Funeral services for Mary K. Shell, the former Bakersfield mayor and three-term Kern County supervisor, will be held June 21 at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

The service will begin with a rosary at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. A reception follows immediately in the church's adjacent parish hall.

Graveside services will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 9101 Kern Canyon Road in east Bakersfield, about 2 p.m., depending on the length of the earlier reception.

St. Francis is located at 900 H St. in central Bakersfield.

Shell, who was Bakersfield's first female mayor, from 1981 to 1985, died June 14 at age 91.


The city is nearly done with upgrading streetlight fixtures around town with new energy-efficient lights.

Work is expected to be completed this month on the installation of 12,865 new light-emitting diode, or LED, lights in city-owned fixtures. The effort is part of a partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

The new lights will provide more natural light to make communities safer and is estimated to lower the city’s energy costs by about $710,000 per year.

For more information on the project, visit BakersfieldCity.us/led.


Golden Empire Transit will be driving customers to cooling centers around town this summer.

Customers will be able to travel to the East Bakersfield Veterans Building at 2101 Ridge Road as well as the East Niles Senior Center, 6601 E. Niles St. when temperatures are forecast to be 105 degrees or higher. The two centers are open from 1 to 8 p.m.

For more information, call GET at 869-6363.

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