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Turlock's youngest Son

Six-year-old Raymond Stuart, the youngest member of the Sons of the American Legion, collected $137.50 to contribute to the Sons of the American Legion's Child Welfare Fund which provides grants to organizations that aim to help children in America. He presented his donation to the State Commander for the Sons of the American Legion Chris Affolter and Post 88 Squadron Commander Dave Medeiros at a dinner event on Friday.

November 08, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSUS helps vets transition back to civilian life

College is often a transitional time for students as many move away from home and learn to live on their own for the first time. For the select group of students that are enrolling in college after serving in the military, the transition can be a form of culture shock.

November 08, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


FIELD OF HONOR

One thousand flags can be found rippling in the wind on Merced College's front lawn in memory of both veterans and first responders who have served to protect Americans. The Merced Sunrise Rotary Club is following a national trend by creating their first annual Field of Honor, available for viewing until Veteran's Day.

November 08, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Physical Philanthropy

This week some brothers have slept a little closer, but it was not at home. Fraternity brother of the Nu Alpha Kappa chapter at California State University, Stanislaus have simulated homelessness on campus this week as part of their fraternity's philanthropy. Five students spent the daytime asking for money and donations in the university quad while sleeping on cardboard and tarp at night.

November 07, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Voters elect new voices for TUSD

Voters have chosen to pump new blood into the Turlock Unified School District through the election of two new faces to the Board of Trustees in the first year of trustee area elections. Area 2 incumbent Tami Muniz lost her seat to newcomer Deborah Martin; Jennifer Carter beat Joe Lewis for Area 6, and current board president Bob Weaver ran unopposed for Area 4.

November 05, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Alex Knapp breaks the mold of high school cliques

High schools are commonly split into social groups by nature of student interests. But every so often, there is a student that transcends the expectations of a singular social group and at Denair High School that student is Alex Knapp.

November 05, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


MedicAlert makes safety education a super event

Superman, Spiderman, and Ironman were among the most popular costumes children donned for the MedicAlert Foundation's Superhero Health and Safety Fair on Saturday. The campus was teeming with parents and their excited little ones, who not only had an educational but enjoyable Saturday.

November 04, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


THS welding teacher honored by Congressman Denham, students

Turlock High School welding teacher Chad Russell has the goal of educating and empowering his students through agriculture. His passion has created a loyal following of students who look to glean from him not only welding techniques, but life advice.

November 04, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock offers ample options for helping others this holiday season

The holiday season often stirs a sense of both gratefulness and generosity in communities across the country and Turlock is no exception. Year after year Turlock community members have donated time and efforts to provide for those less fortunate, and this year veteran and novel volunteers alike have abundant opportunities to give time and donations to various causes.

November 01, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock community sugarcoats Halloween horror with good fun

Turlock was abuzz with sweet and scary options for youth on Halloween, including a blood drive, trick-or-treating, and haunted houses. Students dressed in costumes ranging from charming to creepy at Pitman High School as they waited in line to donate blood at the Hispanic Youth Leadership Club's appropriately timed blood drive. Younger children found more playful fun at community sponsored events that ran from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

October 31, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Red Ribbon Week: another annual accomplishment

National Red Ribbon week is more than a simple anti-drug movement: It is a reminder to every child that they have the ability to determine the direction of their lives. Turlock schools championed Red Ribbon week through an array of positive activities including door decorating competitions and themed dress up days.

October 31, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


MedicAlert children’s health fair benefits all ages

From Batman to Wonder Woman, each year children across the country don capes and masks to emulate their favorite superheroes on Halloween. This year children in the community won't have to limit their super powers to just one evening thanks to the MedicAlert Foundation in Turlock, which is hosting a Super Hero Kids Health and Safety Fair.

October 31, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gemperle Farms new website aims to engage customers

Food industry professionals have been faced with increased consumer concerns regarding the source and handling of food products in recent years. In particular, the poultry industry has been in the crosshairs of consumers who want comprehensive information on production details such as hens' home environment and diet. In an effort to create more transparent relationships with customers, local company, Gemperle Family Farms, has launched an informational and interactive website to educate consumers on eggs.

October 31, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Gabriel Plagenza: On patrol at Medeiros Elementary

Gabriel Plagenza is a straight shooter. He looks you in the eye, responds candidly to questions, and describes himself as honest and easygoing. He is also nine years old.

October 29, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Halloween events offer spooky, safe fun

Parents looking for a safe place for children to enjoy Halloween fun won't have to look far this year.

October 29, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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