TH Homeowner's Group
The Twain Harte Homeowner’s Group is an informal, private and
closed organization. The officers are not elected. There
are no bylaws or financial reports available. The group meets regularly,
but there are no provisions for homeowner-members' attendance or
meetings. To contact Homeowners call (209) 586-4750.
Vice President-Jim Johnson
Community Cleanup-Bob Coulter
Beautification-Julie Cowell & Rohn Mein
Project Coordinator-George Leontovich
Recording Secretary-Lin Menary
Harte Village News July/August/September 2006
- SEP: The THCSD has now scaled back the Trail and Creek
restoration to "bare bones" because the project priorities
were set upside-down by spending a disproportionate amount
of the Grant Funds on the private Twain Harte Golf Club and
Eproson Park parking lot, an additional bathroom, and
lighting. The Golf Course reneged in the end on
trading land to accommodate the trail, even though the golf
course gets FREE water from the THCSD and a new parking lot
at no cost. The project is adversely impacted by the newbie
General Manager Pete Kampa's planned departure for a TUD
position beginning December 1, 2006.
- SEP: Attorney David Axelrod initiates a letter to THCSD
claiming the summer Assessment Election conducted by the
THCSD was illegal and unconstitutional. Local
resident Bob Junger asserts, among other issues, that
the Election's non-secret voting is forbidden by the
California Voters Bill of Rights.
- AUG: Fire Chief Bob Kampvanee retires August 1st.
- AUG: Barbara DiBari makes residents aware of the
extraordinary funding that will be needed by the Twain
Harte Golf Club to fix its major drainage and irrigation
- AUG: Brian and Valeria Offi from Cooperopolis take over
the popular Villa d'Oro Restaurant and Bar in Twain Harte
CSD gives final
approval to the Creek Restoration and Trail project, long
delayed because of poor engineering which had to be thrown
out February 2006 and new plans developed with a consulting
Geomorphologist recommended by the Fish and Game
- JUL: On July 1, 2006, the way
community associations have traditionally conducted annual
meetings and/or taken votes will be history. This new law,
set out in new Civil Code Section 1363.03, will effect how
homeowners associations in California will conduct most of
its voting and elections. This new law was premised
on the belief that association elections and balloting is
"fraught with fraud.
- JUL: The THCSD Board of Directors
adopted its annual budget for all services in June 2006, a
summary of which is available in the District Office and on
their web site.
- JUL: The THCSD is seeking
contractor bids for the Trail and Creek Projects.
Harte Village News April/May/June 2006
- JUN: Twain Harte gets fired up over a neon 'Open' sign
outside of The Little Cottage Cafe. Are neon signs
appropriate for Twain Harte? Stay tuned!
- JUN: The Twain Harte Community Services Center property
assessment tax vote wins a majority of the 'weighted' votes
counted . Properties to pay annual taxes of $49
average for Parks maintenance, new trail and Community
Center (American Legion Hall).
- JUN: JIM HEBERT is selected by Twain Harte Fire &
Rescue as the 2005 Firefighter of the Year.
- JUN: The County backs down on an ordinance
regulating outside seating at Tuolumne County restaurants.
- JUN: Elections provide for a November 2006 run-off
between Murrison and Balbuena for the District 3 County
- JUN: The Eproson Park and Twain Harte Golf Club parking
lot is re-paved. Also, new $122,000 restrooms
are installed next to the children's play area.
- MAY: John Kinsfather was appointed to the THCSD as
director. Larry Qvistgard and Dennis Spisak
also applied to fill the open position. After brief
speeches by candidates, the board unanimously voted for Mr.
- MAY: The Twain Harte fire hydrants were tested to
re-establish the Insurance Service Organization (I.S.O.)
scores. Twain Harte presently has the best I.S.O.
scores in Tuolumne County, thereby lowering fire insurance
- MAY: The Twain Harte Parks Assessment debate draws out
"Yes" and "No" proponents, spurring formation of
the organization FRIENDS OF
TWAIN HARTE. Newly formed FRIENDS OF TWAIN HARTE is formed
to counter un-necessary growth and taxation in the Twain
- MAY: Ballots for the TH parks assessment were
received May 8/06 and signed non-secret ballots are due back by June
- MAY: Candidates for Supervisor for District 3 and
County Sheriff candidates make their views known to voters
in talks and mailings.
