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Bateman in SF Chronicle: Battle over pot intensifies in Calaveras County

Bateman in SF Chronicle: Battle over pot intensifies in Calaveras County

Best known for gold, jumping frogs and, more recently, tasty Zinfandels, this rural county (population 45,000), is a battleground in California’s marijuana wars.

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The View from 99: Marcie Sowa

The View from 99: Marcie Sowa

“I’m a busy woman,” says Marcie Sowa. “That’s what keeps me going. I have so much to do.”

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Alex and Jeannette Zweede: A Journey of Love, Hope and Survival

Alex and Jeannette Zweede: A Journey of Love, Hope and Survival

Alex and Jeannette Zweede share a lifetime of memories. The saddest are of war’s horrific toll on their families. The happiest: falling in love, and their journey together in the seven decades since.

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A Stroke Survivor’s Story

A Stroke Survivor’s Story

As Charlie stepped out of the bathroom on that July morning four and a half years ago, she suddenly fell backward. She had suffered an ischemic stroke; a clot had blocked a blood vessel in her brain.

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Peggy Morris: Gift of a Lifetime

Peggy Morris: Gift of a Lifetime

Three years ago, a stranger gave Peggy Morris a gift she can never repay. Her gratitude is heartfelt – and she has the medals to prove it.

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Life in the Mother Lode, Translated for Flatlanders

Life in the Mother Lode, Translated for Flatlanders

This article appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 10, 2017, and is reprinted here with permission. Link to the Chronicle story directly here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Welcome-to-Republican-California-a-land-unknown-10848826.php Welcome to Republican California, a land unknown to city dwellers By Chris Bateman You don’t

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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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Finding Love After 60: Jeanne Rittenhouse and Bob Myers

Finding Love After 60: Jeanne Rittenhouse and Bob Myers

Newlyweds Jeanne Rittenhouse, 67, and Bob Myers, 77, sit next to each other on the sofa, glance at each other and grin as they recount their courtship. “We met on the internet,” says Jeanne, looking over at Bob. “And we laugh a lot.”

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Finding Love After 60: Nancy Stowell-Freiberg and Duane Freiberg

Finding Love After 60: Nancy Stowell-Freiberg and Duane Freiberg

The Calaveras County newlyweds – both great-grandparents – married Aug. 27 at Lake Tahoe following a yearlong courtship that began with a chance encounter at a San Andreas restaurant.

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Finding Love After 60: Susan Schlindwein and Bob Hornauer

Finding Love After 60: Susan Schlindwein and Bob Hornauer

Bob Hornauer and Susan Schlindwein were both well into their 60s the first time they saw each other. They did not lock eyes across some crowded room – instead, Susan had traveled to Groveland to provide hospice care for Bob’s dying wife.

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Lions Club to Help Homeowners Remove Dead Trees

Lions Club to Help Homeowners Remove Dead Trees

More than 29 million trees have died statewide. Tens of millions more are at risk in what Gov. Jerry Brown labeled “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history.”

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Betty Willson: The View From 95

Betty Willson: The View From 95

Betty Willson’s strong beliefs and family bonds shaped this self-described “people person” from an early age.

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Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

Sierra Leone: A Place of Life, Death and Compassion

In early 2015 Dr. Todd Stolp retired after 12 years as Tuolumne County’s public health officer. Two weeks later, this husband and father of three boarded a plane for West Africa to treat Ebola patients. His assignment: help pregnant women in a country with the world’s highest maternal death rate, amid the largest global outbreak of a disease that kills half its victims. In this first-person account, he shares why he went, what he found and what he learned.

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Ghost With a Past: Bodie State Historic Park

Ghost With a Past: Bodie State Historic Park

In the middle of nowhere and stuck in a time warp, Bodie is far and away California’s ghost town to end all ghost towns.

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High-Caliber Competitors: Marty and Noma Mayo

High-Caliber Competitors: Marty and Noma Mayo

Meet a 68-year-old grandmother – so skilled that she has trained Navy SEAL snipers – and the man who shares her passion for gun sports. As shooters worldwide have discovered, they’re a tough combination to beat.

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Birders of a Feather

Birders of a Feather

Birdwatching is pursued by a staggering 47 million Americans, and 30 percent are 55 or older.

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The World in His Garage

The World in His Garage

Model railroad hobbyists like Gary Gober are dedicated to re-creating a working rail system in minute detail.

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Tommy Johnson: Spring Training

Tommy Johnson: Spring Training

As anyone who knows him can attest, Tommy Johnson’s a good talker. And when it comes to railroads, he knows what he’s talking about.

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Working Late: Attorney Cyril Ash, 91

Working Late: Attorney Cyril Ash, 91

With more than 65 years in the courtroom, Cyril Ash is one of California’s oldest practicing attorneys. For this 91-year-old Calaveras County resident, retirement has simply never held as much appeal as the law.

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Katie Aguirre: Operation Warmth

Katie Aguirre: Operation Warmth

For the homeless, a sleeping bag could make the difference between life and death.

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Allen Shrode: Fitness Among Friends

Allen Shrode: Fitness Among Friends

Allen Shrode helps fellow seniors stay in shape. His students may not be doing crunches or running races, but like their 91-year-old instructor, they know the value of sharing time with friends.

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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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Ken Baldwin: Surviving Depression

Ken Baldwin: Surviving Depression

The unforgettable story of a man who jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge and lived.

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Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

Mine Grassetti: Escaping the Holocaust

“In 1940 we knew what was coming for the Jews,” says Mine Grassetti, who looks back on her family’s terrifying trek to freedom.

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Steve Klesitz: Nine Years as a POW

Steve Klesitz: Nine Years as a POW

When he was released from Tiszalok prison camp in Hungary in late 1953, Steve Klesitz had spent one-third of his 27 years as a POW.

