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Modesto approves $6 million for fire engines, ladder trucks

The Modesto City Council approved Tuesday night a proposal to spend $6 million over 10 years to lease five engines and two ladder trucks, which officials says will help the Fire Department upgrade its aging fleet. But Mayor Ted Brandvold said while the proposal has merits he questioned whether it will result in the best use of the public’s money.

Education

Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts

Sam Bushman's art class uses group projects to teach art skills as well as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, at Cruickshank Middle School in Merced, CA, on Nov. 29, 2016. See story at Modbee.com/local/education/eye-on-education. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com)

Education

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band

David Hofland leads 4th and 5th graders in band practice before a winter concert at John Muir Elementary in Merced, CA, on Nov. 29, 2016. See story at Modbee.com/local/education/eye-on-education. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com)

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Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together

Teacher Amy Zschaber leads a workshop on integrating art into literature for the Stanislaus County Office of Education at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA, on Nov. 3, 2016. See story at Modbee.com/local/education/eye-on-education. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com)
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Drawing conclusions: Arts, academics make beautiful music together

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Merced City STEAMs ahead with arts

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band 0:41

Merced's John Muir Elementary Band

Turlock Renaissance arts magnet pulls on creativity 1:56

Turlock Renaissance arts magnet pulls on creativity