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Celebration Of Life For William “Bill” Reetz

Beloved father, grandfather and friend William (Bill) Reetz, 75, passed peacefully on July 23, 2019, at his cabin in Cedar Valley, Oakhurst, CA. Born on December 3, 1943 to Maurice and Margaret Reetz, Bill graduated from Fresno State and, in the foothills, was a member of the local Mason Lodge and Rotarian group. Bill proudly owned and operated the local ...

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‘Extreme Registration’ Offers One-Stop College Enrollment

OAKHURST — State Center Community College District (SCCCD) will hold its fall semester ‘Extreme Registration’ on Friday, Aug. 2 from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held both days at the Oakhurst Community College Center’s main office. SCCCD’s Extreme Registration is a one-stop process that offers everything a ...

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Red Cross Issues Heat Safety Tips As Temperatures Climb

FRESNO — It’s hot out there and the soaring temperatures can be dangerous. The American Red Cross has steps people can follow to help stay safe when it’s hot outside. NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN YOUR VEHICLE The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Other heat safety steps include: • Stay hydrated, drink plenty of ...

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Gina Clugston Retires From Sierra News Online

Greetings my friends, After nearly eight years at the helm of Sierra News Online, the time has come for me to move on to the next chapter of my life. As many of you have already heard, I have sold Sierra News Online to my Sales and Marketing Manager Lisa Clark. I had intended to consider retiring at the end ...

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Red Chairs And Blue Herons

By Sharon Giacomazzi —  FISH CAMP — Across from bustling Fish Camp Store is a placid blue pond cradled in an emerald green meadow. It’s a serene and peaceful sight, especially in comparison to Yosemite travelers zooming along Highway 41. For many years I’ve enjoyed its presence, full to the brim in early season and ice coated in winter. For ...

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51st Installation Of Soroptimist Officers For 2019-2020

Submitted by Soroptimist — AHWAHNEE — Family, friends and members of Soroptimist International of the Sierras attended the 51st installation of officers on Sunday, June 23 with a ‘Jockey and Juleps/Kentucky Derby’ theme at River Creek Golf Course. Soroptimist Sierra Pacific Region, District Three Director Janie Hokanson with SI Clovis explained the duties of each officer and talked about the ...

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Mountain Area Homeowners Battling Sky-High Insurance Rates

MOUNTAIN AREA — Even local insurance agents are calling it a “crisis” — the sky high price tag attached these days to homeowners insurance in large parts of eastern Madera County. Many area residents have recently been notified their homeowners insurance is going up — for some, by as much as 450 to 500 percent. And lately, according to local ...

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Free Backpacks And Blessings At Sierra Pines Church

OAKHURST — The beginning of a new school year can be exciting, filled with new clothes, new haircuts and school supplies. At this same time, there are families in our community that dread the new school year, wondering how they will afford all the costs. For another year, the Women’s Ministry at Sierra Pines Church wants to help meet this ...

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Memorial Highway To Honor Fallen Firefigher Braden Varney

MARIPOSA — A four-mile stretch of State Route 140 will soon be renamed in honor of Braden Varney, the Cal Fire firefighter from Mariposa who lost his life last summer while battling the Ferguson Fire. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 47 (ACR 47) was introduced by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow to honor Varney, who was killed in July 2018 when the bulldozer he ...

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Hillside Baptist’s 11th Annual Shoe Giveaway

NORTH FORK — Once again the generous folks at Hillside Baptist Church will be providing those in need with new shoes just in time for the new school year. On Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., North Fork, Wishon and O’Neals children who are pre-kindergarten to 12th grade and in need of shoes are invited to come ...

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