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A little bit about a lot of things:

• The family and friends of a Gustine man killed in an automobile accident is honoring his memory and raising  funds for a good cause in the process.

Cody Anthenien was 21 when he died in the February 2009 tragedy.

Even at that young age, Anthenien had established himself in rodeo circles, winning a saddle at the young age of 14, competing in roping events through the American Cowboy Team Roping Association and the West Coast Roping Association, and starting to wrestle steers at local rodeos, when his life was cut tragically short.

In light of his love of roping, and the enjoyment he found in helping others, his parents Dale and Carrie Anthenien started a memorial roping in Anthenien’s name, with proceeds funding scholarships. Friends and families have carried that event forward.

The rodeo circuit is competitive but close-knit, inhabited by good folks who share a passion for a sport that is not for the faint of heart or weak of spirit. Against that backdrop, it seems fully fitting that Anthenien’s legacy is celebrated by a memorial roping event.

His sister, Andee Anthenien, explained that the memorial roping was held annually for three years following his death but then went on hiatus (although the family continued to raise scholarship funds each year).

Organizers are excited  to be able to resume  the roping competition this year, she reported, and are planning the event for April 30 through May 2 at the Diamond Bar Arena in Ceres.

Proceeds from the event will go toward scholarships for qualifying seniors at Gustine High and Central Catholic High, as well as applicants from the California High School Rodeo Districts 5 and 6.

The success of the roping depends on the support of community, family and friends. Supporters are invited to sponsor an award, or simply make a donation toward the event. Scholarship donations are accepted year-round, Andee Anthenien noted. Those intended to support the upcoming memorial roping should be made by mid-April. Call Andee Anthenien, 585-5698, for more information.

Loss is always heart-breaking, particularly when a loved one so full of life is lost to a tragedy at such a young age. We carry the memories of loved ones in our hearts.....and through events such as the memorial roping we celebrate and remember those who left us too soon.

• Weird. Just weird.

That was my reaction to taking a quick, masked and socially-distanced tour of the Gustine Elementary campus recently.

Plexiglass everywhere, designated tables for specific classes, painted circles on the concrete and floor surfaces to designate social distancing.....I knew what it would look like but was still somewhat taken aback.

I think it is great that kids are back in school, and hope that things worked out for the Newman-Crows Landing district to reopen Yolo and Orestimba today (Thursday) as planned. was just weird to visit a campus during the pandemic era.

• Special day for a special man.....Gustine’s Frank Martin celebrated his 100th birthday in style Sunday, surrounded by a host of friends and family members.....and with the Gustine Police Department, Gustine Fire Department and other well-wishers saluting him with a drive-by procession.

Martin is a familiar figure in the community, and one of those genuinely nice folks who you can’t help but like. He is well-known for his exquisite rose garden, and his friendly greetings and waves to those who passed by while he was out working.

His party was quite the event.....and he is richly deserving of the celebration!

Dean Harris the Managing Editor of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at or by calling (209) 243-8104.