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Kulick, Sherwood win TRUS board seats
It's not good times for school districts anywhere.
A poor economy means declining tax revenues, which
translates to unprecedented cuts in state funding
for districts like Three Rivers.
So when the Three Rivers Union School board of trustees
faced the prospect of making a 2010-2011 fiscal-year
budget, a parcel tax appeared to be a quick fix that
could help stall making even more cuts from a local
budget that school board members say is already “cut
to the bone.”
To get a majority of local voters to support a parcel
tax even in the current economy was not the problem,
according to Sue Sherwood, TRUS superintendent, principal
and, as of this semester, the new sixth-grade teacher.
She said it's more an issue with the law.
The law requires two-thirds (66.6 percent) of local
voters to pass a parcel tax. Tuesday's election delivered
disappointed that we didn't meet the two-thirds numbers,”
Sue said. “There were a lot of folks who had no idea
that we needed that much of a percentage to pass.”
Superintendent Sherwood said the 57 percent that did
vote for the measure reflects a solid core group of
proud of the Three Rivers community, the majority
of whom overwhelmingly support this school,” Sue said.
“Next time we'll have to work even harder.”
That next time could come as soon as 2012. If the
economy shows signs of improvement so will the chances
for passing a parcel tax. Statewide, of the 18 districts
who attempted to pass a similar measure, only two
One ray of hope for California 's public schools is
the fact that 70 percent (43 of 62) of statewide school
bond measures did pass though those funds must be
earmarked for specific improvements and only require
55 percent of voter approval. If that formula had
been applied to the parcel tax issues, 11 of 16 of
the failed measures, including Three Rivers School
's, would have passed.
So what does it mean for the immediate future of the
local kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school facing
the prospect of more budget cuts?
we get to budget time in April and May, we're going
to be taking a long, hard look at areas where we can
reduce,” Sue said. “But the children and their education
will remain our priority and we will continue to provide
the best education that we are able to do.”
board of trustees
When the TRUS budget rolls around, one thing is for
certain. There will be two new board members. That's
because two newcomers, Sue Winters (25.40 percent)
and George Kulick (20.29 percent), have won seats
on the board. One incumbent, Scott Sherwood (19.82
percent), the son of superintendent/principal Sue
Sherwood, retained his seat. However,
long-time incumbent Bob Burke (18.49 percent) and
challenger Chris Carpenter (15.86 percent) won't be
officially counted out until all the absentee and
provisional ballots have been tallied.
ballots to be counted
Registrar of Voters Rita Woodard announced Wednesday
that there are still a large number of votes to be
counted. Absentee ballots were turned in at the polls
by the thousands and the county Elections Office won't
be done with the counting process for at least another
10 to 14 days.
In Three Rivers, based on projections of voter turnout,
more than a hundred ballots still remain to be counted.
It is conceivable that Bob Burke, who trails in the
school board race by only 29 votes, could move up.
Measure V appears to have too much ground to make
up, although the present percentage could change,
but most likely not enough to alter the outcome.
In the Woodlake High School board race, where unification
with the Woodlake Elementary School District is currently
a hot agenda item, all three incumbents retained their
seats, beating out the one challenger, Ralph Alley
of Woodlake. Edmund Pena (29.86 percent) of Three
Rivers received the highest total, fol lowed by Charles
Mills (27.30 percent) and Richard Rochin (24.90 percent),
both of Woodlake.
For Woodlake's elementary board, two incumbents —
Debi Baker (24.49 percent) and Joe Hallmeyer (22.88
percent) — and one newcomer Ralph Chapman (20.4 percent)
won the three seats among a field of four candidates.
The challenger beat out incumbent Frances Holdbrooks
by 18 votes.
The Woodlake Elementary School board will vote on
unification with Woodlake High School on November
In the local College of the Sequoias community college
Ward 2 race, Kenneth B. Nunes (67.8 percent) won the
seat over Sesar Carreno (31.63 percent).
As is usually the case, predominantly Republican Tulare
County voted along party lines in all the statewide
elections. While Democrats made it a clean sweep for
Governor, U.S. Senator, and all the major partisan
races, only the race for Attorney General remained
undecided Thursday, two days after the election.
