During the spring and summer of 1942, over 4,600 Japanese Americans lived at the Merced County Fairgrounds. They were not enemy soldiers, or even classified as prisoners of war. They were farmers, mechanics, shop owners, and average families from across the state of California. They were never charged with committing a crime, but they were not allowed to leave. For the remainder of World War II, most of these people were kept against their will at relocation centers in remote areas of the United States.
Animal shelters and rescue groups across the Valley are gearing up for "kitten season," the time of year when female cats produce more litters than shelters can place. Cats reproduce during warm weather months, typically starting in early spring. In Turlock, however, female cats start having litters as early as February.
Two youth football leagues are now officially affiliated sports organizations with the City of Turlock's Parks, Recreation and Public Facilities Division. The Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community Commission voted 3 to 2 to approve affiliation for both Turlock Youth Football and Trans Valley Youth Football League at their Wednesday meeting.
Mary Ann Bloom spends hundreds of hours on each work of art that she creates, only to have them tossed on a sofa or folded at the foot of a bed. That is the goal of a quilter, to have his or her work enjoyed by friends and family. Bloom's work will be enjoyed by other quilters and the Turlock community at the Turlock Quilt Guild's 2010 show, "From Heart to Hand."
Junior, a small and wiggly black puppy no more than a foot high, bravely saddled up to a dog more than three times his size outside of the Turlock Dog Park on Friday. The larger dog, Dakota, tensed a little at the approach. Both dogs' owners kept a watchful eye, ready to step in at the first sign of a fight. After a few seconds, however, Dakota obligingly lowered her face to rub noses with the puppy. The two were instantly friends, and took off running circles that tangled and twisted their owners up with leashes.
Walnut Elementary School students attempted to jump their way into the Guinness World Record Book on Monday. The school was part of a state-wide attempt to beat the current world record for the most people jumping and skipping rope at the same time.
Most Central Valley residents are familiar with Sunnyside Farms brand ice cream or yogurt, but few realize that the products are produced right here in Turlock. Super Store Industries, the producers of Sunnyside Farms products, has received numerous awards for its Dairy Division in Turlock.
I was lucky enough to spend Saturday, the only sunny day this week, wandering up and down the coast of Monterey Bay. I took in the sights and sounds of Cannery Row in Monterey, I watched seals play at the Santa Cruz Municipal Warf, and I ate far too much seafood in Capitola.
Kindergarten students from Crowell Elementary School got an up-close experience with dental tools at First Step Dental on Friday. Unlike most trips to the dentist, however, this field trip was a fun experience. The dental group put on tours for local elementary students to promote dental health. Kids learned about dental topics from tooth brushing techniques to proper nutrition. First Step Dental hoped to promote February as national children's dental health month, and encourage students and parents to seek dental treatment at an early age.
Imagine trying to button a shirt while wearing thick gloves and blurry goggles. Imagine trying to understand verbal instructions while sirens, static and voices ring in your ears. This is what dementia patients deal with on a daily basis, and this is what care givers at Paramount Court were trying to simulate for the public on Thursday.
Young actors from Stanislaus County will have money for costumes, sets, and props this summer thanks to a grant from Newman's Own Foundation. Stanislaus County Office of Education's Youth Entertainment Stage (YES) Company received a $35,000 grant from Newman's Own Foundation for the second year in a row.
The 2009 Stanislaus County Fair ended five months ago, but Fair staff is still trying to recoup some outstanding debt from the event. The Stanislaus County Fair is still owed nearly $15,000 by buyers in the 2009 Junior Livestock Auction and Replacement Heifer Sale. This debt could impact 4-H and FFA participation in future fairs.
Fog is almost synonymous with "winter weather" in the Central Valley. The area is known for its seasonal covering of dense "Tule fog" that can blanket the valley for days at a time. This unique weather condition can contribute to motor vehicle collisions both on surface streets and on the highway.
The Turlock Parks, Recreation, and Community Commission was faced with a unique decision on Wednesday night. They were tasked with choosing which of two youth football teams would be an official affiliate with the Turlock Parks, Recreation and Facilities Division. Both Trans Valley Youth Football League and Turlock Youth Football are seeking rights to use Joe Debely Stadium for Saturday games.