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Senior Farmer nominees sought

December 19, 2017

The Madera Chamber of Commerce has asked for nominations for the Senior Farmer of the Year for 2018.


The honor is presented to a senior farmer who has contributed not only to farming in the Madera valley but also to civic and community activities.


Candidates must be 65 or older and live in Madera County. Nominations are scored by a point system and determined by former recipients of this award.


Nomination forms are available at the Madera Chamber of Commerce office, 120 N. E St. in Madera.


Deadline for nominations is Jan. 19.


Past Senior Farmers include:


1981 — Sherman Thomas


1982 — Henry Bitter


1983 — Gino Petrucci


1984 — Walter Rosskopf


1985 — A.K. Baker


1986 — Everett Garner


1987 — Floyd Nelson


1988 — Lionel Rogers


1989 — Ben Coulthard


1990 — J.E. McKinney


1991 — George Andrew


1992 — John Sordi


1993 — Ed Sagouspe


1993 Honorary — Franklin Secara


1994 — Elsie Buchenau


1995 — Norman Dill


1996 — Henry Massaro


1997 — Joe Galleano


1998 — Robert T. Houlding, Sr.


1999 — Dino Petrucci


2000 — Elvin Davis


2001 — Alfred Russell


2002 — Oliver Espinola


2003 — Will Gill, Jr.


2004 — Jack Schnoor


2005 — Richard B. Johnson


2006 — Charles Faso


2007 — Vernon Martinazzi


2008 — William “Billy” McKinney


2009 — Albert Cosyns


2010 — Johnny Deniz


2011 — Melinda “Millie” Meders


2012-2013 — Sarkis Sahatdjian


2014 — Ray Pool


2015 — Ken Leach


2016 — John Yakligian


2017 — Mitch Lasgoity

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