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Own a complete collection of Friends and Neighbors Magazine

Own a complete collection of Friends and Neighbors Magazine

Missed any issues of FAN? Purchase a complete collection of all 38 issues of Friends and Neighbors Magazine, available boxed or unboxed.

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Save a Life: CPR and Other First-Aid Classes

Save a Life: CPR and Other First-Aid Classes

Local, regional and online options for learning CPR, AED and first aid.

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Estate Planning: The ‘What if’ Travel Checklist

Estate Planning: The ‘What if’ Travel Checklist

This is a “before you travel” guide for all that you leave behind.

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Taking a Stand Against Sitting Still

Taking a Stand Against Sitting Still

Chairs, you might say, are the new cigarettes.

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Reclaiming the Joy of Travel

Reclaiming the Joy of Travel

For an avid outdoorsman and his wife, a catastrophic illness changed everything. Could an RV help them rediscover the joy of travel? His journey of discovery reveals just how much there is to learn.

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Model T Rides Again

Model T Rides Again

A Model T bought new in Sonora more than 90 years ago has been sold for only the second time. And as part of the bargain, the original owner’s grandson had a chance to drive it for the first time.

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A Day at the Lake: Six Central Sierra Getaways

A Day at the Lake: Six Central Sierra Getaways

Need a refreshing getaway? You’ll find it in this guide to six area lakes offering sun, fun and much more.

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Is Your Gun Safely Stored?

Is Your Gun Safely Stored?

If you own a firearm, it is your legal responsibility to store it properly.

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Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 2: Doctors and Treatments of Every Description

Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 2: Doctors and Treatments of Every Description

Those lured to California’s gold fields in the mid-1850s faced en route a host of hazards. Once the travelers arrived, harsh conditions, violence and disease took a further toll in a place where medical care was primitive and sometimes subject to creative license.

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Geneva Smith: Working Late

Geneva Smith: Working Late

At 85, Tuolumne County’s oldest employee works full time as a housekeeper. But at the end of each shift, Geneva Smith’s day is just getting started.

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Eco-Friendly ELF Enchants

Eco-Friendly ELF Enchants

Rollin Winslow’s ride looks like the result of a cross-breeding experiment involving a bike, a tricycle, a vintage VW Beetle and maybe a golf cart.

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Free Music in the Parks 2017

Free Music in the Parks 2017

Tap your toes to free music in the parks.

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I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

I Remember an Old Pool Hustler

Willie Mosconi was a fast-talking national pool champion.

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The Forgetful Frog #30: Musings

The Forgetful Frog #30: Musings

In the quiet of my living room, I am musing over the ironies of my life.

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Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

Hal Mayo and Ernie Schwarz: A Tale of Two Survivors

One young sailor was “mad as hell” that a Japanese pilot was shooting at him. For another, watching torpedoes fall on Pearl Harbor was so unreal it was “like a dream.” Seventy-five years later, they recall the horrific events that unfolded one Sunday morning in 1941.

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A juror’s take on service after 70

A juror’s take on service after 70

I never thought I’d actually be on a jury. For decades I was dismissed repeatedly by lawyers who would rather have an ebola carrier on their juries than a wiseacre, know-it-all journalist.

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Survey Finds FAN Readers Love to Share

Survey Finds FAN Readers Love to Share

We learned that readers view FAN as an essential community resource that gets them moving, talking, shopping and sharing.

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Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Ski Biernacki and Wally Walling: Return to Pearl Harbor

Chester “Ski” Biernacki of Jamestown and Wally Walling of Valley Springs were among some 90 survivors who returned in December to Pearl Harbor for the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack. Walling has attended every anniversary since 2003, but it was Biernacki’s first. Writer Chace Anderson accompanied Biernacki to Oahu and visited with Walling while there.

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Estate Planning: Guard Against Financial Fraud

Estate Planning: Guard Against Financial Fraud

Just as maintaining 100 feet of defensible space can save your house from flames, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from financial abuse.

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Elder Abuse: Hidden Epidemic

Elder Abuse: Hidden Epidemic

One in 10 older adults is a victim of elder abuse. Fear, shame and embarrassment prevent many from coming forward. Local agencies are fighting back, offering help and support for victims.

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Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

Gold Rush Medical Practices, Part 1: A Hazardous Journey to a Perilous Place

This is the first in a two-part series about medical care during the California Gold Rush, adapted by historian Sharon Marovich from the writings of longtime Tuolumne County Historian Carlo M. De Ferrari.

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Caregivers’ Corner: Put a Stop to ‘Brain Chatter’

Caregivers’ Corner: Put a Stop to ‘Brain Chatter’

What do you do when your brain just won’t shut up?

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College ‘Fitness Family’ Celebrates Health

College ‘Fitness Family’ Celebrates Health

Can joining a class help you get and stay fit? Older adults in a popular college program say it does all that and so much more.

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Lee Stetson: Channeling John Muir

Lee Stetson: Channeling John Muir

Yosemite National Park owes its protected status to Scotland native John Muir’s advocacy in the late 1800s. The Sierra Club founder died more than a century ago but continues to inspire thanks in part to a 76-year-old actor.

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Remembering a Chinese Threat

Remembering a Chinese Threat

I guess I was dozing when the aircraft commander spoke my name over the intercom headset I was wearing. “Mr. Edwards, look out the right side of the aircraft!”

