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Made in Clovis: Al Gould Custom Saddles

Local artist’s leather work is known across the country By Amy D. Fienen

File photo by Joaquin Hernandez The Clovis Rodeo’s centennial celebration is taking place this weekend. By Amy D. Fienen

Merriam-Webster defines tradition as the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction. Clovis defines tradition as the Clovis Rodeo, 100 Years, continued on page 3

From the small shop behind his house in rural Clovis, Al Gould makes custom saddles known across the country for their intricate design. With his humble and unpretentious attitude, Gould doesn’t come across as one of the country’s most renowned leather artists, yet his passion for what he does becomes evident when he puts a swivel knife to a piece of leather. Visitors to the modest shop are greeted by the rich scent of leather and two friendly pups who take their job of being underfoot very seriously. A dusty ceiling fan swirls lazily over the work bench where any number of projects are created. Bridles and stirrups hang from hooks along the walls next to all manner of horse drawings and randomly placed family photographs. A sewing machine appears a bit out of place amongst hundreds of leatherworking tools. The phone rings frequently, and Gould searches distractedly for it as his train of thought is interrupted. It seems safe to predict that a visit to Gould’s shop could consume a large part of one’s day. The 71-year-old is a

Photo by Amy D. Fienen Clovis’ very own Al Gould is one of the country’s most renowned leather artists, making custom saddles and a number of other leather items. Made in Clovis, continued on page 3

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Photo by Amy D. Fienen Clovis leather craftsman Al Gould with the saddle blanket and handcrafted leather scrapbook that will be awarded to this year’s Clovis Rodeo queen. These are just two of the many traditions that have made the Clovis Rodeo so important to the community for 100 years.

which kicks off their four-day centennial celebration on Thursday. One hundred years in the making, the Clovis Rodeo is more than a fierce competition between cowboys – it’s a celebration of the past living on and a way of honoring the cowboy way of life. In a time when long-held customs are easily forgotten, Clovis residents are proud of the fact that the rodeo is still going strong. Al Gould, a former director of the Clovis Rodeo Association, said that after 100 years, it’s safe to call the rodeo a tradition. “In a time where traditions aren’t held sacred and there are so few left, we’re thankful to still have the Clovis Rodeo tradition,” Gould said. Gould is one of countless locals who

Made in Clovis Continued from page 1 spirited storyteller, and one tale leads to another, which leads to another. He loves to talk rodeo, family and the craft for which he is best known. His eyes light up when he shares the joy of teaching aspiring craftsmen how to create an elaborate flower pattern or an ornate border. “It’s humbling for people to want to learn what you have,” Gould said. “I enjoy sharing what I’ve been blessed with.” When Gould’s grandmother gave him a set of leather working tools when he was 9 years old, he’s pretty sure she just wanted to be rid of it. She had no way of knowing that what began as a hobby would turn into her grandson’s life’s work.

April 24, 2014 grew up greeting the last weekend of April with eager anticipation. He has fond childhood memories of attending the carnival and rodeo with his grandfather, and as a young man, he went from a spectator in the stands to a competitor in the arena. Now 71, Gould helped start what has become a tradition for the rodeo queens. For 21 years, the renowned leather craftsman and saddle maker has been making a beautiful, intricately designed hand-crafted leather scrapbook for the winner of the Miss Clovis Rodeo competition. He also designs the leather corners for the saddle blanket the winner receives. It’s Gould’s way of helping to carry on what he sees as such an important aspect of his hometown’s legacy. “I’m old enough to understand that traditions are important and their longevity is worth celebrating,” he said. When some local women started what is now known as the Clovis Rodeo in 1914, they had no way of knowing the scope of what it would become. The “Clovis Festival” began as an annual spring gathering with a primary purpose of bringing friends and neighbors together. The women prepared the food, and the men roped and rode in an informal competition. As it was in the beginning, the Clovis Rodeo is still seen by many as a chance to meet up with friends and family. Chuck Rigsbee, president of the Clovis Rodeo Association, is the fourth generation in his family to enjoy the rodeo. As a child, his grandparents’ home in downtown Clovis was the site of a huge annual gathering of family and friends during rodeo weekend – a practice many families continue today. “There are a lot of families in and around Clovis that use rodeo weekend as an excuse for a family gathering,” Rigsbee said. “Any organization that can last for 100 years is perpetuated by a lot of family connections over the years.” When he was only in junior high, Gould’s leather stamping abilities caught the attention of Clovis saddle shop owner Slim Beaver. Gould was hired to stamp saddles after school, and eventually learned to build saddles as well. He got involved with the rodeo in high school, and went on to compete at the college and professional levels in team roping and steer wrestling. Meanwhile, Gould’s reputation as a saddle builder was spreading, landing him a job designing saddles for the McPherson Leather Company in Los Angeles. That led to a job with legendary Western apparel company Resistol, which took him to New Mexico and Texas. Gould eventually tired of the corporate culture, returning to Clovis in the 1990s to focus his efforts entirely on building custom saddles. At the time, leather craftsmen treated their trade as a top secret entity to be protected at all costs, but the

Photo courtesy of Al Gould Al Gould’s signature is his intricate swivel knife designs.

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File photo by Joaquin Hernandez In a time when long-held customs are easily forgotten, the Clovis Rodeo tradition lives on.

Except for two years during World War II, someone who’s made notable contributions to the Rodeo Association or the community is honored as the rodeo’s grand marshal. “It’s quite an honor for someone to be picked grand marshal,” said Vince Genco, Clovis Rodeo Association board member. In honor of the rodeo’s centennial celebration, this year’s grand marshal slot will be filled by all the past grand marshals that are still living. They will be joined by all the past living rodeo queens in the parade and Saturday and Sunday’s rodeo grand entry ceremonies. Rigsbee said that he’s expecting this year’s festivities to draw larger than normal crowds. “It’s going to kick off fast and furious with the blood drive at the rodeo grounds at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday,” he said.

That will be followed Thursday evening by the PBR Touring Pro-Division at 6:30 p.m and a concert by Scotty McCreery. Rodeo performances will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Friday’s performance will be followed by the Tyler Farr concert. Saturday festivities include the parade and the Rodeo Dance. Ticket sales have been heavy, and Rigsbee encourages people to purchase their tickets in advance. Even more so than in years past, Rigsbee expects locals to be out in force, celebrating the tradition that’s been so instrumental in shaping the way of life that makes Clovis unique. “We’re obviously hoping the rodeo’s going to be around for the next 100 years,” he said. For more on Clovis Rodeo events, log on to or call 299-5203.

past 20 years have changed that way of thinking. Gould is now as soughtafter as a teacher as he is a saddle builder, traveling to trade shows across the country to share his talents with others. Best known for his signature swivel knife cuts, Gould teaches others how to use this small tool to make designs on leather belts, photo albums, day planners, tablet covers, and guitar straps. Gould says there is little he finds more rewarding than seeing a light go on in a student who’s been struggling to grasp a concept until they attended one of his classes. “I help them understand that each line has to Photo courtesy of Al Gould compliment the one next Al Gould custom saddles can cost as much as $10,000 because their elaborate designs are so time-consuming. to it,” Gould explained. Two of Gould’s projects were featured on the cover of “The Leather Crafters and Saddlers a custom one to the difference between a Journal,” and is 2009, he was a recipient of Yugo and a Mercedes. Occasionally, he’s the prestigious Al Stohlman Award. had customers purchase saddles who are Frank Toste is a local farmer who’s so taken by their exquisite design that they spent 16 years assisting Gould in his shop don’t want to use them. a couple times a week. Toste explained “I had one customer who said he was that 20 years ago, the designs that covered having a hard time strapping a piece of a saddle were stamped on as large as artwork on a horse,” Gould said. possible to simply cover the space. But There is no doubt that Gould’s saddles Gould’s refined work contradicted the idea are works of art. Asked if he considers that bigger was better. himself an artist or a craftsman, Gould “Al’s designs get smaller and smaller said he fancies himself an artist. He draws and smaller, Toste said. inspiration for his designs from daily life, Because of the intricacies of his designs works hard at developing techniques that and the fact that it’s fit specifically to the make his work more attractive, and has rider, an Al Gould custom saddle can cost spent most of his lifetime perfecting his as much as $10,000. Gould likens the craft. difference between a standard saddle and

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Rebuilding your credit: Start by seeing your credit report free Contributed by Fresno County Federal Credit Union

