"We love what we do," said Gary Ibsen. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Agriculture

Sharing heirlooms with the world

Gary Ibsen and Dagma Lacey have a tomato seed library with 650 varieties.

Ozeki Sake USA Inc. President Toru Ikemasu and production manager Yoji Ogawa pose with the company's 40th anniversary bottle of sake. The bottle features the city of Hollister's logo. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Food / Dining

Ozeki Sake reflects on four decades in Hollister

The Japan-based company talks about its beginnings, growth, and looks to the future.

Mike Waller is the winemaker at Calera. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Features

Wine brothers: Beyond the vines

Hollister natives Mike and Cory Waller discuss getting into the wine industry.

"The music is recognizable," said director Derek Barnes about the latest San Benito Stage Company teen musical "Leader of the Pack," which debuts Oct. 25. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Art & Culture

New San Benito Stage Company musical coming to Vets Hall

‘Leader of the Pack,’ based on the life and songs of Ellie Greenwich, opens Oct. 25.

Elizabeth Cota of Hollister came to the farmers' market in San Juan Bautista with her daughter Naima. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle

San Juan Bautista kicks off farmers’ market

Starting small, organizers plan to gradually add more vendors.

Java Express Manager Brooke Taylor proudly showed her sweater that encourages people to "Drink Local." Photos by Becky Bonner.

Food / Dining

Java Express celebrating 25 years in business

Local drive-through coffee hut credits positive staff-customer relationships for its success.

Mercey Hot Springs can be found among the rolling hills of the Diablo Range. Photos by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle

Mercey Hot Springs: An oasis in the hills

Serenity and rejuvenation await just miles outside of San Benito County.

Malia Chang was crowned the Chicken Festival Queen as SJB celebrated its 150th year. Photo courtesy of Malia Chang.

San Benito Lifestyle

Chicken Festival Queen looks to the future

Malia Chang shares her love for San Juan Bautista.

Shearwater takes a moment to release the first-ever banded Tricolored Blackbird in San Benito County. Photo courtesy of Debi Shearwater.

San Benito Lifestyle

Stillness and Light: Shearwater on Birdwatching

Debi Shearwater is set to retire from a 40-plus-year career hosting pelagic seabird trips.

Current Girls Inc. members checked in attendees at the door to the fifth annual Tastes and Treasures fundraiser at San Juan Oaks. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Children and Youth

Fifth annual Tastes and Treasures raises $20,000

Girls Inc. of the Central Coast works to support young women to achieve success.

Gavilan College Superintendent/President Kathleen Rose and Board of Trustees Vice President Mark Dover pause for a photo at the Sept. 7 gala. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Gavilan College celebrates 100 years

Centennial highlights the past and looks forward.

Custom Fundraising Solutions San Jose owner Sam St.Germain (right) listens to a potential customer at the Aug. 25 mattress sale at SBHS. Photos by Becky Bonner.

Schools & Education

Mattress sale raises money for SBHS band program

Event nets $2,800 to help with future competitions and purchases.

Brewery Twenty Five owners Fran and Sean Fitzharris created a speciality brew to celebrate San Juan Bautista's 150 anniversary. Photo by Becky Bonner.

San Benito Lifestyle

Special brew celebrates a special town

Brewery Twenty Five crafts a new beer to mark San Juan Bautista’s 150th anniversary.

Current ASB President Maya Villegas cut the ceremonial ribbon for the Aug. 24 grand opening. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Features

Build it and they will come

Grand opening of new SBHS athletic facilities draws people of all ages.

Nofiu Akano moved to the United States from Nigeria to pursue a career in golf. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Features

For the love of golf

Nofiu Akano moved from Nigeria to the U.S. to follow his passion.