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Knutsen serving as grand marshal
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Karl Knutsen —whose character and commitment to students not only helped build a strong East Union High JROTC program and made community service and the Lance Battalion synonymous — is the grand marshal for the Manteca Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 3, in downtown Manteca.
The parade’s theme this year is a Norman “Rock” well Christmas. The quotations marks are designed to have parade entrants think of traditional Christmas creations as well as ones that may be a take off on the song “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.”
There is a $50 entry fee for the 44th annual holiday parade that starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, and follows a route through downtown along Yosemite Avenue.
The chamber is adding “Christmas in the Park” that will include an ice skating rink Dec. 2-3 at Library Park. Details are on Page A6 of today’s Bulletin.
For more information go to or call the chamber at 823-6121.

$100 pumpkin
found at
Library Park
The third $100 pumpkin in the Manteca Bulletin’s Great Pumpkin Hunt was found at Library Park near the mural wall.
The clues were as follows:
uThe new frontier: A reference to the Frontiers Communication phone complex (they took over the Verizon land-based phone service for Manteca and Ripon) that backs up to the fence.
uManteca wine: The mural the pumpkin was placed by had a rendering of the original Manteca Winery.
uIt’s a tree: The mural wall faces Poplar Street.
uNear the ball park: Not only is Library Park the site of the first community ball park complete with stands but nearby is a mural depicting the ball  park that often brought out half the town’s population to see the Manteca team play baseball against other area town teams.
There are two $100 pumpkins left. The next clues will appear in Saturday’s Bulletin.

Bookfest was
big success
The Great Valley Bookfest Oct. 8 near the Bass Pro Shops at The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley was a success by any standard.
More than 70 authors interacted with thousands of book lovers at the fifth annual event.
Toni Raymus reports the used book sale benefiting the Friends of the Manteca Library netted a record $1,700, up from $700 last year.
Barnes & Nobles indicated their sales at the bookfest were up 56 percent over 2015.

FedEx cutting ribbon
for new Tracy hub
FedEx is cutting the ribbon today to celebrate the opening of their new 660,000-square-foot Tracy hub on Hood Way near the Mountain House Parkway south of Interstate 205.
The hub is opening with 390 employees. Officials have dedicated more will be added as they’re needed.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email