- APR: The THCSD and County agree to work together to
rehabilitate the Legion Hall into a Community Hall.
Proposition 40 monies are earmarked for other projects.
- APR: At THDR Committee session, Twain Harte resident
Bruce Erickson implores village to better manage signs,
eyesores and messes in village.
- APR: The Annual Rotary Easter Egg Hunt was
plagued by relentless rainy weather.
- APR: THCSD holds a public ballot discussion
meeting relating to
the proposed assessment increase of properties to fund
parks and recreation expansion projects.
- APR: New Twain Harte Design Guidelines approved by
County Board of Supervisors.
- APR: Sandberg, THCSD Director, will depart after
serving since 1977.
- APR: District 3 is still unrepresented, with
Schwarznegger's office in no hurry to appoint someone.
- APR: Friends of Twain Harte Parks campaigns to
"Yes" vote on property tax increase.
Harte Village News January/February/March 2006
- As of March 31, 2006, former Supervisor Peterson
had not been replaced by Governor Schwarznegger .
Peterson passed away October 2005. The vacancy causes
a vacuum and non-representation of District 3 residents
(which includes Twain Harte).
- The Tuolumne County agrees to help get funds for the TH Community
Center improvements, even though the pass-through of a grant
for $193,000 for this effort was not realized.
- Local restaurateurs support fiery opposition to the Columbia
Planning Commission's attempt to restrict outdoor
- Twain Harte and the Motherlode received record
snowfalls and rains well into Spring '06, causing local problems.
- Again this year, Twain Harte's "weekender"
property owners were the biggest contributors to the THCSD
yearly Christmas donation drive to supplement the Parks and
Recreation department funds. Over $20,000 was raised.
- Bill Bryant, a 37-year THCSD Director and local
old-timer, in an interview reminisces about Twain Harte and
whether he will once more seek re-election in 2008.
- The Twain Harte Firefighter's Association and the
Women's Auxiliary donated $23,700 to Twain Harte Fire and
Rescue to purchase extrication equipment. Funds came
from the Annual Pancake Breakfast, Steve and Diane Kurgan's
annual Woody Fest, and sales at the summer Arts and Crafts
- The Twain Harte Community Services District propose a
new property tax of $49/year (with 3% annual increases) to
finance Twain Harte Parks & Recreation Programs. The
Community Hall, gifted by the American Legion, now needs
unforeseen improvements of approximately $251,500.
Ballots will arrive early May 2006.
- Work on the trail on both sides of the Golf Course is
scheduled to begin June '06. Parking lot construction and
the new restroom installation will begin May'06. All
work should be completed by September 29, 2006.
- Packy Maxwell assumes THCSD chairmanship from Jim
Johnson effective Jan 1/06.
- The Twain Harte Inn fire-ruins, although now cleared,
continues to cause an eyesore in the heart of the village.
Twain Harte Village News
- The Twain Harte Rotary raised $1,500 at a dinner
benefit in support of the Hurricane Katrina victims.
- The Sierra Mountain Times ran a mock election for a
Twain Harte figurehead mayor. This tongue-in-cheek
exercise was more about whether we will ever need to
incorporate than who may be the ballot-winner.
- California's new law requires Homeowner Associations to
hold secret elections in order to ensure democracy and
maintain the public trust. More and more, the public and
policy makers have come to see these Homeowner Associations
as a private form of local government. Full details in
October 14 issue of Sierra Mountain Times.
- PG&E performed the water supply canals for yearly
maintenance. All residents were urged to conserve
water October 17 thru October 24.