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Remembering the Television Pioneers

Remembering the Television Pioneers

At the station break, the booth announcer was laughing so hard he could not coherently read his script.

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London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

London: A Poem by Ross Anderson

A poem by Ross Anderson of Sutter Creek, California.

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Rolling low and slow across the real America

Rolling low and slow across the real America

By Chris Bateman Amtrak’s Texas Eagle is on the outskirts of San Marcos, getting gas. It isn’t a scheduled stop. “But our locomotive is low on diesel and now we’re waiting for a tanker truck,” the conductor tells us over

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I Remember the Space Needle

I Remember the Space Needle

As we pulled up alongside the airliner, we could see all the passengers with their noses up to the windows trying to figure out what this big, black warbird was doing.

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Calculating Retirement’s Cost-Comfort Ratio

Calculating Retirement’s Cost-Comfort Ratio

In September, the bean counters at the university where I have taught for the past 18 years sent me a letter telling me of an “important opportunity” that I might “wish to consider.”

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Finding Hope After Stroke

Finding Hope After Stroke

The brain is amazing, and the strength and resilience of the human psyche are equally amazing.
— Anne Burleigh Jacobs, Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: A Path to Recovery from Stroke

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The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

What do pantyhose and a garden hose have in common? Both were downed by patients at my Twain Harte veterinary practice: A young cat had lost his appetite and was dehydrated, its owner reported. The diagnosis: It ate the pantyhose,

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Organ and Tissue Donation by the Numbers

Organ and Tissue Donation by the Numbers

Think you’re too old to be an organ donor? Think again. There’s no age limit. The key factor is the health of the organs or tissues involved.

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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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The Forgetful Frog #29: Adjustments

The Forgetful Frog #29: Adjustments

I just woke up from a nap. I spent a few minutes lying in bed, and the tears began to roll. They came, in fact, before I even had a reason in mind. Of course, I am never at a

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Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

Single-Handedly #2: In Stroke Recovery, ‘Embrace Your Lightning Bolt’

My recovery journey has spanned three broad periods of time and approaches to rehabilitation.

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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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ATCAA Welcomes New Executive Director

ATCAA Welcomes New Executive Director

PRESS RELEASE, Jan. 3, 2017: The Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) announced today that Rajeev (Raj) Rambob will serve as the new ATCAA Executive Director effective 1/1/17 replacing Shelly Hance who is retiring at the end of the year

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Calaveras Community Foundation Announces 2017 Competitive Grants Period

Calaveras Community Foundation Announces 2017 Competitive Grants Period

From calaverascommunityfoundation.org: Calaveras Community Foundation (CCF) will, again, focus on initiatives for 2017’s grant giving. The four initiatives are: Aging in Place for Seniors, Support for Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and new for 2017, County Youth

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The Forgetful Frog #28: In Celebration

The Forgetful Frog #28: In Celebration

Today I am celebrating the sharing of my writing. I hope, so strongly and sincerely, that it may be helpful or entertaining to others.

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Sonora, Jamestown, Moccasin: Future border towns in State of Jefferson?

Sonora, Jamestown, Moccasin: Future border towns in State of Jefferson?

“So where do you live?” “Well, we’re down at the bottom of the panhandle,” answers a Sonoran. “Right on the California border.” Where you might find a wall. Or an international customs station. Or at least a sign welcoming you

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A shopping trip to die for

A shopping trip to die for

Buying one isn’t like shopping for a fridge or a big-screen TV – although it will be yours far longer than even the most reliable appliance.

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Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

Denny Thompson: Life of a WWII Bombardier

On American bombers during World War II, nine crew members risked their lives to put one man over the intended target: the bombardier, whose job was to release bombs on time and accurately. The mission was twofold, recalls veteran Denny Thompson, now 94: destroy enemy positions and make it back alive.

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Estate Planning: California’s Transfer on Death Deed

Estate Planning: California’s Transfer on Death Deed

Californians have a new way to transfer their houses or condos after death without going through the often time-consuming and expensive probate process.

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Caregivers’ Corner: Simple Strategies for Happier Trips

Caregivers’ Corner: Simple Strategies for Happier Trips

Whether it’s a trip to visit family, a beach getaway or a trek to a distant medical appointment, being on the road with an ailing loved one can be problematic.

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Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

Single-Handedly: A Stroke Survivor’s Blog

A lightning bolt to my health changed everything.

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First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

First Place: “Zipper,” by Dr. John Baldwin

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Zipper By John N. Baldwin, MD  It was April Fool’s Day in 1967, and the open-heart patient in Operating Room 6 at UCSF Medical Center was almost off bypass and home free when a nurse

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Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Second Place: “Tiger’s Tale,” by Mark Stoltenberg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Tiger’s Tale By Mark Stoltenberg “Don’t be late for school!” We both knew she didn’t have to prod her 10-year-old son. I was the owner/operator of a new Sears three-speed bicycle, and our Third Street hill

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Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

Third Place: “Kiwi,” by Francie Snell

  Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kiwi By Francie Snell He was a frightening sight when he first crept past our sliding glass door. It was October, and he was the epitome of the perfect Halloween cat: scrawny, with dirty gray

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Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Honorable Mention: “What Tombre Taught Us,” by Kim deArrillaga

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                           What Tombre Taught Us By Kim deArrillaga As a puppy-raiser for Canine Companions for Independence, my husband, Steve, and I raised five potential

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