the News - Friday, March 20, 2009
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Two arrested in
Rivers burglary case
Acting on information developed during
an investigation of a South Fork Estates burglary,
Tulare County Sheriff’s deputies arrested David
Lee Ray and Richard Clark of Three Rivers. The two
men were taken into custody Saturday morning, March
14, and booked into the Tulare County main jail.
Both men were reportedly living at a
Sierra Drive residence. According to a Sheriff’s
Department spokesperson, David Lee Ray, 28, remains
in custody on an “out-of-county hold”
and a parole-violation warrant.
Ray was also charged with receiving stolen
property in connection with at least two local burglaries,
possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled
substance. Owing to the hold, Ray cannot make bail
and is currently being held in the county’s
Richard Clark, 22, was also implicated in the South
Fork Estates burglary and is free on bail pending
charges for receiving stolen property.
Anyone with information about this or
other local burglaries is urged to contact Detective
Martin of the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department,
Eagle Booster Club
Annually since 1951, the Three Rivers
School PTA and, since 2004, the Eagle Booster Club
has bestowed upon one or more Three Rivers residents
recognition for their dedicated commitment to the
students of Three Rivers Union School. This year’s
“Volunteer Recognition Night” was held
Thursday, March 5, and the following were honored
for their service:
KACEY FANSETT moved to Three Rivers with
her family in 2000 when her eldest son Ryan was entering
kindergarten at Three Rivers School. Kacey volunteered
in Ryan’s class while also caring for her younger
son Kyle, who had been diagnosed with a pervasive
In 2001, Kacey was asked to donate time
in the face-painting booth at the Halloween Carnival.
This booth has since become a family tradition and
favorite attraction for kids of all ages.
Kacey has also generously donated her
time and creative efforts to TRUS by teaching watercolor
classes each year for the Visiting Artists program.
In order to ensure proper display of each piece of
art, Kacey provides the frames for the students’
She has also graciously donated her own
watercolor prints to be raffled in the Pick-A-Prize
for the Carnival and at the annual TRUS Foundation
Dinner. Additionally, Kacey donated her time and talents
to design the logo for the TRUS Foundation.
She has presented at Woodlake High’s
annual Career Day for several years, speaking about
graphic design, as well as encouraging art as a meaningful
SUSAN LAMBERSON moved to Three Rivers
with her family 12 years ago. Susan volunteered in
her daughters’ classrooms (they are now both
in college), was active in PTA, and founded a local
She was a member of the grant-writing
team that wrote and was awarded The Heritage Project
for Three Rivers and Woodlake schools and communities.
In addition, Susan was hired as the director of the
local program. Under her leadership, students and
community members participated in a multitude of classes
geared to expanding world views — from nighttime
computer courses to daylong whale-watching field trips,
women’s self-defense courses, visual and performing
arts instruction, and so much more.
Susan is currently pursuing her Master’s
degree in Transformative Leadership. She and her husband
Bill Kaage will be relocating from Three Rivers to
Boise, Idaho, next month as Bill has accepted the
position of national fire management officer for the
JIM MATHIAS is the former maintenance
engineer of Three Rivers School, which meant that
he was the “master of all trades.” Beginning
this job in 1977, Jim was the school carpenter, plumber,
landscaper, and the cabinetmaker. He was also instrumental
in developing the school’s primary playground.
Jim drove the school bus and coached
track-and-field for more than 10 years. In 1980, he
received his substitute-teaching certificate, which
is when he realized that some students need hands-on
activities to complement classroom instruction.
So Jim began a woodshop elective that
at the time was one of the only such classes for middle-schoolers
in the state. Under his direction, students excelled
at making stepstools, bowls, and other woodturning
One year, teacher Suzanne Rich had an
idea for a holiday project for her second-graders:
wooden snowmen. It was a simple request that quickly
turned into a much-anticipated and longstanding tradition.
Jim created wooden shapes from old fence
posts that the students then paint and decorate, creating
beautiful snowmen that now adorn hundreds of Three
Rivers homes each Christmas.
SUZANNE RICH moved to Three Rivers in
1970 with her family and after teaching two years
in Woodlake, taught third grade at TRUS before taking
10 years off to raise her own children, Darren, Laurienne,
When she returned to teaching, Suzanne
accepted a second-grade position, which is what she
continued to teach until her retirement in June 2008,
concluding a 30-year teaching career.
Suzanne developed a summer school literacy
program for fourth through eighth-graders at TRUS.
She has always been interested in the process of learning
to read and specialized in the reading field.
Suzanne received training in Reading
Recovery and made it a priority that students become
proficient in reading. Suzanne may be retired these
days, but she remains a familiar face at TRUS as she
continues to volunteer and substitute teach.
