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The Service Organization of the Sierra will hold its fall card party, luncheon and boutique on Thursday, November 16, at the Oakhurst Community Center.
The theme this year is “Merry Chris Mouse.” Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. to begin the card games and boutique, after which the luncheon will be served at 11:30 a.m.
There will be raffle tickets sold with a chance to win items donated by members and other Mountain Area residents.
The boutique, now in its eighth year, is a popular event of the card party. Items for sale will include hand-painted home decorations, candy, baked goods, decorated sweatshirts, sweat jackets, holiday items, wooden articles, just to name a few.
The luncheon will be salad, pork chops in mushroom sauce, hors d’oeuvres, corn medley in a stuffed tomato, home-baked pies and cake and beverage.
“The home-baked desserts are infamous,” says Lin Crow of the SOS club, especially the pecan and lemon meringue pie.
Tickets are $12.50, which includes lunch and a chance to win the many door prizes.
The tickets are being sold by SOS members. Tickets are limited and will not be available at the door. In the past, people have lined up at the doors, waiting for them to open at 10:30.
Funds raised by the SOS provide scholarships for seniors at Yosemite High School.
The club also provides financial support for organizations such as the Fresno Flats Historical Site, Heartland, Hospice, Mt. Laurel House (safe house), the Madera County Branch Library, Manna House, and local fire departments.
Information and to purchase tickets: Donna at 658-8750.
Missing hunter found: he’s OK
MAMMOTH POOL — A report of a missing elderly man last week launched a massive search and rescue effort that ended happily after nearly 14 hours.
Ralph Williams, 72, of Madera, was hunting with a friend on Thursday in the Mammoth Pool Road area near “Mile High Vista” in Eastern Madera County.
Mr. Williams was last seen at around 5 p.m. and his hunting friend reported him missing to the Madera County Sheriff’s Department at 6:30 p.m.
Madera Search and Rescue, Sheriff’s Posse/4-Wheel-Drive and U.S. Forest Service teams worked through the cold, snowy night and early morning hours attempting to locate Mr. Williams.
More than 10 4-wheel-drive vehicles were used to scour the mountainous terrain for the missing man.
Teams from Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and Mariposa County Search and Rescue joined in the search and at daybreak, K-9 units were brought in.
Mr. Williams was found, in good condition, at 8:20 a.m. on Friday, sitting beside a road.
Sheriff’s Lieuteuant Milt Gauthier, on his way with food for the searchers, spotted Mr. Williams.
He was taken to the Bass Lake Substation, where relatives met him and took him home.