PPOA Newsletter. November, 2020

Please read all about the latest happenings in Pondo….there has been a lot going on! Click here for the Newsletter:

Here’s a message from our new PPOA President:

Greetings,

            It is both a great and humbling honor to have been selected as your new PPOA President. I must first express the debt of gratitude our community owes to Mr. Kit Korf, and his lovely wife Betty, for their years of dedication and service to Ponderosa. We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for our community over many decades, and when you see them next please take the time to thank them in person.

            The weeks since my selection as your PPOA President in September have at times felt like the longest 10 years of my life, as we collectively awaited the outcome of the SQF Complex Fire. I would like to thank each and every one of you who shared your memories of Ponderosa, shared encouraging words and even a bit of humor on our PPOA Facebook page (“Ponderosa Community Only – PPOA”) during those long days and nights as the fire began to surround Ponderosa and the outlook did not look promising. I also want to point out that the #PondoStrong t-shirts were designed by our own Rebecca Corso during the fire, at a time when our streets might well have been all that was left of Ponderosa. Those shirts are now a testament to the spirit of Ponderosa, and are a show of our strength and resilience during our darkest time. 

As a community we survived a long, stressful, and traumatic experience together and we all have some healing to do. And while our homes were saved by the tireless hard work and dedication of hundreds of firefighters, their valiant battles during the fire were not all won, and we are all heartbroken for those who have lost their homes and for our beautiful forest, which will not look the same for many years to come. 

            We must continue to be vigilant about the risk of fire inside of Ponderosa, ensuring that our lots are maintained and debris-free. It is a duty we owe to each other. We do not want to have survived the SQF Complex Fire only to lose cabins as a result of our own negligence.

            I hope to see you all at our Thanksgiving Potluck, and be sure to look for the new format this year that was created to ensure we help the Lodge meet its CDC requirements. Be sure to sign up for a dish to bring, and keep in mind we will be serving take-away meals only.

We also have the Ponderosa Holiday Lights Competition coming up, and I hear the Lowrys and Hildreths are bragging that they are “going full Clark Griswold this year” so the gauntlet has been thrown down. We look forward to seeing what trophies Richard Thomas comes up with this year, as they are becoming quite the collector’s item on the mountain.

We have events in the works to properly thank our fire fighters and first responders, as well as an annual event to celebrate our firefighters. More information on those will be coming soon.

As so many newcomers to Ponderosa have said repeatedly, we came looking for a cabin, and what we found was new friends and an incredibly supportive community. My wife and I count ourselves incredibly blessed to be a part of Ponderosa, and we hope you feel the same way. 

Scott R. James II

PPOA President

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PPOA Newsletter, August 2020

We have a great newsletter for this month.  Please click here for the newsletter.

Some highlights:

PPOA Board Meeting Sept. 6th, 2020, 10am.  Elections will be held, if you’re interested in serving please email Lorna

Want to join the Fire Brigade?  Email Dave

Want to join the book club? Email Tammi

Want to join the ladies who hike?  Email Michelle or Tammi

Enjoy the mountains!

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Firefighter Memorial Trees Planted in Ponderosa, Ca

Our little community came together (in a socially distant way, given the times) in May, to plant two trees in memory of Ray Figueroa and Patrick Jones.  Ray and Patrick were firefighters from Porterville, Ca who were both killed in the line of duty battling a library fire in February of this year.  They were both friends and colleagues of the Ponderosa Property Owners Association Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Dave LaPere. Many from our community knew and respected Ray and Patrick…and were deeply saddened by their tragic deaths.
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There was a small gathering at the fire brigade building where the trees were planted. Jeff Gletne who is a resident of Ponderosa was able to get seedlings from the “Genesis” Sequoia tree in Mountain Home State Forest for the planting.
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We look forward to seeing these trees grow throughout the years, while we remember that Ray and Patrick made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.
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PPOA 4th of July, 2020….some changes!

In the recent PPOA newsletter there was information about the annual 4th of July festivities…but unfortunately plans have changed due to the pandemic.

“Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Fourth of July event has been modified. The traditional BBQ, Music, and Auction have been canceled. However, the parade will still take place. We MAY hold a BBQ during Labor Day Weekend in September. This will depend on what the current social distancing requirements are at that time.” 

July 4th Parade Date

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