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The July August issue of gmhToday is here…

Posted June 29, 2015 By admin

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The July August issue of gmhToday featurs WERC, local schools, Gilroy Paseo, Morgan Hill Pop-Up park, local farmers’ markets, new Catholic High School, Interact, Sobrato High School photography, Fran & Bobby Beaudet, Rocca;’s Market, Isabella Chow, Valle del Sur Auto Club, Bobby Filice, Helen Badarrick, Deanna Franklin, Gilroy Leadership Spring Fling, Troy Hoefling, Calibrese Way, Morgan Hill Rotary Dazzle, Hearts of Gilroy, Pop-A-Cork, and historic schools.

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The Streets of Gilroy: Life on Hacienda

Posted June 21, 2015 By Sam Bozzo


Written By Sam Bozzo

I recall in the 70s when my wife. Judy and I were looking to buy a house in Gilroy. We liked a development built by Pyramid Homes on Third Street between Wren and Westwood. The problem was a long waiting list and we didn’t want to wait. It was our good fortune to find a home we love on 5th Street, and we’ve lived happily there ever since. There’s something wonderful about having a strong sense of place that you get when you put down roots and build your life in a neighborhood. This story is about three families who share a sense of place as long-time neighbors on Gilroy’s Hacienda Street.

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Kid’s Corner With Emma

Posted June 20, 2015 By Emma Barbazette

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Hi, kids! Welcome to the Kids’ Corner! I can’t believe I’ve been writing this for almost a year now! It seems like just a couple weeks ago I was starting on the first article, but that was actually last summer. I’ve traversed my first year in middle school and done some other pretty awesome things this year, including taking trips with my family, getting to know some really cool kids through these interviews, and starting on a book I’ve always wanted to write.

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They Serve, Protect & Defend

Posted June 19, 2015 By Andrea "Andi" Joseph

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Written & Photographed By Andrea “Andi” Joseph


Sitting atop his horse Rojan, Bobby Griffith might pass for a rancher preparing to gather up a herd of cattle. But the same man who loves saddling up his geldinduring daylight hours eases his patrol car through Gilroy streets, keeping watch over the City in the dead of night.
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Then and Now, A Visit to Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

Posted June 17, 2015 By Mike Monroe

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Written By Mike Monroe

“Anniversaries and birthdays are certainly times for celebration and gratitude, and also an occasion for reflection. This year, on May 14th to be precise, we recall that it was ten years ago that the Harvey Bear Ranch was opened to the public as a wonderful addition to our County Parks system. After a number of years of planning meetings and the development of a trails network, the communities of San Martin, Gilroy and Morgan Hill all of sudden had 3,000 more acres of open space and beautiful landscapes to enjoy.

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Book Club Beat

Posted June 17, 2015 By Sherry Hemingway
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown …Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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Historically Speaking: Soap Lake

Posted June 16, 2015 By Elizabeth Barrett

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Written by Elizabeth Barrett

One of local history’s unsolved little mysteries is whether the “good” iron kettle used for soap making belonged to Thomas Oliver Larkin, or whether it was the cracked one belonging to a man named Garcia. We may never know, but in any case, one of them ended up at Soap Lake being used in a soap factory run by Jose Maria Sanchez. 

What historians do tell us is that there were two iron cauldrons used at alternate intervals for local soap making. Larkin’s, possibly purchased from a whaler passing through Monterey, was apparently loaned out to various regional soap manufacturers. The other cauldron, also borrowed, belonged to the man simply known
as Garcia. 

The old iron cauldron that sits behind the Gilroy Museum today represents a period in our local history, when, for local landowners, soap manufacture meant the same thing as currency. The lucrative sudsy product was sent to Larkin’s store in Monterey, where it was purchased and taken aboard ship by English and American sailors. They said it lathered in salt water, thus worked well for doing their laundry at sea.

The infamous cauldron ended up at San Felipe Lake, known to locals as Soap Lake. The shallow body of water is situated along the south side of Pacheco Pass Highway between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe Road. Flat and unremarkable during dry spells, it belonged to Jose Maria Sanchez as part of his 16,016-acre Rancho Llano de Tequisquite, granted to him in 1835. 

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SSCV Got Pros: Brian Conrey, AIM

Posted June 15, 2015 By Robin Shepherd

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Written By Robin Shepherd

If your idea of math is mind-numbing formulas that are irrelevant to daily life, you haven’t met Brian Conrey. 

Dr. Conrey is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Math (AIM), a hub for mathematical research into problems like water scarcity. He is also founder of an outreach program called Morgan Hill Math that is quietly transforming the way kids experience math. Conrey pursues both roles with passion, curiosity and a fun-loving mindset that even mathophobes find appealing.

As an academic and a business leader, Conrey has not only mentored math enthusiasts of all ages and levels of skill for more than 30 years, but his own research is connected with one of math’s greatest mysteries of all time. 

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Artfull Yours: Elissa Neshiem

Posted June 14, 2015 By Laura Wrede

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Written & Photographed By Laura Wrede

Artist finds inspiration from South Dakota to California

South Dakota is a land of many extremes. There are flat dry prairies surrounded by high mountains with glacial lakes. Summers can soar above one hundred degrees and scorch every thing in its wake. In the winter, the wind chill can drop to less than 20 degrees; a temperature so cold that it can cause frostbite in less than thirty minutes. In the springtime, it’s as if the land forgot the harsh cold winter as miles of colorful prairie grasses and wildflowers fill the view. This was home to artist Elissa Neshiem for three decades.

“When you live in one place for thirty years you become connected to that landscape in a magnificent way,” said Elissa. “Each highway and dirt road is a map to your internal compass telling you, this is where you are and this is where you are going. There is no doubt or fear even when you discover a new road, because you are home. This is what growing up and living in South Dakota is to me.”

The Black Hills National Forest, Buffalo Gap Grasslands, the eerie Badlands, the red clay of the southern hills in Fall River, high meadows and canyons in Spearfish, all were the familiar sights to Elissa growing up. They became the visual seeds that sparked her creative imagination as she traveled often over long dusty roads to visit family.

“Much of my close and extended family lived scattered amongst various small towns in western South Dakota. As a family we would often travel for holidays and celebrations to these towns and ranches where I would be looking out the window, mostly in an effort to not get car-sick,” said Elissa.  Read the remainder of this entry »

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