Some come for the fellowship. Others want to continue a long family tradition. A Pitman High School freshman was pulled into it by neighbors, and has stayed for the fun. No matter what the reason, every member of the Turlock Steppin Pards wants to share their passion for square dancing.
Food industry professionals have been faced with increased consumer concerns regarding the source and handling of food products in recent years. In particular, the poultry industry has been in the crosshairs of consumers who want comprehensive information on production details such as hens' home environment and diet. In an effort to create more transparent relationships with customers, local company, Gemperle Family Farms, has launched an informational and interactive website to educate consumers on eggs.
As a wife and mother of four, Turlock resident Connie Teixeira-Sousa is a role model to many. After being diagnosed with breast cancer last year, her courage while undergoing treatment has continued to encourage others.
From an aerial view the Central Valley looks like a quilt. Each row of that quilt is stitched by local farmers who carefully tend to their rows of crops, which are commonly almonds in this area. California produces more than 80 percent of the world's almonds much of which can be traced to Blue Diamond, one of the nation's largest cooperatives.