Last Saturday evening your reporter sat on the porch swing and watched the fingers of verga sweep over the hills, punctuated by bolts of lightning. This was possible because grandson Alex cut down the 30-year-old oleander hedge that had gotten way too big!
It is August already and here are some dates for your calendar. August 2nd is the Community Club meeting at 6:30 p.m. It is a dinner meeting. August 5th is Breakfast Sunday in the Ferry at the I.O.O.F. Hall. The Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates meet August 14th at 9:00 a.m. at Miller's Hall. The School Board meets August 9th at 6:00 p.m. at the school.
The mountain lion has been sighted on Frymire Road! Michelle Mueller reports her neighbor saw it drinking out of the ditch and lying in the shade. There have been many deer in that part of the neighborhood, good food for the lion. A deer killed by a lion was on the Griesner beach on the river on July 4th. Be aware of your surroundings when outside.
Birthday greetings for the month of July go out to: Gordon Griesner, Kathy Mangante, Diane Boyer, Kay Martinelli, Bonnie Witzke, Vira Segni, Beverly Brunker, Tasha Sweet, Shasta Duckworth, Shae Serpa, John Simons, Joey Miller, Riley Miller, Horst Kaiser, Jean Naccarato, Kylea Coston, Kaitlin Burke, Chris Roek, Kaitlin Van Ryn, Lina Nilsson, Darla Viohl, Maureen McKibban, Michael McKibban, Wyatt Souza, Sophie Schwandt and Kylee Sisco.
Welcome to Knights Ferry Jodie Osman, who is living on Shuper Road. She is getting to know the ins and outs of the town.
The Knights Ferry Community Club is getting a facelift. There are Boy Scouts washing and painting the building for an Eagle Scout project.
Condolences go out to the family of Mary Napier on her death at 81 years. Mary was raised in the Ferry in the house that is now the Museum and Ice Cream parlor. Her sister Ida Levine, three children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild and nieces and nephews including Carla Doshas of Knights Ferry survive her.
Birthday greetings for the month of June go out to: Bob Brunker, Eric Sinkevich, Greg Borba, Johnathan Borba, Jeff Donnelly, Audrey Mack (19 on the 19th ), Landon Burns, Caitlin Hitch, Bailey Hitch, Katelyn Hunter, Maggie Van Vliet, Carl Schafer, Ava Schulz, Rawlin Hixon, Preston Page, Madison Dickens, Pete Studer, Aleesha Harden, Mikayla Largent, Araceli Limon, Leah Armario, Oskar Nilsson, Zeke Spani, Karyn Miller, Patti Mack, Loretta Raphael, Kaeli Sturtevant, Natalie Barton, Carter Sturtevant, Jazzlynn Velasquez, Moriah Loomis and Avalea Yates.
At the Noe family ranch, Beverly reports that a tom turkey, a hen and 16 babies are gobbling up the grasshoppers!
Shae Serpa graduated from Oakdale High School, (sorry for the omission last week).
Congratulations go out to former Knights Ferry students that are graduating from Oakdale High School: Spenser Emrich, Kyle Hauskens, Joshua Johnson, Chris Lopez, Morgan Ludlow, Gabriel Gutierrez, Amanda Munoz, Megan Lute, Dominique Powell, Andrew Schlegel, Chaunte Seeds, Kody Simons and Nathan Van Ryn.
Welcome to the world Naomi Turner, born May 10th to Mary and Jason. Welcoming her home was big sister Sydney.
Congratulations go out to Jim Hansen on his hole-in-one at the Jack Tone Golf Course!
At the Knights Ferry Community Club meeting last Thursday, there were many great desserts. The meeting was a short one. Next meeting, a dinner meeting, Christie Camarillo will be the speaker.
Those Knights Ferry School students receiving Silver cards (3.0-3.9 GPA) at the Renaissance Assembly were: Alex Arias, Destiny Machado, Sophie Schwandt, Braden Sousa, Mikali Willis, Matthew Wolf, Tyden Baker, Brooks Bonde, Rilyn Cassaretto, Eden Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Angel Limon, Austin Santillo, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet, Paris Thompson, Madeline Freitas, Aleesha Harden, Alondra Machado, Julia Nilsson, Kylee Sisco, Shaela Borba, Moriah Loomis, Elise Seeds, Marina Braaton and Erick Ramirez.
At Public School's Night, the Masons announced the winners of the essay contest. The students wrote on why the Masons were involved in Public Schools. First Place winners received a check for $50.00. They were 6th grade- Braden Sousa, 7th grade- Alyssa Sisco and 8th grade- Julia Nilsson. Second Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade-Mikali Willis, 7th Grade- Kaeli Sweet and 8th Grade- Clay Heffington. Third Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade- Ivan Garcia, 7th Grade- Austin Santillo and 8th Grade- Aleesha Harden. Congratulations to you!
