Smith Valley remembers hall of famer |

Smith Valley remembers hall of famer

Kurt Hildebrand

A celebration of life is 10 a.m. Saturday at Smith Valley Highs School for 30-year Smith Valley Bulldog track coach Michael Fesenmaier, who died June 13 at age 76.

He lived for more 50 years in Smith Valley, and was inducted into the Nevada Intercollegiate Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 1999, bolstered by 21 state championships as head track and field coach and assistant football coach at Smith Valley High School. He also officiated high school basketball games for 28 years including 22 consecutive years refereeing in the post season and five state championship games.

The family is establishing a Michael Fesenmaier Memorial Scholarship. Donations may be sent to Michael Fesenmaier Scholarship Fund, PO Box 7, Smith, NV 89430.

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Tom Cook, holder of Gardnerville’s fastest gavel, will be remembered 10 a.m. July 20 at Heritage Park, a venue he had a hand in creating.

The former chairman of the Gardnerville Town Board died in April at age 83.

He dedicated his life to service, starting with the U.S. Marine Corps during Korea where he fought at Korea’s “Frozen” Chosin Reservoir. After he retired from the Marines, he moved to Topaz Lake, and then on up to Gardnerville, where he served on the town board for 16 years. In 2004, he was named Nevada’s public official of the year by the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities.

A member of the Lions Club, he kept the spirit of patriotism alive in Carson Valley.

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We’re saying farewell to longtime Gardnerville resident Worth Marie Borda 1 p.m. today at St. Gall Catholic Church. Worth was a member of the Douglas High Class of ’43, having arrived in Carson Valley the year before.

Donations in honor of Worth are going to the Main Street Flower Basket program, and can be made payable to the Worth Borda Memorial Baskets, 1407 Main St., Gardnerville, 89410.

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On Tuesday, the call for evacuations in Smith Valley reportedly prompted an emergency alert system calling for evacuations in the surrounding counties as well.

Lyon County Manager Jeff Page said that residents in surrounding counties were flooding their centers with 911 calls to find out if they really had to leave their homes.

I asked on Wednesday, and it turns out Douglas County received only two 911 calls as a result of the error.

In both instances dispatchers informed the callers that the evacuations were on the other side of the mountains and voluntary.

Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at or 782-5121, ext. 215.