- An incident at the Vila D'Oro Restaurant & Bar requiring emergency
police response to control an unruly drinking crowd spured
controversy as to what really happened. In a separate
incident that weekend, S.L. Youtz Antiques was robbed at
- Supervisor Jim Peterson lost his fight with cancer and
was laid to rest in graveside ceremonies. At present
five potential candidates have applied to be appointed by
Governor Schwarznegger for the remainder of Peterson's
- Mountain Springs mails a color flyer to local county
residents to revitalize its dormant bid to develop pristine
acreage near the Mountain Springs Golf Course on Lime Kiln
- The Twain Harte creek restoration and construction of a
trail partially circumnavigating the Golf Course was
inactive and no public community meetings held or
information disseminated. The Twain Harte Park
parking lot resurfacing and new restrooms have been pushed
to the top in the competition for grant money.
- The Design review Guidelines were made available for
resident review and input at the Twain Harte Area Chamber
of Commerce and at the Sierra Mountain Times office. The
Twain Harte Design Review Committee approved the new
guidelines in mid December.
- The developers of the destroyed Twain Harte Inn
property have withdrawn their intention to develop the site
and it appears to be placed back on the market. Most
likely, the strict conditions set by the Twain Harte Design
Review committee were too much for the owners.
- Tuolumne County Sheriff Dick Rogers suffers a heart
attack and may retire early.
- The Mug on Fuller road was purchased by new owner Peggy
Blue. No major changes are planned.
- The Twain Harte Community Services, in conjunction with
Twain Harte Homeowners and Partners for Twain Harte,
continue to improve the old Legion Hall on Manzanita and turn it into a
community center. Initially thought to require
minimal funds to upgrade and operate, the THCSD is seeking
$240,000 in grant money for this purpose. The
Community Services Center is now part of the Parks and
Recreation of the THCSD and included in that small budget.
A 3rd Annual Christmas letter requesting contributions was mailed to area residents to help
supplement this Parks and Rec budget--typically netting
about $24,000 each Holiday Season.
Twain Harte Village News
- The THCSD directors approved a 2005-2006
budget of $1,959,44, a decrease of $18,419 from the
previous year. The board also discussed major objectives
for the new CSD GM Pete Kampa.
- Sonora Area Foundation Board member Marylin Knudson
continues for a second year as a director.
- Tuolumne County Supervisor Peterson
continues to battle cancer. He is concerned about the
partial closure of CDF fire stations in Blanchard, Sonora
and Twain Harte, and funding issues regarding the Tuolumne
General Hospital, and tends to business as possible during
- Pete Kampa of THCSD discussed better
communication for Twain Harte customers. The THCSD now
offers advance agenda notices to customers, but no longer
provides customers a summary of the monthly board meeting.
The board elected to meet only the minimum requirements of
the Brown Act.
Twain Harte Village News April/May/June
- Supervisor Jim Peterson is fighting cancer and
receiving chemotharapy and radiation treatments.
- THCSD directors approved the 2005-2006 budget June 21
at $1,959,444, a drop of $18,419 from the previous year.
This was GM Kampa's first board meeting. Don Kasso
- The Slash Dump began operating at an extended
- Local Marilyn Knudson continues as a director of the
Sonora Area Foundation.
- Twain Harte participated in the second annual Memorial
Day flag raising.
- Vallelunga, age 22, was named Firefighter of the Year
by the THCSD Fire and Rescue Division.
- Water rates went up $1 per month and sewer charges
increased by $2 for all THCSD customers.
- Woodys Cabin Outfitters (Diane and Steve Kurgan) win
the annual volunteer appreciation award.
- The Twain Harte Design Review committee is at the
center of a local controversy over new guidelines and an
expanded review area.
Twain Harte Village News Jan/Feb/March
- Memorializing the death of Paul Eby caused hurt
feelings when the THCSD and the Twain Harte Rotary
disagreed on renaming the Eproson ballfield after him. Ray
Eproson's 85-year-old daughter, Wilma Barendregt,
also weighed in and favors not replacing the name Eproson
- The Twain Harte Community Services District (THCSD) has
named Pete Kampa to succeed Don Kasso as General manager
effective approximately May 1, 2005.
- The Twain Harte Trail and Creek Restoration is
revamped. Rick Poore, a Geomorphologist, is hired to
re-design the creek restoration, and it's construction is now
postponed 'til 2006. The trail around the golf course
, scheduled for 2005, is now also slated to be completed in 2006 .
