Whether as a mode of transportation, a leisurely activity or a form of competition, the number of cyclists across the country is rising and that trend is just as apparent in Clovis. With paved running and cycling trails and bike lanes, there are plenty of opportunities to ride. For the more adventurous cyclist, there are also a number of good riding opportunities on the outskirts of the city. For the competitive cyclist, a criterium will be held this weekend.
I was born in April 1948 at the old St. Agnes Hospital, where my mother was a laboratory technician, and raised in the Fresno/Clovis area. My mother’s family lived in Wisconsin and my father was born in Clyde, Texas where his family lived. Two years after I was born my sister Marilyn was born. My father worked for a pipe-fitting company, Valley Engineers, as a foreman. His workers called him “Mr. Dum Dee Dee Dee Dee” because he couldn’t sing; he sang that phrase everywhere he went.
There are professional cowboys, and there are Professional Cowboys. The latter are the shining stars of the upcoming Clovis Rodeo. They travel the country and make their living in an arena, front of a cheering crowd.
Four days a week, 96-year-old Roy Schapansky gets on his scooter, rides it onto the Clovis Transit Round Up and makes his way to Clovis Community Hospital. There he can be found at the Outpatient Center, offering directions to people and transporting samples to the lab. The Clovis Guild honored Schapansky last week at a luncheon by awarding him the first annual volunteer award.
It all began as a little friendly competition with her big sister, Ali - 13 years later, Caitlin Haskell, 25, took that competitive spirit and molded it into a career. After a rewarding high school and college career as a water polo player, Haskell was named Assistant Women’s Water Polo Coach last year at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
For more than 25 years, Jim Call, 79, Orville Hefley, 84, and Bob Kennedy, 82, have been working together at the Clovis Rodeo and helping run the west end of the rodeo - sorting cattle, running the chutes, and experiencing some very close calls with horses running out of the gates. To recognize their many years of service, the Clovis Rodeo Association has named all three the 2015 Clovis Rodeo Grand Marshals. The three will lead the annual Clovis Rodeo Parade in a vintage fire truck at XX, Saturday, April 25.
Clovis Unified School District students from kindergarten through second grade have been busy working on the annual coloring page that was created by Clovis artist Claudia Fletcher. This year the coloring page illustration reflects children participating in the annual Special Kids Rodeo. The annual event, held in partnership with Break the Barriers, includes expressly designed rodeo events that give special needs students the opportunity to ride, rope and participate in rodeo with a professional cowboy or cowgirl.
Tucked away on a short block in Old Town Clovis, a colorful gathering of awnings shelters tables of fresh produce on a sunny Saturday morning. Shoppers armed with shopping bags and coffee roam from table to table picking out their favorite fruits and vegetables, and maybe a frozen steak or a bouquet of flowers. With choices ranging from duck eggs to loofahs, and crabs to cauliflower, the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market brings a fresh and unique local shopping experience to Clovis.
Food lovers and beer connoisseurs will find a little piece of heaven as Old Town Clovis kicks off with its first Craft Beer Crawl from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, April 19, along with the Black Pot Cook-off. Twenty breweries from across California will offer tastings of their brews at Old Town businesses and restaurants - no beer on streets or sidewalks.
Jocelynn Barrington, 21, was crowned the Clovis Rodeo Queen on April 24, 2014. Almost a year later, she’s represented Clovis at more than a dozen other California rodeos, served as a dignitary at many events, and is excited to provide moral support and motivation to the next queen contestants.