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Exercise Your Right To Feel Great All Day Long

By Virginia Eaton — I’m not sure who decided that an exercise class ought to be an hour long. Why not 40 minutes, or 70 minutes? I think human beings squeeze appointments into a calendar to accommodate the calendar rather than the human being! The body needs regular movement and exercise throughout the day, and a single 60-minute session a ...

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International Student Exchange Seeks Host Families

Submitted by Joey Stoops — MOUNTAIN AREA — Forte International Exchange Association (FIEA) is looking for local families to host international students, ages 15 to 18, in Madera County, Fresno County, Merced County and Mariposa County areas for the 2016-2017 academic year. FIEA is a Washington, DC based non-profit organization dedicated to international cultural exchange. It is designated by the ...

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The History Mystery #37

This month’s History Mystery comes from Milt Wheeler (not related to Tom). Milt attended North Fork School as a boy, but he now resides in Hawaii. Milt and his brother played on the basketball team in 1955. He has a photo of the team, but cannot remember the names of all the players. Can someone help him out and tell ...

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Snowshoe the Merced Crest 2016

Four of us piled in my rig and we headed up for our toughest snowshoe adventure this year, full of fresh snow. The Merced Crest is famous for the spectacular views of the high country to the east. We started our adventure with beautiful blue sky with a few clouds and we had a few surprises along the way. Where: ...

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Mind Your Mind

By Virginia Eaton — I have the best job in the world! I work with some amazing men and women who are improving their health, their fitness and their outlook on the world. Life is an amazing, twisty-turny roller coaster ride and, if you’re lucky, it’s full of crazy adventures with endings that give you a greater appreciation for your ...

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It’s Lady Beetle Season In The Sierra

BASS LAKE — “It’s that time of year when the ladybugs are moving on the creeks,” says area resident Paul Adelizi, who took advantage of a break in the rain to observe and photograph what he calls, without exaggeration, “an incredible sight.” Also called lady beetles and lady birds, the scientific name is Hippodamia convergens = convergent lady beetle. They ...

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Escape to Moss Landing

I have a personal goal of trying to have at least one adventure each week. Sometimes the adventures are big ones and sometimes they are pretty small ones, but they are adventures. The recent wet weather had me daydreaming about an adventure over at the coast and I had been watching for a break in the weather to escape. We ...

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Life And Death Of A Mountain Lion

by Kellie Flanagan COARSEGOLD — Not long after sunset on a cold December night, a call was made from Deadwood Lookout to wildlife specialist Randy Partch. “The lion is in the trap,” said the homeowner. For Partch, a trapper contracted annually by Madera County, this was good news. He’d just set the lion’s trap that morning, after five goats were ...

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The Elephant In The Room

By Steven Schumaker — We have all experienced some sort of loss. Maybe you lost your money or maybe you and a friend got in a fight. Small or big we have all lost something. Loss is a part of our lives whether we like it or not, and we are never going to be able to stop it no ...

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“They Took Everything!” Jeep Stolen, Family Cabin Pillaged

By Kellie Flanagan BASS LAKE — Stepping up to the door of her family cabin at the lake, Tammy Johnson didn’t realize anything was wrong, at first. The door was slightly ajar, and she had a fleeting thought that perhaps the rental agency she uses hadn’t closed it tightly, and then, Tammy stepped inside and stopped cold. “I walked in ...

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