Mono County loses special lady

Jan Work died last Thursday at her home in Mammoth Lakes after battling cancer with courage and grace. She had been diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affected her liver 10 years ago, but continued to work for the Office of Education and raise her family of three with her husband, Robert. Work had a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, and earned a masters with a focus on autism. She was deputy superintendent for the Mono County Office of Education and actively supported the Mono County Friends of the Library. Always dynamic and involved, she was a foster mother and coordinated a program for, as well as hosting, foreign exchange students. She and her family were active members in the United Methodist Church in Bishop and she wrote many of the Christmas plays for them. Work also loved the outdoors, ran marathon races, taught piano, played the flute and traveled with her family to more than 29 countries on five continents.

A memorial will be held in her honor on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Bishop. Last year, Work visited an orphanage in India with her family and was impressed by the work they were doing, so in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jan Work's memory to that orphanage.

Family Village Farm

C/O Global Ministries Child Sponsorship Office


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Make checks payable to Wider Church Ministries. Jan Work touched many lives and set a fine example - she will be greatly missed.

Women's Club celebrates

The Antelope Valley Women's Club met at Frances Rich's home on Thursday, March 16 for a social meeting. Those that attended were Anne Maiforth, Janet House, Doris Spencer, Nancy Sims, Gloria Ferriera, Donna Evans, Marcy Schmidt, Bobbie Guterl, Pat Gansberg, Marilyn Summers, Myrna Kemp and hostesses Frances Rich and Marylin Portman. The club members enjoyed a yummy, traditional St. Patrick's dinner with all the trimmings. Frances' home was decorated with everything Irish and the ladies wore green hats as they enjoyed the afternoon festivities.

Fundraiser preparations

Local residents have been working hard to prepare for the dinner set for Saturday, April 8, which will include a huge raffle and auction. More than fifty items have already been promised to entice valley residents to turn out. Some of the varied items come from June Lake, Bridgeport, Antelope Valley, Smith Valley and following 395 North to Gardnerville, Carson City and even Lake Tahoe. Gift Certificates from Double Eagle Resort and Spa in June Lake, golf packages from Edgewood in Lake Tahoe and Sierra Nevada Golf, Silver Strike bowling, Megan's Skincare two hour package for relaxation, Kelly's Carpet Cleaning, dinners from Casa Michaela in Bridgeport, dinners from Rosie's in Smith Valley, oil changes from Mike's Auto in Walker, Round Table and Pizza Barn certificates, Overland Basque in Gardnerville, gift shops in Gardnerville-Especially For You, and Fresh Ideas, Ace Hardware, a Carson dentist offering a bleaching tray valued at four hundred dollars, a hundred dollar certificate from Dr. Stoll in Gardnerville, and movie certificates. Bridgeport certificates also come from Grandma's Attic, the Jolly Kone and a Duck's Unlimited print from the Bridgeport Gun Club and Albert's meat. Do plan on supporting this huge fundraiser and mark your calendar to attend. You will have an entertaining evening with good food and are sure to take home some marvelous gifts while being a good neighbor.

Go spelling bee team!

Good luck to the Spelling Bee team members for success on Thursday in Lee Vining.

144th Fourth of July Celebration in Bridgeport

The Bridgeport 4th of July committee would appreciate your support and attendance at a dinner and dessert auction to be held on April 21 at 5 p.m. at the Bridgeport Memorial Hall. Fireworks are a traditional but expensive proposition and somehow the committee has been able to faithfully gather enough support and funding to provide an old fashioned 4th of July celebration for many Mono County residents and visitors for 144 years. If you have ever enjoyed fireworks you should turn out for this fun cause.

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