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Revenge of the Nerds

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Things that were once seen in a negative light are now what’s in. Locally, we are not only up to step with this trend, but we are also more than a little savvy on a myriad of subjects that can be seen as geek chic. You can say our love with everything geeky started a long time ago—just not “in a galaxy far, far away...”

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Midnight Battle at Midway

Written by Sarah Woodman

Until the fall of 1908, when the lands thought to be valuable for petroleum were withdrawn from agricultural entry, it was possible for two people to claim rights to the same section of land—one under mining law and one under agricultural law. Understandably, this led to numerous conflicts. One such conflict arose in April 1901.

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Beautiful Kern

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Everyone knows that the beauty of our country has been expressed through song for hundreds of years, but Kern County has the distinction of boasting a similar honor. “Beautiful Kern” was written by Sue Hicks, along with music composed by Berniece A. Bell, in 1966, and it details some of the most precious things about our wonderful county.

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Unleash the Sweetness

Written by Yana Todorova

With the weather at its warmest, we look for any reason to eat light. This time of year calls for simple, easy dishes like grilled meat, veggie-based side dishes, and cool desserts.

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Thrill Ride

Written by Tracie Grimes

"I sold everything, my house, my car–to come up with the money to buy the company. But I’d always had an entrepreneurial spirit and when the opportunity to buy the company came up...

I decided it was time to take the risk.”

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Love at First Bite

Written by Mike Stepanovich

Carol was excited. She was having lunch with me at the Guild House, the all-volunteer restaurant at 1905 18th St., the corner of F and 18th streets. It wasn’t just the excellent cuisine that she was anticipating. Carol had been a Guild House volunteer herself years before...

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Make Mine Cool & Creamy

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

We can’t tell you how thrilled we were when Norma Diaz agreed to help us with this issue’s Quick Bites!

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Farmers Wife - Sandy Torigiani

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

Sandy Torigiani and her husband, Mike, are no strangers to the soil or the kitchen. This Kern County-loving couple not only owns Torigiani Farms in Buttonwillow, but they also owned a restaurant named The Buttonwillow Lumberyard for some years...

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On A Mission

Written by Bakersfield Magazine

“The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was born out of a family’s grief over the death of their son,” explained Debbie Truhett, the executive director for the Society’s Central California chapter.

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Written by Eman Shurbaji

Did you know that 20 percent of the Kern County population has some kind of developmental disability? That’s one out of every five people!

Despite that large presence in our neighborhoods and community, many people don’t regularly come into contact with individuals with special needs, nor do they know how to interact with them.

One organization, Meet Your Neighbors (MYN), is working to change this reality...

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