Gary Girard

Gary Girard.

Plans for the fall Delano Harvest Holidays were begun at a March 8 meeting of interested people with vice-chair Alice Luque-Duarte welcoming community members who attended.

The gathering set Oct. 4-7 as the weekend of Harvest activities.

Suggestions from the community for a grand marshal and theme for next fall’s fete will be welcomed with a deadline for submission of June 30.

Starting Tuesday, April 3, people may pick up a form at the Delano Chamber of Commerce office that must be mailed in to Delano Harvest Holidays Association, PO Box 550, Woollomes Avenue, Suite 103-117, Delano, CA 93216.

Two representatives from Maya Cinemas were present, saying that they attended because the business wishes to become involved in the community.

Theater general manager Michael Armendariz said that the Delano 12-screen theater should be open in late April or May.

Duarte said the organization will be reaching out to all members of the community to gain support in at least one of the events scheduled for Harvest Holidays.


Delano High’s Tiger baseball team gained a 7-3 non-league victory over visiting Robert F. Kennedy on March 12.

Delano tallied three runs in the first on a leadoff Jesse Perigo single and a two-run Angel Jasso base knock sandwiched around three walks, two passed balls and two outs.

Casey Jasso and Gabe Ulloa hits were featured in a one-run fourth and two runs tallied in the fifth on a hit batsman, walk, sacrifice, error, and wild pitch but no hits.

Kennedy’s big inning was the third when two runs scored on a hit batsman, Isaiah Staples hit, and RBI Niko Gardea single. Staples scored twice for RFK.


Delano Union School District’s Morningside Elementary School hosted the Kern County President’s Day Chess Tournament Feb. 24.

There were 160 students representing 24 schools from throughout the county.

Students competed in a five-round chess tournament to crown an individual and team champion in four different categories: kindergarten through grade 3 with a chess rating less than 350, kindergarten through grade 6 with a rating less than 500, kindergarten through grade 8 with a rating less than 700, and kindergarten through grade 12 with a rating of 700 or more.

Morningside placed first in the kindergarten-grade 8 team category with a team of Jaythan Quibuyen, Angelique Almares, John Nicolas and Jacob Nunez. Nunez led the team with four wins and one draw to receive first overall in the individual category.

In the kindergarten-through-grade-3 team category, Morningside placed second. The team consisted of Anthony Ledezma, who led the team with three wins and 10th place, plus Susan Martinez, Elissa Cortes, Hailey Ruanto, Koumba Diallo, Jocelyn Lango, Abigail Vellido, Ameer Diaz and Fernando Fernandez.

Morningside’s kindergarten-through-grade-3 team, which placed third overall included Sebastian Garcia, four wins and seventh place individual finish, plus Mason Dizon, Dioymaree Calasin, Dionathan Calasin, Maya Rivera, Diego Rios, Alexander Martinez, Sara Ramirez, Megan Gines, Brianna Garcia, Ethan Cruz, Rylie Flores, Malachi Villalobos, and Ruben Garcia.

In the kindergarten-grade-12 category, Morningside place sixth overall. The team consisted of grade-4 students Aaron Gonzalez, Ethan Nodora and Evan Silva and grade-5 student Avery Cacal. They competed against representatives from Burroughs Union High School, Delano High School and Bakersfield’s Centennial, Foothill and Valley Oaks high schools. Silva’s three victories led Morningside.

The chess team of the host school thanked school staff, parent volunteers, Delano High associated student body and Delano High Service Club, all of whom helped in the tournament.

A six-member visiting committee representing the Western Association of Schools and Colleges completed a visitation at Delano’s Robert F. Kennedy High School and listed five areas on which there were five strengths listed for the school.

Dr. Jarrett Gold of La Canada High School, committee chair, said at the close of his presentation that students and teachers at RFK “create healthy, respectful and meaningful relationships that foster a culture and climate of pride and acceptance.”

“RFK imbeds collaboration time, allowing teachers to discuss best practices to ensure student achievement,” said Dr. Gold. “CTE offerings at RFK are robust and plentiful, allowing students to explore a variety of pathways.”

The chairman also said that the school’s SLO’s provide RFK’s school community with a clear and defined blueprint of what it strives to achieve on a daily basis. RFK has a high graduation rate and no drop-outs.

Because the WASC process is a cycle of continued growth, Dr. Gold left Kennedy with three areas to follow up on.

He said that RFK needs to generate a detailed and ongoing professional development plan in order to create systemic changes. The school, with support from the district, should work to create an updated and relevant technology implementation plan to support student learning, and RFK needs to develop more effective communication among all stakeholders.

Prior to the visiting committee’s arrival, the Kennedy entire staff examined every facet of RFK’s program, including demographics and assessment data, and wrote a thorough report of over 400 pages detailing all aspects of the school.

The entire staff evaluated the old ESLR’s (Expected School Learning Results) and collaborated to draft a new set of student learning outcomes that reflect what the school strives to help students become. As part of the efforts to roll out the new GLOBAL (Genuine, Legitimate, Optimistic, Broad-minded, Adaptable, Loyal) and increase communication of the new student learning outcomes, print room supervisor Tirzah Ruiz designed a series of posters to place in campus classrooms to highlight each GLOBAL trait and provide students real steps they can take to demonstrate the GLOBAL traits.

