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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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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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Quilting Sisters Piece Together a Loving Home

Quilting Sisters Piece Together a Loving Home

As experienced quilters, Jamestown sisters Katey Barbee, Flo Daley and Judy Fitzmorris skillfully fit assorted pieces of fabric into balanced, intricate designs. As a family, they’ve done the same – taken assorted personalities, talents and creative passions and fit them

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The Gift of Second Chances

The Gift of Second Chances

When Bobby Medina left gangs, prison and drugs behind, he found hope, love and a new life. Yet his mission to help others find the same remains a struggle against long odds.

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Adventures on the Wind: Balloonist Bob Kinsinger

Adventures on the Wind: Balloonist Bob Kinsinger

Bob Kinsinger always intended to be a world traveler. It’s a passion he has nurtured his whole life. Now 87, the retired university and foundation administrator has crisscrossed the globe dozens of times – very often floating slowly beneath a

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The Second Time Around: Grandparents Raise a New Generation

A handful of Tuolumne County grandparents agreed to share their stories with Friends and Neighbors about “the second time around” – raising their grandchildren. Often there are complex legal, emotional and financial issues involved. Heartbreak is nearly always at the core of these situations, social workers say, but love finds a way.

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How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

“They love to work and they love the attention. It’s a great way to bond and they need that at any age.” – Sherry Galka, trainer

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Archive Provides Safe Haven for History

Not many people have a building named for them while they’re still alive. Tuolumne County Historian Carlo De Ferrari was given just such an honor in 1999, with the dedication of the Carlo M. De Ferrari Archive. The two-story building,

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Carlo De Ferrari: Mr. History’s Lifetime Legacy

As part of a Gold Rush family, it’s only natural that Tuolumne County native Carlo De Ferrari grew up with a keen interest in prospecting. But he’s spent a lifetime digging for nuggets of a different sort – the retired

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