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Quilts of Honor, Quilts of Gratitude

Quilts of Honor, Quilts of Gratitude

Army veteran Gail Belmont knows how to marshal troops – in this case, volunteers with her national nonprofit. The colorful gifts they create have a lasting impact on veterans who have waited to hear two words: ‘Thank you.’

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Great State Park Getaways in the Foothills

Great State Park Getaways in the Foothills

Want an affordable, memorable outing with grandkids, family or friends? The region’s four state parks are great places to play, learn and share time together.

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Tai Chi: The Art of Breathing and Balance

Tai Chi: The Art of Breathing and Balance

Foothill seniors are building agility, strength and balance through an ancient Chinese practice that incorporates slow movement, breathing and meditation. The centuries-old practice of tai chi has become popular with millions of Americans in recent years, especially boomers and seniors

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A Warm Meal and a New Best Friend

A Warm Meal and a New Best Friend

Improving the quality of life for both people and pets is the aim of a new program matching Tuolumne County Meals on Wheels clients with dogs and cats needing homes. Under the program, willing seniors will provide foster homes for

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Autumn Outings: Explore Yosemite’s Roads Less Traveled

Autumn Outings: Explore Yosemite’s Roads Less Traveled

Need a healing infusion of natural beauty? Yosemite’s roads less traveled offer the perfect autumn outing.

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10 Great Yosemite Outings – No Hiking Required, Wheelchairs Welcome

10 Great Yosemite Outings – No Hiking Required, Wheelchairs Welcome

Even if you’re not a hiker – in fact, even if you use a cane, walker or wheelchair, or have young grandchildren in tow – you can still enjoy one of the world’s great wonders. Our top 10 outings include picnics, photo

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Snapshot of a Graying Region

New survey reveals hopes, fears, and needs of the foothills’ growing population of boomers and seniors.

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Life in the Snow Lane

Life in the Snow Lane

Snowshoes invite a fun winter outing, but don’t be fooled by the leisurely pace: It’s great exercise.

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Teacher Max Lemon: Squeezing Lemonade out of Life

Teacher Max Lemon: Squeezing Lemonade out of Life

At age 80, Max Lemon still teaches high school, with no plans to quit. His life story is a lesson in itself.

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Eight Great Day Outings

Eight Great Day Outings

One of the greatest benefits of living in the Mother Lode is the natural beauty that surrounds us. And there’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than with family – both young and old. Below are eight one-day

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A Three-War Veteran’s Explosive Career

A Three-War Veteran’s Explosive Career

It was May 1943, and Larry Singley had just enlisted in the Navy – four days before his 18th birthday. With World War II under way, Singley was immediately sent to Florida for boot camp. So quickly, in fact, that

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The Boys and Granddads of Summer

The Boys and Granddads of Summer

At 85, Jim Gullion still has ‘the moves’ honed from 70 seasons on a ballfield. Now he and other granddads are sharing what they know, including Jim’s fitness philosophy: Actions beats inaction every time.

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Great Neighbors: Dario and Lorraine Cassina

Great Neighbors: Dario and Lorraine Cassina

Arthritis ended his violin-playing days, but Dario Cassina’s deep love of music and community lives on.

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The Greener Senior: Composting

Composting is about as green as it gets. Using food scraps and yard waste to help the soil in your garden or flower bed not only creates a beneficial fertilizer, but also keeps unnecessary materials out of landfills. Compost is

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At 78, He Sets the Pace for Healthy Living

At 78, He Sets the Pace for Healthy Living

Groveland’s Frank Oyung, 78, has worn out a lot of shoe leather and tire rubber on the road to good health. His advice: Keep moving – and keep singing, too.

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Filling the Gap: Seniors Help Seniors at ATCAA Food Bank

Filling the Gap: Seniors Help Seniors at ATCAA Food Bank

A long line forms outside the Tuolumne County Senior Center. Inside, boxes of pasta, cans of fruit and bags of vegetables are being distributed to grateful seniors. “I have almost no grocery money at all, so this helps me tremendously,”

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The Greener Senior: Recycle Junk Mail and More

Snow is not the only thing that can create an avalanche this winter. For most of us, junk mail has been stuffing our mailboxes as full as the stockings above the fireplace. Online, there are a variety of websites devoted

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Seniors Keep Red Cross Going Strong

Volunteers are the backbone of the Red Cross, a national nonprofit devoted to disaster relief. What’s not as widely known: how close to home those disasters often hit.

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Commission Maps Senior Needs

What are the three most important issues facing Tuolumne County seniors? Access to affordable medical care, good public transportation and affordable housing, including assisted-living facilities. That’s according to a “grassroots survey” conducted by the recently revamped Tuolumne County Commission on

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