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Jim Mulligan

by Jim Mulligan


I’ll be honest; I wasn’t the most fanatical of sports fans when I was a youngster. Don’t get me wrong, my neighborhood friends and I played baseball in the street, football at the local elementary school, and basketball at any number of homes that had a hoop. But not everyone lives and breathes sports. I didn’t. That being said, even I and other non-aficionados of sports would recognize the Wide World of Sports introduction by Jim McKay, or the welcoming tones of Vin Scully. And, please don’t even tell me that if you close your eyes and think about it, you can’t hear the calculated, halting, and sometimes arguably annoying voice of Howard Cosell? Just take a moment and try it.

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Reedley Elks Promote Community

IN THE April 11 ISSUE

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by Jim Mulligan


If you dig back into your memory bank, you might be able to remember that Fred Flintstone and his friend Barney Rubble were members of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, Lodge No. 26. At the very least, you can probably picture their funny, fuzzy headgear. Can you remember the title of the lodge leader? If you can recollect the hijinks portrayed by the members of that fictional organization in Bedrock, you might have a skewed understanding of what actual fraternal organizations do in the United States.

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An Altar, a Work of Art

IN THE March 14 ISSUE

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by Jim Mulligan


Even if one is not a Catholic Christian, or even religious for that matter, a trip to Europe or Latin America would certainly include a visit to the prominent Catholic church of the city or region. One may argue that a visit to Rome is not complete without a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, a trip to Paris not complete without seeing Notre Dame, and a trip to Mexico City is only whole after visiting the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Reedley Lumber Co.

IN THE February 8 ISSUE

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by Jim Mulligan


At 7:20 on a crisp, clear Saturday morning in January, just as the sun began to makes its presence known east of the Sierras, three pick-up trucks sat idling, keeping the occupants toasty warm in the parking lot of one of the oldest businesses in Reedley. At 7:23 the lights inside Reedley Lumber Co. popped on in sections, indicating to the outside world, namely the aforementioned men huddling in the warmth of their vehicles, that the day was officially beginning. At 7:26 the doors were unlocked, and like moths to a flame, the gentlemen who had been so patiently waiting, exited the comfort of their trucks and made a beeline for the entrance.

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by Jim Mulligan


On October 26, 2019 at Restaurante Il Cappuccino in the Dominican capital of Santo Domingo, a contingent of over 40 people met to celebrate a long history and connection to Reedley and to some of its residents. Those in attendance included a small delegation from our Valley town of Reedley, and from four Central American and Caribbean nations.

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Christmas Traditions Great and Small

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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As a child, I didn’t realize that our family Christmas traditions were not everyone’s Christmas traditions. I thought everyone went to mass on Christmas Eve, then gathered at their grandparents’ house, ate hotdogs and potato salad, and opened gifts (insert the screeching sound of a car coming to a halt here). This was the ritual that happened annually and that my siblings and I longed for each year. Hotdogs and potato salad!?

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Ukrainian Air Force “Lands” in Reedley

IN THE November 2 ISSUE

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It’s not very often that a contingent of Ukrainian Air Force officers, or any foreign air force officers for that matter, land in Reedley for a little R and R. But, on a hot August evening this year, that’s exactly what happened. No, they didn’t literally land their fighter jets in Reedley.

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by Jim Mulligan


It’s full steam ahead for the Hillcrest & Wahtoke Railroad in Reedley, opened to the public along with the Hillcrest Pumpkin Patch on September 28 for the 2019 fall season. Most people don’t realize how much work goes into keeping the railroad in tip-top shape, ready to welcome passengers. While the locomotives, train cars, and track are all just a fraction of the size of a standard railroad, it is a real railroad.

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