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Nov. 17, 2023

By Gary Girard, DelanoNow Columnist

Delano Ag 4-H was “best in parade” in Delano’s second annual Hometown Heroes Veterans Day Parade

that took place November 4 on Delano’s Main Street and Jefferson Street.   Organizers again had a parade a

week before Veterans Day in order not to compete for entrants with longer established parades.

     My thanks go to Sally Medrano for emailing me the parade results.   She also had numerous volunteers

helping with sign-ups, organizing entries in the parade, judges, and Main Street announcer Tommy Soto,

himself a veteran.

      Bakersfield Young Marines won the “best in military” category while  Armed Forces Recruit and Red Shirt

Riders won the “best veteran service organization” category.

      McFarland recreation cheer won for “best motorized entry” and Global Sikaran Federation for the

“best non-motorized entry.”

       Cecil Avenue Middle School’s Patriot band won the “best musical entry” award and the black stallion horse

and officer Ochoa won in the “best animal/mounted entry” category

      Grand Marshal was Rogelio (Roger) Gadiano, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam and for many years

has been active in city and Filipino community activities.

       The parade curbside crowd was larger than for last year’s inaugural event and more than 60 entries

took part.   

       Sponsors included El Rey  Restaurant which provided a veterans breakfast, Marlin’s Flowers and Little

Flower Shop, Trophies Etc., Greg Hirokawa PhD, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion,

Kiwanis Club of Delano, Delano Police Officers Foundation, Adventist Health Delano, Pandol Brothers, Inc.,

County Line Chevron, Storeland Self Storage, District 4 supervisor David Couch, Sevier’s Auto Supply,

Valley Strong Credit Union, and Kern Valley Prison…..

       When I went searching for parade results at the American Legion Hall, I received some great help from a

pair of women, including Dee Hardesty.

       I learned that the second annual Marine Ball, celebrating the 248th birthday of the United States Marines,

will take place Saturday, November 11, from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Legion Hall with a live band playing.

       Charge is $75 per person—not sure what is included.   Call 661-721-2918 after 4 p.m. for information.

Persons may buy tickets in advance or at the door.

       The Legion is also a drop-off location for the local Toys for Tots.   Just turn in an unwrapped child’s gift.

       A pajama drive to benefit local youth will take place up to November 30 when youth are invited from 5 to 8

p.m. to select a donation.   Pajamas donated should be new or slightly used.

        American Legion Hall remains the monthly site the Thursday of each month for a dinner for  “help a woman

who has had a difficult time.  The fund-raising dinner starts at  6 p.m.   The American Legion and American Legion

Auxiliary join in sponsoring the monthly gatherings…..

        November 8 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. the Delano Career and Resource Fair 2023 will or has taken place at

the location of 1015 11th Avenue, in front of Delano City Hall.

         Persons were reminded to have a resume with them.  For questions or concerns they could call the

human resources department at 661-721-3305……

         The 2023 Christmas parade sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, and probably the city of Delano as

well but awaiting that confirmation, will take place Thursday, December 7, on Delano’s Main Street at 6 p.m.

         “A Cartoon Christmas” is theme of the event which again features Santa Claus as Grand Marshal.

Impersonators of Santa Claus are not allowed and any entry with a Santa will  automatically be disqualified from


          Check-in will take place at the corner of  Main Street and 7th Avenue starting at 3 p.m.

          Schools will not be charged, as well as military and city of Delano entries..   For others, payment will be

accepted in cash, check, or debit/credit card.   Entry forms are online and request information such as whether the

entry will have  sound or music,  or if it will be one or more vehicle entries.

         Categories include band, dance/drill team/cheer, marching, decorated float, decorated vehicle, or entries not

to be judged.

      The entry form will also ask for email, the contact person, and whether the entry is company, club, or


       At the Delano City Council meeting November 6, the Council was expected to award a contract for the

“2023 Urgent Schuster Road 16 inch water main replacement project” to JM Pipeline of Bakersfield for


        The Councill was also expected to approve a professional services agreement with MKN and Associates

to provide professional engineering design services for the 2023 water mapping, model and master plan

project for $102,037.

         Council was also to appoint the city manager and city attorney as real property negotiators for the parcel

adjacent to Highway 99 and County Line Road and to sell the property for commercial purposes.

        The Council was to hear a request from Everardo Pantoja for $3,512 to send eight Morningside elementary

school students to a cross country national competition in Tallahassee, Florida……

     About two years ago I wrote an item about Mikey Huerta, Delano High School graduate of 2016.   It’s been

so many years that it was a surprise when I received a phone call from him the last week of October.

      I recall that Huerta had taken part in a youth Navy program in Bakersfield while in his teen years.   Thus,

it was not a surprise when he was accepted at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and

graduated from there four years later.

        Huerta says he has been assigned to duty in Virginia ever since but in February expects to be reassigned

to duty in San Diego, much closer to home.    He is now a lieutenant junior grade in the Navy.   I was surprised

when he told me of all the assignments he has had during his Navy days on the “edge” of the current was zones.

          I remembered and he affirmed that maybe the major highlight of his Delano High days was in a football

game with the Delano Tigers playing at  Mira Monte.    It was the final minutes of the game when Mira Monte

was threatening to break the game open, driving deep into Delano territory.    It was then that a pass toward the

Delano goal was intercepted by Huerta at somewhere around the two yard line and returned 98 yards (or near that)

for a touchdown that gave Delano a 19-16 victory—one of just two victories for DHS that season.

            Huerta was a solid student in the classroom and  also ran track and pole vaulted.   He certainly has become

a good example of local youth and hopefully he will be able to visit Delano High and maybe inspire some of the

teenagers there to pursue bigger and better things…..

