Union Democrat staff

Sober Grad is a great event

To the Editor,

I had the privilege of attending/volunteering at the Summerville High School Sober Grad Celebration on Friday night.

What an event.

I'd say it was the party of the year!

Noelle Taylor, Michelle Primrose, Brad Schultz, Twain Harte Rotary, Lynette Roberson, Barbara Day and many others, with their armies of qualified volunteers put on the most fabulous event for the 2012 graduates of the Summerville High School.

The night included games, bounce house structures, great music and dancing, body art, hair and nail artists, photo booth, casino card games, ping pong, pool tables, tons of the most delicious foods and so much more!

The students were happy, appreciative, energetic and so much fun to watch. It was a pleasure to be a part of an event of this caliber.

Thank you to all of the leaders/committee members/ organizations/faculty/staff /donors and volunteers who gave the 2012 graduates a night to remember.

If you haven't ever been a part of a Sober Grad celebration, you need to be. Those who have volunteered, pat yourself on the back for a job well done. I was so happy to have been a part.

Terri Barnhart

Twain Harte

Fish planting is both fair and impartial

To the Editor,

Moccasin Creek Hatchery would like to extend a "Thank You" to not only Larry Stewart for his kind comment about our hatchery and our employees, but to all who support this facility.

We are a state agency with absolutely no financial compensation from any resort.

Fishing license dollars pay for the operation of this facility and Hetch Hetchy Water and Power provide low cost water and power.

Moccasin Creek Hatchery raises and plants 400,000 to 500,000 pounds of fish annually which includes rainbow, brown, brook and cutthroat trout. We plant 89 waters annually in nine counties.

During this time of year we plant 20-30 different waters weekly and it is done with five to six employees and five vehicles.

We make every effort to be fair and impartial in the planting of fish.

Generally, the fish are planted where the most fishing pressure is and the vast majority of these fish are planted for immediate angling. In regards to Joe Fedor's previous complaint about the hatchery showing favoritism to Kennedy Meadows Resort, they receive only 1 percent of the total fish we plant in a year. It seems to me that Joe Fedor has an issue with Kennedy Meadows as he makes no reference to the other waters we plant in all of his previous complaints.

My supervisor has given Joe Fedor the opportunity to come to the hatchery and assist with planting fish. He refused the opportunity. Mr. Fedor - I too have enjoyed the outdoors for over 50 years. Thirty-three of those have been spent working for Department of Fish and Game.

Tom Grove

Fish Hatchery Manager II


Thanks for supporting Railtown

To the Editor,

"Spotlight on Railtown," a fundraising event to save our beloved state park was awesome! The commitment of the five area Rotary clubs, combined with our strong local sponsorships made for a historic evening of magic and wonder at every turn - a truly unique experience.

The amazing staff and volunteers of Railtown embody the "Service above Self" attitude that resonates with all Rotarians and those that care for their community and history.

A daily example of commitment to something bigger than themselves, these deeds are part of a "shared cost," so the burden is more manageable for all.

These are actions promoting the common good and not for individual gain or recognition. There are those that understand the difference between "cost" and investment in a community. Those good citizens that say "yes" and step forward to action instead of "no" and withdraw.

To these fine people: Thanks! Jim Mueller - setting the tone at the front gate and from day one, "You da man!" forty Big Band Musicians said, "Yes We Will!" and yes you did! Dave Rainwater and Richard "Tater" Learned: your music on the train was the perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Respect for each silent auction idea was apparent in presentation (Delta, Super Laverne,et. al) and greatly appreciated for the help each and every item brings. A special shout out to "community synergy" of Twain Harte. I believe this effort,focus and determination to a worthy cause will not be derailed.

Organizations of strength and character, such as Rotary and the Sonora Area Foundation, partnered with the many talented people of Railtown to ensure that our collective community will prevail. And yes, we will "Keep Railtown Rolling."

Richard Kamphaus

Twain Harte Rotary member

Spotlight/Railtown volunteer

Twain Harte