Star-Spangled Celebration
2007 Mohawk Valley Independence Day
Grand Marshall
Day In The Park
Community Appreciation Award
2007 Parade
You Could Be A Winner
Special Thanks
Entry Forms

GET READY FOR THE 2007 MOHAWK VALLEY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION celebrating freedom with the theme “STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR .” Plan ahead for this family friendly event by marking your calendar for the yearly hometown celebration that only Graeagle can offer. From family friendly street dancing and barbecue in Blairsden, an aerial fireworks display over Graeagle Mill Pond, and the spectacular MVID Parade/Day in the Park events, Graeagle is the place to be on Fourth of July weekend.

Stay tuned to this page since we will be making updates along the way as we approach this years events.


6:00–11:00 PM BLAIRSDEN BARBEQUE Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Corndogs & Drinks (Graeagle Lions Club) Taco Salads (Graeagle Preschool)
7:00–11:00 PM BLAIRSDEN STREET DANCE Music By: Trash Gordon (Sponsored by the Blairsden Merchants)
11:00AM & 2:00 PM CIVIL WAR BATTLES   Comstock Civil War Reenactors (Graeagle Field)
4:00 – 6:00 PM POPS Concert on the Green Music by Nevada County Concert Band
4:00 – 9:00 PM PRE–FIREWORKS (Graeagle Mill Pond) Food & Refreshments (Calpine Elks) Cotton Candy (Lady Elks)
7 :00 – 9:00 PM CIVIL WAR PERIOD DANCE (Next to Graeagle Firehall) Live music with a caller - Period clothing optional.
9:30 PM
8:00 – 11:00 AM FIRE DEPARTMENT'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Graeagle Firehall)
Comstock Civil War Reenactors (Graeagle Field)
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM BLUE GRASS Music by Nevada Rain (Graeagle Park)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM OLD FASHIONED DAY IN THE PARK BBQ, Snacks, Refreshments, Games, Music (Graeagle Park)
(click here to download parade entry forms)
AFTER PARADE BAND CONCERT Music by Ophir Prison Band (Graeagle Park)
AFTER CONCERT BLUE GRASS Music by Nevada Rain (Graeagle Park)


Betty Heck

Betty HeckBetty moved to Graeagle in the late 1970's from Piedmont, CA. She retired from the American Lung Association some fourteen years ago and being a busy person went to work helping to improve and expand the Eastern Plumas Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber now boasts a membership of over two hundred and fifty businesses. She has been awarded the Golden Tourism Provider Award from Plumas Corporation.

Betty has been active in the Soroptimist International of Portola since coming to Plumas County. She plays a major role with the Mohawk Independence Day Committee. She helps to raise funds to provide a hometown Fourth of July we all enjoy. Betty was a member of the committee that accompanied the National Christmas Tree from Plumas County to Washington, D.C. Betty is an avid needlepointer and bridge player, loves to travel and has attended many elderhostels.




Bob is moving to South Dakota.
We recognize his many years of support to the  July 4th celebration and many other services to the community.
Thank You Bob

Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips & Pop
Purple Pride Booster Club 

Beverage Stand
“C” Road Fire Department

Cotton Candy
Calpine Lady Elks

Soft Drinks, Popcorn & Water
Feather River Jazz Society

Temporary Tattoos & Glimmer Pins
Soroptomist International of Portola

Girl Scouts Troup 739

Lucky Duck Tickets for Railroads Days
Portola Pre-School


Rock Climbing
Mobile Rock of Auburn

Tickets & Water
Portola High School Cheerleaders

Dunk Tank & Bounce House
Las Plumas 4H Portola

Snow Cones
Plumas Swim Team

Event Buttons
MVID Committee

Internet Access Booth
Wild Blue Cyber Café

T-Shirts, CD’s & Calendars
New Society of Scottish Clans



Horses Unlimited, Inc.

Horses Unlimited, Inc. (HUI) was started in the summer of 1944. It is a Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding for children and adults with special needs.

