In the News -
Friday, JANUARY 18, 2008
this week's FRONT PAGE (PDF)
It was a small but enthusiastic
gathering that met on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at McDowall Auditorium with the
Friends of Woodlake, a nonprofit group of Woodlake High School District
supporters dedicated to making one of the best high schools in the Valley
even better. The grade nine-to-12 school is among the very best if Woodlake
High is judged on its record of sending a greater percentage (more than
50 percent) of its students to college.
But given the recent record where a fiscally-strapped state
government has significantly reduced its payments to small school districts,
many of the larger expenditures that periodically go to physical plant
upgrades just aren’t being funded. That’s why the Friends
of Woodlake are on a mission to have 55 percent of the WHS District voters
say Yes to Measure C on Tuesday, Feb. 5, so some of the most urgently
needed improvements at the 800-student campus may be made.
It was appropriate that the Three Rivers meeting began with
a rousing performance by Woodlake’s Drumline. Four years ago, there
was no Drumline but with the resurgence of the marching band program,
more drummers were needed. Dozens more students were engaged after school
to practice and perform, and some who otherwise would not have participated
in any other extracurricular activity became involved.
The Drumline has become a huge source of Tiger Pride, playing
at football games, pep rallies, and the annual Career Day. It’s
what being true to your school is all about… and the essence of
what the Friends, like Superintendent Tim Hire, want to become synonymous
with the school’s reputation and positive catchwords — “What
do you expect? It’s Woodlake!”
“We think our students
deserve the very best,” Hire said. “When they step out on
that football field, track, tennis court, or perform on stage we want
them to feel that Tiger Pride.”
Hire used the new track-and-field program to illustrate how
some of the bond money would be spent. Last year, a track-and-field program
was resurrected at the school after a 25-year hiatus.
“We had 18 student
athletes who came out to compete, and they had to train on a dirt track,”
Hire said. “We couldn’t host meets, and when our students
traveled they had to compete on an entirely different surface.”
Woodlake is one of only three Valley schools that still run
on dirt, Hire said, and when it rains it’s a muddy mess. If Measure
C is approved, all that will change as more students will compete, and
many, he said, will gain the skills and the determination to be fit for
The tennis court upgrades are also urgently needed.
A few years ago, the tennis program was struggling, Hire
said. Now Coach Mike Judson has built a championship program, where Woodlake’s
athletes compete for sectional titles.
“We have 30 boys
and 30 girls who are playing tennis year-round and we just don’t
have enough courts,” Hire said. “And Coach Judson, who teaches
at Woodlake’s middle school, knows that to build a successful program,
we have to get the younger kids playing too.”
In addition to all the upgrades to the sport facilities,
Hire said, the bond money will also be used to permanently replace aging
portable classrooms and build new restrooms. After undergoing an accreditation
audit recently, Hire said, it was apparent that being involved after school
in activities like drama, band, and athletics fuels academic achievement.
“One of our goals
after we went through the evaluation process was having 100 percent of
our students involved in an extracurricular activity,” Hire said.
“If the voters of this district approve Measure C, we can do it.”
Propositions-- Bill Tidwell of Three Rivers,
a retired college professor and former Sacramento lobbyist, also led a
discussion on the seven propositions that are on next month’s ballot.
All are complex, he said, and the aims of Proposition 91 have already
been accomplished. Propositions 94 to 97 deal with adding more slots to
a coalition of four Southern California casinos.
Proposition 92, which deals with community college funding,
has attracted a mixed bag of support, depending on perspective. On the
one hand, Tidwell said, it creates an unnecessary administrative board.
But it also lowers community college fees, making it easier for more students
to attend college classes.
The term limits initiative, Proposition 93, warrants careful
consideration, Tidwell said. It stipulates that a state legislator could
serve 12 years in the assembly or the senate, rather than being termed-out
at 14 years — six years and eight years, respectively — as
mandated under the current rules.
93 passes, it could affect assemblymembers like our own Bill Maze who
is waiting to see the results of the February 5 election to decide whether
to seek another term in the state assembly,” Tidwell said.
In the best of conditions, the two lane stretches of State
Highway 65 between Porterville and Bakersfield are extremely dangerous.
There always seem to be lots of truck traffic hampering visibility and
one or more impatient drivers that must risk their lives and those in
other vehicles by crossing the centerline to pass.
