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april 10, 2014

The Taxidermist Made in Clovis: Snowflake Designs Local company sells gymnastics leotards worldwide

By Elizabeth Warmerdam

Photo by Kendra Gilbert Clovis taxidermist Rick Lieder has been perfecting his craft since the age of 13. He views his skill of reassembling dead animals as more of an art form than anything else. By Kendra Gilbert

Every town has a dentist. A doctor. A grocer to provide residents with food and the basic necessities. But not every town has a taxidermist. Clovis does. Taxidermist, on page 3

Nearly 30 years ago, LaDonna Snow had no idea that making leotards for her 2-year-old daughter would lead to the formation of Snowflake Designs, a successful business selling athletic clothing on a national and international level. “Snowflake unofficially started when my daughter was 2 – 29 years ago. I began making her leotards and other moms would ask, ‘Where do you get that?’ ‘I made it,’ I responded. They would then ask, ‘Would you make one for my daughter?’, and thus a business began,” Snow said. “I dabbled at home for around 10 years before I pulled permits and made the business ‘legal’ in 1995.” The inspiration for the name Snowflake Designs came when someone told Snow and her husband – in a play on their last name – that they would “have a bunch of little snowflakes running around.” “It stuck with me,” Snow said. “The business is named for our two ‘Snowflakes.’” The business started out locally, with Snow selling her leotards at Clovis Academy of Gymnastics, but it soon

Photo courtesy of Snowflake Designs

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Snowflake Designs Continued from page 1 began to grow. “I used to have a rack in the back of my van that I kept leotards loaded on at all times. Moms would stop me and buy them,” said Snow, who used to wear similar clothing when she was a competitive baton twirler. Thanks to the power of the Internet, Snowflake Designs started to reach beyond the local community. A Fresno State student helped build a website for the business and word spread from there about Snowflake’s products and affordable prices. Now Snowflakes does most of its sales nationally and internationally. “We would’ve never grown to the size

April 10, 2014 we are today with only local customers. There are simply not enough,” Snow said. Today, Snowflake Designs sells gymnastic leotards, competition leotards, warm up suits, and other custom athletic clothing. Their clothing is used in artistic gymnastics, acrobatic gymnastics, tumbling, trampoline, dance, baton, and skating, among other things. The business has 35 employees, 32,000 followers on Facebook, distributors in the United States and several foreign countries, and its own Amazon and eBay stores. To help further get word out about Snowflake Designs, Snow uses Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, and advertises in three major gymnastics magazines. Snowflake Designs sells to individuals looking for workout wear, outfits “club” teams, provides gyms with leotards to sell in their pro shops, and also outfits every high school gymnastics team in the area.

Photo courtesy of Snowflake Designs Snowflake Designs travels to gymnastics events across the country displaying their unique leotards and accessories.

Taxidermist Continued from page 1 For more than 35 years, Rick Lieder has been reassembling dead animals for a living. Raised in a family that loved the outdoors and hunting, Lieder began teaching himself the trade at age 13, after enrolling in a correspondence course through the Northwest School of Taxidermy that he saw advertised in a magazine. Lieder said he was like a “mad scientist,” practicing on birds his friends would bring back from hunting trips. Lieder graduated from McLane High School in 1977. In 1978, he opened his first taxidermy shop on Belmont, between Maple and Cedar, in Fresno. In the early 1990s, Lieder moved his shop—Rick’s Taxidermy—to its current location on Third Street just east of Clovis Avenue. The building used to belong to the old Clovis lumber mill and yard. It is there he works alone on his creations. He takes pride in the skill and artistry his job requires. “It’s more about art than it is, really, anything else,” Lieder said. A wall in his showroom painted like a wilderness landscape displays a crowded menagerie of his artwork: elk, deer, a bobcat frozen in mid-swipe. And new projects come through his door daily. Some he has to turn down for no other reason than he’s too busy. Working six days a week, roughly 10 hours a day, Lieder said he has so much business these days that he “could work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.” Behind his shop is a walk-in freezer,

said Lieder, “jammed full” with animals waiting to be brought back to life. He estimated the number to be between 500 and 700 at any given time. It’s a far cry from his first year in business when he ate Cup of Noodles every night and “stuck my neck out as far as I could” to get customers into the shop. Lieder said he once tried training an apprentice, but found the process stressful and said it took time away from his work. “I can’t make a mistake, can’t afford to. That’s how it works,” Lieder said. “You don’t get two tries.” Word of mouth is everything in his business, Lieder said. And bad reviews spread faster than the good. With a list of clients more than 3,000 names long, Lieder’s customer base is well established. And it’s the reviews from those clients that keep his phone ringing off the hook. Lieder said he gets constant offers to build a website for his shop and he always replies with this line: “That’s a great idea, but here’s what’s wrong with it: the problem with a website is, it’s gonna generate business.” From the time a client brings in a skin, to the time Lieder is finished with it, is close to a year. Lieder said the total number of actual working hours he spends assembling each animal is around eight. But one skin can spend up to five months at the tannery before it’s back in the shop and Lieder can begin molding it around a foam model, sewing it up and adding touches like glass eyes and an artificial tongue. All is done with Lieder’s skill to the client’s specifications. At any given time, Lieder has several projects in various stages of completion. A deer head on a mounting stand in his workroom is nearly finished, while bundles of hides just back from the tannery sit on the showroom floor and a huge bear skin rug is

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Photo courtesy of Snowflake Designs From their location in Clovis, Snowflake Designs makes custom leotards and other accessories that are worn by gymnasts across the world.

In the beginning, Snow was the only one who designed the leotards, before she began overseeing the business as a whole. The ideas for the designs used to come to Snow “very easy in the early days when there wasn’t so much time spent managing,” she said. “Now, inspiration comes from artwork and a variety of visual things. We even used graphics on motor homes for inspiration one year.” Snow’s daughter, Kindra, and another designer, Kanako, now help to create the leotards. In addition, teams are encouraged to provide their own ideas for leotards. “We welcome designs that teams come up with,” Snow said. “We work with them to make their dreams come true!” Snowflake often receives emails and letters from appreciative customers. “They love the fit of our leotards and the terrific customer service that we deliver,” Snow said. The dream is to one day expand the

business to have a 25,000-sqare-foot building. Snow would like to keep the business in Clovis, where she has lived for 30 years. “Both kids were raised here and attended Clovis schools. We love it here! I know we have the best police and fire protection,” Snow said. “The city has also been very helpful in keeping us informed about programs that would help our business.” Snow believes that it is important to give back to the community that has given her so much. “We support many causes. We donated $10,000 for the Clovis Marjaree Mason Center because it is so important to have in our community. We also donate to the Clovis Schools Foundation and the Salvation Army,” she said. Snowflakes Design is located at 2893 Larkin Ave. in Clovis and can be reached at (559) 291-6234 or at www.snowflakedesigns.com.

Photo by Kendra Gilbert Rick’s Taxidermy is so busy that Lieder sometimes has to turn customers away. It takes an average time of one year for him to complete each project.

sprawled on a table awaiting repairs. And each animal requires a different process. “The only thing that’s related is you’ve got to take it apart and put it back together,” Lieder said. “This is extremely artistic. It’s more about art than it is, really, anything else.” While most of his days are spent in the quiet company of his creations, he often has living company as well. His shop serves as a hang-out for many of his friends. And they’re the first to say that what Lieder does is not about glorifying the kill. “Probably 99 percent of all the stuff

he mounts are not trophies.” Tim Hodges said. “They call it a trophy... it’s a memory.” Those memories just happen to come in the form of deer heads, bear skins and even big game animals from Africa. “It’s like a picture. Some people take a picture and they put it on the wall of what they did and they remember the whole episode by a picture,” Hodges said. “It’s kind of the same thing. A 3-D picture.” The animals whose skins find their way into Lieder’s hands may be from breeds both exotic and common. But the rarest breed of all is the man himself. The taxidermist.


