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There’s Nothing Better Than True Friends

No matter what you’re up to in life, one thing everyone needs is friends. They make the successes even more inspiring, and the struggles so much easier to bear. I want to personally thank each and every one of the many new True Friends who made a difference and became members during our SNO FriendRaiser. There are truly no words ...

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Everyone Together As Club 321 Dance Party Rocks The Falls

Written by Evana Holevas — O’NEALS —  Minarets senior Remington “Remi” Lee collaborated recently with Club 321 and the Down Syndrome Association of Central California to put on one of their biggest events yet, the 321 Dance at the Falls Event Center in Fresno. This dance, open to any teenagers in the area, was a fun opportunity for students with ...

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Glacier Point to Illilouette and Nevada Falls

Glacier Point Road had only been open one day and those Yosemite waterfalls were really roaring. We headed to Glacier Point on the Panorama Trail to see 4 of Yosemite National Park’s major waterfalls doing their thing. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.8 Miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Range: 5,882′ to 7,278′ Date: April 20, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quads We headed ...

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Virginia Eaton On Sugar

Written by Virginia Eaton —  Unless you’ve been living completely off the grid, you know that sugar is the new dietary villain, almost as vile as cigarettes — and for good reason. Sugar is addicting and adding on the pounds isn’t the only way that sugar harms the body. Insulin levels are disrupted by sugar, your mood is altered by sugar, ...

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Dan Evert’s Story: I Want To See Yosemite One More Time…

Written by Florence Evert Smith, Dan’s Mom — Dan grew up in Oakhurst, California, when the town was still quite small. He attended Oakhurst and Wasuma Elementary Schools, and Yosemite High. As a family, we attended Oakhurst Lutheran Church, and he helped build the Mariposa Lutheran Church. As a teen, Dan spent much of his time at Bass Lake. The ...

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Chawanakee’s Ching Nominated For Admin Of The Year

O’NEALS — This year’s nominee in the Chawanakee Unified School District for Madera County Administrator of the Year is Minarets High School’s Principal Daniel Ching. This is his third year as an administrator in our district, and only his second as Principal, making this nomination all the more impressive because he is relatively new to this leadership position. The process of ...

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Escape On A Hot Air Balloon

My mom had a big birthday coming up and had a special request. She wanted me, my sister and her to go on a hot air balloon ride. My sister and I had never done this, didn’t know anything about this and had some work to do but we pulled it off! Where: Rancho Murieta Distance: About 10 miles Difficulty: ...

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Health Through Movement, Stress Management And Real Food

Written by Virginia Eaton — Class, The Body Pastiche is approaching our one-year anniversary this summer and it has been a whirlwind year! I have been amazed and overwhelmed at the community’s support and enthusiasm for improving life through movement, stress management and eating real food. Health and wellness have been my passion for years and to be able bring ...

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Celebrate Earth Day In Yosemite – Free Admission

YOSEMITE — Yosemite National Park is hosting a special Earth Day Festival on Saturday, Apr. 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, and two special evening activities hosted by REI. The public is encouraged to attend the Festival this year which honors the Centennial of the National Park Service. Park admission is ...

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