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Marlene Bergstrom named Teacher of the Year finalist

Anyone entering Marlene Bergstrom's classroom at Medeiros Elementary on Tuesday afternoon witnessed an uncommon scene: some students were wearing bonnets, others were writing with quills, there were slates on each desk and Bergstrom was instructing students about the importance of penmanship on a mock chalkboard. What looked like a 'blast from the past' to an outsider was actually a typical day in Bergstrom's fourth grade class.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Harmony Tinley talks the talk and walks the walk

Harmony Tinley likes to talk, but she does it with a purpose. In fact, she competes with other students through the 4-H Communications program that allows her to travel and practice her craft of public speaking at various competitions.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Hilmar Relay for Life raises over $130,000

Hilmar may be a small town, but through an enormous community wide effort, the town raised funds worth six figures for cancer research: $130,361.11 to be exact.

April 29, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Central Valley Brewfest brings best suds to town

Ales, lagers, stouts, porters, ciders. When it comes to beer, there is something for everyone. The upcoming Central Valley Brewfest aims to cater to veteran beer drinkers and new tasters alike with a variety of classic beers, as well as new ones - like the special release "Shame and Desperation," a joint venture of radio station Rock 96.7 and Dust Bowl Brewery.

April 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Roadwork near CSUS continuing through Tuesday

Locals driving near California State University, Stanislaus have been experiencing delays over the past week due to the City of Turlock's rehabilitation of Monte Vista Avenue Project that was scheduled to be completed over the university's Spring Break. However, due to the rain and cool weather, paving has been delayed and the project has been extended until Tuesday.

April 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSUS writing program receives grant for improving instruction

Writing is one of the building blocks of education and a tool that once honed and refined, can open doors for students long after they leave the education system - something at the core of the Great Valley Writing Project's mission.

April 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Tractor Supply Company launches annual 4-H paper clover campaign

Take one dollar, now double it. Then double that. And double that. Consistent one dollar contributions can amount to some serious change, which Tractor Supply Company in Turlock has seen in just two days as more than $135 has been raised though $1 donations for the national chain's 4-H Paper Clover Campaign.

April 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Farmers market growing into a new year

The Turlock Farmers' Market manager likens organizing a weekly market to throwing a wedding reception every Friday: there are a lot of details to coordinate.

April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


New Christian preschool to open its doors in Turlock

Spring marks the time of upcoming graduations, but it's also a time for parents to consider having their young ones take their first step in education by enrolling in preschool. Now parents have a new option to consider in town: Cornerstone Christian Preschool.

April 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Bird flu found in Stanislaus County

A Stanislaus County quail and duck farm has been placed under quarantine as the bird flu was detected at the facility earlier this month, raising concern on a local and national level.

April 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


The changing landscape of science in the classroom

When pre-service teachers in Iris Haapanen's credential course at California State University, Stanislaus sought out local classrooms in which to observe science lessons as part of their compulsory coursework, the task proved more challenging than expected.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Osborn students find the right beat in ballet folklorico

Michelle Carillo began traditional Mexican dancing, or ballet folklorico, at five years old when her grandmother took her to the Santa Clara County Fair and signed her up to dance with a group. She continued dancing until she was 16 and while she enjoyed expressing herself through dance, she did not imagine that one day she would help other children enjoy the same cultural experience she did as a child.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Dutcher geometry students have formula for success

Dutcher Middle School students Joven Hundal, Erika Gonzalez and Neema Arishida have many things in common: they have all performed perfectly on the mathematics portion of the California Standards Test, they all have 4.0 grade point averages and they all placed in the annual Mathematics Superbowl competition through the Stanislaus Math Council.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Volunteers ready to 'Love Turlock'

Many locals have probably seen large signs around town with two ambiguous words and a date: Love Turlock, May 3. While these signs have piqued the interest of some in the community, they serve as a reminder to many others who have participated in the Love Turlock event before, a volunteer based workday to give back to the community.

April 22, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD bans sugary treats in schools

The days of parents swinging by their child's classroom with a large pink box of cupcakes on their little one's birthday are gone as the Turlock Unified School District recently updated its Wellness Policy to prohibit sugary treats in the classroom.

April 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Applications available for annual Christmas parade

It may be the first day of October, but the City of Turlock is already gearing up for the 36th annual Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fundraising philosophies: Candidates vary in campaigning efforts

As candidates settle into the final weeks of campaigning the way in which the seven local mayoral and council candidates are financing their efforts vary almost as much as their visions for Turlock.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Election


Plastic bags officially banned in California

"Paper or plastic?" This commonly asked question at grocery stores across the country will soon be rendered obsolete as Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will prohibit stores from offering single-use plastic bags at check out.

September 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Project update: Avena Bella provides safe housing for low-income families

It was less than one year ago that Nicole Esparza and her four daughters were living in a cramped one bedroom apartment when a man attempted to break into their home.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Cars, coffee and charity

An annual event aimed at sharing a love of fine automobiles took a philanthropic turn this year as Winton, Ireland, Strom & Green Insurance, in collaboration with Hagerty Insurance, raised funds for pancreatic research in memory of late Turlock High aquatics coach Steve Feaver.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Volunteers to help make Turlock shine

Spring may be the traditional season in which to clean-up, but locals will get a chance to come together and beautify the town on Saturday for the seventh annual Turlock Shines event.

September 23, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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