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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Every year KRL looks to see if there is a Christmas event that perhaps we have never covered before, and this year we discovered Christmas on the Farm in Kingsburg. We took some time to chat with owner Brad Kane, who owns the almond farm with his wife Lori.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Daryl Wood Gerber


As California’s Crystal Cove prepares for their annual Christmas Festival, not everyone is embracing the holiday spirit. Grinch Emmett Atwater refuses to decorate his home, filing numerous complaints against his neighbor Jake Chapman, who amps up his own decorative efforts in retaliation. Unfortunately, those decorations are put to nefarious use when Jake’s friend Geoffrey is found just outside of Jake’s house, stabbed by a tree topper, and wrapped in Christmas lights.

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by Sandra Murphy


Daphne Templeton is a professional pet sitter and baker of tasty treats for pets in Sylvan Creek, Pennsylvania. It’s almost time for the annual Bark the Halls Ball where people and pets mingle, snack, and dance. The news of the day is the return of a classmate, Celeste (CeeCee) French who has made it big with her company, French’s Poodles and More, a chain of pet care facilities, with a line of food and doggie clothing.

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by Cynthia Chow


The holiday season may be the time of the year one expects to spend surrounded by family, but Katie Bonner didn’t anticipate that she would be sharing her tiny apartment with her former mother-in-law Margo. It’s been almost two years since the death of Katie’s husband, but even when he was alive, Margo was never very welcoming to her daughter-in-law.

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by Cynthia Chow


As an investigative reporter for Los Angeles talk radio station KTLK, Carol Childs is at the forefront of the investigation in the Model Slayer murders. While she would normally love to receive the hot tip that a suspect in the murders of three fashion models has been arrested, Carol is stunned that the witness with firsthand knowledge is her pre-med daughter.

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by Sandra Murphy


Lola Woodby is a society matron, although a poverty-stricken one most of the time. She’s formed the Discreet Retrieval Agency with the help of her very organized Swedish cook, Berta. Cedric, the Pomeranian, accompanies them on their cases.

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Love Is Stronger than Hate

IN THE December 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andTom Sims
SECTIONS

by Tom Sims



An act of terror that was very evil, hateful, and tragic recently produced the opposite response to what was intended by its perpetrator. An expression of hate evoked renewed affirmations of and commitments to love. It was true across America and especially true in the Fresno area.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Fresno State University Theatre is offering a lovely show to enjoy for the holiday season, Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley. Having enjoyed several variations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I looked forward to this new play and I was not disappointed. It was written by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon.

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by Sandra Murphy


Change comes to everyone, welcome or not. For librarian Charlie Harris, two changes are one too many. Gerry Albritton is his new neighbor. She’s a very friendly woman, the kind who drops innuendo into conversation and her hand on an arm or shoulder while she talks. She seems to have plenty of money and isn’t shy about spending it.

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by Steven Sanchez



It’s the most wonderful time of year. Presents, lights, sweets, roasted chestnuts, and mistletoe.
Kris Kringle will give out gifts and cheer to children all around the world. But what about the adults? Nate Butler is here to fill the big man’s shoes and sleigh to spread holiday cheer to those adults that are in need of it through music, crafts, and fun.

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by Sandra Murphy


It’s 1934, and the folks in Darling, Alabama, still need a bit of help now and again to keep food on the table. It’s hard to recover from the Great Depression. Liz has had her hours cut at Mr. Mosely’s law office. She’s got a book to write, but that’s no guarantee of money.

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by Kathleen Costa


Thanksgiving is over, and Black Friday is looming. The busiest shopping day of the year is often a boost for anyone’s bottom line. Lilly Carlsen, owner of Juniper Junction Jewels, is anticipating a successful day, but reticent of the crowds and chaos, but that will be the least of her worries. She discovers the back door of her shop unlocked, the vault ajar, and a dead body behind the counter…Eden Barkley murdered by pearls!

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by Sandra Murphy


Choosing attorney Allan Sharp to play Scrooge in the local production of A Christmas Carol was type-casting. He and Mayor Mobley hatched up schemes to their benefit, not the townspeople, very Scrooge-like behavior.

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by Sandra Murphy


Holly White is busier than an elf at the North Pole, working at her family’s Christmas tree farm, Reindeer Games. In addition to selling trees, she’s also made some gingerbread-themed jewelry, and it’s selling as fast as the real thing. She can barely keep up.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Donna Andrews


Meg Langslow leads an active life, what with helping at the church, being married to Michael, and mother to twin boys. That’s not counting the things her mother volunteers her for, or her dad, or even grandad. No wonder she carries her planner with her at all times.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



This year, Christmas Tree Lane continues its enchanting tradition of treating visitors from far and wide to the Lane’s holiday magic. This class two-mile stretch of dazzling sparkle showcases over a million lights on homes, trees and displays, making it a generational favorite. The Lane transforms North Van Ness Boulevard in Fig Garden into a one-way boulevard and includes approximately 140 homes and 300 majestic trees, all decorated for the Christmas holiday.

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