This is the time of year when community celebrations abound and many changes are occurring.
In the past 35 days, we’ve seen the annual Madera Rotary Club’s Halloween Ball, a community-wide art hop, a holiday Wine Trail event, the annual candlelight Christmas parade and wine stroll downtown, the annual Sunrise Rotary Trees for Charity and the annual open house for the Madera County Museum at the historic and iconic, Madera County Courthouse.
Much credit should go to the people who worked hard to present these events, which are a way for the community to have fun, and also a way for much charitable work to be funded.
Churches are busy lighting candles for Advent in special services and preparing their congregations for Christmas Eve’s and Christmas Day’s religious observations, second only to Eastertide in their pomp and solemnity.
Even the weather is getting into the act, providing us with much-needed rain. To some, the rain may be a nuisance, but to the farm community, it is a blessing.
The city is getting ready to clean the streets of leaves. The county has inaugurated a new garbage and landfill-management service. The city will roll out its new trash-collection services the first of the year.
The city will swear in two new City Council members Wednesday night, as well as a new mayor, and will inaugurate the first year of its representation-by-district method of governance. Councilman Robert Poythress will end his council service as an at-large member to become the city’s first at-large-elected mayor.
On the Madera County Board of Supervisors, newly elected Supervisor Rick Farinelli will take over in January the District 3 seat of Ronn Dominici, who will retire, and Supervisor Frank Bigelow will resign his seat so he can engage in his job as a member of the California Assembly, to which he was elected in November.
These are fun and interesting times to be a Maderan.