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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Honor military men and women this week 

    By Olivia Garcia
    Monday, Nov 10 2014 11:25 AM

    If there is one special week that I look forward to the most, it is this one. When else could I celebrate the Marine Corps birthday, Veterans Day and my 19th wedding anniversary all in one week?

    For many of us, taking time to pay tribute to our service men and women, both present and past, is dear to our hearts. We have seen family and friends take up the noble task of serving our country in one branch or another. That is dear to me as my husband, Julio, currently serves in the U.S. Marine Reserves (served active duty for eight years in the past), and I have a few relatives who have served or are currently serving, including my beautiful niece Shantel Reyes (U.S. Navy) and my sweetheart of a nephew John Reyes (Army National Guard). That...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB preps for ‘Wrath’ academic conference

    In its continuing plans to honor the 75th anniversary of John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” Cal State Bakersfield will hold “The Cultural Legacy of The Grapes of Wrath,” an interdisciplinary academic conference on Nov. 7 and 8....

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Fair hopes to find homes for sheltered animals

    Here is a neat opportunity to help our furry little four-legged friends: Attend the Kern County Pet Fair, to be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Harvest Hall located inside the Kern County Fairgrounds. The free event was...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Young Marines visit Navajo Code Talkers

    About 10 Bakersfield Young Marines learned a critical piece of military history and the significant role of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II when they got a chance to meet with the veterans in Window Rock, Ariz. They were among...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Golden Empire Drum & Bugle Corps triumphs

    A few columns back, I wrote about this group of students who spent the dog days of summer under the stubbornly hot sun rehearsing nonstop, practically into the evening hours, at Bakersfield College. Their sizzling hard work paid off for...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Foundation salutes stand-up peace officers

    When Kern County deputy sheriff Brad Bays stepped in to assist the Ridgecrest Police Department in a criminal investigation last fall, he probably didn't envision the life-threatening steps that would rapidly play out. As a police...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: CSUB's new student arts facility on cutting edge

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to join Cal State Bakersfield’s School of Arts and Humanities Executive Advisory Council and Richard Collins in touring a new campus gem, the CSUB Art Center. Collins, who is the dean of the School of...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Event recognizes Filipino workers who had role in historic Delano grape strike

    They were young men who had emigrated from the Philippines to the heart of California during the 1920s and '30s, with the hope of finding decent work in the agricultural industry. However, anti-miscegenation laws prevented them from...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Second chances mean new stars at event

    In the words of Bakersfield community advocate Magda Menendez, there are times “when people will encounter roadblocks and obstacles in life and feel they can do nothing to help themselves.” But with a little support in teaching them new...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Janitor-turned-businessman to speak at luncheon

    He began as a janitor for Frito-Lay, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and of course, like many, he dreamed of bigger things. Today, Richard Montanez leads the Multicultural Sales & Community Promotions across PepsiCo's North American division...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: High school seniors dream, develop community projects

    If you ever wondered about the caliber or future of our Bakersfield youth, then you need to sit in on a Dream Builders Awards Night, which honors high school seniors involved in a local leadership program. The program is run by the Jim...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: Loss of beloved pet allows time for reflection

    Last week I experienced one of the most difficult days of my adult life. I said goodbye to one of the first members of our family, our strong but loving German shepherd, Kita. She was 14 years old. Kita led a fruitful life but her health...

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    OLIVIA GARCIA: BC student newspaper to hold reunion May 10

    Every now and then, when I visit Danny Edwards, a journalism professor at Bakersfield College, inside The Renegade Rip campus office, I can't help but remember. More than 20 years ago, I walked into that very same location of The Rip, as...

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