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Redundancy runneth over. This year’s Relay For Life will begin with the annual Kickoff Mixer on Tuesday at Central Valley Community Bank, 1919 Howard Road. If you’ve been straddling the fence on getting involved, get on the ball and get with this terrific community-wide event and be part of the proud people that say they helped kick cancer in the butt.

We’ve all been touched by the dreaded disease. Personally, I’ve lost one of my mothers, Gail, my amazing mother-in-law, Grace Sanderson, my spirit-on-the-mountain and ghost town hostess, Jody Stewart, many friends, the latest being classmate Marty Taylor (I already miss his smile and easy laugh), and too many more. Yes, I’m involved. Now think how you’ve been touched. And yes, you too should get involved. See ya Tuesday at the mixer.

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On the road and cute firm names. Meandering around the Valley, this scribe had the occasion to stop in Shafter the other day. A nothing-special burg except for a great old airfield left over from WWII with lots of warbirds and a clean looking downtown. The stores were busy. It was easy angle parking instead of tough parallel. People and smiles everywhere. And this was a weekday. And if you needed a haircut (I know, I do), you could step into a place called Noggins and Nails and get clipped both on top and your fingers, too.

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I have this (could be bad) habit of reading personalized license plates and frames while rolling down the road. Saw one recently returning from a desert journey that read “I brake for frogs.” I rolled down my window and yelled, “Are you from Angels Camp?” However, the response I got proved the driver was no angel...


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