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Onace Long 1925-2016

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I have recently learned of the passing of Onace Long. He was born in Panama, Oklahoma in 1925. He came to Trona as an athletic coach and teacher in 1957. This was about the same time as his cousin Coach Doyle Long and Coach Carl Bledsoe also came to Trona from Oklahoma. He was my C team football and C team basketball coach as well as my P.E. teacher.

I do not know what other classes he taught but I was a student in his book keeping class.  He eventually became the elementary school principal. Onace retired in 1988 but even after he retired he continued to teach as a substitute teacher. He has been a prominent resident of Trona for over 50 years and will be remembered fondly by hundreds of former students, parents and residents of Trona.

No date has been set for services.

75th ANNUAL GEM-O-RAMA in Trona October 8 & 9, 2016

75th ANNUAL GEM-O-RAMA

Sponsored by the Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society
October 8-9, 2016 Saturday 7:30AM to 5PM – Sunday 7:30AM to 4PM
SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building – 13337 Main St. (corner of Main & Trona Rd.)

TRONA, CALIFORNIA

OUTSTANDING SHOW – FREE ADMISSION

FIELD TRIPS – you drive your own car

DEALER SPECIAL – PINK HALITE – (4 1/2 hours on Friday afternoon – Price pending)

SEARLES DRY LAKE – (2 1/2 hour trips on Saturday, 4 1/2 hours on Sunday)

Registration: 7:30-9:00 am and 1:30-2:30 pm – you must register during these times to go on field trips

Mud Trip
– Saturday Only – Departs ONLY at 9AM- Cluster & barrel hanksite, trona, borax – $15 per CAR

Blow Hole
– Saturday Only – Departs ONLY at 2:30PM- Hanksite, halite, borax, sulfohalite – dry surface- $15 per CAR

Pink Halite
– Sunday Only – Departs ONLY at 9AM- In brine, beneath hard salt – $20 per CAR

Pinnacles National Natural Landmark
– Self guided, information at show – FREE

Searles Valley Minerals’ Plants – Saturday only: 10:40,11:25, 12:10, 12:55 and 1:40 – in bus – FREE

SEARLES LAKE PINK HALITE

FROM THE SOURCE – WHOLESALE PRICES

All Pink Halite collected with permission of Searles Valley Minerals

OTHER SHOW ACTIVITIES

20 Dealers – 50 exhibits – Geode cutting and sales – Demonstration – Games – Gem dig – Free parking

Snacks & drinks – Grand Prize Drawing – Hourly door prizes

Good Food in Catered Cafeteria in Show Building

LUNCH: Sat. and Sun. – 10AM to 4PM DINNER: Fri. ($10.00) and Sat. ($10.00)- 5PM to 7PM

COMMUNITY EVENTS

PANCAKE BREAKFAST- TRONA COMMUNITY CHURCH (2 blocks north of show)

Sat. 6 to 10AM, Sun. 6 to 9AM – Adults: $5.00, children under 7: $3.00

Large groups – make advanced reservations for prompt service – call Gini Schwartz (760)372-5720

FORMER TRONAN’S PICNIC – Sat. 10AM, Trona Elementary School (on Athol St.)

OLD GUEST HOUSE MUSEUM – Sat. 9AM to 4PM, Sun. 9AM to 2PM

TRONA’S HISTORY HOUSE – Sat. 11AM to 4PM, Sun. 10AM to 2PM

ACCOMMODATIONS

VALLEY WELLS RECREATION AREA
– 5.3 miles north of show, $8/vehicle (dry camp, no resv.)

