25 years ago in the week of Jan. 20, 1988

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MADERA UNIFIED SUSPICIOUS OF WATER — MUSD trustees have ordered all refrigerated water fountains tested for lead content as a result of an order by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Bill Honig. The district has given Lupe Rodriguez and Raul Arredondo the job of taking samples from all of its 37 water fountains. After the water is taken, it is shut off until the results of the tests are in. The cost of the water checkup is $1,440.

FARMER BLOCKS FUGITIVE’S CAR — A farmer who saw a Madera County Sheriff’s deputy chasing a suspect on Avenue 15 did his part to help by pulling his vehicle across the road forcing the fugitive to go into the dirt and flip his car. The deputy had been chasing the car for 15 or 20 minutes at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour on county roads. The driver was wanted for violation of parole and was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections. Neither the farmer nor the deputy was named. The fugitive was identified as Douglas McClay of Fresno.

CHANGES COMING FOR HOPY TRAFFIC — Drivers unwilling to take the Yosemite and Q Streets bypass in the newly completed HOPY intersection will have little choice in the future. The city is going to construct a concrete island to eliminate three turning options. HOPY, an acronym for Howard, Olive, Pine, and Yosemite streets, was the city’s most congested intersection until it was redesigned and reconstructed at a cost of about $423,000. Drivers will be prevented from the popular maneuver of crossing Olive Avenue to enter Q Street traffic.

BERGON CENTER DEDICATED — Celebrating the generous spirit of late community leader, Frank A. Bergon, hundreds of Maderans gathered at the newly constructed D and 7th Street senior center Sunday to dedicate the building in his name. Mayor Robert Garibay said Bergon was “an unselfish human being, and it is more than appropriate that the name of the center be duly recognized as the Frank A. Bergon Senior Center. A brief illness took Bergon’s life in January 1987 at the age of 74. He was a native of Kerman who moved to Madera in 1920. He was a member of the Federal Bureau of Investigations...

 

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