What does it take to lose your good credit rating? A few bad spending choices, over-spending on a credit card, missing payments – these are the mistakes than can lead to years of bad credit reports and a personal “credit rating” that can make it tough to get a loan, finance a vehicle, or obtain a mortgage. With a little knowledge, self-control and modifications to your spending, you can rebuild your credit and have the better, brighter future you and your family deserve. But first, investigate your current credit report in order to plan for the future. What is a credit rating? Your credit rating comes from your credit report. A good rating can help you qualify for lower loan rates and lower payments; a poor rating limits your financial opportunities. Your rating is an aggregate of numerous factors, quantified and expressed as a number. Lenders use the credit rating number in their decision to offer you a loan. The average credit scores range from 300 to 850. The US average is 675. How does a credit rating affect the loan process? When you apply for a loan, your lender uses a decision process that weighs your ability to pay and your willingness to pay. Your ability to pay is based on your income, your assets, and your incometo-debt-ratio, a formula that divides your monthly income into your total monthly debt. Your willingness to pay is

determined by your credit history, your payment history, your history with the lender, your employment history and your residence history. Payment delinquencies, collections, and bankruptcies will remain on your record for 7 to 10 years from the original filing date. All of this information is expressed, in one way or another, on your credit report and through your credit rating. You can improve your credit rating. When you improve your credit rating, you can improve your chances of getting a lower rate on your loan. With a lower rate, your monthly payment can be lower, and the overall cost of your loan can go down. Here’s how to improve your credit rating: • Pay off or pay down on your credit cards • Do not close credit cards because capacity may decrease • Move your revolving credit (Credit cards, lines of credit) into installment debt (Personal loans, Auto loans, Home Equity loans) • Continue to make payments on time (older late pays will become less significant with time) • Slow down on opening new accounts • Acquire a solid credit history with years of experience Take a good look at your credit report

– that’s solid economic advice, because what’s in the report affects your ability to borrow. It’s smart to get a credit report annually. Review your credit reports every year, and you’ll be better informed of your credit situation. In fact, Federal law ensures that everyone is entitled to obtain their personal credit reports, free, once a year, every year. If you haven’t done so, now is a good time to take stock of your credit situation – you can do that by requesting your credit reports from the major credit reporting agencies. A fast, easy way to request your free credit reports is to visit, or you can call (877) 322-8228. There’s also convenient quick link at Fresno County Federal Credit Union’s web site, Once you get a copy of your credit report, review it to make sure that there isn’t any inaccurately reported information. If you do find a mistake on your credit report, contact the credit bureaus immediately. If you’re looking for more assistance, remember that Fresno County Federal Credit Union members have access to a full range of vital financial services,

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Ag at Large – Sun purifies farm water By Don Curlee

Don Curlee

Adherents clamoring for more irrigation water for California farms have gained a powerful ally: the sun. It’s helping desalinate brackish water in one important Central California-

farm community. An Israeli company has set up its desalination plant on property owned by the 44,000-acre Panoche Water and Drainage District in Firebaugh in western Fresno County. In the pilot phase, the unit has cleaned and returned to the distribution system as much as 80 gallons per minute irrigation water of a purer quality than farmers can obtain from their own wells or from district canals. Instead of using conventional power sources, the unit relies on solar power. The installation is located near an area

that collects drainage runoff from several large farms in the water district. It has been standard practice for years for farms in the area to install drainage tiles below ground to allow the irrigation water which both carries and collects crop-damaging salts, boron and other minerals to drain away from crop roots. The simplest explanation of the cleansing process compares it to boiling water on the kitchen stove. The steam carries the salt and other minerals away, leaving a purified liquid. Instead of a gas or electric burner, a special vegetable oil heated by the magnified rays of the sun does the job at Panoche, utilizing a shiny 525-foot long parabolic collector that looks a little like an inverted wiener-shaped umbrella. Once the water has been cleansed of damaging salts, it is added to canal water the district receives from the San Luis Reservoir and redistributes it to its farmer members. Operation of the plant for the past year has been considered experimental, but Dennis Falaschi, manager of the water and drainage district, says his members

are ready to enter a long term commitment with manufacturer WaterFX to expand the facility. He expects the larger unit to cleanse and return to the system 300,000 acre feet of water annually. Relying on the sun to provide the heat needed to purify the salty water puts the Panoche unit in a class separate from any of the dozen and a half desalination plants operating or planned for other California locations. Some operate by forcing brackish sea water through a membrane to which the salt clings. Power requirements for the established facilities are enormous. Falaschi estimates that treated water can be achieved through the expanded facility at a cost of $325 per acre foot. In this extremely water-short year, water is selling for as much as $3,500 per acre footin some locations. Operation of the unit produces a residue of salt, boron and a few other solids, all of which are saleable on the food and plant nutrition market. Mining these promises to be profitable. Most of the other desalination plants planned or already operating in California

hug the coast, where heat from the sun is not as consistent or even as intense as it is in the warm Central Valley, especially in the spring through early fall months. Utilizing the sun’s rays for power generation has become widely popular among the area’s homeowners. Suppliers of the unit at Panoche suggest that duplicating its expanded version and applying the concept in other parts of the state has the potential of establishing California as a water exporter. Falaschi’s view is more conservative. “We’re dealing only with replacement water, not a solution to our state’s water needs,” he said. “We must work with others to fix the system that takes water from agriculture and uses it for other purposes. We have been forced to spend money to replace water that has been taken from us.” For Central Valley farmers who depend on the sun for crop development, finding their silent partner so willing to help with the water issue might be serendipity at its best.

Shaver Lake Fishing Report: Fish are biting The skies have turned blue again at Shaver Lake, and the fishermen have returned to find a good bite on kokanee and some trophy rainbows. Dick Nichols of Dick’s Fishing charters said that Dick Nichols, Dick’s Fishing Charters he and others are finding kokanee at 45 to 65 feet deep in 90 foot of water near the island and Black Rock. He is using Captain Jack’s Double Spinner Super Hoochies and Apex lures all tipped with corn behind Mini Mountain Flashers

on the down riggers and his Trout Busters tipped with corn and crawlers behind weighted Mountain Flashers at 20 feet deep for best results. An occasional trophy sized trout hits every now and then. Most of the trophies planted by DF&W are in the 3 pound range, but a few of the Shaver Lake Trophy Trout Project’s high bred rainbows have also appeared. Other trollers have had success with blade/crawler combinations, Needlefish and Rapala’s. The bank fishermen have done pretty well since the DF&W plant. Ana Jirano of Visalia picked up five big trout fishing with Power Bait at Road 1. Her biggest was 4.8 pounds.

Photo contributed by Shaver Lake Sports Ana Jirano, of Visalia, with her limit of nice rainbows to 4.8 pounds. Jirano was fishing near Road 1 using Power Bait

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Best breeds for first-time dog owners Deciding to get a dog can be a lifealtering moment. While the decision carries with it a wealth of responsibility, a dog can change a person’s life for the better, providing loyalty and companionship for years to come. Once the decision to get a dog has been made, prospective pet owners must choose a breed. Various factors play into this decision, including how much space the dog will have at home, the grooming responsibilities that come with a particular breed and the typical demeanor of a given breed. Because no two breeds or owners are the same, some dog-owner combinations may make for a better pairing than others. Descriptions of breed temperament can provide a window into the general personality of certain dogs. But such descriptions are not set in stone, as each dog is unique and may exhibit behaviors extraordinary to its breed. Factors such as socialization and training play key roles in how dogs will react in situations, and the following are some dog breeds that have a propensity to be easy-going and relatively easy to train. * Golden retriever: Golden retrievers tend to be gregarious, docile and a good fit for families. They are people-oriented, affectionate and loyal. Golden retrievers are moderately-sized dogs that need exercise to prevent boredom (which can compel them to cause damage around the home). But golden retrievers are generally a good fit for first-time dog owners. * Labrador retriever: A close cousin to the golden retriever, labradors are another breed known for their good nature and willingness to be trained. Labs shed and can grow large, so that is something

About this Publication Clovis Roundup is a publication that is published every other Wednesday and distributed weekly by Clovis Roundup Inc. throughout Clovis and surrounding areas. Donna Melchor - Publisher Ken Melchor - Vice President (559) 285-6687 Amy Fienen - Editor Billy Xiong - Ad Design and Production Joaquin Hernandez - Photo Journalist Butler Web & Design - Online Coordinator Contributing Writers

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apartment-dwellers must consider before bringing home a lab. * Standard poodle: Poodles are an intelligent breed that are easily trained. Poodles can be high strung if not given ample exercise, so this is something prospective poodle owners need to consider. * Cavalier King Charles spaniel: This is a well-proportioned and smaller dog that is typically affectionate, happy and outgoing. Typically eager to please and intelligent enough for obedience training, the cavalier is naturally well-behaved and can get along well with other pets. * Boston terrier: The Boston terrier, also



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What’s up, Buttercup?

