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A barber who has been cutting the hair of Fairfield County men for more than 49 years will be hanging up his shears when the building where the shop is located is torn down at the end of the month.

Aldo "Al" Melchionno, the former owner and current barber at Colonial Unisex Haircutters in Fairfield, who turns 80 on Saturday, June 26, has decided to retire when the building at 788 Post Road is torn down to make room for new development.

The barbershop.Clara Cavalli-Chiappardi

Melchionno, who learned to cut hair in Italy, "one-step-at-a-time," has been working since he was 14-years-old when he immigrated to America from Italy.

After learning the craft, when in the U.S., he when to apprentice school and then received his license, Melchionno said. 

When he joined the Army Reserves, he would cut hair on the side to make money to come home on the holidays.

Al cutting hair at the Army Reserves.Clara Cavalli-Chiappardi

"He was able to support a wife and three children," his daughter Clara Cavalli-Chiappardi said. "He did what he had to do and made sacrifices to put each of us through private high school and college so we could have a better life. All on a barber's salary."

That's saying a lot considering haircuts were $3.25 in 1970.

Al busy with a client.Clara Cavalli-Chiappardi

Melchionno loves his profession and still goes to work every day, even after selling the shop five years ago, but keeping his barber's chair, so he can keep up with clients, their children, and now their grandchildren.

"I plan to try and stay in touch with some of my favorite clients when I retire," he said. "And when they move away and come back, many stop in to say hello."

When the official "last" haircut takes place in the shop, Melchionno plans to spend time with his wife of 57 years Edwelweis, and his eight grandchildren.

He also hopes to get caught up on his gardening and "tightening up things around the house."

"I've been really lucky and appreciate the career and the clients I've had over the years," he added.

But leaving is bittersweet for Melchionno who says after the pandemic and the lean year, it was nice to finally get back in the shop and see his friends and clients. 

"He truly loves this profession and his clients," his daughter said. "Such a special man."

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San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announces he will retire in July

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon announced Friday he will retire after more than three decades in law enforcement. His last day will be July 16.

McMahon made the announcement in a video posted to Twitter.

"For the last 36 years, I've been blessed to work with some of the most dedicated and hard-working law enforcement professionals," McMahon said in the video. "The eight and a half years serving as your sheriff has been an honor and a privilege."

McMahon served as sheriff starting in December 2012 when he was appointed by the Board of Supervisors. He was elected to his first term as sheriff in June 2014.

It has been an honor to serve as your Sheriff for the past 8 1/2 years. Today I announce my upcoming retirement.

— John McMahon (@sheriffmcmahon) June 18, 2021

He began his career in law enforcement in 1985 as a patrol deputy in the Needles station.

"It is now time for me to focus on things in my personal life that require the attention of my wife Shelly and I," McMahon said.

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