Many thanks from PHS Alumni Association


We at the Porterville High School Alumni Association wish to thank the generous sponsors of

our inaugural Rally Wagon 5K Fun Run and Walk held on Sunday, May 19 at the Porterville

Sports Complex: Bank of the Sierra, All Valley Uniforms, PETCO, Copy Center, Hanson Travel

Ideas, Glory Graphics, Setton Farms California Pistachios, Melvin’s Tire and Auto Service, and

Robert Gillett, O.D., Eye and Vision Center.

Also deserving a tremendous thank you for his assistance in the success of this event is Jesus

Salas, cross country coach at Porterville High School. Without his dedication and efforts the

event might not have ever happened.

We were fortunate to get a timely break in the rain on Sunday, which enabled the run to be

completed in relatively nice weather. There were 61 runners and walkers who sloshed their way

through the soggy grass, but with the majority happy to be there. As it was our first attempt to

put on an event of this type, we had our share of blips and bumps, but we have learned from

everything. We very much appreciated the warm comments following the run and hope to see

you all next year. Hopefully on a sunnier day.

Thanks again to all of the sponsors, Jesus Salas, the runners and walkers, and the members of

the PHS Alumni Association who helped pull this off: Mary Sell, Amy Walker, Norita Knutson,

Kathy Rey-Kurz, Roger Phillips and Marcia Searle.


Todd Pixler

President, PHS Alumni Association


A unique take on vaccinations


A lot has been said about whether to vaccinate or not. I have an unusual take on it. The first time my

mother gave me eggs, I had a rash the doctor called eczema. After allergy testing in 1986, I found out Iam allergic to chicken as well. It is probably why I felt sick eating chicken. 

Consequently, I have never taken a flu shot, as it is made in eggs, and I haven’t had the flu since the early 1990s.

When I had my first birthday, my grandparents had a party for me. The neighbor’s daughter gave me apresent: measles. No immunizations were available in 1942, and my mother said she had to keep me in a dark room for a month. It may be why I can’t go outside without good sunglasses even today.

As if that weren’t enough, mumps are going around now, too. I had the mumps when I was nine months pregnant with my first daughter — I was babysitting and the child had mumps. I couldn’t go to St. Johns Hospital in Oxnard if I went into labor — I would have had to go to County Hospital in Ventura. Luckily, the mumps were gone when I went into labor.

I haven’t taken the shingles shot, (even though I had chicken pox), or a pneumonia shot. 

Perhaps the immigrants who keep coming are bringing the measles and mumps with them, as those

countries probably don’t immunize. Give them the shots when they get here if we can’t keep them out.

Parents need to think about whether they want their kids protected or not. What about other diseases

we thought we had wiped out in the USA? What’s next, polio? cholera? malaria? 

Being afraid of autism from shots has many worried, but there have been many successful interventions for autism.

We all have to evaluate our own needs.


Priscilla Styer


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