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Attend a free seminar to improve your home’s curb appeal Contributed by Fresno County Federal Credit Union

If you’ve been dreaming of making some updates to your home – you want to remodel or add a room, update a bathroom, replace the air conditioning, install a spa, or do some landscaping (anything to improve your home’s curb appeal) – now is a great time to begin a project. But before you do, be sure to attend Fresno County Federal Credit Union’s seminar featuring experts in home improvement. The free “Curb Appeal” seminar is Wednesday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the Cedar and Nees branch. Visit FresnoCU.com to learn more and register. Other good news: Fresno Country Federal Credit Union can help you with finance the project with the affordable loan options including the MyHome Sweet Home Unsecured Home Improvement Loan, a home equity loan and a home equity line of credit. Meanwhile, here are seven home improvement project ideas – from simple to involved, that can add immensely to the value of your home and be completed quickly if you start now! Add energy-efficient replacement windows. These days, buyers shop for homes with energy efficiency in mind. Old, drafty single-pane windows are a

major turn off. Adding energy efficient replacement windows can save you hundreds of dollars a year in heating and cooling costs, plus they improve the curb appeal of your home, and reduce neighborhood and street noise. Remodel the kitchen. There’s no doubt that the kitchen is the heart of most homes, and because of this, kitchen updates can pay off. In fact, a little paint goes a long way. Get the biggest bang for your buck on a kitchen remodel by looking at color. Fresh paint, in modern colors, can quickly update the look of your kitchen. Plus, paint is relatively cheap. Add a bathroom. Many homes were built with only one bathroom – those homeowners can add a substantial value to their home investment by adding another one. Like any project, the cost of adding a bathroom depends largely on the types of additions and accessories you want. Reinvent a room. Adding more square footage to your home with a new room can be a daunting and expensive project. That’s why you might want to consider a room reinvention – changing the existing space in your home. Convert the garage, re-do a bedroom, or remove a wall to

create an open and inviting kitchen/family room combination. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination. Add a deck. While installing a pool often limits the potential customers for your home, adding a deck (of wood, brick or slate) in the backyard instantly increases the value of your home. Outdoor living spaces are more desirable, especially since more people stay home on weekends and vacations. Make your backyard more appealing with a deck, and your whole house will be more appealing. Add energy-efficient insulation. Many older homes in the Valley lack basic insulation – old doors that let in plenty of outdoor air, spring, summer, fall. Updating your home to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. You can add extra insulation to your attic – a small change that can save you $100s each year. Add basic updates To quickly add significant value to your home, consider making relatively easy changes like paint (inside and out), or some easy maintenance like plumbing repair, roof repair, or replacing cracked and chipped cement walkways and driveways around your home. Projects like these will keep

your home in tip-top shape so that buyers will appreciate your well-cared-for home. Get a home improvement loan. Fresno County Federal Credit Union offers three home improvement loans to fit your needs. Get that kitchen you’ve always wanted. Or a new patio. Replace the air conditioning with a more efficient unit. The MyHome Sweet Home Unsecured Home improvement loan means you don’t need equity to make repairs or upgrades. Remember that Fresno County Federal Credit Union members also have access to a full range of vital financial services, including online budget management, online and mobile banking, and online bill pay. You’ll receive highly personalized service, checking and savings without monthly fees, and the essential services needed to manage your finances with ease. It’s a level of service you can’t find at other financial institutions. Joining is a breeze, and moving your accounts is easier than ever! Visit Fresno County Federal Credit Union at www. FresnoCU.com or call (559) 252-5000 for more tips and tools.

Water woes giving farmers an “ah-ha moment” By Don Curlee

If California farmers needed an “ah-ha moment” to reveal the evils of environmentalism, the current drought Don Curlee has surely provided it. Years of decisions by politicians and bureaucrats to send millions of acre feet of water through the Delta and out to the ocean in a foolish effort to protect worthless fish has wasted water that could have been stored and later used to ease the disastrous drought. But the revelation goes far beyond the Delta, the drought and dimwitted politicians to the very sounding point of the disastrous environmental movement. Eyes have been opened to see the radicalism, spite and selfishness of those who lead and direct it.The fact that it has permeated the entire world enhances its long-range goals

of dominance through destruction. Nobody likes to feel, and much less admit, that he has been duped.In the case of environmentalism, the admission involves a large percentage of the world’s population.Farmers, especially in California, have some admissions to make. Farmers should have been suspicious of the movement from the beginning, and most of them were, because it did not include them and give them credit for generations of protection they have given the environment willingly. Nobody can work with the soil, water and climate as farmers must without being at least aware of the environment, perhaps on a daily basis.It was an insult to farmers notto be acknowledged as true environmentalists when the movement began to take shape. Additional eyes were opened when farmers and other producers of essential products were singled out as enemies of the environment.Remember the rat case in Kern County when a farm owner was castigated because his tractor mangled a filthy rat as he cultivated a field?And lumber

producers in the Northwest were mistakenly blamed for the demise of the spotted owl, a huge injustice just now being acknowledged in the press. Farmers are not the only ones to take note of the current writings and preachments of environmentalist radicals, some of whom are in very prominent occupations and elevated positions. What comes through is their contempt for human life and those who help sustain it – people like farmers. Theirs is an outright contradiction of human commitment to the general welfare. Given time and the dedication of some in the media, the holes in the environmentalist doctrine will become large and numerous enough for all to see its shortcomings. But more important is for people of conscience to perceive the selfishness, conniving spirit and elitism that hide behind the out-front preservation of obscure weeds with pretty blossoms or sleepy-eyed mangy wolves. The way the environmentalist philosophy has been allowed to overwhelm and

replace the spirit of free economy and honest endeavor, especially in students and other young people, is criminal. We don’t seem to have a court at a high enough level to make judgments and hand down sentences in instances of this kind. Three or four of our recent generations have been force fed environmentalist pap to the extent they are willing to sacrifice basic natural resources to maintain an imagined environmental purity. But more farmers are seeing clearly how counterfeit much of the environmentalist teaching has been. They’ve had their “ah ha moment.” They’ll go on protecting the environment the best way they can. They’llkeep on providing most of the food for the politicians and professors who are preaching and promoting the highly political environmental movement so detrimental to farming. And they might do a bit of praying that some of the movement’s leaders will have their own “ah ha moment.”

Shaver Lake Fishing Report By Dick Nichols, Dick’s Fishing Charters

In light of California’s drought problem, I wanted to give you an update on Shaver Lake and the surrounding area. I attended a very good presentation by Southern California Edison regarding the water levels in lakes within the Big Creek region. This includes Shaver and Huntington lakes. For the most part, the lakes, including Edison Lake, will be drastically down from normal. Huntington will be at 33% this season instead of its normal 100%. The good news is that Shaver Lake will remain at the level we currently have for the entire season, through November. It is about the same level that you experienced last year, about 62% capacity, which is a pretty good amount of water. As far as I know, Shaver will be one of the few usable lakes in the central state this year.

You should check with local authorities on any other lake you are interested in. That means we may experience an increase in visitors, but nothing to worry about providing that you make all reservations well in advance. DF&W Hatchery has revealed that due to many streams experiencing dry conditions and lower lakes expecting much lower than normal water level, they are expected to plant more fish than ever here. I just witnessed the planting of about 1,000 2 to 3 pound rainbows being planted in Shaver. We normally receive about 36,000 catchable rainbows between April and September. I expect that to double, or perhaps even more than double. It should be an excellent fishing season.

Contributed photo A fish planting specialist from theDF&WFriant Hatchery releases 2,000 pounds of 2 to 3 pound rainbows into Shaver Lake. It is expected that Shaver Lake will receive an increase in plantings as the lake will maintain a 62% capacity even with drought conditions. More plantings are expected to come soon.


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Caring for an aging dog Caring for a dog is no small task. Many dogs need daily exercise and interaction with their owners in order to live long and healthy lives. But as dogs age, the responsibility of caring for them can become even more demanding. When a dog begins to exhibit signs of aging, it’s easy for dog owners to assume that the rigors of caring for the dog will lessen. But while aging dogs may not need or want to spend as much time playing fetch or walking around the park as they used to, they often grow more dependent on their owners as they grow older. Recognizing a dog’s changing needs and how those needs relate to caring for the dog is a responsibility dog owners must take seriously. * Consider altering the dog’s diet. Many aging dogs do not need as much food to maintain a healthy weight as they did when they were puppies or in the prime of their life. Much of that is because aging dogs don’t exercise as much as they used to, meaning they won’t be burning as many calories as they once did. So an aging dog that’s still on the same diet it had as a youngster might gain weight, which can lead to a host of uncomfortable or even painful ailments. Owners concerned about their dogs’ diets should consult a veterinarian, who may recommend a geriatric diet that will provide all of the necessary vitamins and nutrients dogs need while reducing their risk of obesity. * Make sure water is accessible and available throughout the day. Older dogs are at greater risk of dehydration, so owners should make sure water is readily available for the dog at all times. Aging dogs often struggle with their mobility, so place several water bowls throughout the house so dogs do not have to travel far when they need a beverage. Keep a bowl in close proximity to where the dog sleeps as well.

