In the News - Friday, July 9,
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Watch’ makes contact at Slicky
Imagine if your job was to hang out at
the river all day. Among the items in your job description
was to advise youthful visitors where and how to safely
swim in the river. Oh, and also you must constantly
remind everyone you meet about their responsibility
of keeping the river clean and pristine.
That’s how Eric Burger of Three
Rivers spent this past Fourth of July weekend, and
Margaret Roberts, owner of Rio Sierra Riverhouse,
credits Eric, along with some proactive Sheriff’s
deputies, for keeping the peace at Slicky.
In general, the weekend was safe and
sane at all the popular area swimming holes.
At Slicky, Eric, a former computer instructor,
landscaper, and lifeguard really made an impact by
being at the river the entire weekend.
in the process of being re-certified as a lifeguard
so my priority is warning everyone about river dangers
and helping to save a life if that becomes necessary,”
Eric’s involvement at Slicky came
about because of Margaret’s desire to have someone
on-site to remind Slicky users where her property
line is located so as to enforce a small buffer between
the public users and her paying guests at Rio Sierra
Roberts said she couldn’t be more
pleased with Eric’s approach to his role as
“point man” for River Watch at Slicky.
The watch is a newly-organized committee of locals
that is working with the Tulare County Sheriff’s
Department to keep the peace, promote river safety,
and protect the river.
Prior to the busy weekend, Roberts installed
rope throw bags and rescue rings at three key locations
near the upper pools at Slicky. Now if there is someone
in trouble in the water, there is rescue equipment
onsite and people there who know where it is and how
to use it.
Last month, one of the guests at Rio
Sierra Riverhouse drowned after entering the swift
water and helping his son get to safety. It was a
tragic wake-up call for an entire community.
Margaret said that this past weekend,
the first really busy river swimming days of the summer
season, was a good indicator of what’s in store
for the next six weeks or so.
was busy but Saturday it was really getting crazy
back there below my property,” Roberts said.
“The deputies did a great job going in there
and checking identifications where there were teens
and alcohol being consumed.”
Just the presence of the deputies from
time to time seemed to have the desired effect. Lt.
Gary Chambers who coordinated the extra deputies said
several citations were issued to youths partying at
There were no reports of any major incidents
at the other area swimming holes. The popular Edison
swimming hole was closed for the holiday weekend but
has since re-opened.
The numbers of youthful visitors to use
the river is growing daily. Lt. Chambers said the
extra deputies will continue to patrol Three Rivers
and a DUI checkpoint with the CHP is in the works
for one of the upcoming weekends.
Want to support River Watch and get involved?
Call Margaret Roberts at Rio Sierra Riverhouse
(561-4720), Diana Glass at Century 21 (561-4256) or
John Elliott at The Kaweah Commonwealth (561-3627).
Incidents keep parks personnel
Traditionally, the local national parks
are packed throughout the Fourth of July weekend.
That means there will be a spike in emergency calls
and this season, with the extremely high water, there’s
even greater risk to visitors and more calls for assistance.
On the morning of Sunday, July 4, a group
of backpackers reported seeing a body in the South
Fork of the Kings River near Mist Falls. Park rangers
located the apparent drowning victim just below the
falls in steep terrain within Kings Canyon National
After a technical recovery of the body
the next day using 20 rescuers and a helicopter, the
victim was identified as Khan Nguyen, a 40-year-old
male. His remains were released to the Fresno County
Coroner to determine the cause of death.
Also on July 4, the parks dispatcher
received a report of a 29-year-old woman who was suffering
seizures in the Mehrten Creek area on the High Sierra
Trail. An 11-person detail of NPS rescuers departed
Crescent Meadow at midnight to hike the 5.5 miles
to reach the victim who was camped there.
It was determined at the scene to carry
the victim out via a stretcher. When the party reached
the trailhead at Crescent Meadow about 7 a.m., a waiting
ambulance transported the victim to one of Sequoia
Park’s helispots at Red Fir near Wuksachi.
The patient was airlifted to Fresno Medical
Center. No details were provided as to the patient’s
On Monday, July 5, a 66-year-old male
reportedly fell on rocks along the river below the
Indian Head at the Ash Mountain entrance to Sequoia
National Park. After assessing the victim’s
condition at the scene, it appeared that the man had
suffered a broken hip.
