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Thumbs up to the Lemoore Future Farmers of America Guide Dog Puppy Raisers. The club received six puppies to train from Guide Dogs for the Blind on Friday. The students are responsible for teaching the 8-week-old pups the basics of obedience and socializing them so that they will be comfortable with situations they encounter as guide dogs. Last year, the Lemoore club won the FFA's national Model of Innovation award for its guide dog project.

Thumbs up to the Rev. Bryan Jessup and Edie Jessup of Fresno for their humanitarian efforts and willingness to tackle tough social issues. Edie, a longtime food and nutrition advocate, recently retired as Program Associate of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program. The Jessups are moving to Northern California, where Bryan is joining the ministry at Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Arcata.

Thumbs up to weather forecaster Angelo Stalis, who retired Friday after 43 years at KFSN television. Even on days when it poured rain or on nights when the fog rolled in, Stalis' sunny personality radiated through the TV screen. His ability to connect with viewers has been a big part of the station's long-standing ratings success. The Fresno High and Fresno State graduate helped run the "Moments for MS" campaign for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and took part in such community events as Toys for Tots and the Pint-for-Pint blood drives. We wish Angelo and Barbara, his wife of 47 years, the best as they have more time to spend with their 10 grandchildren.