Reedley’s Most Romantic Couple 2014

Meet Reedley’s Most Romantic Couple 2014 – Pam and Jim Gilmore!

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“I would like to nominate my husband and me as Reedley’s Most Romantic Couple. Well, I should clarify: Jim is the most romantic man I know and I am incredibly blessed to have him as my husband of 23 years…Jim seems to LOVE buying me jewelry and will surprise me quite often. One day at work, I mentioned that I forgot my “bling” so he dashed to Garnishes in downtown Reedley and bought me earrings and a necklace that matched my outfit that day. He then interrupted my class to bring it to me.”

Read the feature in the Reedley Exponent: http://bit.ly/reedleyromanticcouple

Are You Reedley’s Most Romantic Couple?

Calling all lovebirds! Are you Reedley’s most romantic couple? Share your love story on our facebook page for a chance to win a beautiful date for two!

2013 Reedley Most Romantic Couple Karen and Dick Peterson

2013 Reedley Most Romantic Couple Karen and Dick Peterson

What you’ll win: Dinner at The Bear Club (Hi to new owners, Juan & Linda Reyes!), rose bouquet from Aurora’s Flowers, gourmet foods gift basket from David’s , and a special feature in the Reedley Exponent.

How to enter: Post your love story (it can be about you or someone you know) on our facebook page timeline. Deadline is February 5, 2014. Check your facebook inbox on February 6 to see if you’ve won.

We can’t wait to read your stories! Here’s some inspiration to get your story started: How did you and your sweetheart meet? How has Reedley played a role in your relationship? Tell us about a romantic date or fun experience in downtown. What do you love about him/her?

*Pictured: 2013 Reedley Most Romantic Couple Karen and Dick Peterson*

Shop Reedley First

Introducing our new campaign: Shop Reedley First!

Let’s get our community excited about shopping Reedley first. Let’s discover what’s in our backyard before going elsewhere.

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Did you know shopping a locally-owned business directly benefits our city? The tax revenue earned from your dollars supports schools, city services, and much more. We hope everyone will get behind this movement and make a difference in Reedley’s future.

So, how can you get involved? Design a Shop Reedley First logo! The logo will be reproduced on 20×20 yard signs and decals for store window displays. The designer of the best logo wins $100 and major bragging rights!

- All designs must feature the slogan, “Shop Reedley First”
- Logo no larger than 8.5 x 11-in sheet of paper
- Deadline: Sept. 12, 2013
- Email designs to info@reedleydowntown.com

Reedley Fruit Pie Making Contest

Swing by next Wednesday’s (Aug. 7) Reedley Farmers Market with the family and stock up on fresh, local produce. We’ll even have a Fruit Pie Making Contest to find the best homemade pie in town.

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Fruit Pie Making Contest:
Bring your fruit pie to G & 11th by 5 pm. Judging begins at 5:30 pm. Kids Pie Eating Contest to follow judging!

Prizes:
1st place receives a ribbon, $25 gift certificate, and major bragging rights.
2nd and 3rd place receive ribbons.

Salsa Making Contest at Reedley Farmers’ Market

We’re spicing up this week’s farmers’ market! Come by with the family, and stock up on local produce and unique crafts and gifts. We’ll even have a Salsa Making Contest to find the best homemade salsa in town.

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Bring two quarts of your homemade salsa to G & 11th St. by 5 pm on Wednesday, June 19. Community judges will award the best salsa a trophy, $25 gift card, and major bragging rights.

Reedley Mother’s Day Makeover Winner 2013

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Dear Reedley Downtown Association,

I would like to nominate my mom, Pat Enns, to win the Mother’s Day Makeover Contest. She doesn’t actually need a makeover. She has managed to maintain her hair, nails, face and figure through 11 rough years. But she gives non-stop and it would be a delight to give her just a little of the special attention on one day that she gives to others every day. Eleven years ago this month, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. Together, the two of them fought this horrific disease. She nursed him through many rounds of chemo, a lengthy stem cell transplant procedure at Stanford, and continues to help him navigate the aftermath and a compromised immune system. Through God’s grace, Dad’s cancer went into remission about 6 years ago, but the battle left him beat up and unable to do the things he used to do.

Any other woman would have seen that as enough and left well enough alone. But Pat Enns isn’t any other woman. She decided that travel and adventure could be a part of their lives again even if in a slightly different way. Mom figured out that if Dad used a wheelchair at critical moments that they could do just about anything. And so the adventures began. About 5 years ago they started to travel again. Via plane trips, car trips and even a cruise, they visited spectacular natural and historical sites, far away daughters, grandkids’ college graduations, and even a grandson quarterbacking his college football team in Ohio. (That would be two consecutive games that Coach Grandpa got to attend because Mom got Dad in the rental car and off they went to explore Amish farms and the Ohio countryside during the week in between the games!) This is the kind of wife, mom and grandma you want: the kind that never says never but instead asks what is possible and then runs with it all the way to Ohio and beyond!

For the last two years, she has had all three of her daughters within a 30 mile radius and has gone to the effort and expense of creating weekends together. She arranges for the rest of the family to watch out for Dad while she takes us off for the weekend to spoil us and create a space for us to be with our sisters. She is such a blessing to our family: caretaker, role model, spinner of magical moments, and great adventurer. What would we do without her???

Thank you for your consideration,

Sandy Long