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July 4, 2014 

Thumbs up to Arthur and Orum Well Drilling Inc. of Fresno for discounting rates so Al and Carmen Almanza of rural Tulare County can have running water. The Almanzas are entering their 80s without running water in their home since the drought caused their well to run dry in April. Al is crippled by arthritis and heart problems, and Carmen has been hauling buckets of water to flush the toilet and wash dishes. The drillers learned of the situation after it was reported by Mark Grossi in The Bee. We raise an ice-water toast to the couple's kind and generous benefactors.

Thumbs up to Judy Rogers and Roselyn "Roz" Clark for getting top honors from Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin during her recent State of the City address. Rogers, executive director of United One Productions, received the Champion Award. United One takes responsibility for the Mary Ella Brown Community Center in southwest Fresno. Clark received the key to the city for her years of work with Neighborhood Watch. Swearengin praised Rogers and Clark, saying they are proof of what teamwork, competence and good cheer can achieve.

Thumbs up to the McClarty Family Foundation for donating $1 million to Reedley College to help build the McClarty Center for Fine and Performing Arts. The arts have suffered at Reedley during the recession, and this donation will help replace the slashed classes. Harold McClarty's family owns HMC Farms in Kingsburg and he hopes to pull the community together with this gift. There is nothing like music, dance and theater to build connections.

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