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Students have a blast with math

More than 120 students competed in the Stanislaus Mathematics Council's 27th annual sixth-

grade Math Blast last month at Savage Middle School in Modesto. Barry McNamara of Modesto's Sonoma Elementary School and David Altman of Modesto's Ustach Middle School tied for first place in a test of computational questions. In a team problem-solving competition, Kody Gilbert and Alex Hunn of Sonoma Elementary took first place. For a full list of winners, go to www.modbee.com/local.

City seeking folks for cleanup effort

To prepare for its upcoming Earth Day celebration, the city of Modesto is seeking volunteers for a neighborhood cleanup day along undeveloped portions of the Virginia Corridor on April 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Virginia Corridor is a 4.2-mile linear park that runs along the old Tidewater Southern railroad line from Needham Avenue to Bangs Avenue. Those interested in volunteering should contact Beverly McCullough, city of Modesto Solid Waste Division, at 577-5495. Modesto's 19th annual Earth Day in the Park Festival is slated for April 19 at Graceada Park.

UC Merced talks about growth plans

Learn about the University of California at Merced's expansion plans at a meeting today. The meeting will include details on the campus's planned growth as well as the proposed neighboring residential village. After a 4 p.m. campus tour, community members will meet in the dorm lobby's California Room, where Chancellor Steve Kang and the campus architect will give a presentation and answer questions.

For details, go to www.spk. usace.army.mil/organizations/ cespk-co/regulatory/PNs.

'Talk to the Top' with Modesto mayor

Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour will answer questions about the city budget in the online blog "Talk to the Top" Wednesday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. To reach the blog, go to http://thehive.modbee.com/ talkingtothetop. If you are not a registered modbee.com user, you will need to register first. There is no charge. (Go to www.modbee.com and scroll over to Customer Service. Follow the instructions.)

Yesteryears

50 YEARS AGO: For the first time since May 1954, Stanislaus County slipped through a month without a traffic fatality. Coroner Herbert Paul announced that no one was killed in March traffic accidents and the county's last reported traffic death was Feb. 24.

25 YEARS AGO: About half of downtown Modesto was plunged into darkness for about two to three minutes by a power failure that was caused by an overloaded hydroelectric generation line. About 2,700 customers were affected.

-- Karen Aiello

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