It’s unknown what caused Sunday’s tragic head-on
collision on Highway 65 near Avenue 12 that killed two Exeter women and
injured the drivers of both vehicles. What is known is that the three
Miranda family members from Exeter driving northbound in a 1999 Chrysler
van had close ties with the Three Rivers community.
The dead were identified as Miroslava Miranda, 44, and Librada
Miranda-Barajas, 33. The two deceased women were sisters, and Miroslava
was the mother of the driver, Rosalinda Miranda, 20. Antonio Miranda,
Rosalinda’s father and husband of Miroslava (who was not in the
vehicle at the time of the crash), is currently the maintenance supervisor
at St. Anthony Retreat where he has worked for the past 17 years.
The other two women and some other members of the family
also work in Three Rivers at St. Anthony Retreat and the Gateway Restaurant
and Lodge. A spokesperson for the retreat said it was Father John Griesbach
who informed Antonio of the tragedy.
Rosalinda Miranda was found laying on the road. She was transported
by ambulance and treated for major injuries at Kern Medical Center and
Hardy Winualzif, 55, of Bakersfield and the driver of the
other vehicle, a 1999 Ford Taurus, was transported via helicopter to the
same hospital where he remains in a coma. According to the CHP report,
Winualzif was heading south when for an unknown reason he went into the
northbound land and collided head-on with the women’s van.
Looking back on
Ed. Note— This is the final installment
of the annual year-in-review. This is the longest it has ever taken for
us to complete this retrospect (three issues), and we still can’t
fit in November and December. Hopefully, those happenings are a recent
enough memory for readers to suffice. When we first started this feature,
we were able to fit all 12 months in one issue, and that was because news
was sparse during the first of the year, so there wasn’t much competing
for the space. That is no longer the case as, these days, we usually have
more copy than can fit within the confines of 12 pages. And that’s
July 6— Christine Cooper, 38, of Brea
collapsed Monday, July 2, at her campsite in Sequoia National Park. As
she was being transported by ambulance from Dorst Campground to rendezvous
with a helicopter, she died. The cause of death was suspected to be complications
related to a known heart problem.
ON SUNDAY, JULY 1, the Lemon Cove Fire Station reopened its
doors after being closed in 2005. The community gathered to celebrate
the return of the Tulare County Fire Department to town.
THE SAN JOAQUIN Valley Air Pollution Control District announced
its intent to join the State of California’s lawsuit seeking to
set its own vehicle emissions standards. In a letter to the federal EPA
in Washington, D.C., the organization states that despite significant
progress in improving air quality in the Valley, the region faces a daunting
task in meeting new standards for ozone and particulates.
TWO “TRANSPORTATION INTERPRETERS” would be spending
the summer in Sequoia National Park with the sole job of providing visitors
with information about the park’s resources while emphasizing the
benefits of alternative transportation through a series of programs and
talks. They were two of 26 students who worked in 16 national parks due
to a partnership between the National Park Foundation, the National Park
Service, the Student Conservation Association, and the Ford Motor Company.
AFTER BEING CLOSED for nearly three months to protect a nesting
site for peregrine falcons, Chimney Rock, a popular climbing site in Giant
Sequoia National Monument, was reopened.
July 13— A climbing team spent three days in the top of one of the
world’s largest trees, inspecting and documenting the Robert E.
Lee Tree in the Grant Grove area of Sequoia National Park to determine
if the tree posed any hazard to park visitors.
TWO LIGHTNING-CAUSED fires were discovered in the backcountry
of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
THE IPHONE WAS the must-have gadget of the summer, and Ryan
and Heidi Sager of Three Rivers were among the first in town to own the
multi-tasking cell phones. Ryan reported that he thought the local reception
was much improved over his previous cell phone.
July 20— This was the issue that contained
the ninth annual BEST of Kaweah Country readers’ poll results. For
a complete list of the winners, go to: www.kaweahcom-monwealth.com/poll.htm.
July 27— Within one week in July,
the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s tactical enforcement
team raided two marijuana-growing areas on BLM land near Three Rivers.
One large complex was discovered in the Devils Canyon area within the
South Fork drainage. More than 35,000 plants were discovered and eradicated.
A smaller plot containing 1,600 plants was eradicated near Case Mountain
in the East Fork canyon.
