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What's Up, Up Here? News and gossip for April 22-28

April 23, 2011

Where all winter there was a skating rink outside Rafters, it has now been dismantled and Thursday’s rain and snow washed it clean. Times photo/Andy Rostar

Not much action at Police Chief Dan Watson’s Hispanic Outreach meeting this past week. No community members at all and just three committee members, out of more than 20 who signed up. “This meeting gets smaller all the time,” Watson said. ...

In the “Er, what?” Department, Councilman John Eastman described his presence at the reception for our new Assemblywoman (Modesto) in Suite Z on Tuesday. “I was able to attend a reception for Kristin (pause) what’s Kristin’s last name?” (Olsen, for those wondering) ...

Shirley Seydel says she needs a little bit of help from a reliable birdbrain. “I have a woodpecker pecking (drilling) on my metal chimney,” she Facebooks. “Beautiful but dumb bird.” ...

It’s getting to be a habit with Dan Wright: He’s taking 14 Habitat for Humanity team members to Paraguay, where they’ll build homes for families in Asuncion. Mammothites Richard and Sharon Good, Sandy Hogan, Marc and Lou Margulies, Dan Haynes, Kaaren Page and Elizabeth Monahan have already signed up for the October trip, and Dan is looking for four more hale and hearty souls. After the build they’ll visit the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru, for four days of R&R. It happens Oct. 7-25. Call Dan if you’re interested. ...

Meanwhile, Rotary members are gearing up for participating in the 2012 “Corazon Project,” kind of like Habitat for Humanity (see above), but across the border in Mexico. ...

If you saw Greg Stump’s “Legend of Aahhh’s” last month at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center, and didn’t get a poster, Stump is offering a signed collector’s edition of the poster on his website. ...

There are Boston Red Sox fans, and then there are Bahston Sawx fans, and you can count Matt Gebo, a marketing manager at MMSA, and Tourism leader John Urdi as Sawx fans. On Tuesday they hopped a jet to the Bay Area, zipped over to the Oakland Coliseum and “enjoyed” a 5-0 Athletics victory. The next day, they witnessed a 5-3 Bahston triumph and made it home to Mammoth for dinner. ...

One of Mammoth’s own, Cleland Hoff and her son Blaise have invented a new word and come up with a unique way to celebrate Hoff’s birthday on April 28 and do something good for another Mammoth local (don’t ask who, that’s the surprise part).

“Spring silliness has arrived in the form of a Flabberdoodle. This flash mob style event is designed to surprise a chosen target with good works. The target has been chosen. Call Cleland at (760) 914-2000 for secret location and details. ...

The Mammoth Lakes Women’s Club Bingo Night was a big success, making a profit of $1,562 which will be distributed to High School scholarships and non-profit organizations in the community. Club member Joanne Hunt, won the “Benjamin Butterfly” Easter Bonnet raffle prize, complete with a $100 bill. ...

Just for the heck of it: Businessman Tom Cage calls Public Works Director Ray Jarvis “Dr. J.” ...

Transpo chief Bill Manning says trolleys to the Lakes Basin this summer will be on a schedule. Every 30 minutes. Previously they were unscheduled, leaving disgruntled visitors even more disgruntled on 25-minute waits. ...

Fire Chief Brent Harper asked the Bear Whisperer the other night if all the bears were out. The BW said yes, and one had just been kicked out of a building on Old Mammoth Road, near the fire station. “I hope you didn’t give him any matches,” quipped the chief. ...

Thank you, whoever you are, for chalking the streets, especially Old Mammoth Road. Waiting for warm weather to get new stripes. ...

Hey, was that Jim Stimson in Baja? “Livin’ large on the East Cape,” said he. “Last night we ate fresh triggerfish ceviche as an appetizer. Then we feasted on grilled sierra and roasted veggies. Fishing has been good.”

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