Walking the parade route – before and after – was a new approach for me at writing a column about the Almond Festival on Saturday. You have to admit I had the best seat in the house, never stopping longer than to chat for a few minutes with old friends, or those folks I had never met. After all, a friend is often only a smile and a handshake away.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ripon's Pinky Hawes died unexpectedly Friday following complications from an elective surgery in the Bay Area. Hawes was widely known in the Ripon community for her contributions to children, to education, to her church, to her family and to sports activities. Funeral services are tentatively set for Wednesday at Deegan Funeral Home in Ripon. The following is a column about her life that appeared in The Bulletin some six years ago shortly after her retirement.