New Frazier Park Library Breaks Ground

  • Dignitaries break ground at the site of the new Frazier Park Library, expected to be completed in 2010. [Abbe Gore photo]

    Dignitaries break ground at the site of the new Frazier Park Library, expected to be completed in 2010. [Abbe Gore photo]

FRAZIER PARK, CA (Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009)—About 200 people took part in the groundbreaking ceremonies for Frazier Park’s new library this morning at Frazier Mountain Park.

The Master of Ceremonies was Kern County Director of Libraries Diane Duquette.

Color guard and flag salute was conducted by VFW Post 9791: Frankie Sanchez, A.J. Durocher, Wilford Bummer and Richard Gillies. The National Anthem and America The Beautiful were sung by Bethel Billesbach and Marian Orrell (formerly with Masterworks Chorale of Bakersfield) with Bryan J. Olgin, Accordionist.

Speakers included County Supervisor Ray Watson, California State Libraries Facilities Consultant Bessie Condos, District Director for Congressman Kevin McCarthy Vince Fong, Field Representative to State Assemblywoman Jean Fuller Bryan Williams, Managing Editor of The Mountain Enterprise Patric Hedlund, Friends of the Frazier Park Branch Library President Judi Waters, El Tejon Unified School District (ETUSD) Board President Kenneth Hurst, ETUSD Acting Superintendent Dr. Danny Whetton, Rotary Club of Frazier Mountain Communities President Deborah Turner, Mountain Communities Family Resource Center Coordinator Anne Weber and Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce President Stacey Havener.

Entertainment included:

The New Library and Library Things, Jingles written by Janine Tominaga, performed by The Old Time Radio Theater Jingle Gals: Lee Dunnavant, Pamela McGee, Pati Maez and Janine Tominaga

The Library Groundbreaking, a play written by Pati Maez, performed by Pamela McGee, Pati Maez, Janine Tominaga, Jessie Finneman and Lee Dunnavant

Ground Breaking, a poem written and performed by Kumari de Silva

Celebration Speech, written by Sheila Clark, read by Rachel York Bridgers

Library, by Albert Goldbarth, excerpt by Center of the World Festival Readers: Lee Dunnavant, Pati Maez, Pamela McGee and Janine Tominaga, Book Sharing by Frazier Mountain Youth Cheerleaders

Cheer for the New Library! by Frazier Mountain Youth Cheerleading, Delorah Latham, Owner/Coach. Cheerleaders: Caitlin Allen, Samanth Allen, Lindsay Freeman, Jean Herrera, Brittney Johnson, Samatha Johnson, Sash Johnston, Jasmine Kleider, Madelaine Knutson, Brittany Long, Alihilani Maikai, Kailee Maikai, Mariah Moffett, Kiera Quinto, Caliope Rohrbacher and Katie Westover

A Library Cheer by Frazier Mountain High School (FMHS) 2010 Cheerleaders. Coaches: Mary Murphy and Colleen Cruz. JV Cheerleaders: Jasmine Wells – JV Captain, Cristal Reyes, Hannah Adams, Krystal Davis, Sammy Pineda and Sarah Champin. Varsity Cheerleaders: Eden Patton – Varsity Captain, Ariel Hagelstein, Ashley Kern, Bailey Vlach, Bridgette Weed, Charlie Pivetti, Hannah Parish, Katelyn Ciotto, Kelly Davis, Megan Weed, Monique Grajeda, Myra Pineda, Olivia Losa, Shannon Hallmark and Shelby Hallmark.

Drumline FMHS: Otilia Herrera, Advisor. Drumline participants: Erick Herrera, Miranda Duncan, Alanah Ford, Rebeca Bleisdall, Sierra Parsons, Brianna Reece, Karina Avina, Elizabeth Brown, Jessica Balbona, Austin Belardes and Amanda Coleman.

Groundbreaking Shovel Ceremony: Chumash Native American Blessing and Cermonial Presentation by Alan "Spirit Hawk" Salazar, Chumash Storyteller with Chris "Fire Buffalo" Faulconer and Sarah-Jane "SunJay Inni-vi Momo" Owen.  Groundbreaking shovel participants: Ray Watson, County Supervisor 4th District; Vince Fong, District Director for Congressman Kevin McCarthy; Diane Duquette, Kern County Director of Libraries; Bessie Condos, California State Library Facilities Consultant—Youth Services Specialist; John Nilon, Kern County Administrative Officer (CAO); Bryan Williams, Field Representative to State Assemblywoman Jean Fuller, 32nd District; Judi Waters, President of Friends of the Frazier Park Branch; Mary Bynum, Trustee, Kern County LIbrary Foundation; Jim Nardini and Derek Holdsworth, Architects in Association, CWA, AIA, Inc./KSA Group Architects; Kenneth J. Hurst, ETUSD President of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Danny Whetton, ETUSD Acting Superintendent; Gary Meyer, Publisher, The Mountain Enterprise.

Celtic Ambiance with Lynne Shane, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar; Stan Smith, Mandolin, Concertina, Fiddle, Guitar; Ron Edsall, Bodhran (Irish Drum), Bouzouki; Bryan J. Olgin, Accordion; Bob Dominguez, Flute.


This is part of the November 06, 2009 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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