In the News - Friday, September
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V highlights Town Meeting agenda
After a summer hiatus, the Three Rivers Town Hall
meeting returns Monday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m. The meeting
is sponsored by the Three Rivers Village Foundation
and will be held at the Memorial Building .
At the top of the agenda is a presentation by Sue
Sherwood, principal and superintendent of the Three
Rivers Union School District . Sherwood,
who also returned to teaching the sixth grade this
school year to fill a vacancy, will explain how the
funds will be used to augment programs at the kindergarten-through-eighth-
Sherwood said in these tough economic times getting
a bond measure passed that would add another $56 annually
to each parcel won't be easy. But the local campus
is the heartbeat of the community and adds to everybody's
property values. Retaining the district's autonomy,
she said, will be well worth the added parcel tax.
The measure is expected to raise more than $100,000
annually for the local school district and has a term
limit of five years. In the event that more funds
are needed, another measure would have to be approved
by local voters to extend the parcel assessment.
Supervisor Allen Ishida will also address the meeting
to furnish an update on the new county-wide ambulance
service that has been responsible for local coverage
since the Three Rivers Volunteer Ambulance
went out of service last month. Those venerable volunteers
served the Three Rivers community for over a half-century
but current state regulations made it impossible to
more information or to suggest an agenda item for
a future meeting, call Marge Ewen at 561-0123.
cleanup needs local volunteers
Last year, more than 3,500 volunteers joined together
to remove tons of trash and recyclables from rivers
throughout the Sierra Nevada region. The event was
the inaugural Great Sierra River Cleanup, however,
that ambitious effort didn't reach any of the five
forks of the Kaweah.
Under the auspices of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy,
more than 100 community groups spread across 22 counties
and worked 500 river miles to pull out all sorts of
trash, including appliances, thousands of cigarette
butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture,
and more; quite a haul from the rivers and streams
that supply Californians with 65 percent of their
domestic water supply.
But those initial efforts only scratched the surface
of the problem. Tons of trash are still out there,
so now in 2010, the Great Sierra River Cleanup is
becoming an integral part of Public Lands Day, scheduled
this year for Saturday, September 25.
The Kaweah River receives heavy usage in the foothills
areas from Lake Kaweah into Sequoia National Park
each summer. Some of the more remote sections are
also used as dumping grounds for all sorts of items
from major appliances to toxic waste.
Public Lands Day was started more than a decade ago
and has made great progress cleaning up local places
like Lake Kaweah and collecting donations in Sequoia
and Kings Canyon National Parks .
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy is especially concerned
with promoting good stewardship on all waterways and
is coordinating this event in conjunction with the
California Coastal Cleanup Day.
David Graber, the National Park Service's chief scientist
for the Pacific West Region, based at Ash Mountain
, and Sierra Nevada Conservancy board member, says
the call for volunteers on the Kaweah River is an
WildPlaces of Springville was going to be responsible
for the cleanup on the Tule and Kaweah rivers,” Graber
said. “That was a little too ambitious for their organization
so now we are looking for a local sponsor and volunteers
for the effort on the Kaweah River .”
Sponsors are also needed that could provide supplies
and/or arrange for trash removal after materials have
been removed from the forks of the Kaweah River .
To volunteer as a Kaweah River coordinator or for
more information on the Conservancy's cleanup in other
areas, call Brittany Juergenson, (530) 823-4686.
If interested in participating in the local Public
Lands Day, call the office of the Commonwealth (561-3627)
and get your name and contact information on a list
indicating that you are willing to help and will be
available during the morning of Saturday, Sept. 25,
or call Lake Kaweah (597-2301) and pre-register for
their Public Lands Day cleanup.
The afternoon smokiness wafting through Kaweah Country
pales in comparison to what they were experiencing
in Cedar Grove throughout the busy Labor Day weekend.
The Sheep Fire, now creeping beyond 5,000 acres, was
also the cause for several consecutive unhealthy air
quality alerts on the Central Valley floor.
But according to Deb Schweizer, the information officer
on the fire, the cooler weather should effectively
knock down the fire and the smoke. There are now 3,012
acres charred within Kings Canyon National Park; an
additional 2,000 acres have burned in the Sequoia
National Forest .
the fire will reach granite or be doused by a good
rain,” Deb said. “The current acreage ranks this fire
as one of the biggest in recent years.”
