It's that time again. Time for local Girl Scouts to pick up their clip-boards and brush up on their sales skills. Girl Scout cookie pre-orders start on Friday, and local scouts have big plans for their cookie money.
Happy New Year! I really tried to get this column into Saturday's paper, but I procrastinated too long and now 2011 is over. Coincidentally, my New Year's resolution for 2011 was to stop procrastinating so much and get organized. That lasted all of two weeks. As I write this a pile of notes and press releases threatens to topple from my desk, burying me under three months worth of documents. My obvious failings in the organization department make me wonder, why don't my New Year's resolutions ever stick?
Recent dog attacks on young children have raised public awareness of the dangers of animal bites. A 6-year-old Delhi boy is recovering from bites to his head, neck and arms after a Nov. 10 dog attack. This was just days after a 3-year-old Winton boy sustained severe injuries when the family dog attacked him on Nov. 7. Both cases involved attacks by pit bulls.
News of the first influenza related death in California this year is prompting public health officials to urge residents to get a flu shot. The victim is an adult male in his late 30s from Kern County.
The PreZcotts, a quartet of sisters from Modesto, are busier than ever with the release of their first album, "Gossip." The group has been performing at gigs all over the Central Valley, including recent visit to Dennis Earl Elementary School in Turlock. The sisters are between the ages of 12 and 17 and they write songs mostly about real teen experiences.
When I was a little kid I assumed that everyone celebrated Christmas exactly the same way that my family did. Christmas shopping was done no sooner than two weeks before Christmas. The outside lights did not go on the house until after Dec. 9, which happened to be my sister Sandra's birthday. And above all I knew that Santa did not wrap the presents he left on Christmas morning.
Young members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Turlock First Ward spread Christmas cheer at the Emanuel Medical Center Mary Stuart Rogers Birthing Center on Tuesday. The girls, ages 8 to 11, quilted a blanket to give to the first baby born on Christmas Day. The blanket included a card that said "tied with loving hands and bound with tender care." Their blanket was part of a service project for their Activity Day girls' group. They presented the blanket to Roberta Walker, manager of obstetrics at Emanuel Medical Center, and were given a tour of the birthing ...
The California Department of Transportation has closed bids on a project to repair Highway 99 through Stanislaus County. The project will replace a section of 99 in Turlock, Ceres and Modesto from the San Joaquin County line to the Merced County line at an estimated cost of around $76 million.
The Turlock City Council recognized the retirement of City Clerk Rhonda Greenlee on Tuesday night. Greenlee has been working for the City of Turlock since 1991, and her retirement will be effective on Dec. 29. A reception was held at City Hall in Greenlee's honor.
The tradition of bringing a live tree into the home and decorating it as part of the Christmas celebration is relatively new. Only in the last 200 years have private homes had Christmas trees, but the tradition took firm hold in Christian communities and the Christmas tree became symbolic of the holiday.
Jolly old St. Nicholas and his elves are once again making the rounds in Turlock atop his magical fire engine. Their visits started on Dec. 1 and will continue through Dec. 22. To find out when Santa will be in your neighborhood, visit www.ci.turlock.ca.us/citydepartments/firedepartment/decembersantatours/ and type in your street address; or look at the schedule below.
Backstage Academy of Dance will present "The Nutcracker," a timeless Christmas ballet, for its 26th year on Dec. 17 and 18. After all of those performances, Backstage still finds a way to make the performance feel new and exciting.