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Your guide to wrapping up every gift in the closet with ease and flair

Your guide to wrapping up every gift in the closet with ease and flair

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As much of a headache as getting in and out of the mall can be, shopping for presents is actually the easy part of the holiday gift giving enterprise. Wrapping them and making them look not only presentable, but welcoming and worthy of memories is a marathon unto itself. It takes training, preparation and focus.

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  • General Mills’ blue star will stay lit despite property sale

    General Mills’ blue star will stay lit despite property sale

    When General Mills shutters its doors and turns off the lights in Lodi for last time, the blue star that graces its tall silo will not go dark. After all, it is a Lodi icon, as the late Bob Wheeler termed it.

  • 14-year-old arrested in Woodbridge shooting

    A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the shooting of two teenage boys in Woodbridge that police believe may be gang-related.

  • Lodi wreath thief still at large

    Lodi wreath thief still at large

    It cost the Cantrell household $60 to buy materials for a homemade wreath, and countless hours to weave the ribbon together. But it only took a thief a few seconds to grab it off Kevin and Kelly Cantrell’s door on Friday.

  • Can I use self-rising flour in place of regular flour?

    Can I use self-rising flour in place of regular flour?

    Dear Barbara: My neighbor lady gave me a bag of “self-rising” flour. I was going to make cookies with it, but I wasn’t sure if that would change the taste of the cookies. The recipe didn’t call for self-rising flour. Are they interchangeable? — Jan from Acampo

  • Lodi Montessori students perform in holiday play

    Lodi Montessori students perform in holiday play

    Students at Lodi Montessori performed in their first holiday play on Friday night. Our teachers have been preparing for months: making costumes, rehearsals and arranging the stage and lighting for this special night.

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Hopes and dreams of youths plant seeds for a better future

Hopes and dreams of youths plant seeds for a better future

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Dear Readers: From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks. The dreams of the young are the seeds of the future. It’s my honor to present these youthful …

Round up of this year’s interesting medications

Round up of this year’s interesting medications

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Dear readers: Here are the most interesting new medications that hit the market in 2014. My column is printed in various languages so I apolog…

Pondl Winery: Whimsical vintage vibe in a purple barn

Pondl Winery: Whimsical vintage vibe in a purple barn

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Want to enjoy a glass of wine with a pin-up model? Or maybe go tasting with a classy lady and gent from 1950s Dublin, Ireland?

Knowlton Gallery celebrates final month with art sale

Knowlton Gallery celebrates final month with art sale

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After 10 years as a destination art gallery for Northern California, drawing buyers from New York, Chicago and around the state, Knowlton Gall…

My Birth Place

My Birth Place

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The house is still standing though shattered and torn,

Dear Santa Claus ...

Dear Santa Claus ...

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Girls and boys at the News-Sentinel have been on our best behavior this year in hopes that you’ll bring us one or two presents on our lists. I…

Curry spice, curcumin, helps against diabetes

Curry spice, curcumin, helps against diabetes

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As the snowy cold weather begins to roll into Colorado, I crave warmer, heartier meals like chili, stews and brisket. Juicing kale and celery …

Do the holidays retain meaning?

Do the holidays retain meaning?

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Dear Straight Talk: The winter holidays seem to be a stressed-out “what am I getting” and “what am I buying” nightmare, and I wonder if these …

Scotland: Can we eat this? Yes, we can!

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It shouldn’t be surprising that Scotland is a completely different place than California, with different people, different customs and, of cou…

Morning climb

Morning climb

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Only fading moonlight peeks

Industrial talent worthy of a canvas

Industrial talent worthy of a canvas

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An air compressor hums periodically in a new airbrush art gallery on Sacramento Street in Downtown Lodi. Cords running from the ceiling to the…

Dealing with the holiday problem of drunk parents

Dealing with the holiday problem of drunk parents

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Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I dread rather than enjoy family gatherings. Political and religious arguments ruin them, especially when th…

Medicine messes up your methylation

Medicine messes up your methylation

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You’re methylating right now! This means you’re turning folate (vitamin B9) from your food into something else called SAMe. It’s the process c…

Jazz musicians bring smooth sounds to Lodi holiday concert

Jazz musicians bring smooth sounds to Lodi holiday concert

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Jazz doesn’t have to be old school or too vintage to enjoy.

Shining King

Shining King

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I’ve always been looking for my Knight in shining armor

New generation of Downtown Lodi merchants mean business

New generation of Downtown Lodi merchants mean business

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Mom and pop stores in Downtown Lodi are experiencing generational changes, and could soon be known as son and daughter stores.

Nosedive your taste buds into the Flight Lounge

Nosedive your taste buds into the Flight Lounge

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With so many options, choosing a restaurant in the Lodi area can cause a little turbulence but the Flight Lounge in Woodbridge might be a choi…

Generations of farming led to Oak Farm Vineyards

Generations of farming led to Oak Farm Vineyards

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At the end of a crunchy gravel driveway on Devries Road, an old farmhouse dating back to 1864 is waiting. The land surrounding it has been ste…

A War With No Fight

A War With No Fight

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You can’t win a fight if there is no fight to win