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Decorate Your Garden With Water Fountains

The best of our gardeners’ water fountains and small ponds, made with old vintage pumps, galvanized tubs, metal auto shop tools and even fire extinguishers!  These are water features you can do. Galvanized Tubs Nancy Carter used a shepherd’s hook to hang the watering can in this simple fountain that she and her daughter made.  This works with or without a ...

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Madera Master Gardeners 10th Annual Garden Tour

MADERA — Madera Master Gardeners’ 10th annual fundraiser, Glorious Garden Tour X, will be held Saturday, Apr. 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mark your calendar and don’t miss this tour which will showcase four local private gardens and the Garden Shoppe at Three Sisters Demonstration Garden. Funds from sales will benefit the Three Sisters Demonstration Garden and other ...

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Raymond Expert Provides Community Dog Training

Guest column by Bill Ritchey — RAYMOND – It was said by Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States, “If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” In agreement with President Wilson is Raymond resident, Betty Fisher, an accomplished dog trainer and expert in ...

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Only Chicken Lovers Understand The Madness

By Kellie Flanagan — MOUNTAIN AREA — I mumbled something about picking up a daisy bush at the nursery and grabbed my keys, knowing full well there were baby chicks at the feed store. I flew down the canyon to arrive before closing and, sure enough, under a bright light there they were, my hope for the future of the ...

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The History Mystery #38

The Clampers (E Clampus Vitus Grub Gulch Chapter #41-49) are generously donating a Monitor Hydraulic nozzle to the Raymond Museum and setting up a display to explain how they worked and why their use had to be banned due to their destructive nature. Because the monitors worked with gravity fed water lines they needed to have water lines that dropped ...

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Wayward Ponies’ Home Fundraiser And Self-Guided Tour

Submitted by Lou Ann Sakaki CATHEYS VALLEY – Wayward Ponies’ Home will hold its seventh annual fundraising event indoors for the first time, on Saturday, Feb. 20, from noon till 2 p.m. at McKay Hall in the Catheys Valley County Park, located at 2820 E. Highway 140. Wayward Ponies’ Home is a small equine sanctuary providing a permanent home for ...

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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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What’s That Bird?

Submitted by Clyde Farnsworth COARSEGOLD — Bird watching appeals to many in the foothills. Some birds seem to be passing by, while others seem to be escaping the cold. In the latter category we have steller’s jay (with the crest on head). Another “stranger” is in the attached photo. Anyone have a name for this variety? Clyde Farnsworth is a ...

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Master Gardeners Present “Symphony Of The Soil” Film

Written by Elizabeth Gabriel – MARIPOSA — If you’ve seen “The Martian” you know the plot of the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated movie (adapted from Andy Weir’s novel) features an astronaut stranded on Mars. One of the first things he does is figure out how to turn the sterile dirt of the Red Planet into life-giving soil, so he can ...

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Love Yosemite? Volunteer Here!

YOSEMITE — Share your passion for Yosemite National Park, connect with other nature-lovers, and make a lasting impact by becoming a volunteer with Yosemite Conservancy. Yosemite volunteers provide crucial services welcoming visitors and working hard to preserve Yosemite’s natural beauty. Volunteers experience the beauty of the park, camaraderie with like-minded people, enjoy inside information from the National Park Service (NPS), ...

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