Deb said she believes during the historical period
(post-1850) at least 15,000 acres typically burned
“naturally” each year so “we have a ways to go.”
There are currently 53 personnel assigned to the fire;
costs to monitor the blaze have eclipsed $875,000.
Ash Mountain staffers announced on September 3 that
the NPS is seeking public comments about potential
issues related to a proposed rehabilitation of a deteriorated
water-distribution system in Sequoia National Park
. The aging system serves about 2,900 visitors and
staff daily in the developed areas of Giant Forest
, Lodgepole, Wolverton, and Wuksachi.
The system is more than 60 years old, fails often,
and does not meet current federal standards. A viable
water source, the release stated, is needed to ensure
that adequate water supply is available for fire suppression.
To review the proposed project and submit comments
online, visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki.
Public comments may be submitted via the above website,
emailed to email@example.com,
mailed or hand-delivered to Ash Mountain .
The public has until October 31 to submit a reservation
to use the Pear Lake Ski Hut in Sequoia National Park
this coming winter. A lottery will be held November
1, 2010 , for Sequoia Natural History Association
members, then availability will be on a first-come,
first served basis. The hut will be available from
December 17, 2010 , to April 24, 2011 . The rates
per person, per night are $38 (SNHA members $30/night).
For a reservation form, log onto www.sequoiahistory.org
or call 565-4222.
The Child Abuse and Neglect (C.A.N.) Prevention Program,
operated by the Tulare County Office of Education,
is looking for volunteers to make presentations on
physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Volunteers
need only to be available a few hours each month during
the school year.
There is a training session scheduled for Thursday,
Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The presentations are
given by two people who show a video and then lead
To become a volunteer, contact Elena Hawley for application
and an interview (559) 651-0130, ext. 3712.
A study underway throughout the Sierra Nevada will
examine how alpine mammals might reduce the effects
of climate change on their lives through their interactions
with surrounding plant communities.
The study will model range shifts and potential alterations
to habitat for five alpine mammals that are considered
to be threatened by climate change: the Sierra Nevada
bighorn sheep, the American pika, the yellow-bellied
marmot, the Belding's ground squirrel, and the golden-
mantled ground squirrel.
The testing will allow scientists to evaluate the
degree to which mammals can potentially manage their
own habitat as climate change occurs.
decades of experience
There's a new mechanic in town. Denny Rich greets
patrons of Three Rivers Chevron Service Center with
a warm smile and a firm handshake.
The handshake is backed with decades of experience.
been turning wrenches for 30 years,” said Denny, who
was born and raised in Visalia .
More than just turning wrenches, Denny spent over
10 years with Lycon in Tulare , maintaining and rebuilding
Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. No margin
for error there.
For the next 20 years, Denny turned his attention
to automotive maintenance and repair, having worked
for Will Tiesiera Ford in Tulare , Monarch Ford in
Exeter , and Visalia Ford. During this time, Denny
became ASE (National Institute of Automotive Service
Excellence) certified before becoming triple certified
as a Master Mechanic by the Ford Motor Company.
“After passing three levels of Master Mechanic, you
become a Senior Master Mechanic,” explained Denny.
“There are only about 3,500 in the U.S. When I graduated
in 2001, Ford sent my wife and me on a cruise to the
Denny's resume has four pages of training and certifications.
he heard of an opportunity to set up shop at Three
Rivers Chevron, he came up and liked what he saw.
“Dennis [Reisinger, owner] said this service bay is
always busy, with lots of work to be done,” and Denny
Rich is up to the challenge. “It's a great opportunity
up here, and I'm here to serve.”
“People hang on to their cars up here,” he continued.
“Most of those I've serviced here so far have over
100,000 miles, some over 200,000. Sure beats a car
Indeed, at the time Denny was interviewed, a 21-year-old
Olds Cutlass with over 300,000 miles was on the rack.
It left the shop purring.
“My own car has over 280,000 on it,” added Denny.
A properly maintained car is a smart investment, both
economically and ecologically. For qualified, expert
service right here in town, Three Rivers Chevron is
the place to be and Denny Rich is the man to see.
League is (pro)active
The Three Rivers Senior League wants you! For over
25 years, the League has provided social gatherings,
entertainment, travel, sponsored events, and more
to its members.
Currently, there are more than 100 members and there's
always room for more. The only requirements are that
you be at least 50 years young and that you enjoy
life and sharing good times with your neighbors.
