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Articles from the July 1, 2022 edition


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  • Millwood and Stagecoaching to the Timber

    Terry Ommen, Dusting Off History|Updated Jul 24, 2022
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    Stage travel in the mid to late 19th century was a common form of transportation. Even though the ride could be bumpy and dusty, it was preferred by many to riding horseback, bicycling or walking. So, entrepreneurial businessmen established stage lines to the more popular destinations. One of those routes was the Visalia-to-Millwood line. Millwood, first called Sequoia Mills, was a popular mountain settlement just over the Fresno County line near General Grant National Park....

  • Master Gardeners' Tips for July

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Be easy on yourself and on your garden this month. Do everything you can to conserve water. Enjoy the harvest of the summer garden. Planting Don't plant ornamental plants in July. Instead use your water to keep the vegetable garden, orchard and existing plants (especially trees) healthy. Late in the month, you can start seeds for fall-harvested vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, chard, kale and cabbage. Plant in the ground or start seeds in containers for transplanting in...

  • 'Stu's Show' Celebrates Classic Television Programs

    Steve Pastis|Updated Jul 24, 2022

    "Stu's Show" is an online show about classic television, featuring interviews with the stars and creators of the most memorable shows of the 1950s and 1960s. So far, there have been more than 500 broadcasts and the celebrities appearing on "Stu's Show" over the years have included such notables as Ed Asner, Carl Reiner, Pat Harrington, Bonnie Franklin, Dwayne Hickman, Alan Young, Jimmy Garrett, Jay North, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow, Ken Osmond, and game show hosts Bob Barker,...

  • Farmer Bob's World Offers a Fun and Educational Ag Experience

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Farmer Bob's World has become a local attraction in the South Valley, presenting the farm experience to visitors from all over the valley, as well as from throughout the country and the world. "This February, a group of international guests from the World Ag Expo joined us for a wagon tour, and guests have visited us from Singapore, Korea, England and the Ukraine," said Deanna Saldana, executive director at Farmer Bob's World. In 2013, Bob McKellar started hosting children,...

  • Walking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Walking for as little as 15 minutes a day may help stave off Alzheimer's Disease, says a study at the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center. The study found that regular habits of daily or frequent walks were instrumental in helping reduce the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease. According to study author Dr. Edward Zamrini, "One exciting finding of this study is that as people's fitness improved, their risk of Alzheimer's disease decreased – it was not an a...

  • Long COVID & Power of Attorney

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Question: I was fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID, yet I still got it. Now that I have recovered, I am still fatigued, get short of breath easily, and have a foggy brain. Why is that? The CDC recently reported on a large study conducted in the USA, where they used 30,000 people who received the vaccine. They found that "Long COVID" (lasting effects of the virus) can occur for months after recovering from COVID. Long COVID has lingering symptoms such as respiratory...

  • 'Gregory,' Brief but Memorable

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    “Gregory” is an intensely personal film by Ben McHugh, CEO of Brooklyn Oz Productions, who took time from his other film projects to make a film inspired by his late father, who passed away in 1984. “I dream of meeting him now as if he had never died,” McHugh told The Good Life. “This is my way of achieving that through this medium. Just the longing of a son to have grown old with his father. I know how he was when he was 40. I wonder how he’d be now. “Many, many years have passed since my father died, and I have often wo...

  • Affordable Senior Housing Projects Planned in Visalia

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Plans for two affordable senior housing projects are currently going through the City of Visalia's approval process. Both projects are being planned as affordable housing, which has strict guidelines from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Christian Church Homes (CCH), which built The Meadows, Oak Meadows and Sierra Meadows in Visalia, submitted plans for Visalia affordable senior housing with 70 units on the 2400 block of North Highland Street. The...

  • Government Impostor Scams Costlier for Seniors, New BBB Research Shows

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The COVID-19 pandemic saw a rise in reports of scammers pretending to be from government agencies. While reports slowed since peaking in early 2021, victims lost more than twice as much money, according to new research by Better Business Bureau (BBB). In 2021, consumers reported losses of more than $445 million in government impostor and government grant scams, up from $175.4 million reported in 2020. Likewise, BBB Scam Tracker data showed victims of government grant scams...

