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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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Eye on Town Hall

Eye on Town Hall

By Suzy Hopkins Donald Trump’s indictment of the news media as “the enemy of the American people” got me thinking. In essence, the press is supposed to be a representative of the American people — people who for reasons of

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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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About This Resource Section

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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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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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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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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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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The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

Pet baths can keep owners and their pet pals healthier. Tips for a safe and happy cleanup.

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Lost Lode of the Sierra

Lost Lode of the Sierra

Stories of hidden wealth in our foothills have fascinated professional and amateur treasure hunters alike, but Tuolumne County’s Lost Lode of the Sierra has managed to escape notice and elude the pages of history for more than 100 years. Just

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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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And now the winners … FAN’s Great Neighbors Contest

Audrey Tate’s neighbors do everything together, joining for potlucks, garage sales and helping each other when times are tough. Mary Straws’ neighbors were there to help her through husband Seth’s illness and then to comfort her in the difficult aftermath

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Giving the Gift of Experience

Does he have too many ties to count and too few places to wear them? Does she have more earrings than she either wears or wants? Are there more tools, gizmos and gadgets around the house than you’ll ever use?

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The View from 98: Audrey Sweat

It’s 1923 and picture perfect. Two little girls in ruffles and bows pose with a handsome young man in a starched, striped shirt. It’s Audrey Payne and her sister, Claudine, smiling for the camera with their dad. In real life, things

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Estate Planning: The Family Vacation Home

How do you successfully pass the family vacation home on to your children? As a foothills estate planning attorney, I have clients with beautiful vacation homes in Twain Harte, Pinecrest, Strawberry, Bear Valley and other mountain communities. Most of them

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Lessons from the Garden

Lessons from the Garden

Gardening affords us so many simple joys – seasonal beauty in the backyard, the freshest food for the family table, sharing time together, and getting our hands dirty in the sun-soaked soil. There is a drama here as well: a cycle of birth and death, setbacks and triumphs. In the stories that follow, three area residents share what they’ve learned from a collective century of growing in the foothills.

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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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Scout’s Honor: World War II Veteran Maury Hyder

Scout’s Honor: World War II Veteran Maury Hyder

World War II veteran Maury Hyder survived ship sinkings, an epic typhoon and combat. A globe-spanning State Department career followed. Looking back, he credits his success to the skills and creed he learned as a boy.

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Gardener’s Reverie: Is the Grass Greener in the Golden State?

Gardener’s Reverie: Is the Grass Greener in the Golden State?

By Marianne Willburn Breathing in the sharp, spicy fragrance of zonal geraniums, I stand quietly for a moment, my eyes closed. Around me, there are notes of lemon blossom and pyracantha – the deeply resinous scent of rosemary and the maize-like

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Great State Park Getaways in the Foothills

Great State Park Getaways in the Foothills

Want an affordable, memorable outing with grandkids, family or friends? The region’s four state parks are great places to play, learn and share time together.

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Three Fall Victims Share Their Stories

Three Fall Victims Share Their Stories

Robert Mierzwak: 10 seconds that changed his life Robert Mierzwak had been on the job as a deputy public guardian for Calaveras County Adult Protective Services for 12 years when he fell off the roof of his Arnold home. In

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Working Late at 98: Jack Warnack

Working Late at 98: Jack Warnack

Life’s vicissitudes? Jack Warnack has nearly a century’s worth of experience taking those in stride. Life is funny, he’ll tell you. Enjoy it.

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Honoring Thy Father, And The Grumbling That Goes With It

Honoring Thy Father, And The Grumbling That Goes With It

Near the end of the month my big sister sometimes sends me a friendly reminder: time for another Dad-check. A Dad-check is my contribution to a family fund that supports my father, who’s 95. I wish I could say that

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Tuolumne County’s Road to Nowhere: Hang ‘Em High Way?

Tuolumne County’s Road to Nowhere: Hang ‘Em High Way?

“It doesn’t exactly roll off your tongue.” So said one critic when the Tuolumne County staff in November suggested naming a short road leading to the new Law and Justice Center site “Justice Center Drive.” County supervisors delayed their decision

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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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Caregivers’ Corner: How to Handle That Sneaky Stress

Stress is sneaky. It tightens your shoulders and tries to hitch them to your ear lobes. It sends blood racing to the center of your body, upsetting your tummy and leaving your hands and feet cold. Your muscles clench, temples

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Fitness First: Strengthening Your Core

The desire to improve the strength and look of our abdominal area isn’t new. Yoga, the first organized exercises for what we call the core area, dates back more than 5,000 years. Move forward several thousand years to World War I, when

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Navy Pride: One of Nation’s First WAVES Looks Back on Her Groundbreaking Role

Navy Pride: One of Nation’s First WAVES Looks Back on Her Groundbreaking Role

A 91-year-old Sonoran recalls a remarkable time in her life, when she and a handful of other adventurous young women signed on to become the U.S. Navy’s very first contingent of WAVES – Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.

