By Noel Daniel For many in the Central Valley, the Stanislaus County Fair is a longstanding tradition. Strolling along the midway with a cob of corn and an unlimited ride wristband is a very familiar memory to many children and adults alike. But this fair has a history that extends
By Noel Daniel To say that Modesto feels the iconic grief Don McLean must’ve felt so long ago—as he teetered on the cusp of musical change and dealt with the death of a music legend—almost doesn’t capture the heartbreaking hole that bassist Kevin Garcia’s passing left in lo-fi, indie rock
By Noel Daniel Thousands of people across the nation have mental illness—and those people have found help in the National Alliance for Mental Illness. NAMI is the number one organization that supports families and individuals who experience mental illness and has over 120 members in Stanislaus County, alone. Support groups
By Noel Daniel You never know where you’ll meet that special someone—that someone whose tiny paws can change your whole life. Although it might be tempting to buy a dog or cat from a breeder, the animals in the shelter have proven to be pillars of support for countless people
By Noel Daniel Some people spend Thanksgiving morning firing up the kitchen and preparing for the feast later that night. Others spend it knee-deep in mud. Rain or shine, for over fifty years, one group of friends has been assembling for the “Mud Bowl” every Thanksgiving morning at 10 a.m.
By Noel Daniel It’s the season of the gourd, and people everywhere are playing in patches, decorating, and drinking lattes. So what are some of the best places in Stanislaus County to fuel your pumpkin fire? We’ve found local stops that’ll curb your cravings for pumpkin fun, style, and eats.
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
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
By Noel Daniel Love Is A Hard Thing To Describe,to experience, to pin down. Whether you have a special someone in your life or don’t, February shouldn’t be the cruelest month. Maybe you just found love, maybe you’re still looking, or maybe you’re not interested at all in the sort of
By Alex Catatore It’s easy to conjure up images of “reefer madness,” of aging hippies trapped in the ‘60s, of rappers stumbling out of the club in a cloud of smoke. But what about a child whose body is wracked with seizures? Or a middle-aged man suffering from a debilitating nervous system disorder? Or an army