Morgan Hill

Groomed for grooming

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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Even as a kid, everyone knew Jamie Ha would grow up to be a pet groomer. When she bought Canine Concepts at East Dunne and Monterey Street in Morgan Hill in 2015, Ha had nearly 20 years of grooming experience under her belt. And that didn’t even include her early work with [...]

Forty acts for 40 years

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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California has long been an agricultural haven for ranchers, growers and producers. With a moderate year-round climate and an output of more than 400 agricultural commodities, California provides more than one-third of the country’s vegetables and more than two-thirds of the [...]

Amusing Fungi

The Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival, now in its 38th year, is turning Memorial Day Weekend into a celebration of the mushroom. The annual two-day festival brings in more than 70,000 people. This year’s entertainment will include Saturday’s headliner James Durbin [...]

Mushroom Masters

Debra Eskinazi

Debra Eskinazi is the editor of South Valley magazine.
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So captivated by the mushroom, Egyptian pharaohs considered the famous fungi food for royalty and decreed that no commoner should touch them. The Egyptians were not alone in their reverence for the mushroom. Various civilizations in history have placed the mushroom central to [...]

A Japanese cultural celebration

By Laura Barreras Once used to issue military commands and in religious ceremony, Taiko, or the traditional Japanese-style instrument meaning “fat drum,” will take center stage at the 57th annual Haru Matsuri Festival and Taiko Expo in Morgan Hill—one of the South [...]

Spring vs. Sprawl

Jack Foley

Senior Editor at Gilroy Dispatch
Longtime local journalist and Pulitzer co-winner Jack Foley has worked for San Jose Mercury News and Gilroy Dispatch for more than 20 years and has covered Gilroy for much of his 30-year journalism career. Since 1976, Foley has lived in and around Gilroy.
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Rene Spring has the kind of paternal love for Morgan Hill typical of folks born and living into adulthood in hometowns that dot the American landscape. From Maine to Miami, Seattle to San Diego and throughout the heartland, the phrase born and raised is spoken with [...]

The Firefighter

By Amy McElroy In the wake of two local wildfires’ recent destruction—which together claimed 136,000 acres of land and nearly 70 homes—Santa Clara County’s battalion chief for support services a firefighting career. After 28 years on the job, Debbie Pardue Stocksick is [...]