RIPON - Holding the palms of his hands over his ears to soften the roar of the flame shooting into his hot air balloon, 7-year-old poster boy Adham Hamza had the thrill of his life during the opening day of the Color the Skies balloon festival Saturday.
There's a celebration in the works to mark the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in California with a wine tasting along with regionally grown appetizers. Women were not allowed to vote nationwide until 1920.
Family members, friends and co-workers of Dean Ponsiano, 46, pitched in to make a Friday afternoon memorial car wash a success. More than 30 workers manned hoses, buckets and towels scrubbing down cars and trucks.
Manteca City Manager Karen McLaughlin can't in good conscience justify hiring an assistant city manager given compensation and staffing cutbacks that have whittled the municipal work force by 88 workers over the past three years.