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It sure was a busy week in Bitterwater last week; there were all kinds of activities going on!  From picnics and weddings to 4-H events and rodeo, everyone seemed to be on the go.


The annual Schmidt family picnic was held last Saturday at Tully Hall.  Despite the cold, wind and rain, the picnic was held and was fun for all who attended.  Some of those who attended were:  Doris, Brooks and Cheri Schmidt, Mary Ruth Ewing, Leslie Michal, Ted and Diane Schmdit, Bob Schmidt and his caregiver Chin, Jeff and Jean Schmidt and Jean’s caregiver Agnes Smith, Sue Supanic, Steve Schmit, Shari Schmidt and Jeff Popnoe, Melissa Popnoe and Jason Burlingame, Laurence and Donna Hanen, Sue Kramer, Craig Hansen, Elaine Castle and Jim Thompson, Nancy Hillian, Vern and Joann Scattini, Nessen Schmidt and Kay Tavernetti and Mary Margaret, Tess, Tori, Luke and Logan Hamiltion.


Congratulations goes out to Pedro Rangel and Mayra Jaimes who were married on Saturday at St John’s Church in King City. After the wedding, a big outdoor reception was held at the Peachtree Ranch.  Despite the cold, the reception went off without a hitch. Thankfully the big tents held up despite the wind!


Emily and Sarah Brewen represented the Bitterwater 4-H Club at the Sectional Presentation Day at Anzar High School on Saturday.  4-H members from Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito Counties participated there.  Congratulations to both Emily and Sarah for earning gold stars for their presentations, qualifying them to compete at the State Presentation Day at the end of May.


The final District 4 high school rodeo of the year was held last Saturday at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos.  Congratulations to all D4 members on such an outstanding, competitive year.  A big congratulations goes out to Caleb Johnson and his partner Blake Fuentes on winning the team roping title for the finals rodeo, earning each of them their first buckles won.  Congratulations also goes out to Taylor Hurley for winning the title of year end, All Around Cowgirl as well as many other awards as well.  Cash Robinson earned the All Around Cowboy honors, along with many other awards.  Brody won the year end team roping title along with Hollister’s Blair Brown.  Next stop for many of these cowboys and cowgirls will be the State Finals.  The junior high members will compete at their state finals in Plymouth in a few weeks while the high school kids will go to their state finals in Bishop in June.  Congratulations again to all and good luck at State!


If you want to enjoy some white water rafting this summer, Sierra Jo Sans just finished up her raft guide training in Washington and she is now a fully certified raft guide.  She’d love to have some locals come up for a visit so she can take you out rafting this summer! Congratulations Sierra!


Birthday wishes go out to Natalie Madson who turned 21 on Sunday, and to Hec and Kasey Hurley who celebrated their wedding anniversary on Sunday.


Enjoy the weather this week, it’s supposed to be warm, and be sure to be on the lookout for snakes as many have been seen already this year.  Be sure to give me a call or e-mail me at with any news you’d like to share.