By Jeff Kollenkark, Weedman

There is a relatively new broadleaf weed in hitting the Fresno area. The weed is roughseed buttercup (Ranunculus muricatus), and it catches your eye with the large leaves and bright yellow flowers. I first saw it in large numbers 10 years ago while I visited lawns in the Merced area, but it was only about five years ago that I spotted any around here. It still is a bit of a novelty here and is not widespread yet, but I thought it might be interesting and informative should you come across it. I have seen it in school lawns, church lawns, and occasionally in home lawns here in the Fresno-Clovis area. Roughseed buttercup is native to Europe and can be found in grasslands, seasonably wet areas and turf. Generally, it is more common along the foothills, northern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Plants reproduce by seed and can be spread by wind, water and animals. Fruiting structures can cling to clothing, shoes, pets, and even tires. It can be a winter or summer annual and occasionally a biennial or short-lived perennial weed. Plants can

be toxic and an irritant to grazing animals, but generally they avoid them due to the bitter taste. I guess some even use the plant to treat intermittent fevers, gout and asthma.You’re on your own on that one. The flowers and the leaves are very showy. Flowers are made up of five bright yellow petals. The leaves are 1-2 inches across and lobed. They are somewhat fan shaped on 1 to 6 inch stems. They are hard to miss due to their size, color and distinct texture compared to the lawn. Like most broadleaf weeds in lawns, the use of a good selective broadleaf herbicide is the best way to eliminate the weed if you so choose. It has not been a very hard weed to control for us, so I would guess even the over-the-counter broadleaf weed control products will work fine. Maybe you have issues with this weed or others. Feel free to send photos to our office at The Weed Man office number is 559-2661624 or you could visit us on our website at

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Central Valley Motorsports

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By Paul Hinkle

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Randy Winter of Clovis has become quite an authority on Shelby 427 Cobras. He developed an interest in the Shelby Cobra in his early teens, and sat for the first time in a Cobra when he was 15. Randy saw a Shelby 427 Cobra parked at Ken Coventry’s shop in Fresno, and made up his mind that he had to own one. A deal was struck with his brothers to buy a Cobra; luck was on their side. Randy’s good friend Sam Cardwell, the top authority of Cobras in Fresno, knew of one for sale that had a story behind it. At one time, Sam had actually owned the Cobra that was now again for sale. Bill Everett, the owner of Okie Bill’s Pizza in Fresno, had previously gone to Sam for help in buying a Cobra. With Sam’s connections, Bill found a 289 Cobra, but soon after buying his new Cobra, Bill realized it wasn’t what he really wanted; he preferred a 427. Bill sold the 289 and again went to Sam for help in finding a 427. Sam arranged the purchase, and Bill drove to Carroll Shelby’s shop to pick up his new Cobra. Bill later sold the Cobra

to Sam, who then sold it to a John Good. In 1977, John sold his Cobra to Randy and his brothers for $12,500. The serial number was CS3105 and it had only 27,000 miles on it. Randy spent a lot of time hanging out with his good friend Dick Smith, who also owned a 427 Cobra, serial number CS3035. Dick was like a big brother, and they would often go to the races and park their Cobra’s side by side. In 1984, Randy’s brothers convinced him to sell the original Shelby 427 Cobra he bought from John Good. Randy was never happy that he sold it, especially after finding out that the value of an original Cobra in 1988 was now estimated to be $800,000. Randy’s memories of his Cobra kept haunting him, and after discussions with his wife, Jodi, they decided to buy another 427 Cobra. In 2007, Randy found a Continuation 427; the frame and body of this Shelby was assembled at the Carroll Shelby Factory in 2000. In 2001, the Shelby Motor Shop installed an aluminum Shelby 427 motor, serial #212. The Continuation Cobras are lighter with stiffer suspension and frame, which makes them drive better than the original Cobras. After purchasing his Continuation Cobra, Randy consulted with Mike McCluskey, a design engineer for

Shelby and decided to replace the original 15-inch steering wheel with a 16-inch, and the chrome exhaust was painted black… just the touches that Randy wanted. The original owner of Randy’s Continuation Cobra was Luis David Martinez, a premier Mexican driver that raced the 2008 Indy Car Series for Forsythe/Pettit Racing. UP COMING EVENTS: April 25th – 27th Western Street Rod Nationals Bakersfield, April 26th Central Valley Classic Car Show, May 2nd 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 9th Clovis Senior Center Car Show, May 10th Jef-

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ferson Elementary 4th Annual Car Show, American Legion Post 509’s 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, May 31st – June 1st Goodguys 21st Summer Get-Together. If your club or organization is putting on a car show or motorsports event, please send your information to or call me at (559) 970-2274. I’m always looking for interesting cars and events to share. You can find past articles and pictures of events at www.

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“Let’s Talk Clovis” - A history of the Kenneaster family By Peg Bos, Clovis Museum

Ed “Elmo” Kenneaster (1902-1998) was born in McAlester, Okla. The town was founded in 1838 and is the largest city of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The city was featured in the 1969 John Wayne movie “True Grit.” Ed’s family moved to Wilcox, Ariz. and he attended grammar and high school there. Wilcox was founded in 1880 and is located in Cochise County. Ed and his brother, Joe Strauss Kenneaster, moved to Clovis in 1919. Joe, who was born in 1897, purchased the small Clovis El Rey Theater that was located at 623 Fifth Street. Ed ran the projector that was located in a small upstairs room. A small stage complimented the theatre that sported creaky wooden seats. Smoking was allowed, and its presence could be seen through the light

from the projector. The floor was slanted and often loose articles could be heard rolling down toward the stage. The building was torn down during the 19811984 redevelopment of Old Town. Ed augmented his income by working part-time in a local packing house. He would meet his future wife, Mildred Naden, there. Mildred was born in Clovis in 1906. Her family were early day settlers. She graduated from Clovis High School in 1923. The statement under her attractive senior picture: “And form’d for all the witching arts of love.” Soon after their 1927 marriage, Ed purchased the Clovis Steam Laundry, located 690 Front Street, now Clovis Avenue. The population of Clovis by 1930 was 1,310. The couple had two daughters, Marlene and Gail.

Ed’s business prospered since he offered a personalized home pickup and delivery. He sold the laundry in the mid1940s and became a salesman for the Clovis Furniture store at the northwest corner of 4th & Clovis Avenue. The popular 28-year-old Ed was elected to the Clovis City Council on April 14, 1930. F.A. Hill, who was elected to the Council on April 9, 1929, became mayor on February 4, 1931. Hill resigned on December 2, 1931. Ed served as mayor from December 2, 1931 to April 18, 1932. The March 31, 1931 Clovis City Ordinance 125 fixed the salary for certain officials of the City of Clovis: Contributed photo. the Chief of Police $90, Ed and Mildred Kenneaster’s 1927 wedding. which included water meter reader and license collector; night watchman $85, which included all duties assigned by the Chief of agencies. Handsome Ed was a “natural” musician. Police; and Superintendent of Streets $120 for services connected with water works He couldn’t read a note, but played by ear. He could play any instrument, his favorites and sewer system. In the mid 1940s, Ed left Clovis being saxophone, accordion, piano and Furniture and founded the Kenneaster organ. He belonged to numerous local Exchange, which sold used furniture at bands. In 1995, Ed was inducted into the Clovis 1170 Clovis Ave. Their home was just Hall of Fame. The event was sponsored north of his business. by the Clovis Independent and the Clovis Mildred and Ed sold their business in the early 1970s. They moved to the Woods District Chamber of Commerce. Prior to his death in 1998, Ed would often Mobil Home Park. remark to his daughter Gail Kenneaster Ed served as clerk for the Clovis Elementary Union from 1942-1948. He Howard that even though the city had was captain of civil defense during World grown and changed enormously, he still War II (1941-1946). It was a non-military felt the friendship, love and closeness of a effort to prepare Americans for military small town. He firmly believed that Clovis attack. It was replaced by emergency really is a way of life. The Kenneaster family is an important management and homeland security part of our rich heritage.

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Playing without boundaries

Clovis drummer on mission to push limits of band sound By Jennifer Avila-Allen

Listening to Dig the Kid is like hitting shuffle on your playlist. “Playing without boundaries” is among the band’s specialties according to Lisa Mongelli, the band’s drummer and 1998 Clovis High School graduate. Music lovers can expect a high energy show from the Bay Area band at Fresno’s Fulton 55 on Thursday, April 24. “When we get on stage and write music, we play whatever we want to play that makes you feel good. When you were a kid, music was just music, you loved what you loved,” Mongelli said. Dig the Kid has played a variety of venues like the Viper Room in Hollywood, and the famous House of Blues in Los Angeles also is among their upcoming shows. The performance at Fulton 55 is the band’s Central Valley debut. “It’s exciting. I’ve always wanted to play Fresno. I have a ton of family and friends that have never seen me play,” Mongelli said. Dig the Kid hit the music scene more than a year ago. They are a three-piece ensemble from the Bay Area made up of singer, songwriter and guitarist Cory Todd, drummer and songwriter Mongelli and bassist Ian Lasater. And writing and performing music is more than a paycheck for this trio – it’s a way of life. “On an average day we do band all day, every day,” Mongelli said. The singularly focused bandmembers live togetherin Alameda and do almost everything together, from exercising and eating meals to making decisions for the band. Then, there’s the most important thing they do together: make music. “We practice our set list for the upcoming shows, and Cory usually comes up

with an awesome guitar line, and then I drive the beat for it. Ian does the bass. We just play and think of a melody, and if it doesn’t work, we just move on,” Mongelli said. Their music ranges from alternative, calypso, punk to soul, grunge, pop, reggae and rock ‘n roll. And according to Mongelli, the band members feel it’s vitally important to not force music just for the sake of doing something new. “We never try to force anything out,” said Mongelli. “We just make sure we play; we don’t restrict ourselves to any kind of new thing.” It seems that and Fresno native’s flair for music came from the encouragement she received from her parents, Mark Mongelli and Cheryl Brockett. As a kid, Mongelli didn’t participate in music at school, but instead did it in her spare time. “We’d have the garage door closed in the middle of summer, and the stereo blasting, and he’d [her father] always play to the stereo,” said Lisa Mongelli. “So when he was gone, I’d jump on his drum kit and basically I just taught myself.” She said her dad played in several cover bands in Clovis. “My dad is an amazing drummer. He’d make these crazy animal faces – the same face that I make when I drum. It’s pretty funny,” Mongelli said. Mongelli said her mother and stepfather bought her a guitar when she was 12. Then she started playing both instruments. “I played the drums at my dad’s and then the guitar at my mom’s,” said Mongelli. “My mom has always pushed me more than anyone.”

