Friday, May 30, 2008

Upcoming June Events

Sidewalk Festival on Main St, North Fork ~ 2006

Jun 1
Squirrel Cage Theatre Annual Meeting & Picnic, 2pm, Thrapp's home, (call for directions), hot dogs, burgers & drinks, bring a side dish, RSVP 841-6229

Jun 7
8th Annual NF Sidewalk Festival, 10am-4pm, Main St, North Fork, art, food, music, vendor booths

Jun 14
Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Association Tour, meet 8am Pines Village upper parking lot, Info: 977-1334, 877-3952

Jun 28
Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway Work Day, Trail & Camp Clean up in the high country, 8am-5pm, Details & Carpool Info: 977-1334, 877-3952, 683-6658

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

About North Fork News Blog

Rainy Day in the Forest

Just a reminder for our newer readers or for those that are new to blogging in general, that this is a personal blog written by 3 individuals, is not sponsored or funded by any community organization, and that has story topics of our own interest and sometimes local community interest.

This foundation was laid out in our very first post on March 1, 2008 and is also stated in our overall blog description in the header at the top of every page, "Unsubstantiated news, happenings & events, with maybe a little gossip and a few opinions thrown in for entertainment, about our beautifully rural small town community of North Fork, California."

Basically, we write about whatever interests us at the moment.

Each blog post has topic labels attached to it that are reflected in the Blog Post Topics list in the right sidebar on each page. Clicking a topic label will bring up all those posts with that topic included, conveniently grouped for your reading pleasure.

Also you should know that only the 7 most recent blog posts are shown in full on the front page. To see and read older posts, you must go to the lower right sidebar, click on the arrow for the month you want, and then click the individual post titles to bring those posts up on the screen.

Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day

About this photo

Today is Memorial Day.

Various events are scheduled for today all across our country. From solumn remembrance ceremonies conducted in cemetaries, to fun family cookouts in the local park or our own backyard.

Today is a day to remember and honor those loved ones who are no longer with us in body, even though they are still with us in spirit. Take a moment of silence sometime today to remember those dear to you who touched your heart. Remember those who died fighting a war, in an accident, from a disease or by natural causes. All of our loved ones served to make us better people in their own way. Their spirit deserves to be remembered.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Memorial Day Weekend/Week Local Events

Hardware Bob & Joggin Jack on Lewis Creek Trail ~ 2005

May 24
Sierra Mono Museum Spring Open House, 4-6pm, 33103 Rd 228, North Fork, $5 donation, raffle & snacks, Info: 877-2115

May 24-26
Oakhurst Mountain Peddlers Home & Garden Show, Rd 426 & Sierra Way, Oakhurst, Free Admission, Info: 683-7766

May 26
Veterans Ceremony at NF Cemetary, 1pm, gathering at the Memorial Wall at Gas N Stuff following cemetary ceremony, Info: 877-3017

May 30
Jazz on the Lake, every Friday through Aug 29th, 6:30-8:30pm, Pines Resort, Bass Lake

May 31
Logger's Jamboree Queen Contestants Fashion Show/Luncheon, 1pm at NF Town Hall, $10 includes lunch & show, Info: 841-8488

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Recent arrival at an intersection near you!

New Signpost at intersection of Rd 274 & 225

Over two years of collaboration and development between the North Fork Chamber of Commerce, Ponderosa Telephone Co, the Sierra Mono Museum, the Grizzly Century Bike Ride committee and the USFS produced this beautiful directional signpost that is a true work of art for our community.

The 14 foot tall statue is carved from a huge ponderosa pine log by master carver Giovanni Dalpogetto from the Coarsegold Carving Station. The original design was created by Lynne Wells of L&E Engraving. It depicts a majestic eagle, a Native American woman holding a gathering basket with a coyote standing next to her. All are symbols of our community's cultural roots.

Hanging from the "tree limbs" are signs showing the direction of local points of interest.

The signpost was installed at the intersection of Roads 274 and 225 in North Fork this past Monday May 12th. It was a true team effort!

