NORFOLK, Va. - Lt. Chrsity Talisse, a Hanford native, took part in Honoring the life and legacy of a female pioneer in Naval aviation.
Lt. Talisse participated in the first ever all-female flyover on Feb. 2 in Maynardville, Tennessee. Officially referred to as a “Missing Man Flyover,” the tribute was part of the funeral service for retired Navy Captain Rosemary Mariner, who passed away on Jan. 24 following a long fight with cancer.
“I chose naval aviation because I grew up watching F/A-18 Super Hornets launch out of NAS Lemoore, near my hometown,” Talisse said. “Between the jet noise and excitement I felt watching them take off, I knew I wanted to fly jets. Going through flight training, I had some powerful mentors, particularly female aviators, who encouraged me to pursue this dream, and I feel incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to do so.”
Talisse attended the United States Naval Academy. After graduating in 2013 with a degree in Quantitative Economics, she reported to NAS Pensacola in August 2013 for flight training. After initial F/A-18 training at VFA-106, she reported September 2016 to the Fighting Checkmates of VFA-211 and deployed aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and Dynamic Force Employment.
After completing flight training in 1974, Mariner was designated a naval aviator and received her Wings of Gold to became the Navy’s first female jet pilot, flying the A-4E/L “Skyhawk” and the A-7E “Corsair II”. She also was the first female military aviator to achieve command of an operational air squadron. During Operation Desert Storm, Mariner commanded Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron Thirty-Four (VAQ-34). In 1982, she reached yet another milestone by being among the first females to serve aboard a U.S. Navy warship, USS Lexington, and qualifying as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Mariner retired from the U.S. Navy in 1997 after obtaining the rank of Captain and logging seventeen carrier arrested landings, or “traps,” and completing over 3,500 flight hours in fifteen different aircraft.
The Missing Man Flyover is a special tribute honoring the service of aviators who have died serving their country. The maneuver features four aircraft flying above the funeral service in formation as one of the aircraft leaves the formation and climbs vertically into the heavens.
All of the aviators who participated in the flyover are from squadrons based at Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana flying F/A-18E/F “Super Hornets.”
The annual Hanford Cow Run half marathon and 5k, held on Sunday, saw 535 runners take to the streets of for an early morning race. Here is a list of the winners.
Jesus Campos of Fresno won the half marathon in the male division with a time of 1 hour, 28 minutes. Gregory Bryant of Lemoore and Martin Munguia Jr. of Riverdale finished in second and third place.
In the female division, Alyssa Houtby from Visalia won with a time of 1 hour, 27 minutes. Kelsea Baker of Lemoore finished in second place, while Kelly English of Fresno took third.
Corey Loewen took the top spot in the Male 5K with a time of 20:01, while Hanford’s Jonathan Garcia finished in second place with a time of 20:20. Tah-Wun-Nahl Gibson of Porterville took third.
Hanford's Yvonne Jessup won the Female 5K race with a time of 22:54. Abigail McKean, also from Hanford, took second place with a time of 22:55. Barbara Johnson of Visalia finished in third place.
Mason Castaneda, 11-year-old from Hanford won the boys 5K race with a time of 23:15. Omar Lopez, also of Hanford, took second place with a time of 25:05, while Kingsburg’s Franklin Ethridge finished in third place.
Eva Harper, an 8-year-old from Hanford, won the girls 5K race with a time of 27:19. Adrianna Jones, also of Hanford, took second place with a time of 29:10, while Samirah G-Nieto of Porterville took third place.
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HANFORD — The Children’s Storybook Garden and Museum is the spot for the most exclusive “par-teas” in town.
This weekend’s Children’s Valentine’s Tea Party and last month’s Victorian Tea Party sold out quickly, proving to be one of the museum’s more popular events.
“Every little child loves the tea parties. They always play tea parties at home, so when we have these events, their moms sign them right up,” founding member of the museum and board president Judy Wait said.
“Kids know that we always have activities available and we’ll always do story time, but the tea party is something special,” assistant director Brittny McKenzie said. “It’s a little something extra.”
This Saturday’s tea party event’s registration is full – there is a waiting list should anyone cancel – but McKenzie said that the events are planned at this time to be a monthly occurrence. Tickets for next month’s St. Patrick’s Day tea party will go on sale next week, and yes, green tea will be served.
That event is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9.
“Kids love it. They dress up in their big fancy dresses and come and have fun,” McKenzie said.
And while it’s encouraged for children to bring a change of clothes so they can dig into the garden’s dirt after tea, planting vegetables and uprooting earthworms, it’s not necessary.
“One little girl last time was in her pretty little princess dress just digging in the dirt,” she said.
The teas – all caffeine free – can’t be to blame for the children’s enthusiasm, they just respond to fun of the pomp and circumstance of a sit-down tea party.
“And it’s not just girls. We have quite a few boys that come to the tea parties,” McKenzie said.
During the event, the children learn how to have a proper tea party, the way Queen Victoria would have intended at the turn of the 20th Century. They’ll learn manners, how to set a table, how to host their own tea parties at home and other skills necessary to be proper hosts and guest.
McKenzie said that in addition to the activities and stories the children can always count on at the museum, they tend to get a thrill when it comes to the authenticity of the tea parties. The make-believe tea parties they may be having at home with their stuffed animals and younger siblings become real when they’re served real tea in real ceramic teacups, rather than the playsets they may have at home.
“It’s bringing a lot of what they do with their imagination into reality,” McKenzie said. “It gives them a tangible experience.”
“Lots of kids, in the beginning, don’t want to pour their own tea, they’ll have us pour it and leave the tea pot for them, and next thing you know they’re all taking turns,” Wait said.
Reservations to the children’s tea parties are $3 for members and $5 for non-members plus the price of admission. To register, call or text 559-500-9966.
Tickets ae currently on sale for the museum’s Victorian Tea Party fundraiser at the Civic Auditorium are on sale now. Wait said the annual is event is akin to an adult version of the monthly children’s tea parties – and proceeds go to supporting the museum.
Tickets to the tea party fundraiser are $35 and all ages are welcome.
The Children’s Storybook Garden and Museum is located at 175 E. 10th St., Hanford.