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Beaver slaps spotlight on Martinez

Billy the Beaver (also known as National Wildlife Federation volunteer Mike Bergstrom) shows off his tail to a curious patron at the 8th annual Beaver Festival, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. Bergstrom entertained attendees of the festival as both Billy the Beaver and Ranger Rick Raccoon at “Beaver Park” (intersection of Castro and Marina Vista streets) in downtown Martinez. (E. CLARK / Martinez Tribune)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Nature enthusiasts, conservationists and wildlife rescue organizations were out in spades last Saturday to celebrate a species that once faced extermination in Martinez. The 8th annual Beaver Festival drew more participants and visitors than ever, growing from just eight booths in 2008 to over 40 booths at ...

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There’s no excuse for these moms

The "No Excuse Moms" group at Martinez Athletic Club. (COURTESY / On File)

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Everyone knows that being a mom is tough. Finding time to balance kids, a household and work is difficult. Often times, moms end up making their health the lowest of their priorities. Some moms are too busy to eat healthy. Other moms struggle with finding a gym ...

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Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen: An easy, elegant summertime dessert

World-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck (pictured) now shares his passion for great food in the column, "Wolfgang Puck's Kitchen." Puck makes cooking easier than you ever imagined, revealing how to turn common ingredients into uncommon masterpieces. Enjoy expert tips and easy recipes – exactly what you need to transform your home cooking from acceptable to delectable. (LISA ROMEREIN)

By WOLFGANG PUCK, Tribune Content Agency Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen Mention summertime desserts, and the first thing people usually think of is ice cream. You’d have to travel far and wide to find anyone who doesn’t love a scoop or two of their favorite vanilla, chocolate, mint chip or cookies-and-cream, sitting ...

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Rick Steves’ Europe: Warsaw reborn

Rick Steves (pictured) is the celebrated host, writer and producer of the public television show "Rick Steves' Europe." He has authored 30 European travel books, including "Rick Steves' Italy 2006," which is the best-selling international travel guidebook in the United States. Steves' weekly column offers a thoughtful and intimate approach to destination travel, unveiling the pleasures of Europe off the beaten path. (ON FILE)

By RICK STEVES Tribune Content Agency Warsaw, the capital of Poland, doesn’t appear at the top of many European travelers’ wish lists. But that’s just one reason you may want to visit. With evocative sights, an epic history, and low prices, Warsaw is a diamond in the rough. If you’re ...

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When to book flights to get the lowest fares

Cameron Huddleston of Kiplinger on Travel. (ON FILE)

By CAMERON HUDDLESTON Kiplinger on Travel As any procrastinator can attest, you’ll usually pay a big premium by waiting until the last minute to book a flight. But you’ll also pay more if you purchase your tickets too far in advance. So when should you book a flight to get ...

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