THE FIRST BAPTIST Church of Three Rivers was targeted by
vandals who broke into the church during broad daylight. The vandals made
a futile attempt to access the church’s safe, but left a mess behind
due to ransacked file cabinets and desk drawers and a kicked-in wall.
SENATOR BARBARA BOXER (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to
set aside as wilderness nearly 115,000 acres within Sequoia and Kings
Canyon National Park. Nearly 70,000 acres of this proposed wilderness
area would be named after John Krebs, a former Fresno County supervisor
and U.S. congressman who led the effort to keep the Mineral King Valley
undeveloped as a ski resort by transferring the land from the U.S. Forest
Service into Sequoia National Park in 1978.
FOUR HIGH COUNTRY fires were currently being watched by Sequoia
National Park fire managers. Two fires were discovered earlier in July
as thunderstorms passed over the Sierra, and in the previous week, two
more lightning-caused fires were discovered in the backcountry east of
NECTAR JAVA & Juice closed suddenly. The property was
originally developed as The Cabin, a coffeehouse and used bookstore, by
Ken Woodruff in 2004. It was purchased by Bryan Fields in 2006. Ted Berman,
the current owner who resides in Southern California, bought the property
in foreclosure late in 2006 and changed the name.
THE FIRST EVER World Ranger Day would be celebrated July
31. World Ranger Day is an event that was conceived by the International
Ranger Federation, a worldwide consortium of ranger associations. The
inaugural celebration focused on the international release of a new ranger
documentary, entitled The Thin Green Line, created by Australian ranger
Sean Willmore. Local showings were scheduled as the film features scenes
of Sequoia-Kings Canyon. It is planned to commemorate the world’s
rangers each year on July 31 during World Ranger Day.
August 10— An interagency task force led by Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks rangers raided several large pot gardens
on August 7 off the Mineral King Road, about eight miles up from Highway
198. During initial operations, shots were fired and may have been directed
at a helicopter that was assisting the ground personnel. The Mineral King
Road was closed, but no arrests were made. Rangers ultimately removed
5,432 marijuana plants. Cleanup and restoration of the site was expected
to take months.
DEB SCHWEIZER ASSUMED her new duties as fire education specialist
at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. She transferred to the local
parks after 12 years at Yosemite.
RESURFACING OF A section of South Fork Drive was completed
using Measure R tax dollars.
August 17— A transient, who had been
living in the Three Rivers area for quite some time, was arrested after
several reports that he was exposing himself.
A FALLEN OAK at the beginning of North Fork Drive caused
a widespread power outage.
THREE RIVERS SCHOOL was preparing to start its 2007/2008
year with two new teachers onboard: Rika Pearson, fourth grade, and Kris
Axtell, sixth grade. In addition, James Irwin took over the maintenance
and custodial duties upon the retirement of John Crabtree.
August 24— Search teams looking for
a backpacker who disappeared in Kings Canyon National Park two weeks previously
found a body matching his description. Henry Nguyen, 39, of Garden Grove,
was reported missing by family members when he failed to return from a
solo backcountry trip. A body that matched Nguyen’s description
was found by searchers in the Dusy Basin. Rangers deduced that the experienced
backpacker died in a fall from Isosceles Peak, a 12,321-foot peak south
of Bishop Pass.
THE REMAINS OF what is believed to be the second of four
crewmen who died in 1942 while on a training flight were found by hikers
on a remote glacier on Mount Mendel in Kings Canyon National Park. The
body was found 100 feet from where another body was found in 2005 by an
ice climber. The first man was later identified as Leo Mustonen, 22, one
of four fliers aboard an Army Air Corps AT-7 plane that took off from
Mather Air Force Base on Nov. 18, 1942, and was never heard from again.
The current remains were found by a hiker who was in the area to conduct
research for a book he will be writing about the incident. The body was
likely exposed because of the lack of snowfall during the previous winter.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL administrators switched chairs as the
Woodlake School District’s superintendent, Steve Tietjen, accepted
a new position in Los Banos. As a result, Tim Hire, WHS principal, was
promoted to superintendent; Nicole Hocker Glentzer, assistant principal
became principal; and Tony Casares, athletic director accepted the position
of assistant principal. In addition seven new teachers were on staff for
the 2007/2008 school year.
