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Landmark trees near TUSD to be removed

The old adage 'all that glitters is not gold' is true for the expansive American Elm trees that have provided aesthetic beauty to the historic Turlock Unified School District building for several generations but are now the subject of a District project to remove and replace the trees due to interior rot and disease.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Simon Staley plants seeds of success

When Simon Staley attended the Turlock Chamber of Commerce Ag Scholarship Luncheon a few years ago as a Pitman High School senior, he was slightly conspicuous as the only student honored not wearing a blue Future Farmers of America jacket - the unofficial uniform for many local agriculture students.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Hilmar Covenant Church sets the scene for Vacation Bible School

Anyone who steps inside the gym at Hilmar Covenant Church this week will likely think that they have left California farmland for the Amazon. There is a 17-foot tree located on the stage, which is just one fixture of the makeover that the church has undergone for its Vacation Bible School.

June 10, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Merced County Fair salutes farmers and ranchers

This year the Merced County Fair is officially honoring those in the agriculture industry who work throughout the year to feed and support the county with its theme "Saluting Our Farmers and Ranchers."

June 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local comic collectors rejoice at opening of Sky High Comics

When Raymond Hannagan noticed that his children were struggling to find an interest in reading at a young age he decided to introduce them to comic books. As a collector of over 10,000 different comics, Hannagan had an overabundance of materials from which his children could choose.

June 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock industrial park to welcome milk powder processing facilities

The Turlock Regional Industrial Park, which is currently home to big names such as Blue Diamond Almond Growers and US Cold Storage facilities, will be welcoming two new milk powder processing facilities.

June 06, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar High celebrates 102nd commencement ceremony

Fireworks exploded in the sky over Hilmar on Thursday evening but it wasn't an early Fourth of July celebration, but rather a celebration to mark the 102nd graduating class of Hilmar High School graduation.

June 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


On Your Toes Dance Studio keeps students upbeat and involved

Name of Business: On Your Toes Dance Studio

June 05, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Emily McAlister finds the right note for success

When Emily McAlister began private music lessons as a child she hated practicing, but little did she know that those lessons would serve as a foundation for her success as an award winning violinist at just 17 years old.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Roughed up and uplifted: The oxymoronic nature of roller derby

Determination. Commitment. Passion. When I asked members of the local Sintral Valley Derby Girls roller derby team what it takes to be a 'derby girl', these were three of the qualities I was told. As a spectator at their practice I could see that they loved the sport, but it was not until I literally stepped into their shoes -or skates rather - that my interest in roller derby became more of a fascination.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Community


Salvation Army campers dig gardening

This summer local children will be cultivating their green thumbs through the launch of a partnership between the Salvation Army and Kid Time Fitness, which has Salvation Army day campers planting, harvesting and eventually cooking their own home-grown produce.

June 03, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Graduation day

High school graduation season is not only a time for families to gather and congratulate their siblings, children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews on their milestone achievement, it is a time for graduating seniors to express themselves. From throwing confetti and releasing balloons to chest bumping and taking 'selfies' on stage with their diplomas, the Class of 2014's creative solutions to going out with style could be seen at ceremonies across the Valley.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Denair Unified bids fond farewell to retiring teachers

Three long-time teachers at the Denair Unified School District will be retiring after collectively serving more than 75 years in the District.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Pitman students prepare for National Future Business Leaders Conference

Across the state of California there are more than 7,000 student participants in the Future Business Leaders of America club, 297 of which are registered to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville, Tenn. Six Pitman High School students are among the 297 teenagers flying from California to compete side by side against teenagers from across the country, vying for a top spot in a multitude of business-related examinations and performances.

May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Stanislaus County Farm Bureau celebrates centennial year

For 100 years the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau has done more than provide local farmers support on and off the farm as a grass-roots organization: it has given farmers a collective voice.

May 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Drink and be merry at The Rail, Turlock’s newest bar

Name: The Rail

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Twice the ice

Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Forest, Oregon farms grow holiday tradition

Ready or not the holiday season has officially arrived - and so have the Christmas trees.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Businesses urge shoppers to keep it local this holiday season

The words "buy local" have been promoted across the state and country over the past few years and there is no better day to head the command than on Small Business Saturday.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Vito Chiesa: Working to keep counties united

Communication and collaboration – these are the two main principles Stanislaus County Supervisor Vito Chiesa spoke of during his swearing in as president of the California State Association of Counties last week.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Feast breakdown

It is that time of year where savvy shoppers line the grocery store aisles looking for the best deals on everything from turkeys and green beans to pumpkin filling. However, this year even the average shopper won't have to worry about forking over too many dollars before grabbing their fork at the table since it costs less than $5 a person for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, according to the annual American Farm Bureau Federation's survey.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City, Stanislaus Business Alliance formalize 20 year partnership

While the City of Turlock has been a member of the Stanislaus Business Alliance since 1994, on Tuesday the two entities entered into an official agreement with the sanctioning of the Turlock City Council.

November 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock kicks off holiday season with Turkey Trot

While individuals across town will be rushing to the grocery store in upcoming days to purchase a turkey in time for Thanksgiving, a few lucky locals won't need to stress as the winner of the City of Turlock's annual Turkey Trot fun run will be granted the festive bird as a victory prize.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Council approves $249K visitors bureau budget — with conditions

The Turlock City Council approved the nearly quarter million dollar Turlock Convention and Visitors Bureau budget on Tuesday amidst questions about why the organization, tasked with bringing tourists to town, needs so much money.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Turlock recycling company receives $1 million grant

Peninsula Plastics Recycling in Turlock was selected among more than 50 applicants to receive a $1 million grant which will bring new equipment and nine new positions to the company.

November 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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