  • Rectal Cancer Disappears After Experimental Use of Immunotherapy

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Sascha Roth remembers the phone call came on a hectic Friday evening. She was racing around her home in Washington, D.C., to pack for New York, where she was scheduled to undergo weeks of radiation therapy for rectal cancer. But the phone call from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) medical oncologist Andrea Cercek changed everything, leaving Sascha "stunned and ecstatic - I was so happy." Dr. Cercek told Sascha, then 38, that her latest tests showed no evidence of c...

  • Social Security Benefits Lose Buying Power

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    High inflation has caused Social Security benefits to lose 40% of their buying power since the year 2000, according to the latest update of an ongoing study by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). "That's the deepest loss in buying power since the beginning of this study by The Senior Citizens League in 2010," says Mary Johnson, a TSCL Social Security policy analyst who conducted the research. "Based on the most recent consumer price data, the annual cost of living adjustment...

  • Tulare County Sheriff's Office Warns of New Telephone Scam

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The Tulare County Sheriff's Office has received multiple calls from people saying they have been contacted by someone identifying themselves as a member of the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. The caller appears to be replicating the sheriff's dispatch phone number to make it seem as if the call is actually coming from the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. Once on the line, the caller tells the person they have a warrant for their arrest and directs them to post bail using some...

  • HSSN Offers Tulare County Seniors Friendships, Activities

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The Homebound Senior Social Network (HSSN) is a free program offered by the Valley Caregiver Resource Center and Kings-Tulare Area Agency on Aging (KTAAA). Since 2007, the program, which is only offered to Tulare County residents ages 60+, has been funded by a grant from KTAAA. The program is currently weekly, with seniors in Tulare County connecting by phone on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m. In addition to helping seniors make new friends, the program offers activities such as “Name that Tune,” “Pet Tales,” “Armchair Travels,...

  • Cemetery Measure Heading Back to Ballot in November

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Measure U, which would have provided funds to the Exeter Cemetery District, received most of the votes in the June elections, but lost. The final election summary report on the Tulare County Registrar of Voters website showed 62.15% voters supported Measure U with 37.85% voting no. Special district measures need a two-thirds majority, or 66.66% approval, to pass. The Exeter Cemetery District Board decided at its June 9 meeting to try again in the November general election....

  • Suicide by Veterans

    Ken Cruickshank, Tulare County Veterans Service Officer|Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) seeks to continue efforts to reduce the issue of suicide by veterans. To assist veterans who need someone to talk to, the VA developed the Veterans Crisis Line. You can find more information at http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ The Veterans Crisis Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to provide free, confidential support to veterans, whether they are currently registered with the VA or enrolled in VA health...

  • Monkeypox Less Serious, Harder to Catch than COVID

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The monkeypox virus is a completely different virus than the viruses that cause COVID-19 or measles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is not known to linger in the air and is not transmitted during short periods of shared airspace. Monkeypox spreads through direct contact with body fluids or sores on the body of someone who has monkeypox, or with direct contact with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linen...

  • Tulare County Marks Elder Abuse Awareness Month

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

  • Most Local Senior Centers Back in Business

    Larry Kast, Publisher, The Good Life|Updated Jul 24, 2022

    Those who came to count on the multitude of senior centers throughout Tulare and Kings counties for meals and socialization are seeing those pandemic-shuttered programs return to their previous popularity. At least mostly. There are more than a dozen senior centers in Tulare County, and most of those located in larger cities have been opened in one capacity or another for several months or longer. In Visalia, enrichment classes have begun once again at the Visalia Senior Cente...

  • TCDA Elder Abuse Prevention, Victim Services Program Grant Renewed

    Updated Jul 24, 2022

    The Office of the Tulare County District Attorney was once again awarded a grant by the Governor's Office of Emergency Services to support victims of elder abuse and provide outreach to the community. The grant will continue through 2022. The $217,444 grant funds two full time victim advocates specifically assigned to assist victims of elder abuse through the criminal justice process. The advocates, one of whom is bilingual, also train caretakers, community members and others...

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