Cherokee Oaks bridge widening
Using Measure R funds, the bridge near
the entrance to the Cherokee Oaks subdivision has
been completed. Next on the County of Tulare’s
to-do list is to widen the entire approach from Highway
Exhibit reveals life and times
of 3R artist
The new exhibit opening this weekend
at the Discoveries West Gallery in Three Rivers is
a bold venture into uncharted territory for the two-year-old
private repository. Entitled “Reflections and
Revelations,” the display of the art by Adrian
Green, native son of Tulare County and resident of
Three Rivers for four decades, is the first major
exhibition solely devoted to a local artist.
John McWilliams, curator of the gallery’s
extensive collection of Tulare County artifacts and
archives, said he has been truly been inspired by
exhibit featuring a local artist is in keeping with
what we are trying to do here at the gallery,”
McWilliams said. “Adrian’s work represents
an important expression of local culture and offers
a penetrating glimpse into the history of Tulare County.”
Adrian, who just turned a spry 84, has
offered an impressive sampling of his life’s
work that reveals his own journey as an artist and
a spiritual quest to know the Earth Mother.
was raised on a citrus ranch in Venice Cove [near
Ivanhoe] and was encouraged as a child to spend lots
of my time outside with nature,” Adrian recalled.
“I literally ran wild in the hills and endless
To escape the oppressive heat, like nearly
all Valley farm families, the Greens found respite
in the nearby mountains. His parents, Eugene and Mabel,
discovered Mineral King in the Sequoia National Forest
and with children in tow, spent many summers camping
at the old Sunny Point campground.
the summertime, I roamed up and down the Mineral King
valley, hiked every trail, and climbed in and out
of every canyon I could find,” Adrian said.
“It was a wondrous childhood.”
At age 15, Adrian said he already knew
he was an artist.
During one of those summers in Mineral King, the Greens
bought the Holly Cabin.
was an old miner’s cabin that my father bought
for $60,” Adrian remembered. “When that
cabin was razed we were given another lot closer to
the ranger station and started work on a new cabin
on that site.”
Adrian’s Tulare County tenure was
interrupted by World War II. During those years, he
served a tour with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.
Some of the earliest works, mostly pen-and-ink
during this period, have been made available and are
displayed as a part of this exhibit. After the
war, Adrian entered the art program at U.C. Berkeley.
Here he met his mentor and most influential
teacher, Henry Schaefer-Simmern, who taught the aspiring
artist how the brain processes genuine artistic activity.
Like most traditional art programs, Adrian began by
learning to paint.
would tell the class when you get to a stopping place
call me,” Adrian said. “He would come
over and say emphatically: ‘…don’t
look at me, look at your work. What can you see to
improve your work?’”
More than anything else, Adrian said,
his instructor taught students how to be self-critical.
For those willing to make a commitment to their work,
the artist was able to move beyond the childish to
genuine artistic expression.
Learning his lessons well, Adrian received
his B.A. degree in Art from Cal in 1948. After graduating,
he traveled extensively in Mexico and became affiliated
with a school of Mexican masters at San Miguel de
But it was his forays into the Yucatan
where he saw the Mayan temples and discovered a spirituality
of an entire culture expressed in clay and stone.
always had a natural ability for the ancient and the
archaic,” Adrian said, “so when I first
saw that ancient art it was like, ‘Oh my God.’
The painting didn’t last long, and I began to
work in clay and then in stone.”
In 1950, Adrian carted a Kaweah River
rock all the way up to Mineral King and sculpted his
first masterpiece. Since that time, he has worked
nearly every summer at his cabin site [the cabin was
destroyed by fire in the 1970s] and the rest of the
time at one studio or another, producing exquisite
Adrian said he’ll never stop drawing
but his real passion is for working in stone. His
publicly commissioned works are at churches and schools
in Tulare County, in Eagle Rock, Calif., and as far
away as Toulon, France.
Examples of each period of his life’s
work are included in the exhibit at Discoveries West.
life has had its share of suffering and pain but what
I will always remember is its wonderful gifts,”
Adrian mused. “When you have such a harmonic
conjunction of timing and grace, one’s wholeness
is a work of art in itself.”
Golf tournament will aid cancer
Roger Remillard of Three Rivers is in
the fight of his life. A familiar face around town,
he has worked in recent years at the Chevron mini-mart
before taking employment at Three Rivers Golf Course.
To help with his mounting medical expenses,
friends are organizing a golf tournament on Saturday,
March 28. Sign in at 9 a.m.; shotgun start at 9:30
a.m. Teams of four will play using a scramble format.
The cost is $40 per person, which includes
lunch and beverages. All donations will be gratefully
Sign up at the golf course. Information:
Bill Clark, 561-4400.
