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Toys For Tots Kicks Off In Eastern Madera County

MADERA COUNTY — As the holiday season begins to draw near, our local Marine Corps League Detachment 1121 members gear up for the annual campaign that has been making Christmas wishes come true for needy children since 1947. Now, the 2018 Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign in Eastern Madera County has begun with the placement of toy donation boxes ...

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OCI Focus On Staff: Laurel Duckworth

By Eileen Holladay —  OAKHURST — Laurel Duckworth says she became a teacher because she wanted to spend as much time as possible with her sons, Shane and Ian. Inspired by her own mother, also an educator, Mrs. Duckworth has been teaching for 20 years; this is her ninth year at Oak Creek Intermediate. She enjoys teaching math and PE, ...

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Tree Mortality Work In Madera County Update Nov. 7

Written by Sarah Bolton – MADERA COUNTY – Hello Madera County Residents! Welcome to the Tree Mortality Community Column. Our company, Blue Ridge Services (BRS), is partnering with Madera County to oversee and implement their tree mortality mitigation project. This week, we are highlighting one of our safety officers, Zak Souders. Zak works to ensure the safety of the tree ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Nov. 4

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 29, to Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Coarsegold felony warrant arrest On Monday, Oct. 29 at 11 a.m. a deputy responded to the 44000 block of Road 415 in the attempt to make contact with a male subject who had an outstanding ...

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Minarets’ Twist On Mamma Mia The Musical

By Francine Soliz — O’NEALS — Originally a musical but taken into the hands of directors, “Mamma Mia” has been entertaining romantics around the world. Being the media-driven school we are, of course we invested time in producing “Mamma Mia” in all its glory. Kayla West, the director for our high school drama club, is jumping with joy. “It is a fun ...

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Madera County Sheriff’s Log Through Oct. 28

MADERA COUNTY – Following are details from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office of reports taken locally from Monday, Oct. 22, to Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Coarsegold road signs and barricade placed in front of driveway On Monday, Oct. 22 at 1:16 a.m. a deputy was dispatched to a residence located within the 31000 block of Sioux Road in Coarsegold, regarding ...

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Tenaya Lodge Ice Skating Rink Opening For The Season

FISH CAMP — The covered ice rink at Tenaya Lodge opens for the season this month, giving skaters the best of both worlds — shelter from the elements, yet still open to the great outdoors — and auspiciously close to bonfire, delicious food and tasty beverages for kids and adults, as well. Tenaya’s sparkling white ice rink measures an expansive 80-feet ...

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First Place At FFA National Convention

By Autumn Pecarovich and Colby Jobinger —  O’NEALS — To increase their ability to become premier leaders, 19 Minarets FFA chapter members traveled more than six hours to the FFA National Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 24 – 27.  Over the course of the week, they attended convention sessions where they heard from motivational speakers, current ...

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Yosemite Symposium Inspires Promise Of Peace

By Jeannie Harsha — FISH CAMP — “What an inspiring two days!” “ I feel so energized!” “I feel hopeful again!” “This makes me want to not just talk about doing good things, but really get out and take action toward the common good.” “So many people are doing so much good in the world. I just want to join ...

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Fall Leaves And Downed Trees: Over The Garden Fence

By Brian Moore — MOUNTAIN AREA — Hugelkultur builds garden mounds using tree trunks, limbs, branches, leaves, decaying organic matter (compost) and soil as a planting base. Hugelkultur mimics a forest floor’s process of decomposition and regeneration. Hugelkultur can improve soil vibrancy, water holding ability and soil heating. But what is with the name? In the late 1970’s two German ...

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