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Volunteer shortage for Manteca’s flag effort

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POSTED May 23, 2017 1:04 a.m.

The chances are good that hundreds of the 2,400 flags that typically line the streets of Manteca on Memorial Day will be missing because of a shortage of volunteers.
Due to conflicts the Manteca Chamber of Commerce is short not just three groups to place and retrieve flags on Monday along sections of Main Street and Yosemite Avenue, but they are short individuals needed to hand out and load the Flags over Manteca trailer in the Manteca Bedquarters parking lot.
Those who can help are asked to contact chamber Executive Director Joann Beattie at 209.823.6121.
The chamber assisted by volunteers has been placing the flags at least seven times a year during appropriate holidays since the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011. The number of flags — 2,403 to be exact — reflects the number of servicemen that died at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Volunteers help place the flags right around dawn and then retrieve them at mid-afternoon.

Centennial shields
for Manteca Police
officers being planned
Manteca Police Chief Jodie Estarziau said rank and file officers are looking forward to marking the city’s centennial year with specially designed shields reflecting 100 years of serving and protecting Manteca’s residents.
“They (officers) want it to be something they can place in a shadow box after the year is over,” the police chief said.
Residents voted to incorporate Manteca as a city on May 28, 1918.
Mayor Steve DeBrum is hoping to work with community groups to plan centennial celebrations.

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email

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