Park personnel brought the victim up
the steep trail to the parking area via a wheeled
stretcher. The patient was then transported via Three
Rivers Ambulance to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in
On Friday, July 2, parks dispatch received
a report of a car fire above the road construction
zone and a few miles below Giant Forest on the Generals
Highway. Any report of a fire is serious because of
the potential damage to park resources, especially
from a blaze burning below the Giant Forest.
Park personnel who rushed to the scene
found a vehicle fully engulfed in flames. Traffic
on the busy highway was stopped temporarily while
the flames were doused and the nearby terrain inspected
for spot fires; none were reported.
The five occupants of the vehicle were
located at another location in the park. No injuries
were sustained as a result of the fire. The cause
of the blaze is still under investigation.
Local kayaker aids in rescue
For one amateur rafter on Thursday, July
1, there was some high anxiety as he realized he was
out of control on the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River.
The incident began when a group of makeshift rafters
entered the water at the North Fork Bridge.
Although the rafters were wearing life
vests, their gear nor their rafts would not meet navigation
requirements on this day for a safe trip down the
swiftly flowing river. Within seconds of entering
the water, the 18-year-old victim got caught in the
swift current and separated from the rest of the group,
disappearing down river. Someone in the party called
911 at 4:44 p.m., and the search and, hopefully, rescue
In a matter of minutes, a helicopter
was flying the treetops above the river, searching
for any signs of the wayward rafter. Firefighters
on foot were combing the riverbank up and down from
Three Rivers Golf Course to below the post office.
While all this search activity was taking
place, Sage Root, an experienced local whitewater
guide, launched his kayak just upriver from the North
It didn’t take Root long to locate
the victim among the dense vegetation on an island
near the golf course. Root assisted the teen back
to safety across the channel like he has done with
many others he has met on the river who were in one
fix or another.
The victim was shaken by the experience
but otherwise unhurt. Sheriff’s deputies questioned
the man and obviously asked him what was he thinking
— to which he must have replied: “I wasn’t.”
Pot eradicated in Sequoia
Law enforcement rangers eradicated an
illegal marijuana grow site west of Crystal Cave in
Sequoia National Park. The raid was completed Thursday,
July 1, and marked the opening of this season’s
war on growers who desecrate public lands in order
to plant thousands of acres of the illegal herb.
A total of 20,324 plants with an estimated
street value of $81 million were removed from the
grow site. Park personnel also carried out trash,
fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other hazardous
materials from the clandestine encampment. A number
of spent shell casings were also found at the site.
According to investigators, there was
evidence at the scene that the camp is linked to Mexican
drug cartels. No arrests were made however, the investigation
Three Rivers author pulls
punches in ‘Hollywood Dicks’
By Brian Rothhammer
Dictionary.com provides the following
definition: dick [dik] - noun Slang. a detective.
Local author, Edward “Ned”
Pinhey offers far more insight and perspective than
the above description while taking the reader on a
wild ride of intrigue through the life and times of
protagonist Tom Gay, a retired LAPD detective
turned lawyer in his first novel, Hollywood Dicks.
Gay is described in a promo for the book
as “a profane, corner cutting Hollywood Dick
with a fondness for the opposite sex.” The street-savvy
Gay teams up with suspended policewoman Traci Timmons
while representing some LAPD detectives charged with
While exonerating his fellow detectives,
he finds himself disbarred and divorced. The disbarment
temporary, he reunites with Timmons on an international
drug-smuggling caper that takes them from California
to the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and back.
Pinhey knows his material firsthand.
While staunchly denying any suggestion that the book
is autobiographical (“Are you kidding? I’m
still married!”), Ned spent decades working
the same beats in Los Angeles as his characters.
Born in L.A., Ned joined the U.S. Navy
in 1955 at age 17. The following year, he married
his childhood sweetheart, Dee.
After the Navy, Ned became a Los Angeles
police officer in 1960. One of his academy classmates
was Joseph Wambaugh, author of The Onion Field, The
New Centurions, and 17 other works. When Ned showed
his old friend Joe a copy of Hollywood Dicks, Wambaugh
said of the title, “Why didn’t I think
With LAPD, Pinhey worked as a patrol
officer, Hollywood vice officer, detective with Hollywood
Division, narcotics detective, and patrol supervisor,
working his way to the rank of sergeant. Pinhey explains
that the book title comes from the “shop talk”
description of a Hollywood detective, as in “I’m
working Hollywood Dicks.”
