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How to Use Mulches for Undercover Gardening

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By Brian David, UC Master Gardener, Mariposa California’s winter rains patter on fallen leaves and brown grasses above soils crawling with sub-terrestrial animals. Natural mulch feeds a crescendo of green emerging to meet the sky. Mulching is a cycle of plants and trees laying down their old lives to produce the earth’s new life. When we spread organic matter over ...

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Pet of the Week: Gladys the Dog

Hi, I’ll bet you have never met anyone as cute as me! It could be my heritage. Humans might say McNabb-Border Collie-Queensland! For this 11-week old girl, that is a mouth-full! I already know a crate is my safe place, I love other dogs and cats, and I adore toys! I have been told I am really smart and I ...

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History Mystery #83 – Do You Recognize This House?

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By Karen Morris (with thanks to Don Grove) This building has been home to many families since its service as a way station. Our records begin with the McGinity family. They lived here beginning in 1904. We are not sure how long they stayed. The Hanningan Family moved in about 1942 and stayed until 1947. Hazel Kennedy and her family ...

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Pet of the Week: Tuffy

I am Tuffy and I am sure you are looking for an adorable kitty like me. I am kind of a teenager now and I would like to find my forever human. Hello, are you my new human? Needless to say, I am sweet, a lot of fun, busy, and adorable……(Oh, I guess I already said that!). So if you ...

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Pet of the Week: Gracie

MADERA COUNTY MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES – Hello, I’m Gracie. I really miss my Mom. I sat in her lap every day and slept on her bed every night. They say she passed away. I will be happy again when I find a new Mom. If that is you, please call 559-683-1266 PS …I like Dad’s too!

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Exploring an Oakhurst Community Garden With UCCE Master Gardener Randy Thompson

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OAKHURST — Randy Thompson, an active University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Master Gardener and Oakhurst resident, wants to start a community garden and perhaps recruit more master gardener candidates. “The process to become a Master Gardener is more involved and we will address that in future meetings,” he said. UCCE has maintained the Master Gardener Program in California since ...

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The History Mystery #82 – Do You Recognize These Women?

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NORTH FORK — This photo is courtesy of Rose Davis-Cobb, board member of the Sierra Mono Museum & Cultural Center, and features two Mono women who are extras in the movie “Deer Slayer.” Can anyone provide information on where the filming took place in the area of North Fork, Madera County? What were the names of other local extras? What ...

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A Message From EMCSPCA President Sharon Fitzgerald

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Dear friends, As we reach the close of 2019, I look back on the twenty-nine years the Eastern Madera County SPCA has been helping animals in our area. Starting with an idea as a reaction to the boxes of kittens and puppies in front of Raley’s, our small group of volunteers knew we needed to build a safe place for ...

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Pet of the Week: Zane the Cat

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Hi there, I’m Zane, the grey cat! Can you tell how adorable I am?……personality, plus! I am a neutered boy, a year old, not a kitten, but lots of fun! Check out that belly! If you need a little spark in your life, I am the ticket. All it takes is a call. 559-683-1266.

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