Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Lumberyard builds reputation for great food

When traveling through the foothills from my home to Coulterville, and on to Groveland or Sonora, I drive through the community of Lake Don Pedro. Lately I’ve seen a sign announcing, “World Famous Burgers.” I was skeptical until I asked around. According to Mariposa residents, The Lumberyard Café and Brew serves mouth-watering food with great customer service. January is California’s Restaurant Month. And the Lumberyard is one example of what happens when determination merges with culinary expertise.

Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Mariposa is being pulled different directions

What would it take to put Mariposa on the map as one of America’s best small towns? Mariposa is known as one of Yosemite National Park’s gateway communities. The town has long appealed to retirees looking for a place to settle down, and middle-aged singles or couples ready for a career change. But sometimes older folks start longing for more job opportunities for their kids. On the other hand, they don’t want much too much to change, because then we might lose our charm.

Mariposa Life

Debbie Croft: Cops in Mariposa deliver the goodies to kids

Much of Building A at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds last week was filled with bikes, rocking horses, basketballs, Lego sets, games, dolls, puzzles, dump trucks, tea sets, paint sets and more for babies, elementary-age kids and teens. The Kops for Kids Giveaway is an annual Christmas toy drive for needy families, sponsored by the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department.

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