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Visitors may be drawn to Atwater's Castle Air Museum by the rare aircraft on display, from a stealthy SR-71 Blackbird to the massive Boeing B-52D Stratofortress.

February 17, 2012 | | Features

Central Valley Opportunity Center offers new avenues for those who need them most

Nearly two years ago Turlocker Freddie Gomez-Mercado was having a rough time with his life. He was just out of incarceration, and it took him the better part of six frustrating months to find a job with the Turlock plant Valley Fresh. Unfortunately six months after he was hired Valley Fresh announced it was moving to another state and Gomez-Mercado was once again out of work and down on his life situation.

July 05, 2011 | Jonathan McCorkell | Features

Rodeo advice for greenhorns

With the 60th Annual Oakdale Rodeo going on this weekend, you don't want to miss out on all the fun. Whether you're a seasoned spectator or a "greenhorn" like me, you'll want to know what to keep your eye on and how to follow all the action in the arena.

April 08, 2011 | By RICHARD PALOMA Special to the Journal | Features

Winter is the perfect time for whale-watching

If the new year is bringing on a case of wanderlust, then a trip to the coast for some whale-watching might be just the cure needed.

January 07, 2011 | Sabra Stafford | Features

'Price is right' for Pat

Patricia Butler of Ceres never expected to hear "Come on down!" while sitting in the audience of the "Price is Right" TV game show. She also did not expect to be called to contestants' row. She did not expect to make her way onto stage to clutch onto the arm of emcee Drew Carey. And she certainly didn't expect to walk away as the winner of a brand-new Dodge Nitro.

November 26, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Features

Ceres’ Greg Scudder one of five in national Colgate Country Showdown

The Colgate Country Showdown - set for Nashville on Jan. 13, 2011 - may prove to be the catalyst to shoot lifelong Ceres resident Greg Scudder into the orbit of country music fame.

November 19, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Features

Festival celebrates salmon run

Central Valley populations of Chinook salmon are making their yearly run up the Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers, and the East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is ready to celebrate. The second annual Stanislaus River Salmon Festival will both celebrate the return of the salmon and educate the public about conservation.Local salmon populations make their way from the Pacific Ocean up river to mate and lay eggs this time of year. The eggs hatch in local water ways and eventually make their way out to the Pacific. According to the California Department of Fish and Game, due to concerns over the ...

November 12, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Program delivers holiday tidings to service members

For a fourth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up for the Holiday Mail for Heroes program that will deliver holiday cards to service members, their families and veterans, many of whom will be far from home this holiday season. The program provides Americans with the opportunity to send holiday greetings and a note of thanks to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through Dec.10, the public is invited to send a "touch of home" through holiday cards that contain messages of cheer and appreciation. The Red Cross and Pitney ...

November 12, 2010 | | Features

Students get cheesy education

Lodi High School students got a better understanding of the cheese making process Thursday during a new educational tour at Hilmar Cheese Company.

October 30, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

Bikers don tutus for ride to support Special Olympics

The tough guy and stoic image of the motorcyclist is taking a back seat for two days as riders around California don pink tutus for a charity ride benefiting the Special Olympics organization in Northern California.

October 15, 2010 | Sabra Stafford | Features

New heart, lungs for Amanda

Amanda Schulte has a new lease on life thanks to a heart and double-lung transplant she received last month.

August 27, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Features

Making fitness fun

Residents of the Westside of Stanislaus County are taking health into their own hands with some help from the West Side Health Care Advisory Task Force. Fed up with the lack of health services in the area, these newfound fitness freaks are challenging themselves and others to lose weight and get healthy with their own "biggest loser" competition. Seven teams of 10 people took turns crowding on to a giant agricultural scale. The total weight of each team was recorded and announced at the Healthy Communities Summit on Thursday. The team that loses the most weight in the next eight ...

August 13, 2010 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Have dino, will travel

What do you do with giant metal dinosaurs after your plans to create a Dinosaurland race track fall flat?

July 09, 2010 | BY JEFF BENZIGER Special to the Journal | Features

Air museum welcomes explosive new exhibit

While most Americans are content to celebrate the "bombs bursting in air" portion of the Fourth of July holiday with a few fireworks, Atwater's Castle Air Museum is celebrating Independence Day with a much larger bomb.

July 02, 2010 | | Features

Dairy education comes to Hilmar Cheese

Learning how to milk a cow, scan ear tags and dress like a farmer are just some of the things visitors can experience at the new interactive dairy exhibit at the Hilmar Cheese Company.

June 11, 2010 | Maegan Martens | Features

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