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No fair, no problem

The powers that be decided that it was no longer necessary to hold the San Joaquin County Fair this summer. That's when the real powers that be - parents, friends, families, and farmers of agriculture – stepped up and said "Sorry, not on our watch" and the 2014 San Joaquin AgFest was born. A free five-day celebration of youth agriculturalists in San Joaquin County, featuring traditional livestock competition and more is currently underway. It's the Fair, without all the fanfare, such as carnival rides and horse races but with its most important aspect, agriculture, intact. Make no bones about it ...

June 19, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


The Manteca (Un)Happy Meal

A new McDonald's is opening at the corner of Yosemite and Commerce. I made the mistake of asking people how they felt about this occurrence, and did I ever open a Pandora's Box of McQuestions with a side of anger.

June 12, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Where’s my generation?

Another crop of Buffaloes, Lancers and Timberwolves has been boxed up and shipped out to the world. It got me thinking about the generations of families that have passed through these schools. Manteca High was founded in 1920, while "The Other School" arrived in 1966, splitting the town and breaking the lineage of many Buffalo bloodlines. Then the new kid on the block, Sierra, showed itself in 1994, further splintering family alumni legacies. I was interested in finding some of these legacies – a fourth generation Buffalo or a third generation Lancer. I kicked the tires on the possibility of there ...

June 05, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


The Great Graduation Confrontation

It's the last week of school for the town's senior classes. Finals, Disneyland, Senior Fun Days, and Grad Night mark the end of their journeys through high school. Tying off all the loose ends and saying goodbye to faculty and friends.

May 29, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Manteca’s Memorial Day

Nearly 25,000 people will make their way to Manteca this weekend to take part in the Not Forgotten Memorial Weekend events at Woodward Park. Seven thousand crosses will be on display to represent the brave men and women that have given their lives in service of our country since 9/11. Our once small town is home to largest Memorial Day celebration west of the Mississippi River. This is one event we should not only take pride in, but participate in.

May 22, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


4th of Julys: Past & future?

One of my earliest memories as a kid in Manteca was watching the day's events on Fourth of July. I ran into Josh Hebert in Home Depot on Wednesday. He remembered how the fields behind Lincoln School were filled with what seemed like the entire town. Blankets, picnic baskets, Frisbees – and most importantly – events. Teams of fireman would compete in a Muster Competition: Ladder climb, hose roll, bucket brigade plus a waterball event that involved a ball suspended from a cable 15 feet off the ground, with teams at either end attempting to spray the ball across the other ...

May 15, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Mother’s Day memories. . .

I asked a handful of Mantecans to give me a short story of their mother. Just a little sentiment to shed light on the women that carried them for nine months. The women that fed them, clothed them, taught them, consoled them, and gave them life. Some sentiments were short and sweet, others absurd and hilarious but all conveying one message – we love our mothers.

May 08, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Sweet, sweet Bernacchi Building

It sits in the northeast corner of Main and Yosemite, acting as the heart of town, reminding us where Manteca started. I'm told it once sat across from Joshua Cowell's original homestead here in Manteca, a town he founded. It has had numerous inhabitants over the years from Wrigglesworth's to German Glas Werks, Peggy's to The Strop Shop, and a multitude of businesses long, long before my time.

May 01, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a T | Manteca to a T


Fastpitch softball fanatic

This Saturday night the MYSA (Manteca Youth Softball Association) holds their Annual Rib Dinner Fundraiser at the MRPS Hall from 6 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. All you can eat ribs by Fagundes, Raffle, No Host Bar, and Dancing....for tickets: info@mantecayouthsoftball.com

April 24, 2014 | | Manteca to a T


Bubba Black is back!

Aaron Goodwin has been spinning records in our town since a piece of linoleum purchased at TG&Y served as his dance floor. From Rainbow Girls dances at the Masonic Temple in seventh grade to Golden West School functions at the request of his teacher Don Halseth, Goodwin cut his teeth on Manteca dance floors and has parlayed his love of music into one of the most recognizable voices on the radio dials.

