Madonna Turner, 76

Santa Clara County buys 490 acres for $4 million to expand Mt. Madonna County Park

Madonna County Park By Bay City News Service Posted: 09/12/2013 10:25:29 AM PDT Updated: 09/12/2013 12:46:27 PM PDT At Mt. Madonna in Santa Clara County, a view from Valley View Campground at the park. Courtesy of Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department Santa Clara County has bought 490 acres north of Gilroy to expand Mt. Madonna County Park to include a redwood forest and stretch of a creek providing a habitat for wildlife, county officials said. The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday finalized a $4 million deal to purchase the land, known as the Della Maggiora property, on Redwood Retreat Road outside Gilroy, according to county spokeswoman Gwen Mitchell. The acquisition permits the County Parks and Recreation Department to link existing land in Mt. Madonna to the 16-acre Little Arthur property, up to now separated from the park by the Della Maggiora property, according to Mitchell. The new land, in unincorporated county property bordered on three sides by the park, combines steep cliffs, grassland, oak trees, a redwood forest and more than a half-mile of the Little Arthur Creek that serves as the environment for steelhead trout and other wildlife. The county intends to link trails from the Little Arthur property through the new Della Maggiora parcel, according to Mitchell The county obtained the 490-acre property working with the Peninsula Open Space Trust starting in November 2012. The purchase price from POST and a trust that owned the Della Maggiora land was $4 million, funded through the county’s Parks Charter Fund, the California State Coastal Conservancy and Resources Legacy Fund.

Can Madonna’s Comis Win Kennedy in Class A?

Turner, 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, at Auglaize Acres in Wapakoneta. She was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Greenville, Mich., to Ethel and Virgil Martin, who preceded her in death. On April 16, 1954, she married James L. Turner, and he survives in Wapakoneta. Survivors also include two daughters, Becky (Mark) Stapleton, of Tipp City and Patti Jo (Joel Meier) Jacobs, of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren; Stephanie (Jim) Thomas, of West Milton, Jessica (Josh) Hance, of Columbus, Sam Jacobs, of Wapakoneta, Sarah (Del) Haynes, of Lima, Mike (Sarah) Stapleton, of Kettering, Todd (Jenn) Stapleton, of Katy, Texas, Ryan (Cierra) Stapleton, of Troy, and Sonja (Greg) Wishon, of Huber Heights; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Roxanne (Turner) Ipock; and three sisters, Delores, Helen and Jacqueline. Madonna was an auxiliary member of the Wapakoneta Eagles 691 and American Legion Post 330. She enjoyed traveling, camping, going to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and especially loved NASCAR racing. She also cherished her dog Dusty very much. Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

It’s also highly beneficial to be seen by a number of different writers. Last, but certainly not least, the numbers have to be there. Comis seems to have a lot going for him in those regards. The Blue Dons play teams that are currently ranked Nos. 1 (Wheeling Central), 6 (Clay-Battelle) and 9 (Bishop Donahue) in the state poll. That doesn’t even include a trip to play a Steubenville Catholic team that is coming off a playoff appearance in the state of Ohio and again looks formidable. Comis is already a three-time all-state selection and led the Blue Dons to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the state title game last season, falling 43-42 to Wahama in overtime. They are 2-0 this season heading into Saturday night’s clash with Wheeling Central. In that state title contest, Comis tied an all-class record with five touchdown runs and also threw for a sixth en route to running up 285 yards of total offense. All told in 2012, Comis amassed 3,282 yards (1,709 rushing, 1,538 passing) and accounted for 47 touchdowns. Thus far he has 236 yards and five touchdowns on the ground and another 199 and three scores through the air, despite playing roughly six quarters thus far because of a blowout in the opener. On their way through the playoffs, the Blue Dons played Tug Valley, St. Marys, Tucker County and Wahama.

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