It began years ago with a promise—a promise by a grieving father for his deceased son. Fidel and Rosa Rios of Corcoran have held a celebration every December, the weekend prior to Dec. 12 which is the recognized Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe), who is a popular Catholic Saint. The feast celebrates the belief that a man encountered the Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Dec. 12, 1531. Many faithful Catholics celebrate this day with a feast much like Rosa and Fidel Rios of Corcoran.
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As you drive on Main Street downtown it’s hard not to notice work being done on the building located at 1017 Whitley. New windows have been placed in front and plenty of work has been done inside in preparation for the opening of the Lake Bottom Brewery and Distillery. The brewery is looking to open its doors early next year. Owner Fred Figueroa Sr. and his crew have been putting in countless hours of work to provide Corcoran with a cool place to hang out.
Brothers Justin and Kevin George of Corcoran are busy planning for their trip to New Zealand next year. The boys are going to compete in the Long Range World Championships which will be held Jan. 26-Feb. 10 at Seddon range, Trentham, Upper Hutt, New Zealand.
Safety and Security Coordinator Laura Duran and her K9 partner Jax gave a demonstration at a recent Corcoran Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting. Jax, a Belgian Malinois is trained to detect narcotics and firearms.
Stephanie Graville has received the Sanford Teacher Award for the state of Nevada. Sanford Teacher Award sponsored by National University recognizes and rewards the nation’s top inspiring teachers, one from each state.
The Tachi Yokut Tribe recently announced the opening of the Coyote Entertainment Center, which is located adjacent to the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino. The new center will open to the public Friday, Nov. 30.
The Corcoran High Panther Cross Country team had some fun last Thursday at the annual Rich Parris Twilight Invitational, which was held in Madera. The race is named after popular coach, Rich Parris who has won numerous Cross Country Valley titles. In the past, Coach Parris has visited Corcoran to give a motivational speech at the XC banquet.
The race is unique in that it is 3,000 meters instead of the traditional 2 and 3-mile distances. It is usually hosted at the end of the season to display everyone’s speed. It is a very fast course, which circulates around the Madera South campus.
The Frosh girls started out the night race with Malerie Price earning the first medal of the evening. Only the Top 10 runners get a medal. Malerie took eighth place with a 12:53. The frosh boys didn’t earn any medals but still had a few standout performances. Juan Garcia was followed by teammate Eddy Ramirez and both earned times of 11:04 and 11:07, respectively.
The JV boys won their first race of the season, with five athletes coming in very close to each other with four earning a medal. Jair Garcia was in second place for the whole race where he outkicked Clovis West to take the individual win. Taking 5th, 6th and 7th respectively were Eli Mendez (10:13), Leo Villasenor (10:13) and Isaiah Madrid (10:14). Jesse Andrade rounded out the team, which beat out host Madera South.
The Varsity girls were able to stay competitive with four girls having great races. Gabriella Avila won the only medal for the girls, outkicking five girls at the very end to earn the last medal spot, taking 10th place in a very tough field. The Girls Varsity team took 4th place. Paulina Guerrero and Brandi Valdez worked together the whole race, finishing with times of 11:27 and 11:28. Arlene Magana wasn’t too far behind running the course in a time of 11:37.
The Varsity boys had a big showdown with Clovis West and Madera South present. It was a very competitive race throughout and came down to .01 of a second. The Panthers lost second place by .01 to Madera South. Corcoran and Madera South were tied with five runners in and lost by the tiny margin when the scores went to the sixth runner. The three teams have alternated back and forth, beating each other a number of times, said Coach Isaias Ramirez. Joe Manuel Gomez added to the medal count, taking 3rd place, only four seconds behind the winner. Marcos Ramirez was the last to earn a medal for the night taking fourth with a time of 9:18. Coming in back to back were Joseph Price (9:32), Paul Quintanilla (9:33), and Vicente Rojas (9:34).
Graveside services were held Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at Corcoran District Cemetery for Victoria Jane Messick, who was born in Oildale, California on January 19, 1947. Mrs. Messick died October 20, 2018 at her home in Alpaugh at the age of 71.
Victoria worked as a secretary for many years.
Survivors include her husband, John Messick; son, Darren Messick; her brother, Boyd Jordan, three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made under the direction of the Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.
Esther Arroyo of Corcoran, California passed away on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the age of 67. She was born to Jose and Gumecinda Gonzalez on July 4, 1951 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Esther was married to Ignacio until his passing in 2016. She leaves behind her children to continue her legacy, Joel, Sergio, Augustin, Erik, Rosalba, Ana Maria, Yaneth, Claudia and Maria J. Her brothers; Manuel, Pedro, Jose Luis and Daniel, sisters; Gloria, Guadalupe and Marylou. Her 28 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Esther was a kind, generous, and loving woman who loved and protected the people she loved with fierce devotion. She was a devoted catholic you would always find her praying or singing with the Cursillistas, but that doesn’t mean that she didn’t find time to have some fun, her enjoyment was going to the Casino and cooking up a storm for her family. We will miss her dearly but feel comfort in knowing she is free of pain and has found peace and joy in Heaven with her loved ones who have gone on before her.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Jesus and one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Viewing was held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 6:30-7:00 pm with the Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass was held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. everything taking place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with interment at the Corcoran Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Yost & Webb Funeral Care, Hanford CA, (559) 582-5400.
Services were held Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. at Central Christian Agua Viva Church in Corcoran for Dora San Miguel, 86, who died Nov. 2.
San Miguel was born in Corcoran September 16, 1932. She was a homemaker for 45 years.
Survivors include her children, Rosie San Miguel, Norma Lopez, Barbara Hernandez, Rudy San Miguel and Elizabeth Hernandez; her sister, Sarah Balderama; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Rudy and her daughters Esther Lopez and Sylvia San Miguel Romero.
Visitation was held November 9 at the Central Christian Agua Viva church 101 Letts Ave., in Corcoran from 6-8:30 p.m. Following funeral services Saturday, interment was at Corcoran District Cemetery. Arrangements were made under the direction of the Bledsoe Family People’s Funeral Chapel.
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