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Dreadful Drought Can Show Us A Thing Or Two About Our Past



Does time travel exist? Probably not, but let’s take a shot. The California drought may give us a unique chance to go back to 1955. That’s when the Folsom Dam was built, during they heydays of dam building from the 1950s to the ’70s. California, along with the rest of the United States, experienced major population growth with the…

Ode To A Longtime Pen Pal, Betty Stewart

She was in her 80s, and I was in my 70s, when I received my first letter from Betty Stewart, written in the most beautiful handwriting I had seen since my dad died — and he had attended Calligraphy classes. The letter was written on yellow-lined pad paper, just the same as the pads which I used to write on when I covered the stories of the…

The Mondo Building: A Cornerstone Of Downtown Merced

It sits as a cornerstone of Downtown Merced. Known to most locals as the Mondo Building on Main Street. Facing Bob Hart Square, the Mondo Building looks like it had been plucked out of Rome, with its beautiful columns climbing toward the sky. It has been there since 1928, built by Gene Mondo as the local home of the Bank of Italy. Later…

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