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Ceres decks out the city for grand opening of Christmas Tree Lane

Ceres is “sprucing” up as it “pines” for the arrival of the Christmas season. Residents – and fans throughout the area – don’t have long to wait because the grand opening of Christmas Tree Lane is set for Dec. 6. The magical nightly display of lights and decorations throughout a neighborhood in the city kicks off with the Ceres Christmas Festival at Smyrna Park on Moffet Road at 5:30 p.m. Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, live entertainment and trolley rides through Christmas Tree Lane will be offered. The ribbon-cutting for Christmas Tree Lane will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, call the Ceres Recreation Department at (209) 538-5682.

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Stanislaus will take a harder look at well permit applications

Stanislaus County supervisors voted Tuesday to tighten the rules for well permits, requiring farmers outside irrigation districts to show that new wells won’t have a detrimental effect on groundwater. Also, pumping data will be collected from private well owners, but officials promised to keep the data confidential.

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Modesto makes city manager permanent

It’s now official: Jim Holgersson, who has served as Modesto’s interim city manager since May, has the permanent job. The City Council voted 6-0 on Tuesday to appoint Holgersson as the city’s top administrator and approved his employment contract.

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