 cups baby spinach (6 ounces), cooked, cooled 3/4 cup flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper 3/4 cup milk 5 tablespoons butter 3 large eggs, at room temperature 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) coarsely grated Parmigiano Reggiano Preheat oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Wrap spinach in a towel, squeeze until dry; chop fine. In small bowl, mix flour, salt and cayenne. In medium saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil. Remove from heat and add flour mixture; with wooden spoon, beat until it thickens and pulls away from sides, about 1 minute. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well until incorporated. Stir in spinach and cheese. Drop rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm. (Puffs can be held at room temperature up to 1 day or frozen; reheat in 400ºF oven, 3 to 5 minutes.)
Bruschetta with Skillet-Seared Mushrooms and Grana Padano Yield: 4 portions 4 slices country-style bread 4 ounces Grana Padano, coarsely grated 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 pound crimini mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 small red bell pepper, cut in 1/2-inch pieces 2 cloves garlic, cut in slivers 2 teaspoons flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/3 cup half-and-half Preheat oven to 400°F. On baking sheet, toast bread until crisp, about 10 minutes. Scatter one-third of the Grana Padano over toast. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they give off liquid, about 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and garlic; cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat. Stir in flour, salt and pepper; cook, stirring, 2 minutes; add half-and-half and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Divide over bruschetta and top with remaining Grana Padano.
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August 29, 2013
Campus Water tower gets a facelift
Alumnus inducted to International Space Hall of Fame
Fresno State’s 57-year-old campus water tower has a fresh look, just in time for the new school year. The water tower got a new coat of white paint and two vinyl logos were applied to reflect the university’s recent branding initiative. Both logos are 15 feet wide and 10 feet high. On the west side of the water tower is the new campus logo, incorporating the words “Fresno State” with the well-recognized dog-paw symbol. The east side of the tower features the four-paw Bulldog logo commonly associated with the athletics program. The tower stores the campus drinking water. With fall semester classes starting Aug. 22, students will also notice several other improvements around campus. Construction projects completed over the past year include: the new Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market, the Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility, smart classroom technology upgrades, a new North Gym multi-purpose room, a bike path and pedestrian walkway on Chestnut Avenue and Bulldog Stadium restroom improvements. The new 10,726-square-foot Meyers Sports Medicine Facility is also nearing completion and is scheduled to open this summer
Fresno State alumnus Chris Rosander was born the same year Sputnik orbited the earth. He says his mind was on space from a young age. “The astronauts were my childhood heroes, and my favorite hobby as a kid was building and flying model airplanes and rockets.” Rosander parlayed his passion into a career that will soon receive international recognition. On Aug. 17, Rosander and his colleagues on the Delta Chipper Experimental (DC-X) team will be inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Museum of Space History. It is the first time a team of scientists has received this honor. “For a person like me who grew up as a bonafide space geek, it’s exciting being inducted into the Hall of Fame with my DC-X teammates and having our names included with the likes of Alan Shepard, John Glenn, Yuri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong,” Rosander said. The DC-X is widely considered to be the first step in an effort to dramatically lower the cost of space access by
developing a completely reusable vehicle that would cost less than $10 million per flight. At the time, expendable launch vehicles cost $60 million to $150 million per flight. The induction will take place during an evening ceremony at New Mexico State University, Alamogordo. The DC-X team (made up of about 175 members) will join a group of 154 International Space Hall of Fame inductees. Rosander was born in Fresno and graduated from Edison High School in 1975. He served six years in the California Air National Guard and in 1982 graduated from Fresno State with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. His storied career includes work as a rocket scientist for McDonnell Douglass, lobbying for the International Space Station, and with the White House Office of Management and Budget. In 1999, Rosander returned to Fresno and now works as the international program manager for the Raisin Administrative Committee.
