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2014 Weekly Challenge #26: Eat LOCAL!

2014 Weekly Challenge #26: Eat LOCAL!

2014 Weekly Challenge #26: Eat LOCAL!


You hear it all the time: Eat Local! But why?

Here are 8 reasons to eat local foods (taken from about.com):

1. Local Foods Are Fresher (and Taste Better)

Food that was picked within the last few days tastes way better than food that was picked (unripened) and trucked thousands of miles to get to you. And fresh food lasts longer, too.

2. Local Foods Are Seasonal (and Taste Better)

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One Year and a 100 Shows

One Year and a 100 Shows

Is it July already? I can not believe it, I really can't it has been a year since I moved back to Modesto and wow what a ride it has been(could only have been cooler if it was in a 57 Chevy.) I have reconnected with a lot of old friends and made so many new ones over the last year. In the past 12 months I have booked over a 100 shows with national, international and tons of locals. Brought  Legends and Icons such as Ian McLagan, Agent Orange, Roddy Radiation/Lynval Golding of the Specials, Annabella Lwin(of Bow Wow Wow), Reverend Horton Heat. Created two series Rockabilly Cruise Night and the Brew Ha Ha(with Jimmie Menezes) both of which have become very successful. Won a MAMA(Best Promoter) for myself and helped The Brewhouse win Best Venue. Earlier this year I started writing this column for the Modesto View and hope that you all have enjoyed reading it.

Ceres family jumps from burning apartment building

CERES, Calif. - Nearly two dozen people were displaced from their homes after a fire burned through an apartment complex in Ceres.

The fire happened Monday afternoon at the Vineyard apartments. Twelve units were either destroyed or damaged in the fire.

The fire started at about 3:45 p.m. inside a maintenance shack on the first floor and quickly spread to the second level of the complex.

The flames trapped a family of three inside their second-level unit.

Jason Avila and his wife were upstairs when they tried to escape through the main door, but by that time it was already too late.

"I grabbed her arm, we went down the hallway. The flames were right there. That's the scariest thing I've ever seen," recalled Jason Avila. He was trapped inside with his wife and their 11-month-old daughter.

22 people displaced in Ceres apt. complex fire

Twelve Ceres apartment units on the 1600 block of Richland Avenue were rendered uninhabitable by a fire Monday afternoon.

Twenty-two people were displaced, according to the American Red Cross.

A baby was safely dropped from a burning second-story unit into the waiting arms of a man, ModestoNews.org reported.

All residents and pets escaped the fire. There were no reports of serious injuries.

A fire official at the scene said it was believed the fire started between units on the ground level.

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California Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues

California Whooping Cough Epidemic Continues

The number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the state continues to climb, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer reported today... Read More

Tracy opens 5 cooling centers in advance of high temperatures

The city of Tracy has designated several cooling centers for local residents to use on days when temperatures rise above 100 degrees.

Following are the five cooling centers available to those in need:

• West Valley Mall, 3200 Naglee Road — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday

• Tracy Branch Library, 20 E. Eaton Ave. — noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday

• Lolly Hansen Senior Center, 375 E. Ninth St. — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday

• Tracy Transit Station, 50 Sixth St. — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Larch-Clover Community Center, 11157 W. Larch Road — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

Firefighters urge extreme caution when using fireworks

SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento area has seen an average of one serious fire a day in recent weeks. And when fireworks go on sale at noon on Saturday, fire agencies start their busiest week of the fire season.

"We're seeing fires daily," Sacramento Metro Fire spokesperson Michelle Eidam said. "We all know that, so what we want people to hear clearly is, enjoy the fireworks but be really, really smart about them."

Eidam points out that safe and sane fireworks are illegal for anyone under 18 to use.

"Because of the fire danger. There's a million reasons, but that's a hard and fast rule," Eidam said. "Parents will be cited, parents can be cited."

Eidam said safe and sane fireworks should never be modified and or used more than one at a time. Fireworks that are not safe and sane are easily recognized, she said.