This program is designed to give each rider the opportunity to expand the limits of their abilities in a safe environment. Riders at HUI range in age from two to fifty years old. Some of their disabilities include multiple sclerosis, developmental disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, and autism.
Each student is carefully matched to a suitable horse. There are seven horses of various sizes and abilities working at HUI. All of them are part of this program because of their special temperaments and patience.

The Horses Unlimited, Inc. therapeutic riding program also addresses a drawback in rural life for people with special needs. The program not only offers therapy, but a recreational opportunity that is often closed to the disabled who live in a rural setting.

In addition to a riding instructor, each student is assisted by up to three volunteers (a horse handler and two side walkers). Over the years, more than 60 individuals have volunteered their time to perform the many tasks that created and now maintain HUI.

HUI is currently providing spring riding sessions at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds through June, and fall sessions will take place at Graeagle Stables during September and October.

All of this has been accomplished by a mostly volunteer workforce. Join us by becoming a volunteer! (836-4551)





Significant Donations Made By: Al Cleary of Plumas Pines Golf Resort & Longboards Bar and Grill.
Graeagle Property Owners Association

Parade Announcer - John Williamson


Plumas County Sheriff

American Legion Color Guard
Marching Unit
Mighty Mountaineers Post 329
Ed Cook, Commander

Mohawk Valley Banner
Erika Beaver & Jaclyn Speth

Uncle Sam
Russ Bowring

2007 Grand Marshal
Betty Heck
1969 Mustang Convertible
California Moving Systems
Dave Higdon

Hug High School Marching Band Reno
Dan Barthell Director

Miss Metropolitan Sacramento
Casandra Henry
2006 Mercedes Convertible
Driven by Don Schleuter

1931 Model A Ford Roadster
Phillip Bresciani & Don Clark
Fire Trucks
Graeagle Fire Protection District

Bob Bond
 1986 C-J7 Jeep
Driven by Thomas Fregulia
Johnsville - Graeagle Hunting & Fishing Club

1959 Ford Custom 300 - Vito Cantacess

Fire Engine #9122
Plumas Eureka Fire & Rescue Dist

Calpine Elks Scholarship Recipients
Calpine Elks Lodge

2007 Theme Child Camy Samuelson
Calpine Elks Lodge

Ophir Prison Band
Rufus T. Wizbang Director
Sponsored by Graeagle Property Owners Association

1930 Willy’s Sedan -Dr Tom Basora

1950 Willy Jeepster - Calpine Lady Elks

American Cancer Society
Plumas Co. Relay for Life Walkers

1935 Dodge Brothers Sedan
Bob & Carol Macomber

St. Mary’s Drum & Bell Corps
Sponsored by Al Cleary
Plumas Pines Golf Resort/Longboards Bar & Grill

1964 Ford Galaxy – Pete & Joyce Racanelli

Sierra Cascade Street Rodders

Van Novelty - Pizorno & Hart Families

Float & Antique Cars
Rotary Club of Portola

Float - Graeagle Preschool

Decorated Golf Carts & Cakewalking Ladies
Feather River Jazz Society

1957 Chevy “3 Car” - Steve Clark

1941 Chevy Coupe - Dick Biri

Rhino UTV - Wes Pierce

Uncle Sam Star Spangled Kazoo Band
Mike Hix Family

1957 Chevy - Norm Brazelton 

Smokey Bear & Fire Truck

Briton Memorial Bicycle Brigade
Sponsored by Movin’ West RV Park

Firefighters Pipe Band - Reno District

VA Van
Plumas Co Veterans Service Office

2 Fire Trucks - Long Valley Volunteer FD

Float - Arizona Flagstone

1963 Corvette – Tony Turke

1957 Chevy Bel Air Sedan – Lisa Turke

1946 Ford Sedan – Sharon Turke

Lawn Chair Brigade
Graeagle Tennis Club

Marching Unit
Nevada Society of Scottish Clans

Float - Plumas Eureka State Park Association

Equestrian - Horses Unlimited

Comstock Civil War Reenactors

Customized Golf Cart
Gumba’s Restaurant

Chris David Riding Iondor
Iron Door Restaurant

Equestrian - Andy Joy - Joy Engineering

Belgian Draft Horse with Buck Board Wagon
Patsy Lamb – Joy Engineering

Belgian Draft Horse Team & Wagon
Rick  Joy - Joy Engineering

Equestrian – Feed Truck
Graeagle Stables & Gold Lake Pack Station

Pooper Scooper
Sponsored by Reid Horse & Cattle Co

California Highway Patrol





Our sincere thanks to all who help sponsor this event through your generous donations. Without your support these Independence Day events would not be possible.