*Prioritize grooming. Owners of aging dogs must prioritize grooming for a variety of reasons. Regular grooming is a great way for owners to discover any abnormalities, such as lumps or tumors, on the dog that might be indicative of a medical issue. Any such abnormalities should immediately be brought to the attention of a veterinarian. Routine grooming also helps prevent drying out of the coat and skin, ensuring dogs are comfortable. * Don’t overlook dental care. Dogs are known for bad breath, so while there may not be much owners can do to make their aging dogs’ breath smell like a rose garden, that does not mean pet owners should overlook dental care. Dogs whose teeth are clean and tartar-free are less likely to develop potentially serious medical problems, including heart disease, which can be a byproduct of tooth decay. Dogs may lose some teeth as they age, but owners should still emphasize dental care for their aging best friends. * Lend a hand to dogs who are struggling with their mobility. Aging dogs suffering from arthritis may struggle to get out of bed or climb flights of stairs. When dogs start to struggle with their mobility, pick them up and carry them up the stairs or help them out of bed in the

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Weed Control 101

By Jeff Kollenkark, Weedman

Weeds come in all shapes and sizes, and they are here to stay. They detract from your lawn and landscape areas, and some weeds, like crabgrass and Bermuda, even have the potential to take over. Weedsare found everywhere and move by wind, birds and mowers. And if your next-door neighbor’s lawn is a disaster, is there really any hope of keeping the weeds at bay? The simple answer is yes. The reality is that one must approach weed control from numerous angles. First of all, I like to evaluate the current condition of the landscape that I am trying to keep looking nice. Are the desirable grasses and plants healthy and are they receiving appropriate water and fertilizer? Do they receive the right amount of sunlight and are the soils suitable for growing healthy plants? Are lawns mowed at the proper height with sharp blades and trees and shrubs pruned properly? Poor cultural practices can foil good intentions. Secondly, I inventory the existing weeds and properly identify them. Proper identification is crucial, as is knowing their life cycle. Not all weeds are created equal, and unfortunately, there is not one weed control product that controls all weeds in all situations. Once I know my site and potential threats, I develop a plan. Culturally, I want to be sure the lawn is being mowed regularly at the proper height. Low mowing heights favor weeds as more light can penetrate the canopy favoring weed germination. Sprinklers and timers should be checked for coverage and adequate timing. Fertilization should be done regularly to supply good nutrition. Good sanitation means that new soils or plants brought in should be from a reputable source and free of visible weeds. You could easily add new weed problems unintentionally. Finally, weeds should not be allowed to go to seed as one plant can reproduce rapidly if left unchecked.

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Prevention is the preferred approach to weed control as compared to eradication. I would include a pre-emergent herbicide program to prevent weed invasion of annual weeds such as crabgrass and spurge. Proper rates and timing are critical to the success when using a pre-emergent. They do not stop seeds from germinating, but do keep seeds from becoming a new plant through root or shoot inhibition. They do not control existing weeds, so timing must be prior to the seeds germinating.Other weeds may already be established or are perennials. Proper identification of the unwanted weed will be essential and help determine which selective post-emergent herbicide to choose. Generally speaking, there are broadleaf weed, grassy weed and sedge control products. The products vary in their effectiveness on specific weeds within each grouping. Like weeds, not all herbicides are equal. Landscapes using good cultural methods plus an effective herbicide program can really keep lawn and flowerbed weeds reasonably in check. If you have more questions about managing weeds, check out our website at Fresno.WeedManUSA. com or call 559-266-1624 or check us out on Facebook.


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Central Valley Motorsports

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By Paul Hinkle

Rodders started feeling positive about attending the first car show of the year in Clovis as the weather started to improve. The weatherman was predicting that the chance of rain would be late in the afternoon on Saturday. He was right; it was a beautiful day for a car show. Clovis First Assembly of God Church was going to have a successful car show without rain. This 8th annual car and motorcycle show is the first fund raising event of the year for Loaves & Fishes Food Ministry. In 2013, the church, with help from people in the community and other events including the car show, was able to distribute over 3,000 bags of groceries to those in need. The numbers continue to grow. With the generosity of the rodders, the church is closer to reaching their 2014 goal of helping even more people that live within our

community. If you arrived early in the morning, coffee and doughnuts were available to start your day. If you missed breakfast, later in the day you could grab a tri-tip sandwich, Mexican food or the kid favorites: hot dogs and popcorn. Monies from the food booths and donations help keep the supply of food available for the ministry. Everyone had a good time hanging out with old friends and making new ones. Most of the rodders have been coming to this show since it’s beginnings. It is a great way to kick off the car show season! EVENT WINNERS: Cars - Best Show Car…Bob Servadio Best in Custom…John McConnell Best Stock Car…Thomas Payne Contributed Photo

Best Roadster…Ray DeLaPena Best Model A…Chuck Kallas Pick-ups – Best Show Pickup…Brian Hanson Best Custom Pickup…Marty Tayler Best Stock Pickup…Travis Redmond Director’s Choice…Bob Holland Motorcycles – Best Show Motorcycle…Roy Campbell Best Stock Motorcycle…Chuck & Midge Albrecht

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UP COMING EVENTS: April 12th Tower Classic Car Show, April 19th Kingsburg Car Show, April 25th – 27th Western Street Rod Nationals Bakersfield, April 26th Central Valley Classic Car Show, May 2nd Clovis Senior Center Car Show and Rods on the Bluff, May 3rd Clovis

Smog Shop Car Show and St. Agnes Mission Church 4th Annual Car Show, May 4th College Church of Christ 16th Annual Car Show, May 10th Jefferson Elementary 4th Annual Car Show and Pan Draggers 25th Start-N-Summer Rod Run, May 11th MOTHERS DAY, May 17th Clovis Park in the Park and Cam Twisters of Fresno Car Show, May 17th – 18th Eagle Field Drags, May 23rd – 25th West Coast Kustoms Crusin Nationals, May 31st The Red Caboose 1st Annual Car Show. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to clovismotorsportsjamboree@gmail.com or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m always looking for interesting cars and events to share.


Big Hat Days a big hit

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By Jennifer Avila-Allen

Pollasky Avenue in Old Town Clovis was bustling on the first weekend in April – but not with the usual traffic – with thousands of people enjoying cool weather and the wares of crafters, thrill of carnival rides and tasty treats from food vendors at the 76th Annual Table Mountain Casino Big Hat Days. It’s the largest festival in the Central Valley, according to Fran Blackney, communications coordinator for the Clovis Chamber of Commerce, the organization that puts on Big Hat Days. Big Hat Days got the ball rolling for Western Heritage Month and is just part of the excitement as Clovis prepares to celebrate the 100th annual Clovis Rodeo on the last weekend in April. Organizers for Big Hat Days planned for about 130,000 people at this year’s two-day event that featured 350 vendors spaced out along 11 streets in Old Town. “The Clovis Chamber is very proud to be a part of this event that is such a tradition for Clovis,” Blackney said. Free parking and free admission help to make Big Hat Days a big hit with locals, and many from out of the area – especially families. Thirty-six-year-old Tandy Powell of Clovis and her 4-year-old daughter Jane arrived and already had a list of things they wanted to do. First up was a cowgirl hat for Jane, complete with a small butterfly on the brim. “We definitely had to get the hat,” said Powell said.

Photos courtesy of Ron Sundquist. An estimated 130,000 people came out to last weekend’s 76th Annual Table Mountain Casino Big Hat Days.

Next up was the food. Among the food court fare was kettle korn, shaved ice, corn dogs, tacos, barbeque and sweets. The food was reason enough for Paul Vivas to drive almost an hour from Cutler to attend the event. He’s been a regular for about six years and he’s a man on a mission when it comes to how he spends his time at Big Hat Days. “The cinnamon rolls,” Vivas said. “That’s what I usually come for.”

Add to this year’s mix a carnival with a double Ferris wheel, two beer gardens with live bands for adults, and big hat weekend also means big revenue for the City of Clovis. Blackney said Big Hat Days, along with Clovis Fest in the fall, brings in about $6 million dollars. “People come from outside the area and spend their money here. A city with a strong economy is a strong community,”

Blackney said. Powell agreed. “Good deals on local merchandise. It’s important to keep it local,” she said. Wayne Schneider runs the train for families at the event. He’s been the engineer of the “Over the Edge” train for the last 15 years. “It’s just great seeing the pleasure on families’ faces. That’s what it’s all about,” Schneider said.


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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - A history of the Clovis Rodeo Grand Marshals By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum

With the Clovis Rodeo Centennial Celebration just around the corner, it’s a good time to look back on a few of the men and women who were Clovis Rodeo Grand Marshals during the Rodeo’s 100 year history. The first Grand Marshal (1916) was Charles H. Atkinson. Minutes from the Clovis Board of Trustees dated July 20, 1915 addressed him as the volunteer fire chief. George Phebus joined the Rodeo Association in 1928. George was Grand Marshal in 1934. His son, Rex Phebus, was Grand Marshal in 1994. Rex joined the association in 1938 and served on their board for more than 50 years. Dr. Jim Pendergrass was Grand Marshal 1937, 1938 and 1942. He served as Mayor from 1928-1930. Duane Wamsley and Carl Larson shared the title of Grand Marshal

in 1942 with Dr. Jim. Dr. Jim’s daughter, Erma, was Rodeo Queen in 1940. No parade was held during WW II, 1943-1944. Lawrence “Shorty” Sassano was Grand Marshal in 1963. His son Leslie was selected Grand Marshal in 2004. Shorty’s fathe,r Aniello Sassano, established a shoe repair business in Clovis in 1907. It is the oldest family owned business in Clovis. Sassano’s Mens Wear is now owned by Les’ son, Greg Sassano. Bob Simpson was selected Grand Marshal in 1969. His four month old great grandson, Gary Hill, shared the saddle with him during the parade. Bob was born in Academy in 1894 and would spend his life as a cattle rancher there. His grandfather, John Greenup Simpson, donated land in 1868 for the Academy Church, 1872 Academy School and the Academy Ceme-

