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.
Hope all had a Merry Christmas and will have a great New Year. Can't believe it is 2014!
There was a packed clubhouse for the Knights Ferry School's Winter Program. It opened with Julia Nilsson as Mistress of Ceremony and the K-4 students on stage and the 5-6 in the choir area singing "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" followed by "Frosty the Snowman" with Denali Benson as Frosty. Denali's costume was great! After that the Kindergarten and First and Second Grades sang "Mister Santa". Natalie Brockman is the choir director and the band director. The Intermediate Band, consisting of Kylee Sisco, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet and Eden Cassinetto played "Jingle Bell Rock ...
Pajama clad children, with blankets and pillows, enjoyed movie night in the Ferry. All the children and some of the parents were in their nightclothes. Hot chocolate and candy cane sticks were slurped and licked as the Muppets provided the entertainment. The theater chairs at the clubhouse for the adults were moved to surround the area full of children. It was an enjoyable night. Your reporter and hubby missed it because granddaughter Claire Krippner was in a basketball tournament playoff. Claire scored 4 baskets out of 5 for the second place trophy in the Lutheran League.
Birthday greetings for the month of December go out to: Betty Rogers, Katie Feichter, Amanda Wright, Dane Hauskens, Denise Ray, Charles Wong, Lisa Frymire, Fred Dolling, Charlie Mynatt, Cathy Murray, Haley Page, Nicole Brunker, Helga Kaiser, Annette Arias, Reba Morgan, Don Diltz, Larry Hays, Jackson Ault, Joshua Maceira, Ange-David Kouvassi and Julian Velasquez.
The movie for December will be the "Muppets Carol" at the clubhouse on December 14th at 6:00 p.m. Dress in your pajamas (adults also) and bring your snuggly blanket and enjoy the hot chocolate and popcorn.
Congratulations go out to nine students of Knights Ferry School for having a 4.0 GPA for the 1st trimester. They are: Olivia Doshas, Mikali Willis, Matt Wolf, Rilyn Cassaretto, Wyatt Dickens, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet, Julia Nilsson and Ray Patton. They were honored at an assembly.
November birthday wishes go out to: Bob Brunker, Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Megan Miller, Tristan McCarthy, Alyssa Sisco, Jenna O'Neil, Presley Wilson, Alexa Boyajian, Dayne Sturtevant, Megan Willis, Taylor Wizke and Gage Perry. Many happy returns!
This is conference week at Knights Ferry School so the students are dismissed at 1:00 p.m.
Congratulations to the Knights Ferry students of the month for October: Troy and James Peterson, First Grade, Anthony Neely and Breanna Banks, Fourth Grade, Makena Mendonca, Fifth Grade, Makali Willis, Sixth Grade, Kaeli Sweet, Seventh Grade and Ray Patton, Eighth Grade. They were awarded certificates at a recent assembly. Also Luke Dickens and Josh Reese won the Super Student drawing.
At the MAC meeting last Thursday Christie Dowd from the Stanislaus County Planning Department presented the tentative parcel division of the Thompsons. They want to divide 932 acres into 24 forty-acre parcels behind Horseshoe Road. Approximately 750 acres are now planted in almonds. The project proposes access to the property through a publicly maintained 30-foot wide easement off Horseshoe and they need a secondary access, proposed to Rodden Road. Two access roads are needed before anything can be done. Christine also presented the MAC with a letter from Nick Honchariw complaining about the Historical District's 5-acre minimum parcel plan ...
Movie night was a preview of Halloween. Children and adults came in costume to enjoy the treats, the movie "Hocus Pocus" and popcorn. There were many great costumes including two who were covered head to toe in a spandex type multi colored outfit. Don't know who they were! It was a fun night in the clubhouse.
This Friday, October 31st, will be the annual parade of Knights Ferry children going trick-or-treating on Main Street. It will start at 12:15 with the children coming down to Main Street in their costumes. Many folks gather to hand out candy and see the costumes. It is a fun time!
Lisa and Fred Dolling have returned from Las Vegas where they visited with Fred's son, Justin and his wife Sarah and the grandchildren. They had a good time except for the return trip - eight-hour delay at the airport!
Sunday night thieves broke in to the outside post office boxes and stole some mail before they were chased off. Be on the lookout.
Birthday greetings for the month of October go out to: Jim Boyer, Carol Davis, Bev Noe, Dick Muniain, Lisa Dolling, Glenda Maisel, Natalie Albarico, Kody Simons, Nathaniel Van Ryn, Mike Ohe, Lis Whalen, Julia Nilsson, Alec Ray, Lisa Fogarty, Andrew Schlegel, Austin Page, Ivan Garcia, Faviola Garcia, Dusty Hobbs, Lenin Palafox, Bailey Stepp, Merna Jergentz and Nicolas Gonzalez.
Knights Ferry Community Club will meet tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. It is a dessert meeting. Speakers will be from Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department. Please plan to attend.
At the meeting of the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates the gutter situation was discussed. New gutters will be installed in October by Byers Leaf Guard Gutters, ending the clogging and cleaning mess. Also discussed was the availability of the little room by the Ice Cream Parlor. The Voortmans will submit a plan to rent the space as an information center for Knights Ferry.
Birthday greetings for the month of September go out to: Sasha Sinkevich, Grant Wright, Mike Wright, Sally Goehring, Luke Bell, Kelli Sinkevich, Lynn Duckworth, Phillip Frymire, Breanna Banks, Evelyn Frias, Cassandra Padilla, Michel Griesner, Ken Raven, Alex Naccarato, Will Haskell-Kelly, Cheryl Griffiths, Nikita Sinkevich, Christine Fortuny, Jonna Ohe, Troy Peterson, James Peterson, Marcada Baker, Madison Willis, Jim Mangante, Joshua Reese, Mason O'Neil, Leta Lutz, Tristan Voortman and Holly Conde.
Your reporter went out to the backyard to see what the cat was looking at in the iris clump. As I got closer I heard the rattle then saw the rattlesnake. I shooed the cat away, got the dogs in the house, yelled SNAKE-SNAKE to Lee and grabbed a shovel, all in about 10 seconds! I jumped up in the flowerbed and pinned the snake between the iris rhizomes and the railroad tie. Lee arrived as I severed the snake into three parts! It had three buttons. I wonder if it was the same snake that was out front? Are ...
The Odd Fellows are going to have a Cribbage tournament on September 20th at their hall on Main Street. There is a $25 entry fee. Food and drinks will be available. Watch this column for more information.
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