Success & Service: Two area music stores honored

June 22, 2013 

Skip's Music, a chain that includes a store on Modesto's McHenry Avenue, and Legend Music of Manteca will be recognized among the nation's 100 top music dealers at the National Association of Music Merchants summer trade show.

They'll receive their honors when the show begins July 12 in Nashville, Tenn.

Legend also is in the running for best exterior presentation and/or merchandising display, best marketing and sales promotion, best online presentation, support of music advocacy and three other categories. The store is at 255 Louise Ave. in Manteca. Skip's Music in Modesto is at 1209 McHenry Ave.

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Turlock-based Century 21 M&M and Associates ranked first among Century 21 companies nationwide in 2012. The ranking is based on M&M's volume of commercial real estate sales production in 2012. The company was honored at the Century 21 Global Conference, which was held in Las Vegas in March.

It also recently reigned for the fourth straight year as the company's No. 1 franchise for residential sales based upon units sold. Century 21 M&M and Associates was founded in 1994 by John Melo and Larry Matos, and today has 26 office locations throughout Northern California with more than 1,250 agents.

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Karen Montgomery of Modesto was among the 125 members of the Daughters of the American Revolution on hand recently when the organization donated $30,000 to the University of California at Davis for research on bees.

Montgomery was the state regent project chairman. The effort was spearheaded by Debra Johnson of Fresno. The funds will be used in bee scientist/assistant professor Brian Johnson's lab at UC Davis, where graduate student Gerard Smith researches the effects of pesticide exposure in the field on honey bee foraging behavior, and Cameron Jasper studies the genetic basis of division of labor in honey bees.

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The Stanislaus Community Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life in the county, added three valley residents to its board of directors. Signing on for three-year terms are: Melanie Chiesa, a lifelong Hughson-area resident and an optometrist practicing in Turlock; Joe Duran, senior vice president of Community Trust Credit Union, a division of Self-Help Federal Credit Union; and Daryn Kumar, who grew up in Stanislaus County and recently returned as chief executive officer of Memorial Medical Center.

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Soroptimist International of Modesto was honored by the Stanislaus County Office of Education for providing reading tutoring to students at C.F. Brown Elementary School in Modesto. The organization was recognized by the SCOE as its community partner of the year.

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