News & Notes

April 29, 2008 

Good attendance may lead to a car

For a second year, many schools in Stanislaus County are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates. This year, students from participating high schools who missed three or fewer days of school have a chance to win a 2007 Pontiac G6 donated by Roberts Auto Sales of Modesto. High schools drew names last week and nearly 500 students were in the running for the car. This week, the Stanislaus County Office of Education will draw the names of 50 students from those 500. These 50 students will be invited to Roberts Auto Sales on May 8 at 7 p.m. for the final drawing to win the car. The names of the

50 students will be printed Thursday in The Bee's Buzzz section and appear at www.modbee.com.

Civitan Club honors 12 peace officers

The Stanislaus Civitan Club honored officers from a dozen law enforcement agencies during a luncheon at The Seasons in Modesto. The service club is affiliated with Civitan International, a charitable group that was formed to help support people who have developmental disabilities. Chiefs of each agency presented awards Thursday to these officers:

Detective Francisco "Frank" Soria, Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department

Deputy Josh Humble, Riverbank Police Services

Deputy Terrence Shadel, Patterson Police Services

Deputy Shane Rohn, Hughson Police Services

Deputy Devin Rush, Waterford Police Services

Sgt. Andy Roy, California State University, Stanislaus, Police Department

Officer Gilberto Gomez, the California Highway Patrol

Officer Matthew McMahon, Modesto Police Department

Sgt. Rick Collins, Ceres Police Department

Detective Douglas Ravaglioli, Turlock Police Department

Sgt. Randy Richardson, Newman Police Department

Officer Gary Vanderheiden, Oakdale Police Department

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: The name of Pat Suzuki, born and raised near Livingston in Merced County, was going to be in lights. After making appearances on Patti Page's "Big Record" show and on Frank Sinatra's show, Suzuki was going to be appearing on Broadway in the leading role in the musical production of "The Flower Drum Song" based on C.Y. Lee's best-selling story about San Francisco's Chinatown.

25 YEARS AGO: March jobless rates for Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced and Tuolumne counties dropped slightly, but were still higher than in March 1982. They hovered at close to twice the state rate of 10.6 percent.

-- Karen Aiello

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