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Reedley News

by Lorie Lewis Ham


We have been doing a series of articles this year taking a look at some of the people who serve Reedley in various ways. This week we sat down to have a chat with Reedley Animal Control Officer John Urbano about what he does.

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by Asami Nelson



A new band director is welcomed into the Big Green Marching Machine as Lee Schneider makes her way into Reedley High School from Rock Valley, Iowa. She previously taught middle school bands in the Rock Valley Community School District where she spent most of her time teaching small group lessons or even individual ones. Schneider earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and her Master’s in Clarinet Performance from the University of South Dakota.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


It’s that time of year again, time for Reedley’s biggest event of the year-the Reedley Fiesta! Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce Erik Valencia took a moment out of his preparations to chat with us about this year’s event, which takes place on October 10-12.

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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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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Wakehouse in Reedley is providing a unique and fun opportunity for anyone who is passionate about food. They are having a 15 week competition called Foodie Versus Chef, which started a few weeks ago. “We try to create a relaxed, fun environment for customers and competitors by inviting them to spend their Mondays and start their week in a family environment, dining, and most importantly enjoying each others company,” shared Justin Simmons, General Manager at The Wakehouse. We took a moment to chat with Justin about this fun event!

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by Jackie Dale



August proved to be a long, difficult month. It was like moving heaven and earth to get cats and kittens either adopted or into rescue. People are either still vacationing or getting ready to return to school. The unrelenting heat certainly did not help. Throw in a few medical issues and sometimes you just want to throw up your hands and give up. But the cats are depending on us and in reality, if I give up, then I’m stuck with a lot of cats.

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Kings River Quilt Show

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Reedley is unique in that it has a quilt center, specifically the Mennonite Quilt Center. This month they are having the Kings River Quilt Show. KRL sat down with Marci VanderGriend, manager of the Mennonite Quilt Center, and Sherri Cates, President Kings River Quilt Guild, co-sponsors of the show, to learn more about it.

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by Harvie Schreiber



As the temperatures rise during the summer months, things tend to slow down in the cat rescue business. Well, giving and donations tend to slow down; people are on vacation, or are getting ready for back to school, or they are working on summer projects. But at The Cat House on the Kings, the rising summer temperatures mean rising power bills (we pump our own water from a well, after all), as well as rising numbers of cats and kittens.

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by Asami Nelson



Among the social science teachers at Reedley High, Alexander Busch originates from Reedley and was a former student at the high school. He utilizes this feature to connect with students and understand their high school lives. After graduating from Reedley High and attending UC Santa Cruz, he taught English in the Czech Republic, primarily in the capital city of Prague located in the midst of the European country. Being articulate in both English and Czech, he visits and lives in the country each summer in order for his family to experience both cultures.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


This week we are profiling local artist Carrie Taves, who was born and raised in Reedley. She is also involved in the local charity When I Grow Up.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


Have you ever been involved with Neighborhood Watch? If not, ever wonder what they are all about? As part of our series on Reedley, we took a moment to speak with the Reedley PD about Neighborhood watch. We chatted with Cyndee Friesen, Police Liaison Officer.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


If someone comes off as a really nice person, but suddenly turns mean and nasty, we call him a “Jekyll and Hyde,” all because of Robert Louis Stevenson and a bad dream. That dream, of a man physically turning from good to evil, became the 1886 novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Over the last 133 years, the story has appeared on stage, on movie screens, and on television countless times (I actually wrote script and lyrics for a musical comedy version presented when I was in high school in 1969), and in varying degrees of adaptation (Remember Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)?).

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


KRL has been doing a series of articles looking at various aspects of the City of Reedley. We have looked at the Chamber of Commerce, the City Council, chatted with the City Manager, and the Chief of Police, and this week we are taking a look at the Reedley Community Services Department. We sat down with Sarah Reid who is the current Director. Sarah has worked for the City for 16 years, and has been the Director of Community Services for a year.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham


The Wakehouse in Reedley is the place to be these days with a lot of great concerts and food. A special event, Country on the Kings River, is coming to the Wakehouse on Friday, July 12.

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