In the News - Friday, August 6,
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kids just say NO to
at Airport Bridge
It all started when Philip Woods, 15, and his brother
Thomas, 12, who live on Kaweah River Drive in Three
Rivers, heard from their mom Wendy that some older
boys had spray-painted the Airport Bridge. Without
giving it a second thought, the brothers wanted to
The graffiti incident happened a couple of Sunday
nights ago; last Thursday, the Woods boys painted
over graffiti and picked up all the trash around the
bridge and at the nearby swimming hole.
told the boys that they probably could get community
service hours for their good deeds,” Wendy said.
Apparently, the boys' efforts won't go unrewarded.
Steve Katz, a counselor at Woodlake High School who
also lives in Three Rivers, heard about what the boys
were doing, offered to lend a hand, and already has
the signed paperwork for a couple of hours of community
service credit for these doers of good deeds.
ranks last in ‘Quality of Life' survey
In a recent study of metro areas that contain a population
of 250,000 to 750,000, Visalia (metro population of
422,000, which includes Porterville and other incorporated
Tulare County cities) finished dead last out of 109
areas throughout the U.S. included in the mid-market
survey conducted by Portfolio.Com
The partners in the study awarded the highest scores
for healthy economies, moderate cost of living, light
traffic, impressive housing stocks, and high-powered
Boulder, Colo., received the highest score in the
survey. They placed in the top 10 in 13 of the 20
categories of statistics that were used as criteria
in the study.
Boulder, located 25 miles northwest of Denver, has
a metropolitan population of 300,000. It's a hub for
high-tech industries and the home of the University
of Colorado, two characteristics that have attracted
a young, highly educated workforce.
The biggest discrepancies between top and bottom the
study revealed were in education and income. Among
adults 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's
degree, Boulder scored 55.9 percent compared to Visalia
's 12.7 percent. The median household income for Boulder
is $65,960 while in the Visalia metro area it is $43,995.
The source of statistics used in the study was from
the U.S. Census Bureau's 2006-2008 American Community
California communities ranked by the study were Santa
Cruz (31), San Luis Obispo (33), Santa Rosa (35),
Santa Barbara (61), Vallejo (81), Salinas (92), Stockton
(102), Modesto (102), and Visalia (109).
other categories used to determine quality of life
are housing units, population growth, workers who
walk to work or work at home, poverty rate, jobless
rate, homeowner rate, mortgage or rent affordability,
and adults 25-44 as a share of total population.
But there is one thing that Boulder and Visalia have
in common. Both have a loud contingent of boosters
who would like to see a Trader Joe's grocery store
location come to their neighborhood.
One of the Trader Joe's criteria for selecting a store
location is proximity to a four-year university and,
with the other San Joaquin Valley stores among the
chain's lowest performers, Visalia might be waitlisted
for a long time. Now that Colorado has approved liquor
sales on Sundays, they meet all of the Trader Joe's
criteria except that the company currently does not
have an adequate distribution center to serve Colorado
Jonathan Jarvis, National Park Service director, has
named Christine S. Lehnertz as the new Pacific West
Regional Director. Lehnertz, who will be based in
the San Francisco NPS office, assumed the regional
director post on July 8.
Lehnertz replaces Jarvis who was confirmed as NPS
director in September 2009. She had been serving as
the acting associate director for cultural resources
( Washington , D.C. ) since April.
Lehnertz most recently served as the deputy superintendent
of Yellowstone National Park and formerly worked in
the Denver regional office of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency. Lehnertz and Shari Dagg, her partner
of 16 years, plan to bring their work with golden
retriever rescue to their new home in the Bay Area.
has shown an uncanny ability to get to the heart of
any issue, develop consensus, and get things done,”
Jarvis said. “She is respected by her peers and our
employees and will be a great addition to our senior
After 38 years, California Supreme Court Chief Justice
Ron George is retiring. The retirement announcement
was made public in a statement issued by Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger on July 14.
The governor has nominated Tani Cantil-Sakauye to
fill the vacancy. If confirmed the new candidate will
then stand for election on the November 2 general-election
The George family has local ties to Three Rivers having
owned riverfront property. Over the years, Chief Justice
George has visited Three Rivers and it has been reported
that on occasion he has enjoyed taking a dip in the
Middle Fork of the Kaweah River .
