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Betty Bowden

Bowden is a resident of Lemoore.

15 Years Ago

Girl Scout Troop 823 of Lemoore has donated 700 pounds of dog food and 300 pounds of litter to the Kings County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals as part of its program to better the world. The six girls — Marie Meide, Stephanie Villi, Nicole Kopitske, Tina Cramer, Allysa Wolfe and Elizabeth Agudo — worked for two months going door-to-door to garner the needed funds to provide the food and litter to everyone’s “best friends.” Besides helping the animals out, the troop was recognized by USA Weekend Magazine with the “Make A Difference” Award, a national program to encourage volunteerism in America. 

20 Years Ago

Almost 300 high school seniors — all students at Lemoore high School — will receive their diplomas tonight in ceremonies in Tiger Stadium at the LHS campus. Lemoore High School principal Mike Cawley will present the first diploma to Krishna Spates, student body president, who will announce the names of each of her classmates, numbering 294. Serving as valedictorian of the class is Lisa Watson-O’Brien. Salutatorian is Kelly Rondestvedt. Also addressing the anticipated standing-room-only crowd will be seniors Damon Chidester, Anna DeGuzman and Johanna Luthy.

Kings Christian leaders …  Eric Marvin, valedictorian, and Lisa Schlosser, salutatorian, represent the leaders of the senior class at Kings Christian High School. KCS seniors will receive their diplomas Saturday at Glad Tidings Church in Hanford.

The city of Lemoore has thrown its support behind efforts by Riverdale officials to assure that the planned four-lanes of Highway 41 from Elkhorn Avenue north to North Avenue in Fresno are completed on schedule.

30 Years Ago

George E. Willett never captured the imagination of the world by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean like Charles Lindbergh, nor did he attain the status of war hero by leading a bombing raid over Tokyo as Jimmy Doolittle did. But his achievements in the history of aviation are just as significant, and his career as a flyer, while not as well publicized, has been just as colorful.

Willett was one of the first pilots to kill agricultural pests by air-dropping chemicals — he began doing it in 1935 — long before crop dusting became common practice. In 1947, he began a practice in aerial application that had never been tried before — night flying. 

Willett and some 50 other agricultural-aircraft pilots were honored recently for their years of service to the industry. During ceremonies aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, World War II hero Jimmy Doolittle presented plaques to the veteran pilots, including Willett. In turn, Doolittle and another pioneer in aviation, Jimmy Mattern, the first man to fly solo around the world, were made honorary crop dusters.

Lemoore High’s graduation exercises — the final ceremony in principal Ralph Peterson’s 21-year LHS career — are scheduled tonight at 8 p.m. in Tiger Stadium. School officials expect 282 seniors to receive their diplomas, presented by trustee Gene Martin. Valedictorian of the LHS Class of 1983 is Gil Diaz. Other students speakers are Germaine Paulo, Donna Lee, Carolyn Scott, Theresa Smith and Shawn Connolly. Music will be provided by the Lemoore High School band, under the direction of Tracy Landrus.   

Sixth graders from Meadow Lane School have embarked upon their rip to SCICON, the science conservation camp near Springville. Youngsters financed the excursion through a series of fund raisers, ranging from T-shirt to bake sales. Before leaving, however, students Myra Gonzales, Kia Shinn and Eveonne Wylie presented district superintendent Gene Billingsley and principal Tom Hewitt with certificates of appreciation for their support with the project. SCICON — the Clemmie Gill School of Outdoor Science and Conservation — gives children of the surrounding counties an opportunity to learn about and experience nature in the outdoor environment.

100 Years Ago

Thousands of fish are said to be dying in the lake as the water is receding rapidly.

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C.C. Friend shipped Monday 15 cars of 2- and 3-year-old steers to Oregon. The shipment totaled 500 head.

The good old summer time is here and many are preparing to “skidoo” to the summer resorts.

115 Years Ago

Several thousand acres of land on the borders of Tulare Lake are being seeded to Egyptian corn this season with prospects of a good crop.

Frank Moody is having a residence erected on the lot where was formerly located A. Mooney’s sawmill.

H.L. Light of the Kettleman plains, near Sunflower Valley, reports thousands of black beetles to the square acre in that section of the country, but says they are doing no damage to the crops, as there are no crops to damage. 

From the archives of the Lemoore Advance and other past Lemoore publications.

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