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25 years ago in the week of July 3, 1991

Twenty-five years ago Robert Watson, 84, and Mary Fimbrez, 80, proved that you are never too old to experience romance. They were married in Madera Convalescent Hospital on Saturday afternoon, July 6, 1991. More than 150 guests attended the ceremony. (Courtesy of the Madera County Historical Society)


MADERA UNIFIED LOOKING AT LEGAL BATTLE FROM UNION — While Madera Unified trustees vowed caution in accepting volunteer manpower in the wake of threatened legal action by laid-off classified employees, the board has thrown vigorous support to the idea of parent involvement in the district. Board President Gus Gustaveson said the public should be aware the union is threatening legal action and added the district should realize, too, that lawsuits may be impending. “I think we are going to get a lawsuit from the union for allowing parents to help improve their school sites,” Gustaveson said.

$8,758 CHIPPED IN FOR FIREWORKS SHOW — Maderans went above and beyond the call of duty providing enough donated money to fund this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show and having money enough left over to help fund next year’s pyrotechnics spectacular. A total of $8,758 was raised, $2,200 more than was needed to have this year’s celebration. That $2,200 will go toward next year’s fireworks show. The combined efforts of The Madera Tribune, Madera District Chamber of Commerce, Property Professionals, and the Madera District Fair prompted citizens to give contributions ranging from $1 to $500 with most individuals giving $10 or $20 and most businesses and service clubs giving $100.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT HOSPITAL — A romance that started last October blossomed into a wedding Saturday at the Madera Convalescent Hospital. Robert Watson, 84, and Mary Fimbrez, 80 tied the knot before 150 family members and friends in the afternoon wedding. Watson was described as being kind of lonely when he came to the hospital. Mary had been there for two years. The couple found they had a lot in common and became a pair almost immediately. After the ceremony, the couple was chauffeured to Farnesi’s Restaurant for dinner and then to the Gateway Inn for the night.

HANDLY TO HANDLE COUNTY’S UC NEGOTIATIONS — Former Madera County Administrator Don Handly is back in the government saddle with the duty to deliver an acceptable Madera County site to the University of California within the next five months. The Board of Supervisors this morning appointed Handly as a full-time executive officer to coordinate all the county, UC, and landowner communications. Supervisors had looked at appointing Paul O’Rourke, a Fresno insurance executive to represent the county, but Supervisor Gail Hanhart McIntyre convinced the board it needed a full-time person to persuade the UC to locate in Madera County...


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