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webmaster | 12/14/12

Number one again. Yes, at the top of the list for dirtiest cities in America is Fresno. “This Central Valley city suffers some of the worst air pollution in the nation, and a water supply so degraded that the city used to tell pregnant women not to drink from the tap,” states Forbes Magazine.

What ticks this writer off is farther down in the text they list “the Fresno-Madera metropolitan area.” Hey, we have a river between us and if you keep an eye on the air pollution index, almost daily, Madera has better air quality than Fresno. We are a separate entity up here, north of Fresburg, and getting better all the time.

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A happy anniversary to the Vineyard Restaurant and the owners, the Mariscotti family. Yesterday, Dec. 13, marked the beginning, 35 years ago, of a venue filled with fun, hospitality and delicious meals. To make it extra special the day also is my gal’s birthday. She is just slightly older than the Vineyard, and just as fine as the wine they serve.

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Well, it was 45 years ago yesterday when I was sitting on my bunk at basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., having just heard that we were getting two weeks leave for Christmas and then, after basic, we would be going to advanced combat training. The gruff voice of the drill sergeant still echoed off the barracks’ walls. “And if I have my way, you all will be going to Vietnam right after that,” he warned. Using my best Madera High math I calculated I wouldn’t see my girlfriend for at least 14 months if the sergeant’s words rang true...


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