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Kiwanis continues Independence Day tradition

A steady flow of people enjoyed breakfast during the 54th annual Fourth of July Manteca Kiwanis Breakfast held at Angelano’s Restaurant on 1020 North Main Street on Tuesday.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin/

POSTED July 4, 2017 10:00 p.m.

Once again, Mantecans flocked to the Kiwanis Club tradition of renewing old friendships over breakfast before the red, white and blue parade down Main Street with the help of the noon Rotary Club.

It was definitely a fabled “Mayberry RFD” group of people enjoying each other’s company with old timers and new comers to the community alike.

With the current theme of “Making a Difference,” Rotarians stepped up to balance the shortage in manpower at the event with a dozen or so of their club manning the grill, flipping pancakes and filling in at other key locations while bringing all their kitchen equipment in their trailer. It was an emergency responders case of “mutual aid” at its best. 

Kiwanis has held its breakfast for decades at several locations around the community with the most recent at Angelina’s Restaurant in the Cardoza Shopping Center behind Carl’s Jr’s. fast food location.

“We like to do this, but we don’t want credit for it — it’s the Kiwanis breakfast,” one Rotary past president quipped from his station. 

Little Kathia Dominguez of Girl Scout Troop 2045 was in uniform eating her breakfast before the start of the parade — a third grader walking with a group of 14.  

Gab Ortega and members of the Manteca Youth Focus were on hand to greet the breakfast crowd at their tables.  Gab — a Sierra High grad — is now a student at UC Santa Cruz, where he is majoring in Physics hoping to get into Aero Space research. 

Christina Arcos, Miss Manteca 2017, said she had already spent two years at Delta College after graduating from East Union High School, and is soon to be attending Sonoma State hoping to become a kindergarten teacher. 

She said she has helped in the first grade at French Camp School in the first grade and had been working with Give Every Child a Chance.

“I loved it and wanted to continue that,” she added. 

Douglass Scott, mentor for the Youth Focus program, is the administrator at Corner Stone Christian School.  His memory of his education goes back to his kindergarten teacher — a Miss Martin.  

“She was one of those teachers you could get up in her lap,” he said.  “I enjoy getting down on the floor and playing with them,” he said. 

Ashlynn Nussbaumer, another Miss Teen Manteca, attends Big Valley Christian School in Modesto.  After college, she hopes to become a mediator for child protective custodies so when parents get divorced they decide what’s best for them. Another vocation of interest is becoming a marriage and family therapist, she noted.  

Longtime Manteca educator Vern Gebhardt was also at the breakfast.  Now president of the County Board of Education for San Joaquin County, he pointed to the recent successes of the Discovery Challenge Academy at Sharp Depot and to the Youth Building Academy — both doing great things for the youth of Manteca and of the entire county.  

The Discovery Challenge Academy is a boot camp with students living on site and learning the basics in life mush as they might do in an Army basic training protocol.  

The Youth Building Academy students are working on a Navy minesweeper the USS Lucid, built in Stockton in the 1950s will finally be docked in downtown Stockton at the Stockton Historical Maritime Museum for tours by the public.  

The student workers are doing carpentry, electrical and painting on the ship and learning the trades in the process eventually receiving a diploma of graduation when they have completed their entire course of study – and hopefully future employment in those trades.  The USS Lucid has more information on its Facebook page. 

Former principal of Nile Garden School, Bill Whiteside, and his wife Nelda were there as well in what he described as a coming together of friends much like communities of old renewing friendships.  

Longtime Manteca police patrol and equestrian officer and now it chief, Jodie Estarziau, greeted folks during their breakfast and the students of the Youth Focus. Lathrop Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Jones and his recently retired dad and longtime battalion chief of the same department Don Jones were also enjoying the event.

Also on hand was Ed Larimer and his wife Peggy.  Ed was a partner pharmacist at the once thriving Manteca Drug Store in the 100 block of West Main Street and Peggy worked there as well for many years. 


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