25 years ago in the week of Sept. 16, 1988

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OBERTIS WILL REIGN AS OLD TIMERS KING AND QUEEN — Lifetime Maderans Jim and Adeline Oberti have created a legacy through family and business in their hometown, and tonight will be recognized as they are crowned ceremonial heads of the Old Timers Day Parade. “Well, I told her we’re old timers. We’ve lived here a total of 145 years, and she’s only 39,” Jim jokingly said in reference to his wife. Adeline, actually 70, and Jim, 75, are the son and daughter of Italian immigrants. The Obertis met at a wedding reception receiving line and ended up lunching on the same balustrade step. Fifty-one years ago, 1937, the Obertis were married. It was the next fall that Adeline appeared at the fair for the first time and rode a horse in the parade that marched by her family’s store, Cerioni’s Clothiers, on South D Street.

NEW PRESIDENTS TAKE OVER CLUB LEADERSHIP — Three new faces will be taking over the position of three Madera clubs. Bill Driggs will become president of the Madera Kiwanis Club on Oct. 1st. Mike Purl is president-elect. The club will sponsor and participate in a number of activities such as the Children’s Miracle Telethon, Special Olympics, Christmas Baskets, just to name a few. Majorie Cole is the new president of the Madera Women’s Improvement Club. She has many activities planned for this year. Rick Cosyns takes the helm of the 20-30 Club. Laddie Lizak is vice president. The 20-30 club will donate their time to the Scholastic Olympics, the Madera County Spelling Bee, Linkage Program, Athlete of the Week, and Heartland Center.

BURGLARY WON’T KEEP MARTIN OUT OF PARADE — The Rev. Cleo Martin, who has not missed an Old Timers Day Parade in 16 years, refuses to be held back by the recent burglary of some of his gear. However the theft will mean that he can’t show his entire team of eight ponies who have earned him more than 300 awards throughout the state. Last week two $1,500 harnesses, which accommodate four ponies, were taken from his home. Martin said two harnesses were left behind, and he will bring four ponies to the parade. “I wanted so badly to make this parade in Madera with the eight,” said Martin, 69. “This might be my last year because of my health.”

SALLY FRAZIER CAUGHT BEHIND THE HEADLINES — Madera County Superintendent of Schools, Sally Frazier, is the subject of this week’s look “Behind the Headlines.” Frazier admits to being 40 and holding. She says the biggest problem facing Madera County today is the need for considerate, responsible planning for its inevitable growth. If she could talk to a person from the past, it would be Leonardo Da Vinci, and if she could break a law without being punished it would be watering the yard without worrying if it’s the right day. She says her handwriting reveals that she is lucky to have such a great secretary — “Thanks Ann.” Sally says her favorite food is ice cream but wonders if she should say pizza? ...

 

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