Kathleen Lorimer and her band of Merry Lakesters enjoyed a spectacular day at Pinecrest Lake Saturday. Kathleen was last years high bidder at KAAD-LP's Benefit Dinner in Coffill Park, Sonora. The day started with a leisurely cruise around the lake, in perfect weather, with an ice chest full of cold beverages, the wind at our backs! As the afternoon progressed we navigated into "Butterfly Cove" to swim and enjoy appetizers prepared by Kathleen herself. Keeping in mind the water is fresh snow melt, most of the intrepid "Merry Lakesters" just sort of dipped in. The Hero of the day was one Donald Segerstrom, who swam laps, doing the butterfly stroke as all others watched. I myself would have joined him if it were not for self-imposed Maritime Rules against swimming in freezing waters, being the boat Captain and all!! Towards the end of a great afternoon, we steamed toward the beaches and I dropped "The Lakesters" on shore close to a table set up for a marvelous dinner prepared by the One And Only Eileen Mannix, who, along with her "Very British Butler" husband Chris Bjornmose, served out the feast. Fine food, good wine, lively conversation all topped off by a delicious dessert. At end of day, Kathleen and the "Merry Lakesters" toasted the sun, as it headed West once again!!
Laurie Cashman of Pinecrest Lake Resorts for the use of the pontoon boat
Twain Harte Market for donating the fixins' (Thanks Jack)
Twain Harte Liquors for the beverages (Gene Maninni RETIRED)
Bruce & Angela Erickson for letting us raid their French Wine Stash
A Special Thanks to Eileen & Chris for preparing and serving this feast. Without their generous donation, I would have had to cook, Not Good!!
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BEN HULET AND MLI
Ben Hulet is CEO of Mother Lode Internet (MLI). In addition to his status as a local pioneer in Internet Communications, he has been keenly interested in and devoted to this community. He continues to actively participate in local projects where his knowledge and resources enable him to contribute.
THANK YOU MLI
It is in recognition of the overwhelming generosity and support of Ben Hulet and Mother Lode Internet that we endeavor to acknowledge his contributions to our new Community Radio. His technical acumen and that of his staff have enabled KAAD-LP FM and our Internet Stream, kaad-lp.org, to go on-air and on-line respectively. This plateau has been reached following nearly three years of intense volunteer effort and unprecedented training. And our commencement of broadcast would not have been possible without the assistance of community-centered businesses like MLI.
TO THE RESCUE
Ben and his staff at MLI analyzed the frequent service interruptions during our initial broadcast experience and provided us with increased band width, re-routed our Dome-top antenna, and provided us with significantly increased stability and reliability. He encouraged his staff to trouble shoot and to improve our broadcast platform, and has finally undertaken to program our Internet phone modules, installing 2 lines of telephone service at no charge for the foreseeable future. MLI’s absorbing these costs for our fledgling Community Radio contributed importantly to station solvency and technological efficiency during our crucial opening struggles.
A FURTHER WORD ABOUT MLI
Ben Hulet has expanded and re-directed MLI since he acquired the business. In addition to operating as an Internet Service Provider (ISP), the company provides Internet Phone Service (VoIP) branded as Mother Lode Telephone and Spirit-9 VoIP, full trouble-shooting phone-in service featuring remote diagnostics and management, networking services, a comprehensive computer repair resource, and computer operation education, tailored to in-home, personalized instruction. These services are in tandem with equipment rental and sales and high-speed installation and maintenance, rendering MLI a truly comprehensive technical communication resource, centrally located at 797-A Mono Highway (just above the Grocery Outlet) in Sonora.
KAAD-LP encourages its listeners to patronize Mother Lode Internet as a devoted representative of Sonora’s local business community. For the website and contact information, click on the MLI logo in the right hand column.
Thanks to the efforts of an amazing group of people, on Sunday, January 29 at 4PM, we finally flipped the switch. With the mellow tunes of Rusty's Sunday Jazz, KAAD-LP started its first broadcast over the airwaves. We've moved into a new era as on-air broadcasters.
We are in our infancy, with a thousand details still to attend to, equipment to master, programmers to round up. Hiccups are a mild description of the process. It can be said with accuracy that we have not yet achieved perfection. but we're moving in the right direction. We hope you'll stay with us. We're looking forward to bringing you some wonderful programs created by people in our community as well as some intriguing programs from around the country.
For those of you outside of our broadcast reach, we are streaming the broadcast over the Internet. To access the stream, click the Green Button on Listen to Our Stream. We hope you will enjoy!
With immense gratitude, we acknowledge the many people who have helped along the way and who currently are working to make KAAD-LP a strong and useful resource in the community. Don't miss our Benefactors page!
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