ANTI-PORNOGRAPHY CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED — A boycott of local stores that carry adult magazines and video movies has been launched by an anti-pornography group, which took its cause to the Madera County Courthouse Park Sunday. “I am 100 percent behind this movement,” Fr. James Catalano of St. Joachim’s Church told a crowd in the park. A list of 18 local businesses that carry adult magazines or videos was made available to those who attended the rally, sponsored by the Madera County Committee for Decency. “Personally, I believe we should boycott all businesses, which sell or rent pornographic material and let them know that we mean business,” said Pastor Randy Brannon of Grace Community Church. Pastors representing various denominations spoke during the event.
HISPANIC GROUPS COME TOGETHER — Ten local Hispanic groups will come together to observe Cinco de Mayo during an unprecedented celebration. “This is the first time the Hispanic clubs have joined together for a single event,” said Margaret Medellin of Latinas Unidas. The 10 groups have a combined membership of more than 600, she said. The Hispanic Day celebration is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. The gathering has been set for the United Methodist Church. Keynote speaker for the 6 p.m. event will be Rudy Trevino of Channel 30 Action News. Also speaking will be Sylvia Trevino, vice principal of John Adams School. Music will be provided by “El Trio Los Faros” which will open the ceremonies. “El Ballet Folklorico de Madera” will also perform.
DIXIELAND SCHOOL TO HOLD REUNION — Bea Baumback can still picture the wagon that hauled lumber to the country site where Dixieland Elementary School was constructed in the early 1900s. “We built the school in 1913 and immediately there were too many children for it,” explained Baumback, the school’s oldest former student still living in Madera County. She will share her memories and anecdotes later this month as keynote speaker of a reunion planned for all former Dixieland students. Dixieland School, which maintains an enrollment of 300 students, was named a Distinguished School in 1986 by the State Department of Education. The school’s first building, constructed at Road 19 in 1913, has been demolished, but Dixieland School has continued to blossom at the same site.
GET TOUGH WATER POLICIES INSTITUTED — The stakes for consumers violating city water conservation policies have been raised through higher fines now to be attached to monthly utility bills. Residents violating the city’s restricted watering schedule will be subject to a $15 fine if caught twice, $30 if caught again, and $45 with the possible discontinuance of service upon a fourth violation. Four time violators may also have to install a water meter at their own expense. City Administrator Nick Pavlovich said the idea of installing water meters citywide has been discussed briefly and rejected. The number of warnings and fines dispensed is expected to rise with the recent beefing up of the water patrol, said Pavlovich. “We’ll be out during all hours, even nights, early mornings, and during the day,” he said…