The dues are a mere $12 per year. A dollar a month
well spent, said board member Janet Fanning.
“We sponsor classes for exercise, drawing, crochet,
and others. There is the bridge club, the men's breakfast,
there is an endowment available to sponsor travel,
dinner theater, casino trips, and more,” she said.
There are 10 monthly meetings, eight of which have
a potluck dinner (September through May).
“We also have a June picnic with hamburgers, hotdogs,
and all the fixings, and a reduced-price, catered
Entertainment provided at the monthly meetings ranges
from skits, musical groups, topical speakers, dance
groups, and a few surprises. During the
past year alone members enjoyed Celtic music by Portia
Gunnerud and company, folklorico dancers, a play performed
by Arlin Talley and Elizabeth LaMar, songs by acappella
group TRU Harmony Trio, poetry and prose readings
by students of Three Rivers Union School, nature presentations
by Joel Despain and National Park Service personnel,
Nani Nielsen sharing information regarding local child
health issues, and a variety of other features.
Each year, the League also sponsors the Arts and Crafts
Holiday Bazaar at the Memorial Building , with this
year's event slated for Saturday, Nov. 20. With 50
booths offering a bonanza of affordable handcrafted
ideas for holiday gift-giving, along with food, beverages,
and door prizes, it's become a popular event.
“The board would like to welcome people age 50 and
older to join us in September [Monday, Sept. 27] for
our monthly potluck,” invited Janet. “It's a great
chance to meet with current members. It will be Hawaiian
night, with fun and food for everyone. There's no
charge, just bring a dish.”
For information regarding Three Rivers Senior League,
contact Janet Fanning, 561-3461.
picture is worth a thousand words…
a few extra
When teaching people how to draw, sometimes it is
difficult to articulate my thoughts. A picture is
worth a thousand words, and sometimes a thousand words
still can't explain the picture.
Often, I can't find the right word, so I will make
one up. The funny part is that my students understand
A woman was working on some boulders but something
wasn't looking believable. The problem was that she
had inadvertently drawn potatoes and an oversized
Once we had that figured out, she asked how to draw
some grass behind the boulders. I was trying to keep
her from making a lot of little lines all in a perfect
row. Remember the bird “ Woodstock ” in the comic
strip Snoopy? His word bubble had a lot of little
To help her not make Woodstock word marks, the instructions
came out, “You need to sort of bounce your clumpage
along — that's it, just horizontalize it a bit
more.” She got it.
Some folks have taken lessons so long that I have
become a habit to them. I tell them they don't need
lessons because they know how to draw.
They tell me that unless they pay their monthly fee,
they will not carve out time in their lives to draw.
While they draw, we talk about art, drawing, and life.
Truthfully, I love my students — we become friends,
comrades, buddies in the art world. I show them my
art and give them the freedom to tell me anything
they think about it, good or bad.
We speak truth to one another and try to use known
English words. It is helpful and refreshing and, sometimes,
it can be hilarious!
Jana Botkin is a professional artist
who owns Cabinart in Three Rivers. When she is not
giving art lessons, 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 , a depiction of Franklin
Lake in Mineral King.
on the Grass: It's a prelude
This year's Concert on the Grass kicks off a dramatically
expanded season of music in Three Rivers. For the
first time, the Concert on the Grass will be followed
by six additional concerts between now and June 2011.
In the past, each Concert on the Grass has presented
one, maybe two, headline performers. This year, the
Concert has four top-flight performing artists on
the program — Raymond Pitts, the wonderfully entertaining
jazz clarinetist who provided background music for
the picnic/art show before last year's concert; Mankin
Creek, whose seamless blending of country, folk, and
bluegrass is a perfect vehicle for Esther Zurcher's
mesmerizing vocals; John Slade, who we have welcomed
as a frequent actor at previous Concerts, performs
his own songs, including musical adaptations of Walt
Whitman's famous Leaves of Grass ; and the
incomparable Danielle Belen, national prize-winning
violinist, founder of the Center Stage Strings Music
Camp, and esteemed instructor at the Colburn School
As always, the headline performers will be supported
by a wide range of local and regional talent offering
dance, song, and poetry.