Stony Creek Campground, which straddles the Generals
Highway in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, was
selected last month as one of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds
in the U.S. The selection was made by ReserveAmerica
— a leading recreation reservation and campground
management service for thousands of campgrounds across
Stony Creek is now listed in a guide that helps millions
of Americans plan that dream vacation at what the
company refers to as America 's “hidden gem” locations.
Nearly 4,000 campgrounds were reviewed before the
final list of 100 was determined.
The selection criteria considered “family friendly”
amenities such as educational programs, proximity
to visitor centers, natural beauty, and facilities
like stores, restaurants, bathrooms, and showers.
John Exline, Giant Sequoia National Monument district
ranger, said Stony Creek has long been a popular camping
area with visitors who want to visit the national
forest and the surrounding national parks.
In July, the Tulare County Resource Management Agency
(RMA) launched a new Code Violation Hotline: (559)
624-7060. The new phone number will allow residents
of all unincorporated areas to report potential building
code and permit violations.
The new hotline is a response to recent budget cuts
that consolidated several building inspector/permit
violation positions. According to Jake Raper, RMA
director, residents can now call the hotline to report
a potential violation, leave a site address, and furnish
a brief description of the violation.
A paper trail is immediately created that becomes
a field investigation case for a county inspecto r.
Reporting parties have the option of remaining anonymous.
The U.S. Postal Service is seeking a two-cent increase
for a stamp on a first-class letter from the current
44 cents to 46 cents. The price of a postcard stamp
would go from 28 cents to 30 cents.
If approved (try to remember the last time when an
increase wasn't approved), the postal increase would
go into effect January 2, 2011 . The last price increase
was two years ago.
As a part of the pricing package, a new Forever Stamp
image will be available this fall. Forever Stamps
may be purchased for the 44-cent rate until the rate
increase takes effect and actually increase in value
if used on or after January 2, 2011 .
The slow economy and the Internet has mail volume
plummeting and will create a $7 billion shortfall
in the next fiscal year, according to James T. Wigdel,
a public relations consultant for the U.S. Postal
Service. The price increase is projected to generate
$2.3 billion in the first nine months of 2011.
As if paying $20 to check a suitcase onto an airline
isn't bad enough, the U.S. State Department just raised
the price to apply for a new passport from $100 to
$135. The new rates went into effect on July 13.
The new rate hikes also apply to passport renewals
and extra visa pages. That backpacking vacation to
nearby Sequoia-Kings Canyon is looking better all
the time, but of course, there's a $20 park entrance
fee and a $15 per party fee for backcountry travel
all around from
Most Three Rivers residents are here because they
enjoy the outdoors. But, by the nature of our being,
we must live indoors. But one South Fork family has
managed to gracefully combine the comforts of a modern
home with the great outdoors.
Several years ago, Cathy Opie and Julie Burleigh,
a pair of Los Angeles artists, started looking for
a mountainous vacation getaway. They were initially
drawn to the town of Julian in San Diego County ,
but recent wildfires had blackened the landscape,
removing much of the area's appeal.
Previously, Julie had been enchanted by Three Rivers
on a trip to Sequoia National Park and suggested that
they look here. The pair found a good deal on a seven-acre
parcel, but most of the land was not suitable for
The majority of the property, which spans South Fork
Drive , is in the floodplain. The rest is a hog-infested
blackberry bog. However, there was an oak-studded
rise that could accommodate a small footprint.
Enter Los Angeles architects Linda Taalman and Alan
Koch. They developed a stylish, prefabricated 1,200-square-foot,
2-bedroom, 1-bath, home system they call the It House.
A more accurate description would be a “kit house.”
All the segments were molded, cut, and pre-drilled
according to plan at off-site factories, shipped to
the home site, then assembled by a licensed contractor.
Most of the labor is in the site prep and foundation
work. The house itself can be built in a weekend.
Aluminum is the chief ingredient of the framework,
and most of the walls are of glass.
Three Rivers resident contractor Pete Crandall was
responsible for construction. Pete is a builder of
homes that feature materials alternative to traditional
stick lumber, and lives in a rammed-earth home of
His ability to think out of the box, so to speak,
was what attracted Cathy and Julie to Pete as the
man to build such an unconventional home.