Kamala Harris (D), the San Francisco district attorney,
led Steve Cooley (R), the Facebook executive, by 15,000
votes (less than one percent) out of more than seven
million that were cast statewide. On Thursday, Harris
remained cautiously optimistic while in what might
prove to be a Dewey-esque move, Cooley declared victory
when returns showed him leading early on election
But votes from several large cities catapulted Harris
into the lead that she now is maintaining. It could
be weeks before a winner is officially declared.
In the race for governor, Jerry Brown (D) won over
Meg Whitman, the Republican challenger who spent $140
million of her own money in her bid to become California
's first woman governor. Gavin Newsom (D), San Francisco
's popular mayor, is the new Lieutenant Governor while
Debra Bowen (D) will continue on as Secretary of State.
All the races for the state offices were won by the
Democrats by at least a 54 to 41 percent margin.
In the race for U.S. Senate, Barbara Boxer defeated
Carly Fiorina. The Democrats endorsed the career politician,
who was just elected for her fourth term. The Republicans
supported corporate executives like Fiorina (Hewlett-Packard)
and Meg Whitman (eBay) in the governor's race.
Closer to home, in the race for 21st Congressional
District that includes Three Rivers, Devin Nunes (R)
Fuller (R), former superintendent of the Bakersfield
City School District , is this area's new State Senator,
replacing the termed-out Roy Ashburn. Con nie Conway
(R) will continue to serve her district in the State
The equivalent to the nail biter in the California
Attorney General's race is being waged in the race
for the 4th District County Supervisor's seat (includes
Woodlake). Brian Rouch, the challenger, has a narrow
lead over incumbent Steve Worthley. The result in
that race won't be known for at least a couple of
The state propositions were as difficult to figure
as usual. Proposition 19, the initiative to legalize
and tax cannabis went down to defeat by large numbers
(54 percent to 46).
In the other propositions:
20/Redistricting Congressional Districts— Yes
21/State Parks' Fees— No
22/Prohibits State from Taking Funds— Yes
23/Suspends AB 32— No
24/Repeals Legislation That Allows Businesses to Lower
Tax Liability— No
25/Changes Vote to Simple Majority for Budget Measures—
26/Fees Required by Two-thirds Majority— Yes
27/Eliminates Commission on Redistricting— No
Gary Cort presented an update on a proposal for acquisition
of a community park at last Monday's Town Hall meeting
at the Three Rivers Memorial Building . The park,
he said, would be located in the town center area
of Three Rivers and so far he has more than 500 signatures
to present to Supervisor Allen Ishida.
Cort said if the county cannot come up with funding
to acquire the land and develop the 18.3-acre parcel,
some private investors with a mixed use for the proposal
might be considered. An architect who has lived and
worked in Three Rivers for the past three decades,
Cort said he is currently preparing a prospectus for
Clancy Blakemore, a local Sheriff's Department VIP
(Volunteers In Patrol) made a presentation about a
county program called Project Lifesaver. The new program
provides a tracking bracelet to be worn by patients
with Alzheimer's, autism, Down syndrome, or other
development disorders that might be a factor in wandering
away from their caregiver.
Blakemore said that in the past, patients could be
lost for hours or even days. Now they can be located
The tracking device also works when the patient is
traveling in other states that also have Project Lifesaver.
The bracelets can be provided free of charge because
the international program is funded by corporate donations
Interested parties may make contact with Project Lifesaver
by calling 782-9650 or 636-4625.
The next Town Hall meeting, sponsored by the Three
Rivers Village Foundation, is scheduled for Monday,
has volunteer openings
Three Rivers School parents have dropped the ball.
After another successful Halloween Carnival, at this
time, there will be no such event next October.
If this occurs, it will be the first time in over
60 years that parents didn't band together and manage
this event, which has become the most popular community-wide
gathering in town.
The reason next year's Carnival is threatened with
extinction is because out of a couple hundred or so
parents who have children enrolled at TRUS, only one
mom has stepped forward to volunteer for this year's
four-person Eagle Booster Club board, which then morphs
into the Carnival Committee for the first few months
of the following school year.
Who's going to step up and save the Carnival? Sign
up at the TRUS office.
