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Governor’s budget secures FFA funding

Future Farmers of America chapters across the state are celebrating as the Agriculture Education Incentive Grant, which funds FFA, was removed from the chopping block in Gov. Jerry Brown's final budget that was released earlier this week.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local farmers, industry experts mobilize against state water curtailments

Of the 9,528 junior water rights curtailment notices sent to Central Valley farmers by the State Water Resources Control Board on May 27 requiring them to stop diverting water from all streams flowing to the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys, only 21 percent mailed back the mandated response - an indicator of local farmers' posture towards the Board's intervention during this drought period.

June 20, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Crafty Cuisine

Last year local dried fruit company Bella Viva submitted dried persimmons, peaches, pears and oranges as part of their new Pure and Natural line at the Fresno Food Expo, an annual convention to honor the local food industry's leaders in innovation. This year, Bella Viva will be competing for the same honors at the 2014 Expo with their newest product: dried apple slices from the Pure and Natural line which has already been named a top contender.

June 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Pentecost celebrates 102 years of culture

This past weekend the Turlock Pentecost Association and Portuguese community celebrated their faith and culture through their 102nd annual festa – a celebratory period of traditional food and events.

June 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Wednesday school days shorter in TUSD next year

Parents of students in the Turlock Unified School District may need to make child care changes to adjust to the new bell schedule on Wednesdays next school year that has students released almost an hour earlier to accommodate the District's new Local Control Accountability Plan.

June 17, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Foster Farms celebrates 75 years of family values and poultry production

The historic home of Max and Verda Foster, founders of family-owned company Foster Farms, is a modest one. While the house and surrounding ranch feature fruit trees, a tennis court and simple white-walled buildings that now serve as administrative locations, there is one things that indicates where the third-generation billion dollar company was born: enormous silos towering in the background bearing a large insignia with a big, bright, red number: 75.

June 16, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local lifeguards enhance skills at regional training

Parents can rest assured that their children will be safe swimming in community pools this summer as local lifeguards have recently undergone extensive training to freshen up their rescue skills and ensure they can cooperate properly with emergency responders in crisis situations.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


First night market of the season a success

A cool breeze greeted guests and vendors at the first night market of the 2014 Turlock Certified Farmers Market season Friday evening as individuals browsed the various stalls for a variety of things from summertime produce to floral arrangements.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Pentecost Association celebrates over 100 years of sopas

Early Friday morning a crew of over 20 men of the Turlock Pentecost Association hauled in over 20,000 pounds of beef at the Turlock Ballroom for the Association's annual sopas celebration, commonly known as festa in Portuguese. For thousands of years the sopas celebrations have served to not only allow Portuguese families to celebrate their heritage, but to also feed the community just as Queen Isabel did in the 12th century when the tradition was founded.

June 13, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TUSD may welcome new charter school next year

A new charter school geared towards struggling students may become a part of the Turlock Unified School District as soon as the 2014-2015 school year pending District approval.

June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrates 70 years

Just over 70 years ago the Turlock High School Class of 1944 celebrated a milestone moment - graduating high school - on June 6, the same day that the allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy marking the beginning of the end of World War II.

June 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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


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Articles By Author - Elizabeth Arakelian


Edith’s Taxi offers a ride with the ‘soulful taxi lady’

Name: Edith's Taxi

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Fit Body Boot Camp to come to Turlock Industrial Park

Turlock's 2,600 acre Industrial Park will soon play host to more than just food processing facilities as the City of Turlock recently approved a staff level minor discretionary use permit for a fitness facility to be built just east of Highway 99.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Turlock Young Professionals ‘bridge the gap’ in local business community

The younger generation of Turlock professionals looking to make a difference in the local business community now has the opportunity to formally convene through the new organization, Turlock Young Professionals, which aims to bring up and coming leaders in the community into the fold of the Chamber of Commerce.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


County shows support for Turlock road tax initiative

At the behest of Stanislaus Council of Governments Board Chairman Vito Chiesa the regional transportation agency opted to support Turlock's initiative to approve a half-cent city wide road tax on the November ballot despite previous tension leading Turlock to consider abandoning support of the county's own future road tax initiative.

August 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Local veteran prepares for annual Red, White, and Blue 9-11 Run

While Turlocker and United States Army veteran Cory Smith may have returned home several years ago after witnessing the affects of war first hand, his patriotism has not waned evident by his decision to take to the streets of Turlock - literally - to increase locals' understanding of the sacrifice of soldiers.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Sweet River Bar and Grill gives way to new restaurant Table 26

Although franchise-owned Sweet River Bar and Grill on Geer Road has closed its doors, locals will soon have a new restaurant at which to dine in town as Table 26 is slated to open at Sweet River's former location in as soon as two months time.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


City fosters outreach to cycling food vendors for safety, regulation concerns

Students used to walking to the park after school and purchasing an ice cream from vendors on bikes - affectionately referred to as the "palatero men" in Latin culture - may have to either walk further or find a new place to buy their sweet treat as the City of Turlock is taking steps to enforce its municipal code as it relates to vendors.

August 19, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Prodigal Sons and Daughters moves addiction counseling to new facility

The Prodigal Sons and Daughters may have moved to their new facility just three short months ago but for more than a decade the faith-based nonprofit has been changing the lives of locals by helping them 'get clean' through drug and alcohol counseling and prevention services.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


California receives poor marks in small business friendliness

As students prepare to return to school it appears that the state of California is getting its report card early and the outlook is bleak.

August 15, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy ‘swings’ into full force

Name of Business: Alegria Ballroom Dance Academy

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Celebrating the Spirit of ‘45

This year marks the 69th anniversary of the end of World War II and with the individuals representing the Greatest Generation growing sparse, Paramount Court Senior Living chose to honor 12 World War II veterans at their annual Spirit of '45 event.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Bipartisan water bond to appear on November ballot

Water has long been an agricultural and political issue in California but this week state Republicans and Democrats came together to craft a bipartisan water bond that will allocate $7.545 billion to protecting and conserving state water resources.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Government


Monte Vista Crossing prepares to be up and running for holiday shopping

Just six months after ground was broken on the 19-acre Monte Vista Crossings expansion project locals will likely notice the final touches being added to several buildings in the upcoming weeks as multiple shops are slated to open to consumers in early October.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Cigarettes may be banned in Turlock parks

Turlock smokers may need to find new locations to puff on their cigarettes and cigars other than city parks if local Girl Scouts have anything to do with it.

August 14, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Monte Vista Plaza signs get upsize approval

Tenants of the Monte Vista Plaza, which plays host to shops such as Amazing Nails and Spa and Dean's Pizza, will soon be receiving a facelift as their signs will be several inches bigger to increase visibility from the road.

August 12, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


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