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Removing well lids, grates is dangerous

Vandals or thieves over recent weeks have been stealing lids on rock wells and catch basin grates, the city of Modesto announced Thursday. City waste-water collection crews found many of the lids and grates near where they were removed. All reported lids and grates have been replaced. The main concern of city officials is safety; someone could accidentally step into an open rock well or basin. The incidents mainly occurred along East Orangeburg Avenue, East Roseburg Avenue and Scenic Drive, and appear to be random acts of vandalism, according to a city announcement. Anyone who sees someone tampering with the lids or grates is asked to call the Modesto Police Department at 552-2470.

It's only a drill at Stanislaus State

California State University, Stanislaus, will join with other regional agencies to hold a large-scale emergency drill today. The simulated incident at the dorms will include student volunteers who will portray injured victims, and a number of regional emergency personnel and their vehicles will be on the scene. The drill will test the university's ability to respond to an emergency and to quickly and directly communicate with students and employees via e-mail and text messages to cell phones during an emergency. The simulation will go on from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.csustan.edu/emergency.

How long have you lived in Ceres?

Ceres residents who have lived in the city for decades and those who have just moved there are asked to contact Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield for a project on the state of the city. She can be reached at mhatfield@modbee.com or 578-2339.

Readers speak out

Modesto Bee readers express their views on recent reports over the financial situation of the YMCA in Modesto. Opinions, Page B-7

Coming Saturday

Bee photographer Marty Bicek captures the beautiful colors of fall along the Merced River in Yosemite National Park and on the Tuolumne River in Modesto.

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: The Modesto French Laundry on H Street was dissolved under an old partnership with new partnership papers filed with the Stanislaus County clerk. New partners were listed as Walter C. Hancock and Angelo Meanza of Modesto. The old partners who had filed original papers in 1947 were Archie A. Kennedy and H.A. Henderson of Modesto.

25 YEARS AGO: Members of the Health 21 class at Central Catholic High School in Modesto had a variety of reasons for taking the smoking prevention class. Jorge Iturbe said, "A lot of unaware people don't know how bad smoking is to their health. I think we should let them know cigarettes could kill them."

-- Karen Aiello

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