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What's Up Up Here for Oct. 21

October 21, 2011

Our deepest condolences to longtime local Stacy Corless, who lost her sister, Lisa, on Oct. 16. Our hearts go out to Stacy and to all of Lisa’s friends and family. …

Our hearts also go out to former Mammoth local Vivien Leigh (Farnsworth) Gordon’s family. Gordon died earlier this month. Although she has been gone from Mammoth for many years, many locals remember Gordon from her days in the 90s as a server at Roberto’s and as a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain. Gordon settled in North Carolina and is survived by her husband Dane, and two children, Abigael and John Thomas, as well as other family members. ...

Local Kathy Copeland's mom, Marie Harding, passed away peacefully on Oct. 5 at home in Westlake Village. She was surrounded by her two daughters, Kathy and Marcy, and her saint of a husband of 64 years, Jack Harding. She also is survived by her two wonderful son-in-laws, Jack (Copeland of Mammoth) and Dan, and two remarkable grandchildren, Chelsea and Duncan. Marie's zest for life, learning, and organizing left an indelible mark on everything she touched, as was obvious in her love for gardening, antiquing, volunteering for causes too numerous to list, and playing bridge with her buddies. She will be missed by all....rest in peace!

Local author Georgia Lowe has done it again, with a new award for one of her books, The Bonus, which just won the Mainstream/Literary Fiction category of the Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. “I’m pretty stoked, especially since they told me that the competition was fierce this year,” Lowe said in an email to the MT. Prior to this award, The Bonus was also a second place finalist in the Independent Book Publishers Award in Historical Fiction. Way to go Georgia! ….

Longtime local, three-time Olympian and environmental activist Andrea Mead Lawrence is one step closer to having a local mountain named after her, after the Senate unanimously voted in favor of a bill that would give an unnamed peak near Mammoth the great skier’s name. The House will soon take up an identical bill, which is expected to pass easily. The peak lies to the north of Donahue Pass. …

That shaking you felt Wednesday afternoon at about 4:30 p.m. wasn’t your imagination. It was an earthquake. Centered at about 10 miles west of Toms Place, the 3.2 quake was felt by many Mammoth locals, though it didn’t do any damage as far as we can tell. …

The Mountain Warfare Marine Corps Training Center celebrated its 60th anniversary recently, and there are a whole lot of Marines who are very grateful for that fact, according to Mono County District 4 Supervisor Tim Hansen. He said that many Marines who spoke at the anniversary celebration near Bridgeport noted that their training at the center is the reason they survived their experiences in the mountainous regions of the wars they are fighting….

 Congratulations to John and Victoria Farber, owners of Giovanni’s, who recently celebrated the birth of their first child. It’s a boy, John Percy "JP" Farber, born Sunday, Oct. 16, at 1:12 a.m. at 5 pounds, 10 ounces and 19 inches. …

An indie film filmed entirely on location in the Eastern Sierra, specifically in Mammoth Lakes and Bodie State Park, is scheduled to get underway soon. The film,called “Saturn Returns” is scheduled to film entirely in the Eastern Sierra. Writer/producer Shawn Tolleson and producer Anselm Clinard say the film will be “The Big Chill meets (500) Days of Summer.” …

Thanks to Shogun for hosting the Mammoth High School Senior Dinners this week. The students did great, the food was awesome, the rice was perfect. A large percentage of the proceeds, or at least several thousand dollars, goes to the senior class to help fund their trip to Disneyland at the end of the year. …
The Cinnamon Bear Inn hosted the Mammoth Lakes Chamber of Commerce’s October mixer … and they out did themselves. “A great time was had by all!” wrote Linda Wright in an email to the MT. Thanks to owner Russ Harrison and managers Pam and Jim Maisey for the fantastic food and tours of the newly remodeled rooms. Don’t miss the November mixer at Second Chance on Nov. 8 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. …
Make sure you get your wood permit soon. Wooding season ends Oct. 31 and if the squirrel activity out there says anything about the upcoming winter, we are so in for it. …

And while you are at it, before the snow hits, check out McGee Canyon, Lundy Canyon, Bishop Creek Canyon, Convict Creek Canyon and don’t forget an easy stroll down the north side of Mammoth Creek right out of town, on the gravel road just past the paved bike path. The aspen show is spectacular this year, one of the best many locals can remember. …

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