LATHROP - Very few can match the numbers that Bennie Gatto has posted in the last 80 years. And he's not even close to stop counting yet even though he just recently retired from two long-running posts within the last two weeks as a member and twice chairman of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District board of directors, and as a commissioner and former chairman of the Lathrop Planning Commission.
Everyone at Manteca Care and Rehabilitation Center will not have to worry about getting a present from Santa at Christmas. Each of them will receive not just one but as many as three, maybe even four wrapped gifts at their annual Christmas party on Christmas Day from Santa himself.
RIPON - It was definitely a Ripon Chamber of Commerce evening for two couples new to Ripon as they registered their delight with the "Taste of Ripon" wine stroll Thursday night coming out the front door of the Bank of Stockton.
Bob Piccinini - the Manteca High graduate who parlayed his family's first grocery store they opened in Manteca into a chain of 243 stores throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada - passed away Tuesday. He was 73.