Author, newspaper fishing columnist and sometime lobbyist Don Moyer of Ripon has an imaginary creel filled with early memories of trout and bass fishing trips and locations of his favorite fishing holes in the valley and foothills.
It's Manteca's Fisherman's Warehouse. And it lives up to its name. It's where anglers can find everything and anything they need to go fishing, except the boat. But they do carry accessories for your water vessel.
If you're just a beginner angler, or maybe even just thinking about pursuing this relaxing hobby, there are a number of things that you can do to make your introduction to this pastime as pleasant as possible, financially and otherwise.
As a youngster growing up in Stockton, Jerry Mullen had an early introduction to fishing.
ANGELS CAMP - If you're looking for the Wild West, you could do no better than to go to a place that was once the home of Mark Twain and even memorialized in one of his short stories. Lucky for California residents, Calaveras County is a reasonable drive from both north and south and puts a lot of Gold Rush history all within a few square miles.
STOCKTON - Memories of World War II, photographs from the archives of The Associated Press is a spectrum of 126 photographic reproductions from all theaters of the war and the home front, ranging from photographer Joe Rosenthal's classic Iwo Jima flag raising in 1945 to scores of pictures not seen in decades.
MODESTO – It's one thing to stare up at the artist's name you're seeing that night on the marquis out front. It's another when his tour bus is parked right outside the front door.
JACKSON – Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort will once again present Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone on Saturday, June 2. The show starts at 7 p.m. in the Grand Oak Ballroom at the Hotel.
The Manteca Sportsmen's facility on South Airport Way is a beehive of activity year-round.
The Turlock Concert Association will close this season with a performance by the Modesto Symphony Youth Orchestra at the historic Turlock Community Theatre located at 1574 E. Canal Drive in Turlock on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m.
JACKSON – As a five-time Grammy award winning, singer/songwriting guitar legend, it would be hard to overstate Robert Cray's impact on rock, rhythm & blues. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation.
First time visitors to the Turlock Gun Show might be surprised at what they see, said the event's organizer, Peggy Smith of Code of the West Promotions.
STOCKTON - The Stockton Civic Theatre will present the popular production of "On Golden Pond" beginning Wednesday, May 2, and running through Sunday, May 27.
Sonora - If stories of Donner's Pass and snowy blizzards in the Sierra Nevada are keeping you at lower elevations during the winter months, try venturing just a little ways into the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
NEWMAN - Trapshooting - which began in the early 1790s as a sporting event where gunmen would shoot passenger pigeons - is one of the country's oldest sports.
With Valentine's Day approaching, there's one thing the flower buyer shouldn't forget.
MODESTO - It doesn't matter if you think that Valentine's Day was created to sell greeting cards (it was).
Manteca is known as the Family City, and Ripon the Almond Capital of California. They are also communities that have plenty to offer for the romantic at heart.
STOCKTON – Jose's Western Wear has been around for about 40 years.
Although it is corporately owned by a company boasting 166 stores in 26 states, Boot Barn in Turlock does not seem that way, as store manager Brooke Carey strives to provide a one-on-one shopping experience more likened to a small business.
OAKDALE – The "Cowboy Capital of the World" is Stephenville, Texas.
Bass Pro Shops in Manteca is an outlet for avid outdoors people. But its wide range of male and female apparel lends itself to those who are into the western – that is, cowboy and cowgirl – outfit look. Those choices range from Bass Pro Shops' own line of Redhead boots to a wide selection of accessories such as leather belts and even jewelry that go a long way toward achieving the desired rugged-type look.
As manager of Krier's Cards and Comics, John Krier does not just view his store as a place to secure comics books and related merchandise, but as a social hub for friends to gather in a casual gaming environment.
The east wall in the parking lot of Athen's Burgers on West Yosemite Avenue in Manteca is a gigantic mural depicting a bucolic, rustic scene aptly titled "Cow-munity."
They call them the "Power 9."
By VINCE REMBULAT
STOCKTON – It's tough living life with a secret.
TURLOCK – Both Hanna Renning's and Dieter Renning's love for books sparked at a young age.
LATHROP – Books were everywhere for Lathrop librarian Suzanne Sutterfield.
MANTECA – The story of Ruthanne Bassett's career journey is a simile of sorts. It turned out to be like a shopping trip to the mall. You go there with a specific item in mind to purchase. But other things grab your attention while you are browsing, and end up settling down on something totally different from what you initially had in mind to buy and go home with that.