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9/11 First Responder Keynote Speaker at Patriot Day 2019

OAKHURST — Mountain Area Patriot Day 2019 will give area residents a chance to salute military veterans as well as active duty personnel and emergency responders from around Madera County. The star-spangled event takes place Wednesday — September 11 — at the Mountain Christian Center Auditorium, located at 40299 Hwy 49. The program, which begins at 9 a.m., is billed ...

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No More Sweet Treats: Oakhurst Bakery Closes

OAKHURST — Pastry Brasil bakery in Junction Plaza has closed just four months after bringing exotic treats like chocottone and brigadeiros to the heart of Oakhurst. Owner Mary Moreira Holt announced the bakery’s impending end on the business’s Facebook page earlier this week, although that post — and the page itself — has since been taken down. In a now-deleted ...

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Organizers Prep for Annual Smokey Bear Run/Walk

OAKHURST — In preparation for the 32nd-annual Smokey Bear Run/Walk, a group of participants gathered Wednesday afternoon at Cal Fire Station #12 for a pre-race photo op. This year’s Smokey Bear Run/Walk will take place at Bass Lake on Sept. 21. The event, which kicks off at 7:45 a.m., includes a 10K run, a two-mile run/walk for adults and children ...

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Thiessens to be Honored as 2019 Volunteers of Year at Fresno Flats Historical Park

OAKHURST — Laurie Thiessen and her three children, Rebekah, Bryce and Ginny, have been named 2019 ‘Volunteers of the Year’ at Fresno Flats Historical Park. For their years of service to the park, the Thiessens will be honored in the Mountain Heritage Day Parade, which is scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in Oakhurst. The Thiessen family began volunteering at ...

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California American Water Buying Bass Lake Water

BASS LAKE — California American Water has entered into an agreement to acquire Bass Lake Water Company’s potable water distribution system, which serves approximately 1,000 customer connections in the Bass Lake community. The deal, which was announced Tuesday (Sept. 3), has been in the works for some time, according to officials from both companies. “When we agreed to sell we ...

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Peddlers Fair Packs Coarsegold’s Historic Village

COARSEGOLD — Sunny blue skies and a relatively mild weather forecast were expected to help draw at least 4,000 or 5,000 people over the long weekend to the annual Labor Day Peddlers Fair at Coarsegold’s Historic Village. The event provides an opportunity for vendors specializing in antiques and collectibles to display and “peddle” their exotic wares. There’s also plenty of ...

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Camarena Health, Kern Family Farm Honored by Madera County Compact

MADERA — Camarena Health and Kern Family Farm each received a Crystal Tower Award this week at the 16th Annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon, which hosted by the Madera County Compact. The two businesses were recognized for their partnerships with Madera County schools in front of more than 160 business and community leaders at the Aug. 27 event. The ...

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Bear Aware: Yosemite Designates Wildlife ‘Protection’ Zones

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — In preparation for a busy Labor Day weekend — and to boost protection for bears and other park wildlife — Yosemite National Park has designated several new ‘Wildlife Protection Zones.’ The zones are located on stretches of roadway throughout the park where bears and other animals have previously been struck by vehicles. Visitors driving in the ...

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EMC SPCA President Provides Progress Report on New Shelter

OAKHURST — Sharon Fitzgerald, board president of EMC SPCA, shared a progress report this week regarding the organization’s new no-kill animal shelter off Highway 49 in Ahwahnee. Fitzgerald, the organization’s driving force for nearly 30 years, is the owner of The Cat’s Meow in Oakhurst. She also operates the EMC SPCA Thrift Shop next door to her store. The 2,000-square-foot ...

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Yosemite Ranger Receives Prestigious National Honor

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Yosemite National Park Ranger Jack Hoeflich is among the best and most versatile park rangers in the country  — and he’s now got the hardware to prove it. At a special ceremony held at the United States Department of the Interior last week, Hoeflich was honored as the 2018 recipient of the National Park Service’s Harry ...

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