Smittcamp Family Honors College class No. 15 arrives The Smittcamp Family Honors College at Fresno State has admitted its 15th class of high-achieving high school graduates for the 2013-14 academic year. Honors College students receive an annual President’s Honors Scholarship for their undergraduate degree program up to a maximum of eight semesters. Scholarships cover in-state registration and an optional credit for university housing. The Smittcamp Family Honors College is unique in the California State University system because President’s Scholars are admitted as a group, take a series of specially designed honors courses and interact in educational and social activities. Applicants must score 1800 or above on the SAT or 27 or above on the ACT, be in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class or have a minimum 3.8 GPA in college-preparation classes. The Smittcamp Family Honors College began in 1998 with a $1 million gift from Earl and Muriel Smittcamp and family, a prominent agribusiness family and longtime supporters of Fresno State. The 2013-14 President’s Scholars, hometowns and high schools are:
Ishaq Ali, Fresno (Edison) Christopher Andresen, Fresno (Central - West) • Ridge Bertuccio, Merced (Golden Valley) • Alanna Blevins-Layton, Acton (Saugus) • Frances Bueno, Visalia (Redwood) • Charis Calvert, Fresno (Clovis North) • Caitlyn Cardoza, Fresno (San Joaquin Memorial) • Erika Castanon, Fresno (Central - East) • Parker Coelho, Kingsburg (Kingsburg) • Navmit Dhesi, Fresno (Central - West) • Ellen Douglass, Ramona (Ramona) • Danae Dubberke, Fresno (Buchanan) • Cathleen Fagundes, Fresno (Hoover) • Leyla Fardishpour, Fresno (Clovis North) • Rami Gabriel, Fresno • •
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(Clovis West) David Garcia, Fresno (Bullard) Monet Gomes, Clovis (Clovis) Alex Gong, Visalia (Redwood) Jeffrey Hatai, Fresno (Clovis North) Maxwell Hill, Fresno (Clovis West) Alexis Jackson, Fresno (Clovis West) Nisha John, Clovis (Buchanan) Caden Jones, Fresno (University High) Kari Kimura, Fresno (Clovis West) Olivia Krohn, Fresno (Clovis North) Marisol Lauri, Fresno (University High) Jasmine Mahfoud, Kingsburg (Kingsburg) Mann, Arjun, Fresno (Clovis North) Matthew Metcalf, Salida (Big Valley Christian) Kaitlin Molaison, Merced (Golden Valley) Madelyn Neufeld, Fresno
(University High) • Jonna Mae Pagaduan, Oakdale (Oakdale) • Boris Pavic, Fresno (Edison) • Hannah Poore, Prather (Sierra) • Rekha Rangan, Vacaville (Vanden) • Majerle Reeves, Fresno (Bullard) • Hannah Riccardi, Fresno (Edison) • Manpreet Romana, Fresno (Central - West) • Timothy Ryan, Fresno (Edison) • Abigail Sandquist, Arroyo Grande (Arroyo Grande) • Alyssa Serpa, Tulare (San Joaquin Memorial • Tania Soto Guillen, Fresno (Sanger) • Amy Tang, Elk Grove (Pleasant Grove ) • Montanna Tarkington, Tulare (Tulare Union) • Daniel Townsend, Visalia (Redwood)
Bulldogs Backfield Full of Options
Fresno State’s depth at running back leaves coaching staff with choices
FRESNO, Calif. - One thing about a football roster that you can’t have enough of is depth and that is exactly what the Fresno State football team has at the running back position going through this season’s fall camp. The ‘Dogs reported for camp two weeks ago with a bevy of options for running backs coach Joe Wade to decipher from and to this day he says nobody has given an inch. For the most part the group remained healthy despite Malique Micenheimer suffering a setback at last week’s scrimmage that coaches are being cautious about. “We have four guys and then there is Malique who was having a great camp,” said Wade. “We have five guys that can play, but I don’t want to pigeon hole myself by saying this or that. We’re going to act accordingly based on production and how they practice and so far no one
has given an inch yet. Right now someone has to run with the ones and someone has to run with the twos.” On Thursday Marteze Waller and Josh Quezada continued to see a split in carries with the ones while T.J. Thomas and Dontel James shared time with the second team. Both Waller and Quezada have seen the bulk of the carries since working through spring ball with the first team and bring their own skill set to the table each time they take the field. “All the backs have different strengths and weaknesses and what we’ve tried to focus on is enhancing the weaknesses they have and they’re all different,” said Wade. “We’re trying to get a complete player out of all of them. “I think Marteze has done a great job over the summer working on his pass catching skills and route running. He was a guy coming out of high school that ran out of the I-formation and ran between the tackles so that is his strength, but I believe he’s getting better at the passing game. “Josh, being a former player at BYU, is more comfortable with the passing game having played in that type of offense, but he’s also a very capable runner. I’d like to think they are both