Contributed photo Self-taught drummer and Clovis High School grad Lisa Mongelli will be making her Fresno debut with Dig the Kid at Fulton 55.

And this is apparent when Mongelli and the band take the stage. After two or three songs, they switch instruments. “Ian is on bass and then he jumps on drums. I switch on lead guitar and vocals and Cory is bass and vocals. You may think it’s kind of gimmicky, but not really, because the way we play our instruments is totally different from each other,” said Mongelli. “When I play guitar, it’s a little

bluesy. So it really changes the sound and defines us as being able to reach out to different markets.” “We just have fun. The best thing about us is all three of us are so close,” Mongelli said. Mongelli and Dig the Kid are playing at Fulton 55 with The California Honey drops on April 24 at 8 p.m.

Local entrepreneurs get help achieving their business dreams By Elizabeth Warmerdam

Six high school students doubling as the owners of their own startup companies received a combined total of $4,800 from local investors to help them get a jump start on achieving their business dreams. The students – whose businesses range from selling knitted accessories to designing educational apps – are part of the inaugural Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), sponsored by the Clovis Chamber of Commerce. The 30-week program helps students to develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and then launch and run their own fully formed companies. Alex Ewing runs Kids4InnovativeDesign, which centers on creating educational programs and apps to help people learn how to use social media. He said the class was an amazing experience. “It was open-ended and thought-provoking because we students had to discover the answers to our own questions and we had to thoroughly understand and complete all of the steps required to start a business,” he said. “It wasn’t a class that lectured about how to do it. The education and guidance that everyone associated with YEA! provided to us allowed each of us to actually create a business, rather than merely studying about how to do it.” YEA! was founded in 2004 at the University of Rochester in New York and quickly spread across the country. Today, the academy serves thousands of students in 168 communities, including Clovis, which was the first city in California to implement the program. “We started looking into the program and it was an instant, ‘We have to do this!’ feeling,” said Fran Blackney, communications director with the Clovis Chamber of Commerce and YEA! program manager. “We have a lot of young people on our

board of directors and a lot of young business owners in town, so to have a class that presents new businesses in high school fit like a glove. It was a perfect match and we jumped onboard.” Because no one in California had ever heard of the program, getting the word out and finding kids to participate proved to be a challenge. The chamber ran information in its newsletter and in local newspapers, went on the radio, and received help from Clovis Unified School District. The program, which is allowed 24 participants, ended up having 11 students for its first year, all of them dedicated to learning more about running a business. “The kids we had were passionate about being entrepreneurs. There’s a lot of extra work they had to do, but if they’re passionate about it, then it’s not work, it’s fun,” Blackney said. “They’re all exceptional kids who are going the extra mile.” The program is an extracurricular class that meets up once a week for three hours after school at Willow International Community College. Guest instructors and volunteers have guided the students through the ins and outs of starting and running a business. “I will always treasure the way these individuals wholeheartedly offered their mentorship, shared their knowledge, and made each of us feel important, capable and valuable to society,” Ewing said. Earlier this month, six of the students, including Ewing, used that knowledge to present their businesses to a local investor panel comprised of the owner of Pinnacle Auto Sales, the CEO of the Fresno Convention & Visitors Bureau, the vice president of Central Valley Community Bank, and the CEO of ARTCO, a local web design company in Clovis. The panel had $4,800 to invest in the students’ businesses. Chandler Warne, whose company

Contributed photo The 2014 Young Entrepreneurs Academy orientation group. The program helped students develop business ideas, write business plans, conduct market research, pitch their plans to a panel of investors, and then launch and run their own fully formed companies.

SPOT allows off-site employees to check in with the home office, received the biggest investment, $1,550. He also earned a trip to Frisco, Tex. in May to represent Clovis at the YEA! regional competition. Giana Guizar and partner Trent Jolly received $1,250 for DayDream Apparel, which sells customized denim shorts on the Internet. Abagail Bonjorni received $800 for her knitted accessories company, Brave by Design, and Ewing received $600 for Kids4Innovative Design. Andrew Wettstead also received $600, which he will use to further develop his Smart Tether, a phone accessory that at-

taches to your belt to prevent your phone from falling to the ground. The chamber is already taking applications for next year’s YEA! program, which is open to middle and high school students from the Central Valley. Interested students can contact Blackney at “Not everyone will be chosen; they have to really be passionate and willing to do the extra work,” Blackney said. “You can tell which students really have that passion. When they talk about their business or their dream, you just see their eyes light up. That’s what we want.”

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Bobby Salazar’s serves up delicious Mexican fare

Story and photos by Amy Guerra

In downtown Clovis, the small, intimate dining rooms of Bobby Salazar’s are decorated in maroon and bright blue, flattered by the oranges and yellows of traditional Mexican décor. The dining rooms were full of patrons…lunchgoers enjoying a short break in a long work day, or the beginning of a daylong celebration, obvious by the sounds of the birthday song that filled the dining room as staff placed a bright sombrero on a patron’s head. We were the former, there to enjoy a short lunch before returning to work; we took a window seat and were greeted quickly with chips and a bowl of the Bobby Salazar’s salsa that is now sold at most grocery stores in the Central Valley.

Bobby Salazar is the founder of the Bobby Salazar’s chain that encompasses the Bobby Salazar’s taquerias, full service restaurants and cantinas. The son of Eleanor and Sal Salazar, Bobby grew up working at Sal’s, the restaurant his father started in 1942 when he begin selling tacos out of shed building in Selma. As the restaurant and Bobby grew, Bobby was driven to grow his own business and eventually expanded into catering, party trays and the commercial production of his own Mexican food. Today, the restaurant’s location on Clovis Avenue in downtown Clovis makes it popular location. A diverse menu makes selecting just one entrée difficult, but my

colleague and I, after some contemplation decide on the chicken fajitas plate (at our server’s recommendation) and the chicken tacos plate. When the fajitas arrive, they sizzle, steam coming off of the cast-iron pan; fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and diced tomatoes accompany the sliced chicken breast. The tacos arrive, poised on the edge of the plate, cabbage, onions and cilantro cascading onto the accompanying rice and beans sprinkled with cheese. For dessert, our server, Denise, convinced us to try one of Bobby Salazar’s dessert specials—deep fried cheesecake. It arrived a few minutes later, the rim of its bowl decorated with strawberry and

chocolate sauce. The cheesecake was tightly wound within a deep-fried crust, the tender rich cheesecake emphasized by its crispy outer shell. We left the restaurant so many affectionally refer to as “Bobby’s” full and happy, content with our choices and somewhat remiss that we hadn’t taken a longer lunch hour to enjoy one of Bobby’s margaritas. Bobby Salazar’s offers a children’s menu, catering options and seating for larger parties. For more information on Bobby Salazar’s visit them at 434 Clovis Ave. in downtown Clovis between 4th and 5th Streets, or online at

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ACROSS 1. Alter 7. Defects 13. Language of Andorra 14. One who scrapes 16. Not off 17. People indigenous to Europe 19. Of I 20. Hmongs 22. Brew 23. Sandwich shops 25. Shade trees 26. Scope or extent 28. Self-immolation by fire 29. U of Al. fraternity 3-9-1856 30. Automatic data processing 31. Veterans battleground 33. “___ Squad” 34. Frog genus 36. Pillage 38. Elsewhere defense 40. Graphic symbols 41. An opaque spot on the cornea 43. Capital of Yemen 44. Doctors’ group 45. Electronic countermeasures 47. Make lace 48. Chit 51. Singer Horne

