Motor transport operator Lance Cpl. Chris Sanchez backed up a tactical vehicle aboard USS Pearl Harbor on Nov. 25. Sanchez, a Turlock native, is 20 and serves with Combat Logistics Battalion 11. The battalion is the combat logistics element for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit that embarked with the USS Makin Island, USS New Orleans and USS Pearl Harbor in San Diego on a seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East regions.
Given the ongoing uncertainty of the economy, it comes as no surprise that many individuals are planning a pared down holiday budget. Even though the belt is being tightened, it doesn't mean the holidays have to be drabbed. Here are a few options for holiday decorating that stretch the dollar and make your house merry at the same time.
Near Michael Way, decking the halls and trimming the trees isn't an option – even for foreclosed homes. Decorating for Christmas is a way of life on Turlock's Candy Cane Lane dating back as far as any residents can remember.
The staff at A Beautiful Reflection Day Spa is hoping to make the holidays a little warmer for Turlock's homeless with their second annual Blanketing the Homeless drive. They are collecting new, wrapped blankets to be distributed as Christmas gifts to residents of two homeless shelters in town. This is the second year that Kerry Strickland and the staff of A Beautiful Reflection have collected blankets for homeless Turlockers.
Oscar Huerta grew up in his native El Salvador and remembers seeing a miniature train setup in the window of a local lumber yard each Christmas. A child of about 10 years old from a poor family, he'd press his face against the window only dreaming of owning such a display.
November 29, 2011|
BY JEFF BENZIGER
Special to the Journal
The San Joaquin Valley economy is gradually recovering in 2011, with indicators pointing to a stronger-yet 2012, according to the first-ever Business Forecast Report from California State University, Stanislaus.
Hundreds gathered in downtown Turlock on Friday to start the holiday season off with the annual Festival of Lights celebration. Vendors offered a variety of wares for holiday shopping, while community dance troupes entertained and nonprofits handed out free hot chocolate.
The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter - which includes Stanislaus County - thanked volunteers for their service at a recognition dinner held at the McHenry Museum in Modesto on Oct. 20. The event was an opportunity to say thank you for the thousands of combined hours donated by Stanislaus County volunteers. Special recognitions were awarded for excellence in the following categories:
November 25, 2011|
The California High-Speed Rail Authority has finalized an agreement to secure the nearly $1 billion in federal funds needed to begin construction on the Central Valley segment of the planned statewide 220-mile-per-hour train system, the CHSRA announced this week.
U.S. tree nut growers are receiving good news just in time for the holidays. A report issued recently by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group projects nut prices will remain competitive in the coming years. The information arrives as operations are wrapping up another banner harvest for most tree nut varieties.
November 25, 2011|
Kaley has shown up at school wearing the same clothes for five days in a row. She looks dirty and keeps falling asleep during class. Lisa's teacher has seen enough and makes a call to the Stanislaus County Community Services Agency - Child Welfare Services office.