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 2008 MOHAWK VALLEY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION honoring freedom with the theme “CELEBRATE 2008.” 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) Snow Cones (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)
6:00 – 9:00 PM MUSIC AT THE MILL POND (Graeagle Mill Pond) The Gary Richards Project will feature blues and covers before the fireworks show.
7:00 – 9:00 PM CIVIL WAR PERIOD DANCE (Graeagle Community Hall)
Live music with a caller - Period clothing optional. No host bar.
9:30 PM
AERIAL FIREWORKS DISPLAY Rick Proschold (Graeagle Mill Pond)
8:00 – 11:00 AM FIREMAN'S PANCAKE BREAKFAST (Graeagle Firehall)
Comstock Civil War Reenactors (Graeagle Field)
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM OLD FASHIONED DAY IN THE PARK, BBQ, Snacks, Refreshments, Games, Music (Graeagle Park)
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM BLUE GRASS Music by Nevada Rain (Graeagle Park)
(click here to download parade entry forms)
AFTER PARADE BAND CONCERT Music by Ophir Prison Band (Graeagle Park)
Sponsored by Graeagle Property Owners Association
AFTER CONCERT BLUE GRASS Music by Nevada Rain (Graeagle Park)


Kathy & Tim Kurdupski

Kathy & Tim KurdupskiTim was born and raised in Graeagle (one of our natives!) and Cathy hails from the Bay Area – they met at the Sattley Cash Store in the 80’s. At that time, Tim was known as the hermit and Cathy was the “hermitess” of Sattley.

They have owned and operated The Mill Works Restaurant in downtown Graeagle for seventeen years. Tim’s mom was the one who started the Mill Works in 1979.

Tim has been an active member of the Mohawk Valley Independence Day Committee for 15 years. He is a member and co-founder of the Graeagle Merchants Association. He is an avid fisherman and a member and past-president of Trout Unlimited. Cathy’s hobbies include golf, bowling and bridge.

Thank you both for all you do for Graeagle – the Mill Works is always a fun place to visit and eat – the restaurant has a reputation for great home-made soups – stop in and say hello!!

Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM

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

Beverage Stand
“C” Road Fire Department

Soft Drinks, Popcorn & Water
Feather River Jazz Society

Temporary Tattoos & Glimmer Pins
Soroptomist International of Portola

Jamba Juice, Hats & Visors
Girl Scouts Troop 739

Rock Climbing
Mobile Rock of Auburn
Portola High School Cheerleaders

Ice Cream & Drinks
Portola High School Cheerleaders

Spin the Wheel & Dance Tickets
Portola RR Days Association

Event Buttons
MVID Committee

Internet Access Booth
Wild Blue Cyber Café

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

Plumas Eureka Fire Department

Stuffed Baked Potatoes & Sodas
Plumas Save Our Schools (SOS)

July 4th Trinkets
Project Santa Claus


Rotary Club of Portola

The club performs both LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL service projects. The club’s local service in 2008 includes a backpack project. The club will be donating 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to needy children at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School. The packs and supplies have been purchased and put together and are just waiting for August School Orientation for distribution. The Interact Club (the High School version of Rotary) helps to put the backpacks together and also helped at local fund-raisers.  Another project is the building of a sandblasted redwood sign to be installed in June for the Community Arts Center on Commercial Street in Portola. Another important project is serving breakfast in Johnsville each year at Plumas Eureka State Park with all proceeds going to the park museum. 2007 was the best year yet with over 500 breakfasts served.

The Portola Club’s International Service includes helping the Loyalton Club collect children’s books to take to the L.A. Rotary International Convention to be distributed around the world. Another project this year is working with the Chester Club to build a water well in Fiji to provide clean water to a community in this island nation. This will help reduce the incidence of  disease among children and allow the community to become more independent as a result of entrepreneurial endeavors that take the place of time spent hauling water. Also, the club donated four wheelchairs to the Angel Wheelchair Foundation that were distributed in Belize and Bolivia.

The fundraisers used to support these projects include the Fish Derby on June 7, participation in several events during RR Days, the Fly-in Breakfast on September 9, the Snowmobile Poker Run in February and providing beverage services at various events. The success of these endeavors can be attributed in large part  to support from the Portola & Graeagle communities.


