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Dear Editor,

On Saturday, September 10, the Los Banos Arts Council Quilt Guild held our annual Hometown Hero Ceremony prior to the opening of our Pumpkin Patch Quilt Show.  We presented 13 patriotic quilts to local veterans and hometown heroes.  The following were honored: 

First Responders:

Police Dispatcher, Nora Ramirez

Police Officer, Noah Jones

Lt. Commander, Ray Reyna

Retired, Fire Chief Mason Hurley

Fire Captain Roger Hughes

Retired Fire Engineer Frank Minor

CHP Officer Enrique Alvarez


Alan Cotta – US Army

Linda Higby – US Navy

Thomas Higby – US Navy

Craig Higgins – US Navy

Ray McCauley – US Navy and US Air Force

William Winch – US Army

We would like to thank the following who helped us honor our Heroes:

The VFW Post 2437 and American Legion Post 166 Color Guard who presented the colors

Gene Brandi and Rick Toscano in the playing of taps

Christine and Gene Brandi for the singing of the National Anthem

Pastor Peter Suhn, Methodist Church for leading us in the invocation.

Councilwoman Deborah Lewis, retired mayor Mike Villalta and John Spevak for introducing each of the honorees.

Our deepest appreciation to the honorees for their service to our country and community and all those who assisted in making our ceremony such a success.The Los Banos Arts Council Quilt Guild Members

The Westside Express