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Hughson looks to resurrect annual festival

The Fruit and Nut Festival has been a Hughson tradition for years until the event was discontinued last year when funds were sparse. Newly elected Hughson Council member Jeramy Young is looking to bring it back with the help of community members and organizations.

December 04, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Retired engineer uses skills to create parade magic

This year's Turlock Downtown Christmas Parade theme is right up Richard Fantazia's alley. You see, Fantazia is a miracle worker. He takes abstract ideas and makes them into moving, lighted, bigger-than-life parade floats.

December 04, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Holiday parade lights up downtown

Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock for the annual Christmas parade on Friday. Dancers, musicians and an elf or two were seen prancing along Main Street amid a variety of brightly lit vehicles. This year's parade theme was "Miracle on Main Street."

December 04, 2010 | | Local


Santa returns to Turlock atop fire truck

Santa Claus will once again be touring the streets of Turlock atop a fire truck along with his elves who will be handing out candy. Below is a list of dates that Santa will be in your neighborhood. The list is also available at http://www.ci.turlock.ca.us/citydepartments/fireservices/decembersantatours/.

November 30, 2010 | | Local


Keyes horsewoman earns two World Championship titles

Horses have always been a part of Kate Doerksen's life. The Keyes woman's passion for horses and riding has led her to capture two World Championship titles at the 2010 Fall World Championship Paint Horse Show held Nov. 4-13 in Fort Worth, Texas.

November 30, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Cold weather shelter opens today

Homeless men will finally have a warm place to sleep away from the freezing temperatures, icy breezes and frosty mornings, as the We Care cold weather shelter is scheduled to open up today.

November 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Turlock woman makes slippers, afghans for local seniors

Donna Oppelt doesn't consider herself an angel among us. She just does what she feels is the right thing to do. The Kiwanis Club of Turlock, however, considers Oppelt an outstanding volunteer worthy of recognition.

November 30, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Local


County libraries look to do more with less as resources are cut and need increases

In these times of economic hardship, the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has had to pull the budget belt of various departments tighter and tighter and the county's library system has felt the heavy burden of serving a greater number of people while the financial support trickling in gets thinner.

November 30, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Emergency assistance funding opportunities for local agencies

The Stanislaus County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board will begin the application process for anticipated funding through the National EFSP Board, a program chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support non-disaster related emergency shelter, rent/mortgage, utility assistance and food programs at the local level. During 2009-10, Stanislaus County emergency service providers were awarded $566,683 to provide for local emergency food, shelter and utility needs.

November 26, 2010 | | Local


Web site provides information on low and no-cost healthcare

As more and more people find themselves without a job - and the health insurance they were used to having - doctor's visits and general wellness care drop to the bottom of the priority list.

November 26, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


Light it up

Does your house look like Santa's village came to town or does your tree give the one in Rockefeller Center a run for its money? If so, then we want to see it. Send us photos of your holiday displays and look for them in print and online after Dec. 11. E-mail photos to sstafford@turlockjournal.com. For more information, call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

November 26, 2010 | | Local


Turlock plays host to top dogs

Back in his youth, Jazzman, a 144-pound Newfoundland, took champion titles all over the country with his beautiful coat, lovable personality and his ability to ham it up for everyone around him.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Start of the season

The holiday season officially began Friday with the Festival of Lights. Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock to watch the lighting of the city's Christmas tree in Central Park, while enjoying free activities such as pictures with Santa Claus and horse-drawn carriage rides.

November 26, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Local


Shoppers brave bitter cold for Black Friday deals

For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and festive gatherings.

November 26, 2010 | Alex Cantatore | Local


Turlock family mixes cuisines to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a true American holiday. It is celebrated by everyone, regardless of religious affiliation or ethnic background. And many times it is the first American holiday embraced by emigrants. This is true for the Aydenian family.

November 23, 2010 | Kristina Hacker | Local


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Drink and be merry at The Rail, Turlock’s newest bar

Name: The Rail

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Twice the ice

Ice skating is back and in full swing for the second year in a row at Fields of Ice, but now there is twice the ice. With a rink 120 feet by 80 feet, locals of all ages can rent some skates and hit the rink.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Hilmar Forest, Oregon farms grow holiday tradition

Ready or not the holiday season has officially arrived - and so have the Christmas trees.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Businesses urge shoppers to keep it local this holiday season

The words "buy local" have been promoted across the state and country over the past few years and there is no better day to head the command than on Small Business Saturday.

November 26, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Locals collect winter gear for Iraqi refugees

On a long table in a back room at the Assyrian American Civic Club volunteer Melinda Khubiar is busy sorting through winter wear that could soon prove to be life-saving equipment for the Christians seeking refuge in the mountainous regions of Iraq.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Mother spends first Thanksgiving with family after deportation

When the Chaparro family celebrates Thanksgiving on Thursday, there will be a special thanks said by the Turlock family for the presence of their matriarch Maria Isabel Chaparro's presence at the table.

November 25, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


It's all about the pie

Amelia and Xavier Bettencourt are used to being in the kitchen so perhaps it's no surprise that they took second place in the annual pumpkin pie contest to benefit the United Samaritans Foundation – except for the fact that they are nine and six years old, respectively.

November 25, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


TID proposes irrigation rate increase for 2015

No one likes to pay more - not for food, Christmas presents or irrigation water. The Turlock Irrigation District, however, is hoping to convince its irrigation customers that a proposed rate increase that will more than double irrigation rates for the 2015 season is necessary for the health of the district.

November 25, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Creating fruitcake fans one batch at a time

Those who claim to not like fruitcakes have probably never tried one of Betty Bradbury's delectable desserts.

November 24, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Feast breakdown

It is that time of year where savvy shoppers line the grocery store aisles looking for the best deals on everything from turkeys and green beans to pumpkin filling. However, this year even the average shopper won't have to worry about forking over too many dollars before grabbing their fork at the table since it costs less than $5 a person for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, according to the annual American Farm Bureau Federation's survey.

November 24, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Winter storm information

The City of Turlock provides several proactive and reactive approaches for dealing with storm related problems such as flooding, water storage and contingency planning. During storm events, many problems may occur. Some of these problems are merely inconveniences while others pose serious threats to safety or property. If you have a storm related problem, you can contact Municipal Services at 668-5590. To report problems after normal business hours or on holidays, call Police Services at 668-1200.

November 21, 2014 | | Local


Little change to county’s unemployment rate

The unemployment rate in Stanislaus County rose slightly in October, but continued to remain at a low level not seen in the area since the Great Recession.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


Opening up the table this holiday season

When I think of Thanksgiving I think of communion. Not the formal process of partaking in the bread and wine at a place of worship, but rather the more colloquial use of the term: sharing a meal, breaking bread, eating. Thanksgiving is a time to commune with our friends and family and I found myself thinking of food differently after spending the afternoon in the kitchen of local chef Dana Johnson while cooking up a Thanksgiving spread for our most recent episode of Studio 209.

November 21, 2014 | Elizabeth Arakelian | Local


Coat program helps children combat winter chill

As Turlock welcomes winter and the accompanying drop in temperatures, Westside Ministries is making sure that every child in the community is prepared for the chill with the organization's 29th annual Coats for Kids program.

November 21, 2014 | Alysson Aredas | Local


Turlock native returns home with cameras rolling

Turlock will once again get to experience a bit of movie magic when a former resident returns to town to shoot portions of his independent film.

November 21, 2014 | Sabra Stafford | Local


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