Jeff Jardine

Snuffing out a bad habit by quitting smoking

When a man at a gas station said he’d smoked his last cigarette because of the price, his tone seemed to infer that he thought he was punishing the store clerk and the tobacco industry. But he isn’t punishing the clerk, the station’s owner or Big Tobacco. He’s only helping himself.

Jeff Jardine

Air boat no match for Tuolumne River hyacinth

A homemade air boat was no match recently for the hyacinth-clogged Tuolumne River near Hughson. Also, the story of Earl Smith Jr. of Modesto, who played with the Manila Symphony Orchestra during WWII, inspired an invitation to participate in Atwater High School’s annual patriotic concert.

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