Record heat leads into the weekend
Thursday tied the hottest May 15 recorded in Modesto since the Modesto Irrigation District started keeping track in 1939. The thermometer at MID's downtown station topped out at 98 degrees between 4 and 5 p.m., according to the district. That matches the previous top temperature two years ago. It is supposed to be hot again today, but the chance of setting a record isn't as likely. MIDs record for May 16 is 103 degrees, which occurred in 1970. For more on the weather and the weekend forecast, see Page B-8.
Kids' Day facts
Only four days remain until Kids' Day, when the proceeds from the sale of special editions of The Bee help The Salvation Army's youth programs in Modesto and Turlock.
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The swimming pool at The Salvation Army's Red Shield Community Center is a kid magnet as the only community pool in southwest Modesto. During the summer, it's so popular that hundreds of boys and girls turn out, requiring two-hour shifts so all of them get time to swim. Some of the older children have trained to be junior lifeguards and now have summer jobs.
For more information, call The Salvation Army Red Shield Community Center in Modesto at 538-7111 or the Turlock Corps at 667-6091.
Baby animal shower fun for children
If you enjoy seeing wide-eyed children with big grins, pack up the kids Saturday and bring them to the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center. The ninth annual Baby Animal Shower will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the care center on the Fox Grove Fishing Access Road. Admission is free, but people are asked to bring a gift to the baby shower. The little creatures need such items as gift certificates to feed stores, paper towels, toilet tissue, smooth peanut butter, bleach and unflavored Pedialyte. Children will see baby animals including coyotes, foxes, raccoons, barn owls and more. There will be games and lectures. For more information, call 883-9414.
Oakdale Chocolate Festival goes on
Hershey might have packed up and left for Mexico, but that doesn't mean there won't be a chocolate festival in Oakdale on Saturday. There will be 200 booths, with about 30 devoted to chocolate. Sconza Candy Co., the Oakland-based candymaker that is moving into the old Hershey plant, will be on hand. Page B-3
75 YEARS AGO: Both houses of the Legislature passed an amended Stanislaus County government bill and a measure that provided for a reduction in the salaries of Superior Court Judges L.W. Fulkerth and J.C. Needham. The bill decreased each of the judges' salary from $6,000 to $5,400 annually.
-- Karen Aiello