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Kid days and shade

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webmaster | 06/21/13

Metropolis of asphalt and concrete? I remember as a kid riding my Schwinn bike down Fourth Street to downtown adventures at Roy’s Cyclery, stopping by Morris & Hass grocery and getting a free frankfurter from the friendly butcher and leaving my bike outside to go to a matinee at Madera Theater. A summer in Madera, the ride home afterward, back out Fourth Street riding under the cool shade of dozens of tall oak trees and other varieties.

Many of you have called, emailed and left messages, and indeed, it is sad, but true. Those 60- to 70-year-old trees are being slaughtered as you read. Every one of them is being removed in the name of progress.

Yours truly will be glad to not be around when the streets of Madera become like the naked, blistering asphalt thoroughfares of Fresno where the only summer shade one can find is under an awning of a storefront. And if you want to call me a “tree-hugger” go ahead, but I miss our old Madera and will miss those beautiful old trees.

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The sound of music. The Summer Concert season will begin Sunday at Lions Town & Country Park, featuring the big band sound of the Hal Magnie Band. As a special opening night treat the Madera Breakfast Lions will have a tri-tip barbecue. It should be a cool evening and a great way to finish off this weekend. Dianne Rich and her terrific group with the Arts Council do a great job in lining up the entertainment...


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