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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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With the March 2015 launch of our new website, we’re expanding our resource listings to help you quickly connect with more agencies, organizations and information useful to boomers, seniors and their families. Email suggestions for useful non-commercial links to editor@seniorfan.com.

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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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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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Silver Streak: Calaveras Seniors, Veterans Welcome New Ride Service

Silver Streak: Calaveras Seniors, Veterans Welcome New Ride Service

Calaveras County is taking a big step forward in providing transportation for its senior citizens, veterans and disabled adults who can’t drive or use public transit.

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Commissions on Aging

Commissions on Aging

These volunteer panels serve as a voice for seniors throughout the foothills.

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Bigfoot reports from FAN Country

Bigfoot reports from FAN Country

By James Ingram, MUFON field investigator

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The Forgetful Frog Blog: An Introduction

The Forgetful Frog Blog: An Introduction

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on coping with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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This air traveler’s emotional baggage won’t fit under the seat

This air traveler’s emotional baggage won’t fit under the seat

Can air travel make you cranky? Apparently so.

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Drought & Weather Monitoring

Drought & Weather Monitoring

Web links to drought and weather information.

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The Forgetful Frog #3: Life as a Study in Contrasts

The Forgetful Frog #3: Life as a Study in Contrasts

The author, who asks to remain anonymous, is a foothills resident in her 50s who writes with the help of a computer tablet and speech-recognition software. She hopes that her notes on dealing with the physical and emotional aspects of disability will help others facing difficult challenges know that they are not alone.

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Time for parched foothills to seek divine intervention?

Time for parched foothills to seek divine intervention?

  Now that we’ve gone O-for-January and not much better for February, maybe it’s time to rethink T.Y. Atkins’ proposal. Summerville Elementary School’s principal went before the Tuolumne Utility District Board last June and suggested that prayer just might be

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Bladdergate: Hetch Hetchy, media shame the wrong guy

Bladdergate: Hetch Hetchy, media shame the wrong guy

A Hetch Hetchy water planner got in big trouble at tiny Priest Reservoir last week. One of Martin Sanchez’s fellow San Francisco employees blew the whistle on him, filing an anonymous complaint with Hetchy higher-ups.  His conduct—reportedly repeated several times—was

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The skeptic’s guide to man hugs

The skeptic’s guide to man hugs

You lead with your right hand, ready to bid farewell to a fellow guest at your neighbor’s dinner with a firm shake. Then you look up, and the guy is advancing with both arms wide open. Yeah, you met him

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Foothill Groups Welcome New Quilters, Fabric Donations

Foothill Groups Welcome New Quilters, Fabric Donations

Other area quilting groups sew and stitch for charity. Like Quilts of Honor (click here for story), they also welcome fabric donations. TUOLUMNE COUNTY Pine Needlers, Groveland: Donates pillowcases to the Tuolumne Trails handicapped camp, quilts to Wounded Warriors and

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Learning to Fly: How Old Is Too Old?

As is clear from the adjoining stories on Wayne Handley and Kathy Zancanella, you can fly airplanes – and fly them well – into your 70s and beyond. Surf the Internet, and you’ll read of licensed pilots over 100 and

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Three Little Words that Translate Into ‘You’re Screwed’

Three Little Words that Translate Into ‘You’re Screwed’

“Some assembly required.” The words get my blood running cold. Add that an Allen wrench, a screwdriver, and a pair of pliers are necessary to transform dozens of parts into a useful appliance or piece of furniture, and I’m tempted

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Digging Deep for 2012’s Bottom 10 List

Digging Deep for 2012’s Bottom 10 List

Had enough of those year-end Top 10 lists – Top 10 news stories of 2012, Top 10 sports highlights, Top 10 people who died in 2012, Top 10 new thing that causes cancer, Top 10 Top 10 lists and more? Good, because it’s time to plumb the depths.

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Calaveras Teens Eager to Share Tech Savvy

It began when two Calaveras moms brainstormed community service ideas for a college-bound son. What do teens know inside and out, they pondered? High-tech gear like cell phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers and GPS navigators. Who finds these devices baffling at

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Wildfire Safety: Key Phone Numbers & Information Sources, Summer 2012

Wildfire Safety: Key Phone Numbers & Information Sources, Summer 2012

To report a fire anywhere in the FAN coverage area or statewide, call 911. For up-to-the-minute information, DO NOT CALL 911 or dispatch numbers for county sheriff’s offices or fire departments. Instead, public safety officials say, use the phone numbers

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Wildfire Safety: Lend a Helping Hand via Fire Safe Councils, Classes and More

Want to get more involved in protecting your community from fire? Or helping your neighbors during an emergency? Consider joining a local fire safe council, or taking American Red Cross classes or Community Emergency Response Team training. Formed in the

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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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Senior Centers Shape New Role as Community Hubs

Senior Centers Shape New Role as Community Hubs

There’s a movement to put a vibrant new face on senior centers as legions of Baby Boomers – whether they like it or not – attain “senior” status. The goal: refashion these sites into community hubs meeting multigenerational needs.

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