A DRIVERLESS DELIVERY truck with a suspected faulty parking
brake rolled up-canyon from where it had been parked at Three Rivers Market
and narrowly missed taking out a portion of the Mountain View Realty building
before becoming hung up on a pile of boulders.
CHP OFFICER Greg Fox of Three Rivers was honored by the community
during a Lions Club dinner. He most recently had patrolled the highway
in the Three Rivers area and beyond, but had protected and served as a
CHP officer for 23 years.
THE THREE RIVERS Village Foundation announced that it had
identified a federal grant program called “Safe Routes” that
could lead to some flashing lights at the Three Rivers School crosswalk
and a solar-powered speed-feedback sign. A committee was formed to prepare
the proposal that would then be submitted by Three Rivers School.
August 31— An experienced climber
fell 100 feet to his death while climbing Mount Russell, a 14,000-foot
peak immediately north of Mount Whitney on the boundary of Sequoia National
Park and Inyo National Forest. Authorities believe the victim fell due
to an equipment failure when he tried to anchor himself to a rock.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE of National Geographic magazine featured
text and photographs documenting new species and other discoveries being
found in the caves of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
GAS AT THE Three Rivers Market was sold for $1 per gallon
until the line of vehicles became a traffic hazard. It was the owners’
fifth anniversary in Three Rivers and they wanted to say thank you to
the community, so they hosted this great gas giveaway… for four
September 7— A summer’s end look at the business
climate in Three Rivers revealed that some local operators, such as Efrain
and Martha Ponce at the Sequoia Cider Mill, had a record-setting season.
Then, again, others were a bust, such as the Hummingbird Café,
which closed in August and whose owners filed for bankruptcy protection.
It was also announced that some new businesses would soon break onto the
scene, including the new Discoveries West Gallery and Archives and the
reopening of what was formerly The Cabin coffeehouse.
A HUMAN INTEREST story described how a man who was visiting
family in Three Rivers lost his wallet, which contained $450 in cash,
and had it returned by Three Rivers resident the very same day.
September 14— Reports were received
by Three Rivers residents of a traffic snafu in the road-construction
section on the Sunday evening of the busy Labor Day weekend. One person
reported waiting in line, which was being regulated by traffic signals,
for more than two hours. The park determined that the signal lights were
working properly. A spokesperson for the traffic-control company stated
that the delay could have been caused by people who didn’t make
it back to their vehicles in time to make it through the light and that
there may have been a car with hot brakes that for at least one sequence
may have been blocking the road.
CRESCENT MEADOW ROAD would be closing early for the season
because of scheduled construction to recondition and resurface the historic
road. It had been more than 30 years since the road had received a major
upgrade. The popular route will reopen when the snow melts in the spring.
FIRE LOOKOUTS WERE the subject of a feature story that described
how there were once more than 40 towers dotting the summits of mountains
through the southern Sierra and today there are just 11 left in service.
Three are staffed through the efforts of the Buck Rock Foundation —
Buck Rock, Park Ridge, and Delilah. Volunteer lookouts may sign up to
work as much or as little as their schedules allow; training, however,
requires a commitment of two full (non-consecutive) days of orientation.
All three lookouts are open to the public when staffed.
September 21— After taking the four-mile
hike from Cedar Grove to Mist Falls, a 65-year-old man stretched out for
a nap on a rock near the Kings Canyon National Park attraction. He was
awakened by yelling, which turned out to be directed at him by other hikers
who were warning him of a bear’s approach. As he sat up, the bear
bit him on his right thigh. In the two weeks preceding this incident,
rangers had received reports of a small bear approaching people in this
vicinity. After this aggressive act, park biologists made the decision
to euthanize the young, underweight bear.
A LOCAL COMPANY, United Priority Distributors, announced
an exclusive licensing agreement with the Boy Scouts of America to produce
a line of memorial urns for scouting families who have lost loved ones.
The business is locally owned and operated by Susan Fraser of Three Rivers.
WITHIN A SPAN of three days two separate accidents occurred
on Highway 198. One accident occurred when an 18-year-old driver was attempting
to locate her cell phone while driving around Lake Kaweah near the second
boat ramp. Both the driver and her 18-year-old passenger were wearing
seatbelts and suffered moderate injuries as the small car struck a rock
outcrop and rolled over. The second accident occurred when a 20-year-old
driver was driving eastbound and failed to react in time to avoid a vehicle
stopped in the roadway, attempting to make a lefthand turn.
