It was probably the best single learning experience of my life when a city editor in Southern California called over to me when I returned from a meeting saying I had 20 minutes to give him a 12-inch-long story on the city council meeting.
Men driven by a vision of bringing prosperity to the sandy plains on the southeast edge of the Delta have put Manteca and its neighbors in Ripon and Escalon in one of the strongest positions in California when it comes to water and power.
Off and on for the past few weeks two different couples have taken a position at the stop sign where Hulsey Drive meets Commerce Drive by In-N-Out Burger. I'd come across them while making my daily Jamba Juice run
Should growth pay its own way?
One story assignment last week went into greater depth than I expected and left me in awe at the direction life has taken one Ripon resident who loves people and farming almost equally and has become an outstanding public speaker and criminal interviewer.
It will go down as a landmark decision.
Austen Nunes is Manteca's undisputed wheelie king.
Decades of lip service, adding on programs and regulations willy-nilly to appease special interest groups whether they are corporate campaign contributors or advocacy groups, and the use of accounting mirrors and borrowing in advance against revenues are about to come to a head.
A contingent of new American citizens – Assyrians who fled the repressive regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq to settle in Turlock – will be present for the three-day Memorial Day Weekend commemoration in Manteca at Woodward Park.
The guy looked to be perhaps 17, if that old. There was nothing unusual at first: Oversized pants about 10 sizes too big, baseball cap on backwards, and tent-sized T-shirt. It was the typical "I'm-making-my-statement" uniform of a teen kid who is much more copycat than original.
When Barack Obama arrived at the Oval Office after being sworn in as president, he found that he had been left three gifts from his predecessor.
There's a wonderful, inexpensive device that can make you a responsible dog owner. It's called a leash.
I'll never forget the last time I hugged Mom.
Developers bragged Mountain House was "The Town of Tomorrow" when they broke ground at the dawn of the 21st century on the new community on the edge of the rolling Altamont Hills in western San Joaquin County.
"An Animal's Prayer." A really simple title to a really short poem. But its brevity – it's only four verses, roughly a mere 20 words all together, if that – is what makes it a gem, as far as I'm concerned.
The problem isn't the minimum wage.
The running joke among John Geurin's buddies is that the retired 60-year-old could catch a fish anywhere.
A sincere thank you to everyone that enjoyed the first installment of "Manteca to a T." Hearing from my Grandmother that Earl "The Pearl" Pimentel was proud of his former student's column or being forwarded a message from coach Joe Handy – "Teicheira you're like a Virginia Slim. You've come a long way, baby!" – had me walking tall and proud for a day … until I stopped by my mother's house for dinner Friday night.
I had several great teachers, a few mediocre teachers, one real bad teacher, and mostly good teachers during 13 years in public schools.
The Bible tells Christians to, "Always be prepared to give an answer (defense) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." I Peter 3:15
"Get a running start and leap," shouted the bobbing head in the water below, "but make sure you clear the pump or we're all in trouble."
Delta Smelt, the 5- to 7-centimeter fish that tends to hang around the Tracy pumps, is California's biggest consumer of water.
I'd like to thank the Stanislaus Humanists for inviting me to speak on Jan. 15 at the Manteca Library. And I'd like to thank all of the people from Manteca who came out either to hear me speak, or to participate in the events outside the building that night.
Editor's Note: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath will keep a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.
Moving oil and its byproducts such as gasoline is inherently dangerous.
President Barack Obama has now revealed that he unilaterally plans to use executive orders to "bypass" Congress. His shocking words were: "We are not just going to be waiting for legislation ... I've got a pen and I've got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward."
Remember the good old days?
Barry Blackburn is retiring after 27 years and one month of protecting people and property in Manteca
Editor's note: Tony Lam graduated from Sierra High School some 10 years ago and is now working as a real estate professional in Hong Kong. While a high school student he worked part time at Kahl Photography Studio assisting in wedding assignments and was a charter member of the Manteca Rotary Interact Club.
Hello, Manteca. . . The Bulletin has given me the honor and privilege of writing a weekly "Man About Town" column. Born and raised in this town, I carry all the pride (and at times sadness), that comes with being a Mantecan. . . Sentiments such as "I miss the old Manteca" or "There's nothing to do here" or "I have to get outta here!" have become standard water cooler talk. And though I love being nostalgic and often want to get out these sentiments have grown trite and pervasive. This column will tout the merits, and showcase the people and places that ...