tery. Members of his family are actively involved in preserving the historical church and school. Ted Forbes was Grand Marshal in 1976 and served as Rodeo President from 1954-1955. His son Dan served as Grand Marshal in 1997 and as Rodeo President from 1965-1968. Dan was honored as Fresno County’s Cattleman of the year in 1977. The Forbes cattle ranches were in the Contributed photo. Piedra area. Jefferson Boys Baseball, 1916 Clovis Parade Jay Robinson (1923-2010) was Grand Marshal in 1995. He is quoted in grand daughter Tish Wilhite rode in the a 1982 Fresno Bee article that he began 1961 Clovis Rodeo Parade with her mothhelping at the Clovis Rodeo when he was er, Jo. A 2008 Clovis Independent article re5. Jay served as Rodeo President from 1957-1959. His brother, Bob, was born in ported that Tish held the 8th place national Academy (1926-2012) and was the 2009 ranking in the National Reined Cowboy Grand Marshal. The brothers learned their Association. She buys 2 year old untrained livestock skills while working with their quarter horses, and after training and showing them, they are sold and the cycle dad, Jay, at their Sierra pack station. Three women have been selected Grand begins again. In 2003, Betty Mouliot became the Marshals. Lucretia McMurtry was the first third woman to be honored. She and her woman honored in 1982. Lulu and Mrs. H. E. Armstrong, wife of the editor of the Clo- husband, Martin who was Grand Marshal vis Tribune newspaper, organized the first in 1991, arrived in Clovis in 1943. They Spring Festival Day in 1914. Lulu’s father, bought a ranch on Copper Avenue and A.P. Smith, was a wheat rancher in Acad- lived in a house that was originally a stage emy. Lulu would drive her four sisters in a coach stop. They owned Mart’s Grocery horse and buggy to Clovis to attend school. store from 1948-1956 at the northwest Lulu graduated from Clovis High in 1909 corner of Pollasky and Fifth streets. Their son Pete joined the Rodeo Association in and married the dashing Dr. Mac in 1911. Beth Crabtree was the second woman 1988 and has served on the Rodeo Board honored in 1990. She married Rae Crab- of Directors. The Clovis Rodeo Association contintree, the 1974 Grand Marshal, in 1931. They operated Crabtree’s Pack Station ues to enrich our precious heritage. from 1931 to 1965. Their six month old


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Wolfe Manor Hotel memorabilia up for auction on eBay By Jennifer Avila-Allen

Todd Wolfe is bringing new meaning to the words “buyer beware.” He’s the owner of the Wolfe Manor Hotel in Clovis, formerly the Clovis Sanitarium, and he’s selling items from the paranormal attraction on the online auction site eBay. But a warning comes with each item: “You are buying at your own risk! I am not responsible for any attachments/activity that might come with this [vintage plaque] that has been hanging on the wall in the foyer of the Wolfe Manor/Clovis Sanitarium.” Wolfe plans to auction more than 200 items from the house. He’s selling furniture, artwork, books, tile, drapes, and even an outside staircase. He’s sold about 10 items so far and said he’s doing so to save them. “Anything that can be sold in the house

will be sold, if it can be sold,” said Wolfe.“I can’t have that stuff crushed up.” The city of Clovis has threatened to demolish the building if he doesn’t make extensive repairs to bring it up to safety code, Wolfe said. “If the house has to come down, then everything will be sold. Everything will be dismantled.” Wolfe said. The 8,000-square-foot mansion has lived its share of lives. It‘s been a sanitarium, a convalescent home, and most recently, a mansion purported to be haunted. Built in 1922 as a private home for tycoon Anthony Andriotti, Wolfe said it was easily the most opulent mansion in Clovis at the time, complete with a basement swimming pool and ball room on the fourth floor. Andriotti went bankrupt due to the cost to build it and lost itsoon after. The home was then turned into the Hazelwood Sanitarium in 1935, where it was used to treat terminally ill patients. Sold again in 1942, it became the Clovis Avenue Sanitarium. It was licensed to treat those with mental disorders by the State Board of Mental Hygiene. Stories of murder, suicide and mistreatment of Contributed photo patients abound about This couch is one of about 200 items from Wolfe Manor Hotel being the house. auctioned off on eBay. The home’s owner said the couch is the most Wolfe bought the haunted item from the home known for its paranormal activity.

mansion in 1997 and converted it into an attractionfor those seeking a spooky Halloween thrill that ran for eight years. Wolfe said experts on at least five paranormal television shows found Wolfe Manor Hotel to be filled with supernatural goings-on. It’s been featured on the ghost hunting shows Ghost Contributed photo Hunters, Ghost Adven- The City of Clovis has threated to demolish the historic Wolfe tures, Mystery Quest, Manor Hotel if it’s not brought up to code, so owner Todd Wolfe is My Ghost Story and auctioning off as many items from the notorious haunted house as he can. the Dead Files. “George is upstairs in the second floor. Mary has her bedroom door, stood there, laid down on the couch, in the front room,” Wolfe said. and then stood up and left the room.” The manor was a landmark paranormal The team then asked the haze to come location in the Western United States and back and Wolfe said it did and laid down in attracted researchers from all over the U.S. front of the couch. According to Wolfe, people have experiWolfe has had one buyer who has enced contact by being touched, collecting bought five or six items from the home. electronic voice phenomena (EVP) record- Other memorabilia he plans to auction ings, photographic and video evidence, from the home are drapes and a chair from hearing disembodied voices and seeing Mary’s room– all seen on television – apparitions. drapes from the dining room and original An old couch that once sat in the home cookbooks from the sanitarium. is one of the items Wolfe plans to auction “It’s validating that I created something off. It’s probably the most haunted item ac- that’s getting international coverage and cording to Wolfe. During preparation for they want a piece of it, a piece of history,” filming Ghost Adventures, he said some- Wolfe said. thing walked into the basement while the If you’re interested in owning a piece team was there with anultraviolet (UV) of local history, log on to eBay.com and video camera. search Wolfe Manor Clovis. “This purple haze walked through the

Plan ahead for your 2014 charitable gifts By Nicolas Allen

At the end of every year, people often scramble to wrap up their charitable giving by Dec. 31. A little planning throughout the year can go a long way to avoid the last-minute rush. Make 2014 the year you get ahead of your charitable contributions. It can be more effective for you and those who benefit from your giving. Here are five steps to consider as you pursue your charitable goals over 2014 and beyond: 1 – Make a plan Just like other aspects of your financial life, most of your charitable giving should meet specific goals you have in mind. Take some time in the early months of the year to assess the causes you would most like to support and determine your giving priorities. You also may want to estimate your income for 2014 and set aside a percentage that you’d like to donate. 2 – Establish automatic plans Some charities allow you to make periodic contributions automatically using a credit card or a bank debit. You may find it easier to make a larger donationwhen you give a little bit at a time. Check with your favored charities to see if an automatic plan is available so you can implement a regular giving strategy. Not only does this approach make it easier for you, it also helps the charity as they receive systematic donations throughout the year. 3 – Explore the potential for employer-matching donations Some employers provide matching donations (up to a certain amount) of your own contributions to a specific charity. It multiplies your gift and can make a big difference for charities. If your employer offers a match, do your homework and

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make sure you’re taking advantage of this benefit. 4 – Understand the tax ramifications The general rule of thumb is that most charitable gifts can only be deducted from your taxes if you itemize deductions. In 2014, the standard deduction for those who choose not to itemize is $12,400 for married couples and $6,200 for a single tax filer. Those who don’t itemize deductions can still save on taxes by gifting appreciated assets to charity. This may be particularly effective for those with higher incomes who would be subject to an accelerated capital gains tax rate of 20 percent (the standard capital gains tax rate is either 0 percent or 15 percent,

depending on your tax bracket). Another important tax consideration is a restriction on itemized deductions for higher income individuals (known as the Pease Provision). It limits itemized deductions for those with Adjusted Gross Incomes above $254,200 (single tax filers) and $305,050 (married couples filing a joint return) in 2014. You should check with your tax advisor to learn more about how this rule could affect the tax benefit of your contributions. 5 – Consider the longer term Charitable giving isn’t simply a year-toyear strategy. As you get older, you want to think about how you can effectively manage your estate, while also benefiting

your favorite causes. Vehicles such as Charitable Remainder Trusts can help you leave a legacy that will last well beyond your lifetime. Discuss these matters with your financial, legal and tax advisors to see what options might work best for you. Nicolas Allen is a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Fresno, CA. He specializes in fee-based financial planning and asset management strategies and has been in practice for eight years. To contact him, consider http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/ nicolas.j.allen, (559) 490-7030 option 2, or 7433 N. First Street, Suite 102 Fresno, CA 93720.