BOB HARDISON OF Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, passed through
Three Rivers and said hi to his cousin, Gaynor (Hardison) McKee, while
in the midst of his latest adventure, which is car camping across the
U.S. in his 1914 Model T Ford. His trip is scheduled to end in July 2008
at the Model T Ford Centennial Party in Richmond, Ind.
September 28— An impaired 18-year-old
driver was driving westbound on Sierra Drive (Highway 198) when she failed
to negotiate a curve, crossed the highway, and ended up on the property
of what used to be the Indian restaurant. The car crashed into the huge
redwood slab that was a carved Indian-head statue and destroyed the local
landmark. The driver did not appear to be seriously injured.
IMPLEMENTING A COUNTYWIDE ambulance service was on the October
town meeting agenda. This issue is important as it would ensure an ambulance
with paramedics would be stationed in Three Rivers. Currently, some local
patients have to wait for the Exeter ambulance, which requires extra response
time that could mean the difference between life and death.
SCOTT MULLIKIN, OWNER and operator of Sequoia Gifts &
Souvenirs, celebrated the shop’s third anniversary by giving away
proceeds from his retail sales to the Sequoia Natural History Association
and Three Rivers School.
WOODLAKE HIGH SCHOOL announced a new online program called
“Parent Connect,” where families can log on and check on their
student’s academic progress, attendance, and discipline. It was
also reported that the Woodlake Library is now open everyday after school
until 9 p.m. due to a grant that the YMCA received.
October 5— A prescribed fire ignited
by the Park Service in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park
caused plumes of smoke to rise on the skyline and many to wonder as to
the cause. A press release was received too late for notice of the fire
to be publicized so there was local concern that this may be a wildland
TWO SEPARATE BLAZES on consecutive days at the same address
on North Fork Drive had firefighters coming and going and coming again.
The first fire was a small grass fire caused by an errant spark from a
fuel pump. The second time firefighters arrived on the scene, they found
a small wooden shed burning. There were no indications that the two blazes
A REPORT ON the ongoing ambulance crisis was provided at
the Three Rivers town meeting by Allen Ishida, county supervisor. Currently,
in Three Rivers, there are not enough trained volunteers to answer all
the calls. It has been determined by longtime Three Rivers Ambulance volunteers
that Three Rivers needs to have paramedics and an ambulance stationed
in Three Rivers year-round.
CALTRANS ENGINEERS WERE in the area to inspect the structural
integrity of the North Fork Bridge. Engineers inspect all area bridges
at least once every four years, they reported.
October 12— In the previous week,
Kaweah Country experienced four inches of new snow at 7,500 feet, a hailstorm
at Pumpkin Hollow, and a quarter-inch of rain in other locales.
A PRESCRIBED FIRE was ignited near the Grant Grove area of
Kings Canyon National Park. Upon its completion, the Valley View Prescribed
Fire will have burned 226 acres.
MEMBERS OF THE George T. Watkins Western History Group were
in Three Rivers to visit the area’s historical sites.
FIVE PHOTOS OF wildlife killed by vehicles on local roadways
was an in-your-face way to urge motorists to slow down on local roadways
and brake for animals as the editors embarked on a roadkill-reduction
A GROWING PROBLEM at Lake Kaweah is the illegal dumping of
residential and commercial trash and yard waste at the Slick Rock Recreation
Area. It is illegal to dispose of trash this way and a citation, fines,
and/or a court appearance await those who are caught.
October 19— Local flu shot clinics
were announced along with an in-depth article on the benefits of flu shots.
THE PUBLIC WAS invited to observe cleanup operations on an
eradicated marijuana site in the Monarch Wilderness of the Giant Sequoia
National Monument. The cleanup was being conducted by the High Sierra
Volunteer Trail Crew and would include removal of more than two tons of
trash and debris, including hazardous chemicals and pesticides that were
left at the site.
AN END-OF-season assessment of the new Sequoia National Park
shuttles revealed that the first year of the three-year pilot program
exceeded most expectations. The shuttle service transported visitors from
Visalia to Sequoia and back and also coordinated with the new in-park
A THREE RIVERS “Environmental Weekend” was held
that featured solar cooking and other demonstrations, information, and
the showing of an educational movie. Participants also received a tour
of the homes of six local residents who have taken a variety of approaches
to be energy-efficient. The weekend was sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist
Fellowship of Visalia and many other local residents who became involved.
