25 years ago in the week of Dec. 9, 1988

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SCHNOOR AVENUE BRIDGE PROTESTED — A proposal to open Schnoor Avenue for a crossing over the Fresno River met with resistance Tuesday from residents who said they bought homes in the area with the understanding that the street was not earmarked for a bridge. “I have no intention of backing out into a major street and getting wiped out,” said Ron Daggett. “I don’t think any of us on Schnoor believed this was going through when we bought there.” Developer Chris Abshire said he constructed his nearby subdivision with the belief that Schnoor Avenue would be extended. “When I built Lillian Estates, Schnoor was designated as the street to go through the river,” he said.

BARSOTTI, GREER PLAY KEY ROLES IN CAL BOWL VICTORY — For Brian Greer, it was a great ending to his career at Fresno State, and for Mark Barsotti, it was an indication of great things to come in Saturday’s California Bowl VIII at Bulldog Stadium. Both former Madera players ended up playing key roles in Saturday’s 35-30 victory against Western Michigan. Barsotti, finishing off his freshman campaign in style, completed 15 of 29 passes for 240 yards and had two touchdown tosses to lead the Bulldog offense. Among Greer’s accomplishments was a key sack of Western Michigan quarterback Tony Kimbrough and a fumble recovery in the third quarter, setting up what eventually was the winning touchdown for the bulldogs.

ANDREW HENSLEY, SON OF MADERA COUNTY PIONEER, DIES — Andrew H. Hensley, Madera philanthropist and creator of several landmarks in the area, died in a Madera hospital following a lengthy illness. He was 81. As a young man, Hensley helped build the Sugar Pine flume and later worked as a section master for the company, clearing log jams on the narrow waterway to enable lumber to flow into the Madera Mills. When power company officials decided to build a dam on the Fresno River near Road 400, they called on Hensley because of his knowledge of his old homestead. The lake that resulted was named after his family.

BASS ACCEPTS SCHOOL BOARD POST ON CONDITION — Leon Bass accepted the presidency of the Madera County Board of Education with the condition that fellow board members do a better job of tending to business. “I’ll accept,” he said, “if I can get a commitment from other board members to put a little more effort into doing their jobs.” The board has had problems reaching a quorum at monthly meetings in the past year. The vote on Bass was 5-0. One trustee seat is vacant, following the retirement of Elinor Conklin, and Bobby Thatcher arrived too late to vote. The board is made up of seven members.

MADERA WRESTLERS WIN TOURNEY TITLE — Madera High’s wrestling team captured the Blossom Hill Invitational for the third straight year with three wrestlers winning individual titles. Madera tallied 201 1/2 points to beat out second place Hoover, which had 182 points. Robbie Sordi, the defending state champion at 98 pounds, moved up two weight classes to win the 112-pound title. Ben Ervin, a sophomore, was also first at 105 pounds, and Alfonso Cuevas won at 145 pounds. Madera also had two second place finishes from Ricky Arredondo, 119 pounds, and Frank Chavira, 138 pounds. Arredondo, after winning his first three matches, lost a close 3-2 decision in the title bout...

 

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