Chester Chimel might be 84 years old, but he can grow cucumbers as well as any young gardener. Chimel's Asian cucumber plant recently yielded several vegetables over 2 feet in length. The largest of the cucumbers was 26 inches long.
Assyrians across the country will recognize Assyrian Martyr's Day on Sunday. Locally, there will be an event held at Turlock Memorial Park to recognize and celebrate Assyrians who have been martyred over the centuries.
Central Valley Aquatics opened its extended season on Monday evening with a practice at Pitman High School. The extended season runs until Oct. 31 and it opens CVA participation to Turlock Marlins members and swimmers from neighboring communities like Hilmar, Ceres and Delhi.
Local homebrewer Mark Ranes enjoys sharing his love for beer with friends and family. At any one time he has eight of his homemade beers on tap, including his award-winning Mark's Bigfoot Barleywine. Ranes took home a bronze medal and bragging rights for his barleywine at the 33rd annual American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition on June 18.
The Turlock Irrigation District is set to blast away dirt and rock covering a 360-foot long tunnel on its upper main canal, "daylighting" the canal and removing the top of the tunnel in hopes of preventing a potentially disastrous tunnel collapse.
Residents all across Turlock turned on their porch lights, locked their front doors and joined their neighbors for National Night Out on Tuesday. Neighborhoods across the city held block parties and were visited by police and fire department officials.
After a rough 2009, local farmers enjoyed a bounce-back year with a gross agricultural farm gate increase of nearly $260 million for an all-time record for total income of nearly $2.57 billion in 2010, according to the Stanislaus County Agricultural Crop Report.
A Stanislaus County man remains hospitalized with West Nile Virus after the onset of symptoms on July 22. The 68-year old is the first human to test positive for West Nile in Stanislaus County this year, and the second person to test positive in the state.
This article is the first in a three-part series featuring former foster youth who have recently made the transition from foster care to adulthood, the challenges they face, and local organizations, schools and employers that are dedicated to providing a bridge for the dangerous gap existing between youth and emancipation.