Each year during National Small Business Week, the U. S. Small Business Administration recognizes outstanding small business owners for their contribution to the American economy and society. Small Business week will be celebrated nationally May 12 – 16, 2014.
December 23, 2013|
Waking up to the windshield of your car frozen with ice and the chilling bite of a frosted morning are telltale signs that winter is officially here, but these weather conditions affect more than people's morning routines as they play an essential role in the agricultural cycle.
Every December, the Livingston United Methodist Church brings in hundreds of community members and volunteers for its annual Mochitsuki ceremony, a Japanese New Year's tradition that requires many hours of physical labor for the pounding of rice cakes.
Recent farming trends showcase the public interest in a "farm to table" approach, which promotes a transparent process of food handling for the consumer, but this movement has reached beyond the individual consumer as farmers have developed relationships with larger operations such as food banks to provide those in need with the same healthy advantages.
Staff Sergeant Brian Bischoff, along with two other soldiers and their wives from the Army Recruitment Center in Modesto visited each of the Children's Crisis Center's five sites on Friday, handing out gifts to the children and spending time getting to know them. The children were very excited to see the soldiers and had lots of questions for them. When they arrived at Verda's House in Turlock, which was their first visit of the day, one 2-year-old girl present immediately ran to one of the soldiers and gave him a big hug!
The holiday season can be difficult for many families struggling with the grief of losing a loved one. Fortunately, Jessica's House – a branch of Emanuel Medical Center dedicated to providing grief support for children and teens – has made continual efforts to bring Christmas cheer to the children participating in the program.
The holiday spirit was evident at the recent Festival of Trees gala and auction, which raised an astounding $323,624. Every dollar goes to support local hospice services and Jessica's House, a grief support program for children and teens.
December 19, 2013|