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Finding Love After 60: Dana and Monty Youngborg

Finding Love After 60: Dana and Monty Youngborg

Monty and Dana are relative newlyweds. They met in the fall of 2011 and tied the knot two years ago, when he was 75 and she was 71. Both had been widowed after long, happy marriages.

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Liz Sewell: Medical ‘Miracle’

Liz Sewell: Medical ‘Miracle’

Long after hope was gone, Liz Sewell got an unexpected second chance.

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Carl DePolo: Heartfelt Quest for a Personal Best

Carl DePolo: Heartfelt Quest for a Personal Best

A heart attack at age 40 threatened Carl DePolo’s future. What he did to survive and ultimately thrive is a remarkable lesson in perseverance.

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Working Late: Rancher Betty West

Working Late: Rancher Betty West

Tuolumne County native Betty West is still ranching at 87, with no plans to retire. Tending cattle is her brand of happiness.

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She’s Got Game: Bowler Laura Persson

She’s Got Game: Bowler Laura Persson

Laura Persson’s petite stature contrasts dramatically with her colossal determination – or giant stubborn streak, as she puts it. The 5-foot-2 Tuolumne woman is again racking up spares, strikes, and 200 games – despite a nearly fatal health crisis that

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Great Neighbors: Volunteers Keep Salvation Army Bells Ringing

Great Neighbors: Volunteers Keep Salvation Army Bells Ringing

By ringing bells and offering good cheer, Mother Lode volunteers each Christmas season inspire holiday shoppers to contribute thousands of dollars, a few coins or bills at a time, to The Salvation Army through its annual kettle drive. The Salvation

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Healing Power of Pets

Healing Power of Pets

Meet five foothill residents who are living proof that pets can be the best medicine.

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Tuolumne County Search and Rescue

Tuolumne County Search and Rescue

By Patty Fuller One made his living performing root canals. Another is a past Mother Lode Roundup queen who’s now a grandmother and small business owner. There’s also a probation officer, hair stylist, retired banker and Vietnam veteran. It’s an

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A Heart for Helping

A Heart for Helping

Heart disease has changed Carol Katz’s life forever. Now she wants to help other patients through a new support group called Mending Hearts.

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Destiny’s Gift: Blue-Ribbon Memories

Destiny’s Gift: Blue-Ribbon Memories

When life threw me an emotional punch, trips to the barn were sure cures. Still are. Horses, I’ve learned, can be damned good therapists.

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Therapy of the Equine Kind

Therapy of the Equine Kind

Retiree Patti Taylor-Welch is living her dream, with the help of dozens of volunteers devoted to helping children and adults with special needs.

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Volunteers Keep the Railtown Magic Rolling

Volunteers Keep the Railtown Magic Rolling

Historically accurate and often-complicated restoration work, engineering, public relations, helping film crews, coordinating school programs, computer data entry, meal preparation, fundraising and, yes, sometimes cleaning bathrooms. Those services and more are provided by an impressively dedicated group of volunteers –

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Senior Merrymakers

Senior Merrymakers

It’s not just about the axis of rotation or angle of entry for these avid bowlers. Wild shots and gutter balls? No problem, For the Senior Merrymakers, friendship is the kingpin.

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Sissy Mutzner: An Athlete for All Seasons

Sissy Mutzner: An Athlete for All Seasons

Sissy Mutzner is 80? The Sonora native can hardly believe it herself. Another surprise was her stunning sweep at the 2009 National Senior Games at Stanford. A fluke, she insists. As she dives headfirst into her ninth decade, she sums up her fitness philosophy in five words: “Get up and do something.”

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A Passion for Pinecrest

A Passion for Pinecrest

Gil Gilluly, 90, admits he’s “the biggest SOB in Pinecrest.” That’s not an insult, but testament to decades spent sharing the joys of summer – fishing and sailing on the popular high-country lake – with hundreds of youngsters and their parents.

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Great Neighbors: Al and Eleanor Uvelli

One wall in Albert and Eleanor Uvelli’s home is dedicated to his World War II service, during which he received five Bronze Star medals while overseas with the Coast Guard. She has large scrapbooks dedicated to her own fascinating legacy:

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