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2014 CLOVIS CALENDAR -AprilRanch Rodeo Saturday, April 12 It’s not your typical rodeo… instead, it’s the real deal. The best riders and their horses must ride, rope, brand, rein, and perform cow work exercises against each other; competing in the kind of ranching activities they must do every day on their working cattle ranch operations. Each team consists of four riders who must use their same horse for the entire event. Cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the Central Valley will compete for more than $16,000 in prizes, including custom made saddles and silver bits. Time: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, east of Clovis Avenue at Seventh Street Free admission Contact: Clovis Rodeo Ticket Office (559) 299-5203 www.clovisrodeo.com Clovis Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 12 Join Clovis Area Recreation for Easter

crafts, games and an Easter egg hunt! A special appearance will be made by the Easter Bunny. Bring your own basket. Time: 10 a.m. Place: Sierra Bicentennial Park (between Herndon and Sierra) Free for children 12 and under. Contact: Clovis Area Recreation (559) 324-2780 Historic 1868 Academy Church services Celebrate Easter weekend with the Historic 1868 Academy Church. Time: April 18 Good Friday Service, 6:30 p.m. April 20 Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m.; Easter Potluck, 12:30 p.m.; Easter Service, 2 p.m. Place: 10667 N. Madsen (168 & N. Madsen). Contact: 299-6387 Easter Sunday Community Luncheon Sunday, April 20 Enjoy Easter Dinner with all the trimmings. Time: Noon Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 Fourth Street, Clovis, CA 93612 Free admission - advanced reservations required Contact: Clovis Senior Center, (559) 324-2750 The Clovis Sons of Italy’s Spring Pasta Dinner Party Monday, April 21 Proceeds go to the Fresno County Food Bank, the

Children’s Hospital in Madera County, Clovis and Madera student scholarships, youth groups, pet rescue, and other local charities. Limited sales at the door; takeouts available; donation: $15 per ticket, $7.50 for children, babies free. Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Notre Dame Hall, 333 Eighth Street at DeWitt For reservations: Brian or Carol Watson, (559) 299-1941. Clovis Rodeo April 24 - 27 Rodeo fans of all ages will delight in the Clovis Rodeo. This year, the rodeo includes four days of excitement beginning with Thursday night’s PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Competition. This hugely popular crowd pleaser is sparked with fireworks and the top cowboys of the world. Forty bulls are bucked and the top five come back for the grand prize money. Then the top eight tie-down ropers in the world compete for the winner-take-all title. Immediately following Thursday’s competition, fans are invited to enjoy a live concert in the arena. Friday night is family community night with a class PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association) Rodeo and a live concert in the arena following the rodeo action. Saturday morning’s Clovis Rodeo Parade begins at 9:30 a.m. downtown. After the parade, you can walk to the Rodeo Grounds, grab a tri-tip sandwich, find your reserved seat and watch the coronation of the 2011 Clovis Rodeo Queen at 1 p.m. The Rodeo competition heats up starting at 2 p.m. Sunday’s schedule includes a special Kid’s Rodeo starting at 12:45 p.m. with the professional rodeo action beginning at

2 p.m. Place: Clovis Rodeo Grounds, east of Clovis Avenue at Seventh Street Admission required for rodeo. Parade is free. Contact: Clovis Rodeo Ticket Office, (559) 299-5203 www.clovisrodeo.com -MaySenior Center Car Show Friday, May 2 Ahhh. Spring is here, and a young man’s fancy turns to MOTORS! Come check out a beautiful collection of classic cars from all eras. Judges from local car dealers will help pick the top three, but you can vote for the People’s Choice winner! A BBQ lunch of hamburger or hot dog, chips and a drink is only $4. Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Place: Senior Center (Fourth Street, east of Hughes Avenue) Free admission For more information, please call Shonna Halterman at 324-2767. Old Town Clovis Wine Walk Saturday, May 3 Grab a glass of wine and take a leisurely stroll through Old Town. Sample selections from a wide variety of wineries as you enjoy the small town atmosphere that combines the richness of the past with the amenities of today. Take your time as you visit with old friends, meet new people and discover Old Town. Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Place: Old Town Clovis For additional information, including ticket prices as well as specific merchants and wineries, please contact: Business Organization of Old Town (BOOT) at (559) 298-5774 www.oldtownclovis.org


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Log of Shame by April French-Naten

March 19 A couple over on Donner Street called to report a petty theft when they realized that someone had stolen their pool sweeper. Oddly, nothing else was stolen so at this point I would check your neighbor, Jack! Because I gotta tell ya, it would have been easier to just roll out the BBQ Grill than the pool sweeper so whoever stole it was on a mission! March 20 A man was arrested on the corner of Gettysburg and Willow when a passerby saw him hunched over tossing his cookies in the gutter! He was arrested for being drunk in public. Apparently his cookies didn’t mix well with the bottle of Captain Morgan he ingested. March 21 Our awesome guys and gals in blue had a good guy victory when doing a subject check on a suspicious person. An officer noticed a man lurking around a parking lot and when he stopped to talk to him, found himin possession of a crow bar and several personal items that apparently came from a nearby vehicle break in. Off to the slammer, buddy! March 22 A young couple was found, umm, let’s go with “loitering” in a church parking lot. When an officer stopped to ask them to please be on their way and to document their identifications, the boy thought he was super tough and would give false information to the officer. Yeah, that never works out as well in real life as it does in the movies. He was arrested and she was sent on a long walk home to re-think her choice in men! March 23 A man was arrested in the 400 block of Shaw when an officer noticed his car was a public hazard. It appeared that the car had rolled backwards out of his driveway and was sitting in the street, but the officer actually found the driver in the car asleep with the keys in the ignition. Apparently the man thought he would take his sleeping pill on the way home but was too tired to get out. He was arrested for driving under the influence. March 24 A local apartment complex was the victim of petty theft when someone stole the metal railing near the front office. Although they technically cannot pin the crime to any one individual,they can’t help but thinking that this was retaliation from the youngsters that were banned from skateboarding on those very same walk way rails the day before! March 25 Officers obtained a search warrant for a house that they had watched and suspected drug use in. At 0700 they barreled in and sure enough trumpeted a wakeup call with 5 arrests, all in possession of narcotics! Good morning y’all! March 26 Sacramento PD located one of our runaway teens when he got busted for being stupid in their town. He had quite a wait while his furious mom and dad drove to go pick him up! That had to have been a long and angry ride home! March 27 An officer driving by was instantly alarmed when he saw a couple at the corner of Ashlan and Temperancein the middle of a domestic disturbance. He stopped to help calm the situation and found himself smack in the middle of an argument. The husband asked his wife to get gas the night before and from the looks of it, she forgot, because they were standing next to their parked car that had no gas in it! March 28 Usually being in first place is good thing…..unless, of course, you are the first arrest of the day! Ha….Mr. DrunkyDrunkerson decided he would wonder the streets of Old Town and eventually had to stop and relieve himself on someone’s parked car. Unfortunately for him, the driver was sitting in his vehicle and called police. He was arrested and sent to the drunk tank. March 29 A local hospital called police when a transient man over stayed his welcome. Normally the hospital is very lenient and compassionate, but when you decide to set up camp on the parking lot, it tends to ruffle some feathers and can get you arrested for trespassing. March 30 A woman reported her wedding ring lost when her soon to be ex-husband made a big fuss about her returning it to him. The woman calmly explained to the officer that her husband cheated on her with her best friend and the next day she accidently lost the ring. Lost or tossed….you decide! March 31 A man reported that someone got into his unlocked car and stole his Airport ID and parking permit. Now that is random…. I assume we should be looking for a suspect wearing a business suit and carrying a brief case? Huh? Who steals that? April 1 Officers responded when a woman called to report that she found money buried in her back yard. She decided to start digging up a patch of earth for her annual garden and found a bag of cash totaling over $500. Or did she… *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.

ACROSS 56. Inner bract of a grass 1. A braid spikelet 5. Print errors 58. The Show-Me State 11. Any of 3 avatars of Vishnu 59. Self-immolation by fire ritual 12. Odor masking toiletry 60. Offshoot interests 16. Abba __, Israeli politician 63. Amounts of time 17. An enlisted person 64. Salty 18. Any speed competitor 65. Guinea currency 1971-85 19. Manitoba hockey team 24. The Bay state DOWN 25. Trees with conelike catkins 1. Existing before a war 26. Central area of a church 2. Open to change 27. 2 year old sheep 3. Gunsmoke actress Blake 28. Interpret written words 4. Converted into leather 29. Greek goddess of youth 5. Boundary 30. Bullfighting maneuver 6. Predominated 31. Shapes 7. Royal Observatory 33. Decreased 8. Promotion 34. Fly 9. Rich multilayered cake 38. Unbelief 10. River between Iran and 39. Traditional Hindu rhythms Armenia 40. Yemen capital 13. Carrier’s invention 43. Prayer leader in a mosque 14. Banes 44. A sheep up to the age of one 15. Catastrophe year 20. Atomic #77 45. Soldier in an airborne unit 21. A note appended to a letter 49. What a cow chews 22. Licks 50. K particle 23. Adam’s wife 51. 50 cent pieces 27. Counterbalance 53. Trauma center 29. Brokeback star’s initials 54. 2011 Stanley Cup winners 30. Golf score

31. Manuscripts (abbr.) 32. Old English 33. Pod legume 34. Upper arm muscle 35. Japanese warrior 36. Oh, God! 37. A Scottish cap 38. Expresses surprise 40. Carbon particles 41. 4th cognomen 42. “Joy Luck Club” actress Irene 44. Holds 45. Favorable factors 46. Bird enclosure 47. Act of pay for usage 48. St. Francis of __ 50. Aussie bear 51. Day-O singer’s initials 52. One of the six noble gases 54. Apiary inhabitants 55. Proboscis 57. “Titanic” star’s initials 61. Lincoln’s state 62. Atomic #28

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Residents fortunate to escape Clovis house fire

Sex offender on the loose

Clovis PD is asking for your help to locate a registered sex offender who is out of compliance. Joshua Edinger was registered as a transient in Clovis and is in violation of his registration requirements. Edinger, a white 29 yearold male, has five active warrants, one being for his offender violation status. If you have any info, please call Clovis PD at (559) 324-2556, or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP. You can remain anonymous! Thank you for your help!

