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Four locals qualify for Boston Marathon

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POSTED April 12, 2017 12:49 a.m.

Three Manteca residents along with a Ripon runner are among those qualifying to compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17.
Among the 32,400 runners in the marathon from Manteca are Aida De La Torre, 65; Eldon Regua, 61; and Kaitlyn Timmermans, 24. The Ripon qualifier is Kara Jung, 36.
Only 11.5 percent of the runners in the 1,100 marathons that take place each year in the United States qualify for the Boston race.
The 26 mile and 385 yard run through Boston is the nation’s most heralded marathon.

Vet Center will
relocate to
Manteca area
The Vet Center currently in Modesto will relocate to the general Manteca area in a bid to better serve veterans in the region it covers from Turlock to Lodi.
There are 29 Vet Centers currently In California. The closest is in Modesto at 1219 Carpenter Road. The next nearest Vet Centers are in Sacramento, Concord, and San Jose.
Gunny Reyes confirmed the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to relocate to the general Manteca area in a bid to be more central to veterans. A specific location has yet to be determined.
Services offered at a Vet Center include:
Individual and group counseling for Veterans, Service members, and their families
Family counseling for military related issues
Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
Outreach and education 
Substance abuse assessment and referral
Employment assessment and referral
CBA benefits explanation and referral
Screening and referral for medical issues
Reyes and the rest of the Modesto Vet Center staff have arranged for a Vietnam War 50th Commemoration on Friday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Big League Dreams sports complex in Manteca. It is designed as a belated welcome home.
It is an effort to make sure those who served in Vietnam from Manteca and throughout the region from Turlock to Lodi know that America appreciated their service and honors their sacrifices.
More 100 Vietnam veterans have registered for the event that will be attended by family members as well as anyone from the general public that would like to pay their respect.
Reyes noted it is not too late for Vietnam veterans to register for the April 14 event. He can be contacted at 209.569.0713.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6311 Commander Carlon Perry said organizers are hopeful that community members will attend with signs expressing their appreciation for the Vietnam veterans being honored.
 The event that will include a pinning ceremony that is being followed with a meal afterwards at the Manteca Veterans Center, 580 Moffat Blvd., for Vietnam veterans and their families.
A Presidential Proclamation on May 25, 2015 established the commemoration period for Vietnam veterans to being on Memorial Day 2015 and continues through Veterans Day 2025.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email

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