53. Silent agreement 55. Short-billed rail 56. Drinking container 58. Matchstick game 59. Indian dresses 60. Trumpeter Hirt 61. The View’s first segment 64. Atomic #34 65. Plural of 41 across 67. Roof supports 69. Tears apart 70. Goat-like deities DOWN 1. Folder paper 2. Mormon state 3. Folded, filled tortillas 4. Expression of sorrow 5. Follows sigma 6. Settle in tents 7. Milk paint 8. A batter’s run 9. Little Vienna on the Mures 10. Stems 11. Country singer Lang 12. Half tone interval 13. Arrives 15. Occupies 18. Vestment 21. Relating to US artifacts

24. One who covers with laminate 26. Dental organization 27. Pitch 30. Like a feeble old woman 32. Murdered in his bathtub 35. __ Dhabi, Arabian capital 37. Play on words 38. Alloy of mercury 39. Mushroom gill 42. Perform 43. College entrance exam 46. Praying insects 47. Entices 49. Ascends 50. Sculpture stands 52. God of Assyria 54. Data executive 55. Impudent 57. Not shared 59. Rabbit tail 62. Small amount 63. Irish revolutionary org. 66. Ben-Hur actor’s initials 68. Older citizen (abbr.) *See our next issue for Crossword Answers*



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

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 Divine Mercy Catholic Church Diamonds & Denim Fundraiser Saturday, May 3 This charitable event is raising funds to construct Clovis’ first new Catholic Church in decades, to be built at Ashlan and Thompson. The evening’s festivities include a no-host reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, and entertainment by Jeremy “Elvis” Pearce. Tickets are $75 each. Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Pardini’s, 2257 W. Shaw, Fresno For tickets, call Marty at 291-2917 California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Trout Fest Saturday, May 3 Trout Fest provides a hands-on opportunity for all ages to hone their fishing skills, learn about trout and the local hatchery. Activities include knot tying, rigging, casting, cleaning fish, trout tasting, fish prints, trout touch pool, fly tying, dissection, aquatic insects, games,

science activities, and displays. All activities are free and all equipment is provided. Actual fishing is limited to kids 15 years and under. Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Place: San Joaquin Hatchery, 17372 Brook Trout Drive, Friant For more information, call 559 765-4824 or email troutfest@wildlife. Rock the Mall Concert Series Thursday, May 8 Bring your blanket or chairs, family and friends and spend an evening with us this summer. All shows are free and appropriate for all ages. Visit a variety of vendors at the park while enjoying the music. Most of the Sierra Vista Mall restaurants will prepare your dinner to go so you can enjoy it while taking in an evening of fun. The Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer Garden is open for those 21 and older. Sierra Vista Mall is located on the southeast corner of Shaw and Clovis Avenues. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission For more information, please visit www. Clovis Senior Center Car Show Friday, May 9 Enter your car for a $15 entry fee (which includes a free BBQ lunch) or just come out and check out some cool cars and motorcycles. Spectators can enjoy a BBQ lunch for $4. Judges from local car dealers will judge cars with prizes for

1st and 2nd in each Stock and Modified categories. There’s also a People’s Choice prize for the popular favorite. The ever popular 50/50 raffle will be held as well. Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Place: Clovis Senior Center, 850 4th Street, Clovis Call the Clovis Senior Center at 324-2750 for more information. Old Town Clovis Farmer’s Market Friday nights, May 9, 16, 23, & 30 Every Friday evening starting on May 9, 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 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.

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Log of Shame by April French-Naten

April 2, 2014 Two young con-artists conjured up a hefty scheme, walked into a local bank and attempted to cash a homemade check for a very large amount of money. Apparently they are new to this con-artist gig and didn’t take into account the extensive security measures that banks go to now-a-days to keep their money from thieves. When the teller realized the check was not real, he offered them a cup of coffee while he gathered their money,and the couple enjoyed their brew as the police responded to arrest them for fraud!

April 5, 2014 A woman called police to report a disturbance at her house, and police rushed to the scene to find two men in their early 20s fist fighting, cursing and throwing around accusations of betrayal between friends. When the officers got them all calmed down and separated, turns out one was drunk and one was high, so they slapped cuffs on them and stuck ‘em both in the back of a police car! Looks like they will have to finish their argument in jail! April 6, 2014 A man who had far too much to drink didn’t see the slight curve in the road and veered off of the street and hit the metal fence of a local car dealership on Clovis Avenue. He decided to flee the scene, but seeing as he was drunk and now on foot, he was not too difficult to find. He was successfully arrested and taken off the streets! April 7, 2014 A local man over on SwiftStreetcalled police to report identity theft when he went to the gas station and suddenly his credit card wasn’t working. He called the bank and someone had charged a year’s tanning bed subscription and a spa day along with several other online purchases, such as a new designer purse totaling more than his mortgage payment! The bank had finally caught on that these things were a red flag, so they blocked the card and are currently waiting at the tanning salon to see who shows up for their appointment! April 8, 2014 A woman in the 3000 block of Terry was given a citation when her neighbor called police to report disturbing sounds coming from the house next door. Officers arrived to investigate and found a woman in possession of a bred sow in the throes of labor on her back porch. Apparently the neighbor had a pet pig in which was not allowed within the city limits, and thought it a good idea to have baby piglets. Ummm, ma’am, please remove your sow, and her piglets from your back porch….oh…and here is a hefty fine for you! April 9, 2014 The “Why Crime of The Week!” Over on Sylmar, a woman called to report that someone stole several items from her front yard. The thieves stole an heirloomhand painted pot, the pump from her water fountain, five solar lights, a few plants and the kicker…..a two-foot tall squirrel statue. Not sure if I need to be more concerned about why anyone would own a two-foot tall squirrel statue or why someone would steal it? April 10, 2014 Oh, the young and dumb! Two 19-year-old male bestiesattempted to rob a fast food restaurant on Bullard. The cashier hit the silent alarm and two other employees detained the attempted robbers when they realized they were brandishing water guns. Arrested. Bet they wish they had just ordered a burger and milkshake instead! April 11, 2014 Vandalism was reported over on West Chennault. Someone who was obviously SUPER mad poured oil and tar all over a man’s car. Although he swears he has no clue who would have done this, his wife did not seem so surprised as she told officers that her straying husband probably deserved it, and went back inside to make her breakfast and get on with her day! April 12, 2014 A disturbance over on Purvis Street ended all bad with one man leaving in an ambulance and one man leaving in a police car. Officers were dispatched when a Saturday barbeque went south of happy after too many beers and an argument over whose baseball team was better. Clearly the man with the broken nose on the way to the hospital wasn’t a Giants fan. That oughta teach ya! *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.


April 4, 2014 A non-injury traffic accident had a mom scrambling to get to the scene when an officer called her to come pick her son up. The 15-year-old boy took mom’s car out for a joy ride and hit a curb, damaging the wheel but thankfully no other damage to report. Mom showed up worried as a mamma bear, hugging her son and thanking God that he was okay. Then she stepped back, switched gears and became mad as a hornet and that 15-year-old kid got a whoopin’ right there on the corner of Clovis and Herndon!


April 3, 2014 A stolen sport bike motorcycle was returned to the authorities anonymously with no damage late evening. No explanation as to why the thief returned it. Perhaps he was feeling convicted by God? Perhaps he suddenly had a visit from Jiminy Cricket and decided to listento his conscience? Or perhaps he simply realized that it wasn’t a Harley so why bother? Just sayin’!

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AB 109er wanted for a variety of Help local firefighters “Fill crimes prompts short pursuits the Boot” on April 30 Shortly after 3 p.m. on April 9, Clovis Police pulled over 34-year-old Joshua Moynier after he ran a stop sign at Fairmont and Willow. Following the stop, Moynier sped off. Clovis Police officers initiated a short pursuit, but called it off at Peach and Gettysburg due to the number of cars on the road. Moynier is wanted for a variety of crimes in Clovis, Fresno and Fresno County. The Fresno County Sheriff’s Department offered air support, and a deputy picked up the pursuit on westbound on Freeway 168 where the suspect tried to run into his vehicle. The Sheriff’s Department discontinued the pursuit for the publics’ safety when Moynier got onto Freeway 180 and was driving the wrong way near Belmont. The deputy blew a tire on a curb as he tried to stop the fleeing Moynier. The Highway Patrol took the suspect into

custody in the vicinity of Madison and Rowell in Fresno when he rolled his Hyundai Santa Fe on an off ramp. Paramedics transported Moynier to Community Regional Medical Center due Joshua Moynier to injuries he sustained in the wreck. Moynier was arrested for felony evading, AB 109, Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a deputy, and a host of open felony charges including fraud and burglary.

Help identify two burglar suspects Clovis PD is asking for your help to identify these two commercial burglary suspects. Both females are suspected of stealing about $700 worth of perfume from Ulta Beauty at Herndon/Clovis on Apr. 15 around 4 p.m. The female suspects got into a small red Ford which had two males waiting for them in the parking lot. If you have any info, please call Clovis PD at (559) 324-2556, or Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP. You can remain anonymous!

