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Stanislaus students ‘Think Pink’ for a day

Students at California State University, Stanislaus took time out of their day on Oct. 21 to focus on an important women's health issue - breast cancer.

October 27, 2009 | BY ANDREA GOODWIN | Features

Breast cancer awareness has gone global

The color pink has flooded streets all over the world during the month of October in an effort to raise money and awareness about breast cancer. Community members have created fundraisers, big corporations have dyed their supplies pink and countries are hosting walks to bring about increased awareness of breast cancer.

October 21, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Features

Hilmar man known for speaking at lightning speed

After placing nine times in the same competition, auctioneer Chuck Cozzitorto plans to keep on going until his dream of becoming the best auctioneer in the world comes true.

October 09, 2009 | Maegan Martens | Features

Local farm pays tribute to Patterson with maze design

Fantozzi Farms is celebrating the City of Patterson's 100th birthday in a unique way. The farm has transformed its annual corn maze into a design that honors the city's centennial, incorporating Center building, palm trees, apricots, and other icons of Patterson into 5.3 miles of pathways.

September 25, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Ceres photographer named finalist for international award

Ceres photographer Edward Mendes is a finalist for the international Hasselblad Masters Award in Landscape photography.

September 18, 2009 | By Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features

Writing book on war experience therapeutic to Stanislaus County man

Only a naive country boy from Ceres, Jim Sanders found himself thrust into unspeakable horrors as a World War II ambulance driver. He came out the other side alive but troubled. Immersing himself with married life, family and a successful career, the bad memories were gone and Sanders got on with life. In his twilight years, however, the memories came on as strong as the rotting corpses he saw while moving around Europe.

September 11, 2009 | By Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features

Local woman serves veterans through work with Ladies Auxiliary

Livingston resident Sue Wells can be seen at her local Ladies Auxiliary pancake breakfast cooking up a mean breakfast of fluffy pancakes or coordinating a Veteran's Day memorial celebration. She might seem like just an ordinary member of the Ladies Auxiliary club, but she is the California president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

August 29, 2009 | By Maegan Martens | Features

Teacher inspired by space academy experience

Joanne Anderson, Turlock resident and teacher at Don Pedro Elementary School in Ceres, has returned from the Honeywell Educators Space Academy program full of enthusiasm and new ideas to teach science and math.

July 24, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features

Stimulus money puts area teens to work

Four million dollars in federal economic stimulus funds have given 1,000 kids in Stanislaus County a summer job. Three hundred of those jobs were filled by Project YES, the Ceres Unified School District's youth employment agency.

July 17, 2009 | Jeff Benziger Special to the Journal | Features


Congressman Dennis Cardoza helped construct a fence on Houser Lane in Modesto on Thursday. The fence was part of a Habitat for Humanity, Stanislaus 20-home project called Hope Village. Cardoza presented keys to four families who helped construct part of the project. Habitat for Humanity recently partnered with the U.S. Congress to develop Congress Building America, a partnership that helps bring the issue of affordable housing to the attention of members of the U.S. Congress.

July 03, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features


The Denair High School Class of 1949 celebrated their 60-year reunion at Latif's in Turlock on Saturday. Seven of the original 28 graduates attended the reunion, some coming from as far as Sacramento for the dinner. Pictured above, in no particular order, are Bud Gustafson, Juanita Becket, Eleanor Surber, Kiethal Dick, Lois Ertmoed, Mary Moore, and Louise Budworth.

June 30, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features


The Cortez Buddhist Temple celebrated the Japanese American tradition of Obon on Saturday with traditional dancing and live performances.

June 30, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

Operation Global Medic

Residents of Merced County may have been a little confused to see Air Force and Army personnel at Castle Airport this week. The airport, which was once Castle Air Force Base, has not been an active military site since 1995. Beginning June 2, however, Army and Air Force personnel have been using the base for training exercises.

June 27, 2009 | Andrea Goodwin | Features

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