25 years ago on the week of Aug. 13

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30,000 SEE WARBIRDS — The 16th annual Gathering of the Warbirds International Air Show drew an estimated 30,000 people to the Madera Municipal Airport on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to see military aircraft from the World War II era in full regalia. Though the show touts World War II airplanes, military aircraft of all types and from many different decades came to the show. Airplanes ranged from Stearman biplane trainers to modified P-51 Mustangs.

GROUND BREAKING FOR SENIOR CITIZEN’S CENTER— Groundbreaking for the Frank A. Bergon Senior Citizen’s Center took place today. Mayor Ralph Larsen, City Administrator Nick Pavlovich, and city council members took part in the official start of the building project. The daughter of Frank A. Bergon, Michele Karpov, thanked the city for herself and her brothers who could not attend.

NEW COUNTY JAIL — The new county jail on Avenue 14 and Road 28 is taking shape quickly. The facility is 30 percent complete and is expected to be finished next summer. It will take the place of the old jail in Courthouse Park. The new jail will have three square housing modules and a long rectangular building for administration.

BARSOTTI BATTLES FOR STARTING JOB — When Mark Barsotti decided to continue his football playing career at Fresno State, he expected to spend the 1987 season as a red shirt, learning the system and adapting to college football. But plans can change, and Barsotti is suddenly in a rare position for an incoming freshman quarterback, that of battling for a starting role on the Bulldog squad. FSU offensive coach Rich Olson said Monday, “Mark has an excellent chance of playing this year. He has really impressed the coaches and is battling for the job.”...

 

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