Getting the scoop. My fellow columnist Tami Jo Nix, in her column Saturday, touting the fine efforts over the years by the Madera Redevelopment Agency (RDA), caused this scribe to push the delete button on similar words of high praise for Director Jim Taubert and his entire staff. However, in reality, enough can’t be said for their work in so many areas of improving our town.
This scribe had the privilege to see first hand those improvements for all the people of Madera. I interviewed citizens of our community who beamed with pride after the work of RDA’s Neighborhood Revitalization Program. I watched kids gleefully walking, skipping and jumping on their way to school on sidewalks instead of trying to dodge mud puddles and weeds. So many more accolades could fill this column, but suffice it to say, one hopes the city’s leaders will find a way to at least save some of the programs and projects the governor has trashed without a care for our town or our people.
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Howzabout them Niners? What a game at Candlestick on Saturday. I’m sure a couple of Maderans were in the stands cheering on the red and gold. In fact, our sometimes sports correspondent Clingon Looselips looked up from the sidelines to the cheering throng and espied a couple of the couples. That would be Philip and Klina Oberti cheering on their beloved team. I would hazard to guess tractor man Richard Kuckenbecker, Economic Development guru Bobby Kahn and their gals were also somewhere in the madding crowd doing the same. Bring on the Giants. The New York variety, that is.
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Our roving correspondents are slowly checking in with us after partying in the new year. This culled from the Happy Valley News in Oregon and sent to us by Tommy Tinklejinks: A small town held fundraisers for eight years to build a park and plaza. After thousands of hours of volunteer labor, and more than $80,000, the project will be finished this spring. Only one problem. By approval of the county commissioners, patrons of the strip club next door will be able to use the park’s parking lot for up to two days. The name of the town? Boring, Ore. With spring around the corner something tells this scribe the community may have to change its moniker...