Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Kiwanis Club of Delano is co-sponsoring with the city of Delano the annual Community Fireworks Show on Tuesday, July 3, at the Delano Airport.

Other community sponsors are needed to provide the fireworks display due to an increase in the cost of this year’s event. “We could not do it without the generous community support,” said Kiwanian Steve Kinsey.

One way to help, he said, is to support the Kiwanis fireworks booth at Heritage Park. Proceeds from the booth will help with show expenses.

The Kiwanis Club has been providing the free fireworks show since 2006 as a way to celebrate Independence Day and to “celebrate the freedoms we all enjoy.”

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Delano’s Philippine Weekend traditionally takes place the final weekend of July. But youth in the United Filipino Organizations at local high schools are already arranging practices for youth ages 5 through high school to practice cultural dances for the next two months.

Youth may register Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo at Cecil Avenue Park north. At 6:15 p.m., a photo will be taken of the dancers for use in the official Philippine Weekend souvenir program.

A $5 fee to assist with the making of costumes will be collected at sign-up time.

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The City Council at its May 7 meeting did not ignore a request from the community that the armory remain open to the public but rather decided to form a sub-committee, said petition leader Steve Kinsey.

He said that a sub-committee to receive more community input and information on the issue was decided upon and will include council members Joe Aguirre and Liz Morris.

A forum has been scheduled for June 20 with more information to be reported later.

I believe that I signed such a petition asking for retention of the armory, and on the same page that I signed were signatures of many community leaders.

It seems strange to me that the city has taken a position fearful that the armory is in a flight path when the adjoining city yard and a trailer park are just as close. I have been told — but I could not verify — that the Aviator Casino and the new Maya theater are also in the restricted zone.

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All four Delano middle schools will stage their eighth grade graduations this coming week, all at 7 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez High School stadium.

La Vina Middle School will graduate Monday, June 4; Cecil Avenue Math and Science Academy, Tuesday, June 5; Pioneer School, Wednesday, June 6; and Almond Tree Middle School, Thursday, June 7.

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Two local girls attending Cal State Bakersfield have been chosen for the Cal State dance team.

Noemi Salazar is a 2017 Delano High graduate and Daisy Contreras a 2015 Cesar Chavez High graduate.

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Non-profit organizations bidding for safe and sane fireworks booths in Delano prior to Fourth of July have been awarded by the city.

The fireworks may be sold by a permit holder within the city starting at noon on June 28 and ending at 10 p.m. on July 4.

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End-of-the-year awards were presented at Delano High’s annual Future Farmers of America awards banquet. Thanks to outgoing FFA members and twins Jessica and Sarah Serrano, I was able to obtain the following:

Amber Springs was the recipient of the Leo Fabbri and Ed Maxson memorial scholarships.

Sara Lopez was honored as a Star Greenhand, Ethan Carrillo as a Star Chapter Farmer and Jessica Serrano and Lyssandro Aceves as State Degree recipients.

Honorary degrees were presented to staff members Mark Gentry, Uriel Robles, and Maria Morales and parent Eric Springs.

Proficiency award winners and the area where they stood out were Jaime Rodriguez, ag mechanics and fabrication; Lyssandro Aceves, ag services; Alexis Duran, poultry production; Marie Carrillo, diversified livestock production; Ethan Carrillo, beef production; Amber Springs, swine production; Sarah Serrano, goat production; Yaritza Plata, sheep production; and Sara Lopez, specialty crop.

Jimmy Ochoa earned the leadership award, Sara Lopez the growth award, Ethan Carrillo as the top boy, and Yaritza Plata as the top girl.

Ethan Carrillo is chapter president for the coming year. Other new officers will be selected from among Emly Villegas, Alexus Ferrel, Kareli Ayon, Jasmin Garcia, Marie Carrillo, Alfredo Cota and Sara Lopez

During the recent South Valley section awards banquet, Delano High principal Rene Ayon was chosen as one of the Star Administrators, Ernesto Marcial a Star Adviser, and Sandra Oropeza a Star Counselor.

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Job Fest 2018 for Delano will take place Thursday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at Cesar E. Chavez High School, 800 Browning Road, in Delano.

