Karen Anderson got quite a scare Monday afternoon. The south Turlock resident was labeling cans in her kitchen when she heard a "swish, swish" sound and then "a big bang" before her whole house shook. She ran outside to find a giant tree had fallen into her yard, a foot away from hitting her house.
For the past 32 years, local Realtors and their affiliates have held a Can Tree Breakfast in an effort to raise money to feed hungry families during the holidays. Although the literal Christmas tree-shaped pyramid of canned food - that some years reached as high as 25 feet - no longer adorns the entrance to the long-since closed Albertsons grocery store, the spirit of giving has remained strong.
Participants in the 4th annual Kettle Dash ran around downtown Turlock on Saturday for a good cause. The event, which included a kids' dash, 5K and 10K race, as well as this year's newly added dog walk through the help of sponsor Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, included over 300 runners and dog walkers, said event chair Nick Hackler.
I know that on Oct. 16 Turlock mayoral candidate Gary Soiseth was playing a ukulele with the Sunshine Strummers and mayoral candidate Mike Brem loves walking precincts and relaxing in the pool with his grandchildren. Did I learn this information from the Journal's dedicated election reporters who are spending every hour with the candidates on the campaign trail? I wish. Rather, I know these things because I read them on Facebook.
As Turlock mayoral candidates enter the final countdown to the election, their last minute campaigning has paid off in donations. As of Friday, Gary Soiseth is leading in campaign contributions with $55,479, while Mike Brem is reporting a total of $49,902. These donations are a far cry from Mayor John Lazar's unopposed race in 2010, when he raised just over $3,300, but still less than Lazar's 2006 fundraising efforts that netted over $63,000.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Turlock delivered 600 pumpkins to Cunningham Elementary on Friday. The service club has been donating the fall gourds to students at Cunningham for the past 26 years. This year, R.A.M. Farms donated half of the pumpkins, with the Kiwanis Club purchasing the rest. Each Cunningham student was allowed to choose a pumpkin to take home.
Human trafficking, an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry, is not just found in countries like Mexico. According to the California Attorney General's office, 1,277 victims were identified and 1,798 individuals arrested in the state from mid-2010 to mid-2012. The predation of children and young adults for the purpose of sex trafficking is also a local issue, just ask Without Permission founder and CEO Debbie Johnson.
As news of the Ebola epidemic that continues to affect thousands in West Africa spreads, and health officials in Dallas, Texas work to contain the one confirmed travel-associated case in the United States, the Stanislaus County Public Health Department wants to reassure area residents that they are closely monitoring the situation.
Most of Wednesday night's candidate forum, held at City Hall and hosted by the League of Women Voters, was a love fest with each city council and mayoral candidate taking turns professing their affinity for and dedication to the community of Turlock. Amid the pro-Turlock rhetoric, however, the candidates did find time to address a few key issues facing the city and its citizens, mainly public safety, roads and water.
Times are tough and jobs don't grow on trees. These sentiments are something that many in the Central Valley know first-hand. When California State University, Stanislaus President Joseph Sheley echoed these hard truths on Thursday morning at the first of three ceremonies celebrating the university's 55th commencement, he did it not to discourage, but to inspire the recent graduates to stay focused on their goals.
As high school seniors prepare for graduation and to make their first life decisions as adults, they may seek advice (and financial assistance) from parents, siblings or extended family members. For many foster youth, however, there are no supportive family members able to help them transition from youth to adulthood.