The five-member TRUS Recreation Committee also finds
itself with a couple of openings. Currently, Stacie
Villavicencio, Nicole Hirni, and Jane Dagerman are
the directors following the departure of two members.
The Recreation Committee is responsible for organizing
everything fun on campus outside of the school day.
From youth sports to men's summer softball, it is
the Recreation Committee that keeps it organized year
One does not need to be a parent of a TRUS student
to apply. To apply, submit a letter of interest to
the TRUS board of trustees.
election with real issues
Just because they are not 18 doesn't mean that they
don't have an opinion on all things political. Throughout
California , high school and middle school students
participated last week in a mock election that includes
the real issues.
A total of 409 ballots were cast at Woodlake High
School . The election results ( http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/mock-election/2010/general/county/tulare.pdf
- Page 18) show that all but two of the ballot
measures were decided by a margin of 50 or less votes.
the most important lesson is the actual act of voting.
postmark still available
The special commemorative cancellation (postmark)
for the 100th anniversary of the Kaweah Post Office
is still available through Dec. 22, 2010 by mail only.
Postal regulations require that submissions for the
commemorative cancellation be mailed to: Postmaster,
40857 Sierra Drive , Three Rivers , CA 93271 . Per
Postal Bulletin 22296, “Customers should affix the
stamps to envelopes of their choice, address them
to themselves or others, or provide a self-addressed
return envelope with sufficient postage to accommodate
the cancelled item… there is no charge for the first
50 postmarks. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional
postmark over 50...” You should also include a short
note requesting the service.
In other words, put a bunch of stamped envelopes in
a bigger envelope addressed to yourself (and stamped
according to weight) with a note saying, “Please affix
the Kaweah Post Office Centennial postmark to these
and mail them back to me in the enclosed envelope,”
put them in another envelope addressed (and stamped)
to the 3R Postmaster, and you've got a philatelic
Special commemorative cachets are still available
through the Kaweah Postal Foundation, as are custom-ordered
postage stamps bearing a vintage photo of the Kaweah
Post Office embraced with a border similar to those
of the 1910 era. T-shirts with the stamp image on
the back, and the postmark on front, are also available
through Kaweah Postal Foundation, as are posters.
office still operating
While the centennial event of Oct. 23, 2010 , left
all participants smiling, the greatest result, according
to Kathleen McCleary, is that the Kaweah Post Office
is “Still operating... we are past 50 percent,” she
said, comparing the current level of service at Kaweah
Post Office to the CPO status that ended on May 31,
Window service, though without authorization to sell
postal money orders, send parcels, or postmark mail,
continues from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day with Susan
Goode and Carole Jones alternating at the window.
“The Centennial Celebration was such
a success,” said Kathleen, who indicated that it exceeded
all expectations. The Kaweah Postal Foundation will
fund the operation of the post office as long as revenue
is created. Kathleen's ultimate goal is to see full
window service restored.
could happen in a few ways,” Kathleen explained. “I
am still considering privatizing, similar to a Mail
Boxes Etc. situation.”
For information regarding the Kaweah Post Office or
how to support its efforts by ordering merchandise,
email the Kaweah Postal Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
these hills are alive
the sound of music
In the mysterious world of natural acoustics, there
are far more buildings that don't work sonically than
buildings that do.
We've all experienced rooms that were so acoustically
bright and full of echo you couldn't hear yourself
think because the clatter and din seemed to be magnified
and osterized on its way to your ears.
We've experienced the other side of the spectrum,
too; rooms that are so thuddingly muffled they seem
to swallow sound as soon as it's produced.
For public performances, you want a room somewhere
between those two extremes.
Luckily, we have one right here in Three Rivers. Actually,
there may be more, but the Community Presbyterian
Church is the one I know about.
Appreciating the acoustics in the church sanctuary
doesn't require fancy instruments to measure attenuation,
reflective delay, or reverberance. You can tell on
Sit anywhere — up front, in the back, it doesn't matter.
You can hear every nuance of tone, pitch, rhythm,
and phrasing. Close your eyes and you'd think you
were alone in the room with the violinist.
So what is it that makes the Presbyterian Church sanctuary
so acoustically excellent?
