I like to think of Turlock as a caring community.
I, along with many of my co-workers, took time out of the busy workday on Thursday to watch a giant helium balloon float over the Colorado countryside while it was chased by a plethora of emergency vehicles.
Democracy is a great thing. A government by the people, for the people sure beats a system that caters to a dictator or a royal family. But like many good and wonderful things in this world, democracy must be nurtured, watched over and protected by everyone involved in order to maintain its greatness.
As a manager, I have the usually frustrating and always time-consuming job of interviewing candidates for open job positions. This is one of my least favorite aspects of my job.
If you are reading this on Saturday morning before 8 a.m. and plan to head north on Highway 99 towards Sacramento, make sure to look up and wave as you pass Acampo. I just might be able to see your friendly gesture as I rapidly descend to the earth from 13,000 feet in the air.
On Tuesday night, the Turlock City Council stood together, bowed their heads and sent a clear message to those who would try to stop them from beginning every meeting with a prayer.
Dozens of Turlock families grabbed a blanket and some snacks and made their way to the Turlock Regional Sports Complex Friday night for the season's final "Movies Under the Stars" event hosted by the Recreation Division.
Christopher Freeberg was so moved by his Christmas Eve volunteer experience at the Turlock We Care homeless shelter program last year that he wanted to do more. So the local insurance man nominated the We Care program to receive a grant through Safeco's Agent Giving Program. Freeberg's petition was granted; and We Care was presented with a $2,000 check from Safeco last week.
Just five months ago, the Turlock City Council was considering turning out the lights in some areas of town in an effort to save money. Today, the City of Turlock is planning to replace 1,800 high pressure sodium street lamps with induction lamps, thanks to a $643,100 award from the Department of Energy.
The nation-wide controversy over health care reform came to the Valley Friday afternoon when U.S. Rep. George Radanovich held his own town hall meeting in Oakdale. While there were no violent confrontations that led to arrests - as has happened in St. Louis, Mo. - booing and heckling were common during the question and answer time.
Lately, I feel a little bit like a shoemaker.
Even without movies like "Pearl Harbor" and "Saving Private Ryan," I know that on Dec. 7, 1941 - "a date which will live in infamy" - the Japanese pulled off a massive attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that decimated the United States' Pacific fleet and pulled America into WW II as a full combatant. I also know that June 6, 1944 - D-Day - was the day that U.S. soldiers, along with the Allied forces, invaded the beaches of Normandy, France, and turned the tide of WW II.
Almost every week I get a phone call from someone who asks, "Do you cover good news?" I always answer, "Yes, of course we do." These callers then proceed to give me a story idea about a local club event, interesting person or outstanding student.
The Kiwanis Club of Turlock hosted a Family Fun Day at Columbia Park on Saturday. The club gave out free hotdogs, brought games, had a bounce house and paid for every admission to the Columbia Pool on Saturday afternoon.
"In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row..."
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