During the Watts Riots of 1965, Ned decided
to become a lawyer. Crediting his wife (then with
LAPD in North Hollywood) and the GI Bill for support,
he graduated cum laude. Still sweethearts to this
day, Ned and Dee retired to Three Rivers in 1990.
The book is written in the style of an
old film noir screenplay. With the fast-paced staccato
dialogue and inside track to the underworld of a cop’s
life, it’s reminiscent of author Dashiell Hammett’s
(1894-1961) hard-boiled detective novels.
While reading Pinhey’s work, one
visualizes the shadows of Venetian blinds angled across
a wall, the slow, rhythmic turning of a ceiling fan,
and the voice of Jack Webb (Dragnet) or, perhaps,
fun that way,” explained Ned. “I like
that style; it’s the way you talk, the way you
tell a story.”
In fact, Pinhey had written the book
in a more conventional style and then rewrote it to
give it that old detective movie ambience.
The language is coarse, and so are the
characters. With 105 short chapters in 366 pages,
it’s a good bedside reader — easy to find
your place later. The hard part is putting it down
in the first place.
Hollywood Dicks is available
Kaweah General Store
By Brian Rothhammer
Chad Tafti announced last week that most
of the Kaweah General Store’s stock of hardware,
tools, plumbing, and electrical supplies will be sold
at 30 to 50 percent off of the previously marked prices.
lot of this stuff was here when we bought the place…
there’s more in the warehouse from when it was
Harry’s store,” said Chad Tafti, the store’s
Harry Kulick, a decorated (Bronze Star)
veteran of the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the
Bulge, opened Kaweah General Store in 1960 and it
has been a fixture in Three Rivers for 50 years. To
many Three Rivers residents it was known for decades
as “Harry’s Place.”
Harry sold the store in 1995, but things
did not work out. By 1998, Harry was once again in
possession of the property. Wanting to retire to his
Cherokee Heights ranch with his wife Rose, he put
the store back up for sale.
The Tafti family purchased Kaweah General
Store in 1999. As owners of the Goshen Arco Travel
Plaza on Highway 99, they recognized a good opportunity
and began to remodel the store.
After spending thousands of dollars on
renovations, Chad said, their plans of opening a fresh
deli counter at the store were thwarted by a storm
of red tape from county agencies, primarily over water
issues. The store, however, remains viable
and the Taftis also own and operate the Hillhaven
Riverfront Cabins on Highway 198 in Three Rivers.
Acknowledging competition from Three
Rivers Mercantile as one reason, Chad has decided
to clear out most of the hardware items from Kaweah
General Store and concentrate on grocery and seasonal
items, along with more fishing gear.
still stock some plumbing and hardware, emergency
stuff, but for the most part we’re clearing
it out,” he said. “I’ll be here
to make sure prices are good on everything.”
Chad indicated that the sale will continue
“…for two or three weeks or until it’s
Even he does not know what surprises
may be pulled out of the warehouse for sale, and some
items will be more than 50 percent off.
doesn’t sell will go to the Habitat for Humanity
Re-Store,” he said.
Projections indicate increased
to Sequoia this year
By Greg Sweet
The Three Rivers economy is largely rooted
in tourism, and Sequoia National Park is the main
attraction. Proprietors of local businesses would
certainly appreciate a reliable means to predict park
visitation, as would law enforcement and rescue teams.
Currently, there is no formula that accurately predicts
the number of visitors per year.
numbers for the last few years have been static and
we are expecting the trend to continue,” said
From Sequoia National Park’s humble
beginnings with 700 visitors in 1906 (when visitation
numbers were first recorded), there has been a steady
increase in visitation roughly commensurate with population
growth. In the period from 1986 to 1994, Sequoia saw
more than one million visitors per year in all but
one year. Since then, the numbers have fluctuated
yet maintained a relative stability.
But park employees are planning for increased
visitation in 2010.
are expecting heavy use on our free days,” said
In 2009, the National Park Service instituted
a “free day” policy whereby entrance fees
are waived on selected occasions to attract more visitors
to the national parks and boost commerce in the gateway
year, we kind of pulled the dates out of a hat,”
said Bathe, “but for 2010, most of the free
days coincide with relevant events.”