The Clovis Fire Department Local 1695 and Fresno City Fire Department Local 753 will hold their annual Fill the Boot event to raise funds for the Central Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Wednesday, April 30. The fire fighters will be at the intersections of Nees/Blackstone and Shaw/Blackstone from 7 a.m. to noon and at Clovis/Shaw from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. They will be asking passing motorists to “Fill the Boot” by donating dollars and change as they travel through the intersection. With the help of the Fresno and Clovis Fire Departments, MDA can provide the following services to local families free of charge: monthly support groups, medical clinics, loan and repair medical equipment and a 100% wheelchair accessible youth summer camp. Additionally, MDA is the world leader in muscle disease research. MDA Summer Camp is specially

designed for children with physical disabilities due to muscle diseases. The local MDA Summer Camp is held June 16 – 21 at Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland for children throughout the Central Valley. The facility and all activities are 100% wheelchair accessible – even the pool! Activities include swimming, fishing, arts/ crafts, wheelchair races and much more. “Throughout 2014, MDA and firefighters are celebrating 60 years of proud partnership, joined together in the fight against life-threatening muscle disease”, said MDA Executive Director Carrie Danny. “Firefighters do more for MDA and the families we serve than any other group. In Central California, they spend countless hours every year volunteering at Fill the Boot drives and MDA events such as summer camp. We’re grateful for the support of these inspiring, selfless individuals who have made a profound impact on our families’ health, wellbeing and quality of life.”

Tips of the Day Do not give out account info over the phone when receiving a call from someone claiming to be from a credit card business or bank you hold accounts with. When in doubt, hang up and call their published business phone number if you really need to provide them the info. That way you are guaranteed that you are speaking to an actual representative and not a criminal posing as one. Change passwords regularly. Use both UPPER and lower case letters, numbers (1,2,3...), and symbols (#+={@$) to make them more secure.

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The Pest Report: Tips for a bug-free summer

Contributed by Tamarack Pest Control

Spiders, spiders, spiders! With the first days of spring already come and gone, we are seeing more and more insects come out of hiding. Spiders, especially, have been hiding all winter and right when you least expect it…bam! Out of nowhere, you may have black widows, daddy long legs and multiple other species of spiders crawling around your house. Our technicians here at Tamarack have seen an increasing number of these pests in the past few weeks in a variety of homes. Spiders can be harmful, but there are many preventative measures you can take in order to keep these pests away from you, your family, pets and home. The first preventative measure you can take is to reduce clutter in and around the house. Spring cleaning time is here, and even though cleaning out the tool shed in the backyard doesn’t sound like a fun weekend, it will help keep your pest problems to a minimum. Spiders, especially black widows, enjoy dark crevasses where they can hide and wait to catch their food. Cleaning up and cleaning out dusty areas that haven’t been used all winter is a great start. A second preventative measure is dewebbing areas that have spider-webs. Our technician Ben Sanchez explained why dewebbing your house is so important. “If you are living in your house and someone comes and knocks it all down, you have a tendency to move on,” he said.

At Tamarack, de-webbing is included with all of our services to help prevent a new community of spiders. The more you stay on top of it, the less time spiders will have to rebuild and will want to move on quickly! Another great preventative tip is changing the color of your porch lights. Many of us enjoy the long summer evenings out on the porch, but not the insects that the lights attract. If you didn’t already know, spiders have a diet of mainly insects that they catch in their webs, which are most easily found near lights. It is very common for spiders to hang around and eat the bugs who are attracted to the white lights on your porch. Solution? Change the color! Yellow lights will attract fewer insects which the spiders are hungry for, leaving your porch spider and insect free! These few simple preventative tips are helpful and crucial to a bug-free summer.

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Having a dog can be such a joy, but it can also be a pain when trying to keep the backyard in tact. Holes in the yard, brown spots in the grass, muddy paws are all the normal hassles that each dog owner has to deal with. Well, not anymore. Artificial grass is becoming very popular with pet friendly backyards. From tiny dog runs to large pet facilities, artificial grass is the way to go. With the obvious lack of maintenance needed for a fake lawn, the benefits for a pet area are far beyond any pet owners’ dream. No more brown spots. No more holes to fill. No matter how many pets you have, with artificial grass your yard will always look fantastic. Artificial grass keeps the dirt and mud off your pets no matter what the weather is like outside. Although we have seen a lack of rain this year, water drains right through at a rate of 30 inches per hour. With no standing water, your pets will be able to use the area right after the storm.No mud also makes for a great outdoor place for bath time when Fido does find some trouble to get into. Controlling odors caused by pet waste is a challenge for any pet area. When installing artificial grass in any pet area, certain installation techniques need to be taken. The installation techniques utilized by SYNLawn neutralize odors organically with natural ZeoFill crystals. Used in many industries for purification, these crystals absorb and eliminate up to 80% of the odor caused by ammonia in pet waste. In other words, the urine is absorbed in to the ZeoFill, which then prevents the urine from turning into a gas. Combined with regular maintenance, you won’t smell a thing. There is awide selection of artificial

grass pet products in the industry giving you the freedom to choose the right look to fit your landscape. All of SYNLawn’s products are good for pets. It all depends on your needs and what is best for your application. When building your new artificial grass area, size does matter. Your 8 pound Chihuahua would not have the same needs as your neighbor’s 80 pound Labrador. The number of dogs also influences your synthetic turf selection. There are several factors to consider when choosing the perfect artificial grass for your pet. Call our office today to learn more. We are more than happy to answer all of your questions and to help you choose the artificial grass that is right for you and your pets. SYNLawn, 559-472-3454.

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Put on a brand new face By Dr. Edward Trevino

As you drive up to your house after a long day at work and park your car, you look at your house and say, “Something’s missing.” Your house just doesn’t have any pizzazz or panache anymore. You’re lacking curb appeal. Maybe if you scrub everything down, it just might change the outlook. But alas, there’s still something missing. The design is disorganized and it looks like the Winchester Mystery House. What can you do? A facelift, that’s what you can do. You can put on a new facade and redesign everything to get that new outer face. How do you know what you can and can’t do? Well, you can research and maybe find an architect that can steer you in the right direction. That expert can give you design alternatives based on your personal taste. By placing a new face on your house, you can possibly avoid other costs that may be associated with building everything from the ground up. Now, as you look in the mirror of your house with its freshly redefined architecture, you come to realize that maybe your personal smile needs a little curb appeal. You always brush, but no matter what, you never get that bright shine that you desire. There are dark shadows peering out of the corners of your lips because you have old silver fillings from yesteryear that are leaking on your back teeth. As you brush your teeth, you feel your toothbrush dipping into that space where your first molar used to be that you had to have extracted. This even bothers you more than your front lower teeth that are overlapping due to crowding. But remember, there is hope. Much like your house, all you have to do is research and find the right dental architect to steer you in the right direction. Like a house, you have people who do individual tasks that will restore your abode to its new luster. If you can find a company that can both design and implement your project, you will be miles ahead of the

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game. There is no substitute for continuity of care for your project. Simply said, if you can find someone with the skills to undertake your desires from start to finish, you will usually save time and money. Nothing will be lost in the translation, so you’ll get just what you asked for without running all over the country getting things done here and there. You can, of course, choose to start a fresh new “from the ground up” endeavor when it comes to restoring or revamping your smile, or you can do just a makeover if all the criteria provides for it. If you have a few crooked teeth and that’s all you want corrected, limited orthodontics is for you. All those old leaking silver fillings can be replaced with a tooth colored filling or maybe an inlay or onlay (partial crowns). That can make for a brand new looking tooth. What about those spaces and the discoloration in regards to your front teeth? You can place veneers, or a new face to reshape, recolor, or reposition the look of your front teeth, and there you go with a brand new smile. That missing molar can be easily replaced with an implant, andthen no more space. Whether you are looking to rebuild completely, or are just interested in giving yourself a dental facelift, with the proper dental architect, it is all possible. So do your research, make an appointment, and put on that brand new face. 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, D.D.S., F.A.D.I.A. 1040 E. Herndon Avenue #102 Fresno, California 93720 559-230-0809 559-230-0833 fax

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Items for Green Cart/Los elementos de verde contenedores Yard Waste Sólo desechos Only de patio

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Contenedores de verde

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Green Cart


Contenedores de verde

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Green Cart

Residents may put food waste in their green waste cart: however, only if yard waste is in the cart. PLEASE DO NOT FILL cart with just food waste. Residentes poder poner basura de comida en dentro de contenedores reciclables de desechos verdes: sin embargo que solamente si tiene basura de la yarda en dentro del contenedor. POR FAVOR NO PONGA nomas basura de comida en dentro del contenedor.


