PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a tree worker. I’ve been self-employed ever since late 2007, when I got my contractor’s license and started DCO Tree Care. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… Make chainsaw wood carvings of bears. I’ve done other stuff, but everybody likes the bears.
BY ALEX CANTATORE In a sleepy Turlock business park, anchored by an indoor shooting range and an industrial tool seller, a few local residents are brewing up a revolution. With four big beers and momentum booming, Turlock’s Sandude Brewing Co. could be the best-kept secret in the craft beer scene.
BY ALEX CANTATORE In the 1940s and 50s, it was the center of Modesto’s social scene. But for the past few decades, few have visited this historic Modesto place. The McClure Country Home is one of Modesto’s oldest and grandest mansions. It’s nearly as old as Modesto itself, with a
BY ALEX CANTATORE You grow accustomed to certain landscapes, growing up in the central valley: freshly plowed fields with even mounds of dirt, orchards with row after row of identical trees, and golden foothills golden foothills punctuated by deep green trees. It’s those landscapes that are brought into focus at a new exhibit in Turlock’s Carnegie
BY ALEX CANTATORE The young career of Modesto native Emily Kay Shrader has already come full circle. The talented stage actress will return to Modesto on March 26-27, taking center stage at the Gallo Center for the Arts as a member of the national tour of the musical “Sister Act.” An Enochs High
BY ALEX CANTATORE If you’re heading out of town, leaving your dog in the backyard may seem harmless. But boarding your dog is important for its physical and mental health, According to Lisa Moore. Moore’s a certified professional dog trainer, a behavior counselor, and the owner of Top Notch Kennels, Inc. She says
BY KATELYN GOYETTE Let’s be honest… every time you see an animal either at the zoo, on the television, in your neighbor’s backyard, or at the pound, you feel instantly drawn to love on it. It is in our nature as human beings to be drawn to these furry creatures
BY ALEX CANTATORE One day, way back in mid-90s, Mary Van Wormer was clicking along on her television when a strange new program came on. The screen was filled with images of happy, barking dogs. They jumped over gates, ran through tunnels, wove between poles, and climbed teeter-totters. “Dog agility,” the TV announcers
BY ALEX CANTATORE For the past 20-plus years, two local men have been engaged in an ongoing feud. It’s not about politics, or religion, or women, or any of the usual topics. No, this feud is about who gets to be the first man to jump into a freezing cold lake
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