Fund raising, it seems, is the most challenging aspect of any organized event. It is very gratifying when so many community members, organizations, businesses, property owners, and individuals demonstrate their unified support. It shows you care about the quality of life and the future of your community.

We wish also to thank those of you who support the MVID events through participation in the various fund-raising events.

Feather River Dixieland Jazz Society (Graeagle)
Gold Mountain Homeowners Association(Clio)
Graeagle Community Services District
Graeagle Lions Club
Graeagle Property Owners' Association
Ole Olsen - Plumas County(Graeagle)
Plumas Eureka CSD Auxiliary(Blairsden)
Plumas Eureka Homeowners Association
The Graeagle Merchants
Valley Ranch Homeowners Association(Clio)


Absolute Fitness & Health(Clio) High Country Inn B&B(Sierra City)
Alpine Home Inspection(Clio) Huston Company(Reno)
Antique Elk/Beckwourth Log Furniture(Beckwourth) Intermountain Disposal, Inc.(Portola)
Ken Barnard & Associates(Quincy) Nels Johnson Company(Graeagle)
Michael W. Barton, D.D.S.(Graeagle) Juice Plus(Clio)
Jack Bridge Associates(Graeagle) Kehoe Pharmacy(Portola)
Budweiser - Don Duane C. Kitchens Construction(Graeagle)
Café Mohawk(Graeagle) Know DeFeet Publishing Co.(Graeagle)
California Moving Systems(Roseville) Litz Construction(Portola)
Chalet View Lodge(Graeagle) The Lodge at Whitehawk Ranch(Clio)
Charter Communications(St. Louis) Mohawk Tavern -- Jack &  Heidi McKeehan(Graeagle)
Cheeseburger Restaurants, Inc.(Portola) Mohawk Valley Associates(Blairsden)
Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park(Clio) Mountain Cuisine(Blairsden)
Coates Tire Center/Les Schwab(Portola) The Murray Company(Quincy)
Connie's Place(Portola) Plumas Bank(Portola)
D & L Distributors(Susanville) Plumas Communications(Reno)
Elwell Lakes Lodge(Blairsden) Plumas Pines Golf Resort/Longboards Bar & Grill(Graeagle)
Feather River Culinary Services(Graeagle) Pullman House Inn(Portola)
Feather River Inn(Blairsden) Queen Bee Boutique(Graeagle)
Feathers(Graeagle) Quincy Drug Store(Quincy)
The Gold Rush Gallery(Graeagle) Bob Raymond Painting(Clio)
Graeagle Associates, Realtors(Graeagle) Red House Art(Graeagle)
Graeagle Land & Water Company(Graeagle) Ross Guns & Pawn(Chandler)
Graeagle Mill Works(Graeagle) Ruthan Fine Art(Blairsden)
Graeagle Store(Graeagle) Sierra Massage(Portola)
Graeagle Timber Co. LLC(Graeagle) Sierra Tax Solutions(Blairsden)
Graewal Properties(Reno) State Farm Insurance Companies(Portola)
Grizzly Grill(Blairsden) Stockinger Surveys(Martinez)
Gumba's V & The Iron Door(Graeagle) Tibbedeaux Surveying(Portola)
Hammerhead Construction(Clio) Scott Warner Realty(Graeagle)
Ben Harston Construction(Graeagle) Williamson Realty(Graeagle)