The infrastructure of the It House is upside-down.
All plumbing, electrical, and air conditioning are
installed first, as well as the radiant heating, then
the concrete slab is poured on top of it all. The
result is that the glass walls feature unobstructed
views of Mother Nature. Kathy and Julie find the lichen-encrusted
boulders and the interior live oaks far more picturesque
The Three Rivers It House won the 2009-2010 Sunset
magazine's AIA Western Home Award for Best Small
Home Design and was featured in the March 2010 issue.
Future plans call for a California native plant garden
and a privacy fence that interfaces with the riparian
to 100 acres
The Sheep Fire in Kings Canyon National Park , which
was sparked by lightning about July 16, had grown
to 102 acres as of Monday, Aug. 2. The fire is located
above Cedar Grove, one-half mile north of Sentinel
Smoke from the Sheep Fire is visible in the Cedar
Grove area, where there are campgrounds and other
visitor facilities. Smoke from this fire will settle
in the valley during the late evening and early morning
Three other wilderness fires that were discovered
following the same storm system in mid-July — two
in Kings Canyon and one in Sequoia National Park —
are all currently less than one acre in size and are
showing little or no activity.
The human-caused Bull Fire in the Kern River canyon
north of Kernville in Kern County , which has caused
the smoky conditions in Three Rivers over the past
week, is 96 percent contained. The wildland fire,
which has scorched 16,442 acres and destroyed eight
homes, was discovered July 26.
A total of 242 personnel from the Kern County Fire
Department, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau
of Land Management are assigned to the blaze. All
campgrounds and roads have reopened to the public.
National Park Service fire crews are still eyeing
the Redwood Canyon area in Kings Canyon National Park
with plans to ignite the 634-acre burn as early as
next week. The unit is at the headwaters of the North
Fork of the Kaweah River, so that will be where the
smoke travels on the prevailing breezes.
About 40 cords of surplus wood in the Lodgepole/Dorst
Creek area of Sequoia National Park are available
for the public to obtain via firewood permits. The
required permits cost $10 per cord with a limit of
six cords per family per year.
To collect the wood, which is pine and fir, a firewood
permit must be obtained in person from rangers Chris
Trotter or Michael Cole at the Lodgepole Visitor Center
. Barring a park emergency, the rangers are available
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
For additional information, call Chris Trotter at
Sierra Nevada Before History:
Landscapes, Early Peoples
Louise A. Jackson
Press Publishing Company, 2010
pages, paper, $15
Louise Jackson's latest book about her beloved Sierra
Nevada is more than a tour de force; it is quite simply
a wonderful read.
a Three Rivers resident and widely respected regional
historian, has crafted a remarkable account of the
evolution of this extraordinary range of mountains
and the early people who inhabited it, and did so
while striking a beautiful balance between science
and riveting storytelling.
According to the book's introduction, “The prehistory
of California 's High Sierra region is more dream
than reality. It is a story continually being rewritten,
a story of times and events still shrouded in mystery;
of ancient and evolving earth forces; of adaptive
mountain animals and plant life; of prehistoric people,
their beliefs, myths and ways of life; of the interdependence
of those people with one another and the land.”
The book covers virtually everything one would want
to know about the prehistoric Sierra Nevada from Sonora
Pass south to Tehachapi — how the mountains formed;
what shaped them; climate, plant and animal life;
and how and when humans first arrived. Whole chapters
are devoted to the indigenous tribes who made their
homes here — Tubatulabal, Yokuts, Western Monache
, Sierra Miwok, Yosemite , and Paiute.
Each of the tribal chapters takes the reader on a
fascinating anthropological voyage, but as residents
of Three Rivers, we may find special resonance in
the Yokuts chapter. The Yokuts are still with us;
the grinding holes we find along the river were made
Yokuts were the largest, most influential, and most
highly organized of all the Sierra Nevada tribes and
their seat of government went by the musical-sounding
name Daiapnusa, now submerged under Lake Kaweah —
dark, silent, eternal.
There is far too much in this book to summarize all
of it here. Better to have your own experience of
It will be a good one. Louise's deft handling of tone
and phrasing weaves geology, anthropology, and Native
American myth into a mesmerizing tale that leaves
readers with the dawning awareness that they are in
the presence of a truly great storyteller.
