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webmaster | 02/29/12

If we add a day every year, and this is the day, and it’s called leap day, what is it leaping over? Not this fishwrap I hope. Some famous people happened and happenings took place on this day. Here’s where you take a drink of coffee and try to stay awake. Actress Dinah Shore and German actor Eric Benz (sister: Mercedes Benz?) were born on this day. It isn’t Hank Aaron’s birthday, but on this day he did become the first baseball player to sign a contract for more than $200,000 in 1972. And since this is still Black HistoryMonth, let’s not forget Hattie McDaniel. She was the first African-American to win an Oscar on this night in 1940 for her role in “Gone With the Wind.”

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Okay, get your face out of the cereal bowl. A terrific event took place Saturday on a cold, bone-chilling windy day on the River Trail. Student volunteers andMadera Rotary Club members (again) came out to help beautify the trail. They were dressed in sweatshirts, jackets and “hoodies.” Now, as you know, this meager scribe sometimes catches some grief for wearing shorts a tad too early before summer, but we’ll see if our Mayor Brett Frazier receives the same. Now understand, despite the attire mentioned above, bear-legs Brett was seen in his best shorts and not a shiver to be seen. Is that the Red Line ringing?

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Also at the community spirited event was school superintendent Gustavo Balderas and Councilman Gary Svanda. Both dressed for the weather, and along with the mayor, gave kudos to all the volunteers. Gustavo and Gary (comedy team?) seem ever on the go lately, with the school supe running off to see his son play in the city’s youth basketball program at the Youth Center and Gary...well, he’s always running somewhere to help.

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Last night saw a wonderful turnout for the chamber’sRelay For Life kickoff mixer at Central Valley CommunityBank. A great time was had with lots of raffle prizes, terrific food and info. to be found. Kudos to all who attended and helped in the organization. It is definitely not too late to get on board the train that’s going to derail cancer. Get a team together or sign up individually for the best community-wide event, May 5-6...


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