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What's Up Up Here? Aug 31-Sept. 6, starring Deb Pierrel, Michael Plapp, Meb, and more

August 31, 2012

Matt Graef, No. 44, joins co-captains Tyler Wormhoudt (28), Ricky Hamilton (4) and Alex Hamilton (25) of the Mammoth Huskies before the coin flip in their opening game last Friday. Graef is fighting cancer and just three days previously he received his second chemotherapy treatment at UC Davis. Alex Hamilton, meanwhile, is suffering a separated shoulder, while Wormhoudt was just minutes away from suffering a sprained knee. Photo/George Shirk

The shovel goes into the ground on Tuesday for the long awaited, much anticipated Gateway Monument signs on S.R. 203 coming in and out of town. Elizabeth Tenney, Jim Tenney, Bruce Woodward and et al showed up at the Town Council meeting Wednesday to make sure it was really going to happen. Critics of the thing stayed home in droves, save one. …

We’d like to think that we taught her everything she knows, but, former MHS smarty and MT intern Lily Michelon is in the Honors Program at Berkeley, and the truth is, she taught US a lot. …

 

Good ol’ Beau, the corgi/shepherd mix who got lost over the weekend, was merely visiting some campers nearby in Round Valley. He jumped in their truck and it was party time until the campers found out who he was. Warm reunion in June Lake Tuesday. …

 

We knew it wasn’t a native bird, but a parakeet? A blue one blew past our windows the other day, we posted the phenomenon on Facebook, and the first thing we knew, there was Cleland Hoff, a self-described “bird person,” owner of two parrots and needing to know what details we had on the lost parakeet. She brought a cage and everything! Only moments later, Adriana Madrigal checked in with a phone number for a family that had lost a blue parakeet! No further details by press time. …

 

For five years, the town has held on to playground equipment that was meant for a new park. Well, the playground equipment is still in storage but the park—Trail’s End Park— is about to be built next to the Skate Park, says town engineer Peter Bernasconi and public works director Ray Jarvis. The playground equipment will see the light of day shortly thereafter. …

 

Those summer events at the Village sure are swell for dogs, but Fido suggests next year, more poop bag dispensers and more water bowls. He’s Sirius!

 

Lotsa people are pleased as pork about the new Chinese restaurant on Old Mammoth Road, but the American Copy Editors Society might have a Mongolian beef over the outside sign, “Chinesse,” and the menu cover, “Wok N, Rolls.” Let ‘em eat hot lead, we say, and could we mebbe have some noodles with that Chow Mein? …

 

Speaking of the culinary set, welcome Chef Michael Plapp to the renowned Lakefront at Tamarack Lodge. We don’t know a whole lot about him, but he has big kettles to fill with the departure of Chef Frederic Pierrel. What we know: He was the Chef de Cuisine at Baxter’s Bistro & Lounge in the Village at Northstar, with credits that include the Plumpjack Café. Chef Michael also was the chef at Six Peaks Grille and Glissandi Restaurant at the Resort at Squaw Creek. …

 

Keeping it in the family, remember when Airport Commissioner Deb Pierrel decided to quit the commish? Forget it. When the Town Council voted not to merge the Airport and Mobility commissions, as it indicated it might do, that left the Airport Commission intact. Thus it was that the hobbled Pierrel (on crutches with a meniscus injury) was sworn in as commissioner on Tuesday. Not only that, she was appointed chair. …

 

The Mammoth girls varsity volleyball team hosts its first home game on Tuesday, Sept. 4 against the Big Pine Warriors, as if we needed another harbinger of the change of seasons. Game time is 5 p.m. in the MHS gym. …

 

Trouble with living in California but getting our local TV channels from Nevada—a dreaded swing state—are the wall-to-wall, “he-said-she-said” campaigns. Our Neighbor Walt says he hasn’t used his “mute button” so much in ages, not even during the Olympics! …

 

Biggest star at the Mammoth Rocks Festival last weekend was Meb Keflezighi and his handsome family, but the real head-turner might have been Dave McCoy, who always shows up at Village events dressed up as a statue of himself! …

 

Just for the heck of it: Oregon was the first state to make Labor Day a holiday in 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, 30 states officially celebrated Labor Day. Following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the leader of the labor movement and put his stamp on the holiday. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable to wear white or seersucker, So fashionistas, heads up! 

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