Welcome to Kerwest Newspapers
KerWest Newspapers publishes three legally adjudicated newspapers: The Kerman News and its companion advertising medium The Kerman News Advertiser, Firebaugh-Mendota Journal/Mendota Times and its companion advertising medium the Shopping Guide, San Joaquin-Tranquillity West Side Advance
Coverage Area: KerWest Newspapers are published every Wednesday, covering the communities of Kerman, Biola, Mendota, Firebaugh, San Joaquin and Tranquillity. The newspapers reach over 14,500 households each week in northwest Fresno county, every postal address receiving a copy of one of the publications.
The newspapers are weekly, hometown publications, highly valued by readers. A large percentage of the papers are paid subscription newspapers which makes them a great value added advertising medium for advertisers. Kerwest Newspapers are hyper local and geographically concentrated.
All property rights to any stories produced by KerWest, Inc. shall be its property. No such story or any part thereof may be reproduced without the written consent of the publisher.
KerWest, Inc. is a member of the American Press Association and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Living Nativity Open to All
Historic Bethany Lutheran Church on the corner of Shaw & Madera Avenues will sponsor a Living Nativity on the Sunday before Christmas. From noon until 3 pm on December 21st , members of the Bethany Congregation will reenact the Nativity. Visitors will be treated not only to Biblical treats but Nativity trivia, live animals, live Christmas music and refreshments.
Visitors, especially children, will be able to interact with all the main participants of the Nativity from the Gospel of Saint Matthew. This includes questioning and trivia games leading to a fuller understanding of the reason for this most inspiring of seasons. In full costume, everyone from Joseph and Mary to Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar (the Magi, or Three Wise Men) will be wanting to talk about their special roles in this most pivotal Christian event.
There is no charge as this is a community service by Bethany Lutheran. To reach Bethany from Kerman, just drive north on Madera Avenue. It’s the one with the live donkeys and Crèche out front.
Food, Toy Drive Underway
The Kerman Community Services Organization (KCSO) annual Food and Toy Drive is currently underway. The KCSO hopes to provide a toy or gift to local disadvantaged children – infants through to 18 years of age. The group cannot do this without generous community support. You can help by picking a Star from one of many Star Trees located throughout the community or drop off a new unwrapped gift at many local businesses. Monetary donations are still being accepted, payable to the KCSO. Checks should be addressed to KCSO, 720 S. Eight St. Kerman, CA 93630.
If you would like to volunteer on distribution day Dec. 19:
Group 1 will meet at 9 am. Volunteers will put boxes together and organize donated food at the Community Center 15101 W. Kearney Plaza; the site of the holiday Food & Toy distribution.
Group 2 Volunteers will meet at 1 pm. Volunteers will distribute food and toys to families at the Community Center.
For more information contact Meg Winchester at 846-8114 or Philip Gallegos at 846-9328.
Mendota Christmas parade is Dec. 20
Mendota Youth Recreation announces that it’s Electric Parade, "Colors of Christmas," will be held Saturday, Dec. 20. There will be food booths and entertainment from noon to 9 pm. Parade setup begins at 5 pm and the parade kicks off at 6 pm.
Entry forms to participate in the parade will be available until Dec. 15. Prizes for first, second and third places in several categories will be awarded.
For more information call 559-655-4590.
Start Kerman Historical Society
The first meeting of the Kerman Historical Society will be held Jan. 12 at 6:30 pm, in the Kerman Senior Citizens building on 8th St. Anyone wanting to be in on the ground floor and interested in becoming a member is invited. Plans for a future Kerman Historical Museum will be discussed. For more information contact Olen White, 846-7176 or 846-8676.
SENIOR HOLIDAY LUNCHEON - Dec. 12, 11 am to 1 pm At the Kerman Community Center,15100 W. Kearney Plaza. Reservation Only – Please call 559-846-9329 to make your reservation.
CHRISTMAS PARADE "A Story Book Christmas" is the Pageantry of Lights Christmas Parade theme for Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 pm in downtown Kerman. Parade route is Madera Avenue, "C" Street to "G" Street. Announcer’s table located in front of the Kerman Chamber of Commerce Office, 783 S. Madera Avenue. No entry fee; no awards; for entry form, contact the Kerman Chamber (559) 846-6343.
GIFT FAIR -- A Holiday Gift Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 in the parking lot located at Madera and "C" Street in Kerman starting at 2 p.m. Crafts, gifts, food and more; come, browse and do some holiday shopping in Kerman and stay for the Christmas Parade. For more information contact the Kerman Chamber of Commerce (559) 846-6343.
CANNED FOOD DRIVE - You can help stock the Kerman Food Bank with canned and non perishable foods. Bring your items to the Holiday Gift Fair on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 2 to 7 p.m. at the corner of Madera Avenue and C Street. Donation box will be available. For more information contact the Kerman Chamber of Commerce (559) 846-6343.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA Kick-off the holiday season at Breakfast with Santa Saturday, Dec. 13. Enjoy a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, turkey bacon, eggs, orange juice, milk, hot chocolate and coffee. Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale now at the Community/Teen Center. For more information call Theresa Johnson, Recreation Coordinator at 846-9383.
DINNER -- Kerman Community Residents are invited to a free pre-Christmas dinner at the Kerman Community Center, 15101 W. Kearney Plaza on Wednesday, December 17 from 5 - 7 p.m. Co-sponsors of the dinner are the Kerman United Methodist Church and Kerman Covenant Church. Details (559) 846-8686.
GRIEF PROGRAM - Griefshare Recover Support Group evenings will start Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave. (Corner of Del Norte and Whitesbridge. There is no cost. For more information call 846-5307
REUNION -- The Kerman High 1964 class reunion committee is looking for the following classmates: Janice Allen Unger, Alice Arellano, Harris Cover, Vonnie Cox, Kathy Fobes, Rachel Garcia Rodriguez, Gary Gregory, Karen Hilton, Sylvia Lee Miller, Bill Little, Richard Mason, Juanita McDaniels Nolf, Gloria Miller, Jim Montague, John Natal, Valentina Rivera Pena, Rod Vanfeldt, Linda Wood Boudreur, Ernie Wright, Linda Kay Smith Davis, Linda Smith Buccellato, Patrica McClester, Benita Miranda, Mary Lou Leard Borrero, Daryl Matthews, Dwayne Scisco. if you know anyone who is even related please call Margaret Furtado Sandbothe at 559-999-6363.
REUNION -- The Kerman High School 1940 Alumni class is planning a 75th anniversary reunion for July 11, 2015. Location and meal price pending. The class is inviting four other classes to join in the celebration. The class years are 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942. To locate and communicate with alumni classmates is through newspaper articles in local town newspapers. Telephone class, E-mail etc. Anyone reading this and has seen or communicated with anyone of the class years students mentioned above please contact: David Foth Class of 1940, phone 559-226-3917; e-mail email@example.com, 1348 W. Garland Fresno, CA 93705-2420.
US Mail: P.O. Box 336, Kerman, CA 93630