Parade Announcer - John Williamson

Plumas County Sheriff
Terry Bergstrand

American Legion Color Guard
Marching Unit
Mighty Mountaineers Post 329

VFW Feather River Post 2062

Mohawk Valley Banner
Courtney Schwilling, Chelsea Page & Misty Lambert

Uncle Sam
Russ Bowring

2008 Grand Marshals
Tim & Kathy Kurdupski
Chrysler Sebring
Driven by Judy LaTour

McQueen High School Marching Band Reno
Rick Moffit Director
Sponsored by Plumas Pines Golf Resort
& Longboards Bar and Grill

1931 Model A Ford Roadster
Phillip Bresciani & Don Clark

1928 Dodge Coupe
Karen & Jim Oster

Fire Trucks
Graeagle Fire Protection District

1986 CJ7 Jeep
Driven by Thomas Fregulia
Johnsville - Graeagle Hunting & Fishing Club

1981 Mercedes Convertible
Dave & Jan Brazil

1959 Ford Custom 300
Vito Cantacessi

Fire Engine #9122
Plumas Eureka Fire & Rescue Dist

1936 Ford Humpback
Jim & Vicky Sparks

Calpine Elks Scholarship Recipients
Calpine Elks Lodge

1950 Willy Jeepster
1936 Harley Davidson Motorcycle
Calpine Lady Elks

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

1922 Ford T-Bucket
Rick Hart

1955 Bel Air Chevy
Dick Cowing

7TH Day Adventist Church

American Cancer Society
Plumas Co. Relay for Life Walkers

Sierra Cascade Street Rodders

Golf Cart
Mark & Vicky Sady

Float, Antique & Classic Cars
Rotary Club of Portola

Graeagle Preschool

Decorated Golf Carts & Cakewalking Ladies
Feather River Jazz Society

Hix Family Cabin

Smokey Bear & Fire Engine

Britton Memorial Bicycle Brigade
Sponsored by Movin’ West RV Park

Firefighters Pipe Band - Reno District
Marching Unit

Nevada Society of Scottish Clans

Golf Carts, 4 Wheelers & Bikes
Eagle Ridge RV Park

Yamaha Rhino
Tom Huntley

Lawn Chair Brigade
Graeagle Tennis Club

Float - Plumas Eureka State Park Association

Truck With Transit
Tibbedeaux Surveying

Comstock Civil War Reenactors
CA Consolidated Fife & Drum,
Civilian Confederate & Union Brigades

2005 Water Tender
C Road Fire Department

Tanker Truck
Long Valley Volunteer FD

Belgian Draft Horse with Buck Board Wagon
Dick Joy – Joy Engineering

Visa Vee Carriage
Driven by Marina Shilling

Abbott & Downey Stagecoach
Driven by Rick Joy

Conestoga Wagon
Driven by Andy Joy

Belgian Draft Horse Team & Wagon
Rick Joy - Joy Engineering

Sandy Ivelich
Doc Mitchell & His Naughty Ladies

Chris David Riding Iondor
Iron Door Restaurant


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.


Calpine B.P.O. Elks(Graeagle)

Calpine Lady Elks(Graeagle)

Feather River Dixieland Jazz Society(Graeagle)

Gold Mountain Homeowners Association(Clio)

Graeagle Community Services District

Graeagle Lions Club

Graeagle Property Owners' Association

Sierra Valley Grange--Vinton Cowboy Poetry(Vinton)

Smith Creek Ranch Owners Association(Graeagle)

Soroptimist International of Portola

Valley Ranch Homeowners Association(Clio)

VFW Feather River Post #2062(Graeagle)



Absolute Fitness & Health(Clio)

Juice Plus(Clio)

Ken Barnard & Associates(Quincy)

Kehoe Pharmacy(Portola)

Michael W. Barton, D.D.S.(Graeagle)

Duane C. Kitchens Construction Company(Graeagle)

Jack Bridge Associates(Graeagle)

Litz Construction Company(Portola)

California Moving Systems(Sacramento)

Lodge at Whitehawk(Clio)

Chalet View Lodge(Graeagle)

Madden Plumbing & Heating(Quincy)

Cheeseburger Restaurants, Inc.(Portola)

Mountain Hardware & Sports(Truckee)

Clio's Rivers Edge RV Park(Clio)

The Murray Company(Quincy)

Elwell Lakes Lodge(Blairsden)

Oregano "Joy of the Mountains" a Mountain Home Store(Portola)

Feather River Inn(Blairsden)

Plumas Pines Golf Resort(Graeagle)

