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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


St. Anthony luncheon returns to salad days

St. Anthony of Padua School in Manteca is once again playing host to the annual Holiday Luncheon and Craft Faire, arguably its most popular fund-raising event of the year.

November 11, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Weston Ranch asks for block scheduling

Weston Ranch High School could go the way of Manteca High and go on block scheduling in August next year when the school year 2015-2016 begins.

November 09, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Does cell phone use by trustees at board meeting violate state law?

It's turning out to be a case between 21st technology and policies put in place before instant communication exploded into the global picture.

November 08, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


FALL AG-VENTURE

More than 3,000 third graders from all over San Joaquin County had an educational and fun day at the farm Thursday. Playing host to the thousands of youngsters eager to learn about apples, walnuts, almonds, pomegranates and everything else related to farming was the Manteca Unified School Farm.

November 07, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Bond foes hope board keeps word

The Manteca Unified school bond, commonly known as Measure G, did not receive 68 percent of the votes as predicted by the results of a survey taken early in summer.

November 06, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


ABSENT-EE VOTERS

The roster at the Boys and Girls Club polling place in Manteca had 1,018 registered voters. Around noon on Tuesday, Election Day, only 50 have come in to cast their ballots.

November 05, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Voters throw out school incumbents, $159M bond passes

The voters' message was clear: out with the old, and in with the new on the Manteca Unified School District board.

November 05, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


LIFE AFTER SCHOOL

Growing up on a dairy farm, Daniel Botelho knows by heart the many challenges that the farming industry faces.

November 04, 2014 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


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Two parents rally in support of teacher

Next stop for embattled special ed teacher Leo Bennett-Cauchon is the Manteca Unified Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, March 3, where he plans to plead once more that he be reinstated to his teaching position at Veritas Elementary School.

February 28, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Their mission: Remember the fallen

Tracy Cemetery is the resting place of nearly 1,000 veterans. They may be gone but certainly not forgotten.

February 27, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Weston Ranch student wins art contest

Victor Hernandez of Weston Ranch High School won the judges' nod in the art contest sponsored by the Manteca Garden Club. As the winner among 19 entries submitted, he receives $100 cash prize.

February 26, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Special ed parents plan rally, remove children

Parents of Special Education students in Manteca Unified and their supporters are holding a rally on Friday in front of the school district office to demand that district officials meet with them and reinstate teacher Leo Bennett-Cauchon to his job by Monday, March 2.

February 25, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Help sought to spruce up veterans graves

There are hundreds of veterans buried at the pioneer East Union Cemetery in Manteca. The markers on many of the gravestones, through the years, have deteriorated and have become weather-worn.

February 25, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Teacher, school district officials meet Wednesday

Leo Bennett-Cauchon, Manteca Unified's special ed teacher who continues to be on leave of absence with pay, is taking his cause to Lathrop High School.

February 24, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Free Weston Ranch seeking more stores

Free Weston Ranch burst into the scene about six years ago. It's a grassroots movement being vigorously pushed by residents of the community who want to see their six plus-square-mile community detached from the City of Stockton.

February 20, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Special ed investigation involves more than 1 student

The ongoing investigation by Manteca Police into alleged improper relations with a student by Manteca Unified special ed teacher Leo Bennett-Cauchon involves not just one student, according to school district officials.

February 20, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Applications now accepted for $159M Measure G oversight

Individuals who are interested in serving on the Measure G Oversight Committee are invited to submit their applications for consideration.

February 20, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Churches observe Ash Wednesday, start of Lent

Several Ash Wednesday Masses and scripture services are being observed at St. Anthony of Padua in Manteca and St. Patrick's Church in Ripon. Ashes will be distributed during each service.

February 18, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


Special ed teacher’s vigil enters day two

It's day two of Manteca Unified special education teacher Leo Bennett-Cauchion's vigil in front of the district administration office on West Louise Avenue.

February 18, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


Teacher holds vigil today at district office

When Manteca Unified School District officials return to work this morning after a three-day weekend off, they will be met by Leo Bennett-Cauchon outside the West Louise Avenue entrance to the property.

February 17, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


MUSD warning of Going Digital scam

Parents and guardians of students in Manteca Unified School District are being alerted about individuals claiming to be Microsoft representatives and telling the students they need their remote access to their personal computers.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Education


A wedding is a day; marriage is a lifetime

Love is in the air. Or, I should say, marriage is in the air. For the first time in my recent memory, people I know are tying the knot left and right.

February 14, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | Local Columns


5th graders host 103-year-old’s birthday party

Did you have pets as a child? What was your favorite color? How many siblings did you have? What was your favorite subject in school?

February 13, 2015 | Rose Albano Risso | NEWS


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