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Seeking a gift made in Manteca? Try pottery

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POSTED December 10, 2009 1:54 a.m.

If you’re looking for a “made in Manteca” gift that has a wide following you could stop by Delicato Vineyards or even a produce stand for locally grown almonds and walnuts.

Of you could venture out to the Pearsall Stoneware Studio this Saturday and Sunday as well as the weekend of Dec. 19-20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Randy Pearsall
’s trademark maple leaf dishware design is a popular seller up and down the state at street fairs and craft shows. Some of the pieces are also available at the Dell’Osso Farms Country Store in Lathrop.

It’s a short, fun weekend excursion to his studio located at 11820 E. Louise Ave. between Louise Avenue and Jack Tone Road.

This year Pearsall is adding a pottery demonstration.

For more information call 825-7792.

The little fire engine that could

The fire at Fred’s Barber Shop in the 200 block of West Yosemite Saturday that threw a wrench into the route for the twilight Christmas parade saw the 1927 LaFrance fire engine get back into action – well, sort of.

Firefighter Travis Gooch was behind the wheel getting ready to fall in line to wait for his passenger – Santa Claus - in the staging area when a call back went out.

Gooch took off – with bell clanging – back to the Powers Avenue fire station to retrieve the rescue squad and return to the downtown fire.

So the city had everything from its aerial platform fire engine that cost $1 million when put into service last year to the LaFrance fire truck that cost $10,750 when purchased new in 1927 involved with the fire response.
No more Charlie Brown Christmas
The official Manteca Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center looks like a normal tree now that the Charlie Brown Christmas tree has been removed and replaced.

For years, the official Christmas tree was a bizarre version of an evergreen.

City Manager Steve Pinkerton
a few months back figured the time was right to replace it. The previous tree was planted a bit too close to critical communication lines and the root system was imperiling it. At the same time, larger trees could be obtained for a fraction of the cost due to a drop off in construction that slowed down the demand for commercial-style landscaping.

So city crews had the tree removal and replacement put into their work schedule and the deed was done in just a few days.

The new location for the tree is away from the communication lines and the tree actually looks like an evergreen tree.

Christmas just isn’t as sweet

Christmas just isn’t as sweet in Manteca these days.

For years, the season was marked by lights strung up in the shape of a Christmas tree atop one of the four 15-story concrete silos at Spreckels Sugar.

You could see it on a clear night for a good couple of miles.

Expanded lobby in time for attic chill

The recently remolded finance department lobby at the Manteca Civic Center was definitely appreciated these past few days with the arctic chill putting the Northern San Joaquin Valley in a deep freeze.

Before the remodel barely three people could fit into the lobby. Now there is expanded room plus a second door to improve the flow.

Work was done with a minimal impact on the public with the work completed during the furlough closure week that included Thanksgiving.

It will mean on heavy customer days – typically when shut-off notices are sent out and people have less than 48 hours to pay their bills – the lines won’t necessarily be shorter but more people will be able to get out of the elements while waiting.

GECAC challenge on Channel 10
Sacramento-based Channel 10 KXTV is airing a feature on Give Every Child a Chance students competing in the AC Challenge Angel Cardenas, a Channel 10 newsman, accepted a math tutoring challenge from GECAC.  The segment will air Friday morning between 5:30 and 6:30 on the Channel 10 morning news.
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