The research is broad and deep, the scholarship impeccable,
and yet while reading you have this sense that you
are seated before a campfire and being carried away
on the rhythmic incantations of an enlightened shaman.
The Sierra Nevada Before History is available
at Costco for under $10. Anyone living in the region
who wants to sink personal roots into the deep soil
of local history should buy this book and read it
more than once.
Bill Haxton writes from his Three Rivers
college student devotes one month
teaching in ‘Pearl of Africa'
Sir Winston Churchill described Uganda in a 1908 book
as “The Pearl of Africa.” Now, a century later and
after my own journey to the country, I will make the
I graduated from Woodlake High in June 2009 to attend
the University of Southern California in Los Angeles
after being named a Trustee Scholar and receiving
a full tuition scholarship for four years. One
morning in early November, I checked my email to find
an offer from the USC Rise of African Youth through
Self Empowerment (RAYSE) organization on campus, which
would send a delegation for one month during the summer
to work in Uganda with the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth
Amagezi Gemaanyi, which means “knowledge is power”
in the native Ugandan language, is a nonprofit organization
founded by USC alum Divinity Barkley and is dedicated
to creating a safe, supportive, and sustainable place
where the youth of Uganda can evolve into the future
leaders of Uganda.
Summer 2009 was the first time that USC students were
invited to travel to the country and implement programs
and workshops of their own choosing. After speaking
with students who had experienced this inaugural expedition,
I knew it was something of which I wanted to be a
After throwing a couple of ideas around, I eventually
became set on conducting a government and leadership
workshop in which I would facilitate the process of
drafting a mock constitution with the youth as a means
of enabling them to think rigorously and critically
about the issues facing their country and what democracy
means to them.
In addition to two generous grants from the Three
Rivers Lions and Woman's clubs, I was made aware the
week before my departure that the USC college had
awarded me a research stipend to conduct independent
research for the month while I would be in Uganda.
My project proposal was to examine the effects of
folklore and popular culture on political socialization
and ideological development among the Ugandan youth.
However, this project has blossomed into an uncanny
urge to write a book about the history, culture, and
people of the country, as I have discovered that very
little literature is to be found since the taming
of the Lord's Resistance Army and the removal of military
dictator Idi Amin Dada in the late 1970s as, for instance,
current scholarship on Europe, Asia, and the Middle
The delegation of nine USC students departed May 24
from LAX and, after a night in the United Arab Emirates
city of Dubai , landed at the Entebbe airport in Uganda
, the same airport where, some 30 years ago, hostages
were held after Palestinian terrorists hijacked an
Air France plane and received approval from Idi Amin
Our arrival was decidedly much more pleasant, and
we received a warm welcome from the director and youth
leaders of AGYA. The drive from Entebbe to the village
where we stayed outside the capital city of Kampala
took about an hour, during which my 6-foot, 5-inch,
body was nearly folded in half while riding in a matatu
, a small minivan taxi with folding seats that
allow for the packing in of as many people (and animals)
We passed the president's motorcade along the way
and also got a great view of Lake Victoria , the largest
lake in Africa and source of the Nile River .
Over the next few days we rested, toured Kampala ,
contacted our families at an internet café,
and exchanged our money for Ugandan shillings at a
rate of about 1:2,200.
On Saturday I held my first government class. We first
played a game in which the students wrote their name
on one side of an index card and three interesting
facts about themselves on the other. Everyone tried
to guess the person to whom the facts belonged when
I read them aloud to the group. Once we were finished
I instructed the students to imagine sailing on a
boat and discovering an unknown island on which they
decide to establish their country.
will we need to do?” I asked them. Students raised
their hands, and I received such answers as “thank
God,” “give it a name,” “find food,” and “determine
the climate to make appropriate shelter.” Knowing
where I was going with this scenario, one of the students
said, “We need a leader.”
Why do we need a leader?”
need a leader to have someone to keep order and who
we can look up to as we try to live on this island
that is completely new to us.”
good! Okay, Beestat thinks we should have a leader,
or some type of leadership. Should one single person
be in charge of this country, or do we need something
or someone else?”
else!” the class shouted in unison.
should that something else be?”
a student sitting in the back yelled.