The Kennedy staff broke into focus groups and met six times over the last two semesters to discuss, analyze, and evaluate specific aspects of Kennedy’s school program.

Each focus group was led by a member of the WASC team, another teacher. Stacey Grounds led the leadership, staff, and resources; James Sepsey, curriculum; Stacey Ericsson, instruction; Tatyana Folger, assessment; and Ernesto Moreno, school culture and support for student personal and academic growth. Each member wrote a section of the report.

Dr. Gold’s visiting committee included Rebecca Bullick, a teacher from Visalia; Karen Christy, retired teacher from Visalia; Bryan Easter, dean of instruction from Bakersfield; and Kenneth Wade Mitchell, a teacher from Porterville.


About 70 students from Cesar Chavez High School and about 30 from Delano High took part in the “Read Across America” program as participants at many of the local elementary schools.


Delano Lions Club is sponsoring Robert F. Kennedy High School’s Girls State representative to the state event in late June.

An anonymous donor is making possible the attendance of Girls State representatives from Delano High and Cesar Chavez High to attend.

Schools have not been contacted yet by the local American Legion to determine if there will be Boys State representatives sponsored from Delano.


At last report there were 33 teams entered in Delano’s Relay for Life which is scheduled April 14-15 at the Delano High School quad.

A captain’s meeting was slated Tuesday, March 20, and relay teams looking to earn money could register to participate in the March 24 City Walk/Relay for Life Car Show by contacting Rosa Lugo at 661-303-9222.

Deadline for purchasing a $100 business card advertisement was March 15.

The Relay for Life committee is looking for entertainment for the day of the relay. Dancers, cheerleaders, or local bands wishing to participate may contact Glenda Muldrow, 661-370-7586.

Teams may still register at American Cancer Society Relay for Life Delano, California. Ms. Muldrow warned that many people have mistakenly registered for Delano Minnesota and were unsure why they did not show up on the website.

Individuals wishing to purchase luminaria bags may still do so by contacting Muldrow or Rosa Lugo.

Teams and their captains were, at last report, North Kern State Prison, Octavio Magana; North Kern State Prison 2, Jackie Jeter; Clemente Crusaders, Rita Jimenez; Clemente Crusaders 2, Inez Figueroa Villegas; Morningside School, Angeline Valdez; Albany Park 1, Rosalba Regalado; Albany Park 2, Shawna Nava; R&F Disposal, Natalie Hernandez; Family Matters, Corina Mojarra; Bakersfield College 1, Carolina Madrigal; Bakersfield College 2, Loy Salarda; Fremont School 1 and 2, Imelda Salazar; La Vina Middle School 1 and 2; DADD 1 and 2, Angela Vasquez; Team Tackle Cancer, Virginia Orosco; DRMC, Jaime Hernandez; Valley Faith Church, Mindy Lucas; Disney Gang 1, Janet Rabanal; Disney Gang 2, Sandi Eskew; Princeton Knights, Emily Basconcillo; Almond Tree, Maria Maldonado; All Night for the Fight, Marty Guajardo; Team Debbie, Tiffany Rodriguez; Taco Factory, Lilia Ronk; Harvest Elementary, Cristal Hernandez; Kern Valley State Prison, Mary Alice Nebre; Joy of Life, Shannon Bangi; Home Depot, Cindy Najera; Church of Christ, Alexis Diaz; Delano High associated student body, Sydney Baraceros; Pioneer Middle School; FPU Family and Friends, Cyndie Davila; and Del Vista Math and Science, Cheryl Hill.


Several times over the last three months I had passed by the Orange Cove Hardware and each time the gates were locked though there was some activity there.

Now I have an answer after I received a call from Alicia (Caraveo) Feliscian, the 1998 Delano Harvest Holidays queen and a past Delano High cheerleader whom I knew well during her high school days.

“Lecie” said that she is in charge of marketing for Jim’s Supply of Bakersfield which has taken over the old Orange Cove Hardware facility at 17216 County Line Road and Zachary Avenue.

The rural Delano store will be called JSC Agricultural Supply and is managed by Christian Garibay.

Tim Moreno, a past student of mine, is in charge of human resources for the store which manufactures grape stakes. The store has opened already but has not yet given a date for a grand opening.


A carnival is planned for the May 4-6 Cinco de Mayo celebration in Delano. The carnival will be open May 4 from 5 to 11 p.m. and May 5 and 6 the gates will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. at the Memorial Park site.

A Cinco de Mayo barbecue is set Saturday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. indoors at the park exhibit building with an $8 meal available.

The annual fiesta parade is Saturday, May 5, starting at 10 a.m. from near Vallarta Market. Angie Jimenez, parade chair, may be contacted at 661-543-9929.

Booths for food and novelty vendors for local organization booths of the midway may be arranged by contacting chairperson Letty Quiddam, 661-619-2777.

Carnival pre-sale tickets are available through Clarissa Ceballos, 661-586-6821. She also heads entertainment for the 3 to 6 p.m. both weekday days in the plazita area of the park.

The Tiny Tots presentation, headed by Allison Cruz, 661-725-0318 and 661-586-9278, is scheduled Friday evening, May 4, at Memorial Park.

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

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