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Turlock veteran honored with Quilt of Valor

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Last month, Ralph and Wallean Biederman welcomed family and friends into their Turlock home for what they thought was a regular gathering. Little did they know that it was a surprise party, kept under wraps with the help of the Veterans Of Foreign Wars Turlock Post 5059, to present Ralph with a unique gift.

It was a large, red, white and blue quilt, stitched by family friend Becky Kelley. Representatives from the Turlock VFW draped it around Ralph, making him an official recipient of the Quilt of Valor.

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Merced artist wins ‘Best of Show’ at Carnegie Showcase

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From more than 200 entries, jurors have selected 88 works that will be on display in the annual Carnegie Art Showcase exhibition taking place this summer at the Carnegie Arts Center in Downtown Turlock.

The juried exhibition is a celebration of artistic excellence, awarding a total of $2,350 in prize money.

The show will be on view in the CAC’s Ferrari Gallery through Sept. 3.

During an artists reception and awards ceremony last Friday, Merced artist Eddie O. Rodriguez won “Best of Show” for his oil on panel painting entitled “Darkest Hour.”

Also, two Merced artists earned honorable mentions, including: Jennifer Fosgate for “Feather Flight,” a mixed media collage; and Kate Jackson for Kuhmiinn A’lkkwenne (Zuni – “Place of the Emergence of the People”), fluid acrylic on canvas.

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Former Ceres man gets star on Graffiti Walk of Fame

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Bob Rose, a 35-year resident of Ceres now living in Turlock, was named a 2022 “Legend of the Cruise” and his name placed on the Modesto Historic Cruise Route and Walk of Fame during Wednesday’s Graffiti event in front of the Tenth Street Plaza in Modesto.

Rose, a 1973 Downey High School graduate, has been a car enthusiast since a teen watching his father work on cars. He accepted the award and said it was a big honor.

“I just kind of fell in love with cars,” said Rose, who lived in Ceres from 1979 to 2014. “I built my first car at 22 years old. I’ve had several of them, I’m building one right now. I’m in between stages right now.”

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Man who delivers meals to Ceres, Keyes honored

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A Turlock man who volunteers his time serving meals to the needy in Ceres and Keyes was named those honored as an “Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year.” 

Each of the five supervisorial districts had an honoree and Jeff Lorenzi was honored in District 2.

Ceres is in District 5 where Newman volunteer RoseLee Hurst was honored.

Lorenzi learned in 2020 that United Samaritans Foundation needed meal delivery drivers because volunteers were lost during the pandemic. The need was great so Lorenzi started preparing meals and soon began driving a delivery meal truck in Ceres and Keyes making 14 stops and serving up to 325 meals each day.

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Merced CHP K-9 ‘Beny’ recognized with special award for outstanding law enforcement service

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There’s hardly a month that goes by where Beny, a German Shepherd who worked as a K-9 officer for the Merced California Highway Patrol, doesn’t play a big role in taking illegal drugs off the streets.

Case in point, the CHP estimates In 114 traffic stops Beny has detected, 600 pounds of methamphetamine, 158 pounds of cocaine, 80 pounds of marijuana, 44 pounds of heroine, 8 pounds of fentanyl and more than $9 million in U.S. currency.

With that in mind, Assembly member Adam Gray, D-Merced, last week presented Beny and his handler with a California State Assembly Resolution at the CHP’s Atwater office, in recognition of Beny’s service to law enforcement and the community.

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TID recognized for advancing sustainability practices

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The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) was awarded a Beacon Leadership and Innovation Award at CSDA’s 2021 Annual Conference held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Monterey. TID is the first-ever special district to receive a Beacon Award for excellence in advancing environmental sustainability.

“TID is honored to be recognized for our water management operations through the 2021 Beacon Leadership & Innovation award for our leadership in climate resilience from the Institute for Local Government. Many may not associate an irrigation district with cutting edge technology, but TID is committed to harnessing the latest technology that will allow the district to make the most informed decisions, providing greater certainty to our customers, and ensuring that every last drop of water is being beneficially used,” said TID General Manager Michelle Reimers.

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Blue Diamond Growers’ Turlock plant earns green recognition

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After their Salida facility became the first business in Stanislaus County to earn the recognition in April, the Blue Diamond Growers plant in Turlock followed suit this month when it became Green Business Certified.

The plant was honored with the distinction following a comprehensive certification process through the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s California Green Business Network, Stanislaus County program, and the achievement goes to companies that achieve a verified set of standards, including reducing water use, conserving energy, preventing pollution, increasing recycling, avoiding waste, encouraging alternative transportation and partnering with other local vendors.

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