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Monday, May 12, 2008

NFCoC Annual Dinner/Auction Fundraiser

Auctioneer Tom Wheeler in action

On April 19th 2008, the doors opened at the North Fork Town Hall promptly at 5:30 pm. Over 100 eager and hungry people, with $18 advance tickets in their hands, poured through the doors to experience the North Fork Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Auction. This fun and elegant event is the chamber’s largest fundraiser of the entire year. Practically all of the proceeds are used in support of the chamber’s town restoration program.

Evidence of the chamber’s contribution to town restoration can be seen throughout the community, sidewalks in the main commercial district, public trash receptacles, street lighting, and a newly upgraded information bulletin board located at the Crazy Y garden. New cement sidewalk approaches to the Information Bulletin Board and a lighting system were completed thanks to a generous donation from Frank Wyle, and the volunteer services of Hansel Kern, Zak Zakovski and several local youths. Frank Carpenter, owner of Carpenter Electric Co., offered his talents to install a lighting system that will make the information board visible at night.
Further enhancements are planned for the Main Street corridor and include signage for local services and attractions, and visitor Kiosks on the highway arteries to and from North Fork.

The Town Hall was decorated elegantly for a classy sit down dinner of superb prime rib, chicken, or a delicious vegetarian dish with all of the trimmings catered by Curtis Kirk of the Buckhorn Saloon. The efficient young servers were from the Destination Imagination students of Yosemite High School. Attractive candle & flower centerpieces adorned the dinner tables.

Dinner table service provided by YHS Destination Imagination

The dinner/auction attendees were served with garden salad, the main dish of their choice and delicious chocolate cake desserts in less than 30 minutes. Liquid refreshments were available, provided by the North Fork Squirrel Cage Theatre bar crew. Dinner music played by the Gene Larry Band added to the elegant ambiance of the evening.

From all accounts, the dinner by itself was a spectacular success, everyone commented about the delicious food, what a wonderful time they had visiting with all their friends, and not one person went home hungry.

Guests explore the silent auction table

Marigolds for silent auction

During dinner, attendees were browsing the silent auction tables anxiously writing their bids down for the various valuable gift certificates contributed by local mountain area shops, services, hotels & restaurants. A sampling of these includes Sierra Video, Raley's Supermarket, Sierra Lanes, Crab Cakes, Mountain House, and several service oriented gift certificates from local handymen, plumbers, locksmiths, and beauty salons. Other attractive items included hand painted art, gift baskets of bath & body products, model cars, bottles of wine, two cases of motor oil, sweatshirts & hats, and our now traditional flat of flowers from Western Sierra Nursery, marigolds this year instead of pansies. There were several $100 savings bonds donated by the local banks including Yosemite Bank, United Security Bank and Central Valley Community Bank. Bidding became very aggressive as Steve Cook, chamber president and the emcee for the event, announced that the bid cut off time was soon approaching.

Gift Baskets, Ceramic Pig and other Live Auction items

Live auction items were displayed prominently at the front of the stage for preview, and included a four day cruise to Baja from Cruise Adventures, three cases of CFL light fixtures and bulbs donated by North Fork Hardware, a beautiful handmade quilt by Muriel Lavelle, two original watercolor paintings by Phyllis Overstreet, a beautiful gift basket from Hair Care Plus, a River Creek golf membership from The Buckhorn Saloon, and of course the traditional ceramic pig crafted by local artisan Chris Stanley. The Pines Chalet and the Shilo Inn each donated a one night stay. Two night stays were donated by Lyn Mar Pond Guest Ranch and the North Fork Rancheria (for Sunset Station).

Tom Wheeler was again our fabulous and entertaining auctioneer as he helped make this 2008 auction a successful fundraiser for the chamber. His assistant, Steve Cook, gave us his version of Vanna White, which helped raise over $4000 by encouraging generous and active bids.

Many behind the scenes individuals help organize and put on an event of this magnitude. Thanks go out to everyone on the dinner/auction committee, including all of the chamber board directors and officers, for their contribution of contacting donors, collecting donations, organizing paperwork to manage the auctions, selling tickets and Town Hall set up and cleanup on the event day itself. Thanks also go out to all of our generous donors. Over 100 items were donated from North Fork, Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Oakhurst and Fresno businesses, as well as individuals throughout the community. All in all a fabulous evening of entertainment and dining pleasure.

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