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San Juan Bautista State Historic Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino in the Plaza Hotel Saloon with an antique clock. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Education / Schools

SJB State Historic Park turns to virtual lessons for elementary schools

Fourth graders learn about the crafts and skills of 19th-century California.

Nonprofits

November Pledge of Champions supporters making impact

BenitoLink readers have donated $10,535 in support of local nonprofit news.


Novel Coronavirus. Photo courtesy of Centers for Disease Control.

Health

Nov. 30 coronavirus roundup for San Benito County

1,893 people have tested positive since February, 155 are active patients, 1,722 have recovered and 16 have died; the county’s current positivity rate is 6%.

Behind the scenes photo of a video shoot for 12 Days of Giving, featuring Esther Curtice (CASA), Patrice Kuerschner (Emmaus House), Patrick Ellis (Chamberlain's Youth Services), Nancy Frusetta (FoodBank) and Anna Foglia (Sun Street Centers). Photo courtesy of Lori Arnold.

Nonprofits

Nonprofit leaders speak on 12 Days of Giving

The annual fundraiser starts Dec. 1 and will benefit participating essential needs organizations such as CASA of San Benito County, Chamberlain's Youth Services, Community FoodBank, Emmaus House and Sun Street Centers.

Francisco Romero (foreground) came to BenitoLink as an intern in 2019. BenitoLink file photo.

Nonprofits

BenitoLink Inclusionx intern seizes opportunity

Francisco Romero is one of many BenitoLink interns who got on-the-job experience and is now poised for a successful career.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Children and Youth

Boy Scouts to provide contact-free Christmas tree collection service

Scouts will be on patrol within the community to collect trees on Jan. 3, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10.

Lisa and Dan O’Callaghan of December Ranch Christmas Trees. Photo courtesy of December Ranch.

Agriculture

The art and science of growing Christmas trees

December Ranch and Bourdets raise several varieties in San Juan Bautista and Hollister.

Leslie Dell and her daughter Addyson at the Black Pot Artisans pop-up location in downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Frank Perez.

Food / Dining

Black Pot Artisans: A home bakery in San Juan Bautista

Cottage industry baker specializes in sourdough bread.

Pasture-raised turkeys from Paicines Ranch. Photo courtesy of Paicines Ranch.

Agriculture

Turkey Time: Custom-raised for this unique holiday season

Local ranch offers pasture-raised birds for holiday meals.

A float in the 2019 Lights On Parade. File photo by Heather Graham.

San Benito Lifestyle

Annual Lights On Parade with a twist

Hollister Downtown Association to host modified celebration at airport.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Captain’s Log—Victims of gangsters or gangsters as victims? Chapter 2

In this second installment, Captain Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes about how and why Hispanic criminal street gangs have proliferated in the region.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Community Opinions

COMMUNITY OPINION: Guilty until proven innocent

Resident Randy Logue writes about COVID-19 and San Benito County's move back to the purple tier.

San Benito County Sheriff Captain Eric Taylor. Photo provided.

Community Opinions

COLUMN: Captain’s Log—Victim of gangsters or gangsters as victims?

Captain Eric Taylor with the SBC Sheriff's Office writes the first in a series of columns about the evolution of Hispanic criminal street gangs in California. Taylor has spent the majority of his career in gang enforcement, disruption and intervention.