Bill & Carolyn Adams(San Mateo) Dan & Kathleen Friedman(Clio) Darin & Karin O'Kelley(Danville)
Jim & Sandie Adams(Graeagle) Dave & Jeannine(Reno) Mr. & Mrs. Jim Oster(Graeagle)
Shirley Agnos(Sun City West) Duane & June Garner(Graeagle) Mr. & Mrs. A. Thomas Ovenshine(Palo Alto)
Fran Alberghini & Ed Bouillon(Cameron Park) Laren Gartner & Edna Bayliff(Graeagle) The Papke's(Reno)
Ralph & Carol Albright(Reno) Dan & Debbie Gerbatz(Reno) Mr. Gary Parker(Napa)
Eric J. Anderson(Reno) Josephine Gezelin(Reno) Walt & Flora Parsons(Graeagle)
Iris & Joe Anxo(Reno) Geoff & Laura Gibson(San Jose) Steve & Darlene Pekovich(Graeagle)
Duane Austin(Graeagle) Raymond H. & Johanna M. Goodwin(Citrus Heights) Tom & Nancy Pelich(Aptos)
Frank & Ginger Ayala(Reno) Albert & Carrie Gozzelino(Salinas) Michael & Mary Peters(Blairsden)
Jim & Karen Bailey(Clio) Wug & Kathy Gray(Reno) Peterson Family(Martinez)
Tom & Carol Baker and Sons(San Francisco) Pat & Terry Grew(Graeagle) Sam & Susan Pettinato(Clio)
Tom & Ellen Balestri(Los Altos) Clark & Pat Gribben(Reno) Mike & Peggy Phillips(Fair Oaks)
Glenn & Cathy Bardet(Rocklin) Mr. & Mrs. Robert Haaf(Clio) Mitch & Ann Portera(Morgan Hill)
Michele & Woody Barry(Reno) Michael & Rochelle Hall(Clarksburg) Roger & Leslie Powell(Sparks)
Fred & Judy Bechtold(Graeagle) Harold & Marcia Hansen(Reno) The Rahme & Rosene Families(Reno)
Vance & Marilyn Bell(Reno) Tom & Dawn Hayes(Yuba City) Leo & Janet Reihsen(Clio)
Bert Bellows Family(Sparks) Mickey & Joel Heckmann(Walnut Creek) Dink & Dave(Graeagle)
Bob & Laura Bence(Palo Alto) Emmy Heikkinen(Mountain View) Esther Rimbault(Graeagle)
Ted & Nancy Berndt(Reno) Don & Marge Heinitz(Graeagle) Roberts/Gerbasi(Blairsden)
Doug & Diane Bertsch(Gold River) Barbara & Joseph Hendrick(Encinitas) Don & Doris Rodrigo(Novato)
Joe Bianco Family(Reno) Ross & Kay Henry(Graeagle) Charlie & Pam Ross(Tempe)
Bob & Lorraine Bingaman(Graeagle) John & Lyndia Heward(Reno) George Ross(Graeagle)
Jean & Jim Binns(Reno) Jerry & Nonie(Sparks) Jeff & Melanie Ryan(Santa Rosa)
Len Blackford(Sacramento) Hunt & Janet Holladay(Costa Mesa) Mary Anne & Mike Sala(Reno)
Doyle & Mary Blaylock(Graeagle) Donna & Chuck Hood(Reno) Anne & Bob Sapeta(Reno)
Betty & Sam Bonar(Palo Alto) Gary & Lynn Imm(Petaluma) Mark & Susan Schneider(Del Mar)
Russ & Rory Bowring(Blairsden) Nels & Gail Johnson(Graeagle) Jim & Norma Schonbeck(Graeagle)
Jim & Vicky Breslin(Reno) Ron & Marilyn Johnson(Reno) John & Marian Sciborski(Graeagle)
Mel & Lorraine Brooks(Vallejo) Jim & Linda Jones(Portola Valley) Carolyn & Ron Scovill(Reno)
Eric & Christine Bugna(Graeagle) Richard & Jacqueline Jones(Auburn) Bill & Sue Seelig(Campbell)
Eric & Christine Bugna(Graeagle) Neil & Dee Kelly(Clio) Tom & Kay Seeliger -- High Valley Ranch(Reno)
Bonnie Bullinger(Fullerton) Bill Kennedy(Graeagle) Bob & Tina Sexton(Graeagle)
Gary & Louise Bullis(Reno) The Kenny Family(Saratoga) Bob & Marcie Sheehy(Graeagle)
Hal & Nancy Caldwell(Graeagle) John & Marge Kerr(Reno) Dick & Debbie(Alamo)
Mike & Kathy Campbell(Graeagle) Dick & Betty Kinner(Reno) Craig & Sandy Simmons(Clio)
Vito & Ginger Cantacessi(Reno) Kip The Wonder Dog(Reno) The Skupic Family(Granite Bay)
Herb & Jeanette Carleton(Clio) Mark & Marcia Kostielney(Rohnert Park) Leon & Pamila Smethers(Sparks)
Marge Carruthers(San Rafael) Jim & Linda Kuraisa(Reno) Laryl Smith(St. Helena)
