When the alarm bells and whistles sounded to alert the community of a fire in the early 1900s, firefighters rallied by pulling carts and hand-pumped fire engines. A glimpse into that era of firefighting will come to the Turlock fairgrounds on Aug. 3 as dozens of firefighters gather with antique equipment for the purpose of competition at the 30th annual Stanislaus County Fire Muster.
It's no secret. Americans have a love affair with coffee. Whether it's the aroma of a brewing pot of joe or the first bitter mouthful in the morning, coffee has become the world's most popular consumed beverage.
Jake's is probably the best kept secret from travelers on Highway 99 when they are hoping for a short but relaxing break from the monotony of the roadway where they can enjoy the best in sandwiches, coffee, tea and conversation.
It prides itself as a Greek mom-and-pop's store and dining destination. But there's more to Tony & Mrs. K's Bakery-Café on East Yosemite Avenue in Manteca just a stone's throw from historic Spreckel's shopping center.
First-time California visitors traveling southbound on the freeway sometimes are taken aback when, just about the time they reach Stockton, they see a big ocean-going freighter that seems a little like a whale swimming in your local river. After driving hundreds of miles down California's hot, dry interior, it just doesn't compute that there should be a ship anywhere even close.