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Religion: The gifts of life and freedom

Many years ago, I was invited to celebrate Mass with the Sisters of Charity (Saint Theresa of Calcutta’s Sisters). On the sacristy wall, there was a message for visiting priests: “Celebrate this Mass as if it will be your first …


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City says goodbye to Pop-Up Park

The Downtown Morgan Hill Pop-Up Park—which has delighted local children for seven years with giant foam building blocks, chalkboard covered walls, climbing structures and other interactive features—has been dismantled to make way for a new mixed-use development. But the Pop-Up …


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Mary Cortani honored as Woman of the Year

Mary Cortani started Operation Freedom Paws in 2010 with financing from friends and family, and a “passion” to train service dogs and help her fellow military veterans who are struggling with health-related challenges in their daily civilian lives. Since then, …


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Carr announces run for mayor of Morgan Hill

Larry Carr, a former longtime elected official who served on the city council for 20 years, announced he is running for Mayor of Morgan Hill in the Nov. 8 election. Carr said as a Morgan Hill native who has been …


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Update: Three families displaced by Dougherty fire

Two fires in Morgan Hill in the past week burned numerous structures—including two homes—and displaced three families and torched a couple acres of vegetation, according to authorities. About 9pm June 21, CalFire, Santa Clara County and San Jose Fire personnel …


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Letter: Time to expand the Supreme Court

When Donald Trump was in office, he and Mitch McConnell made three lifetime appointments to the Supreme Court. McConnell went so far as to defy Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish—that the next president appoint her replacement—by packing the Court with …


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Hudson Ledwith excels in the box, lacrosse style

As a rising youth lacrosse player, Hudson Ledwith does a lot of traveling. An incoming fifth-grader at Nordstrom Elementary School, Ledwith was in Canada and Colorado in June competing in tournaments.  Ledwith, 10, was the lone South Valley player to …


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Firefighters Faced Busy Week in Morgan Hill

Two fires in Morgan Hill in the past week have burned a number of structures and a couple acres of vegetation, according to authorities. Firefighters from CalFire and the Morgan Hill Fire Department responded to a vegetation blaze about 3pm …


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Gilroy High, South Valley Makos swimmer Zoey Zeller commits to Auburn

Division I college programs pursued Zoey Zeller in much the same manner she swims in a race: all-out. The incoming Gilroy High senior recently made a verbal commitment to Auburn University, whose women’s team finished seventh out of 12 teams …


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Parade, fireworks and more on tap for July 4 in Morgan Hill

Morgan Hill’s Independence Day festivities will begin with the July 3 Patriotic Sing, and continue with a full slate of family-friendly activities culminating in the Fourth of July Fireworks on the Green.  All Morgan Hill Freedom Fest events—organized by volunteers …


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Gus Giba, Ashley Brink among Live Oak 2021-2022 Athletes of the Year

After a standout basketball career at Live Oak High that culminated in being named the 2021-2022 Blossom Valley Athletic League’s Santa Teresa East Division Most Valuable Player, Gus Giba was hoping to receive some interest from community college coaches.  Only …


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Religion: Roots and branches

With Memorial Day just a few weeks ago and Independence Day right around the corner, this time of year we often think about those who have gone before us and the legacies that they left behind. We often reflect back …