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Finding Your Roots: Researching Military Records

Like many of you, I was an Army brat. We brats know what it meant to move every year or so, following our fathers from base to base. We made friends quickly because we knew we’d be on the move

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Estate Planning: Planning for Long-Term Care

Estate Planning: Planning for Long-Term Care

“I am in great health,” my client said. “Why should I worry about long-term care?” “I don’t want you to worry about it,” I answered. “I want you to plan for it so that you don’t end up in a

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Crunching the Numbers: How Much is Enough? Charting a Path to and Through Retirement

Crunching the Numbers: How Much is Enough? Charting a Path to and Through Retirement

By Bob Hoyt Retirement. For those of us nearing the end of our working careers, just the thought of it can keep us awake at night. How do I get there?  Am I saving enough to maintain my lifestyle? Can

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Portal to History: Excerpts from Upcoming De Ferrari Book are Rich in Drama, Humor, Lore

Portal to History: Excerpts from Upcoming De Ferrari Book are Rich in Drama, Humor, Lore

More than five years ago, Carlo De Ferrari began jotting down a few stories about his family. “I wanted to leave something about us for my nieces and nephews,” says the 89-year-old De Ferrari, Tuolumne County’s official historian. “I thought

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A Confessed Carnivore Survives His Salad Days

A Confessed Carnivore Survives His Salad Days

“Burger Bash” screamed the banner in front of Sonora’s Perko’s restaurant. The new McDonald’s at Standard suddenly doubled the Tuolumne County availability of Double Quarter Pounders with Cheese (750 calories before you get to the XXL fries and the two-gallon

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Autumn Outings: Explore Yosemite’s Roads Less Traveled

Autumn Outings: Explore Yosemite’s Roads Less Traveled

Need a healing infusion of natural beauty? Yosemite’s roads less traveled offer the perfect autumn outing.

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10 Great Yosemite Outings – No Hiking Required, Wheelchairs Welcome

10 Great Yosemite Outings – No Hiking Required, Wheelchairs Welcome

Even if you’re not a hiker – in fact, even if you use a cane, walker or wheelchair, or have young grandchildren in tow – you can still enjoy one of the world’s great wonders. Our top 10 outings include picnics, photo

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Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

Finding Your Roots: 1940 Census Records Debut Online

As this column goes to press, genealogists are getting a big boost. The long-awaited 1940 U.S. Census became available on April 1. This is great for those who have had a difficult time finding family members who lived during that

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Caregivers’ Corner: Reaching for Compassion

Caregivers’ Corner: Reaching for Compassion

“I have the right to take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will enable me to take better care of my loved one.” The man reading these first lines of the “Caregiver’s Bill of Rights”

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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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A Downsizer’s Take on the Stuff of Memories

A Downsizer’s Take on the Stuff of Memories

I used to envy people who could take that sentimental journey back to the old home place. You know, sleep in your old room with the sports trophies still on the shelves and the Pink Floyd posters still on the

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Estate Planning: Helping Veterans Pay for Long-Term Medical Care

Estate Planning: Helping Veterans Pay for Long-Term Medical Care

“How are we going to pay for long-term medical care?” We hear that question frequently these days. For veterans who served during wartime and their surviving spouses, an underused Veterans Affairs (VA) benefit may help. Its formal name is Improved

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The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

Animal claws (nails) are made of a tough protein called keratin. Claws help animals and birds catch prey, dig holes, andclimb or perch in trees, and are also used for defense. But injury or neglect of pets’ nails can lead

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Mission to Save the Llamas

Mission to Save the Llamas

It’s not unusual for folks to follow their passion when they reach retirement age, when they have more free time to pursue the activities and adventures they love. What is unusual is the road 63-year-old George Caldwell of Sonora has chosen: trekking

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Wildfire Safety: How Advance Planning Can Help You Survive

Wildfire Safety: How Advance Planning Can Help You Survive

Summer heat puts the pastoral foothills under constant threat. Experts offer tips on protecting life and property when flames advance.

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Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

Animal Advocate: What A Dog Really Needs

“Woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof, woof-woof-woof.”  The incessant barking of a lonely dog can go on for hours. Dogs are intelligent, social creatures. To be left isolated with no stimulation or company goes against their very nature. Dogs evolved as active partners with

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Amgen Tour of California: On May 16, 2012, the World Will Be Watching

Amgen Tour of California: On May 16, 2012, the World Will Be Watching

For one day, Sonora will be the center of the bicycling universe, attracting many of the world’s top racers and media coverage reaching millions of viewers around the globe. As host to Stage 4 of Amgen’s 2012 Tour of California

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The Legend: Erv Kroeker

The Legend: Erv Kroeker

Erv Kroeker wasn’t always a legend among Mother Lode cyclists. He wasn’t always the wiry, fit and age-defying marvel that he is at 71. There was a time when the more than 40 bones he has broken in numerous falls

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Graciano “Tete” Arellano: Three-war veteran recalls life aboard B-17s in World War II

Graciano “Tete” Arellano: Three-war veteran recalls life aboard B-17s in World War II

I remember Vernon Dunlavy, my principal at Sonora High, writing in my yearbook, “You’re going to go a long way in life.” That really hit me.  I always remembered what he wrote, and I guess in many ways he was

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Confessions of a Middle-Aged, Overeducated Idiot

Confessions of a Middle-Aged, Overeducated Idiot

It’s a great workout, but at my age, I can’t help picturing myself gasping, collapsing and being hauled, half-frozen and ghastly gray, to the ER, where they would know what happened just by looking at me: another middle-aged, snow-shoveling heart-attack victim.

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