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Going Green

Sunnyside Bicycles: Back To School

IN THE August 29 ISSUE

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by Vanessa McCracken


It’s Back-to-School time, and that means lots of kids and adults are riding their bikes to get back and forth to school. Our service departments at both locations have been busy tuning up bikes and doing free safety checks to help make everyone’s commute a smooth one, and we wanted to share a few quick things you can do at home to help make your ride to school better.

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Get Healthy and Healed The Natural Way

IN THE August 22 ISSUE

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by Jane Brown


The strenuous months of pregnancy and the tiring years of motherhood that follow can contribute to multiple health problems in mothers. Both working mothers and stay-at-home moms are at risk of many health issues that are often ignored and taken carelessly.

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The Master Gardener Vision

IN THE July 25 ISSUE

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andGoing Green,
andKathy Eide Casas
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by Kathy Eide Casas



Brown is the New Green…this familiar reminder is sprouting up all over California as we enter another year of the historic drought. For those who want to remain water-wise but still want to enjoy all the benefits that plants, trees and flowers have to offer, more residential gardeners than ever are turning to the experts who are on hand 24/7, to offer tips, advice and knowledge– The Master Gardeners.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham



Sunnyside Bicycles is owned by John and Vanessa McCracken. They have had a shop in Fresno since 2010, and just recently opened a new one in Reedley. Sunnyside does so much more than just sell great bikes, so we took some time to sit down with Vanessa and chat about their stores and what they offer.

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by Maria Ramos


Technology often seems at odds with the Earth. Cords from laptop and smartphone chargers devour energy and traditional gas-powered vehicles spout global warming-causing emissions from their exhaust pipes into the air. However, some of the latest technology has in recent years begun to turn that around. As environmentally conscious lifestyles have started to become the norm, people are taking notice and are making it easier to incorporate greener choices in our daily lives.

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by Tom Sims


I decided to follow up on the article I wrote about the upcoming Earth day events in Fresno by visiting Fresno’s Earth Day last Saturday at Radio Park. The result was that I ended up with far too many ideas and impressions to report, fodder for future articles, and inspiration for networking and implementing new ideas. It was worth the three hours I invested.

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by Sandra Murphy
& Betty Jean Craige



At the age of twenty I could not have imagined that in retirement I would write about a five-legged frog, a dog with un-descended testicles whose mother birthed him at the age of sixteen, two lovely post-menopausal ladies who got pregnant in their fifties, and twenty-four healthy centenarian gentlemen with swelling breasts. But neither could I have imagined back then that we’d be polluting our rivers, lakes, and streams with estrogen, anti-depressants, and tranquilizers. Who takes estrogen?

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by Sandra Murphy



It’s Thanksgiving in Pecan Springs, Texas where China Bayles runs the local herb shop. It’s full of all the fresh plants, wreaths, soaps, lotions and books you could imagine. Her business partner, Ruby, will mind the shop as well as her own (New Age) while China visits her mom, Leatha, and stepdad Sam. Stepdaughter Caitie is riding with China, hubby McQuaid is bringing stepson Brian. It sounds like a blended family but with them, it’s seamless.

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KCUSD Celebrates Earth Day

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andEducation,
andGoing Green,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Erica Sanchez, an English Language Arts teacher at Orange Cove High School has gotten her students very involved in Earth Day this year. “On Friday, April 10, Annie Shelton—Municipal Coordinator—from Waste Management came to talk to my ninth and tenth grade students about the benefits of recycling,” shared Erica. “The students enjoyed her enthusiasm and knowledge. It was also helpful for the students to learn from someone other than me. They get to see why I am always nagging them to recycle their bottles, can, and paper in my own classroom.”

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Beautifully Damaged Art & Home Decor

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andGoing Green,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


When I learned about Beautifully Damaged Art & Home Decor in Hanford, California it seemed a perfect fit for our Earth Day issue so I took some time to chat with it’s owner Jessica Ann Szalai.

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by Terry Ambrose



One of the players affecting the changes in the publishing industry is Smashwords. Founder and CEO Mark Coker expected the company to be popular, but even he has been surprised by the success.

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by Sandra Murphy



Farm animals are the most abused in the country yet they receive only 1% of donated money to improve their lives. Baur calls this book “the ultimate guide to a mindful, compassionate animal-friendly life.”

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Earth Day Fresno

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2015 Articles,
andGoing Green,
andStrolling The Town,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims


Earth Day is both an event and a movement. As a movement, it makes a difference, as an event, it is not to be missed.
Locally, Earth Day is a project of a group of dedicated souls including co-coordinator, Radley Reep who says, “It’s great to see so many people at Earth Day each year. It’s the public’s event really – a day of hope for a better world. Besides, it’s fun to see what’s new in the way of green products and to rub shoulders with those who have made environmental stewardship a part of their everyday lives.”

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by Sean Stephens



I am writing this article from inside Reedley’s newest book store; Resurrected Books. As the name suggests, this is a used book store and their motto is, “Giving old books new life.” As I look around, I see the signs of well-loved old books. Some are weathered, dog eared, spine-wrinkled old things and others have library tags on them. Still others look fresh from the publisher, but they all have one thing in common: they have all been given a chance to be loved once again and for a great bargain.

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by Sharon Tucker


Earth day (April 22) always makes me long to be a flower child again. I want to wear Birkenstocks, put on a patchwork granny dress and to have flowers in my hair—all of which I did daily a number of years ago—except maybe the flowers. I want to spend the day outdoors in a sylvan setting, far away from the city where cars vibrate with rap music, and I want to be in a place where the internet is just a line of code on the breeze.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley resident Priscilla Luther has been selling her crafts at craft fairs for a few years now, but she dreamed of having a more permanent location to sell not only her crafts, but those of other local artists as well. Now that dream has come true with the opening of Birds Nest unique finds on November 1 in Minkler.

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by Stephen Rosy



Creating an eco-friendly landscape is essential for sustaining a balanced ecosystem. It adds to the beauty of our society and people derive various benefits from it. In fact, landscaping can have a major impact on the efficiency and sustainability of a building in the longer run. A few planted trees can cool of a building and reduce the amount of electricity being consumed for air conditioning. A few suggestions are being discussed in this article for creating an eco-friendly landscape.

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by Ian Garrett


Any sense of alarm about the future of the environment inspires many to rethink their impact on the planet. Theater artists have an opportunity to reconsider how we do what we do. And, this opportunity is not merely a question of reducing our carbon footprint, but also a chance to bolster theater as a contemporary and relevant art form.

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