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Helping Hands

by Kenneth Martens Friesen


Our world is like a lakebed being filled with excess carbon dioxide. At first the lake filled very slowly, but as we industrialized it filled more quickly. Between England, Germany, and the United States the lake became one-quarter full by 1950. Since then the lake has again doubled in depth, much of it a result of the United States, but more recently from new countries like China and India. Within a few decades, our world will be drowning in one trillion tons of excess carbon dioxide.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Maggie Toussaint


The owner of Shell Island’s Holloway Catering, River Holloway Merrick is thrilled to have been hired to cater the Nature Coalition’s special event dinner. She’s especially honored to be serving veterinarian Jasmine Garr as they name her their Volunteer of the Year, which makes hearing the news of her death two days later all the more shocking. Found shot in the back in her yard, Jasmine’s quirky Chicken Lady neighbor becomes one of the first suspects for the shooting.

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Let It Grow Fresno

IN THE April 17 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andCommunity,
andGoing Green,
andLorie Lewis Ham
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham


In honor of Earth Day, which is coming up on April 22, it seemed a perfect time to interview a new business involving plants that sprung up during the pandemic, Let It Grow Fresno. We interviewed one of the owners Kelly Brianne, who is also a local actor and is looking forward to getting back on stage once the pandemic is over. Her partner in the business, and in life, is Daniel Karkoska.

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by Mark Redwine


The refugee camp for asylum-seekers is no more. Two weeks ago, the first busload of refugees legally crossed the bridge that spans the Rio Grande River between Matamoros, Mexico and Brownsville, Texas. When they arrived at the Brownsville bus station, a crowd greeted them with applause, cheers, tears, hugs, handshakes, and exuberant joy expressing the start of the end of two long years of suffering in the camp. I was not able to greet that bus, but have been able to greet several since then. Yesterday, the last bus from the camp crossed into Brownsville. Today, the few people left in the camp were taken to a shelter in Mexico and the camp is now empty.

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Serve Reedley

IN THE January 9 ISSUE

FROM THE 2021 Articles,
andHelping Hands,
andJim Mulligan,
andReedley News
SECTIONS

by Jim Mulligan


When Alicia, a single mom of two exuberant boys, found herself in need of some basic items for her new apartment, she didn’t know where to turn. Alicia, because of some family issues, needed to strike out on her own with her boys. She was eventually able to get an apartment, but had exhausted her financial resources doing so. While they had a roof over their heads, they didn’t have much else.

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by Mark Redwine


Thanksgiving Thursday, eating turkey, watching football, thankful for all of my blessings, many of which I take for granted. Among my greatest blessings, and greatest heartaches, are the immigrants in the refugee camp on the Mexican side of the border at Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The Von Tresslers were not normal members of the small Pennsylvanian community. With their wealth and attitude, they essentially kept themselves separated from the townspeople shunning invitations to join in, participate, or patronize local businesses along with poaching all the contractors in the area to build their mansion on the hill no matter to what projects they had already committed.

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by Tom Sims



Let me start with this. Many things have been closed that have never been closed before:
Doctor’s offices.
Stores and restaurants. Beauty Salons and barbers.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


Moonrisers is the first in a brand new series by author Jeri Westerson. It is a spin-off of her Booke of the Hidden series, which I really enjoyed. Moonrisers features the werewolf character Jeff Chase.

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Five Fun Ways to Volunteer on Earth Day

IN THE April 18 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by Dylan Bartlett


On April 22nd, people around the world will celebrate Earth Day. It’s a time for appreciation, gratitude and, more importantly, progress. Whether you’ve volunteered in years past or you want to get in on the action now, there’s a ton of ways to give back. Some of these you can do during lockdown, and others you can do when life gets back to normal.

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Kidnapped on Safari

IN THE April 15 ISSUE

FROM THE 2020 Articles,
andGoing Green,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTravel
SECTIONS

by Peter Riva


My stories have two main characters, one familiar to Western readers as he makes nature documentaries in remote places, and the other a man of the land, a tribal elder.

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by Tom Sims



Things were as they had been for a long time. Nothing much changed. Relationships were well defined. Alliances were set. Positions were clear. Lines were drawn in indelible ink. It was comfortable.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play is being presented in Clovis this month by a new theatre company in the Valley, Action Community Theater. We took a moment to chat with the show’s director Maxwell Debbas about the company and the show. This will also be a fundraiser to help with the Syrian Refugee crisis.

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Health Benefits of Cycling

IN THE August 24 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andGoing Green
SECTIONS

by David De Haan


Everyone knows that cycling is beneficial. However, the details of its benefits are not always well known. There has been a lot of research to find out exactly what bike riding does for the human body, physically, emotionally, and mentally. The findings will make you want to cycle every day for the rest of your life.

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