Christmas play staged at Coleville High |

Christmas play staged at Coleville High

Record Courier Staff Reports

Christmas Poetry

and Programs

Here are a few gleanings from the beautiful December newsletter prepared by Chris Smith for Antelope Elementary School. Always with my antenna up for poetry, I noted that Bob Saintey, a fourth-grade teacher at Antelope Elementary started encouraging poetry in November.

Saintey looks forward to the Christmas play, “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with special guest, Mr. Ho!Ho! Plan to atttend Thursday at 7 p.m. in the high school gym.

Tami Denhoff, the program chairperson, is promoting a Christmas Fund with the goal of raising $1,000 to relieve the obligations placed on local merchants who responded to the victims of fires this year.

According to Denhoff the children who are participating in the play have the goal of buying one hundred gifts for other children in the community.

She is asking that all donations be mailed to the Antelope Elementary School 111527 Highway 395, Coleville, CA 96107.

For more information call (530) 495-2231.

Christmas Parties

Getting an early start on the season, North Mono Chamber of Commerce held their Christmas Social on Dec. 11 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Walker Community Center.

Reservations had to be made by Dec. 6. Watch for the holiday lights for those early birds who signed up by Dec. 6 for the second annual “Let There be Light” contest. The Walker Community Center will also be the site for the Christmas luncheon of the Antelope Valley Women’s Club on Dec.16 at noon.

National Peace Essay Contest

What better time is there to mention peace than the National Peace Essay Contest? It is open to all high schools in the United States, U.S. territories and abroad. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Institute of Peace, an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created by Congress in the 1980s to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflicts.

Fifty-two American high school students will be named winners of the 18th annual contest. State winners will receive a $1,000 college scholarship and compete for the 2005 national first prize, a $10,000 college scholarship, $5000 for second place and $2500 for third.

The text of the winning essay is posted in the Education page at The deadline for this year’s high school essay contest is Feb. 2, 2005. The subject is “Transition to Democracy.” The essay should be 1,500 words or less.

Winners for California and Nevada in 2004

California’s winner was Kevin Zhou of Monte Vista high school in Danville. The Nevada winner was Erik Lin-Greenberg from Valley high school in Henderson. The full list of winners and other information are posted at

A Thought for the Season

Coleville High School is justifiably proud of their distinguished alumnus, General John Abizaid, engaged in the war in Iraq. In the spirit of the season wouldn’t it be sweet to have a state winner right here in Mono County?

— Selma Calnan can be reached by e-mail at or by phone at (530) 495-2633.