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Sandi Young: Coming Home to a ‘Moonscape’

Sandi Young: Coming Home to a ‘Moonscape’

Back in mid-September, under a brown sky and with ash raining down, Sandi fled the fast-moving blaze with her five horses, five dogs and her downsized herd of 35 goats.

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Facing the Butte Fire’s Terrible Toll

Facing the Butte Fire’s Terrible Toll

“We lost more than a house,” says Mary Anderson. “We had 37 years of our lives in that home.”

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Sonora Inventor: First Patent at 91

Sonora Inventor: First Patent at 91

The inventor has designed plenty of tools, but not until 2014, at age 91, did he think to patent one of his brainstorms.

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Trading Retirement Dreams for a Second Round of Parenthood

Trading Retirement Dreams for a Second Round of Parenthood

Beset by family crises, a growing number of foothill grandparents are raising their grandchildren. It’s a difficult challenge that at once speaks of love, sacrifice and hope for the future.

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Gun Clubs

Gun Clubs

Angels Gun Club 2403 Gun Club Rd., Angels Camp, near Calaveras County Fairgrounds, (209) 736-9357, established 1947. Rifle and pistol ranges for members only. Roster of 600, new members must be sponsored by current member. Annual dues, $75. Trap range open

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Butte Fire Victims: Resources and Help

Butte Fire Victims: Resources and Help

Information on and links for long-term help available to individuals and families affected by this disaster.

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A Visit to Historic Knights Ferry

A Visit to Historic Knights Ferry

A remarkable covered bridge is just part of this little river town’s rich Gold Rush history.

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Beginner’s Guide to Turning 65

Beginner’s Guide to Turning 65

With a milestone birthday looming, writer Chace Anderson sets out to demystify Medicare and Social Security.

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Artist Profile: Harry Nakamoto, Potter

Artist Profile: Harry Nakamoto, Potter

He sits at the wheel, and the 82-year-old hands on the clay are his. But inspiration for his work comes as much from her as it does from him.

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Artist Profile: Rich Miller, Photographer

Artist Profile: Rich Miller, Photographer

“When you’re doing what you love, it’s not really a job,” says photographer Rich Miller.

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Artist Profile: Natalia Koshelkova, Illustrator

Artist Profile: Natalia Koshelkova, Illustrator

“Go the way that God gave you talent,” says illustrator Natalia Koshelkova. “My life taught me this.”

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Artist Profile: Andy Enzi and Jeff Rapetti, Chainsaw Carvers

Artist Profile: Andy Enzi and Jeff Rapetti, Chainsaw Carvers

Growing up in the Mother Lode, Andy Enzi and Jeff Rapetti didn’t give art much thought. Yet today both are sculptors who make a living off their work.

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Artist Profile: Julie Trail, Painter

Artist Profile: Julie Trail, Painter

“It wasn’t until I retired that I just decided, this is the time to do something with my love of art,” says painter Julie Trail.

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FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

FAN Reader Reunites Pearl Harbor Survivors

When Cheri Shirey of Ione read how Ski Biernacki and the USS Helena survived a Japanese torpedo attack at Pearl Harbor (Friends and Neighbors, Summer 2014 issue), something sounded familiar. Shirey, 65, sent the story to her good friend Shirley

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Ken Brunges: Guardian of the Tree

Ken Brunges: Guardian of the Tree

It may not actually be “the oldest thing that God has wrought,” as a nearby monument proclaims. But for Ken Brunges, the Bennett Juniper is an honored elder worthy of respect – 26 years’ worth and counting.

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A Cowboy Poet Like No Other

A Cowboy Poet Like No Other

Alleene Keith, 88, has a soft spot for anything western – especially a popular western tradition, cowboy poetry.

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Mother Lode Food Project: Fighting Hunger, One Green Bag at a Time

Mother Lode Food Project: Fighting Hunger, One Green Bag at a Time

New project helps take a bite out of hunger by increasing donations to a local food bank by 50%.

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Eight Great Dog Walks

Eight Great Dog Walks

Want to explore new territory? It’s more fun with your best friend. Break out the leash, treats and water and enjoy these charming foothill trails and byways together.

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Model A as in … Art?

Model A as in … Art?

Ron Smith’s Model A Ford is one of about a dozen that rumble up Sonora’s Washington Street for the Mother Lode Roundup Parade each May.

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Punny Dambacher: Growing Up in Jail

Punny Dambacher: Growing Up in Jail

Punny Dambacher, 91, shares memories of his father, a six-term sheriff, and his childhood home ― aka, the Tuolumne County Jail.

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An Ode to Fly Fishing

An Ode to Fly Fishing

California’s mountain trout have lured fly fisherman Jim Maddox for six decades. For this retired wildlife biologist, the day’s catch isn’t the real prize – what matters most is “the going and the doing.”

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Cherishing the Unexpected Gift of Family

Cherishing the Unexpected Gift of Family

Anguished over her daughter’s cancer diagnosis, Paulina Sanfilippo never imagined the journey of joy and discovery waiting in the wings. It all started with a letter to Pennsylvania.

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Eight Great Ways to De-Stress

Eight Great Ways to De-Stress

Experts offer tips on how to sideline stress and reclaim a healthy dose of relaxation.

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Readers rate FAN in magazine’s first survey

Readers rate FAN in magazine’s first survey

In our first survey, readers tell us what they like about FAN … and what they do as a result of reading it.

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Groveland Weighs Village Concept

Groveland Weighs Village Concept

Grovelander Al Brizard, 83, confesses that he’s a “stubborn old man” – who now needs help changing that light bulb high in the ceiling. Some 130 miles to the west, 75-year-old Marcia Freedman of Berkeley notes firmly that she doesn’t

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