Feather View Cabins(Seattle)

Plumas Pines Realty(Graeagle)

Graeagle Associates Realtors,(Graeagle)

Pullman Inn(Portola)

Graeagle Florist & Mercantile(Graeagle)

Pyramid Builders(Clio)

Graeagle Golf Center(Graeagle)

Queen Bee Boutique(Graeagle)

Graeagle Land & Water Company(Graeagle)

The Quincy Drug Store(Quincy)

Graeagle Mill Works(Graeagle)

Sardine Lake Resort(Sierra City)

Graeagle Store(Graeagle)

Sierra Massage(Portola)

Gray Eagle Lodge(Graeagle)

Sierra Pacific Power(Tahoe Vista)

Law Office of Richard Hart(Graeagle)

State Farm Insurance(Portola)

Intermountain Disposal, Inc.(Portola)

Whitehawk Ranch Golf Club(Clio)

The Iron Door(Graeagle)



Bill & Carolyn Adams(San Mateo) Don & Deanna Fregulia(Graeagle) Steve & Sharon Munsen(San Jose)
Gary & Patricia Adams(Blairsden) David A. & Jeannine M. Funk(Reno) The Murphey Family(Carson City)
Richard & Clair Alway(Roseville) Duane & June Garner(Graeagle) Robert & Barbara Myers(San Rafael)
Eric Anderson(Reno) Dan & Debbie Gerbatz(Reno) Mark & Joan Naas(Graeagle)
Anonymous(Reno) Josephine Gezelin(Reno) Norman & Patricia Nichols(Graeagle)
Anonymous(Sparks) Geoff & Laura Gibson(San Jose) Butch & Diane Niford(Clio)
Iris & Joe Anxo(Reno) Ray & Johanna Goodwin(Citrus Heights) Walt & Flora Parsons(Graeagle)
Gail Arterburn(Graeagle) Phil & Pat Gordon(Hayward) Darlene Pekovich(Graeagle)
Marilyn Ashley(San Rafael) Albert & Carrie Gozzelino(Salinas) Thomas & Nancy Pelich(Aptos)
Frank & Ginger Ayala(Reno) Worlin & Kathy Gray(Reno) Reese & Joanne Perkins(Reno)
Hal & Cheryl Babb(Cupertino) Jim & Carolyn Greenwald(Concord) Mary & Michael Peters(Blairsden)
Jim & Karen Bailey(Clio) Clark & Pat Gribben(Reno) Carl & Jan Peters(Graeagle)
Bill & Melayne Baker(Reno) Carl & Barbara Grondona(Clio) Peterson Family(Martinez)
Tom & Carol Baker & Sons(San Francisco) Marc & Phyllis Hackenberg(Reno) Sam & Susan Pettinato(Placerville)
Tom & Ellen Balestri(Los Altos) Griffin, Kendall & Sydney Haley(Sparks) Armond Phillips & Winnie Phillips(Napa)
Glenn & Cathy Bardet(Rocklin) Mr. & Mrs. Robert Half(Clio) Mitch & Ann Portera(Morgan Hill)
Fred & Judy Bechtold(Graeagle) Michael & Rochelle Hall(Clarksburg) Roger & Leslie Powell(Sparks)
Vance & Marilyn Bell(Reno) Stephen T. Harding(Graeagle) Rahme & Rosene Families(Reno)
Bert & Barbara Bellows, Hannah & Sarah Bellows Ken & Dottie Hattich(Lafayette) Bob & Kathy Raymond(Clio)
& Matt Hall(Sparks) Tom & Dawn Hayes(Yuba City) Alan & Nancy Reichenbach(Camarillo)
Ted & Nancy Berndt(Reno) E. Heikkinen(Mountain View) Larry T. & Nancy A. Reid(Rocklin)
Berney Family(Fallon) Don & Marge Heinitz(Graeagle) Jim & Lori Rice(Graeagle)
Douglas & Diane Bertsch(Gold River) Barbara Hendrick(Encinitas) Don & Patti Richter(Reno)
Joe & Lynda Bianco(Reno) Ross Henry(Graeagle) Dink & Dave Rife(Graeagle)
Bob & Lorraine Bingaman(Castro Valley) John & Lyndia Heward(Reno) Esther Rimbault(Graeagle)
Leonard Blackford(Sacramento) Jerry & Wonie Higgins(Sparks) Bob & Joyce Ritz(Clio)
Doyle & Mary Blaylock(Graeagle) Hix Family Cabin(Reno) Kim Roberts & Joni Gerbasi(Blairsden)
Bill & Bonnie Bolin(Blairsden) Hunt & Janet Holladay(Costa Mesa) Don & Doris Rodrigo(Novato)
Don & Linda Boucher(Reno) Donna & Chuck Hood(Reno) Alan & Janet Ross(Reno)
Ed Bouillon & Fran Alberghini(Cameron Park) Carole & Mike Horan(Reno) Bill Kennedy & Kathy Roth(Graeagle)
Russ & Rory Bowring(Blairsden) Ed Horan & Debbie Clark(Reno) Jeff & Melanie Ryan(Santa Rosa)
Jim & Vicky Breslin(Reno) Joe & Karen Hume(Reno) Mike & Mary Anne Sala(Reno)
Mel & Lorraine Brooks(Vallejo) Jim & Candie Huppert(Santa Rosa) David & Susan Schallock(San Rafael)
Dr. & Mrs. Eric Bugna(Graeagle) Gary & Lynn Imm(Petaluma) Jim & Norma Schonbeck(Graeagle)
Bonnie Bullinger(Fullerton) Joe & Molly Isaia(Reno) John & Marian Sciborski(Graeagle)
