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2017 Articles

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Habitat For Humanity is working on a project in Reedley. KRL sat down with Matthew Grundy, Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, to talk about the project.

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by Cynthia Chow


Ellison Russell didn’t want to refuse a request from handsome attorney Hunter Tafft, even if that meant allowing his ex-wife to make a bid on redecorating Ellison’s study. However much Hunter may have helped to keep Ellison out of jail, it’s definitely not worth her putting up with Khaki White’s inappropriate and intrusive comments. Before Ellison can formally reject the decorator’s suggestions, a frantic phone call from the housekeeper forces Ellison to leave Khaki alone in the house.

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by Gail Farrelly


Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.
That was more than two years ago. They haven’t been seen since.
Okay, okay, strictly speaking, the twins didn’t go to “fetch a pail of water.” It didn’t happen exactly like the nursery rhyme.

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by Sarah A. Peterson-Camacho



Five years after its debut, the 1821 Gallery & Studios flourishes in Fresno’s Cultural Arts District, an ArtHop mainstay featuring both a commercial gallery and four working artists’ studios. Founder and owner Bruce Kalkowski, who designed and constructed the gallery, sat down with Kings River Life to discuss the Gallery, how it got its start, and the importance of art in the community.

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by Doward Wilson


The newest mystery series from Hallmark Movies & Mysteries introduces us to Dana Cameron’s first of six books featuring archaeologist, Professor Emma Fielding. Site Unseen has college professor, Emma, working on a site on the coast of Maine that may contain evidence of a Colonial settlement that predates the Jamestown Colony.

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by Cynthia Chow


Tiny Jewel Bay, Montana, depends on tourists for its survival, so the pre-Memorial Day Jazz Festival and Workshop is crucial for local businesses and residents. Five-time Grammy winner Gerry Martin has been brought in as the main attraction, but during his first performance Erin Murphy notices that the stage simmers with jealous hostility between him, his protégé, and another guitar player.

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by Tom Sims



A little boy sits reading a book. As he reads birds emerge and take flight into the vastness of an unknown world.
He is unleashing his imaginations, allowing his thoughts to soar, releasing words, ideas, and images into a world of possibilities. His creative mind has met the creative mind of an author, story teller, or poet on the pages of that book in his hand and that meeting has changed the world.

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by Stephanie Cameron


Not only do domestic rats come in all shapes and sizes, they also come in all sorts of temperaments. From the lovable “snugglers” who don’t want you out of their sight to the Mr. Grouchy Pants who want to be left alone to their own devices. Anna was lucky enough to adopt a rat on the Mr. Grouchy Pants end of the spectrum. Anna renamed her grouchy boy Strider and has been on an adventure of rattie proportions ever since!

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by Kathleen Costa


Welcome to Heavenly Haven, an island known for its year-round summers courtesy of the Witch’s Council. Yes, I said the Witch’s Council. The island is a haven for a large community of witches, warlocks and other magical creatures…good and bad. Generally, the humans who reside on or visit the island have no knowledge of this magical community. They just think it is a great place…until, of course, magic, mayhem and murder are added to the itinerary.

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by Lita Watson


Ricotta cheese has its origin in Italy. It was made from whey leftovers from the production of other types of cheese like mozzarella, and is sourced mainly from milk from sheep, cows, goats, or Italian water buffalo. Today, however, ricotta cheese can be homemade following various recipes that have been developed. It is used in dishes such as lasagna, cheesecakes, and pasta among others.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


CURTAIN 5 TheatreGROUP in Fresno has two original plays opening this weekend-The Elephant in the Room and Martinis and Malice. We spoke with CURTAIN 5’s artistic director Jerry Palladino this week about the shows.

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by Larry Ham



The word Icon gets thrown around a lot these days. Icons come pretty cheap in the year 2017. But, when it comes to the world of rock and roll music, there are some performers who can accurately be called Icons. And Buddy Holly is one of them. And if you want to know why he is such an iconic figure, then go see a performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at the Ice House Theatre in Visalia.

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Valley Animal Center: Lulu

IN THE June 10 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andAnimal Rescue Adventures
SECTIONS

by Joseph Riloquio


Lulu is an eleven-month-old female Hound-Sheppard mix. She came to Valley Animal Center from Fresno Humane Animal Services with her three sisters in October of 2016. Lulu and her littermates were all given “L” names, and “Little Lulu” was named because she was the smallest of the litter.

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by Lupe Gore


One of the most rewarding parts of working in rescue is watching a cat transform from being scared to becoming friendly and trusting. I shall tell you about one very special cat I have worked with while volunteering at Feral Paws Rescue.

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by Margaret Mendel


Pop died suddenly. There were no warnings. He had slightly elevated blood pressure and the doctor said he was pre-diabetic, but with diet and standard meds there didn’t seem to be anything to worry about. I guess when your time’s up, there’s not much you can do about it.

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by Cynthia Chow


Professional caterer Penelope Sutherland is definitely out of her comfort zone working on a movie set in Forrestville, Indiana. Red Carpet Catering normally provides cuisine for celebrity events and movie crews in New York, but in order to have more creative freedom and save money, director Jennifer Carr is filming a new “The Turn of the Screw” in the Midwest town.

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