Hikers, Flyers, Fish And Fund Raising
Attempting to do some tidying-up here at The Cauldron, I offer you some snippets of current and fairly recent events.
ONE OF TWO LOST HIKERS FOUND
First, in the on-going saga of the two young Costa Mesa residents who became lost while hiking in the Trabuco Canyon area of the Cleveland National Forest on Easter Sunday, reports tonight are that one of them, Nicholas Cendoyo, has been found barely clothed and not very lucid and is being treated at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo tonight. Hopefully, when he's able to, he can help searchers locate his hiking partner, Kyndall Jack. You can read Lauren Williams' most recent version of this story HERE.
FORMER A.B.L.E PILOTS FLY SUPPORT
An interesting sidebar to this story is that several former members of the now-defunct A.B.L.E. helicopter program volunteered Wednesday to provide air support for the search operation. Very generous Newport Beach businessman Peter Adderton - you may recall his name from his attempt to help save A.B.L.E. a couple years ago when the Costa Mesa City Council arbitrarily decided to shut it down - offered the use of his helicopter for this mission. Former A.B.L.E. pilot Rob Dimel reports that his crew spent more than 3 hours in the air Wednesday in a support role and are ready to launch again tomorrow if needed. Kudos to Adderton and the pilots for their spirit of volunteerism in support of our community.
60TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE MEETING
HERE. The pubic is welcome to these meetings.
FISH FRY NEWS
On a semi-related note, last week Daily Pilot columnist Jim de Boom wrote in his column, HERE, about the generous contributions made by the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club as a result of last year's very successful Fish Fry. Lions Club President Mike Scheafer - who also heads up the 60th Anniversary Committee - announced that more than $28,000 was distributed to three dozen organizations in our community. Kudos to the Lions Club for their efforts. This year the 66th Annual Fish Fry will be held, again at Fairview Park, on the weekend of May 31 - June 2nd and will include the Community Run as one of the events for the first time. You can read about it HERE.
HERE, continues to pitch the up-coming Mayor's Dinner and encourages you to open your checkbooks and fork over $125 for a ticket - $5,000 for a table of ten. We're told there are still some space available. You can read more about it at the official website, HERE. I don't want to put a damper on this event, but it seems to me that Mayor Righeimer is just trying to pretend he's in Newport Beach. And, I'm sorry, but I can't stifle a smirk when I think of the theme of this event - "The Art Of Leadership". Yeah, I know - the proceeds of the event will go to local arts programs for high schools and other worthy art organizations. I know this is going to be a wonderful, very worthwhile event, but I sure hope they import someone to speak on the subject, because the past two years have demonstrated to me that our mayor has no clue. Anyhow, pony up, get out your party clothes and have a good time.