She said that last year showed a significant
spike in visitation on the free weekend after the
Fourth of July. Increased park visitation is beneficial
from the perspective of businesses owners in towns
like Three Rivers, but questions arise
about the impact on forest ecology. The
National Park Service is soon to launch several studies
in Sequoia aimed at finding a balance between providing
access for the citizens and maintaining the National
Park Service mission of preservation.
of these studies will be ecological in nature, others
will be social studies,” said Bathe. “Together
they should provide a comprehensive look at
the capacity of the park.”
Planned investigations include the Crystal
Cave Visitors Experience Study, the Wilderness Stewardship
Study (concerning wilderness campsites), and a 2011
park visitor survey.
The greatest number of visitors to Sequoia
was in 1987 at 1,139,389. One explanation for the
relative leveling off of visitation is that the park’s
infrastructure is nearing its carrying capacity since
the closure of 400 lodging units and attendant facilities
in the Giant Forest.
are a finite number of parking spaces and campgrounds,
and even though there are several shuttle services
available that reduce traffic within the park, the
visitors still need to park somewhere,” said
Currently there are no plans for expansion
of the facilities, and any such ideas will not be
explored until after the studies are completed.
This year, National Park Week was celebrated by waiving
entrance fees during the week of April 17 through
25. Consequently, there was a 13 percent increase
in visitation over the same week last year.
Another fee-free day was held June 5
and 6 for National Trails Day. Additional free days
for 2010 are August 14 and 15, September 25 for Public
Lands Day, and November 11 to honor Veterans Day.
WHS Foundation wraps up
year of giving with $12K in scholarships
By Kathryn Keeley
1991, Woodlake residents Sally Pace and Diana Pearcy
saw an urgent need and together devised a fix. The
local high school in Woodlake clearly needed more
support for its students. With their enthusiastic
synergism, Pace and Pearcy established the Woodlake
High School Foundation.
Since its creation two decades ago, the
WHS Foundation has provided financial support to the
school for equipment, programs, projects, and scholarships
that have enriched the students’ experiences
at Woodlake High.
organization started when] Diana Pearcy and I were
talking one day,” said Sally Pace, retired WHS
dean of students. “We decided that the high
school needed a foundation and a way for students
to get scholarships.”
The two women met with Andy Balerud of
Visalia, who, Diana Pearcy said, was a key person
in starting the organization. Balerud, founder of
Woodlake’s YMCA foundation, informed Pace and
Pearcy of the obligatory steps to start a foundation.
we asked people who were leaders in our town if they
were willing to become board members,” Pace
With the help of the late Jean Replogle
and Trudy Schuckert (1913-2003), both residents of
Three Rivers who wrote the charter for the Foundation’s
bylaws, the Woodlake High School Foundation was successfully
established. Leonard Hansen of Woodlake and a WHS
alumnus was the Foundation’s first president.
goal of the Foundation is to help provide for Woodlake
High School,” said Barbara Hallmeyer, the Foundation’s
outgoing president and WHS drama teacher. “When
we are in tough financial times like these we offer
funding for things like Mock Trial, band, drama, sports,
and other programs.”
Because of government cutbacks in education,
the Woodlake High School Foundation is a vital part
of students’ high school experience. From new
microphones for drama to new uniforms for sports teams,
from stadium bleachers to senior scholarships, the
Foundation is always finding ways to make programs
and services available to WHS students that they would
not otherwise experience.
big push is getting scholarships in the hands of Woodlake
High School seniors who want to go on to college,”
This past June, the Foundation generously
awarded over $12,000 in scholarships from the Foundation’s
general fund to graduating seniors plus provided an
additional $30,000 from a growing number of individuals,
businesses, and community service organizations that
donate to WHS students through the Foundation. With
munificent donations like these (a few are renewable),
the Foundation supports local students even after
love being able to help students who really want to
go to college,” Hallmeyer continued. “This
kind of help was not available to my family or me
when I went to college, and so many of my friends
did not go to college or dropped out. Because of the
Foundation, students have more opportunities to go
The Foundation also funds school programs
like Career Day each October and Veterans Honor Day
in May, both programs that provide students with a
broader understanding of the world and helps prepare
them for the future.
The Woodlake High School Foundation is
a private nonprofit organization, so any donation
to the Foundation is tax deductable. For more information
about the Foundation or getting involved with the
board, or if you would like to donate, contact Sally
Pace, 564-2054 or 564-3307; Diana Pearcy, 798-2343;
or the Foundation’s incoming president, Frances
Mann, 564-3307 ext. 116.
