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Unsung Heroes (vol. 4)

We have an awesome bunch at The Tribune, and one of the most dedicated and helpful of all the staff is Carlos Mercado. Carlos has worked at The Tribune since 2005. He worked for other newspapers in the past, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have him working with us now. Carlos is our maintenance and cleaning guy. When the forklift is not working, or there are other things around the office that need to be fixed, it is Carlos that comes to our rescue.

Carlos is also the person who maintains the coin operated newspaper racks you see all over Madera and Chowchilla. If ever you see one of our racks that is damaged or not working, call our office at 674-2424, and we will send Carlos out to take care of it. He is proud of “his racks” and we are glad he always makes sure they are in good shape.

It’s a pleasure working with Carlos. He is friendly and has a good attitude. He’s always willing to help and he has some great ideas on how to get things done. When we need him to help in other areas, he is ready, willing and able to help. He knows the newspaper business well, so there are many tasks he can do.

Talk about an unsung hero! It is easy to take someone for granted when it is a person who is always there, always helpful, always busy, always dependable, never causing a speck of trouble, and quietly getting things done that no one else even noticed needed to be done. That is our Carlos. He gets to the office very early, and by the time someone else gets there, Carlos has already fixed whatever needed to be fixed, and cleaned whatever needed to be cleaned. Carlos is like the elf who secretly does the work.

Carlos, I know you will be reading this article, so let me say this to you: Great job, Carlos! You are awesome, and I am thankful and blessed to know you. Thank you for all you do for The Madera Tribune. You are important and special, and you don’t get enough credit for what you do.

There are many people in our lives who deserve our gratitude, but we often rely on people, and then fail to show our appreciation for them. It happens to us all. So, take a moment every day to let an unsung hero know you are grateful for what he/she does. It will give your hero a boost, and it will give you one, too.

Thank you for reading The Madera Tribune. We all appreciate your support. Our readers are precious to us.

— My love to all,


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”Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

— Galatians 6:9

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