Adaska and Sierra Swinney, two teen-aged ballet dancers
who have been accepted into the prestigious American
Ballet Theater summer program, will present a charming
and humorous duet they choreographed. Tap dancer Carol
Greninger collaborates with pianist Ken Elias in a
delightful routine of rhythmic clicking, heel and
toe, to the Allegro from Mozart's Piano Sonata
in C major .
Superb vocalist Lauren Adaska, now 13, will sing an
opera aria and a popular Broadway tune. Bill Haxton,
Concert host, will offer a poem or two, or perhaps
a brief follow-up to last year's short story about
life on a sailboat dock.
As entertaining as this year's Concert on the Grass
will be, it's just the beginning of what promises
to be a terrific year of music in Three Rivers. Everyone
who attended last summer's violin concerts has already
had a taste of what's coming in the Winter Concert
Here's the schedule:
November 6, 2010 —
prodigy violinist from Japan and one of Robert Lipsett's
December 11, 2010 —
Christmas Program, Jeff Seaward and the COS Chamber
Singers perform classical and popular songs for the
January 8, 2011 —
The Wyndfall Trio, with internationally acclaimed
flutist Tracy Harris.
February 26, 2011 — The
Jung Trio. Jennie Jung, pianist during the June Music
Camp, returns to Three Rivers with her two sisters
Ellen (violin) and Julie (cello). In 2002, The Jung
Trio won Grand Prize at the Yellow Springs Chamber
April 2, 2011 — String
Quartet under the direction of Violin Master Robert
May 8, 2011 —
Danielle Belen, who has already amazed audiences large
and small in Three Rivers, gets an entire show to
herself. Look for her to perform original compositions
by Lawrence Dillon from Danielle's newly released
TO MY FOOD COLUMN
Tina St. John
Each morning during my time at the Ballymaloe Cookery
School in rural County Cork , Ireland , a hearty breakfast
In some of my columns over the past year, I've discussed
my preference for eating healthy raw foods and staying
away from sugars, white flour, and unhealthy fats.
When embarking upon this dream trip, I knew I would
throw all that out the window and indulge myself.
However, nothing at Ballymaloe is processed or packaged.
Instead, everything is made fresh daily. With that
said, I confess, I fell in love with Ballymaloe's
granola, raspberry muesli, and buttered brown yeast
At 5:30 a.m. sharp, the roosters would start their
day. It was convenient as they are the perfect alarm
system for anyone needing to rise early.
There's a dining room at the school called The Café
Garden that overlooks one of the many gardens at Ballymaloe.
All the tables and chairs are handpainted and always
graced with a beautiful tin vase of fresh flowers.
The numerous French windows are adorned with either
a clay pot of yellow and red cherry tomato plants
or red geraniums. In the distance, I could see several
of the farms in the area and even a strip of the Celtic
Up close, the scene consisted of Ballymaloe's own
Jersey cows grazing on an ample stretch of green pasture.
What a lovely sight while eating breakfast with either
a portion of yogurt or milk from these very cows.
They're happy cows at Ballymaloe with so much lush
pasture to feast on and, as one of the cooks said,
this is why Ireland is overflowing with cream and
Along with the many delightful choices for breakfast
are the visually appealing presentation of foods that
are set out buffet-style on a long counter. Mom once
told me that in order to really peak one's appetite,
the arrangement has to be equally engaging.
The granola, muesli, honey, jams, yogurt, and milk
were all in beautiful ceramic pots and pitchers of
different sizes and shapes and colors. The cheeses,
fruits, cucumbers, and tomatoes were laid out on rustic
wooden slabs alongside a large basket overflowing
with a variety of breads.
So notable is the attention to detail that we might
otherwise take for granted. For instance, the simple
addition of a plate under each ceramic pot added a
smart touch. Brilliant!
Brown Yeast Bread
making Ballymaloe Brown Yeast Bread, remember that
yeast is a living organism. In order to grow, it requires
warmth, moisture and nourishment. The yeast feeds
on the sugar and produces bubbles of carbon dioxide
that cause the bread to rise. Heat of over 120 degrees
Fahrenheit will kill the yeast. Have the ingredients
and equipment at lukewarm temperature. White or brown
sugar or molasses may be used. Each will give a slightly
different flavor to the bread.