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Clovis Fire Department responded to a two-story home fire at 162 N. Peach early morning on Apr 6. Initially reported at 7:32am, Clovis units arrived within four minutes reporting heavy smoke and flames coming from the home. Arriving crews were informed by four residents that an additional resident was unaccounted for. Fortunately, that individual evacuated immediately after the initial contact was made allowing firefighters to begin suppressing the blaze. Firefighters on the interior of the home found that it had quickly spread into the attic and compromised structural integrity. Recognizing the extent of the blaze and safety concerns, interior crews exited and assisted in battling the blaze from the exterior. Other arriving crews protected a detached garage and apartment to prevent further property loss. Fire extensively damaged the attic, roof,

and part of the first floor of the home. No injuries were sustained by firefighters or occupants. Eight fire units and twenty-four personnel, including resources from the, Fresno County Fire Protection District, Clovis Police Department and Clovis Emergency Response Team responded to the incident. Cause, origin and total losses are under investigation. The five residents displaced by the fire are receiving assistance from various resources. Residents are reminded that simple steps such as maintaining working smoke detectors, having a family escape plan, and talking to children about the dangers of playing with matches can minimize the loos of life and property should a fire occur in your home. For more information, please follow us on Facebook or visit our web page at www.cityofclovis.com/fire.

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Theft at Clovis 7-11

Clovis PD is asking for your help with identifying this theft suspect. The theft occurred at the 7-11 at Peach/Gettysburg. If you have info, please call Clovis PD 559324-2556, or Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP. You can remain anonymous. Case 1402217.

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The Pest Report: Managing springtime pest invasions

Contributed by Tamarack Pest Control

Spiders, ants and rodents, oh, my! Here at Tamarack Pest Control, we have been very busy due to the unseasonably warm and dry weather. This weather has brought out many pests that don’t normally show up until late spring and summertime. Our technicians have noticed more ants, spiders and flea problems in the area than in previous years. Pests are similar to us in a few ways: one is that they need water and food, too. Since the Valley hasn’t been getting enough rainfall in recent months, they’re coming in right under your doors, garages and other entry ways to look for such necessities. We do have a solution to all these pests who are looking to stay in your home free of rent. Our bi-monthly service includes regular service to your house every other month. This service covers over 50 different pests and rodents, regular dewebbing of your house and free of charge in-between visits for those pests who get left behind or new pests who show up unexpectedly. Here at Tamarack, we value your needs as much as we value our own. With spring break and summer coming up, we don’t want mice or ants ruining any backyard BBQs. Our technicians say that even though spiders and ants are becoming more of a common problem, don’t expect them to go away anytime soon. Summer is prime season for these insects to come out and invade your home. Another growing pest that we have seen more of in the Valley are bed bugs. Bed bugs become more active with heat, and we all know that it’s only going to become warmer as the summer approaches. Bed bugs are tiny insects that burrow

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themselves into every crack and crevasse they can find in your house. They mainly reside in areas where you sleep. They are nocturnal and remain inactive during the day,but when you’re sound asleep at night, they attack.Their lifespan is six months to a year and a half, and they can reproduce rapidly. Another harmful characteristic of bed bugs is that they can remain dormant for several months and become active when the conditions are prime. Fortunately, we offer an amazing bedbug service that will rid your home of these pests. We use a thermal remediation treatment which is 99% effective, doesn’t use harmful pesticidesor insecticides and can be completed in only one day. We are the only pest control company that offers this service in the entire Central Valley!

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While the artificial grass industry is booming, the thought of putting “fake grass” in your yard is still quite new to some individuals. Our office has been flooded with all sorts of questions in regards to artificial grass and how it works. Most people jump online to get their answers, and while the online community is full of good information and reliable content, it also has a lot ofinaccurate information. Following are the top five myths that we see on a regular basis: Myth #1: Artificial grass contains lead that will harm my children or pets. Artificial grass is 100% safe. With 40 years of history under EPA oversight and OSHA-regulated manufacturing, not one person has ever reported ill-effects related to any materials used in artificial grass. All artificial grass contains lead. It helps with the longevity of the color. The lead is encapsulated into the fibers of the turf, so no matter how broken down the fiber gets,it will never leach out. Due to Prop 65, California has more stringent regulations on the amount of lead allowed per square yard of artificial grass. In California, we are only allowed .05 micrograms of lead per square yard, compared to most other states with are allowed 40 micrograms per square yard. All of SYNLawn’s products are lead compliant. Dr. David Black, a toxicologist at Aegis Sciences Corporation, and Dr. Davis Lee, a chemist from the Georgia Institute of Technology, issued a joint statement through the Synthetic Turf Council on April 21, 2008: “There is no scientific evidence of a health risk for children or adults based on recent test results and current knowledge of the chemical structure of aged synthetic turf products.” In other words, artificial grass is completely safe.

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Seeking Perfection

By Dr. Edward Trevino

Before our children are born, we spend nine months planning for every possible contingency that may arise. Do we have the proper diapers, do we have the right bottles and formula? Will the baby be able to sleep at night in their brand new nursery inthe crib with the mobile hanging over it? When we were asked whether we wanted a boy or girl, our response was that we wanted a healthy baby with 10 toes and 10 fingers, preferably on the correct appendages. And then the day comes, and we are overjoyed because in our arms is the most, perfectly, wonderful little ball of joy. No teeth yet, but perfection nonetheless. This is when our journey starts. Everything starts to grow, and we want to make sure that it grows big and strong. Proper care and proper nutrition are a must. It’s about six months and we’re just about to see our first front teeth coming in. The little buds look perfectly white and just adorable. Now we have to start thinking, when do we take our child for their first dental checkup? This question is often asked and the correct response is, when they have teeth. Do we really think that those baby teeth are going to need treatment? Probably not. The visit will be more for educational purposes where we will learn what to do and what not to do in regards to the care of those little pearls. How much do we need to know about caring for those little teeth? Well, we need to know how to brush them. There are little finger brushes where we can just use the brush and water to remove remnants of milk or formula from the newly erupting teeth.The milk is loaded with sugars. Do nothing, and there is a great risk for getting baby bottle tooth decay. These young teeth are very susceptible to this disease.We certainly want our kids to begina healthy journey with their new teeth. Once all teeth have erupted and the child is old enough to brush, we must instruct them on how to

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take care of them. Don’t just rely on their skills; we must observe them and follow up. It is very important to keep these teeth in pristine condition because these teeth pave the way for the permanent teeth. The perfect little baby teeth will preserve spacing for the permanent teeth to enter the mouth. The more guarded the spacing, the better chance of the permanent teeth coming in correctly and giving us the next phase of a perfect smile. What if, in spite of all your preventative care, that dreaded ‘cavity monster’ shows up? A tooth colored restoration can be placed and the tooth can be reconstructed to its previous glory. What if the teeth do not properly come into the correct position? Teeth can be straightened by using braces or clear aligners to properly reposition the teeth to make that perfect smile. But along with having perfectly aligned teeth, we will give our children healthier gums and bone support. Crooked, misaligned teeth can harbor bacteria down along the roots which can cause periodontal disease (bone loss around the teeth). Without the support of the bone, the teeth will have a greater risk of being lost in adulthood. But don’t fret, if a tooth is lost due to poor oral health or an injury, with the advent of dental implants, teeth can be replaced very successfully. So, if perfection is your thing, and you want to steer your child’s teeth in that direction, all you need to do is seek out information and insist on the best dental care available to you from the very start. For more information, contact: Art of Design Implant, Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Edward A. Treviño, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon, #102. Fresno, CA 93720. Phone: 559-230-0809, Fax: 559230-0833. Email: artofdesigndentistry@ gmail.com. Website: www.fresnosdentist. com

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his year, make your Easter ham effortless by ditching the oven and using your slow cooker instead. While most people think about slow cooking for staples like chili and stew, it’s also perfect for center-of-the-plate feasts — like an Easter ham. Using the slow cooker, you can minimize both prep time and cleanup time, leaving plenty of room in the day for church, hunt­ing eggs and enjoying time with your loved ones. Ham is a tradition for many families this time of year, and because it pairs well with a multitude of ingredients, you can create a unique dish every time. For a fresh spin on the classic ham, try this Sweet Southern SlowCooker Ham recipe from the National Pork Board. Apple cider and bourbon (or vanilla extract, if you prefer) combine to create a rich flavor complemented by the sweetness of brown sugar. Round out your Easter menu by pairing your ham with classic sides such as oven-roasted carrots, asparagus wrapped in bacon and mashed sweet potatoes. You can also use leftover ham for flavor-packed recipes like Ham, Apple and Cheddar Crepes, which are ideal for a family-style brunch. To get inspired by more ham and Easter meal ideas, visit PorkBeinspired.com or Facebook.com/PorkBeinspired.

