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webmaster | 01/30/13

Thanks for the correspondence on my story on old Kezar Stadium, the original home of the San Francisco 49ers. One tidbit came from Bob Kahn, executive director of the Madera County Economic Commission and most importantly, an old pal. Like yours truly, Bob was taken to his first Niner game at Kezar by his dad. That was way back … well, like I said, Bob’s an “old” friend. This year he celebrated 30 years straight of not missing a regular season or playoff game at Candlestick Park. Talk about staying faithful through thick (Joe Montana and Steve Young) and thin (Shaun Hill and J.T. O’Sullivan), that’s Bob.

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“Take these chains from my heart,” sang the great Ray Charles. Today, after 29 years serving wonderful food to travelers and locals alike, Bob and Ruth Hillyard are retiring and closing the Ol Kettle restaurant on Highway 41 in Oakhurst. Opening in May, a Denny’s (surprised?), to go along with the other chain restaurants in that once pleasant mountain community.

Does anyone remember the Bigfoot Drive-in? I think it was owned by Wilbur and Dorothy Evans, and had news clippings of bigfoot sightings and a real (?) imprint of a really big foot of a bigfoot.

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Another art form. Madera artist Ramona Frances has been displaying her photocrylic works (a marriage of photography and painting) around the Valley for quite some time. Now, 15 of her pieces are headed for the headquarters of Central Valley Talk radio at 1212 N. Van Ness in the Tower District. There will be a reception February 7, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. as part of Art Hop. At 5:30, our own past president of Madera’s Arts Council, the lovely Dianne Rich, will join Ramona for a live interview on the station...


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