Kids' Day factoids
Kids' Day is May 20, with proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee going to help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock. An average of 130 kids a day take the plunge in the Red Shield Community Center's swimming pool weekdays from May 27 to Aug. 29. The cost is $1 per swim session, and swim lessons are offered for all ages. For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
Symposium on kids
The public is invited to learn "How to Raise Happy and Smart Children" at a symposium Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center at Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. in Modesto. Pam Schiller, Ph.D., a noted early childhood consultant and author of children's books, will be the keynote speaker. The event will include video messages from Stanislaus County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell on the impact of budget cuts to local early childhood programs and the role these programs can have in closing the achievement gap. Registration for the conference is free. To register, contact the Stanislaus County CARES Project at 341-1668. Workshops at the symposium include topics on infant/toddler care, music and movement activities and the findings of a four-year school readiness report funded by the Stanislaus County Children and Families Commission.
Ex-car dealer jailed
The former owner of the Newman Auto Plaza in Newman has been arrested on 35 counts of felony grand theft. Norris A. Poulsen, 58, of Newman was arrested Wednesday by investigators from the California Department of Motor Vehicles' Stockton district office. According to the DMV, Poulsen defrauded customers by failing to pay off trade-in vehicles, failing to transfer titles and failing to pay auto auctions for vehicles he bought, among other offenses. Poulsen's activities caused losses of more than $590,000, according to a DMV news release. Poulsen was booked into Stanislaus County Jail with bail set at $500,000. His arrest was the result of a six-month investigation started by the DMV after Newman Auto Plaza closed in September.
75 YEARS AGO: Leslie Zeigler, the defending Stanislaus County tennis champion in the women's and girls divisions, lost one of her titles but retained the other in matches that were played at the Graceada Park courts. Anna Gould of Modesto High School dethroned Zeigler in the women's event, but Zeigler defeated Ruth Schmidt to keep her title in the girls event.
-- Karen Aiello