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This is Us: Introduction

This is Us is a series of local profiles, with first-person stories about something significant in their lives. It’s a way we can get to know the people in our community on a little deeper level. We have so many fascinating people in our community. In the six years that I’ve lived here, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to ...

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Marine Corps’ Toys For Tots Roundup This Saturday

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OAKHURST — Thanks to everyone who attended the Toys For Tots “Double Your Donation KickOff” at the Oakhurst True Value on Nov. 23. Donations included over 400 toys and almost $600 that will go to support toys for needy children in the Eastern Madera County area. But the 2019 campaign is not over yet! Past campaigns have benefited over 1,100 ...

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HOW Dinner to Honor Tina Anderson Coming in November

HOW dinner to honor Tina Anderson

Join Helping One Woman (HOW) Oakhurst to honor recipient Tina Anderson. Tina is lovingly sponsored by Courtney, Briana, Erick and Gunnar. When: Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. Where: The Hitchin’ Post, located at 42592 Highway 49 in Ahwahnee. HOW it works • You must RSVP on http://www.MySOSEvent.com in advance. RSVP deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 19. • Dinner at 6 ...

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Jeremiah Stott of North Fork’s Troop 357 Earns Eagle Scout

Jeremiah Stott, our newest Eagle Scout.

NORTH FORK — Jeremiah Stott received his Eagle Scout award at a ceremony held Sept. 8 at Hillside Baptist Church.  The Sunday event was attended by family, friends, North Fork Lions Club members, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler, troop members and Sequoia Boy Scout council officials. Jeremiah, a junior at Minarets High School, is actively involved in both football and ...

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This is Us: Brenda Bernal Negley

Many people know me as the “tree-keeper” of Nelder Grove. I have a long family history with that particular grove and it’s really become a part of me. My grandfather worked at what’s now Westfall Ranger Station up by Sugar Pine when my grandparents met. My grandmother worked at the hotel around the corner. They dated for two weeks, got ...

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This is Us: Rabbi Shlomo Menkes

My father is American and was in the military during the Korean War. He wanted to go to Israel, where he met my mother. My mother was a Holocaust survivor. She’s still alive, thank God. She grew up in Warsaw and I mean, if you want an interview that’s interesting, she’s interesting. My mother, she should live and be well, ...

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This is Us: Jennifer Moss

Every one of my interviewees have asked, “Are you going to write one about yourself?” So I dug deep, looked inward, and here is one of my stories. I went through a rough time of being bullied in middle school. I ate lunch alone every day, until one day a girl asked to sit with me and that was the ...

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This is Us: Carolyn Enlow

Carolyn Enlow

I set the world record in gold panning – women’s division in 1978, and because of that, I’m in the 1979 Guinness Book of World Records. It was a competition that started in the fifties and went until the eighties. In the late sixties my husband and I decided we wanted to start gold panning, so we had been doing ...

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This is Us: Jon Bock

My family has been in the arts for a long, long time. Our first gallery opened in 1980 in New Jersey. It was my mother’s gallery, named The Williams Gallery of Fine Art. So when I opened my first gallery here in Oakhurst, I named it after hers: The Williams Gallery West. People assume we’re a gallery of western art, ...

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This is Us: Carolyn Mather

I’ve always had a love of the outdoors. Mom got me into garden club when we lived in Bermuda when I was nine. I got my garden badge when I was a Girl Scout. My dad was also a fisherman so I fished with him all the time. Even deep sea fishing. My dad was also a big hiker. We started ...

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This is Us: Shirley and Jim Savarino

Jim:  In the Marines I was a technician and then went to a small ultrasound company that was bought by Phillips, and that’s where I met Shirley — she was interning there. Although I was working as a technician, in my heart I’d always been a physicist. That interest was noticed by the physicists there and they pulled me into their ...

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