First, there's wood everywhere — floor, ceiling and
walls. Wood is harder than fabric but softer than
steel or concrete.
When sound waves reach wood, a little bit of the energy
is absorbed but most of it is reflected back into
the room, sort of a Goldilocks principle: not too
little, not too much. Reflected sound is a critical
element in the listening experience.
Second, the shape of the sanctuary is near perfect.
The ceiling height is just about ideal, and the room
is much longer front to back than it is wide.
On these counts, the sanctuary bears a striking resemblance
to the finest concert halls in the world, all of which
were built in the 1800s: Vienna
the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
, and Symphony
Hall in Boston
Like the church sanctuary, these older halls were
constructed of wood, which explains why those halls
were built long and narrow in the first place. It
wasn't for acoustical reasons but because of the structural
limitations of wood trusses.
So why do long, narrow halls sound better than modern
halls that are built wide?
Manfred Schroeder, a researcher at Bell Labs in New
is credited with figuring it out in the 1970s. In
either a wide or a narrow hall, the first sound a
listener hears is the sound coming straight out, directly
from the stage.
But a concert puts out sound in all directions. We
hear all these other sound waves, too.
The second wave arrives as a reflection off the nearest
surface, the third wave off the next nearest, and
Here's why the difference in room shape matters. In
a wider hall, this first reflection usually comes
from the ceiling, which produces an equal signal at
In a narrower hall, the first reflections arrive not
from the ceiling but from the left and right walls.
Because these are coming from the sides, they produce
slightly different signals at the left and right ears.
The differences are subtle but dissimilar enough for
the brain to perceive an enhanced spatial or stereophonic
quality in a narrower hall, giving a listener the
impression of being more fully immersed in the music.
It's actually that very slight delay in the arrival
of the reflected sound that creates the sense of full
living presence during a live performance. Too
little delay, or too much, and the music just doesn't
The ideal delay is between 2/100 and 3/100 of a second.
When Mayumi Kanagawa performs tomorrow night, you'll
see what I mean.
Bill Haxton is an organizer of the Winter Concert
TO MY FOOD COLUMN
Tina St. John
Whoever said you can't have your cake and eat it too?
What a funny concept. As if you're going to have cake
in front of you without eating it. Never!
Just the word itself suggests eating. Listen to the
sound while pronouncing “cake.” It just has the hum
of yum. And it's pretty hard not to make a good one
as long as the recipe is followed precisely. The additions
for cake are endless and allow for some very creative
Does angel food or devil's food cake suggest something
heavenly vs. mischievous sprite?
Does one have to drink coffee with coffee cake?
How about a Bundt cake? Growing up I remember going
to football games with my dad and wondering why the
players were going to “bundt” the ball. At least that's
what came to mind when “punting” the ball time came
How about sponge cake? A cake that acts like a sponge
and soaks up the syrup that is poured on it?
What about pancakes? The best invention ever in my
opinion. There are a multitude of ways to prepare
and eat pancakes, sweet and savory.
Then there's cheesecake. Originating from the U.K.
, cheesecake speaks for itself, if you've ever heard
a cheesecake speak.
We all know about the infamous fruitcake. I used to
think fruitcake was for people with unusual minds
because one of my brothers used to call me a fruitcake,
implying I was peculiar.
I love cupcakes. Who doesn't love a little cake the
size of a cup that's portable and just the right amount
of indulgence to satisfy most cravings?
Then there's all the different cakes from around the
Tres Leches cake from Mexico . My daughter makes that
every year for my oldest grandson because of his heritage,
and that it happens to be his favorite cake. It's
made from evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk,
heavy cream, and sour cream.
Petites Four from France are tiny butter cream cakes
that should be eaten with tea or coffee like the French
They also eat dacquoise cake made from almonds, hazelnuts,
and chocolate. Prepare yourself for some downtime
after eating this cake.
Let's not forget about teacakes from the U.K. A relaxing
tribute to relaxing with a cup of tea.
Bebinca cake from India is made with coconut milk,
clarified butter, sugar, and flour. Exotic and delicious!
