The 1930s could be characterized as Manteca's "quiet decade" if it weren't for the first major flood of the 20th century, labor strife, fires, and diseased sugar beets temporarily shuttering Spreckels Sugar.
It's going to be a return to the 1920s flapper scene for the Ripon Chamber of Commerce members Thursday at for its annual installation dinner at the Ripon Community Center decorated to match the heyday of the 20th century when Ripon's population was estimated at about 7,000.
A classy welcome sign is about to be installed near the northbound off ramp of Highway 99 that hopefully will draw motorists into the historic downtown at a cost of several thousand dollars provided by the Ripon Rotary Club.
Manteca Fire Chief Kirk Waters, 54, is retiring this month after 29 years of working his way up through the ranks from firefighter to the leader of the fire service in the community - joining the department in the late '80s.
Bigger classrooms, realistic-looking storefront facades, and great lunches – that's what stood out for youngsters attending the first day of the Chief's Foundation Junior Police Academy Monday at the be.tech campus located in the Manteca Unified School District complex.