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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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.
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.
For most people, Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and festive gatherings.
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.
Across the nation there were 17.4 million families, or approximately 15 percent of the country's households that struggled to put food on the table during 2009, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
After the turkey is settling in the tummy and long before the sun rises, shoppers will be making their way to the area's shopping malls and centers for all the deals they can handle. Joining this dedicated lot will be a criminal element looking to capitalize on the hustle and bustle of the shopping frenzy.
While most experience the taste of a slowly roasted turkey every Thanksgiving, those without homes rarely get the privilege of partaking in a holiday feast.
Practice makes perfect. Dave Hillenga and his 5-year-old grandson Braydon Johnson found that old adage to be true on Monday, when they won first place in the pumpkin pie contest that they took second place in last year.
California State University, Stanislaus administration, faculty and staff bid a fond farewell to the university's assistant vice president for communications and public affairs on Friday. Kristin Olsen (pictured center) will soon be leaving her post at the university to tackle the challenges of the California State Assembly.
Before his term in office comes to an end Mayor John Lazar will leave his post in Turlock and head to Modesto to be recognized by the Latino Community Roundtable as their elected official of the year.
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.
Turlock native Chad Scott has lost his bid to become America's latest taste maker and along with it his hopes for the million dollar prize.
Name of Business: Romson's Kebab
After more than three decades the Keyes community is joining together to reprise the fall traditions of decades past on Saturday with the Keyes Fall Festivities Parade which hasn't taken place in the town since 1981.
On Wednesday afternoon Off Center Thrift & Gift was teeming with people, but they weren't the usual shoppers hunting for a good deal. They were the volunteers, contributors, and board of directors that have made the local thrift shop a philanthropic powerhouse in the Turlock community.
Hilmar Cheese is extending the roots of its operation into Turlock, looking to grow its production personnel and provide employment opportunities for Valley workers.
Duane Johnson is the last person to let his age get in the way. Having just celebrated his 100th birthday with over 50 friends this past weekend, the Turlock resident continues to view age as just a number.
Although Westside Ministries founder JoLynn DiGrazia recently made the announcement that she will step down from her position as director, she assured guests at the organization's 30th anniversary party this past weekend that she is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Elections are largely about the narratives candidates tell according to Stephen Routh, professor and chair of the Politics Department at California State University, Stanislaus.
Gilbert Teixeira was named the 73rd winner of the Klussendorf Trophy, the highest recognition given to a dairy cattle showman in the United States.
Dick's Sporting Goods may have nearly 600 stores in the country but there is only one Dusty Baker who will be appearing at the grand opening of Turlock's newest athletic store during Halloween weekend.
The donation of an animal resuscitator made by the Friends of Turlock Animal Shelter is credited with helping to save several pets that were in a recent Ceres house fire.