Dry yeast may be used instead of baker's yeast. Follow
the same method but use only half the weight given
for fresh yeast. Allow longer to rise. Fast-acting
yeast may also be used, follow the instructions on
cups of stone-ground whole meal flour
3½ cups stone-ground whole meal flour plus
½ cup white flour
cups lukewarm water
yeast with 5 fl oz of lukewarm water)
teaspoon black molasses
oz.-1 oz. of non-GM yeast
seeds or poppy seeds, optional
a 5x8-inch loaf pan with sunflower oil. Preheat oven
Mix flour and salt. The ingredients should
be at room temperature. In a small bowl, mix the molasses
with some of the five ounces of water and crumble
in the yeast.
Sit the bowl for a few minutes in a warm place to
allow the yeast to start to work. Grease the bread
tins with sunflower oil. Meanwhile check to see if
the yeast is rising. After about 4 or 5 minutes it
will have a slightly creamy and frothy appearance
When ready, stir and pour it, with all the remaining
water into the flour to make a loose, wet dough. The
mixture should be too wet to knead. Put the mixture
into the greased tin. Sprinkle the top of the loaf
with sesame seeds or poppy seeds if you like. Put
the tin in a warm place somewhere close to the oven.
Cover the tin with a tea towel to prevent a skin from
forming. Just as the bread comes to the top of the
tin, remove the tea towel and pop the loaf in the
oven for 20 minutes, then turn the oven down to 400F
for another 40-50 minutes until it looks nicely brown
or has a hollow sound when tapped. The bread will
rise a little more in the oven. This is called “oven
Remove the loaf from the tin about 10 minutes before
the end of cooking and put them back into the oven
to crisp all around, but if you like a softer crust
there's no need to do this.
cup fresh raspberries (or any fruit in season)
heaping tablespoons of rolled oats (raw)
tablespoons of water
teaspoon of honey
the oatmeal in water for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, mash
raspberries roughly with fork. Add oatmeal and honey
to sweeten. Serve with cream.
cup sunflower seed oil
cups of oat flakes
cups of barley flakes
cups of wheat flakes
cup rye flakes
cup hazelnuts or cashews
cup wheat germ
cup chopped apricots or dates
Mix oil and honey together in a saucepan. Heat just
enough to melt honey. Mix well into the mixed flakes.
Spread thinly on two baking sheets.
Bake in a moderate oven at 359F for 20-30 minutes,
turning frequently, making sure the edges don't burn.
It should be golden and toasted, not roasted!
Allow to get cold. Mix in raisins, roasted nuts, chopped
dates, apricots and wheat germ. Store in a screw top
jar. Keeps for 1-2 weeks.
in the September 10, 2010 , print edition of The
Kaweah Commonweath: Historic photographs from
the archives of Bud Kilburn.
Ralph Stanley “Bud” Kilburn passed away peacefully
Aug. 30, 2010 ,
at his Woodlake home and surrounded by his family.
He was 83.
A celebration of Bud's life will be held Saturday,
Oct. 23, from 2
at the White Horse Inn in Three Rivers.
Bud was born in Santa
in 1927 to Grace (Smart) and Harvey Maher Kilburn.
He lived in Southern
for most of his early life.
He attended both the New Mexico Military Institute
joining the Navy during World War II. In the late
1940s, Bud moved to Woodlake, where he helped manage
the Sentinel Butte Ranch.
In 1950, Bud met the love of his life, Betty Edwardsen
of Three Rivers, at the counter of the Woodlake Drugstore.
So began a love affair that lasted over 60 years and
continues to this day.
Bud worked for the Kaweah Delta Water Conservation
District as a hydrographer for over 35 years. He was
also an avid photographer, woodworker, bird lover,
and teller of tall tales.
Bud is survived by his wife, Betty, of Woodlake; daughter
Ann of Davis; daughter Lisa of Avila Beach; son David
of Atascadero; sons-in-law David Perez and Jim Maino;
and granddaughter Kelly. His family will carry on
in his name along with all those who laughed at his
jokes, had a photo or two snapped by him, or who just
sat and shot the bull with him for awhile.
The following website, filled with memories and stories
about Bud, will help to explain just how many people
were touched by this marvelous Renaissance man: www.caringbridge.org/visit/budkilburn/guestbook.
In lieu of flowers or other tributes, Bud's family
would like you to consider a donation to your local
hospice or a tax-deductible contribution to the California
Raptor Center, an educational and research facility
dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned
birds of prey at UC Davis (click the donation link
at the bottom of the home page: www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/calraptor/).