sharpening up everything to where they are a more complete back and that’s our goal.” When it comes to seeing who will carry the load once the lights are on, Wade believes we will have to wait and see. Although, the team is not focusing on finding one back to shoulder the load as Robbie Rouse did a season ago. “I think it’ll come to fruition as we play,” Wade said. “Production is going to dictate that, if someone is in there and they’re being highly productive, you’re more likely to stay in there. Hopefully they’re all productive, but if one looks to be emerging then we’ll have to act accordingly. Until then they all look very capable of seeing the field.” The second teamers are not far behind either. As exemplified on the practice field Thursday morning, Thomas and James alternated with the first team alongside Waller and Quezada as lead blockers on some two-back sets and paved the way with some productive lead blocks. “We have guys with versatility that can do a lot of things,” said Wade. “It’s not going to be where your anticipating this guy blocks or this guy runs. That’s what I like about this group. They all have good
skill sets in not only running, but both areas of blocking and catching. “We are not going to exclude anybody. They’ve all done good things. I’m excited to see what happens and obviously we’re going to have to run somebody out there first come game time, but I’m not taking anybody out it.” Practice Notes: Linebacker Kyrie Wilson picked off back-to-back interceptions in a goal line 7-on-7 drill. One off of Carr and one from Burrell. Alex Fifita continues to take reps with the first-team O-line as the left guard. The first team offensive line today starting at left tackle was Austin Wentworth, Alex Fifita, Lars Bramer, Cody Wichmann, Justin Northern. The second team from left tackle today was Josh Tremblay, Mike Saenz, Bo Bonnheim, James Le’au, David Patterson. Running back James Noble III was in day two of the NCAA mandated acclimation period. Noble will have two more days before joining the team in full pads. He will wear No. 44. Linebacker Courtney Tender changed number from No. 56 to No. 53.
August 29, 2013
Greg Watson Adding Another Element to Bulldog Offense Junior Greg Watson continues to make plays at wideout for the Bulldogs in fall camp FRESNO, Calif. - The transition from quarterback to a slot wide receiver for junior Greg Watson has been one made with relative ease, or so it appears, as Watson has been a consistent playmaker for the Fresno State football team during fall camp. The Bulldogs just completed their 14th practice of camp on Tuesday morning and Watson has developed into yet another weapon at the disposal for record-setting quarterback Derek Carr to deliver the ball to. The advantage Watson had for him when he made the switch from quarterback to wide receiver, which happened before the Bulldogs’ bowl game last year, was his knowledge of the offense. “He’s a guy that is a great competitor and wants to do things right,” said Phil Earley, Fresno State’s position coach for the tight ends and inside receivers. “It was an advantage being a quarterback because he learned this offense in the big picture, scheme of things. When he runs the routes, we’re trying to get every single receiver to understand what everybody else does and how he fits in. Greg came into the position knowing that already, so that was a big advantage.” However, it was not just that knowledge of the offense that made the transition smooth for him. Watson also put in a lot of work, both during spring ball with the coaches and then during the summer preparing himself to have a big season. “He’s dropped weight like we asked, he’s gotten much stronger and is faster,”
Earley said. “He’s got better body control now and he understands kind of how that body control can help him run his routes and get separation. “He understands that for the quarterback it’s important for him to be in the right place and again he’s going to do the extra things you have to do to be in position to make the right play. Partly because he’s a very savvy player, but also because he is also a real fierce competitor.” For Watson, it was just a matter of him felling comfortable with himself and with the position. “I feel ten times better,” Watson said after Tuesday’s practice. “Losing weight, getting better with my cuts and my speed getting faster, I just feel a lot better from what I was against SMU. Then in the spring I was still heavy and now, since the summertime, I shed a lot of weight so I feel a lot better now in this fall camp than I did last year.” In last Saturday’s scrimmage, Watson was one of the standouts on the offensive side of the ball. He caught three passes for 37 yards, which included an acrobatic one-handed 27-yard reception up the middle. In the second of Monday’s two-aday session, he made another outstanding diving catch on a long ball up the middle. With Watson coming into his own as a second slot receiver alongside senior Isaiah Burse, and outside receivers Davante Adams and Josh Harper, that is a strong first four right there. Then you also have tight end Marcel Jensen and a several more weapons that are starting to develop