Kathryn Keeley of Three Rivers is
a senior at Woodlake High School, where she is editor-in-chief
of the Tiger Times school newspaper. She
is currently working as a summer intern with
The Kaweah Commonwealth.
Tales of two Vacation Bible
No doubt about it, Three Rivers
kids need some structured activities in the summertime.
There aren’t many. But for the past several
years, local churches have been doing their part.
There have been two separate weeks of Bible schools
for kids ages five to 12. One has been organized by
the Community Presbyterian Church for more than 20
years. More recently, the First Baptist Church has
developed a creative program of its own. Both tend
to be very well attended.
Saddle Ridge Ranch:
Roundin’ up questions, drivin’ home answers
By Robin Castro
The theme for this year’s Vacation
Bible School at First Baptist Church was not that
different from the scenery you might see driving around
Three Rivers. Stepping into the church felt just like
stepping into an old tack room, and if you ventured
into the sanctuary you found yourself right out on
A full-size horse just inside the door
(compliments of Earl McKee) caused gasps from kids
and adults alike. Local artists painted two 27-foot
murals and a huge barn that took up the entire front
of the building.
Ralph Hopkin was the genius behind all the western
props, and at 77 years old he proves that you’re
never too old to help with VBS.
Three local cowboys stopped by —
Steve Wood, Russ Fisher, and Frank Ainley —
to share with the kids how God is a priority in their
lives. They also taught the kids how to care for a
horse and the Cowboy’s Ten Commandments, and
everyone got to try their hand at roping a steer.
Children even got to ride a horse up to the “ranch”
on the first day.
Phoebe Castro and Marissa Fisher provided
about 550 kid-friendly snacks throughout the week.
This was great practice for Phoebe, who would like
to someday run her own restaurant.
Kylie Castro and Eme Price had the place
rockin’ with catchy music and hilarious dance
moves that look even more hilarious when attempted
by the high school helpers. One area the kids always
look forward to is drama, and Trish Stivers and her
actors didn’t disappoint.
Jordan Vieira took on the all-important
role of Jesus and captivated the children with his
genuine love and compassion. Thanks to Joy Niblett
and Kacey Fansett, the kids got to take home adorable
western crafts every day. Out in the “Corral,”
Janet Brandon gave square dancing lessons and refreshed
the kids with water surprises when it started heating
The names referenced above are those
who bravely stepped up to be VBS leaders but, all
in all, 44 adults and 38 teenagers donated their time.
The teens volunteered an amazing total of 536 hours!
The number of children who attended VBS was 69.
Many children asked the Lord into their
heart and several expressed a desire to be baptized.
That’s what Vacation Bible School is all about.
It was a wonderful week, culminating
in a musical performance for the families and the
announcement that, once again, the girls beat the
boys in the mission offering competition. The money
raised will be given to Cowboys for Christ.
Thank you to all who let their children
spend the week at Saddle Ridge Ranch.
Robin Castro was the
organizer of this year’s Vacation Bible School
at First Baptist Church.
The Golden Rule:
Goodness is the lesson
By Elizabeth LaMar
The Golden Rule: “Do unto others
as you would have them do unto you” or more
simply stated, treat others as you would want to be
Living the Golden Rule is the theme for
this year’s Community Vacation Bible School.
Through Bible stories, music, games, crafts, and the
opportunity to talk with local heroes, students will
explore the concepts of honesty, caring, and responsibility,
as well as Christ’s love for us and how we can
share His love with others.
Lessons will incorporate Bible stories
and real life applications that include elements from
the Character Counts curriculum and the Foundation
for a Better Life’s “Pass it On”
New to the program this year will be
the opportunity for the children to participate in
a mission project. Children will help make and assemble
school kits and hygiene kits to be donated to Church
World Services for distribution to children in times
of crisis, both in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Children entering kindergarten through
completed fifth grade are invited to join in the fun.
How can you help? Junior high and high
school students can volunteer to help and are eligible
to earn community service hours. Adult helpers are
also needed at several stations throughout the session.
(Call Elizabeth at 561-4154 to volunteer.)
A closing celebration, which will feature
a performance by the children, will be held Thursday,
July 29, at 7 p.m. The entire community is invited
to attend for music, photos, and refreshments.
For more information, call the Community
Presbyterian Church at 561-3385.
