The Turlock Journal is focusing on "memories of dad" for this Father's Day edition, and it has prompted quite a few paternal flashbacks for me. My father passed away from a sudden heart attack in March 2000, but he lives on in my memory.
Parenting is no walk in the park. When families have to deal with drug or alcohol addictions, behavioral problems or teen pregnancy, parenting can be too much to handle alone. That is where the Turlock Family Network comes in.
Train service has resumed through Denair and a massive construction effort is quickly picking up the pieces of a multi-car freight train derailment that occurred Sunday evening - however, for witnesses, the event is still emblazoned in their memories.
I've said it before, and I'm going to say it again. Turlock needs to bring back its cultural festivals. Cultural diversity is one of the Valley's greatest strengths, and it should be celebrated whenever possible.
Turlock Firefighters Local 2434 held its annual Random Acts of Kindness Fill the Boot fundraiser on Saturday and was able to raise almost $16,000 for local charities. Turlock firefighters voluntarily stood out on the corners of Monte Vista Crossings asking citizens to fill their boots with donations. Firefighters were able to raise $836 alone from people emptying the change trays in their cars. This year's total amount donated is an increase of almost $2,000 from last year, said Captain Frank Saldivar.
Doomsday scenarios were bantered about at Tuesday's Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting, with the economic repercussions of this season's failed crops pitted against the impact of having no water at all for future irrigation years.
The Children's Crisis Center will be able to continue to serve at-risk kids in the Turlock area thanks in part to a donation from the Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock. On Thursday, Kiwanians presented a check for $2,000 to Children's Crisis Center Executive Director Colleen Garcia.
As the sale of Emanuel Medical Center to Tenet Healthcare proceeds through the regulatory approval process, the Turlock hospital's faith-based service to the community will continue through two new organizations.
Playing host is nothing new for Turlock. The town welcomes thousands of athletes and fans to its fields and diamonds each year; sees over 200,000 visitors to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds; and is the site of Christmas and Fourth of July family traditions for thousands of parade attendees.
When San Francisco 49ers quarterback and hometown hero Colin Kaepernick kissed his bicep after a touchdown run during the team's NFC Championship season, he started a Niner Nation sensation called "Kaepernicking." Although football season is over, Kaepernick's iconic pose is still inspiring fans.
Warmer weather has finally arrived in the Valley - just in time for those who now have no option left but to sleep on the streets. The Turlock Gospel Mission's winter relief ministry for women and children and the We Care cold weather shelter for men both closed for the season last week.