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inco de Mayo is, officially, a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., where it is actually celebrated with more gusto than in its native country, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. The holiday also provides a great excuse to make irresist­ible Mexican-inspired recipes for entertaining and, of course, a big batch of margaritas to wash it all down. Fresh sweet corn is an essential component of many Mexican dishes and a cultural staple. Luckily, Cinco de Mayo falls right in the middle of Florida’s Sunshine Sweet Corn season, meaning that the sweetest corn, available all year, arrives just in time to be a part of your Cinco de Mayo celebration. These naturally-bred varieties are grown by a group of family farmers who are committed to producing the finest sweet corn. Get the fiesta started with this Fire Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip and a big bowl of tortilla chips. Crunchy, spicy, sweet and creamy, this addictive dip will have your guests asking for more. Next, be sure to serve Mexican Style Corn, a truly authentic and delicious Mexican street food. Crunchy ears of fresh sweet corn are charred to perfection then slathered with a mixture of cheese and mayo, sprinkled with chili powder and squirted with lime for simple flavor perfection. Finally, no Cinco de Mayo celebration is complete without tacos. For a healthful twist on your typical taco, try this recipe for Charred Corn Tacos with Radish Zucchini Slaw that will have both vegetarians and meat eaters clamoring for seconds. Incorporating more healthful whole foods and veggies into your Cinco de Mayo celebration this year makes it easier to justify one more margarita. No matter what you serve at your Cinco de Mayo celebration, make sure to incorporate the sweet and wholesome flavor of fresh spring sweet corn. Discover more mouth-watering recipes for Cinco de Mayo and every time of year at www.

Mexican Style Corn

Serves: 4 4 ears fresh Sunshine Sweet Corn, husked 1/4 cup mayonnaise 4 ounces Cotija or feta cheese 1 teaspoon chili powder 4 lime slices Preheat grill or broiler. Grill or broil corn, turning occasionally until hot and some kernels turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Using knife, coat each ear of corn with about 1 tablespoon of mayon­naise. Crumble cheese on one side of each corn ear. Sprinkle with chili powder, dividing evenly. Broil until cheese starts to melt, approxi­mately 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with lime.

Fire Roasted Corn and Chorizo Dip

Serves: 8 to 12 3 to 4 ears Sunshine Sweet Corn 1 small onion, peeled and sliced into rings 1 small red bell pepper 1 cup cooked chorizo 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1/2 pound spicy pepper cheese, like pepper-jack or habanero cheddar 1/4 cup chopped green onions Preheat oven to 400°F and preheat grill to high heat. Remove cornhusks and corn silk, and place fresh Florida Sweet Corn, onion slices and red bell pepper on grill. Grill corn and bell pepper for 8 to 10 minutes, turning every 2 minutes until all sides are slightly charred. Grill onion slices for approximately 3 minutes per side. When veggies are cool enough to handle, cut corn off cob. Then chop onions and pepper, removing pepper seeds. In 8-by-8-inch baking dish or one-quart souffle dish, mix all ingredients together until well combined. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until edges are bubbly. Serve warm with tortilla chips.

Charred Corn Tacos with Radish Zucchini Slaw

Serves: 4 4 ears Sunshine Sweet Corn Extra virgin olive oil, as needed Salt and freshly ground pepper, as needed 1/2 cup torn cilantro, parsley and mint leaves 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1 cup radishes, cut into matchsticks 1 small zucchini, cut into matchsticks 1 jalapeno, seeded and thinly sliced 1/2 cup (2 1/2 ounces) crumbled Cotija or feta cheese 10 to 12 small (6-inch) soft corn tortillas Brush corn with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Over hot grill or open gas stove flame, char ears of corn until well blackened but not completely burnt. Remove from heat; cool. With large knife, shave off kernels into bowl. Add cilantro, parsley and mint; reserve. In small bowl, combine onion and lime juice; let stand 10 minutes. Stir in maple syrup, radishes, zucchini, jalapeno and 2 tablespoons of oil. Season with salt and pepper; set aside. Heat your tortillas one of two ways: Wrap whole stack in foil and place in warm 250°F oven for 15 min­utes, or coat cast-iron skillet with thin layer of oil and heat over high heat; warm each tortilla 30 seconds to 1 minute each side, until lightly blistered. To make tacos, fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup corn. Top with cheese and radish-zucchini slaw. Serve with lime wedges, if desired.

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Clovis Unified named to top 10 list Clovis Unified has been recognized for their work in meeting the needs of a diverse student population. The Education Trust-West recently released their fourth annual report card grading the state’s 149 largest school districts. The work of Ed Trust-West is focused on identifying best practices for narrowing the achievement gap and improving the performance of Latino, African-American and low-income students in California’s schools. Clovis Unified has again been singled out for successfully meeting the needs of all students, even as their student population continues to grow and change. Of the top 10 school districts on Ed TrustWest’s report, Clovis Unified is by far the largest, and yet also received the highest grade given to any district in the state (a B).

Later this month, members of a research team from Ed-Trust West will be visiting Clovis Unified to study strategies and services in place for students that contribute to the district’s consistently high performance for all students. Other local school districts included in the report are Sanger Unified (who is also in the report’s top 10 this year with a B-), Central Unified and Fresno Unified. “Many of the top districts for lowincome, Latino and African-American students are mid-sized school districts in southern California and the Central Valley,” said Leni Wolf, Data and Policy Analyst at The Education Trust–West. “They don’t often make the headlines or attract a lot of attention, but their results speak for themselves.”

Clovis Unified hosting community health and multicultural fair Clovis Unified School District Alternative Education is hosting the 23rd Annual Community Health and Multicultural Fair on Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gateway High School. CUSD students and families are cordially invited to this free event. The fair features over 30 local health agencies and community organizations including Willow International College Center, Kings View Suicide Prevention Program, Marjaree Mason Center, the Clovis Fire Department and the American Red Cross. The Health Fair will offer: • Free blood pressure measurements • Free body mass index to check your health risk • Health insurance assistors

• Affordable health care services/local resources representatives • College and career information • Drug intervention • Disaster preparedness • Many other community resources for children, youth and parents. There will be a variety of foods available and a multicultural talent show featuring students, staff and local student entertainers. This year, the show includes the Clovis High Latin Dance Team and Hip Hop Group, the McClane High School Highlanders, and Get a Better Body Performance Troup, among others. For more information, contact Maggie Pendleton at 327-1877 or Denise Sandifer at 327-1861.

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Clovis Girl Scouts honored for changing their communities

Less than six percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award. Those that earn their Gold Award recognize the commitment and hard work it takes, making the Gold Award the highest achievement in Girl Scouts. On Saturday, April 12 at the Tulare Agri-Center, Girl Scouts of Central California South honored 18 girls who successfully completed their Gold Award Projects. Of these 18 girls, four represent Clovis chapters. Lillian L. from Clovis, Troop 25 wanted to create awareness about recycling, which resulted in her presenting to approximately 1,200 students at CART (Center for Advanced Research and Technology). Lillian created a contest to raise awareness about recycling as well as a 7-minute video about the importance of recycling. She was able to obtain a scholarship sponsor for $500 to the winner of the contest and hopes to create a way for others to duplicate her project and continue awareness about recycling. After taking a class on composting, Morgan M. from Troop 305 in Clovis learned how much reusable waste was being put into landfills. She wanted to educate people in the community about helping the environment. To do this, she

created a video called “Composting 101,” which she delivered to multiple churches, as well as Alluvial Community Gardens, where individuals are encouraged to get plots of land where they can grow their own produce. Also available for the members of the churches, members of Alluvial Gardens, and the community were brochures explaining composting and its benefits. When people sit in wheelchairs for long periods of time without proper padding or support, they develop pressure ulcers. Maddie M. from Clovis Troop 305 created wheelchair cushions out of fleece to be donated. She held two “Make one, Give one” workshops where participants learned to make cushions, made two, and then donated one to Maddie’s project. In the end, 156 cushions were donated to Vintage Garden and Kaiser, including step-by-step posters so others could make additional cushions. Megan S. from Clovis Troop 305 wanted to help dogs that were stuck at a shelter feel more at home. She created 25 dog beds for Miss Winkles Pet Adoption in Clovis from material that was all donated. In addition, Megan created brochures with dog tips for anyone interested in adopting a dog.

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Childhood dream becomes Design by kYA

By Silva Emerian

Yulanda ArnoldKasper

Yulanda ArnoldKasper has always loved to draw. But she never thought that drawing Minnie Mouse at 10 years old would lead to a career as a designer. Fortunately, her husband recognized her talents and encouraged her to pursue her long-

forgotten dream. “I felt very humble seeing that my husband suggested and supported a lifelong dream I had all but forgotten,” said Arnold-Kasper. She set to work creating designs for a high end t-shirt line while her husband, Gary, tackled marketing. They launched Design by kYA (Ka-yah) in July 2011 at the Runway for Youth fashion show at the

downtown Radisson. Three days after printing her first 30 shirts, they had already sold out. Design by kYA includes shirts for women, men and children. Each look is designed and hand drawn by ArnoldKasper, and each design has a specific story behind it. They are then silk screened onto specific shirt styles without any touch-ups, computer graphic changes, or redesigns. “Designs go from paper straight to the shirt. That way the feelings, emotions and desire are original and unique. When you see a shirt design with 100 different spots or colors, each one I colored by hand,” she said. Arnold-Kasper’s designs are colorful, unique and eye-catching, printed on a variety of t-shirt styles from fitted to off the shoulder. Visit to see her entire collection.