- The Twain Harte Design and Review Committee (THDR) has
tentatively approved plans to build 15 townhouses at the
upper intersection of Tiffeni Drive and Twain Harte Drive .
- Twain Harte's new fire truck should be delivered by
summer '05 .
- The plan to increase the required clearance around
structures from 30 feet to 100 feet was approved, but it
may not be enforced in its first year.
- Christmas donations to THCSD for parks and recreation
use exceeded $25,000, with 560 donations. That's only 10%
of the area residents contributing anything. Many of the
contributions were from part-timers who are not permanent
- Repair of the American Legion Hall is moving forward.
The group is led by John Kinsfather. The Park and rec
committee is requesting $3,000 to get started on the
- The Twain Harte Rotary Club has made a $12,000 grant
for the local library expansion. A garage sale was held at
the Old American Legion Hall on Manzanita in another effort
to support the library.
- The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 in
favor of allowing Greg and Lynn Hummel to keep chickens (10
hens and one bantam rooster) on their Twain Harte property.
- The new owners of the old Twain Harte Inn,
Lovet-Morotti-Wilson, have applied for a parcel split that
would divide the property into four parcels. The
split would be 0.3 ac. parcels facing Twain Harte Drive for
two 3000 sq. ft. commercial buildings; a 1.2 ac. parcel for
16-18 townhomes; and one 3 ac. parcel on Meadow Lane behind
7-11. At this meeting Jim Peterson discussed
expanding the THDR boundaries--in part to control the
building of "monster houses".
- Used "Cell Phones For Soldiers" can can be donated and
dropped off anytime during regular business hours at the
U.S. Bank on Twain Harte Drive.
- A Paul Eby Memorial Fund was set up at Central
California Bank in Twain Harte. For more information
call Linda at 586-3387 or Barbara at 586-0989.
Twain Harte Village News 2004 Fall/Winter
- This summer the old Twain Harte Inn rubble was
finally removed and plans for a 3-stage development
featuring commercial and residential projects are in the
- The American Legion Hall was transferred to the THCSD
and may serve as a Community Hall and sometime rental for
- Tom and Pat Moebs, Rich and Marylyn Knudson, Brad and
Lyn Menary , Jim Johnson and John Kinsfather were all
recognized at the September 11, 2004 Annual Community
Gathering and BBQ.
- The Twain Harte library won county approval for
expansion from 672 sf to 1680 sf, due largely to the
unending efforts of the Twain Harte Rotary.
- The Twain Harte Times folded and was swiftly replaced
by the Sierra Mountain Times.
- The Partners for Twain Harte, made up of the Twain
Harte Homeowners, Rotary International of Twain Harte,
Soroptomist International of Twain Harte, Sonora Area
Foundation, Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce, and Twain
Harte Community Services District, has become the local
steering committee fostering a cooperative effort to back
and fund major undertakings within the community.
- Stephen Nichols, the driving force behind the THHO
monthly organized trash pick-up efforts is continuing to
make Twain Harte a tidy place to live or visit. Now
any large organized group or organization can volunteer for
the first Tuesday of each month to relieve some of the
regulars made up of over 40 households. Winter dates
for assistance are Saturdays December 11, January 8, and
February 5. Meet at 10am in Eproson Park. Just call
586-1064 to help.
- With great Regret, Paul Eby, legendary and popular
Twain Harte resident since 1952 passed away November 20,
2004 at age 81. The smiling, handsome and popular
gentleman will be missed by all who knew him!
Mr. Paul Eby owned and operated Sonora Lumber and, later,
Twain Harte Materials. He helped build Eproson Field
in 1954. In 1961 he welcomed the addition of the
Twain Harte Golf Course and was the golf club's president
from then until 1991. He and other Rotarians built
the par course in Twain Harte and repainted the town arch.
Mr. Eby was extremely active in the community and was a
longtime member of the Twain Harte Rotary Club, where he
had a perfect attendance for 52 years. (Portions from the
- The Twain Harte Community Services District plans a
community meeting December 21, 2004 at 7pm at the Twain
Harte Golf Course to solicit public input on the planned
Twain Harte trail around the golf course and the creekbed
Twain Harte Village News 2004 Spring/Summer
- The New community flagpole and flag erected next to the Twain
Harte Arch will be dedicated on Memorial Day, May 31, 2004
at 11a.m., followed by a hotdog BBQ in Eproson Park.
