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webmaster | 09/04/13

We made it through Labor Day without another Cyrus sizzle. Most of us have heard of Miley Cyrus’ unflattering, distasteful performance doing unmentionables with a large foam finger at the MTV Video Music Awards. Steve Chmelar, the inventor of the raised index finger signifying we’re No. 1, expressed his displeasure that it was used for such an arrogant display. As for yours truly, I have to wonder if the inventor of the Pet Rock (mid-1970s) is also disgusted that Cyrus is using one of his inventions for her brain.

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Singing at sunrise. Last Friday morning at Country Waffles, and before I had a chance to ask my pretty waitress, Kim, to turn the sound way up on the piped-in music, teacher, poet, and evidently singer-songwriter Brian O’Donovan approached me, turned a chair around (“like a cowboy”), sat down and proceeded to croon a song he had written.

I won’t say to whom the tune was dedicated because it might be a surprise, but here’s a tip. Brian is a teacher at Dixieland, way out there, and they will be celebrating their centennial Oct. 25. I’m sure my editor, being the music lover that he is, will send this scribe out to cover the celebration.

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No lights, no siren, just some cool guys. Can’t really say what they did, but according to Charlotte Brewer, a few of our local firefighters, led by veteran Randy Cooper, went above and beyond to help a longtime Madera couple. Shall we just say the elderly twosome’s ability to get around has greatly improved thanks to the efforts of our local firefighting folks...


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