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.
There is a missing African Gray parrot flying around in this area. A couple from the Bay Area were camping at the Horseshoe Recreation area on Orange Blossom Road and the parrot escaped. They stayed a few days to try and find it but no luck. It is 12 inches tall, gray with a red tail. The parrot talks and imitates kitchen appliances. His name is Bird. Call your reporter at 881-3314 if you see or hear it.
Welcome to the world Rose Catherine Murray, born July 8th to Troy and Natalie. Proud Knights Ferry grandparents are Cathy and Joe Murray. Rose joins big sister Ella at home.
Alisen Payette and her sons Huxley (7) and Roland (4) were visiting the Oakdale area family and friends. Huxley carried on a family tradition by attending Camp Jack Hazard where his mother spent many a happy summer. With camping, waterslides, visits to Columbia and Santa Cruz as well as Kim McCarthy's Art Camp, the month went by quickly. They reconnected with family and sharing memories of growing up in her "home town" with her boys made this a special visit to California from Missouri. Alison is teaching 5th and 6th grades and loving it. Thanks to the wonderful teachers ...
Five-year-old Tristan McCarthy was float-fishing down the Stanislaus River when he caught a fish, a really big fish. It was a 10-pound Striper! His first catch and was he proud and that is no fish story!
Knights Ferry News by Mary Sue Shearer Here is the June 26, 2013 column that evidently got lost in cyberspace.
The movie night was well attended, with the smell of popcorn wafting over the group. The movie was "Up" and all enjoyed it, young and old. Dave and Heather Voortman's set-up was perfect, good sight and sound. The weather was perfect for a night outside. They are working on what the next movie will be.
Birthday greetings for the month of June go out to: Bob Brunker, Eric Sinkevich, Greg Borba, Johnathan Borba, Jeff Donnelly, Audrey Mack, Landon Burns, Katelyn Hunter, Carl Schafer, Ava Schulz, Rawlin Hixon, Preston Page, Madison Dickens, Pete Studer, Aleesha Harden, Mikayla Largent, Araceli Limon, Leah Armario, Oskar Nilsson, Karyn Miller, Patti Mack, Loretta Raphael, Kaeli Sturtevant, Jazzlynn Velasquez, and Moriah Loomis.
Knights Ferry School held its Graduation last Wednesday out on the front of the school overlooking the town. Megan Willis rang the school bell to begin the program. The school children sang, "You're a Grand Old Flag". Mrs. Holcomb presented the Kindergarten class. Kindergarten graduates were Byron Macon, Jenna O'Neil, James Peterson, Troy Peterson, Maria Pineda, Trexler Porter, Madison Regan, McKenzie Regan, Kyla Ryan and Lilly Sturtevant. Eighth Grade teacher Randy Russell spoke on mistakes and the future. The gift to the school by the eighth graders was a drinking fountain. The children sang "Saying Goodbye" then Mrs ...
Congratulations go out to former Knights Ferry School students who are graduating from high school: Maria Arias, Jordyn Cooley, Dustin Donnelly, Kaitlin Odom, Miranda Roberts, Jasmine Derrick, Aislinn Finn, Faviola Garcia, Elissa Simons, Robert Murray, Mason Kalik, Marissa MacDonald, Jonathan Gazdik, Dylan Mack and Fred Mesker.
Congratulations to Knights Ferry's First Grade class for their Blue Ribbon at the Stanislaus County Science Fair. Honor awards went to the Kindergarten class, Breanna Banks and Dakota Voortman. Jackson Ault and Trexler Porter received Distinguished awards.
Birthday greetings for the month of May go out to: Jeanette Krick, Gary Page, Mary Sue Shearer, Sue Schlageter, Collin Hodge, Tony Albarico, Danielle Frymire, Mary Hight, Lyle Hight, Wendy Feichter, Rilyn Cassaretto, Vincent Peterson, Degan Sweet, Bob Hunter, Hanna Holland, Chris Lopez, Maria Arias, Eric Ulrich, Cat Ulrich, Mark Hunter, Jamie Coston, Larry Leach, Laura Simons, Emalee Watson, Hayden Sundberg, Madison Watson, Denali Benson, Madison Regan and McKenzie Regan.
Congratulations to Columbia Junior College graduates who went to Knights Ferry School, Grant Wright and Daniel Gazdik.
Well it's the beginning of a new month and here are some dates for your calendar: May 2nd -Community Club dessert meeting at the clubhouse at 7:00p.m. May 5th - Breakfast Sunday in the Ferry, May 8th - Knights Ferry Garden Club 9:00a.m. at the Cemetery Flagpole (bring lunch), May 9th -School Board meeting at 6:00pm., May 12th - Mother's Day, May 16th - talent show and dinner at school at 5:00p.m., May 29th - Knights Ferry School graduation at school at 7:00p.m.
Condolences go out to Fred Dolling and his family on the death of his mother, Della Dolling. Della was a Knights Ferry resident for over 60 years.
Congratulations go out to Knights Ferry School 4.0 students for the second trimester: Dylan Anderson, Rilyn Cassaretto, Eden Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet, Julia Nilsson, Ray Patton and Elise Seeds. Keep up the good work!