Thumbs down to the owners of the Silver Dollar Hofbrau for delaying notice of its closing until zero hour. There was no opportunity for customers who have enjoyed The Dollar for decades to schedule farewell parties or even to dash in for one last rare roast beef French dip. Dang! It would have made for a lot of fun reunions, and the Valley could have sent off its old friend in style. We’re the kind of town that would do that. Note to businesses: Many a shop has been re-energized in the cash register when Fresno people know it’s in trouble. We all get busy, distracted by the newest sparkler in town, and assume some things will always be here for us.
Thumbs up to the 144th Fighter Wing of California Air National Guard, Fresno for receiving the Employer of the Year Award for long-term commitment from the California Disability Services Association. The honor came for the base’s record of hiring persons with developmental disabilities. For more than 25 years, the base has hired work crews through The Arc Fresno and Madera Counties for landscape maintenance and janitorial services. Seven people with developmental disabilities are employed through these contracts.
Thumbs up to the Mouren family of Coalinga for establishing an endowed scholarship to West Hills College Coalinga in honor of deceased local farmer Howard Mouren. The $25,000 donation from the family will enable the school to begin awarding a $1,000 scholarship each year to a student majoring in agriculture.
To Denise Black Sciandra for her decade of leading a fine collaboration on the Leo Politi Garden at Fresno State’s Madden Library. The California Garden Clubs is giving the garden an award Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. for Bob Boro’s design and good use of space. Sciandra got the bright idea for the garden when the library was being built years ago, and saw it as a way to display a mosaic tile artwork donated by the family of the late Leo Politi. What could have been a simple walkway is a tribute and a pretty spot for library patrons.