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Conference with filmmaker at library

The Modesto branch of the Stanislaus County Library will hold a live video conference with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, inset, on Nov. 8 from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Organizers said the award- winning director and producer will appear live from a studio near his home in Connecticut to discuss his PBS series "The War." Modesto is one of only five California locations for the conference. "The War" is a seven-part documentary about World War II, telling stories through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four U.S. towns: Waterbury, Conn.; Mobile, Ala.; Sacramento; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minn. The series airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on KVIE 6 through Nov. 14. Admission to the Nov. 8 video conference will be limited to 100 participants; interested parties should call 558-7814 to reserve a seat. For more information or to reserve a seat at the video conference, call 558-7814.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: Jim Saras returned to his role of a Modesto rancher after a travel-filled summer in which he served as a U.S. track ambassador to Europe. Saras, a former athlete at Modesto High School, was one of six U.S. track participants chosen to compete in Athens.

25 YEARS AGO: The roadside rest stop on Interstate 5 near Panoche Road was named the John "Chuck" Erreca rest stop in memory of the late Los Banos mayor and councilman who served on the state Highway Commission. The Legislature approved the change. Sundial-shaped plaques would be placed at the rest stop, along with a copy of the resolution passed by legislators. Erreca died in 1981.

-- Karen Aiello

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