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National winner in ‘What our Flag Means to Me’ essay contest

Editor's note: Sharyn Bloudoff, an 11th grader with Castle School (home school) and daughter of Dean and Sharyle Bloudoff was the first place winner in the high school division of the National Flag Day Foundation's 2011 essay contest "What Our Flag Means to Me." The following is her winning essay:

June 15, 2011 | By SHARYN BLOUDOFF Manteca teen | Local Columns


A possible way to keep those six firefighters

Here is the $1.2 million question: Does anyone on the Manteca City Council have the stomach to take a calculated risk to preserve municipal service levels for another year by saving the jobs of six firefighters and at least some of the 10 other municipal workers due to be laid off on July 1 in order to balance the budget?

June 14, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Today I’m the happiest brother in the world

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen: My sister leaving UC Davis Medical Center in a wheelchair Sunday afternoon.

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A tax solution that could make things a lot worse

Do you drink alcohol? Perhaps you smoke cigarettes. Maybe you drive a vehicle. Do you earn a pay check? Are you among the folks who buy items at retail stores or dine in restaurants?

June 12, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A primer on how to change habits

Most of life is done by rote.

June 12, 2011 | By SCOTT ‘Q’ MARCUS Professional speaker | Local Columns


Bass Pro Shops is deal that’s paying off for Manteca

Imagine the City of Manteca having to spend $3.5 million to cover a bond payment because The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley isn't finished.

June 11, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Just how ‘dire’ is the loss of six firefighters?

Does anyone really want to see Manteca lose six firefighters?

June 10, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Eight dirty little secrets about Manteca & city funding

Ready for to hear a couple of dirty little secrets?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Mother of 6 passes muster for CHP

Clenched fist knuckle pushups into the hot asphalt was just one of the challenges Heather Lundbom faced in the California Highway Patrol Academy that graduated only six women recently out of the 68 who were actually sworn-in as traffic officers.

June 08, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


CASWELL PARK BECKONS

A unique Central Valley gem encompassing 258 acres awaits those venturing to the southern end of Austin Road.

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


It’s wrong using 3rd graders for political objectives

How would you view a teacher taking class time to have her third grade students write legislators to protest cuts to education and to raise the budget?

June 08, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Cancer research: Wrong number for cell phones?

I should be dead.

June 06, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


I confess, I use my cell phone just for phone calls

"Wow, you still have a flip phone? That's almost prehistoric."

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


A 9-year-old GECAC success story

Matthew Refuerzo could easily be a poster boy for Give Every Child a Chance.

June 05, 2011 | Glenn Kahl | Local Columns


California wants to penalize those who follow the law when others don’t

The California Legislature can't even balance a check book yet they have no problem telling the rest of us who aren't in financial trouble and who follow the law how to live our lives.

June 05, 2011 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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3rd graders learn about video game design

Most youngsters today are all too familiar with video games.

April 04, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Who needs any gifts when you have grandkids?

It was the perfect 60th birthday gift.

April 02, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Beheaded teen & why I drive ‘too’ defensively

The Angel of Luck was hovering over Manteca a few months back.

March 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Enjoy it: Life is meant to be a journey

A California Blue Oak with a canopy that for some reason reminded me of a tree I'd seen in a black and white photograph ...

March 31, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Manteca waters down appeal of Library Park’s $1.4M makeover

Want to see Manteca's most expensive art work?

March 30, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Is government about fiefdoms or getting most bang for buck?

Are you made of money?

March 29, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Joint-use Manteca library?

Manteca Unified in the next five years could use Measure G bond money to build a replacement campus for Calla High - an alternative secondary school ...

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


3 RESTAURANTS CLOSE

Mr. Biggs Smoke House & Custom Cake. Closed.

March 28, 2016 | By ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Local Columns


R-rated films get OK for high school

Film students in Manteca Unified could end up being able to watch R-rated movies after all.

March 28, 2016 | Jason Campbell | Local Columns


Ripon low income count surprises some

The City of Ripon will again update its Housing Element.

March 28, 2016 | Vince Rembulat | Local Columns


Free tickets to hear Benghazi hero speak

A limited number of free tickets are still left to hear Mark "Oz" Geist speak on Saturday.

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


Supreme Court unanimous on gun right ruling

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right to the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be ...

March 28, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


After almost 60 years I’m having a ball

"You've got to work at living because dying is easy." - Jack LaLanne, the late fitness guru

March 26, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Local Columns


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