Find LOCAL AREA MOTELS
(Most in Ridgecrest, 25 miles west)

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Visit our web page at www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/ or call Jim or Bonnie Fairchild (760)372-5356

Note: above times and prices for show may change – check here for updates – last updated on 10/16/201454

THANKS FOR COMING — HAVE A SAFE TRIP

Gem Show Flyer Download

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FORMER TRONANS CLUB PICNIC

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2016 has come fast, hasn’t it? It doesn’t seem like two years since the Centennial Celebration, but it’s time again to plan for the 2016 Former Tronans Picnic. This year the Picnic will be held on October 8th. That’s the second weekend in October. The Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Show will also be at that same time, so be sure to walk through and see some of our local artists and their presentations.

We would appreciate hearing from you whether or not you plan to attend. Let us know how you and your family are doing and be sure to verify your address, phone number and email address (if you have one). Thank you to all who made donations to cover our expenses last time! Please get your response forms in by 30 September at the very latest.

TIME AND PLACE

Our Picnic will be held on Saturday, October 8th beginning at 10:00 AM at the our usual meeting place, the Trona Elementary School (the Round School) on Athol Street.

FOOD

Sack lunches (sandwich, chips, fruit cup, dessert) are available for $8 each. Please include payment with your response as these lunches must be pre-ordered. Beverages will be provided by the club.

The Trona Community Church always sponsors a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. until 10 a.m. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children seven and under. It is a great way to start your morning!

The Trona Elks will have a deep-pit BBQ (beef or pork) Saturday evening from 3 p.m. until gone. If you’re interested, call the Trona Elks and let them know. Food is also available at the Trails Drive-in and at Esparza’s Family Restaurant (old Theater) on Main Street.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

The Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society will be celebrating their 75th annual Gem-O-Rama on October 8th and 9th. Free Plant Tours by bus at 11, 11:40, 12:20, 1 p.m. and 2:30 on Saturday only. For additional information, please refer to the flier included in this letter.

The museums of the Searles Valley Historical Society – Old Guest House, History House, and the Trona Railway, will be open on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Fire Museum will be open on Saturday only.

LODGING

Pinnacle Inn Clarion Inn Comfort Inn
84368 Trona Road 901 N. China Lake Blvd. 507 S. China Lake Blvd
Trona, CA 93562 Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Ridgecrest, CA 93555
(760) 372-5795 (760) 446-7910 (760) 375-9731
Hampton Inn & Suites Spring Hill Suites (Marriott) Heritage Inn & Suites
104 E. Sydnor Ave. 113 E. Sydnor Ave 1050 N. Norma
Ridgecrest CA 93555 Ridgecrest CA 93555 Ridgecrest CA 93555
(760) 446-1968 (800) 741-5072 (800) 843-0693
Best Western China Lake Inn
400 S. China Lake Blvd
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760 371-2300

Camping is available at Valley Wells for a nominal fee (only for the weekend).

We’re looking forward to seeing all our friends. Please let us know by returning the enclosed attendance form.

See you at the Picnic!

Nicki (Weidenbenner) Johnson

Enclosures

The Former Tronans Picnic? takes place October 8th, 10AM – 2PM in the Trona Elementary (round) School. All Former Tronans are invited to come and it’s FREE! PDF forms (Info on the Picnic, a RSVP form, and the Gem and Mineral Show, also on the same weekend) can be downloaded here:

2016 Letter Download

2016 Letter Response Form Download

Gem Show Flyer Download

 

 

Alfred Kennedy – Class of 1954

An email from George Sherman brings the following sad news:

“I’m very sad to have to report that Al has passed away.  Thank you to Ann Tankersley for alerting me about it this morning.  I just talked on the phone to one of Al‘s sons who verified that Al passed away late last Saturday night (early Sunday morning).  His obituary should be posted in the Ridgecrest Daily Independent starting tomorrow (which can be viewed at http://www.ridgecrestca.com/obituaries), and his funeral will be at the Holland and Lyons Mortuary in Ridgecrest at 10 AM [Saturday Jan 30, 2016].  Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend because I will be in Memphis at the time.  When Al was in Trona High, he went under the name Alfred Adams, but his official name is Kennedy.  He was married to  Dolores (Abbott) Kennedy (Trona High School 1955)”