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Mantecan wounded in Afghanistan

The stark reality of the Memorial Day observance on Monday hit home hard when it was announced at the beginning of the program at East Union Cemetery that one of Manteca's own sons serving in Afghanistan had been wounded in the chest.

June 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Generations pay respects at Memorial Day ceremonies

Two-year-old Alexandria Marrero was the youngest member of the audience that attended the annual Memorial Day observance at the Ripon Cemetery on Monday.

June 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Lathrop reflects on 11 who laid down their lives

LATHROP – The combination of Pastor Mike Dillman's Vietnam War testimony and the solemn tolling of the bell during the roll call of Lathrop's fallen veterans made for a stirring and poignant Memorial Day observance on Monday.

June 01, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Overwhelming selfless sacrifice by our soldiers

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

May 31, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | OPINION


1912 car part of Monday’s Memorial Day parade

Two entries in Manteca's first ever Memorial Day parade on Monday will be hard to miss – a Christmas-tree green 1912 vehicle and a fire-truck red 1913 four wheeler. Both were made by International Harvester Company. And both have been meticulously restored by octogenarian Everett Rankins.

May 30, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


5,800 crosses honor the fallen

The group of young FFA students from Riverbank was at Woodward Park just after sunrise on Friday. Past the noon hour, they were still there with their mallets making sure the 5,800 white crosses that represent the 5,800 Americans who have died so far in the Global War on Terror are firmly planted in the grassy ground.

May 29, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


410 Timberwolves reach their goals

Sierra High School's valedictorian Lauren Morowit walked through the wisdom of the ages to summarize the five most important life lessons she has learned thus far.

May 28, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Woman, 85, loses $29K to sweepstakes scam

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

May 28, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Crime


Weather cooperates as eighth-grade classes conduct promotion ceremonies

Father Patrick Walker paid tribute to the parents and teachers of St. Anthony School's graduates of 2010 whom he called "the shining lights" of the future as they prepare to move on to the next chapter in their lives.

May 27, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Deadline looms for Lathrop fireworks lottery

LATHROP – Nonprofit organizations in Lathrop have until 4 p.m. on Thursday to submit their lottery application forms for Safe and Sane Fireworks fund-raisers this year.

May 26, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Manteca Museum art show draws crowd

Even the weather conspired to make the first ever art show hosted by the Manteca Historical Museum a success in more ways than one.

May 26, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Tour of garden-fresh variety at Woodbridge

It was a tour for all the senses with plenty of intellectual stimulation to sweeten the experience.

May 25, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Mantecan makes 15 dresses for Medieval Faire

The wedding day is in two months and you have yet to start making the gown for the bride who just happens to be your daughter.

May 23, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Manteca museum art show is today

Several well-known Manteca artists like Tom Olson, as well as up-and-coming local talents of various art disciplines will be showing and selling their best works today at the first ever art show hosted by the Manteca Historical Museum.

May 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Lathrop cooking up 2nd annual BBQ competition

LATHROP – San Joaquin Valley's sizzling hot summer in July is facing some stiff competition this year.

May 22, 2010 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


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District has nothing to do with trustee investigation

Ashley Drain and Alexander Bronson, who sent two incumbents of the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees packing in the November elections, will be sworn in at the December school board meeting even while questions about the legitimacy of some of the information they wrote down in the candidates' papers they filed with the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters are being investigated.

November 22, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Calvary hosts Central Valley Men’s Prayer Night

More than 50 men from 11 churches in the area attended the Central Valley Men's Prayer Night on Monday held at Calvary Community Church in Manteca.

November 21, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Drain: ‘I won’t disappoint’

Ashley Drain, the wife and mother who ended school board trustee Manuel Medeiros's 16 years of elected service in the November elections, has plenty of plans as the representative of Area 2.

November 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Raindrops sharpen fall foliage in downtown

When it rains, it just drizzles. So far, that's how the wet weather has been in the parched and drought-ravaged Northern San Joaquin Valley during the current fall season. But, as a Bay Area radio newscaster commented the other day, we're grateful for every little rain.

November 20, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


BUBBLES TO SOLAR

They blew bubbles. They built forts made out of newspapers. They experimented with tie dyes using water and rubbing alcohol. They learned how heat is generated and its consequences. They showed how solar heat can power a remote-controlled car. They peered through microscopes to note and observe how a salt crystal looks like magnified so many times.

November 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Weston Ranch High going to block plan

Manteca High School is not the only one going on block scheduling at the start of the school year 2015-2016. Weston Ranch High School's request to get the green light from the Board of Trustees to do the same starting in August of next year was approved at the last board meeting on Nov. 12.

November 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Outgoing trustees recognized for service

During his 16 years on the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees, Manuel Medeiros often provided comic relief, even when discussions turned serious and complicated.

November 18, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


FALL FOLIAGE

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when you could count by the fingers of one hand the stand-out places where you could take your family on a windshield tour of colorful fall foliage in and around Manteca.

November 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Al Ftacek: Decorated WWII hero takes off on his last flying mission

On the World War II monument in Washington, D.C., is a photograph of Albert E. "Abe" Ftacek of Manteca. Beneath the title, "Activity During WWII," is an inscription that reads: "8th Air Force, 389th bomb group, 565th Bomb Squad, B-24 Radio Operator. Flew 33 bombing missions over Germany and France with the Lloyd L. Allen Crew and 2 with another crew. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal and European Theater of Operations Medal with four Combat Stars."

November 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Phantom candidate appears

Alexander Bronson made his first appearance at a Manteca Unified School board meeting on Wednesday.

November 14, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


SALADS & CRAFTS

It was like old times.

November 13, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Five schools benefit from $159M bond

The first five schools that will be benefiting from the narrowly passed $159 million school bond in the November elections are all elementary campuses.

November 13, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


MANTECA HONORS HEROES

The battle continues for millions of American veterans, whether they saw action in a war zone, or just "stood in the gap." It is a battle that they are waging back on their home turf – for military benefits, and for recognition and respect.

November 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

Brock Dennis Elliott was 18 years old when he died. He was 17 when he enlisted in the Marine Corps on June 27, 1966. Less than a year later, on May 26, 1967, he was killed in action in Vietnam. He was the first Manteca resident killed in that unpopular conflict.

November 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | State


Some lesser-known facts about Brock Dennis Elliott

Brock Elliott Elementary School in Manteca was named after the first Manteca soldier who was killed during the Vietnam War.

November 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


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