- New board member Gary Bogolea was appointed to the
Homeowners organization. Gary handles Residential
- Twain Harte cleanups continue to take place each first
Saturday of the month, co-ordinated by Stephen Nichols.
Anyone can help, just meet at 9am (summers) in Eproson
Park. Steve Derkum has laid out specific cleanup
routes with best places to park a car. Call Stephen
Nichols at 586-1064 for more info.
- Movies-In-The-Park will run at dusk each Friday night
6/18-9/3 in Eproson Park on the Rotary stage. Admission is
- The Annual Meeting of the Twain Harte Homeowners takes place Saturday, July 10, 2004 9:30a.m.
at the Twain Harte Golf Club Lodge, 22909 Meadow Drive,
- Two projects funded by state and federal grants have
been moving ahead. One, a THCSD project, is the
Twain Harte Creek bed restoration and walkway around the
golf course. The other, a county project, is the
Sugar Pine Trail which parallels the Soulsbyville ditch in
the Twain Harte portion. Don Kasso has conducted a
tour May 10 of the planned route.
The Twain Harte Inn is sold and closed escrow May 13
and presumably the trash will be removed now.
Twain Harte Village News 2003
- Under the Arch' has taken on a whole new meaning with its completion.
This was a great undertaking, which involved the whole community.
- The new Skateboard Park construction is underway for the local youth.
- In spring or summer a new walking trail from Eproson Park and the Golf Course
will begin, funded by state grants.
- Larry Qvistgaard is taking over the key job of Residential Watchdog... helping
Twain Harte Homeowners deal with residential problems such as, abandoned cars,
unsightly properties, and the like.
- The County Department of Public Works will need proper funding to maintain our
local roads after they deteriorate from the winter. They always do their best patching
and repairing the potholes.
- The Second Twain Harte Community Service Awards were presented to Steve Kurgan,
Wes Jordan and Gary Aldrich (for arch efforts), as well as Peter van Houten, Mike McCaffry,
our CSU Team , and Lynn and Dick Merrifield.
- The Beauty of Twain Harte is accented by our new flags. More are to be added,
but funds are needed. Contact Jerrie Rhine at the Chamber office, 209-586-4482
for more information on how to contribute.
- The Twain Harte Library is now the proud owner of a new refurbished copy machine,
thanks to Barbara Allendorf.
- The community stone circle wall construction around the big tree in town was
assisted by Glenn Woosley (G. Woosley Landscaping), Chris Bjornmose (masonry work expert),
Scott Rose (Rose Plumbing) for the irrigation system and many many others.
- Alpine Interiors has opened next to the Eproson House Restaurant.
- The old house at the County Pool got a fresh coat of paint after the dead trees were
- A confirmed rumor has it that a new popular priced restaurant is in the works in the
Twain Harte shopping Center, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- The word is that new owners are in the works for Villa d’Oro. When finished,
Mike and Anna will bring their son, an executive chef in the bay area,
up to be the new chef at a remodeled Villa d’ Oro. Plans are to open in December ‘03.
- 'Captain Litter', aka Stephen Nichols, needs your help the morning of the first Saturday
of each month, to pick up litter in and around Twain Harte. Volunteers meet at Eproson Park
at 9am to pick up tools and to be assigned an area. Call him at 209-586-1064 if you’d like
- The Run, Bike and Swim Triathlon 2003 this October was a huge success-- and very exciting to
watch, as athletes in all age groups biked and ran through the village and swam in Twain Harte
Lake. Awards were presented at Eproson Park. Don’t miss it in 2004!
- Fire safety concerns will be at the forefront this spring. We don’t want to experience what
S. California went through the Fall of 2003! Since Sierra Pacific Industries no longer takes
slash, and Cal Sierra rates are out-of-sight, a program is being planned to haul away
street-side vegetation cuttings and needles during this one-day event.
Date to be announced but, plan for it now.
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