Ham, Apple and Cheddar Crepes

Sweet Southern Slow-Cooker Ham

Yield: 6 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes 3 cups ham, shredded and warmed 1 3/4 cups 2% milk 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 4 large eggs 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Granny Smith apple, halved, cored and thinly sliced Cheese Sauce 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup 2% milk 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup white cheddar cheese, shredded 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped Pour milk, butter, eggs and salt in blender. Mix until well combined. Add flour. Mix for 15 to 20 seconds or until smooth. Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat an 8-inch crepe pan or non­stick skillet over medium heat. Coat well with nonstick cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, swirl to fully cover bottom of pan. Cook for 1 minute or until crepe begins to curl

Yield: 12 servings Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 4 to 8 hours 1 bone-in fully cooked ham, about 5 1/2 pounds 1 cup apple cider 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 1/3 cup Kentucky bourbon 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup Dijon mustard 4 fresh thyme sprigs Place ham in large slow cooker. Whisk cider with brown sugar, bourbon, honey and mustard. Slowly pour over ham. Scatter thyme sprigs into slow cooker.

around edges. Carefully flip and cook for an addi­tional 30 seconds or until set. Trans­fer to plate. Repeat with additional cooking spray and remaining batter. Layer cooked crepes between pieces of wax paper to prevent sticking. Lay a crepe on clean work sur­face. Arrange few slices of apple on quarter of crepe; top with shredded ham. Fold crepe in half to cover filling and fold in half again to create triangular shape. Repeat with remaining crepes, apple and ham. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet and hold in warm oven until ready to serve, or up to 30 minutes. For cheese sauce, melt butter in saucepan set over medium heat. Stir in flour until well coated. Cook, stir­ring constantly, for 2 min­utes or until pale and smooth. Whisk in milk, a splash at a time, until smooth; stir in mustard, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat back of spoon. Remove from heat. Whisk in cheese, a small handful at a time, until melted and smooth. Place filled crepes on each plate. Spoon cheese sauce over each crepe and sprinkle with chives. Serving Suggestion: All the elements of the recipe can be prepared a day in advance and gently warmed before assembling.

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours, or until very tender. Remove ham to rest on cutting board. Pass remaining cooking liquid through fine mesh sieve into sauce­pan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly reduced. Carve ham into serving pieces. Brush ham pieces with cooking liquid before arrang­ing on platter. Serve warm or at room temperature. Note: For a non-alcoholic alterna­tive, replace the bourbon with 1/4 cup water and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract. Cooking Tip: Use leftover ham to make Ham, Apple and Cheddar Crepes.


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International Friendship Program opens doors to other cultures By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Although she has no biological children of her own, retired teacher Cathy Self has “adopted” children scattered throughout the world. She has been the guest of honor at her Japanese daughter’s wedding, rendezvoused in Hawaii to cradlea first-born child, and has been wined and dined by the real families of her Taiwanese daughters. Self, the volunteer match coordinator for the International Friendship Program (IFP), sponsored through the International Student Services Program at Fresno State, has been hosting international students since 2007. “I’m the Yenta,” Self said. “I find families to place the kids and hope they adore the kids as much as I do.” Self has been the “American mom” for students from India to Siberia, has invited students to share game nights and holidays, and has taken them on adventures like a first giddy trek to the ocean for five Indian girls. “There are lifelong love affairs that start,” said Self. “They are my overseas kids. I consider them to be part of my family. It has truly opened up my world. When my husband died, I was all alone, and I am not alone anymore.” The IFP goes back more than 30 years and matches local families with international students from Fresno State to enhance an exchange of culture and friendship. The friendship commitment is for at least a school year, and involves inviting the students to share meals, outings and cultural exchanges with the host families. The families benefit by learning about other cultures, languages and customs, and the students familiarize themselves with their temporary country through the eyes of residents. The host families don’t house the students; they just act as “cultural ambassadors” or a “bridge” between the students and their new temporary and unfamiliar

home. Normally, out of 200 students from 50 to 60 countries, about 25 to 30 sign up each semester. “Last fall, we had 75 students who applied,” Self said. “We are continually looking for interested host families. We want these students to return from America and tell others what a wonderful place this was.” Clovis Christian Church Volunteer Missions Director Cathleen Lawler and her husband, Tim, have hosted students for three years. Currently, all three of their friendship students are from India. The students Rahul, Rohit and Pooja celebrate holidays with the Lawlers, join them for ice cream runs and take a monthly trek to their favorite store: Costco. Cathleen, who travels for her missions work, was able to attend Rahul’s brother’s wedding reception in India this year. “Rahul’s family embraced me,” Lawler said. “They brought me a sari to wear and I took pictures with everyone.” Rahul said that the IFP helped him cope with the culture shock of a new country. “In Cathleen, I found my second mother, miles away from my family in India. Cathleen and her husband Tim embraced me with open arms, invited me to their home, and gently explained to me the intricacies of American culture. They guided me and showed where to get all life’s essentials such as grocery stores and restaurants,” Rahul said. “She came to my apartment and saw how sparse it looked without furniture and found furniture for us, including beds. Just having somebody local who I could call upon if I needed help was a great morale booster and instrumental in assuring me that I could finish my degree here. I am really grateful to the IFP for introducing me to my family in America.” For the Lawlers, the international friendships are a mutual admiration and a rich cultural exchange.

Clovis Heritage Walk to host tribute to Issei and Nisei The Clovis Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League is pleased to announce a project to commemorate the contributions of the Issei and Nisei, first and second generations of Japanese Americans.The memorial will consist of a sculpture of Fumio “Ike” Ikeda as an icon of the Issei and Nisei farmers, businessmen and community stewards in Clovis.It will be located on the Clovis Heritage Walk near Clovis Avenue and Shaw Avenue.The project is co-sponsored by the City of Clovis. The artist for the project is Brandon Greer, creator of the “Walking Doctor” statue on the Walk.The project is scheduled to be completed in May 2014. The community is invited to participate in the project. The cost of the statue is $20,000 and is underwritten by the Ikeda Family.The Clovis Community Church has generously provided a seed grant of

$5,000 to start the fundraising effort. A community dedication and unveiling of the statue will be held on or about June 21, 2014, with a reception for donors to follow.Donors will receive a personal invitation to the dedication ceremony and reception.Clovis JACL is a charitable organization, Taxpayer Id. No. 946102620. Any excess funds will be used to support the Clovis JACL Scholarship Program, and the Fumio “Ike” Ikeda Memorial Scholarship in particular.Your tax-deductible contribution can be made payable to “Clovis JACL” and sent to Joyce Aoki, Treasurer, at 2847 E. John Drive, Fresno, CA 93720. For more information, please contact Eugene “Geno” Shimizu, Clovis JACL President, at (559) 298-3315or gpshimizu@sbcglobal.net.

Simons returns as Clovis Unified director of football Clovis North Educational Center and Clovis Unified announced Coach Tim Simons as the new director of football. Simons took over the football program on March 27. The founding father of the Bronco football program, Simons returned to Clovis Unified after two years of coaching quarterbacks at Fresno City College. Simons brings an incredible resume to this position, which includes 11 league championships and five Valley championships. As well as being named the California Coach of the year for football, Simons was a member of Coach Pat Hill’s staff at Fresno State for seven years. A Clovis Unified spokesperson said the district is looking forward to watching

Coach Simons and his staff lead the Broncos into the 2014 season.

Contributed photo Cathleen Lawler has hosted students through the International Friendship Program for three years. She was invited to attend the wedding of one of her student’s brothers in India, where she was welcomed as a member of their family.

“We get so much from our friendships,” Cathleen said. “The whole point of the friendship program is to show them how Americans live and to learn about their culture as well.” Pat and Diana Shehan have officially befriended four students through IFP since last fall. Pat, the pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fresno, said that many international students face loneliness and uncertainty for the future, and are sustained and comforted by having a warm relationship with an American family. “We had them make a wish list for what they wanted to see and do,” Pat said.

“We’ve taken them camping, had them for Thanksgiving and plan a wine tasting tour in the future.” For the Shehans, the IFP was a perfect bridge from the empty nest when their three grown children moved away. “The friendships are a real pleasure,” Pat said. “It’s a cross cultural experience both ways. You learn a lot about a country you’ve never been to and the relationships are very meaningful.” For additional information, visitinternationalfriendshipprogram-fresno or call Cathy Self at 275-6602.