Elizabeth LaMar is
the organizer of this year’s Vacation Bible
School at St. Anthony Retreat.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Were you ever given vague art assignments
in school? They were generally focused on ways to
use different media, and somehow the students were
expected to be instinctively creative enough to come
up with an idea to illustrate the teacher’s
transparency” “Design a container for
air” “Make a self-portrait but don’t
draw your face” (as if we could draw our own
faces at that point!)
In addition to terrifying us, those assignments
instantly caused the problem of what to draw or paint
or sculpt. Endless thumbing through magazines provided
by the teacher only occasionally solved the problem
of what (never mind the copyright issues!).
Now, I hear similar woes from my drawing
no, I’m almost finished and I don’t know
what to draw next!”
I remember that awful feeling of a blank
mind. I watch them struggle through piles of photos
to find an image to draw.
Part of the struggle comes from something
I tell everyone who draws with me: pick something
you love because you will be staring at it for a long
time. This is much harder if the only photos available
are from someone else. How is it possible to love
something that represent another’s experiences?
The older we get, the more we experience,
and it is precisely this experience that gives us
the ideas. Now that I am at the half-century mark,
the ideas are overwhelming me!
Everything I see, every place I go, ideas
are flooding into my brain. Nothing in my life is
exempt from consideration for a drawing or painting.
The only necessary filter is the consideration
whether or not anyone else will like it because if
my art doesn’t sell, I will have to get a job.
If making art is part of your life and
you find it difficult to choose subjects, remember
to examine all your life experiences, surroundings,
views, and belongings. When you encounter the parts
you love, you will have the beginnings of a good piece
Jana Botkin of Three
Rivers is a professional artist who owns Cabinart
in Three Rivers. She creates oil paintings, pencil
drawings, and murals of local landmarks and viewscapes.
Her current project is creating the most recent mural
to grace the city of Exeter.
Enrique “Nick” Moctezuma
Marlow, a former resident of Three Rivers, died Monday,
July 5, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He
A memorial service will be held Saturday,
July 17, beginning at 6 p.m., at the home of Tim and
Tammy Keith, 2246 W. Cambridge, Visalia.
Nick was preceded in death by his wife
of 46 years, Gloria Marlow, who passed in November
He leaves behind three children, Tammy
Keith and husband Tim of Visalia, Ronnie Bourdon and
his companion, Kathy Shrout, of Visalia, and Robert
Marlow and wife Pamela of Three Rivers; eight grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren. Three siblings also
survive Nick, Julieta Rumsey and husband Bob, Xochitl
Rumbold and husband Ron, and James Marlow and wife
Valerie. Nicky also leaves behind many nieces, nephews,
and friends who will miss him.
Nicky was born in Houston, Texas, on
March 21, 1939, to Henry and Adeline Marlow and moved
to Long Beach in 1943. He attended Jefferson Junior
High School and Wilson High School in Long Beach before
enlisting in the Air Force at age 17, where he received
his high school diploma.
He served in Korea for four years. Nick
would later continue his education at Fullerton Junior
After his tour of duty, Nick started
his career as a machinist and eventually became an
automatic screw machine specialist. He lived in Fullerton
until 1976 when Nick moved his family to Three Rivers.
In Three Rivers, he enjoyed his favorite
pastime of fishing. He and Gloria owned and operated
Los Amigos restaurant in Three Rivers. They later
moved to Visalia, which was their last residence.
All who met Nick will remember his calmness
and kind demeanor. He had an excellent sense of humor,
but when it was time to work and get done what needed
to be done, he was the person you called on.
He is now with Gloria, who no doubt is waiting with
his list of honey-do’s for the day.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be
made to the American Cancer Society.
Maria Pauline Klimachusky, a resident
of Three Rivers and Bakersfield, died Sunday, July
4, 2010. She was 88.
Maria was born February 10, 1922. She
was a best friend to more people than she even realized.
Strong-willed, stubborn, loving to people
and animals alike, and never judgmental; a combination
of traits few people, if any, could ever even hope
to possess. Language does not include the words to
describe the emotions she has stirred with her death
or the loss of a future without her in this world.
I cannot, I will not say she is dead.
She is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of
her hand she has wandered into an unknown land.
Cryptside service will be held Friday,
July 9, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park;
3700 River Blvd., Bakersfield.
Finally, Maria will be able to take her
place next to her husband for eternity.