I'm a believer that anything and everything from Italy
is close to divine perfection, including their tiramisu
cake, which is made with coffee and marzipan. And
if you can actually find a great tiramisu then there
is only one word to utter between the bites. Delizioso
Wedding Cakes, Birthday Cakes, Anniversary Cakes,
Graduation Cakes. Cakes are way of expression, a way
of celebration, and could even be a way of life.
So next time you hear someone say, “You can't have
your cake and eat it too.” Ask them what in the world
are they talking about.
-Bowl Chocolate Cake
very simple cake recipe…
cups white sugar
¾ cup all-purpose flour
cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
cup vegetable oil
teaspoons vanilla extract
cup boiling water
oven 350 degrees
and flour two 9” round pans. Stir together sugar,
flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix in the
hot water. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into prepared
30-35 minutes. Test cake with toothpick.
Butter Cream Frosting
stick butter, softened
oz. soft cream cheese
teaspoon vanilla extract
all these ingredients in a mixing bowl. Mix with mixers
at high speed until very fluffy. The more
you mix, the fluffier it will get.
Gerald Gregg of Three Rivers passed away at his home
Oct. 29, 2010 .
He was 69.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Nov. 12, 11
at St. Anthony Retreat Center. A luncheon will immediately
Gerald was born in Oakland
A. and Maryann A. Gregg.
received his B.A. in Political Science from U.C. Berkeley
and his M.A. from San
in Political Science. In 1967, he married
the former Mignon Swihart.
Gerald was a man of many talents and wide interests.
He pursued a variety of professions and vocations.
He taught political science at a community college,
worked in local politics in the Bay Area, spent three
years at sea as a sailor, made backpacking equipment,
photographed, and wrote essays.
Most of all, he and his wife loved to hike. When he
lived in the Bay Area, he knew every trail at Point
like the back of his hand.
During the summers, he and his wife hiked all over
the years, they completed much of the Pacific Crest
Trail. He also hiked in the Himalaya
Gerald arrived in Kaweah Country in 1978 after a long
backpacking trip that ended in the Mineral King valley.
He returned every summer for the next decade to spend
a month or more, eventually hiking every trail in
In 1989, he and Mignon bought a cabin in Silver
Gerald lovingly restored. So when it came time for
retirement, Three Rivers was the obvious choice. The
Greggs have resided here for 12 years.
was a nurturer. He loved to garden, take care of his
animals, feed the birds, cook, make things beautiful,
and spend time with his family and friends.
In addition to his wife of 43 years, Mignon, Gerald
is survived by two brothers, Robert Gregg and Kenneth
Remembrances may be made to the Mineral King Preservation
Box 286 ,
Clarice Dyer Hawthorne passed away peacefully Tuesday,
Oct, 26, 2010 ,
at her Three Rivers home. She was 95.
Clarice was born September
5, 1915 ,
on her parents' ranch in Nez Perce, Idaho
. She was
the eldest child of Herbert R. Turner and Minnie Costley
Clarice was raised in Idaho
her family moved to Sacramento
she attended Sacramento
14, 1937 ,
Clarice married her first husband of 31 years, Robert
Lee Dyer, in Reno,
In addition to raising five sons, the Dyers opened
their hearts and home to many foster children.
In the 1960s, Clarice and Robert owned and operated
a community market in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1967, they moved to Coeur
Clarice worked for the U.S. Forest Service. She retired
from government service in 1979.
Following the death of her first husband, Robert,
Clarice married Evern “Chick” Hawthorne
in 1972. The couple moved to Three Rivers in 1982,
where they were members of the Church at Kaweah.
Clarice was preceded in death by her first husband
Robert Lee Dyer and her second husband of 30 years,
Chick Hawthorne; her brother Harold Turner; son Larry
Cardoza; and grandchildren Brent Allen Dyer, Elizabeth
Cardoza, Gail Cardoza, and Gina Lynn Dyer.
Clarice is survived by her children, Donald Cardoza,
Robert Lee Dyer Jr., Leon Lynn Dyer, and Kenneth Dean
Dyer; her grandchildren Laurie, John, Diane, Becky,
Donnell, Vincent, Randy, Rodney, Scott, Damon and
Sierra; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Nov. 3, at