By GLENN KAHL
Joe Pellegrino was thinking small.
Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is a daily ritual before classes begin in all of Manteca Unified School District classrooms. That patriotic mandate holds true for all grade levels, from kindergarten to high school.
As citizens who have forsaken their safety to protect and serve the United State of America, veterans known first hand the importance that the American flag bears as it waves from flagpoles and home fronts on national holidays.
As President's Day weekend approaches many will locate their American flag and fly it from their home front to recognize the national holiday and remember the sacrifices and courage of our founding presidents. However, for the Turlock Fire Department the American flag plays a role in everyday life.
The Tarr family is never too busy to step up to the plate to demonstrate their patriotism for their country by helping place and later retrieveing nearly 200 American Flags along Manteca streets.
Oh, from the mouths of babes.
What does the American flag mean to students and teachers?
LATHROP – Hearts are on fire at Amici Sushi.
Nothing says I love you more than Chicken-N-Waffles?
While love is certainly in the air on Valentine's Day, local Latin bistro La Mo in downtown Turlock prides itself on offering a caring atmosphere all-year round.
Manteca may not be San Francisco or New York but it does offer a smorgasbord of culinary pleasures that its 70,000+ residents can go to for a romantic dining destination.
As a staple of the downtown Modesto restaurant scene for years, Trisetti's has played host to many locals' Valentine's Day experiences.
Imagine a real live Cupid having dinner with you and your love at a special Valentine's Dinner Thursday night at a Ripon restaurant.
Contrary to popular belief, there are some in the Central Valley that don't bow at the fleet feet of Colin Kaepernick or Terrelle Pryor.
It sounds like a restaurant.
Recessions have come and gone, and still Oscar Sarkes is sewing away.
For over 25 years, Oakdale resident Bruce Johnson has been working with custom made leatherwork and tools. Even though he recently made the decision to no longer focus on custom leather goods, his business, Bruce Johnson Leather Tools, still offers a wide array of modern and antique leather tools for experienced leatherworkers and novices alike.
Chimneysweepers aren't like Bert from Mary Poppins.
The world's largest "rock" isn't the Hope Diamond.
Ernie's Food & Spirits has built a reputation as one of the finest dining experiences in all the Central Valley, but the best seat in the house may not be in the building at all.
MODESTO – You don't have to be Abe Froman to get a table at Concetta.
Who says dining alfresco has to be pricey?
BIG OAK FLAT – There's no pot of gold at the end of the climb up winding Old Priest Grade in Tuolumne County.
RIPON – Every inch of the Canal Street Grille is spiced with its own charm and elegance, from the wine cellar to its formal dining room to the frosted glass.
Since 1980, El Jardin has been a favorite destination for patio dining and great Mexican cuisine in Turlock. Although diners can opt to eat inside, it is what is on the outside that attracts customers to El Jardin time and time again.