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Judi Hussain escaped from the big city to the wilds of eastern Madera County over thirty years ago. During her time here she’s worked at selling doors and windows, coordinated Road Scholar adventures at a local conference center and served as visitor center coordinator for Visit Yosemite Madera County. After the COVID shutdown upended her world, she "enjoyed" her first retirement months ever and couldn't wait to get back to work. When offered a position in January 2021 as the chamber administrator for Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, she grabbed it and held on tight. Her diverse passions include hiking, beading, dog mushing (observer, not participant), travel, writing and languages. The shutdown offered an opportunity to expand on her journeys to Israel in 2016 and 2018, and she’s now studying Hebrew in preparation for a return to the land she uexpectedly grew to love. She’s investigating other travel prospects, as well, targeted toward the end of 2022.

EMERGING FROM THE SHUTDOWN: A Stone’s Throw from Closing but Never Giving Up

Dani Schulz opened A Stone’s Throw Massage Therapy nine days before COVID caused the first business shutdown, and it forced her to get creative really fast. Determined to survive—and thrive—she focused on furthering her knowledge of massage therapy and other modalities she could employ when her business could reopen. Once California allowed massage services to take place outdoors, she started ...

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BEEKEEPING & HONEY-MAKING LECTURE AT FRESNO FLATS

Fresno Flats Historical Museum is stretching its wings, much like bees emerging from a honey-filled hive. In fact, next Saturday, June 12, Fresno Flats offers a lecture and q & a session on exactly that—as part of its series on homesteading. Conducted by local beekeeper, Doug Mendonca, the event takes place from 10 am to 12 noon at Fresno Flats ...

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WASTE NOT: Hazardous Waste Disposal in Oakhurst

Free Hazardous Waste Drop Off Scheduled For Yosemite High School OAKHURST, CA. – While we endured a year-long hiatus, some of us gained a few things, many of them unwanted. Like pounds. Like waste from all those projects we suddenly found time to complete. Only you can rid yourself of the pounds, but Madera County has rushed to our rescue ...

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Artistic Therapy

By Judi Hussain What happens to creative people when the world shuts down? They make art, of course! With local venues beginning to open up and with the acquisition of a new-to-them building for her business, airbrush artist Sheila Boyd had a grand idea. She found herself with the space, resources, connections and the vision to call together thirteen local ...

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