Jack & Andra Carter(Reno) Robert H. Kylberg, DDS(Clio) Jesse Smyers(Walnut Creek)
Pat & Johnna Cashill & Family(Reno) Jennifer Lacy(Clio) Alene Sobrero(Graeagle)
Dudley & Marlene Cate(Reno) Steve & Donna Lage(Reno) Warren & Phyllis Sorenson(Auburn)
Deborah & Joseph Chait(Menlo Park) Betty Wilson Lane(Folsom) Elaine & Larry Sparling and Family(Campbell)
The Chamberlains(Clio) Ron & Peggy Large(Graeagle) Jen & By Sprenger(Reno)
Carl & Margaret Chavez(Graeagle) Judy LaTour(Graeagle) Bill & Heather Starmer(Las Vegas)
Don & Nancy Clark(Graeagle) Dee Lattanzio & Nick Morgan(Graeagle) Bob & Denise Stein(Clio)
Curt & Margie Clarkson(Graeagle) Bob & Chris Laxague(Reno) Brian & Joan Stockinger(Martinez)
Bob & Linda Clift(Reno) Jackie & Ted Leavitt(Graeagle) Sullivan Family(Reno)
Ty & Suellen Cobb(Reno) Bill & Doris Leonesio(Reno) Bill & Helen Sullivant(Pleasanton)
Ken & Joan Cole(Moraga) Paula W. Little(Tiburon) Pat Symons(Clio)
Pat & Zach Coney(San Mateo) Russ & Patty Little(Reno) Bruce & Pat Teigen(Monterey)
George & Harriet Conroy(Graeagle) John & Sue Long(Graeagle) Norma Teldeschi(Blairsden)
The Cool & Sparks Artz Families(Cool) Jeff & Shelley Long(Graeagle) Clint & Carol Tripp(Graeagle)
Brenda Correll(Blairsden) Gloria & George Martinez(Tiburon) Donald & Sharon Turke(Santa Rosa)
Dick & Bev Cowing(Orangevale) Mike & Sue Matthews(Atherton) Steve & Tammy Ursenbach(San Jose)
Jerry & Mary Ann Crowe(Clio) Mac McBride(Graeagle) John & Krista Valpreda(San Jose)
Terry & Joanne Dale(Sebastopol) Joe & Ellie McCarron(Yuba City) Duane C. Vander Veen(Graeagle)
Robert & Joann(Penryn) Richard & Judy McGrath(Millbrae) Byron & Jacklyn VanMetre(Auburn)
Chris, Bonnie & Bill David(Graeagle) Jay McGuire & Family(Clio) Kit & John Vercelli(Graeagle)
Rita & David DeBoer(Graeagle) The William McInerney Family(Oakland) Milt & Carolyn von Damm(Clio)
Paul & Margy DelCarlo(Reno) Steve & Jennifer McNamara(Graeagle) The Waite Family(Pleasant Hill)
John DeMartini(San Rafael) Ron & Marylou McNay(Graeagle) Bill & Gaye Wallace(Reno)
Scott & Carol Ann Dolinsek(Santa Rosa) Bill & Stacy Meagher(Yuba City) John & Barbara Weaver(Walnut Creek)
Cindy & John Donohue(Coto De Caza) Kathleen & Larry Metler(Reno) Mike & Fran Wedow(Chico)
Terry & Sally Durkan(San Anselmo) Kristin & Marissa Meyers(Sacramento) Steven & Lorene Wilk(Burlingame)
Ron & Carol Eaton(Graeagle) Dan & Stephanie Miles & Brooke Robinson(Carson City) The Wilkendorf Family(El Dorado Hills)
Hank Echols(Graeagle) Bill & Della Miller(Clio) Mary Ann Williams(Reno)
Mike & Sherrie Edgar(Loomis) Dennis & Gayle Miller(Graeagle) Mr. & Mrs. Robert Winkel(Reno)
Michael & Becky Egan(Graeagle) Jack & Judy Miller(Moraga) Bill & Barbra Wood(Menlo Park)
Arnold & Sally Etcheberry(Reno) Neil & Dave Miller Families(Pacifica) Bill & Leslie Wraith(Portola Valley)
Bob & DeAnn Fabri(Reno) Mr. & Mrs. Robert Miller(Fairfield) Fran & Caroline Yetso(Nipomo)
Chuck & Jay Fisher(Graeagle) Don Moller(Walnut Creek) Craig & Jeana Zelie(Yuba City)
Ona Flowers(Sparks) Craig Montgomery(Benicia) Jim Zierolf(Redwood City)
Dennis & Alaine Flynn(Reno) Randy & Gina Morris(Graeagle) Ron & Jennifer Zumbro(Graeagle)
Fran Fortier(Grants Pass) Steve & Sharon Munsen(San Jose) Jack & Jan Zygner(Clio)
Chuck & Cathe Franck(Clio) Mr. & Mrs. Eugene R. Nelson(Graeagle)
Peter M. Fraser(Alamo) Jerry & Lois Norlen(Sparks)