– and thus the reason for this class! We need government
to create order from what we presume would otherwise
be chaos, or a state of nature, and in creating a
framework of government you will foster your abilities
to think creatively, confidently, and critically about
the issues facing you every day. After you create
your framework, we will fill the created positions
and begin to create laws that are of interest to you.
Can anyone name an issue in Uganda right now that
No one raised their hand.
about term limits for the President?” Many students
began to smile and nod their heads.
have any of you followed the homosexuality bill here
in Uganda?” This question sparked the interest of
everyone in the group.
in preparation for Tuesday's class I want all of you
to think about government and what its role should
be — how much power should a government have and how
can we define a government system? Thanks for a great
first day. Webale nyo ! See you next week!”
Over the course of the month the students completed
a mock constitution for their country, the Democratic
Republic of Ugame, and it was quite refreshing to
see students as interested and creative as they were.
Moreover, I was fascinated at how their opinions of
the Ugandan government were manifested and reflected
in the framework they created.
For instance, they granted as little power to the
president as possible and in doing so overlapped the
roles of what would be clearly defined as legislative
and executive responsibilities in the United States
The students also banned any and all tobacco and alcohol
products from their country, and though understanding
the negative economic impact this would have, thought
it necessary to create their own utopian society,
free of the societal ills that are prevalent in their
One more aspect of the class I found interesting was
the fact that the youth chose to elect a monarch who
would be the start of a line of royalty. While without
political power, the role of the monarch would be
to uphold the separation between church and state
and serve as a role model to whom the people could
turn should the government become corrupt.
This idea derived from a real issue of tension between
the Buganda King and President Museveni, who was allegedly
behind the burning of the sacred burial ground of
past Ugandan kings, Kasubi Tombs, this last March.
In addition to my time in Uganda , a group of us journeyed
over to neighboring Kenya where we experienced a game
drive at the Masai Mara. I also engaged in a jumping
contest with some members of the Masai tribe and,
had I been a member of the tribe at an authentic competition,
would have won a cow with which I would secure a girlfriend.
The trip was altogether remarkable, and it was only
enhanced by the enthusiasm of the students and spirit
of the World Cup that radiated throughout Africa .
I felt blessed to have been back in the United States
when the devastating attacks in Kampala occurred during
the World Cup Final, but that won't prevent me from
visiting the Pearl of Africa again.
Jordan Vieira, who was raised in Three
Rivers, recently completed his first year at the University
of Southern California .
He will be providing a free presentation to discuss
his trip to Africa on Tuesday, Aug. 10, beginning
at 6 p.m. , at Three Rivers School . The public is
invited to attend.
of Kaweah General Store
Rose Kulick, a longtime resident of Three Rivers,
died at her home Monday, Aug. 2, 2010 . She was 87.
A funeral service will be held today (Friday, Aug.
6) at 10 a.m. at St. Clement of Alexandria Church
, 498 N. Valencia Blvd. , Woodlake. Burial will follow
at Three Rivers Cemetery . Visitation was held Thursday,
Aug. 5, at Evans Miller Guinn Exeter Chapel.
Rose was born on May 17, 1923 , in Madison , Ill.
, to Mary and George Koroby. On October 18, 1941 ,
she married Harry Kulick in Great Summit, Mo.
Rose and her husband of nearly 70 years, Harry, owned
Kaweah General Store in Three Rivers from 1960 to
1995. She was a devoted wife and mother.
She was a member of St. Clement of Alexandria Church
in Woodlake where she sang in choir. She also was
a member of the Three Rivers Woman's Club and the
Rose was preceded in death by two sons, Harry Kulick
Jr. and John Kulick.
She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years,
Harry Kulick of Three Rivers; two sons, Mike Kulick
of Mariposa and George Kulick of Three Rivers; 10
grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
The family extends special thanks to Hospice of Tulare
County for the help and support they gave.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rose's
name to St. Clement of Alexandria Church , 498 N.
Valencia Blvd. , Woodlake , CA 93286. Condolences
may be sent via www.evansmillerguinnchapel.com.
of Mineral King Preservation Society
Ora Kay Clow Peterson passed away Saturday, July 31,
2010 , in Visalia . She was 81.
A memorial service will be held today (Friday, Aug.
