News & Notes

Modesto hires man to run wastewater

Modesto this week appointed a new Public Works Department deputy director to manage the city's wastewater services. Gary DeJesus of Valley Springs joins Modesto with 12 years of experience in public utilities. He will oversee an expansion of the city's wastewater treatment plants. He succeeds Dan Wilkowsky. Acting Public Works Deputy Director Dennis Turner will return to his position as fleet manager.

Care to share your Turlock memories?

How does it feel to be hitting the big 100 this year? The city of Turlock is celebrating its centennial this year, and we'd like to hear from you. Share your favorite memories or thoughts about the city in which you live. E-mail them to living@modbee.com. Please include your name and phone number.


75 YEARS AGO: The jigsaw puzzle craze hit Modesto with a wallop. The impact was so big that dealers in Modesto have been out of the puzzles for several days and have been forced to turn down hundreds of requests for the boxes with the little cardboard pieces.

50 YEARS AGO: The cornerstone of the old Stanislaus County Courthouse was opened as several people looked on. The heavy granite lid was lifted and inside was a rusted, square tin box. The box held a list of Stanislaus County voters, some paper currency and bylaws of the Wildey Lodge of Odd Fellows and the Masons. The papers and currency were brittle, but five coins were unchanged. The papers and currency had been sealed into the granite cornerstone in 1872.

-- Karen Aiello