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Mother’s Day getaway was heavenly at El Capitan Hotel

I was fortunate enough to be invited, along with my daughter, Christina, and granddaughter, Daisy, to an overnight Mother’s Day getaway on May 8 and 9 to experience the El Capitan Hotel, which included a meet and greet with Chef Quentin Reece Garcia, who designs the menu and then creates the meals for the restaurants Native Son and…

Elegant Bull restaurateur Frank Machado turns 90

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include details about Frank Machado's birthday party and to correct his military service information. By LYNDA BROMMAGE Frank Machado — a Hilmar High School grad from the Class of 1949 and supporter of HHS Football — celebrated his 90th birthday in style on…

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…

‘Old World craftsman’ back in business on Main Street

I am not trying to give unfair business advantage to one person, or say anything about anyone anywhere who repairs watches. I call him Mr. Ortega. That would be what I would call him even if I knew his first name. Ortega’s Watch Repair is located at 741 W. Main Street, in downtown Merced across from McAuley Motors (free plug).…

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