SLEEP has long been underrated, and only
recently is its importance to overall health and wellbeing
beginning to be understood by medical professionals.
When people chronically get less than
6 or 7 hours of sleep each night, their risk for developing
diseases begins to increase.
Lack of sleep has been associated with worsening of
blood pressure and cholesterol, risk factors for heart
disease and stroke. Your heart will be healthier if
you get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night.
—Cancer. People working the late shift
have a higher risk for breast and colon cancer. Researchers
believe this link is caused by differing levels of
melatonin in people who are exposed to light at night.
Light exposure reduces the level of melatonin, a hormone
that both makes us sleepy and is thought to protect
against cancer. Melatonin appears to suppress the
growth of tumors. Be sure that your bedroom is dark
to help your body produce the melatonin it needs.
When the body is sleep deficient, it goes
into a state of stress. This causes an increase in
blood pressure and the production of stress hormones.
These stress hormones, in turn, make it harder to
The increase in stress hormones from lack
of sleep raises the level of inflammation in the body.
Inflammation is thought to be one of the causes of
the deterioration of your body as you age.
A good night’s sleep obviously makes you feel
energized and alert the next day, but because you
feel refreshed, you can be productive and active during
the day, which in turn helps you get another good
—Memory. Your dreams and deep sleep
are an important time for your brain to make memories
and links. Getting more quality sleep will help you
remember and process things better.
loss. Researchers have recently found that
people who sleep less than 7 hours per night are more
likely to be overweight or obese. It is thought that
the lack of sleep disrupts the balance of the hormones
ghrelin and leptin, important for the regulation of
Napping during the day is not only an effective
and refreshing alternative to caffeine, it can also
protect your health and make you more productive.
A study of 24,000 Greek adults showed that people
who napped several times a week had a lower risk for
dying from heart disease. People who nap at work have
much lower levels of stress. Napping also improves
memory, cognitive function, and mood.
—Depression. Sleep impacts many of
the chemicals in your body, including serotonin. People
with a deficiency in serotonin are more likely to
suffer from depression.
—Heal. Sleep is a time for your body
to repair damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays,
and other harmful exposures. Your cells produce more
protein while you are sleeping. These protein molecules
form the building blocks for cells, allowing them
to repair damage.
10 years ago in
MARCH 12, 1999 —
Celtic meets cowboy in Three
Rivers— David Wilkie and his Cowboy
Celtic Orchestra played the White Horse Inn and treated
the packed house to a Gaelic celebration. The show
was produced and hosted by John Dofflemyer, a Dry
Creek rancher and award-winning cowboy poet who made
the connection with Wilkie at the annual National
Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.
Parks Fire Management Plan subject
of Three Rivers town meeting— Public
comment was invited to assist in developing a range
of alternatives and determine the extent of potential
environmental impacts that should be addressed in
the process to revise the Park Service’s local
Fire Management Plan. Public meetings on this subject
were also held in Fresno, Visalia, Los Angeles, and
Cyber Students: Reading, writing
and arithmetic go high tech— It’s
hard to imagine in 2009 that computers haven’t
always been a part of everyday life, but 10 years
ago, Three Rivers School was just beginning to integrate
the machines into the curriculum. Every weekday morning
at Three Rivers School, at 45-minute intervals, a
class would rotate into the newly created computer
lab “in anticipation of traveling to where no
textbook has gone before.” Students in first
grade dabbled in beginning keyboarding, second and
third graders honed these typing skills by practicing
spelling words, grades four and five typed reports,
and six through eighth-graders were introduced to
the research capabilities of the Internet.
There was breaking news about which flowers were in
bloom on Three Rivers hillsides.
1928 ~ 2009
Craig Stover “Bud” Thorn
Jr. died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009, in Woodlake. He was
Bud was born Dec. 7, 1928, in Visalia
to Bernice G. Thorn and Craig Stover Thorn Sr. He
attended Three Rivers Union School, Woodlake High
School, and University of California at Davis.
In 1916, the Thorn family purchased the
former Griffes ranch, located at the beginning of
North Fork Drive. Bud was raised on the family’s
cattle ranch, eventually took over the business, and
raised his family there.
Bud’s careers included ranching,
trucking and, as a young man, packing from the family’s
Sierra pack station. He was a longtime member of the
Three Rivers Lions Club.
Bud was preceded in death by his son,
Craig S. Thorn III (1954-1989).
He is greatly missed by his survivors,
sister Barbara Helgeson and husband Warren; his daughter
Kathryn Montejano and husband Michael; son Matthew
Thorn and wife Elise; grandchildren Heather, Megan,
Nicki, Haley, Maggie, Tucker, and Max; and great-grandchildren
Craig, Kelsi, Alijah, Michael, Avery, and Sabine.
Private services were held.