THE LOCAL CHAMBER of Commerce announced that TOT monies collected
in Three Rivers would be returned to the community to be used for the
promotion of tourism. About 75 percent of the county’s transient
occupancy tax (also known as TOT or bed tax) comes from Three Rivers and
Sequoia National Park.
October 26— At least 24 separate wildfires
broke out in Southern California and were fanned by Santa Ana winds. Locally,
Cal Fire, Tulare County, and National Park Service firefighters were deployed
to the front lines, causing a shortage of coverage locally.
TWO POWER LINES snapped after a wind gust, causing a brief
power outage for residents and downed power lines in the parking lot of
Reimer’s Candies store.
Chamber launches search
Do you have an eye for capturing the best this region has
to offer? If so, the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce could use your
As the Chamber grows, it is developing additional marketing
pieces and expanding current production items like the Three Rivers website,
brochure, phonebook, and other handouts.
High-resolution digital photos are needed that capture events
like the Team Roping, Jazzaffair, and Redbud Festival, as well as community
concerts and performances, buildings and architecture, and outdoor activities
and scenery from Three Rivers, Lemon Cove and Sequoia and Kings Canyon
National Parks. Photo credit will be given when image size and publication
Please submit pictures to the Chamber via CD or email along
with the name of the person or company that should receive photo credit.
A CD of images can be dropped off at the Chamber office at 42268 Sierra
Drive or mailed to P.O. Box 818, Three Rivers, CA 93271. Images may also
be emailed to Johanna Kamansky, Chamber president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber Corner is a weekly update of Sequoia Foothills
Chamber of Commerce activities and events.
1955 ~ 2007
Stuart Ragan Nuss, a former resident of Sequoia National
Park, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2008, at his home in Columbia Falls, Mont.
Stuart was born Sept. 17, 1955, to Dale and Bunny Nuss in
Livingston, Mont. He was raised in Yellowstone National Park, where his
father was a ranger.
Stuart also was a former National Park Service employee.
During his 20-year career, he worked in the maintenance and fire divisions,
including assignments at Sequoia and Lassen Volcanic in California, Oregon
Caves National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Ariz.),
and Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site (Mont.).
Stuart retired from Glacier National Park as the park’s
roads supervisor. He was also a smokejumper for the U.S. Forest Service
at West Yellowstone and the owner of Nuss Excavating in Columbia Falls.
Stuart is survived by his wife, Mary; parents Dale and Bunny;
and sisters, Cara Lee Nuss and Lori Nuss.
Remembrances in Stuart’s name may be sent to Best Friends
Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Rd., Kanab, UT 84741 (phone 425-644-2001).
1925 ~ 2008
Jean Replogle, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Sunday,
Jan. 13, 2008, at the Kaweah Manor Nursing Home in Visalia. She was 82.
A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday, Jan. 23,
at 10 a.m., by Pastor C. Arlin Talley at the Community Presbyterian Church
in Three Rivers.
Jean was born Oct. 2, 1925, in Montclair, N.J., to Harry
Hine and Gertrude Stone Replogle. She attended Abbot Academy (now Phillips)
in Andover, Mass., and was a 1947 graduate of Wheaton College in Norton,
Jean retired in 1987 as president of Davis/Replogle &
Associates in Los Angeles, a company specializing in association and convention
management. She was also an executive vice president of the Institute
of Association Management Companies and presented with their Lifetime
Achievement Award in 2004.
Upon her retirement, Jean moved to Three Rivers. Several
years ago, she relocated to Quail Park Retirement Village in Visalia.
In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by
her sister, Laura Josephine Replogle Failmezger of Rochester, N.Y.
Jean is survived by her niece, Laura Jane Failmezger Reinhard,
and her husband Robert A. Reinhard of Savannah, Ga.; great-nephew David
Reinhard and wife Catherine of Bristow, Va.; great-niece Linda Jane Reinhard
Logan and husband Michael Logan of Chester Springs, Pa.; and two great-great-nephews
and a great-great-niece.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Community
Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 685, Three Rivers, CA 93271.