New library vending unit open at Sierra Vista Mall Fresno County Public Library is pleased to announce the arrival of a brand new way to access library resources. The Sierra Vista Library is located in the Sierra Vista Mall, next to the Kohl’s mall entrance.The Sierra Vista Library is a self-serve vending unit, dispensing library books and items with better hours for customers, at a location more accessible to the public than a conventional library. Some of the features of this new service include: -Open 7 days a week during mall hours (Monday to Friday, 6:30 am to 9 pm, Saturday, 6:30 am to 8 pm, Sunday, 6:30 am to 6 pm). -Ability to search the Fresno County Public Library catalog from the machine itself. -Ability to place holds on library items

and pick them up at Sierra Vista while doing your shopping. -Ability to return or renew library items at the kiosk. All that is required is a Fresno County Public Library card to use this new service. The Sierra Vista Library is the first indoor library vending unit located in a shopping mall in the country and Fresno County Public Library is proud to offer this service to Clovis residents.

Burlingame youth is National Geographic California Geography Bee champion By Tom Uribes

Tuvya Bergson-Michelson, a seventh grader at Nueva School in Burlingame, correctly answered a question about canals in ancient Persia to become the 2014 champion of the National Geographic California State Geography Bee held at Fresno State on Apr 3rd. Daniel Wang of San Jose earned second place and Rhea Mitr of Dublin earned third, making it a Bay Area sweep. The competition, held in Fresno for the first time, was attended by more than 350 people as 98 contestants battled it out for about four hours. The 13-year-old Tuvya was presented with his $100 award by Sean Boyd, state coordinator and lecturer in Fresno State’s Department of Geography and City and

Regional Planning. Next, Tuvya will travel to Washington D.C. for the national geography bee May 19-21 to compete for a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the society. The national winner will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Galapagos Islands to experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. The National Geographic Geography Bee Competitions national finals will be aired May 22 on the National Geographic Channel and moderated by Soledad O’Brien of CNN. For more information, contact Boyd at seboyd@csufresno.edu.


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Clovis North freshman wins Gospel Music Association’s Dove Award By Veronique A. Werz Reprinted with permission from CUSD Today

Grace Kane may be just 14 years old, but she has already established herself on the national music scene. The Clovis North High freshman’s break out moment was winning a prestigious Dove Award this year in the Children’s Music Album of the Year category. The Dove Award is given by the Gospel Music Association of the United States and recognizes outstanding achievement in the Christian music industry. “It’s kind of like the Grammys, but for Christian music,” Grace said. She said that when her family had lived in Dallas, before moving to the Central Valley, her guitar teacher, Ryan Edgar, introduced her to Christian recording artist Kari Jobe. “Kari Jobe asked me if I wanted to sing on the Gateway Next worship album with her and I said, ‘Yes, of course, sounds fun,’” Grace said. “I developed a friendship with her and got to go to the studio and record. It was kind of scary at first, but the funny thing is, it felt natural.” The song Grace recorded with Jobe is called “Gonna Love You” and can be found on Gateway Next’s “Look Up” album. While Grace was honored and thrilled to be part of the nominated album, she didn’t believe it would win at the awards ceremony in October. The competition

Contributed photo: Grace Kane

was stiff in their category. But, to her elated surprise, Grace received a text from Jobe who was at the

Clovis Community Foundation hosts the Mayor’s Breakfast Join the Clovis Community Foundation, Mayor Lynne Ashbeck, the City Council, business leaders and friends for the annual Clovis Mayor’s Breakfast,at the Clovis Veterans Memorial Building (5th and Hughes) on May 22 from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight.Table and event sponsorships areavailable.All proceeds from the Mayor’s Breakfast benefit deserving non-profit community organizations. For more information and reservations, call (559)298-9261 or visit cloviscommunityfoundation.organd click on “calendar of events.”

ceremony in Nashville that read, “Guess what? We just won a Dove Award!” Grace said two months after winning

the award she was approached by the producers of “America’s Got Talent” to skip through the audition process and go right onto the show. Grace currently leads worship for her church, The Well, several times a month in front of 600 people. She said that in the future she would love to continue leading worship. “There are different colleges that I’ve looked into including Biola University in Los Angeles and a worship college in Australia,” Kane said. Grace said that taking pride in your work means realizing what you’re capable of; your gifts and talents and using those gifts and talents for the good and not for selfish reasons. “I’m so grateful for my choir teacher, Heather Bishop, and what I have learned at Clovis North through the choir,” she said. She says that she hasn’t yet fully digested the reality that she won a coveted Dove Award. “It was such a big honor to be able to sing with Kari Jobe in the first place and then to actually win the award,” Grace said. “I really feel like music is what I’m supposed to do and I’ve felt that since I was a little girl. As long as I’m playing music I will be happy.”

Spring Break Schedule Spring Break is almost here! It runs from April 14th through the 21st. So, school is back in session on April 22nd. Have a great, safe spring break!


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Calling All Corvettes! 100 Corvettes needed for Clovis Rodeo centennial celebration

By Anna Moore

As Freddy “Dr. Vette” Martinez moves swiftly around the eight Corvettes awaiting surgery in his auto shop in Clovis, his radio blasts the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing” and sets the pace for the restoration of fast cars. It is obvious from his meticulously organized workshop that Dr. Vette deeply loves the profession that has chosen him. Nevertheless, the Corvette Doctor is gearing up to retire from 40 years of private Corvette restoration. Truly one of Clovis’ legendary greats, he plans to make a grand exit by formally withdrawing after one final presentation for Clovis Rodeo’s 100th Birthday Parade on Saturday, April 26in Old Town Clovis. Dr. Vette is looking for local Corvette enthusiasts to join the Clovis Rodeo Parade on his farewell ride. “I hope to get 100 Corvette entries to celebrate the rodeo’s 100th Birthday,” says Dr. Vette. “I do it for the smiles on the kids’ faces. I remember how happy I felt when I would see those cars driving down the street.” His attempt to spread the word to fellow Corvette lovers has become his own personal race to the finish. He estimates that there are currently only about 60 Corvettes signed up for the parade, leaving 40 more spots to fill. He has been on a restoration marathon himself for months, working around the clock to finish his own entry in time. This year, he will be driving his semicustomized 2009 LS1 Corvette in the rodeo parade (complete with “DR VETTE” vanity plate), which is the first manufactured year of the future collectible hardtop body style.With past entries, Dr. Vette took home first place in the Specialty Vehicle

category of the 91st, 92nd, and 94th Clovis Rodeos. Dr. Vette has a local auto body artist, the late Arnold Franklin, to thank for teaching him the trade. Franklin fixed Dr. Vette’s very first Corvette, a 1963 Split Window, for next to nothing. “He did such a good job that I decided to go nights to help him out at his shop to pay him back,” he says. “After two years, he passed away, and then people started calling me.” The Vette Doctor’s first Corvette lesson was mending a little crack; eventually he was cutting two Corvettes in half to splice them undetectably into one. “Now, there’s nothing I can’t do,” says Dr. Vette.“The direction I was going before I met Arnold Franklin, I probably should have been making license plates. Now I make the whole car.” Walking through his shop, it is clear to see that Dr. Vette is a master when it comes to fabricating, able to impeccably execute what he calls “improvements” on original Chevrolet designs. He is known among Corvette aficionados for his artful aftermarket modifications to fenders, wheel wells and air intake scoops to increase driving speed and safety. “They call me the Doctor because they know I won’t just slap a band aid on a Corvette. I’ll make it healthy again,” he says. When faced with a demolished engine compartment, Dr. Vette will dismantle every square inch and fabricate any piece necessary. “If you don’t build it right,” he says, “the car will peel open like a banana on the road.” But what does Dr. Vette plan to do in his retirement? He is most excited about

Contributed photo Freddy “Dr. Vette” Martinez will be driving his semi-customized 2009 LS1 Corvette in this year’s ClovisRodeo parade. The retiring Corvette Doctor is looking for fellow Corvette enthusiasts to join him in getting 100 ‘Vettes on the street to celebrate the rodeo’s 100th birthday.

finishing his 1967 Stingray L88 Coupe replica for himself. The L88’s 427 Big Block engine was considered too large and too dangerous for the road, and only 20 of these cars were made before production was halted - this highly rare Corvette is known as an “outlaw car.” Dr. Vette will be placing his original L88 motor into an original 1967 body, which he plans on “improving” far beyond what Chevrolet designers ever created themselves. With a chuckle, Dr. Vette jokes, “I could have gone off to design

and fabricate for General Motors, but why would I leave my own shop to go work for someone else?” To see the Vette Doctor on the road, come watch the Clovis Rodeo Parade with fellow rodeo fans on the morning of April 26th (visit www.ClovisRodeo.com for details). If you are a Corvette owner and would like to be a part of the “Happy 100th Birthday Clovis Rodeo Parade,” please contact “Dr. Vette” at 299-7866.


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