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contentmentcover-storyfeatured-contentmentIssue 22

By Michele Laverty In 1870, Rising Sun country school opened on the Westside of the county in Vernalis.  A few years ago the program re-opened,  after a few years of dormancy, as a transitions program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The dream was bigger than providing just a place

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cover-storyfeatured-contentmentIssue 21

By Noel Daniel The sun beat down on the alley behind the Jones’ house on June 30, 2015. It was 105 degrees and sweltering in the mostly-shadeless alley as Dave Jones walked out to move the trash bins. It was then that he saw it—a tall, bottle-brush tail sticking out of a pile

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cover-storyfeatured-fitnessfitnessIssue 20

  By Noel Daniel Photos by Photos Just So   It’s easy to get carried away in the “new year, new you”-it is fever. And on one hand, the New Year trend is at least a healthy one. After heavy hitters like Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the entire holiday season, the

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cover-storyIssue 19

Your favorite stops are getting the recognition they deserve! These winners of Contentment Health’s Second Annual Reader’s Vote were hand-picked by you. These businesses are the best of the best, so make sure to comb through. You might find some old favorites or stumble on new ones. What are you

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contentcover-storyIssue 18

By Justin Souza Here’s a name to add to your list of famous Modestans, right alongside the likes of George Lucas and Jeremy Renner: Suzy Powell, a three-time Olympian, record setting discus thrower, and proud member of our local community.   Since the fifth grade, Powell’s life has been about the

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arts and culturecover-storyfeatured-art-and-cultureIssue 17

By Alex Cantatore     WAY BACK IN 2010, almost on a whim, Modestoan Lindsay Pearce decided to enter a talent show — the first ever Valley’s Got Talent. Now, Pearce is an up-and-coming Hollywood actress on the verge of breaking out. She’s been on “Glee,” in films with Kevin

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cover-storyfeatured-food-and-wineIssue 16

From Kickstarter to a reality with Modesto’s Food Fix Truck. BY JUSTIN SOUZA A block from MJC’s East Campus, in a dusty parking lot next to a faded brick warehouse, a bright orange food truck is shaking up Stanislaus County’s culinary community. Welcome to the Food Fix Truck, Stanislaus County’s newest

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cover-storyIssue 15

BY ALEX CANTATORE Most people have fond memories of the Easter Bunny, of pastel-dyed eggs and sweet chocolate treats. But for Randy Koga, founder of Trinket’s Memorial Rabbit Sanctuary, “Easter bunny” is a four-letter word. “Easter is awful for me,” Koga says with a grimace. It’s become an epidemic, he says. More

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cover-storyIssue 14Uncategorized

Mia Sandoval was always a dancer. Even as an adult, she tried to stay fit, to stay moving. Just for the joy of it. But as anyone who has ever experienced a reduction in mobility can tell you: it only takes a small change to have a big impact.

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cover-storyfeatured-food-and-wineIssue 12

Camp 4 Wine Café By Haley Brown “Where do you want to eat tonight?” It’s that daunting question that leaves you scratching your head, reading Yelp reviews until your eyes hurt and then, after desperation sets in, leaves you eating frozen pizza instead of going out. Now, there’s nothing wrong

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