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No Falling Allowed!

No Falling Allowed!

By Ryan Peters, Captain Aptos/La Selva Fire District In this month’s column, as the rain pours down, I feel it’s a good time of the year to discuss falls and fall prevention among older adults. Our crews at Aptos/La Selva Fire District regularly receive 911 calls for aging adults who are the victim of ground […]






Clarence: Indoor Companion Extraordinaire

Clarence: Indoor Companion Extraordinaire

Clarence (A233335) came to us as a stray. When he was found, he had a kitty cold but is now on the mend. This cross-eyed boy is extremely people oriented! Unfortunately, this big boy tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) which is not transmittable to people or dogs. He may well have a full […]






Storm Damage … And Our Next Steps

Storm Damage … And Our Next Steps

By Zach Friend The most recent storms have pushed damages in the County to over $30 million in damage to our local roads and infrastructure, causing some of the most significant challenges in recent memory. The Board of Supervisors declared a third emergency in as many months and has submitted requests to the state and […]






Bruno – Looking for a Place to Hang His Leash

Bruno – Looking for a Place to Hang His Leash

Bruno is an eight-year-old Maltese mix who is looking for a place to hang his leash and call home. He’s perfectly lap-sized, only about eight pounds, and is instantly loyal and loveable. A loving foster family has been taking Bruno home for nightly   parties and reported him to be a wonderful houseguest. “Bruno wants to […]






Interview with Amber Coverdale Sumrall

Interview with Amber Coverdale Sumrall

By Jessica Johnson Amber Coverdale Sumrall was originally introduced to me over a decade ago through a friend whose mother had been attending Amber’s writer’s workshops for years. Knowing I wanted to develop my writing and begin to share it, she suggested I check out Amber. This was a pivotal point in my writing journey. […]






Simple Acts of Love

Simple Acts of Love

Nicole M. Young, MSW I loved celebrating Valentine’s Day as a child. My favorite memory is of the Valentine’s “mailbox” that appeared every February. It was a big box that my mom decorated with colorful paper, hearts and lace, with a large slot in the lid. My siblings and I loved “mailing” our cards to […]






Reflecting On 2016 And Leaping Into 2017

Reflecting On 2016 And Leaping Into 2017

By Melanie Mow Schumacher, Associate Manager Soquel Creek Water District Happy New Year! Soquel Creek Water District is proud to be an integral part of the Santa Cruz Mid-County community for over 55 years. To kick off 2017, we’d like to reflect back on a few of our key moments in 2016: February 2016 — […]






Hello New Year; Goodbye Chaos

Hello New Year; Goodbye Chaos

Getting Organized in 2017; One Step At a Time By Pam Hudson It’s January, and you’ve kick started your weight loss and exercise program, you’ve hit the white sales and scored the sheets you didn’t get for Christmas, and now you look around and realize it’s time to dig your way out of all that […]






Facebook Privacy: Why It Matters

Facebook Privacy: Why It Matters

By Fallon Beaumont For many people, it’s not uncommon to have a Facebook account. With over 1.79 billion monthly active users, it has become the largest social networking site in the world. From friends to family to colleagues, Facebook has become a way to connect people together through shared pictures, thoughts, and videos. You can […]






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