VETS RECEIVE DIPLOMAS: The Stanislaus County Office of Education will award high school diplomas to five Korean and Vietnam war veterans in a graduation ceremony during the county board meeting Tuesday at 9 a.m. in SCOE's boardroom, 1100 H St., Modesto. The five veterans are being honored as part of Operation Recognition, a program for World War II, Korean and Vietnam war veterans and Japanese-American citizens who were sent to internment camps during WWII and missed their high school graduations. Since 2002, SCOE has awarded 101 diplomas to veterans in Stanislaus County. "It will be an honor to present high school diplomas to these extraordinary Americans for their service and sacrifices they made and pay tribute to the legacy of freedom and peace that they have given our country," said Tom Changnon, county superintendent of schools. The following will receive diplomas: Charles Cline of Denair; John K. Eramdjian of Modesto; Duane Edwin Harris, deceased; William H. Hays Jr. of Denair; and Valentine Medina Perez of Modesto. Operation Recognition is an ongoing program. Diplomas are presented once a year. Applications are available at the county Office of Education and online at www.stancoe.org/SCOE/admin/oprec, or by calling Judy Leitz at 238-1709.
DRUGSTORE GETS FIRST OK: The Modesto Planning Commission this week cleared a path for a new drugstore at Floyd and Roselle avenues by approving a zoning change that allows commercial development there. Walgreens is pursuing a store at the site, but the commission didn't see the company's plans. Those must be approved by a later date.
CORONER SEEKS DECEASED WOMAN'S FAMILY: Stanislaus County coroner's officials are looking for the family of a Modesto woman who died at Doctors Medical Center 10 days ago. Josephine Studyvin, 81, died of natural causes on Oct. 28 at the Modesto hospital, deputy coroner Stephen Wright. It is believed that Studyvin was related to Bill and Ginger Groves, but officials have not found them, Wright said. Officials asked any member of Studyvin's family to call the Stanislaus County coroner's office at 567-4500.
GOLDEN BELL AWARDS: Salida Elementary School will be honored next month at the 28th annual Golden Bell Awards program of the California School Boards Association, which recognizes outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The award was given in the science category for "Trekking the Tuolumne River, Big Bend Project" under the direction of Principal Jeri Passalaqua. The goal of this program is for students to develop a sense of pride and ownership of the Tuolumne River, and to share with others their knowledge of the river and its surroundings. The project integrates science, writing, communication and a community service learning project. Students create multimedia presentations to share their knowledge about the Tuolumne River with the community, including the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District board and the Salida Union school board. This program includes partnerships with the Tuolumne River Trust, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Great Valley Museum of Natural History, Water Resources Board and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. The Golden Bell Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during the CSBA's awards luncheon at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina on Dec. 1.
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HOLIDAY STOCKINGS HEADED FOR IRAQ: More than 75 holiday stockings, stuffed with personal care items and goodies from Modesto, will be delivered to U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Aaron West and Sandra Yates, two Modesto real estate agents, gathered the items from local businesses and community members, including their clients. West said the stockings each are filled with about $25 worth of toothbrushes, music CDs, soap, deodorant, cookies and other items. They will be sent to a group called Operation Give, which last year reported sending 40 tons of stockings to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is the second year Yates and West have gathered stockings for the project.
LEARN MORE ABOUT NURSING: Anyone wanting to learn more about nursing can visit Modesto Junior College's Nursing Career Faire and Open House on Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The event will provide an opportunity for people interested in a career in nursing to learn more about MJC's nursing program, how to obtain an associate degree in nursing, and the numerous opportunities for employment available for registered nurses. Nurses from various specialty fields will be on hand to talk about nursing careers and job opportunities. The event will include displays by area hospitals and other health care facilities. Informational brochures, literature, door prizes, activities and refreshments will be offered. The event is in John Muir Hall, Room 265, on MJC's west campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. For more information, call 575-6569.
FUND-RAISER POSTPONED: A fund-raiser for "The Victim's Voice" and Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse, set for today at the Merced County Fairgrounds, has been postponed until spring because of a scheduling conflict, organizers said. For refunds or more information, call Angie Martin at 261-0328, or the chamber office at 769-0503.