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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Last week MCC Cafe in Reedley celebrated their one year anniversary. Check out the photos from this fun event, and check out our video interview with Cafe manager Debbie Tingley to see what’s up for the future of MCC Cafe!

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Reedley History: The Granger Twins

IN THE July 12 ISSUE

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by Jim Bulls


Before the year 1892, Reedley awakened to activity on G Street where today we enjoy Pioneer Park. Chinese laborers were building brick kilns for the Craycroft Brick Company. These kilns would fire bricks that would be used to build two warehouses commissioned by the Granger’s Bank of California, located in San Francisco.

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Fresno County Library’s First Kiosk

IN THE July 5 ISSUE

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andCommunity
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by Kathy Eide Casas



Welcome to the cool comfort of Sierra Vista Mall. Step through the western doors of the mall and you’ll see its new and extraordinary tenant, complete with glistening glass walls, colorful signs and books galore…it’s the Sierra Vista Library!

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by Diana Bulls



“Summer’s here and the livin’ is easy. Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” Well, actually it’s not cotton, but fruits and vegetables. That’s right, summer’s bounty can be found at our local farmer’s market on Wednesday night, at fruit stands and in our own backyards. The variety of fruits and vegetables we have available is one of the best things about summer in the San Joaquin Valley.

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by Jim Bulls


It was a cold and windy, West Texas thunderstorm that was pounding Amherst’s brand-new South Plains Farmer’s Co-Op Hospital when Howard Bulls joined the ranks of fatherhood. He was well aware that this honor could be short-lived: my mother had been hospitalized since the first day of March, battling toxemia. I arrived at two pounds, and with no incubator available, Dr. McDonald gave me a life expectancy of three days. Using the technology of a chicken brooder, the janitor rigged up a tent and a heat lamp over my crib.

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by Tom Sims


Recently, local religious congregations were treated to the following announcement from a local group of religious communities called “Faith in Community:”
“Do you believe that every life in our beloved city of Fresno matters? As people of faith, we know that all people are created in the image of God and that every life has inherent worth and dignity. We are facing some immense challenges – we have the nation’s highest concentration of poverty, second-highest metropolitan poverty level overall in the country, a 20 year difference in the life expectancy between Southwest and Northeast Fresno, and 8 of California’s 10 riskiest, most toxic neighborhoods.”

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Going To Pot: Collecting Stoneware

IN THE June 7 ISSUE

FROM THE 2014 Articles,
andDiana Bulls,
andFood,
andHometown History
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by Diana Bulls


Last month, I confessed my obsession with buttons. This month I have to confess that I am equally obsessed with stoneware crockery. It doesn’t matter to me if it is a bottle, jug or jar, I love them for their various shapes, colors and decorations. Before refrigeration, crocks were used in American kitchens to hold foodstuffs such as butter, salted meats and pickled vegetables. They were America’s major house ware from 1780-1890. I use them to hold kitchen utensils, flowers, magazines or kindling. I don’t care if they aren’t in perfect condition.

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by Maria Ruiz



I was a young wife whose husband had recently graduated from the University. His first job in a coastal city of California meant we had to move. My husband, Bob, our five year old son, Barry, our dog Fuzzy and I moved into a typical middle class neighborhood. What had seemed like a fortune for college students, Bob’s salary at the new job, turned out to be just a bit short of meeting our bills.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Physics and biology teacher Dan Deibert has been teaching at Reedley High School for 20 years, and has touched the lives of many. Before coming to RHS, he taught for seven years at General Grant Middle School, and he has also taught some evening classes at Reedley College.

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by Jim Bulls


Last time I left you, we were cruizin’ Reedley and eating cheeseburgers in 1960, as well as checking out the gas stations and bulk plants. But, you might ask, how did kids afford cars way back then, not to mention gas, insurance and cheeseburgers? We’ll get to that, after a little history.

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by Kathy Eide




Jim Yovino has a passion for education. He has spent his entire career working on behalf of Fresno County students. “It’s hard to believe that this year marks my 24th year in education. When you are doing something you have such a passion for, the time goes even faster,” Yovino emphasized.

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byTrish Johnson



Here it is 2014 and after 100 years of existence, both the City of Orange Cove and the Orange Cove Women’s Club will be celebrating its centennial. Three service organizations met collectively to plan a special event entitled “BACK IN TIME: A 100 YEARS OF MEMORIES,” which will take place on May 31. The Orange Cove Women’s Club, the Orange Cove Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Orange Cove American Legion have been working diligently to plan a celebration for the people of Orange Cove. With the help of several local packing houses acting as sponsors, these three entities were able to plan this back in time event.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



For 30 years Juan Sandoval has been working in local education–starting as a woodshop teacher, he is now Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, and State and Federal Projects, with Parlier Unified School District.

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by Diana Bulls


Ever since Eve ate the apple in the Garden of Eden, humans have been trying to fashion coverings for their bodies. Fig leaves progressed to animal skins (much softer and less itchy), and eventually to woven cloth. And along the way, a plethora of sewing accessories have come into being, opening another opportunity for collectors: the fascinating history of fashion and the evolution of how garments were created.

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