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A little hygiene is good for attendance

For the second year in a row, many school in Stanislaus County are participating in the "Every Day Counts" campaign to focus attention on the importance of student attendance and to raise attendance rates. Did you know? ... Nearly 22 million school days are lost each year because of the common cold. Hand washing can help reduce the spread of germs.

Mobile home talk set for Wednesday

Modesto mobile home park residents can learn more about a new city ordinance designed to limit rent increases at a meeting Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Modesto Senior Citizens Center, 211 Bodem St. The ordinance caps rent hikes at 6 percent a year, but allows exemptions for park owners who sign city-approved agreements. For more information, call Barbara Kauss at 577-5275.

Do you know the way to San Jose by bike?

Modesto today is expected to unveil a two-wheeled way to San Jose at a press conference promoting its role in the 2008 Amgen Tour of California bicycle race. In July, Modesto announced that it would be the race's starting point on Feb. 20, the event's third day, in a leg taking cyclists from the San Joaquin Valley to Silicon Valley. At today's conference, race officials are expected to disclose details of that route. The conference will take place at 11 a.m. in Tenth Street Plaza, 1010 10th St.

Yesteryears

75 YEARS AGO: The most absentee ballots ever cast in a Merced County election -- 140 -- were to be counted by the Merced County Board of Supervisors, after which the results from the 62 precincts would be canvassed. The total vote in county was the largest ever -- nearly 10,500.

50 YEARS AGO: A brief groundbreaking ceremony marked the formal start of construction of a 5,000-foot runway at the Modesto City-County Airport. About 40 officials and business leaders who were identified with the airport improvement project were on hand.

25 YEARS AGO: Jeff Shafer, 15, of Modesto won the showmanship award with his Brown Swiss cow, Penny, in the open division at the Western International Dairy Exposition in Fresno.

-- Karen Aiello
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