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Nellie Richetta remembers celebrating Christmas in Manteca’s Russian Colony

Christmas when Nellie Richetta was growing up was not exactly the kind that the Ingalls had in “Little House on a Prairie.” Some elements of it were there though.

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Memory he won’t soon forget

Memory he won’t soon forget

Yes, Eduardo – there is a Santa.

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Posted: dec. 19, 2014 6:32 p.m. | | Memory he won’t soon forget Comments 0 Comments
Montiel never surprised by Santa’s gift, but never disappointed either

Montiel never surprised by Santa’s gift, but never disappointed either

Every year for Christmas Arnita Montiel got the exact same gift. 

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Spending Christmas with her family, loved ones and less fortunate

Spending Christmas with her family, loved ones and less fortunate

Patricia Jimenez often drove along Lincoln Street in Stockton, passing many of the less fortunate in the area near the St. Mary’s Interfaith Dining Room located directly underneath the Highway 4 crosstown freeway.

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Places to play in the snow along 108 above Sonora

A favorite destination in the winter for a day or weekend playing in the snow along Highway 108 above Sonora is the family-owned and -operated Leland High Sierra Snow Play. The family likes to call their tourist attraction with a cozy Alpine feeling “the biggest and best snow play facility in the Sierra.”

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 10:33 p.m. | | Places to play in the snow along 108 above Sonora Comments 0 Comments
WINTER WONDERLANDS

WINTER WONDERLANDS

The best time to visit Yosemite Valley? It’s now. Although the approach of spring in April usually means incredible waterfalls with relative sparse crowds, nothing beats winter for solitude on the valley floor. And with the storm that just passed by dumping plenty of snow, Yosemite Valley is a feast for the eyes with snow blanketing meadows, accenting trees, and softening the surrounding granite outcroppings.

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Posted: dec. 12, 2014 10:34 p.m. | | WINTER WONDERLANDS Comments 0 Comments
Bear Valley: Part Grizzly & Teddy

Bear Valley: Part Grizzly & Teddy

The first big winter storm of the season is just a few degrees too warm to pepper the ski resorts closest to home with enough snow to open for the season.

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SNOW FUN IN THE 209

SNOW FUN IN THE 209

You want to take the kids for a snow play date. Let’s see, depending upon where the snow line is on any given day and how much of the white stuff is on the ground that is easily a two-hour one-way drive. That means traffic, driving in dangerous conditions, and dealing with anywhere from one to five kids inside a two-ton rolling box of steel. That winter family outing is starting to look less and less appealing. But you don’t have to head up the mountain in search of snow fun. All you have to do is head ...

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TOGETHER

TOGETHER

With the holiday season in full swing, blue donation barrels are popping up all over Turlock with the start of Turlock Together’s collection efforts for families in need.

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Love I.N.C. plays role of angel for those in need

Love I.N.C. plays role of angel for those in need

On Steve Parsons’ desk you’ll find paperwork that has each applicant assigned a number before it’s catalogued and computerized.

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Posted: dec. 05, 2014 9:51 p.m. | | Love I.N.C. plays role of angel for those in need Comments 1 Comment


Proving ‘Hope’ for needy families

Santa has his eye on the Hope Ministries and the Raymus House while garnering the support of Manteca churches and service clubs to add Christmas cheer to the non-profit’s mission launched by the late developer Antone Raymus and his wife Marie 21 years ago.

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Be charitable without spending money

Be charitable without spending money

Many people equate charity to financial donations. But individuals can be charitable with their time as well.

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