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Renee O’Connor can’t be stopped

Junior high is often a transitional time for students as they become acclimated to heavier workloads and face new challenges, but Renee O'Connor of Dutcher Middle School has been well versed in balancing activities for years.

December 03, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Light it up

The 15th annual Festival of Lights brought in hundreds of community members to witness the lighting of the community Christmas tree in Central Park, an event that symbolizes the beginning of the holiday season in Turlock. The lighting generated a surge in applause before the crowd disbursed to browse in downtown shops, such as Vintage Market which was teeming with customers purchasing Christmas themed items. Vendors lined the streets selling food and items to customers of all ages.

November 29, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Skating to success: R.A.M Farms latest venture off to promising start

'Tis the season for winter sports, including ice skating, and now locals won't have to drive out of town to test their skills on the slippery surface as locals Ron and Karen Macedo have made ice skating in Turlock a reality.

November 29, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Vet teaches discipline, positivity through free karate classes

Army veteran Derek Spencer is giving back to his community by teaching kids at the Turlock Salvation Army something he found beneficial in his own life - karate.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Lancaster Painting coats community with giving opportunities

The holiday spirit of giving is contagious as not only friends and families but business also give back to their community to help the less fortunate.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Workshops to help parents with special needs children

While the holiday season is typically a time of joy it can also present its own set of stresses, especially for parents and caretakers who have children with special needs returning home for holiday breaks.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Latif's center of holiday pie frenzy

On the day before Thanksgiving the narrow kitchen in the back of Latif's Restaurant is teeming with bakers in pie dough crusted aprons, their faces dusted in flour. There is a large refrigerated room filled with vats of pie filling, pounds of dough on the counters, and a contagious holiday spirit as employees pitch in to make the restaurant's biggest pie-baking days of the year a success.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TJHS P.E. teacher named region’s best

Every teacher and coach at each school site in the Turlock Unified School District will often impact thousands of students in their individual careers. It's hard to say exactly how many students were positively impacted in the 37 year-career of Turlock Junior High School's Ardie Feucht, who was recently named Educator of the Year by the California League of Middle Schools.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Thefts plague high school ag department

The Turlock High School Agriculture Department has various patios and open spaces for students to perform hands-on activities, with students and teachers often staying late and coming early to utilize tools. This freedom has, unfortunately, come at a cost as the department has faced its fifth theft since the summer.

November 27, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Crime


Geography awareness: Out of the classroom, into real-world applications

Geography often brings to mind school lessons on different countries and their locations, but the field also has multiple real-world applications. In order to educate individuals about the benefits of geographic technology the CSU Stanislaus Geography Department and Office of Service Learning organized an event last week to celebrate international GSI, or geographic information systems, Day.

November 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


Turlock presidential turkeys pardoned, peaceful

The average turkey lives a relatively short life, rarely making it past three years old. This fact makes the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation pardoning ceremony a significant event for the turkey community.

November 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Holidays bring more work for Turlock turkey plant

From sandwiches to burgers, turkey is consumed year round but it is the final months of the year when turkey takes the spotlight as a staple of Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

November 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local company makes cooking turkey easy as Pop

Preparing a turkey for Thanksgiving is usually the most cumbersome task of the holiday, often becoming a chore that is annually passed off among relatives. The Volk family of Turlock has been easing consumers' turkey cooking concerns for years through their company's trussing and temperature devices. A family owned business that has expanded internationally with offices from Brazil to England and a manufacturing facility in Turlock, Volk Enterprises has made its mark in the meat industry.

November 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Local family takes initiative to feed those in need

The holiday season often motivates individuals to give back to their community by heading down to their local soup kitchen or homeless shelter, but the Martinez family of Turlock is taking a more direct approach by hosting their own food drive.

November 22, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


CSUS President officially invests in the university’s future

After spending over a year on the California State University, Stanislaus campus as interim president before being appointed to the official position in May, President Joseph Sheley's formal investiture ceremony was held Friday morning in the presence of colleagues, friends, alumni, students, dignitaries, and community members.

November 22, 2013 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Education


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