Issue 18

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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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PEOPLE NORMALLY KNOW ME AS… I’m a CPA by trade. I’m a Principal at Grimbleby Coleman CPAs, a Modesto accounting firm. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW IS THAT I… I also roast and sell coffee as a hobby and side business. I call it “Bean Counter Coffee Roasters.” I GOT STARTED WITH

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Issue 18Out and About

By Alex Cantatore For the past year and a half, a small group of dedicated Modestoans have spent their weekends cleaning up the Tuolumne River. The effort has focused on one of the river’s most blighted areas, stretching from the 9th Street Bridge to Highway 99 — hence the clever name, Operation 9-2-99. From that small,

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By Alex Cantatore You may be more familiar with this squash as Cinderella’s carriage, or as the Headless Horseman’s replacement head.But the magical pumpkin is, first and foremost, food. The staple squash traces its roots to ancient Mexico, though our name for the pumpkin comes from the Greeks, of all places. On first

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By Jacqui D. Sinarle You could say that milk is in Rick Nutcher’s blood.   Nutcher grew up working in the family dairy, milking cows in the morning before going to school and raising dairy cattle in the local 4-H club. So although he left the industry for a time to grow cattle feed,

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By Alex Cantatore In the old Southern Pacific Railroad station, in the heart of the “Cowboy capitol of the world,” sits the Oakdale Cowboy Museum.It’s a testament to men who worked the land, forged a community, fed the region, and made a name for Oakdale at rodeos across the nation. These real cowboys

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  By Anne Marie Bergthold “Alphonse Mucha is one of those artists who, for a long time, flew under the radar,” says Lisa McDermott, Director of the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.   While people might not recognize the name, many will recognize what McDermott describes as “elegant, beautiful, swirling compositions” as the

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    By Alex Cantatore Tammy Wu stood up in her sixth grade classroom. In broken English, she recited a sentence she’d memorized: ” I want to go to an Ivy League school and become a physician.”   At the time, it seemed like a pipe dream for the Taiwan-born immigrant.

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By Gitaine Reis & Angel Chere, In-Shape Health Clubs The kids are going back to school, and it’s time for you to go back to class too! Regularly schedules group exercise classes can ve a great addition to your daily workouts.   The average group exercise class can burn 140 to

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  By Alex Cantatore It all started with a seemingly simple freshman English assignment at Modesto’s Gregory High School: Write about a goal, a dream of yours.   Some kids wrote about getting bigger muscles. Others wrote about getting rich. Most were standard high schooler dreams, in short. But Dominic Barandica’s essay

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  By Alex Cantatore Imagine waking up in a magnificent, massive handmade wooden lodge. Take a stroll to the deck, breathe in the clean mountain air, toll out a yoga mat, and stretch out with the trees as your neighbors. For years, that was Debbie Wolski’s dream. And now, it’s her

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By Alex Cantatore Four years ago, Hilary Zwahlen knew nothing about the fashion business. And sure as heck didn’t know anything about the internet. Yet, for some reason, Zwahlen decided to open an online clothing business. Today Zwahlen’s business, White Plum, is one of the hottest up-and-coming clothing brands on the internet. White

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by Alex Cantatore Don’t settle for a plain, saw-toothed Jack-o-Lantern this year. It’s easier than you think to have the best carved pumpkin on your block. 1. Use the Right Tools If you’re using a pumpkin carving kit with orange plastic tools, that’s your first mistake. Try using X-Acto Knives, linoleum cutters, and

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  An Evening with Audra McDonald – Sept. 5, 8 p.m. $39 -89 With six Tony Awards to her name, unprecedentedly awarded in all four acting categories, Audra McDonald is one of the greatest stars Broadway has ever seen. She’s renowned for her enchanting soprano, and for her dramatic performances in plays such as “Carousel,” “Ragtime,” “A

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By Anne Marie Bergthold If you’re a senior looking for an excuse to start walking, mark your calendar for Sept. 11. This year marks the twenty-fourth consecutive Senior Stride Fun Walk, a festive, healthy, educational event organized by the Modesto Rotary Club. Janine McClanahan, Modesto Rotary Club Secretary and Former President, attributes the enduring popularity

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By Alex Cantatore Next time you see the Cupcake Lady food truck, don’t be distracted by those delicious frosted confections. Instead, take a closer look at the state-of-the-art truck that houses the local business — and look for the plate reading “Made by Cal-Central Catering, Modesto, CA.” Cal-Central Catering is now one of the nation’s

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By Justin Souza If there is a bright center of robotics in the valley, Tina Collier is near to its heart. Collier is the coordinator and instructor of Valley Charter High School’s robotics team, and her classroom looks like an engineering workshop crashed into a Lego store. Miniscule construction equipment – interconnected blocks, brightly-colored controllers, and an array of electrical

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  The sky is streaked with light as the sun sets over vineyards in the Diablo Grande range. It’s just another beautiful July evening, one of those summer nights that Stanislaus County is famous for.

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