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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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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 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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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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Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

Remembering an Old, Bold Pilot

There is an old axiom among us pilots that states, “There are old pilots and there are bold pilots, but there are no old, bold pilots.”

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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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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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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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Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Honorable Mention: “Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet,” by Ruth Placek

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online.                       Never Underestimate the Power of Love and Loyalty of a Pet By Ruth Placek After graduation from high school, my son Jack and two friends

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“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

“Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog,” by Linda Butler-Baker

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Baby (aka Vinnie), the Wayward Abandoned Dog By Linda Butler-Baker The story of survival of an abandoned dog in the middle of the wilderness destined for death.  She was strong, determined and refused to give up

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“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

“Little Ben,” by Sally Byrd

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Little Ben By Sally Byrd We live on a two-mile rural stretch of a dead-end road, that sadly is a drop off for unwanted kittens. We often see strays running in and out of culverts and

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“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

“Ginger’s New Lease on Life,” by Susan Calfee

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Ginger’s New Lease on Life By Susan Calfee The adoption took place in the Manteca Home Depot parking lot. We met Tawnee Preisner, founder of the NorCal Equine Rescue, and her husband, who had brought Ginger

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“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

“Kaya’s Legacy,” by Jan Canavan

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Kaya’s Legacy By Jan Canavan Two dogs were perfect…or so we thought…until the day Kaya showed up on our doorstep. She’d been hanging around a nearby neighborhood and our daughter, Robin, had seen her scavenging cat

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“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

“Usso’s Story,” by Pam Dobbs

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Usso’s Story By Pam Dobbs I am a retired teacher. Prior to becoming an educator I was a professional dog trainer. Although teaching full time, in 1993, a German multimillionaire, Dr. Wilfried Voigt, heard of my

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“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

“Upcountry Mountain Lion,” by Kat Everitt

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Upcountry Mountain Lion By Kat Everitt mountain lion haunts my dreams crossing Omo Ranch Road near 88 not growling – no, no threat, not a bit – broad daylight through carpets of that parkland of mountain

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“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter By Dorothy McClary Lorrie Sue was coming down to my house for her usual morning coffee and breakfast, and was a bit late. Her little dog “Leroy” came running

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“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

“Sometimes Angels Have Fur,” by Mike McReynolds

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Sometimes Angels Have Fur By Mike McReynolds She came to us 15 years ago as a set of lungs covered with fur, abandoned in the leaves covering Roberta’s dad’s back yard. She was loudly telling the

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The Forgetful Frog #27: Writing is Good Medicine

The Forgetful Frog #27: Writing is Good Medicine

Writing is medicinal. It can soothe anxiety. It can heal broken relationships. It can help sort out painful confusion. It can enable a person to let go of sorrow or fear.

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“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

“You Be the Judge,” by Catherine Morita

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. You Be the Judge By Catherine Morita I have always loved horses, and got my first horse Shillelagh, in 1968, when I was thirteen. He was a green-broke bay gelding, just over two. Shillelagh and I

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“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

“Meeting the King of Beasts,” by August Ogg

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Meeting the King of Beasts         By August Ogg Ever had one of those days that if you did not tie your shoes you would trip and fall? That is, if you never

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“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

“Shablaze,” by Helen Prince

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Shablaze By Helen Prince Shablaze was an incredible endurance horse. Doing many 100 mile rides as well as 50’s. He was also a three-day event horse. Blood lines, ¾ Polish Arabian and Racing (1/4 bred). In

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“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

“Gangsta’s Red Trouble,” by Tammy Ann Rose Snyder

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Gangsta’s Red Trouble By Tammy Ann Rose Snyder This story begins when I was a youngster living in Connecticut. My brother Robby and I were playing in the back yard when out of nowhere a Red

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“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

“Boxes, Buses and Automobiles,” by Sharon Sutliff

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Boxes, Buses and Automobiles By Sharon Sutliff “You have a cat? No problem — we have a cat.” With this, we were off to England where my husband exchanged jobs and houses with a teacher at

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“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

“Raven,” by Sydney Taylor

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Raven By Sydney Taylor My toy poodle, Raven saved my life and extended the life of my Border collie, Miles. I was a dog trainer for fifteen years and trained and competed with large dogs. I

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“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

“Hailey the Rescue Dog,” by Bob Turney

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Hailey the Rescue Dog By Bob Turney Hailey was the fourth Labrador I have had in my life, although my first chocolate Lab and smaller at only 55 pounds, but she had every bit of the

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“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

“Xena, the Warrior Princess,” by June Vaughn

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Xena, the Warrior Princess By June Vaughn We just said good bye to one of the most unforgettable dogs that we have ever owned. She came into our lives in a very unexpected way and stayed

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“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

“Woodpile Babies,” by Janet Wilmeth

Read more Unforgettable Animal Tales online. Woodpile Babies By Janet Wilmeth A black and white feral stray cat had been hanging around for weeks. One evening I looked out on the porch and she was there with several kittens. I put some

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The Forgetful Frog #26: Confessions of a Grammar Wonk

The Forgetful Frog #26: Confessions of a Grammar Wonk

All my life, I have held the line, with regard to spelling and grammar. Over the years, I have had no choice but to acknowledge that these things do, indeed, evolve.

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