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A Forest Grows Not So Far Away

About three miles from downtown Atwater lies an area that is totally different from the surrounding and unassuming agricultural countryside. For the family that settled there almost 60 years ago it became an oasis — make that an urban forest — that boosts spirits to this day. Retired marriage-family therapist and tree advocate…

Habitat for Humanity celebrates store expansion in Atwater

The Merced County chapter of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the fourth anniversary and expansion of its ReStore facility in Atwater and the prospect of building two new homes for needy families this year. Habitat for Humanity, which formed a local chapter in Merced County in 1994, first opened its thrift store in the former Passadori's…

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