It was a Fourth of July many years ago – I was only a kid of 12 who loved shooting off fireworks from the safe ones and not so safe. M80s were the ultimate in Southern California, but I limited myself to simple fire crackers that were actually hard to come by unless you drove into downtown Los Angeles where somebody would be on the street hawking imported crackers by the pack.
Monterey - the birthplace of California government - was chosen by the Spaniards for that dubious honor in 1777 due to the great natural bay and the ample fresh water from the nearby Carmel River.
When Allegiant Air first announced its low-cost service from Stockton to Long Beach about a month or so ago, some of my colleagues were quick to act.
With all due respect to F. Scott Fitzgerald, state workers are different than you and me.
So you want to get a feel for your town - newcomers and old-timers alike?
I do not like fireworks - at least the ones you buy and set off.
The mercury - for those old enough to remember when you didn't click on weather.com to find what the outside temperature is but instead actually stepped outside to read an old-style thermometer - is expected to reach the 100-degree mark on the Fourth of July.
If you go to a tanning salon, congratulations are in order.
While rummaging through my garage a few years ago, I came across an old M-60.
A small army of civic-minded volunteers from Crossroads Community Church did what they embraced as the Lord's work last October and helped the financially strapped city plant 250 trees along the Moffat Boulevard leg of the Tidewater Bikeway.
The Donner Party came to California 164 years ago.
California's public education could be moving toward another crisis that could ultimately undermine local control.
Summertime and the livin' is easy
Manteca voters in 160 days will elect a mayor and two council members.
It is a common lament: Why is Manteca allowing new home construction when there are so many foreclosures?
SAM MACK MEADOW, Inyo County – You can't get much closer to the source of a large chunk of Los Angeles' water than Sam Mack Meadow at 11,040 feet just over a mile from the Palisade Glacier – the largest in the Sierra.
It's true inspiration to see a teen that stands out among the rest of the student body for his positive actions in school where there is a need.
It was 40 degrees Thursday. I had been hiking for six hours. The sun had been up over the Great Basin for perhaps three hours.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first appeared in July of 2012.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in November of 2011.
Manteca's Book Exchange has run into an unexpected legal chapter.
The Manteca Ripon Pentecost Society 95th annual Holy Ghost Celebration includes a parade on Sunday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m., mass at St. Anthony's Church at 10:30 a.m. and serving of sopa and meat as well as the auction following the mass. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and dancing by the band ALMA comes at 8 p.m. For more info click HERE.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2011.
Striking up the band with heart and soul memories is the order of the day early Friday evening when Leroy Darling's former Manteca High musicians will be marching through the front door of the Chez Shari dining room at the city golf course on Union Road.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in December of 2010.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in June of 2011.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. This column first ran in July of 2010.
Editor's note: Dennis Wyatt is on vacation. The following column first ran in June of 2011.
Step No. 1: Squeeze lotion into palm of hand.