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A sweet Manteca tradition Sunday benefits museum
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It’s an early fall Sunday afternoon as it was meant to be in Manteca.

Friends, neighbors, music, fun, and food under a canopy of stately sycamore trees with a few vintage cars tossed in to boot.

It’s the 17th annual Old-Fashioned Barbecue Social benefiting the Manteca Historical Society this Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the old Speckles Sugar factory office off Norman Drive that now houses AKF Development and Jesus Mountain Coffee.

The menu includes tri-tip, barbecued turkey, spaghetti, French bread, salad, marinated tomato slices as well as grapes, dessert, and the best summer treat grown using Manteca soil – George Perry & Sons watermelons.

The cost is $15 per person, children 12, and under are $7. You must buy your ticket in advance. They are available at the museum, 600 W. Yosemite Ave.; from ticket chairperson Phyllis Abram, 239-0744; from overall chairman Ron Howe, 823-5641; Evelyn Prouty, 982-0339; or raffle chairperson Jeanie Marsden, 823-4649.

Free Manteca history class
Speaking of history, there’s an excellent opportunity to learn more about Manteca’s past during an hour-long six weeks on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. starting Oct. 5.

Manteca’s Mr. and Mrs. History themselves – Ken Hafer and Evelyn Prouty – will instruct the classes as well as Ron Howe. It is offered through the Manteca Historical Society and takes place at the museum, 600 W. Yosemite Avenue. The class is free and includes reading material plus a question and answer period.

Those who complete the class may become museum docents or volunteer to conduct school children on museum tours or simply be happy in the fact they know a little bit more about Manteca.

The society is always looking for new members. Anyone interested should contact docent coordinators Phyllis Abram at 239-0744.

It’s dangerous ignoring trains
Wednesday’s enforcement of railroad crossing violations by motorists and pedestrians alike couldn’t have come at a better time.

Eight days earlier, Manteca Police were called at midnight about a train versus pedestrian collision at the West Yosemite Avenue crossing.

The train was stopped after the conductor reported seeing someone lying along the tracks. Police along with personnel from the Manteca Fire Department, Manteca Ambulance, and the Union Pacific Railroad police searched the area but to no avail. Shortly after they left, they got a call from the nearby Extreme Bar that there was a man inside who said he had received a leg injury after a train clipped him.

Manteca has been fortunate as of late. There was a period there when Manteca was averaging one pedestrian killed a year either trying to beat a train or walking along the tracks.