   As we had to go to press, we were unable to list donations received after June 19, 2007

An extra thank you should be given to Harvey and Dan West for their support, and for providing personnel for the setup & cleanup of numerous activities. This event would not be possible without the West’s offering the use of the Mill Pond area for the aerial fireworks display, and the Green for the Park Festivities.



2007 button


Have you purchased your MVID button? The buttons are available for $2 at many Graeagle and Blairsden shops. There is a number on the back of each one and if your number is called, you win! The winning numbers will be called Sunday at the green.

The winning numbers will be posted at the Graeagle store, the Millworks Restaurant, the Mohawk Tavern, Gumbas Restaurant, the community bulletin board at Graeagle Park, and on this page.

2007 Winning Raffle Numbers
Take your winning buttons to the corresponding merchant on the list below to claim your prize.
#10 The Mill Works #347 Chevron Station #401 Graeagle Restaurant
#222 The Briar Patch #59 The Out Post #526 Village Baker
#501 Eco Centric #182 The Graeagle Store #601 Café Mohawk


To the following MVID Committee members and organizations without whose help this event would not have been possible.

Event Chairman — Don Clark
Eastern Plumas C of C — Betty Heck & Pat Symons,
Graeagle Merchants & Fund Raising Tim Kurdupski
Parade Chairman & Civil War — Bob Phelps
Program & Parade — John & Marian Sciborski
Parade Announcer — John Williamson
Day In The Park — Doris Olsen, Don Schleuter
Permits, Fund Raising — Judy Bechtold, Debra McCall
BBQ in Park — Bob Caskie
Blairsden Street Dance — Dick Beaver
Gold Ridge, Buttons, Poster & Web Site — Mike Clawson
Community Appreciation Award — Dink Rife
Parade — John Vercelli
Parade Registration — Kit Vercelli
Program — Walt Parsons
Graeagle Property Owners — Marcie Sheehy
Plumas Eureka Estates Homeowners — Doris Olsen
Valley Ranch — Bob Hansen
Whitehawk Ranch — Cliff Romig
Lion’s Club & Concert Assist — Don Schlueter
Feather Publishing Co. — Printing
Forest Printing — Programs
Bank of America
Elks Club — Dave Story Sr.
Golf Carts — Feather River Park Resort
Graeagle Land and Water



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