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webmaster | 06/07/14

June means it is graduation time. I hope you are enjoying the coverage brought to you only in The Madera Tribune. Our pages are great scrapbook fodder. I still have the newspaper clippings from my high school graduation 41 years ago.

I attended the Howard School eighth grade graduation this week except now it is called a promotion ceremony. Middle school was not a good time for me.

After attending James Monroe from kindergarten through sixth grade, I was changing schools for the first time in my life. In 1967, Thomas Jefferson Junior High School on Sunset Avenue seemed like such an exotic locale after spending my whole school life on South Lake Street.

In November my boring family that never did anything exciting sold all our belongings, packed up and moved to Murfreesboro, Tenn., about 20 miles outside Nashville. We left my brother Brian behind in Madera to graduate with his class. We never really got him back...


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