Lately, I've been encouraged to see more bicyclists pedaling their way around town. With the Valley's air quality issues, the increasing childhood obesity rates, and a country-wide emphasis on "greener" power, bicycling is a beneficial activity.
Due to the increase in the number of traffic collisions caused by drivers illegally using cell phones, Central Valley CHP areas and local law enforcement agencies will be focusing their enforcement on the Valley's roadways during this week.
Each November local bakers of all ages and every skill level are asked to prepare the best pumpkin pie in their repertoire and compete for cash prizes. This annual pie contest not only gives amateur bakers a chance to shine, it also helps feed hundreds of hungry people in the Turlock area.
While pumpkins, ghosts and scarecrows have been popping up around town in preparation for the spookiest holiday of the year, one nonprofit organization is already preparing for Christmas and the season of giving.
For the past 13 years the Turlock Family Network has been a resource for young mothers and fathers - many of whom have come from abusive backgrounds or are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The network provides parenting skills through a variety of programs including prenatal classes, weekly parenting classes and an in-home mentoring program.
When the plans were made for Turlock's new Public Safety Facility, currently under construction on the corner of Broadway and Olive, a veterans' memorial was incorporated in the design - something that was important to Mayor John Lazar, then-Police Chief Gary Hampton and the city's organizations that serve veterans.
One hundred years seems like a long time in most situations. When someone turns 100 years old, I can't help but marvel at all the technological changes that one person has seen just in his or her lifetime.