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Hammocks away

POSTED August 11, 2009 11:13 p.m.
Can you smell it in the air? Freshly sharpened pencils, Crayola crayons and Gucci backpacks — the smell of a brand new school year.
On Monday, most of the area’s school-aged children will once again enter institutions of learning while stay-at-home moms and dads everywhere will sigh with relief. The beginning of a new school year not only means homework and early bedtimes for students; it also heralds in the busy season.
The number of local events triples from August to September and just keeps getting worse through the holidays. Churches, service clubs, community organizations and sporting teams all ramp up in the fall. The leisure days of summer will come to an abrupt end come 8 a.m. Monday morning.
Are you ready?
We here at the Journal are ready. We are ready to begin our in-depth education reporting that includes everything from Cultural Day at Earl Elementary to coverage of bi-monthly school board meetings.
We are planning a series of school board candidate debates that will hopefully give local residents a better understanding of who is vying for the chance to shape their children’s education.
Of course, we will also be covering the Turlock Irrigation District, Denair and Keyes Municipal Advisory Councils and Stanislaus County Sheriff elections also.
One exciting thing the Journal has on tap for this fall is our new prep sports Web site. This site will be dedicated to bringing you all the information you could ever want about local high school teams. Everything from team pictures, rosters, game schedules and feature stories will be a few clicks away. Look in the Journal’s print edition, as well as at www.turlockjournal.com, for the prep sports Web site official launch date.
We are also bringing back a reader favorite — local ghost hunts. Yes, once again the Journal staff will be braving the supernatural world, not to mention the spider webs, as we team up with a professional ghost hunting organization for a series of haunted stories. We are also asking for your haunted and ghost stories at www.turlockjournal.com. Selected reader-submitted stories will be published in our Oct. 31 issue. I look forward to reading your personal ghostly encounters!
Yes, the busy season is definitely upon us. While it can be overwhelming, it is also exhilarating. Hopefully I can take a break from the upcoming craziness to enjoy the best part of fall — new clothes shopping!
To contact Kristina Hacker, e-mail khacker@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2004.
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