and come on in Dillon Root, Aaron Peck, Justin Johnson, Jerin McClendon and Da’Mari Scott. That’s one full deck for Carr and offensive coordinator to work with in the passing game. After ranking in the top 20 nationally a year ago in scoring, total offense and passing, it’s easy to imagine the Bulldogs putting up bigger numbers this season with so many weapons to work with. Tuesday’s Practice Notes • Fresno State worked on being in third-andlong situations in the first team period of practice. During this time, linebacker Karl Mickelsen was able to intercept a pass for the defense. • Scott, the true freshman receiver from Los Angeles, had a strong outing working against the defensive backs during one-onones. One his first rep, he and cornerback Shannon Edwards were running neckand-neck down the sideline, but Scott was able to make a one-handed grab running full speed with a nicely placed ball on his outside shoulder. He caught another deep pass up the middle of the field and later got inside and across the middle to come down with a contested ball while falling to the ground. • The Bulldogs ended practice running an eight-minute scrimmage pairing the ones against the twos. The ones were down 24-14 with the ball and eight minutes on the clock. Carr, on the very first play, hit Adams for a 70-yard touchdown pass against the two defense to cut the deficit down to 24-
21. The two offense was able to get one first down against the first-team defense on the ensuing drive, but eventually had to punt. That gave Carr and the first-team offense the ball at their own 22-yard line with 5:34 left on the clock. Carr led an efficient drive, completing 7-of-8 passes, the only incompletion was a drop at the goal line, and got the Bulldogs in the end zone with 1:51 left on the clock. After hitting seven-straight passes on the drive, running back Josh Quezada broke off a run of around 20 yards down to the two-yard line. After the drop in the end zone, Quezada took the ball in for the score to give the ones a 28-24 lead over the twos. Starting free safety Derron Smith then intercepted a pass against the two-offense, putting an end to the scrimmage. • Fresno State’s scrimmage on Friday, which will be its second of fall camp, is open to the public. It is set to run from 7-9 p.m. in Bulldog Stadium, and like the first scrimmage, will feature a heavy dose of the twos, threes and fours as the coaching staff looks to continue to build depth across the board. “Discover Fresno State Football” 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
The Stars Up Front on the Defensive Line Fresno State’s defensive line is loaded with talent and depth this season By Jason Clay firstname.lastname@example.org GoBulldogs.com
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team passed the halfway point of fall camp with practice No. 15 on Wednesday morning. In the second year running the offensive and defensive schemes under head coach Tim DeRuyter, the two position groups that have shined the most are the wide outs and defensive line. For defensive line coach Pete Germano, this camp is definitely more defined than it was a year ago. “It’s been a joy right now, kids have been working hard and are eager to get on the field and get better,” Germano said. Not that it wasn’t that case last year, but during last fall’s camp the coaching staff was still in the transition moving the team from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4. There were a number of players that were recruited to fit the old system and were unsure of how they would fit in the new scheme run by defensive coordinator Nick Toth. Last season the depth on the defensive line was in question, but after a successful first year, a season in which the Bulldogs led the Mountain West and ranked ninth nationally in sacks, the defensive line has been the premier group standing out in practices. “We’ve got guys that can dual-role, play two different positions, and there is good leadership there,” Germano said of his unit. “The kids that we’ve brought in allowed us to rotate kids at different times during the practice to protect kids, but also get them ready.” Up front, the Bulldogs return their three starters from last season in ends Nikko Motta and Andy Jennings along with nose