Numerous booths of potential employers will be available to job seekers that morning.

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Football try-outs and sign-ups for the Delano Stallions are scheduled for Saturday, June 9, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at Cecil Park north.

Age groups are bantams, 6 through 8, Pee Wee 9 through 11, Junior varsity 11 and 12, and varsity 13 and 14.

Registration fee is $60. All of the bantam and Pee Wee games will be played in Delano.

Additional registration dates are Friday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 4, at the Pee Wee fireworks booth located in the Serrano’s Furniture parking lot.

Persons with questions may call Mary at 778-7155, Santiago at 586-1107, or Eddie at 978-4809.

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Eight incoming freshmen who will be graduating from the eighth grade next week have been chosen for the 2018-19 Delano High School cheerleading squad.

New squad members are Julyssa Tarango, Savannah Gutierrez, Marissa Enriquez, Ashley Cardenas, Queen West, Monserret Vazquez, Sofia Lira and Yasmine Olivera.

The 28-member Delano High cheer squad will be the host school for a United Spirit Association summer camp June 11-13 on the DHS campus.

Interested cheer squads may contact DHS cheer coach/adviser Carmina Reyes, 720-4282, during the school day.

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Gabe Ulloa, a four-year starter for the Delano Tiger baseball team, was chosen for the June 2 Bakersfield all-star baseball game.

Ulloa also participated four years each in football and basketball, including two years each at the varsity level.

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The annual Delano High Football Hall of Fame dinner/ceremony will take place Saturday, June 9, in the Delano High cafeteria. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner is at 5:30 p.m., and the ceremony starts at 6:15 p.m.

Persons wishing $35 tickets should call Monte Marshall, 725-7541, no later than June 8.

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Special award winners for Delano High spring sports have been announced by Athletic Director Albino Duran.

Varsity baseball award winners are not reported yet, but for the JV team Christian Gonzalez was most valuable, Justin Martinez earned the Tiger award, and Seth Rodriguez was Most Improved. Oscar Silva won the Tiger award for freshmen.

Briana Valadez won the Coaches award for varsity softball, Savannah Ramirez was Most Improved, and Rene Hernandez was named Rookie of the Year. Xemenia Gomez was Most Improved and Valerie Torres the Coaches award winner for JV’s with the frosh-soph girls softball Tiger award going to Kristine Almajano and the Coaches award to Asia Permejo.

In track, for varsity boys Javier Casillas was track MVP and Pablo Alonso the field MVP. Israel Valle won the Coaches award. Frosh-soph boys’ winners were Mark Juan as track MVP and Ruben Lopez and Armando Hernandez receiving the Coaches award.

For varsity girls’ track, Jennifer Gutierrez earned MVP, Ana Meza the Coaches award, and Mia Madrigal the Most Dedicated.

Jaime Hinojosa was MVP for boys’ JV tennis and Carlos Ceja was Top Medalist and Edgar Garcia Most Improved for boys’ golf.

In swimming, Graciano Suralta, Jr., won the Coaches award, Alexandra Santiago Most Improved, and Keone Lumabao the Most Dedicated.

For varsity boys’ tennis, which won for Delano its second straight league championship, Jaime Alvarez and Xavier Duran were co-winners of MVP, Hector Cisneros was the Most Improved, and Quinton Cacal received the Tiger award. Other team members honored were Andre Zizumbo, Justin Salon, Augustine Santiago, Mic Dapito, and Jaime Hinojosa.

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A good sign for the future for the Cesar Chavez High girls’ softball team is that the top three winners of team awards were freshmen, reports head coach Russel Lentz.

Malaya Espiritu was first-team all-league at third base and was chosen team MVP, Krystal Lugo at second base was second-team all-league and the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, and Arianna Silva, pitcher, was second-team all-league and chosen the team’s Best Offensive Player.

Other recognized players were Danielle Simental, named the team’s outstanding catcher, Tatyana Azua, selected the outstanding pitcher; outfielder Emily Sanchez, chosen the most improved; Citlalli Ramirez, chosen MVP as a left fielder; and Janette Quevedo, third baseman, earning the Coaches award.

Gary Girard is a longtime resident of Delano. He can be reached at 661-725-8803.

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