It may be furlough Friday for many government offices. Their loss. But for many employees in private businesses who don't have the mandatory day off to save the budget, today is come-to-work-as-scary-or-nice-as-you-dare-to-be.
Future Manteca residents in the Austin Road Business Park calling 9-1-1 for a medical emergency might just see a Manteca Fire Department engine and a Ripon Consolidated Fire District ambulance pull up in front of their home.
It's not supposed to happen - according to the cable TV financial talking heads - but Florsheim Homes has already sold eight homes in the fifth phase of the Valley Blossom neighborhood without any buyer even inspecting a model.
Every eighth grader who graduates from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in Manteca leaves with plenty of memories. But there is one memory that they all share – the Living Stations of the Cross that has become a Good Friday tradition for more than two decades.