Author: Rick Barlupi

Checkin’ Out Chico

By Melissa Wynn Road trippin’ to Chico via Hwy 32 is a tour of unforgettable natural beauty. The mossy hillsides weep and sparkle and rushing Deer Creek winds along side offering world class trout fishing and camping options galore. Enjoy the crisp mountain air, relish the quiet and wet a line. A detour up to Butte Meadows is the perfect stop for  lunch or even a peaceful night stay with Bill and Stacy Kelso at the laid back and homey Butte Meadows Mercantile & Resort. Take your time, savor the scenery, seize the day. At the bottom of the...

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One Perfect Day in Downtown Chico Ca

ONE PERFECT DAY IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CHICO by Richard Barlupi    Surrounded by almond orchards this charming university town is home to historic bungalows, Spanish-colonial campus buildings and leafy tree-lined streets. The college scene isn’t where you’ll find the heart of this city. The action here is downtown, a vibrant and welcoming six-block area between Main and Broadway Streets.  Spend a summer day exploring the town, packed with retail, museums, fine dining, and chic bars.   If you haven’t visited Chico lately, it’s high time to drive the short distance down Highway 32 and revisit with a fresh perspective....

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What is a Stroke?

TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA) – A Mini-Stroke Can Lead to a Full-Blown Stroke By Richard Barlupi, Volunteer Educator National Stroke Association Having a stroke can be a life-changing event.  In addition to impacting your health, the effects can be equally devastating to your family, friends and finances.    What is a Stroke? Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the United States, behind diseases of the heart and cancer.  Over 800, 000 Americans this year will have a stroke; over 240,000 will be...

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LASSEN GIFT COMPANY By Richard Barlupi

By Richard Barlupi Step back in time and enjoy an old-fashioned soda fountain inside the Lassen Gift Company on Main Street in Chester, California. “Soda Jerks” create great tasting treats that delight the taste buds of their customers. Chester’s soda fountain features everything you would have expected around the turn of the century – soda fountain drinks in a variety of flavors, thick milk shakes, hand dished ice cream and a huge old-fashioned banana split. It’s a special place, a center for town social life, and an opportunity to remember a better, simpler time with neighbors and friends. Drugstores...

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