6) at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul 's Anglican Church, 120
N. Hall, Visalia .
Ora Kay was born July 7, 1929 , to Ora T. Clow and
Alpha Kendall Clow. She was the youngest of three
Her father, Ora, operated the Cross Horlock Hardware
stores in Visalia and Hanford . She was raised in
Hanford by her mother where she was educated in the
After high school, Ora Kay attended College of the
Sequoias where she was an avid tennis player. She
later obtained her Dental Hygiene degree and a B.S.
degree from the University of California , San Francisco
, School of Dentistry .
While at UCSF, Ora Kay met a sophomore dental student,
Edward Francis “Jock” Peterson, whom she later married.
She graduated a year before her husband and worked
as a dental hygiene instructor at UCSF until he graduated.
Then, in 1953, the couple moved to Visalia , where
they have lived continuously for 57 years. In addition
to being a mother of four children, Ora Kay also worked
as a hygienist in her husband's dental office for
Locally, Ora Kay was instrumental in the establishment
of the Mineral King Preservation Society. In the summer
of l986 she called together a small group of Mineral
King residents to consider the preservation of the
historic cabins in the Mineral King valley. It was
believed that after the lapse of cabin permits the
National Park Service would raze these dwellings,
some of which are over a century old and many which
have been used by multiple generations of the same
Ora Kay had been the executive director of MKPS for
over 20 years. Through her unwavering dedication,
the cabins were listed on the National Register
of Historic Places in 2003 as part of the Mineral
King Cultural Historic Landscape District.
Also as a result of her MKPS leadership, the following
programs were created and projects completed to educate
the public about the history of the cabins and the
entire Mineral King area:
“Picnic in the Park” program which has been held each
July since l987 for Mineral King residents, visitors,
and National Park Service personnel and features a
keynote speaker, community updates, and lemonade and
cookies, so often provided by Ora Kay.
preservation of the Honeymoon Cabin at road's end
in Mineral King that is now open to the public daily
during the summer visitor season.
in the collection of mining equipment and other historic
artifacts to create the display at the Mineral King
of a cultural resource expert to collect data and
document the history of the Mineral King valley, which
includes trails, mines, road, hydroelectric dams,
As an additional testament to Ora Kay's dedication
to local history, she was a member of the Tulare County
Historical Society and served as the organization's
president. She was also active in publicly promoting
dental hygiene, both locally and statewide, and was
honored for her commitment by local and statewide
In recognition of her historical preservation efforts,
the Tulare County Board of Supervisors proclaimed
July 18, l998, as “Ora Kay Peterson Day.” On May 5,
2007 , she was inducted into the College of the Sequoias
Hall of Fame.
Ora Kay and Dr. Edward F. Peterson were married for
58 years. For more than a decade, she had been battling
multiple sclerosis, but despite the challenges she
faced with this disease, it never diminished her enthusiasm
or her activities.
Ora Kay was preceded in death by her son, Matthew
Peterson, in 2004.
She is survived by her husband, Jock; her children,
Michael Peterson of Fremont, Marilyn Weldon of Tollhouse,
and Martin Peterson of Clovis; sister Miriam Bartlett
of Corcoran; and grandchildren Hailey and Kelcey Peterson,
Cory Smith of Fortuna, and Samantha Weldon.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances be made to the Mineral
King Preservation Society, P.O. Box 286, Exeter,
CA 93221; or Tulare County Historical Society, P.O.
Box 295, Visalia, CA 93279 .
Elise Kasten Becker of Three Rivers succumbed to cancer
on Friday, July 23, 2010. She was 54.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 14,
10 a.m., at First Baptist Church in Three Rivers.
Elise was born October 18, 1955, in Washington , D.C.,
to Walter Mason Jr. and Connie Kasten. She was raised
in Washington , D.C., and New York .
For the past 10 years, Elise was an aesthetician.
In 2002, she married Larry Becker, and the couple
moved to Three Rivers in June 2003.
Elise is survived by her husband of seven years, Larry;
her parents, Walter and Dottie Mason and Connie and
Sheldon Kasten; grandmother Elise Cusack; brother
Walter Mason; and her aunts, Misty, Johanne, Phyllis,
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Elise's
name to First Baptist Church , P.O. Box 35, Three
Rivers, CA 93271 .