News & Notes

Education chief set to visit Turlock

State schools chief Jack O'Connell will speak about the state of education in California at a Turlock Rotary Club luncheon at noon today. A representative said O'Connell's remarks will focus on closing the achievement gap between black and Latino students and their white peers on state test scores. O'Connell will visit Cunningham and Dutcher elementary schools in the Turlock Unified School District for an assembly and to attend after-school programs. For more information, call Janet Pohl-De Mello at 664-1589.

Tickets available to Hall of Fame fete

Modesto High School's Hall of Fame will induct eight members and offer special recognition to two faculty members and one student. The honorees include war heroes, civic servants, educators, performing artists, a physician and a local sports icon. They are Marie Gallo, Harvey Hand, Roland Nyegaard, Chris Patterakis, Dan Petersen, Philip Souza, Harold Stedman, Erik Buck Townsend, former Principal J. Wesley Berry, former coach and athletic director Leonard Kaiser and student Ryan Dickerson. The event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday at the S.O.S. Club, 819 Sunset Ave. Tickets are $30. To reserve a spot, call Diana Scott at 576-4410 by Thursday.

Learn how to stay healthy while aging

Stanislaus County will offer its fifth Healthy Aging Summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Modesto Centre Plaza, with free health screenings for adults 50 and older. New this year, Stanislaus County Veterans Services will be part of the event along with the Modesto Lions Club. Free transportation from Patterson, Grayson or Newman can be arranged. Call Starr Carson Cleary, Healthy Aging Summit project coordinator, for more information, at 827-1960 or 631-3580.


75 YEARS AGO: Frank J. Duncan, district inspector for the state highway department, and members of the Merced County State Highway Patrol took over their new quarters in the completed building at Kiwanis Park immediately south of Merced on the Golden State Highway. The structure was the first of a series of new buildings planned to accommodate state highway patrol offices in California.

25 YEARS AGO: Fred Franzia, president of Bronco Winery in Ceres, announced that the previous day the winery had crushed more than 6,000 tons of grapes, the most ever crushed in one day by the winery. He said 1982 had proved to be a heavy grape crop year and that Bronco probably would end the season crushing up to 50 percent more grapes than the 120,000 tons crushed in 1981.

-- Karen Aiello