Hal & Nancy Caldwell(Graeagle) Linda Ann Johnson(Portola) Bill & Sue Seelig(Campbell)
Mike & Kathy Campbell(Graeagle) Ron & Marilyn Johnson(Reno) Tom & Kay Seeliger(Reno)
Jean & Mary Canine(Graeagle) Andy & Christine Johnston(Clio) Bob & Marcie Sheehy(Graeagle)
Vito & Ginger Cantacessi(Reno) Jim & Linda Jones(Portola Valley) Ellen Shelton & Ted Jolley(Sparks)
Jim & Pat Caraccioli(Salinas) Richard & Jacqueline Jones(Auburn) Craig & Sandy Simmons(Clio)
Andra & Jack Carter(Reno) Marcia Keenan(Concord) Skupic's 3 Bears Lair(Granite Bay)
Pat & Johnna Cashill & Family(Reno) Neil & Dee Kelly(Clio) Leon & Pam Smethers(Sparks)
Dudley & Marlene Cate(Reno) Marge & John Kerr(Reno) Alene Sobrero(Graeagle)
Carl & Margaret Chavez(Graeagle) Shirley & Don Kienlen(Graeagle) Phyllis Sorenson(Auburn)
Don & Nancy Clark(Graeagle) Tracy & Kelly Kilby(Graeagle) By & Jen Sprenger(Reno)
Curt & Margie Clarkson(Graeagle) Dick & Bette Kinner(Reno) Bill & Heather Starmer(Graeagle)
Ty & Suellen Cobb(Reno) Robert & Virginia Kylberg(Clio) Bob & Denise Stein(Clio)
Ken & Joan Cole(Moraga) James & Charlotte Lafferty(Saratoga) Bob & Lorraine Stickel(Knights Landing)
Zach & Pat Coney(San Mateo) Donna & Steve Lage(Reno) Jay & Rita Stone(Reno)
George Conroy(Graeagle) Anas & Lucille Landa(Graeagle) Melvena Sullivan(Reno)
Dick & Bev Cowing(Orangevale) Ron & Peggy Large(Graeagle) Bill & Helen Sullivant(Pleasanton)
Shari & Joseph Cox(Novato) Colby & Lisa Laughlin(Reno) Bob & Carol Surryhne(Graeagle)
Jerry & Mary Ann Crowe(Clio) Bob & Chris Laxague(Reno) Pat Symons(Clio)
Pam & Charlie Cummings(Clio) Bill & Doris Leonesio(Reno) Jim & Jan Talbott(Reno)
Hal Curtis(Rocklin) Paula W. Little--Post Office Owner(Tiburon) Bruce & Pat Teigen(Monterey)
Terry & Joanne Dale(Sebastopol) John & Susie Long(Graeagle) Norma Teldeschi(Blairsden)
Robert & Jo Ann Daley(Penryn) Judy & John Lullo(Clio) Sally Thomas(Portola)
Paul & Maggy Del Carlo(Reno) Robyn & Steve Maitoza(Sparks) Hal & Diana Thompson(Sparks)
Tom & Mary DeMund(Graeagle) Edw & Kay Martinez(Virginia City) Geron & Marilyn Thornquist(Graeagle)
Ted & Deb Dobbs(Walnut Creek) George & Gloria Martinez(Tiburon) Buzz & Diane Trainor(Blairsden)
Scott & Carol Ann(Santa Rosa) The Mayer Family(Blairsden) Clinton & Carol Tripp(Graeagle)
Cindy & John Donohue(Coto de Caza) The William Mc Inerney Family(Oakland) Jane & Ted Tronoff(Daly City)
Bob & Becky Duncan(Coalinga) Mac McBride(Graeagle) Donald & Sharon Turke(Santa Rosa)
Sally & Terence Durkan(San Anselmo) Joe & Ellie McCarron(Yuba City) Steve & Tammy Ursenbach(San Jose)
Ron & Carol Eaton(Graeagle) Richard & Judy McGrath(Millbrae) Byron & Jacklyn Van Metre(Auburn)
Hank Echols(Graeagle) Ron & Marylou McNay(Graeagle) L. Curtis Vann(Highland)
Mike & Sherrie Edgar(Loomis) Bill & Stacy Meagher(Yuba City) Kit & John Vercelli(Graeagle)
Mike & Becky Egan(Graeagle) Kathleen & Larry Metler(Reno) Ruth B. Vezina(Graeagle)
Roger & Joyce Erickson(Reno) Nancy & Jim Meyers(Dublin) Bill & Gaye Wallace(Reno)
Arnold & Sally Etcheberry(Reno) Bill & Della Miller(Clio) LaRae, Mike & Toni Warden(Reno)
Bob & Dolores Evans(Santa Rosa) Bob & Maureen Miller(Fairfield) Mike & Fran Wedow(Chico)
L. J. Ferderber(Pleasanton) Dennis & Gayle Miller(Graeagle) Steven, Carol & Kelly Wescoatt(Auburn)
Chuck Fisher(Graeagle) Jack & Judy Miller(Moraga) Lyndon & Linda Wheeler(Blairsden)
Larry & Pat Fites(Graeagle) Remembering the N. & D. Miller Families(Pacifica) The Wilkendorf Family(El Dorado Hills)
Ona Flowers(Sparks) The Miller-West Family(San Francisco) Fran & Caroline Yetso(Nipomo)
George & Karen Fraser(Rocklin) Don & Barbara Moller(Walnut Creek) Jennifer & Ron Zumbro(Graeagle)
Peter & Jenine Fraser(Alamo) Craig Montgomery(Benicia) Jack & Jan Zygner(Clio)