Colin van Loon appointed to board of governors Colin van Loon has been appointed to the board of governors of the California Community Colleges. Nineteen-year-old van Loon has been a student marketing assistant at the Fresno Center for International Trade Development since 2014 and a student pursuing a degree in philosophy at Willow International Community College Center of the State Center Community College District since 2013. He is vice president of finance for the Willow International Community College Center Associated Student Government and a member of the State Center Community College District Budget and Resource Allocation Advisory Committee. He was a member of the hiring committee to select the Vice President of Administrative Services of Willow International Community College Center and was a volleyball coach for the Clovis Unified School District in 2013.

Van Loon is one of four new members from across the state to be appointed to the six-member board. “The appointment of these four new members to the board Colin Van Loon of governors comes at an exciting time as our system of higher education pursues the twin goals of increasing access to California community colleges and improving student success,” said California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris. “Gov. Brown has wisely selected appointees with impressive and varied backgrounds who will serve our 2.1 million students well.”

New Presbyterian church in Clovis A new Presbyterian church is set to open its doors in Old Town Clovis. Grace Clovis Presbyterian Church will begin hosting monthly preview services from May – August in their new location at 725 Pollasky, Suite 111 in Clovis. Grace Clovis, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, started in July 2013 with a handful of families meeting together in Pastor Brad Mills’ Clovis home. The church began looking for a larger facility at the beginning of this year and recently found their new home on Pol-

lasky Avenue. Preview services will be held be on the first Sunday of May, June, July and August.Sunday School will begin at 9:30 a.m. and Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.Pastor Brad Mills invites everyone to come out and discover the transforming power of the Gospel. For further information about Grace Clovis Presbyterian Church, visit, or contact Pastor Brad Mills at (559) 997-5721.

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Joanne Lippert named Fresno County Mother of the Year The Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce has named Joanne Lippert Fresno County’s Mother of the Year. In a poignant letter of support, Anne Marie Lippert Taylor describes her mother’s love. “It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things, and crushes down remorselessly all that stand in its path. Joanne Lippert has this kind of fierce love for her children, for her friends, for her co-workers, and for her beloved Fresno community.” Joanne’s life has been about caring for other people. From her career as a neurosurgical nurse at the Mayo Clinic, to raising her seven children, to her life with 20 grandchildren, every day is filled with her own heartfelt focus on other people. Her deep Catholic faith is manifested in prayers and donations to hundreds of worthy causes. She has served in leadership roles in fundraising for ValleyPBS, assisted in fundraising to build Saint Agnes Hospital, conducted the fund drive to enhance San Joaquin Memorial High School and also expand the Fresno Art Museum. She earned the Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary Club of Fresno. When she married Dr. Lippert, she also became mother of his two young boys. Their letters are a testament to her allencompassing love. Robert attributes his good characteristics to “her wisdom, guidance and love.” Close friend Sally Bukilica said, “Joanne was an active mother with her children and their activities. She had a strong feeling about children, work, church, and letting her children know what she expected from them.” Chris Rogers said in her letter about Joanne: “She has shown great courage in facing life’s challenges with a steady

Joanne Lippert, Fresno County’s Mother of the Year

mind, a brave heart and a can-do attitude.” As she battles cancer for the fourth time, Lippert shows unbelievable courage buoyed by her faith, her children, grandchildren, family and friends. Joanne Lippert, along with honored nominees Darlene Oehlschlaeger, Donna Marie Falcinella and Peggy Witmer will be honored at the “Blooms and Branches” Fresno County Mother of the Year luncheon presented by the Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce. It will be held on Friday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at TorNino’s, located on Blackstone just north of Shaw. The community is invited to join family, friends, local elected officials and other dignitaries who will participate in honoring all mothers at the luncheon. To make a reservation, visit by May 3.

Golden Living Center – Clovis medical director honored for outstanding service Golden LivingCenter – Clovis medical director Dr. Stephen Grossman has been recognized as one of Golden Living’s 2014 Medical Directors of the Year. Every year, Golden Living recognizes its medical directors around the country who have gone above and beyond throughout the year to improve patients’ and residents’ lives in our Golden LivingCenters. “Working with Golden Living, Dr. Grossman has played an important and key role in the quality care of many of our patients and residents,” said Joshua Davis, Executive Director for Golden LivingCenter – Clovis. “We are honored to call Dr. Stephen Grossman our medical director and would like to thank him for his dedication to our LivingCenter.” Golden Living medical directors are involved at all levels of individualized patient care and supervision. They serve as the physician and clinical leader of quality of care education, information and communication. As a leader, they help define a vision of quality improvement, and must address day-to-day aspects of patient care, as well as supervise medical practitioners who provide direct patient care. “Dr. Grossman is a shining example of the special work physicians do to take care of the elderly,” said Michael Yao, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Golden Living. “Our medical directors are part of the clinical team who on a daily basis, and often without recognition, help our patients and residents in all manner of care. We are happy to bestow this honor on Dr. Grossman as he goes above and beyond the call of duty to care for our most vulnerable population.” Nominations for the award are made

by executive directors and directors of nursing services and then the nominations are reviewed by Golden Living administrative, nursing and medical leaders. Our award winners demonstrated clinical excellence in patient care, facility leadership, contributions to quality of care in the LivingCenter, and involvement in the community. Dr. Grossman is a Certified Medical Director by AMDA. He was nominated for the Outstanding Merit Award in 1987, was the recipient of the Best Practice Award for Fresno Community Hospital in 2003, was given the Leadership Award for Fresno Community Hospital in 2004, and named the Best Geriatric Doctor in Fresno in 2010. Dr. Grossman was called “Dr. Miracle” at the DeWitt Center in Fresno for doing the impossible with toys, tastes and sounds. In his career in sub acute, Dr. Grossman has used some interesting techniques that include corny jokes, tickling, balloons, fishing poles, and even a horse to help waken 17 comatose patients. His unusual techniques have been published in the National Examiner under America’s Favorite Family Weekly. The winners were announced at the Annual Golden Living Gala in Nashville, Tenn. where the American Medical Directors Association Long Term Care Conference was held. Golden Living Center Clovis provides quality healthcare for up to 57 patients and residents, including those needing skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Golden Living Center Clovis has been part of the Fresno and Clovis community for over 30 years. For more information about Golden Living Center Clovis, call 559-299-2591 or visit

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Clovis deli soon to be doubly delicious By Carol Lawson-Swezey

Whether it’s their signature beer-battered French fries or their thick and piled high turkey, bacon and avocado sandwiches, fans of Deli Delicious have had only one Clovis location in which to satisfy their cravings. The Valley franchise’s first Clovis location at Herndon and Clovis will be joined by a new location at Shaw and Armstrong by the end of April. The new store will have a soft opening, followed by a grand opening event with a ribbon cutting in the summer. Owners Becky Fraser and her father, Phil Maroot, are eager to share their new store with their adopted city and offer a second location for die-hard fans. Although Fraser was born and raised in Hanford and traveled throughout the country, getting her BA at the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Masters in Urban Planning at the University of Illinois in Chicago, she returned to Clovis to raise a family. “I’ve been everywhere, but now am back home,” she said. After working as a consultant in urban planning for 15 years, the recession dried up a lot of her business. With her dad, a Fresno attorney, joining her as a financial partner, Fraser opened up her first Deli Delicious two years ago. The storeis part of a local franchise which began in Fresno in 1996. Deli Delicious now has 18 stores in California with another 30 franchises pending. The Deli Delicious franchise has been the People’s Choice Award winner for the Fresno Bee’s Best of Fresno survey for the

past five years, and just won the Restaurant Association Award for 2013. Fraser’s shop, on Clovis and Herndon, won the Best Specialty Shop in the 2013 Clovis Roundup’s Best of Clovis awards. “It was important for us to stay in Clovis for both locations,” Fraser said. “With the first store, the initial response was strong, slowed down for a while, and now business is booming.” Fraser said that business really picked up again because of the new adjacent businessesat the Clovis Crossings Center, at

Herndon and Highway 168, and a lot of good word of mouth and advertising. Although there are many local eateries that offer similar fare, Fraser works hard to maintain her shop’s quality of food and superior service. She has had little turnover in staff, with four of her 10 workers still there after two years. Since she can’t be in two places at once, she feels confident the new store will be in good hands with her newly hired manager and the 10 new employees in training. Both stores will be open Monday through Saturday from 10

a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fraser definitely considers herself a hands-on owner, putting in over 50 hours a week, going to the store daily and rolling up her sleeves to work the counter. Her 15-year-old twins, Logan and Madison, attend Buchanan High School and help in the restaurant during the summer. “I really enjoy running the business and being hands on, but it can be overwhelming and a lot of work, especially with the new store,” Fraser said.

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