A music teacher for three generations, Ripon's Terry Messick is voicing concern about the lack of music classes especially in the public elementary schools – and she's trying to make a difference.
The guy was a bit shy at first.
"You can't rely on volunteers."
pedestrian • n. 1. A person risking their lives in Manteca. 2. An inconvenient road obstacle for Manteca drivers. 3. People you flip off after almost hitting them in crosswalks.
I'm often reminded that I'm in a profession noted for its jaded view of life and the world in general. I admit I put on that armor suit on a number of occasions in the performance of my job in the interest of holding on to my belief that all human beings are basically good at heart.
Are some homeless becoming too aggressive?
Manteca's woefully inadequate animal shelter is finally being addressed.
You want to see something that is completely without class?
Am I missing something?
It was a smile as big as you'd ever see on a kid's face.
I was feeling lousy, running a slight fever and was congested when I woke up Tuesday.
Honey Crisp. Gala. Fuji. Pink Lady. Jazz. Butterfly. Granny Smith.
For years, there were those who contended the event in Manteca in 1989 that had the longest lasting impact was the controversial split City Council decision to say no to Yellow Freight. The freight firm wanted to convert residential land near what is today Woodward Park into a massive freight terminal.
The first inkling that Sierra High was about to raise the bar a notch or two came in the form of probably the biggest sign ever seen in these parts at a high school football game.
Shelly Andrade is a new arrival in Manteca from Las Vegas.
How real is the drought?
Water, without a doubt, is perhaps the biggest issue facing California.
What's a bigger threat to your life: Someone driving a car or a madman with a gun?
I've finished my first semester at Columbia College Chicago and lived in the "Windy City" for three months. My last column, printed Oct. 2, was written during my second week at school, so I was a little off on some things (the "crazy" weather - while it may be colder, the weather isn't that bad) and spot-on with other comparisons (most notably the "goat as exotic as a hippopotamus" proclamation).
There is a school of thought that the Manteca City Council has the power – or should have the power – to dictate exactly what businesses can and can't open in Manteca.
If you live in Lathrop, southwest Manteca or Weston Ranch and you're against growth then you'd better get ready to spend a lot of money if you get your wish.
Just how thin is the thin blue line?
While serving as Chairman of the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors this past year, I've witnessed many challenges facing our region, as well as tremendous progress and significant achievements. The Board has taken numerous actions over the past year to set San Joaquin County on an exciting path toward continuing financial stability, cutting-edge innovation, and becoming a magnet for economic development and new jobs.
He seemed a nice enough of a young man.
Old-fashioned Americana, some claim, is passé.
The world isn't just about you or I.
Martha Grisham was truly a big part of Manteca's heart and soul through much of her 91 years before she passed away on Christmas Eve.
Pain is relative. In my case it's a first cousin.
It was there, stark as heck.
Forgive me for not jumping up and down and screaming "First Amendment rights" as some of the jubilant folks did who managed to secure a ticket for the first showing of "The Interview" on Christmas Day.