            The city of Delano is inviting proposals for the purchase of unmarked police vehicles to be turned in to

the city clerk prior to 2 p.m. on November 13…..

           From Frank Garay, coach of the Cesar E. Chavez High School girls’ tennis team, a report that in the

CIF Division 4 first round that Chavez girls downed Matilda Torres High School of Madera, 7-2, and then

in round 2 defeated Corcoran, 7-2.    The semi-final was scheduled Oct. 31…..

            All three high schools of the Delano Joint Union High School District were hosts to first-round football

playoff games November 3.

            Robert F. Kennedy, 4th ranked in Division 3, opened with a 42-21 win over No. 13 Santa Ynez.

In Division 5, No. 6 Cesar Chavez tumbled No. 11 Sanger West, 56-28.

            In Division 5 Play, No. 7 Delano was toppled 43-36 by No. 10 Reedley.   The Reedley team built a 43-14

halftime lead.   Delano scored three times in the second  half and reached the 2 yard line in pursuit of a tying

touchdown, but a penalty, two running plays, and an incomplete pass stopped Delano from gaining a tie.

Reedley did not gain a first down in the second half and never got past its own 35 yard line in the second half.


The 5th annual Delano Community Thanksgiving luncheon is planned Thursday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon or until

food runs out.    Organizers are preparing to serve 1,800 persons.

Meals with a limit of four per vehicle will be by drive-thru or pick-up only.   The public is urged to take Glenwood

Street from Cecil Avenue or an entry area south of Tony’s Firehouse Grill, 502 County Line Road, where serving will take

place.  Entry by way of County Line Road will not be permitted—vehicles WILL exit onto County Line Road.

About 100 volunteers assist annually but must be 18 or older.    For more information, persons may call Art

Armendariz (661) 586-2001, or Claribel Gutierrez (661) 778-3265.

Groups assisting with the event are Delano Union School District, Delano Joint Union High School District, city

of Delano, World Harvest International Church, Delano Harvest Holidays, Soroptimist of Delano, Delano Chamber of

Commerce, Delano Kiwanis Club, Delano Community Alliance, DADD. STRR, Adventist Health Delano, and

David Couch, 4th district supervisor.

Art Armendariz is coordinating the event with other committee members Anthony Martinez, Dorsey Driggs,

Art Medina, commander Velasco, Roy Castillo, Gilbert Martinez, Sunshine Hernandez, Andrea Popoy, John

Chavolla, Claribel Gutierrez, pastor David Vivas, Steve Kinsey, Matthew Cauthron, and Frank Wooldridge…..

          A flyer from Dr. Jasmeet Bains, Assembly member of the 35th district, touts the legislature approving $500,000

for rejuvenating parks throughout Delano.     The flyer indicates funds will be for graffiti removal, repairing park surfaces

and parking lots, planting flowers, trees, and other vegetation to beautify local parks, and upgrading existing amenities

like bathrooms and play structures.

A message near the bottom of the flyer states, “Best of all, this funding is flexible so money can be spent on areas

identified by the community as having the greatest need.”    I have a concern of what is meant by “community.”

When the process of seeking a state grant for the new community pool on 11th Avenue took place, it was reported

that the “community” had made the decision, one which would furnish a pool that would NOT be the proper length for

swim meets.   But the publicity on the project said the “community” did not want the length to allow swim meets.

I just hope the “community” representation will truly be of community members with foresight and an open mind…..

                “Frozen in Time” will be the theme of  the winter formal dance open to students of Cesar E. Chavez,

Delano High, and Robert F. Kennedy High on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cesar E. Chavez High School cafeteria.

Tickets and a school ID are  required for entry.   Ticket sales for the $15 ticket entry are available from Nov. 13 to Dec.

5 at lunch and after school at the student body offices of the three high schools.    Permission slips must be completed

before tickets can be purchased.    There will be no tickets sold at the door……

            The Delano City Council, according to a legal notice reporting a city ordinance on  the matter, declares, “The

City Council desires to adopt Rosenberg’s Rules of Order as its parliamentary procedure as better suited for a local

agency and recommended by the League of California Cities.”…..

  In another legal notice the city is requesting proposals for sub lease of the Delano Soccer Park.   The city will

receive such proposals at the office of the city clerk, located  at 1015 11th Avenue, Delano, by no later than noon

on Wednesday, Dec. 20…..

             Girls tennis at Cesar E. Chavez High School achieved another successful season, coach Frank Garay  reports.

The Lady Titans were co-champs of the South Sequoia League, posted a 14-6 overall win/loss record, and placed

second in Division IV.   Chavez girls upended Coalinga, 6-3, before losing 7-2 to Firebaugh in the finals.

           All three high schools of the Delano Joint Union High School District made a good showing in the section

football playoffs.  Delano High lost   43-36 to Reedley in the Division V first round but after being shocked 43-14  during the

first half, Delano rallied for three touchdowns and had a first and goal at the Reedley 2 in pursuit of the tying score.  A penalty,

two runs for no gain, and an incomplete pass kept DHS from finishing a successful comeback.   Delano’s defense in the

second half gave up no points, no first downs, and only 10 yards and never allowed Reedley past its own 35 yard line.

In Division V football the Cesar Chavez Titans won their first-round game and  had to go on the road to battle

Liberty of Madera, the No. 3 seed.   No. 6 Chavez battled into overtime before losing, 34-31.

In Division III, Kennedy lost 34-28 to Kerman when the visitors unleashed a long touchdown run up the middle for

the winning score late in the contest.

All three high schools also performed well in a recent band competition I was informed,…..

It has been well over a month since a fire inside Burger King on County Line Road took place.  Since then I have

heard that Burger King will not repair the damage and is closing..   I assume that means selling the property and I am curious if that will mean another fast-food franchise or another type business or simply an empty area.

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