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Downtown readies for holiday revelers

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With just 12 days until Thanksgiving, that means we’re only 13 days away — less than two weeks — from the annual Friday-after-Thanksgiving tree-lighting ceremony in downtown Turlock.

The holiday season will officially get underway on Nov. 24, when the city’s Christmas tree in Central Park is lit for the first time.

The three-hour downtown event starts at 5 p.m., while the tree will be lit at 6:30 p.m. by Mayor Amy Bublak, for whom the holiday traditions never get old.

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California Faces Worrying Thanksgiving as Coronavirus Surges

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Firefighters in Silicon Valley were sent out to enforce statewide business restrictions as the state faced a Thanksgiving shadowed by an out-of-control coronavirus surge and health officials begged people to avoid large family gatherings that could become “superspreader” events.

“You have a 15-person gathering at a dinner table, then 1 in 10 of those tables could have ... a person that is unknowingly infecting others,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, health services director in Los Angeles County, which has seen about a third of all COVID-19 cases in California and 40% of the deaths.

Ghaly said 1 in 145 people in the county is now infectious to others and the rate of spread could double every two weeks.

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Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

in Holidays

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and like the rest of 2020, it is looking to potentially set itself apart from the “traditional” celebrations that many of us have come to know.

Both the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as Stan State president Ellen Junn have released statements recommending alternatives to the large gatherings typically associated with the holiday. Students now will be faced with the decision to improvise a new way of celebrating or to carry on with their original, non-pandemic impacted plans.

With the pandemic still continuing on, the CDC has released a list of recommendations on how to go about celebrating Thanksgiving this year. Some of the top advice that the CDC offers is to avoid travel, wear a mask when around others, and to minimize the sizes of gatherings in cases where gatherings are unavoidable.

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Round one of Thanksgiving storms dumps record rain in California; round two coming Thursday

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A chilly storm unleashed heavy rain and blustery winds Wednesday and dusted mountain ranges across California with snow, prompting flight diversions and road closures and snarling traffic across the Golden State leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday.

The downpours were not always long-lasting, but they could be intense. Record rainfall for the day was reported in a few spots including Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Maria and Lancaster, which had 0.43 of an inch. The main band of the first storm moved out Wednesday, but another storm is moving in Thursday.

A cold front originating in the Gulf of Alaska arrived in portions of Northern California on Tuesday and immediately began causing headaches for motorists along mountain passes inundated by flurries of snow. The rain dampened the Cave fire in Santa Barbara County and allowed firefighters to get a handle on the blaze.

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