Tonight, Thursday, April 9th is Public School Night celebration at KFS beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the classrooms open. At 6:00 p.m. the program will begin in the multi-purpose room with the essay contest winners announced by the sponsoring Masonic Lodge Oak Summit #112, Free and Accepted Masons, Knights Ferry. Classrooms will be opened again at 6:30.
Don and Gayle Diltz have returned from a trip to Dana Point where they went whale watching. There were Grey Whales and lots of dolphins. Then they went to Capistrano and got in on a St. Patrick's Day celebration. They spent 4 days in that area and then went to Palm Springs where they enjoyed the 82-degree weather. In Indio Don and Gayle went to a date farm where they learned all about how they pollinate each tree by hand and then they got to taste a variety of dates.
Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.
Spring is in the air-literally! The sandhill cranes have been going over in big waves on their way north.
Congratulations go out to the Knights Ferry School Student of the Month: Kindergarten- Joshua Maceira, 1st and 2nd grades- Jenna O'Neil and Levi Dickens, 3rd and 4th grades- Ben Cassinetto and Dylan Anderson, 5th and 6th grades- Marcada Baker and Braden Sousa, 7th and 8th grades- Alyssa Sisco and Aleesha Harden. They were honored at an assembly. A new award at KFS is for NED-Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. Those honored were Johnny Wheat, Troy Peterson, Dylan Anderson, Destiny Machado, and Katherine Ramirez. Way to go students!
Former Knights Ferry residents Joe and Jeanette Evans are first time grandparents! On December 31st little Felix Lee Evans was born to Joe and Sue in Sacramento. Welcome to the world Felix!
There have been sightings of a Golden Eagle in the Horseshoe/Orange Blossom road area. The Golden Eagle has a wingspan of 7 feet. It eats rabbits and rodents where the Bald Eagle eats fish. If you can get a close look at the Golden Eagle it has feathers down to its toes and the Bald Eagle's legs are bare. There are more sightings of the Bald Eagle in this area as it eats fish.
Birthday greetings for the month of February go out to: Melissa Holcomb, Bob Muller, Steve Feichter, Makena Mendonca, River McCarthy, Jaycee Harden, John Pfefferle, Shaela Borba, Brendan Finn, Ed Cassinetto, Bill Telfair, Bernie Foster, Tim Hudelson, Ed Viohl, Holly Hixon, Matthew Wolf, Lily Sturtevant, Olivia Doshas, Dylan Anderson, Heaven Tucker, Austin Sherley, Mikali Willis, Johna Harris and Arijaan Bulk.
Congratulations go out to the following Students of the Month for January at Knights Ferry School: K- Charlee Birdsong, 1-2- Layla Dennis and Ange-David Kouvassi, 3-4- Carter Sturtevant and Maribel Limon, 5-6- Jazzlynn Velasquez and Dean Dodge, 7-8- Kylee Sisco and Angel Limon. Superstars were Tristan McCarthy and Dane Sturtevant.
Don't forget tomorrow, Feb. 6 is the Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. The upcoming Spaghetti Dinner will be discussed along with the April car show. Bring a dish to share and help the club in their functions.
At the MAC meeting last Thursday, Ric Feichter was chosen President and Dolly Haskell is Secretary. During Citizen Forum, the Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Rick from Stanislaus Consolidated talked on the possible merger of the two districts. Oakdale City Fire does not want to merge but will contract for services. If they merge it should have more resources available. Consolidated would own all and that raised a question of our local fire station since the town built it and sold it to Oakdale Rural for $1.00. If anything happened the station was to revert back to the town ...
Your reporter was looking out the kitchen window enjoying the morning cup of coffee when something caught my eye in Jim Rotelli's pasture. Thought it was a yellow dog until it turned sideways. It was a mountain lion! It was just ambling along, looking around. The dogs were inside so I put on my slippers but by the time I got outside it was in the berries and gone. I couldn't believe it, just as plain as day walking so close to our place. Now I watch outside every moment I get, knowing that I will not see ...
Knights Ferry School Board met Thursday at their new time - 5:30 p.m. This early time enables teachers to attend. The Board approved the Audit and the Board Policies. Superintendent Cheryl told of the installation of the public address system over vacation. This was a safety issue. The fiber optics line to the school has been turned on. There will be a mobile computer lab with 25 laptops coming next week so the students can take the tests for Common Core. The Character Assembly was on NED, Never give up-Encourage others-Do your best.
Happy birthday wishes for January go out to: Heather Wright, Sean McCarthy, Barbara Burroughs, Kevin Burns, Heather Brockman, Wayne Largent, Sherron McCarthy, Amy Simons, Alexis Arias, Angel Limon, Kaeli Sweet, Madison Page, Ric Feichter, Richard Lutz, Joe Murray, Larry Bell, Sam Page, Matthew Boyer, Elijah Elting, Benjamin Cassinetto, Brooks Bonde, Carson Sundburg, Katherine Ramirez, Mitzy Collantes, Rhiannon Hawthorn, Heather Voortman, Clarissa, Phoebe and Lucas Jones.