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Word to the Wise By Jenn McKinlay: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


For a librarian there is nothing more satisfying than making a patron happy, be it by providing the right answer or by finding the perfect book. Unfortunately, that professional delight of providing public service is too often misinterpreted as personal interest, leading to dodgy situations that cross boundaries.

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New Band Director Lee Schneider at Reedley High School

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Education SECTION

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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Crypt Suzette: A Five-Ingredient Mystery By Maya Corrigan: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Val Deniston runs the café inside the local gym. Members go for the burn and then for smoothies, lunch, and dessert. Off hours, she caters for dinner parties. Dorothy, an old friend of Val’s granddad has opened a bookstore and asked for catering for the store’s Halloween party. It’s a fun night, vampire filled, with customers dressed like characters from favorite books.

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This Year’s Reedley Fiesta Paints the Town

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Community SECTION

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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Hallmark Movies and Mysteries: Signature Mysteries

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Doward Wilson


Allison Sweeney stars as Alex McPherson and Benjamin Ayres stars as Drew Goddard in the Chronicle Mysteries: The Deep End. Alex and Drew are following the trial of a woman who is being charged with the murder of her husband. As Alex follows the trial on her podcast, she becomes convinced that the woman is innocent and being railroaded into a guilty verdict. Can Alex find the real murderer in time to clear the woman’s name before the trial is over?

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Hillcrest Farm in Reedley, Ready For Another Halloween Season

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

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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Cookies and Clairvoyance By Bailey Cates: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot’s wedding to Declan McCarthy is fast approaching, but unless the renovations on her Savannah home manage to overcome an increasing number of delays and snafus, it is very possible that her reception guests will be using the on-site porta potties. It’s why Katie is so looking forward to a visit from her father Skylar Lightfoot, who is not only a practicing Shaman but has a surfeit of home construction experience. As it turns out, his shamanic skills are needed first when local philanthropist Kensington Bosworth is murdered.

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The House on Hallowed Ground By Nancy Cole Silverman: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow
& Nancy Cole Silverman


Once the Psychic to the Stars with a celebrity client base built over thirty years, Misty Dawn’s business has diminished from its lofty status as a consultant to both the FBI and the First Lady. Relying on one of her most frequent customers Darlene Thorne, Misty takes up the realtor’s offer to housesit her late brother’s Southern California home until it can be sold.

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A Discovery of Witches Mini Series

FROM THE October 5 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a visiting research fellow at Oxford University set to explore prized manuscripts connected to her academic research into alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also comes from an extraordinary family of witches, with the distinction of being a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop who, in 1692, was the first to be executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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Freshwater Pro 2019 at Surf Ranch in Lemoore

FROM THE October 2 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



For the second year, the best professional surfers from all the over the world came together to compete against each other in the most unlikely place for one to catch a wave…Lemoore. Kelly Slater, arguably the greatest surfer of all time, brought his idea of a wave pool to the Central Valley with the help of his most trusted engineers that was twelve years in the making to bring it to life.

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Peter Pan On Stage in Oakhurst

FROM THE October 2 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Michael Van Buren



J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is the definitive western icon of unending childhood and his home in Neverland; the archetype for all fantasy lands. For so many of us, this story is not only a symbolic representation of the wonders of our own childhood, but the anchor by which we hold on to our child-like heart.

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Mayhew, A City Boy

FROM THE September 28 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Lee Juslin



Mayhew is a six-year-old, eleven-pound mix of Yorkie, Maltese, and Mini Schnauzer. He was turned into a busy N.Y. shelter where he was deemed unadoptable because of behavior problems and a severely matted, dirty coat.

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Man of La Mancha On Stage at Roger Rockas

FROM THE September 28 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


If you have an “Impossible Dream” (and even if you don’t), you should go to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre to see the Good Company Players’ production of Man of La Mancha.

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Terns of Endearment By Donna Andrews: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE September 28 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


Considering the number of extended family members around her, it would be difficult at first to realize that Meg Langslow is not actually still in her hometown of Caerphilly, Virginia. That’s because now that Meg’s famous grandfather, television naturalist Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, has decided to start giving lectures on environmental and educational cruise line ships, he also ensures that he will be accompanied by his many family members and much-abused entourage.

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