April 17, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Potables and quotables

There's nothing like an engagement party to start the spring season. A renewed vigor spurned by the company of love and hope – and a few cocktails to encourage heady conversation. The home of John and Jacque Riella was the place; the upcoming marriage of their daughter Janelle and fiancé Jan Schwarz the occasion.

April 10, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Freeze! Kitty, Kitty!

Has the Manteca Police Department gone to the dogs and cats?! Not yet, but possibly soon according to sources. The state-funded group "Alternative Species Support Units" has tabbed Manteca as the site for its initial test run. The Alternative Species Support Units has been working for nearly five years on utilizing the talents of different animal species within the police force. "The cat is a wonderful option, sleek and much more covert, we seek to use their natural feline abilities to help aid us in day-to-day patrol," A.S.S.U. Trainer Frank Drebin stated. The Cat has a longer ...

April 03, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Happy Birthday Cpl. Palmer

Monday was Cpl. Charles O. Palmer's 43rd birthday.

March 27, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


What the Huck?!

A strange and wonderful thing happened to me recently, and all it took was this column – and years of being a pain in the butt.

March 20, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Play Ball (or just watch)

Cut grass, new uniforms, smiling faces, and hope. These are the main ingredients to the beginning of baseball season - for all ages. Seeing the pictures of the 75th installment of the Manteca Little League Opening Day Ceremony made me very jealous. Those were hands down the greatest days.

March 12, 2014 | By CHRIS TEICHEIRA Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


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About Christmas gifts

EDITOR'S NOTE: This column features comments from Chris Teicheira's Facebook page. The Bulletin isn't responsible for his friends' broken sentences, poor grammar or general lack of interest in punctuation.

December 19, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


MANTECA TO A “C”

EDITOR'S NOTE: Manteca to a T columnist Chris Teicheira is in Costa Rica. In his absence, he's asked Mark Condit to share his thoughts about growing up in The Family City. Worth noting, Condit has purposely misspelled Mick Founts' name wrong throughout this piece for reasons only he knows.

December 10, 2014 | By MARK CONDIT Guest Columnist | Manteca to a T


Don’t tug on the beard, kid

Does anybody remember the actual moment they found out Santa wasn't real?

December 05, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


IT’S METH, FOLKS

In attempting to write a column in regards to the homeless ordinances that have been passed – and its subsequent backlash, I realized that even written with kid's gloves – made of angels' wings and butterfly kisses – someone is going to be unhappy with it. So I'm just going to take the gloves off, and say some of the things nobody apparently wants to hear.

November 21, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Remember, thank a veteran . . .

I went to the Raiders game over the weekend with a couple of old friends, Steven Strawser (U.S. Army veteran) and Jess Grande (U.S. Marines veteran). The Marines celebrated their 239th Birthday on Monday and Veterans' Day was Tuesday.

November 13, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Steve to a ‘T’

It is 5:47 a.m. on a Thursday morning, and I am on Day 5 of a heated argument. Not with a girlfriend – I've learned long ago to cut my losses short in that department. Not with a member of my large Portuguese Catholic family – I've watched the show Game of Thrones and choose to keep my head. But with a group of people I hardly know and in a place that doesn't matter.

November 07, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira | Manteca to a T


Walnuts, pennies, and Dogth Vader ...

Let the candy grab begin. Kids will spend the night filling bags. Adults will spend the next week sneaking into those bags – and don't for a second act like you won't.

October 31, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Enough horsing around...

You would think after a life spent on a farm, I would have developed an affinity for all types of livestock.

October 23, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


Oh MAMA, not again...

Tuesday night saw the 15th Annual MAMA Awards come and go. The Modesto Area Music Awards are the 209's version of the Grammy's with all the pomp and circumstance to boot.

October 17, 2014 | By Chris Teicheira Manteca to a 'T' | Manteca to a T


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