As we had to go to press, we were unable to list donations received after June 23, 2008


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 web page.


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 & Linda Johnson
Graeagle Merchants & Fund Raising - Tim Kurdupski
Parade Entries & Civil War – Bob Phelps
Parade Announcer - John Williamson
Day In The Park – Doris Olsen, Don Schlueter
Permits & GFD Rep – Judy Bechtold
Fund Raising – Richard Hart, Vicki Jones & Annie Fischer
Printing & Dash Plates - Sierra Promotions -John Steffanic
BBQ in Park - Bob Caskie, Rich Carmichael & Jim Babbitt
Blairsden Street Dance - Bill McComb & Dick Beaver
Gold Ridge, Buttons, Poster & Web Site - Mike Clawson, Big Fish Creations
Community Appreciation Award - Dink Rife
Parade – John Sciborski, John Vercelli & Mark Schneider
Parade Registration – Marian Sciborski & Kit Vercelli
Program – Marian Sciborski & Walt Parsons
C-Road – Ed Harrison
Graeagle Property Owners – Marcie Sheehy
Plumas Eureka Estates Homeowners– Doris Olsen
Valley Ranch - Bob Hansen
Lion’s Club & Concert Assist – Don Schlueter
Bank of America
Elks Club - Dave Story Sr.
Golf Carts - Feather River Park Resort
Graeagle Land and Water
Intermountain Disposal – Ricky & Candy Ross
Plumas Sierra-Rural Electric Cooperative - Sharon Schwilling & Lori Rice
Civil War Reenactment – Isabella Hunt-Jones & Jack Eaves
Cal Trans
California Highway Patrol
Plumas County Road Department
Plumas County Sheriff’s Department
Plumas Sanitation – Lance Wehrman
Circle W Feed – Portola


Parade Forms
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