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MUSD FFA students hold Ag Fest Preshow Saturday

If you're looking for custom-made flower arrangements made on the spot for Mother's Day, stop by the Manteca Unified School Farm on Saturday between 9 a.m. until noon.

May 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


3-way race in county superintendent position is first in nearly six decades

San Joaquin County Office of Education Superintendent Mick Founts may not be a contender in the June 3 primary elections. But his presence still dominates the three-way election race.

May 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Daughter gives kidney to another, saves father

Taped on the door of Rebecca Cardenas' office at St. Anthony of Padua Church is a simple flyer. But there's nothing simple about the story behind the smiling two faces. Behind their contagious smiles is a story of love and self-sacrifice.

May 08, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


NO-MOW GARDEN OF EDEN

Until two years ago, Tom and Rita Canales had the typical American yard and garden. Lush, regularly mowed lawn in front. Another lawn in the back yard surrounded by a veritable collection of plants and trees that they loved.

May 03, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Shaking the hand that shook hands with a saint

The color photograph shows a younger Pope John Paul II and an equally younger Father Joseph Illo. The former associate pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Manteca and former pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Modesto and now senior chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College in Southern California was not yet an ordained priest at the time. He was a seminarian in Rome.

May 03, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


Marching to the beat of his band

Seven years ago, Richard Hammarstrom wrote a letter of resignation to the principal at Sierra High School where he was the band director.

May 01, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Beckers plant new, old roots in Manteca

The mature plants and trees in the gardens of this new Manteca home at Woodbridge Del Webb are nearly all Sonoma-grown. An instant garden – that's what Duane and Genie Becker had when they moved into their new residence in the Family City.

May 01, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


MUSD rolling out be.tech 1st response

Manteca Unified's first vocational charter academy, MUVA, is living up to its new name - be.tech - boundless education.

April 29, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


MUSD recognizes top employees

When Sierra High School's band director Richard Hammarstrom, Jr. accepted his plaque as Manteca Unified's 2013-2014 Outstanding Secondary Educator, he shared the recognition with one very important person in his life.

April 25, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Library landscaping facelift on Arbor Day

The Manteca Public Library landscape facelift continues on Friday.

April 23, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Ripon 6th grader to compete in state Spelling Bee

Ripon Elementary sixth grader Patrick Caldwell is one of two students in San Joaquin County who will be vying for the top honors in the California State Elementary Spelling Bee on Saturday, April 26.

April 22, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Ripon News


Sierra Sober Grad effort struggling

Help! That's the plea coming from Sierra High School's Sober Graduation Committee.

April 22, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


‘RACHEL’S CHALLENGE’

Hundreds of high school students accepted Rachel's Challenge this week.

April 17, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Leaky roof repairs for EU, Golden West

Golden West Elementary and East Union High School will be sporting new roofs when they open in August for the 2014-2015 school year.

April 17, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


ONE OF A KIND

Stan Aldrin was someone who hated to slow down. You could ask him to please stand still, but that's all you could do – try.

April 16, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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Teachers get ready for new Common Core

The last days in July up to the beginning of Aug. 1 are busy days for parents getting their children ready for the start of the school year. Shopping for new clothes, shoes, backpacks, papers, pencils, and pens is part of all that preparation.

July 24, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


BLOOMING IN RIPON

The handmade rustic sign reads: "Grandpa's Flower Patch. Only God can make a flower. Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matt 6:29."

July 23, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Ripon News


Medeiros going for 20 years as board trustee

Manteca farmer Manuel Medeiros is like the Energizer bunny. He just keeps going and going.

July 23, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Great Valley Academy adding 80 more pupils

Great Valley Academy is still on a roll four years after it opened in Manteca.

July 23, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


THE HAM MAN

There are four seasons of the year – winter, spring, summer and fall.

July 21, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Volunteers needed today for garden work

If you have time to spare today and you enjoy getting your hands dirty, you are welcome to stop by anytime at the community garden in progress at Sequoia Elementary School.

July 19, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Evelyn Moore first to file for re-election

Manteca Unified Board of Trustees vice president Evelyn Moore filed her candidate's papers Monday at the San Joaquin County Registrar's Office in Stockton.

July 15, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


THE DAIRY GRIND

Here's yet another sign of the times. The demise of family-owned dairy farm operations. In many cases, the dairy farm has been handed down from one generation to the next.

July 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


California milk meets global demand

There is a good reason these days why California has happy cows, as touted in the Milk Advisory Board-backed television advertising. It's the same reason that could put a happy smile on the faces of dairy farmers in the Golden State.

July 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


THRIVING AGAINST ALL ODDS

If you wait for your dad's shoes, you'll wait all your life.

July 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


It’s a never-ending cycle of work at the dairy

The day started at 5 a.m. for the Curnejo family. Jaime and wife Velma, and their older children, were up before the break of dawn – winter, spring, summer and fall. No fail. They had nearly 200 cows to milk in the barn.

July 12, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


SWEET LABOR OF LOVE

These are busy days at the FESM Hall in Manteca.

July 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Host families sought for Japanese teens

Thirty young Japanese students are looking for host families this summer. They will be arriving on July 26 and will be in Manteca until Aug 26. During that time, the students who are between the ages of 13 and 17, will be attending classes to be held at St. Mary of the Virgin Anglican Church at the corner of Cottage and Louise avenues in Manteca.

July 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Retired teacher frets about Manteca growth

When Caroline Finn came to the top of the hill at the Grapevine nearly 30 years ago and beheld the great valley below, she knew there was no going back.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Tale of two neighborhoods plagued with ‘drug problem’

She lives practically next to a "drug house" in a Manteca neighborhood that many of the property owners know about it.

July 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


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