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Over the Garden Fence: Oak Tree Care and Maintenance During Droughts

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By Ron Allen, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa County Right now we are in the midst of extreme, widespread drought. One telltale indication is that oak trees in Mariposa County are dropping their leaves. What should one do? You don’t need to do much, but you should avoid basic mistakes. Here are some guidelines. Avoid disturbing the ground within 6 feet of ...

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Celebration of Life for Diane Lynne van Deursen

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Diane Lynne van Deursen died on July 10, 2021, in Fresno, California. She was 74 years old. Diane was born on November 1, 1946, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from Washburn High School, Minneapolis. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Minnesota and a Master in Business Administration (Management) from National University ...

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Celebration of Life for Mort Lasnik

Mort Lasnik, cake baker, cat lover, wood worker, model ship builder, stamp and coin collector, card and game player, and the Will Rogers of confections (“He never met a sweet that he did not like”), died on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at age 94. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 18, 1927, as the youngest of four boys and the ...

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Calling All Local Home Gardeners and Small Farmers!

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OAKHURST — You are invited to participate with Plant a Row and donate extra produce from your garden to be distributed to local residents in need of fresh, nutritious produce. Fresh produce donations will be accepted at Heritage House (5200 State Hwy 49N) on Mondays only from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Manna House (5127 Charles St) Monday ...

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4 Tips to Prepare a Pet-Friendly Fire Safety Plan

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After more than a year of nearly constant companionship, many pet parents are preparing to leave their pets at home while they transition back to the office. With more time away from home, it’s important for families to be prepared in the event of a fire. As COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, a vast majority of pet owners (91%) said they ...

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The Week’s Events July 26 – August 1

A bit of a change this week:  Scroll down for a list of recurring events as well as select events in Yosemite National Park. There’s lots to do in our mountain area. Get out there! THIS WEEK’S EVENTS THURSDAY, JULY 29 Make & Take Wine Cork Birdhouse at Yosemite Wine Tails 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Admission: $20. Advance Reservations Required ...

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County Residents to Receive Official Ballots for Upcoming Recall Election

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MADERA COUNTY — Rebecca Martinez, County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters announced today that all registered voters in Madera County will be sent their Official Ballots for the upcoming September 14, 2021, California Gubernatorial Recall Election in the mail. Ballots will be mailed to voters beginning August 16th. Allow 2-5 days for delivery. You can track your ballot! Ballot tracking ...

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Celebration of Life for Eva Stallsworth

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Eva Marie (Hermansen) Stallsworth passed away on July  20, 2021, three months before her 101st birthday. She was born October 27, 1920, in the village of Peters, Nebraska, to Victor E. Hermansen and Agnes E. (Johnson) Hermansen. Her younger years were spent on a small farm in Hay Springs, Nebraska. The oldest of five children, and the only girl, she was ...

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Hiking to Conness Lakes with Sally & Fannie

Sally the Weimaraner, Fannie the Corgi and I headed up to the glacial-fed Conness Lakes in the Tioga Pass area. I have no doubt they enjoyed their adventure but I especially love to visit these magical lakes that change color before my eyes. Where: Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National ForestDistance: 9.95 Miles (includes about 2.6 ...

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