<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">A truckload of donated blankets is making its way to Hurricane Sandy devastated New York residents from Stanislaus County thanks in part to area churches and Casey Moving Systems of Ceres.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">After 20 years of being in the midst of obscurity, one of Turlock's original clubs is ready to make a triumphant return to its community.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Looking for an outdoor getaway for New Year's? America's state park systems across the nation will sponsor over 500 guided First Day Hikes on New Year's Day 2013, offering hikers an up-close and personal look at the country's natural beauty.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">A long-awaited economic recovery began to take shape in 2012, with major businesses breaking ground throughout the year.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Four thousand dollars may not be pocket change for most Turlock residents, but for one lucky local man and coin collector, this was just the case. A rare 1992-D MS62RB NGC close "AM" Lincoln Memorial penny was sold recently on eBay for $4,051.99.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">A 9-year-old Turlock boy travelling with family for the holidays was killed in a solo vehicle crash along Interstate 15 in San Bernardino County.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Steven Ames, a marketing and economic development expert from Iowa, has been named the new Senior Vice President and Director of Economic Development at the Stanislaus Economic and Workforce Alliance.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Name of business:</strong> Blansh International Wholesale Foods
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Residents of California can ring in the New Year with five free crape myrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation any time during January 2013.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Salvation Army bell ringer Burt Gilpin got a little help from his grandson and a few musical friends to make spirits brighter on Christmas Eve in front of the Raley's supermarket.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Every December for the past 36 years, members of the Livingston United Methodist Church spend a day recreating a Japanese New Year's tradition - Mochi Tsuki, or rice pounding.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">The decision was touted as nothing less than "historic" by Turlock Irrigation District Director Michael Frantz.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Just five starts into his National Football League career, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is already making his mark on professional football.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Like most kindergarten boys, there's a bit of elfish mischief in my son that revels in making his sister jump, scream and run frantically from whatever torture tool he flashes, such as a snail or water balloon.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">About the only thing missing from the 1950's diner set up in Jim DeMartini's rural Ceres almond orchard is a crowd. But give the farmer and county supervisor enough time and crowds will come – probably with poodle skirts and men with greased back pompadours.
<p> <p class="MsoNormal">Aspiring and veteran gardeners have the opportunity to enrich their land plots by exchanging seeds at the Denair Library's inaugural Seed Swap.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom: .0001pt; line-height: normal;">Lourdes Calderon and her sons, George Sanchez, 6, and Victor Sanchez, 4, all of Keyes, turned out for the Keyes Library's Feb. 19 craft session where participants made paper pigeons. The craft was in celebration of Mo Willems, an American writer, animator, and creator of children's books who often uses pigeons in his work.
<p> <p> <p class="MsoNormal">Local Visalus distributor Shaun Larsen is partnering with the United Samaritans Foundation to collect canned food and raise money to help feed children in need.