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February 2019
Clay Kautzman

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone who might be unfamiliar to most. Clayton “Clay” Kautzman. Unless you need to be taken for a ride. No, not that type of ride…a TAP ride! Clay is one of our top TAP drivers, taking homebound seniors to various places four days a week. It was his wife, Virginia, another TAP driver, who got him to start driving for us. Not just a TAP driver who also helps out serving dinners at our Thanksgiving but also delivers meals for our Operation Senior Claus. He’d like to do more but, while retired, he still is quite busy as a handyman at all of his and Virginia’s rental properties. Originally from Mandan, North Dakota, he came out to California due to his stint in the Marines. After getting out he went to school to learn more about computers. Following graduation he went to work for Western Union, GTE, then as a contractor out at Norton. Married to Virginia they have two boys, six grandkids, and one great-grandkid. Thanks Clay for taking time out of your busy schedule to take care of others.


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It wasnt the day before the beginning of Lent. It wasnt even a Tuesday. However that didnt stop us from having a great Mardi Gras in June! Thats when the Highland Senior Center and the Highland Area Chamber of Commerce held their annual Casino Night and Taste of the Town Showcase. This years theme was Mardi Gras and was held at the new Highland Event Center at the San Manuel Village.

The playing area was decked out in purple, gold, and green, colors representing justice, power, and faith respectively. These colors were suggested by the visiting Grand Duke Alexis Alexis Alexandrovich Romanoff back in 1872.

Meanwhile, back in 2013, most people were interested in the green of the money, or the gold for the well...gold. Some off our partiers and players arrived dressed ready for Mardi Gras, complete with masks. Some for the fun, but most for the extra $100 in play money they received. Still everyone had a fun time playing because it was not only for fun, but to help out the Highland Senior Center and Chamber of Commerce.

The other part of casino night was the Taste of the Town. As part of the admission, even if you werent lucky at the gambling tables, you could definitely be a winner at the food tables. A J Bariles Chicago Pizza took home the honors for the Taste of the Town winner as picked by the judges, while Joses Mexican Restaurant was proclaimed the Peoples Choice Winner, by all who attended.

The center and chamber would like to give thanks to all our sponsors, without whom this event would not have been possible: San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians, Urgent Care Center of St. Bernardine, Cal Disposal, Robertsons, and Mrs. Pat Fischer, Beaver Medical, The Gas Company, Windermere Real Estate, VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, and Burrtec Waste Industries, as well as our other money, raffle, and food sponsors. Most of all wed like to thank all those who came out to support the Casino Night and the Center and Chamber for this great fundraiser.