2-17-17: We have set up a GoFundMe.com account to help out 1956 Wasco High Grad Mac Ellis who has suffered a total fire loss to his home near Pixley recently. Click here to go to the new (Alumni) News page for more information.
2-10-17: Received Susie's Obituary and posted to website. Thanks to Cheryl Woody who with husband Rick Woody of Peter's Funeral Home have provided years of quality service to many hundreds of Wasco High Alumni families during their most difficult of times. Click the blue Obituary link above.
2-8-17: Susie Dueck Wohlgemuth February 21, 1916 - January 31, 2017 aged 100, Class of 1935. Service will be Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Peters Funeral Home Chapel, 7th and Oak Streets, Wasco at 3pm.
2-8-17: Class of 1957 60th Year Reunion Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 at 13917 Cedar Creek Ave, Bakersfield. Click Reunions link above for more information.
1-9-17: Just this morning we were able to get the technical part of the changes to this site installed and are now needing be go back and complete an entire audit of everything on the site. Some of the video links are not working and will need to be fixed and font sizes and style made all the same. So we'll start working on these things.
One of the most important new additions to the site is the Obituaries section. Jim Eskew's funeral service was last Saturday and I asked Wanda to send me the video which was played in honor of Jim during the reception. I received it just now and will put up the link for you to view. I have two Obituaries I'm working on Thornton Marks and Jim Eskew. There will be several parts to add to each one and will add them when they are ready. Move up to the Obituaries link and watch the first video we have added for Jim. the blue links are ready to play, the white links are not ready as of yet.
Update 1-5-17: Let's talk. As this site evolves, we will be putting various designs and working ideas on these pages to first see how it looks, moving it around for the best placement and experimenting with how to make it work the best for the viewers. Website development is complicated. You can have a vision on how, say to paint a giant mural and how will look when it's finished, but the process to get it finished like your vision takes a lot of work, changing it and getting frustrated it doesn't go the way you want before you get to the final brush stroke.
I personally love working on this site as it's the most creative work I have ever done. It helps, too, that I still live and work here in my home town and my Alma Mater is a half block away, so all of this "work" on the site is very satisfying as I try to best show many viewers what is happening here. I hesitate at times putting working ideas on the site as some viewers will come to the site and think, naturally, that it's working properly and will be a standard feature of the site. Well, yes and no. Some times an idea or particular design just won't work even after trying real hard to make it work.
No one will ever match or replace classmate Marilyn Correll Kendig ('56) and the communication she provided to over 600 alumns via email, calls, visits, lunches and other events she did. She was tremendous in getting all kinds of news of Wasco and her Alma Mater out to hundreds of classmates. One of the most valuable things she did was to email out death notices and obituaries, and even her observations if she was at the funeral service. It was such a help to many for this information as we as classmates and towns people have a strong bond together. Having obitutaries on WascoTimes.com is an idea that's been rolling around in my head for a month now. Many of you don't know that Thornton Marks, Jimmy Eskew and now Bill Kirby have passed away and I'm wondering if, and how something of these events can be put on the site. There could be a dozen ways to do it, but how is going to have to take a lot of thought so it's done in the right manner. Marilyn was so thorough with this and I would never match the way she knew when someone died, knew their relatives and the deceaseds history. She was wonderful help in this regard. So, I'm starting to experiment on how to announce on the site some of Alumns who have passed away. I don't know how it should be done yet, but I think it would be an important service to our viewers.
WascoTimes.com is going through a reconstruction phase for the next couple of months and new items of interest will be added as things develop. WascoTimes.com has always been known as a Wasco High informations site and I have decided to continue and expand this. Frankly, I don't see any more value in WascoTimes.com spending it's time and resource into helping developing young students become the best they can be as they grow up.
WascoTimes.com has a very diverse group of followers including past and present Wasco High students, staff and administrations, many Alumni who have long moved away and still have a keen interest in their Alma Mater Wasco High and also many who still live here and many who have moved away years ago and are interested in their hometown Wasco.
It's all these different groups that WascoTimes.com will attempt to have articles and show off what these students have accomplished and how they are doing in their challenges involved with many activities of our Alma Mater Wasco High.
As always, Go Tigers!