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A note from the editor

Welcome to the latest edition of Life and Leisure. Most of the time, I am a newsroom coach, offering suggestions to writers, photographers and other editors. Now, and then, though, I get to be a player again. My background is reporting and writing. It’s imprinted pretty deeply into my professional DNA. So when I have the chance to get back on the field, it is exhilarating.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Swiss-born Markus Niggli is a rising star in the world of Lodi wine

The morning sun splashes across a vineyard east of Lodi. Markus Niggli, tall and nimble, moves knowingly among the grapes. Wearing his dust-caked low-cut Merrell hiking boots, Niggli scans, sniffs, touches. Finally, he tastes.

Then he keeps moving.

“Not ready,” he says.

Posted: October 23, 2014

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PJ Polkadot’s Pamela Hulsebosch is living the dream

Handpainted children, ghosts, pumpkins and Santas grace the sides of plastic tubs big and small at PJ Polkadot. The large ones are the kind you’d see in an elementary school classroom, filled with basketballs, hackey sacks, jumpropes and other fun playtime things.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Step into the past ... inside the photo booth

Remember the feeling of stepping into the photo booth on the boardwalk or the drugstore? For some reason, these curtained cubicles set in public places brought out our innermost goofball, providing instant joy upon seeing our  hilarious expressions when the strip fell out of the window.  

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Lodi Beer Company celebrates 10 years in Downtown Lodi

Roger and Sam Rehmke have seen many businesses move into Downtown Lodi, struggle to stay afloat and then leave after just a few years.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Loved in Lodi: Local fashion brand focuses on family

Sarah Duncan, a Lodi resident, mother, wife and business owner has a very unique way of handling all of the responsibilities in her life, including her self-described “mama shop” that can count a Kardashian kid among her celebrity clientele.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Mush ... you huskies

Traveling on the highway this winter? Keep an eye out for three-quarter ton truck heading east hauling sled dogs.Over the last few years, local teacher Melissa Turner has gotten used to the looky loos that pass her and her husband. They drive by, slow down and have to peer into the bed of the truck and her 20-hole dog box. Inside are the dogs Turner takes on weekends to go sledding.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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In Lodi’s River Pointe, a home both stylish and spacious

Inside and out, 122 River Pointe is designed for gracious and relaxed living. Situated in the gated River Pointe neighborhood, the home is on a street with very little traffic and is quite close to the Mokelumne River.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Speedy looks for weekday hair

Mornings are a busy time for working women. Showering, eating something, finding an outfit and pulling your look together with hair and makeup can take up every minute you have between the alarm blaring and heading out the door. Add kids into the mix and your personal time is gone. The whole thing is a rush.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Warm up with fall libations

The weather outside is beginning to cool and you’re craving a special drink. Whether it’s a twist on an old favorite like plain coffee or a Moscow Mule, or something completely unique and master crafted, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite cold-weather drinks in the Lodi area. Happy sipping!

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Find crisp apples or a place to relax on fall excursions

The temperatures have finally cooled down, the leaves are turning a reddish gold and apples are ready for picking. It’s a time to venture out into the gentle breeze and enjoy the fall beauty of Mother Nature before winter sets in.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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Birding in the Central Valley

With the Sandhill Crane Festival approaching this fall, bird watchers would love to explore Lodi and the surrounding areas to check out a variety of feathered friends. David Yee of the San Joaquin County Audubon Society is an avid bird watcher, and has many favorite spots in the area to get a glimpse of all kinds of birds.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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High time for tea

In the kitchen area of the Inn at Locke House Bed and Breakfast, light streams in from the windows flanking both sides of what used to be a large brick entrance for carriages.

Posted: October 23, 2014
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