April almost over

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benf | 04/26/14
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Tomorrow starts the last week of April. On Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., The Madera Tribune, 2890 Falcon Drive will host its spring safety fair and blood drive. All blood donors will receive a free two-month subscription. Local heroes and first-responders from Pistoresi Ambulance, Cal Fire and the K-9 unit of the Madera County Sheriff’s Department will honor us with their participation and attendance. Bring the family out for a free hot dog and meet the staff of your local hometown newspaper.

During our three-hour subscription drive, every prepaid month receives a matching month added free. We all look forward to meeting you.

In spite of the minor spate of showers on Friday, this drought is far from over. Until we have a lot more rain in the Valley and heavy snowfall in the mountains, water conservation must be strictly enforced. The City of Madera desperately needs to put a stop to car wash fundraisers. The water wasted is too valuable to run out on the ground. Businesses asked to use their parking lots for these amateur car washes need to say, No!

This is going to be another bad year for wild fires, too. Residents need to protect their homes by clearing vegetation around all structures by at least 100 feet. Creating a defensible space also known as “firescaping,” is one of the best ways to avoid the tragedy of a house fire. The work needs to be done now while the weeds are still green and the ground soft before the brutal California summer sun dries it out…

 

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