guard Tyeler Davison. Davison, a junior, is the star of the group, and Germano has like how the seniors Motta and Jennings have mentored the others. “Nikko Motta, Andy Jennings and Ben Letcher have been really, really vocal and involved with helping the young kids learn the defense,” Germano said. Davison was a first-team All-Mountain West selection a year ago when he had 43 tackles and 7.0 tackles for a loss. Jennings was a second-team honoree and he led the team with 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. Motta had 29 tackles on the year, starting the last seven games and the level of his play got better and better as the year went on. Behind those three, the competition for playing time has led to the development of a number of players. Defensive ends Todd Hunt and Ben Letcher, who both saw ample action last season, will still be in the rotation this year. Maurice Poyadue, a nose guard, has emerged into a role where he has earned himself playing time. Then newcomer Ioane Sagapolu is also in the mix at nose guard. “We should be if not the best, one of the best in the Mountain West,” Germano said about the defensive line. “We return an all-conference first-teamer at nose guard. Andy Jennings was a second-teamer last year and really should have been a firstteamer if he didn’t miss the games that he missed, and Nikko Motta is back, so all three are back, plus the depth. “Hunt has had a great camp. Maurice Poyadue has had a great camp. We brought in Ioane Sagapolu from Fresno City, plus Ben Letcher. We’ve got depth and guys
that have played in games where the reps are meaningful.” The Bulldogs’ front will be tested right from the get-go against Rutgers in the season opener on Aug. 29. In 2012, the Scarlet Knights ranked eighth nationally by only allowing 11 total sacks on the season. During Wednesday’s practice, the Bulldogs started to get into their game plan for Rutgers for the first time, spending a couple of the team periods working against scout teams. Fresno State will practice once again on Thursday and Friday mornings before
holding its second scrimmage Friday night from 7-9 p.m. That scrimmage in Bulldog Stadium is open to the public and it will mirror the first one of fall camp, as mainly the twos, threes and fours will get the majority of the reps as the coaching staff continues to build depth across the board. “Discover Fresno State Football” 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
August 29, 2013
Bulldogs Focus on Details In Final Scrimmage
Fresno State now shifts its complete attention onto its Rutgers game prep By Jason Clay email@example.com GoBulldogs.com
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team went through practice No. 21 of fall camp on Tuesday morning, the last official practice of training camp. From here on out, the Bulldogs will be in game week and 100 percent focused on their preparations for the season opener against Rutgers on Aug. 29. Wednesday’s session marked the third and final scrimmage, although it was more of a run-through than your traditional scrimmage. “[Today] was more of a dress rehearsal scrimmage, we did very little tackling to the ground,” head coach Tim DeRuyter said. “It was primarily a situation where we go through our pregame roll out so
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guys know where to practice on the field, did a lot of situational work that you may not get in the season, but you may.” Fresno State went through 74 plays on Tuesday. Part of it was scripted and part was situational focusing on the different facets of the game such a red zone work, the two-minute drill and down-anddistance scenarios. “I like where we are at, we’re ready to hit someone in a different colored jersey,” DeRuyter said. “Guys are still chippy at each other a little bit. We’re going to get heavy into Rutgers prep as we go on from here, we’re ready to play a football game.” Looking to protect the ones and twos, those groups did not work in any live
tackling situations on Tuesday. However, the threes and fours did as the coaching staff still looks for development across the board. The highlight from Tuesday was when senior cornerback L.J. Jones intercepted a pass and returned it 91 yards for a touchdown. That pick came off of Brian Burrell, but Burrell redeemed himself later in the scrimmage by leading the Bulldogs down 52 yards for a 30-yard field goal by Colin McGuire when the offense was working a situation being down 9-7 with 1:15 left to play. Fresno State also drilled its special teams on Tuesday, focusing on their protections, coverage’s, blocking and
execution against scout teams. With camp behind them and the team entering game week, the depth chart is fairly locked in for this first game. “It pretty gelled at about 90 percent of the positions, there’s some guys that either a two or a three competing to be a two, but for the most part our ones are set and our twos and threes are fairly set,” DeRuyter said about the two-deep. Fresno State practices Wednesday afternoon and then is off on Thursday for the first day of classes. The Bulldogs will then have six remaining practices after that before opening up the season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. against Rutgers.
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