Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and San Juan Bautista Mayor Cesar Flores. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Arts

Poets gather in San Juan Bautista for three-day symposium

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and others hold workshops at Saint Francis Retreat.

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Agriculture

No bird shows at San Benito County Fair after disease outbreak

After Virulent Newcastle disease appears in several Southern California counties, poultry will be missing from Northern California fairs this year.

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Education

Gavilan College alumnus recalls college days out at airport

A 1967 graduate shares his experience.

Linda and Pat Lampe cutting the ribbon in front of Worth Saving Thrift Store. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Our Economy

Worth Saving has grand opening

Hollister thrift store supports local low-income residents and homeless.

The Measure X Citizens' Oversight Committee at a June 25 meeting. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education

Two Measure X committees meet

Citizens’ Oversight and San Benito Campus Ad Hoc groups hold first meetings and set the stage for the future of Fairview Corners.

Constrution zone at San Health Foundation. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Our Economy

Hollister healthcare center goes green

San Benito Health Foundation installs solar panels, retrofits lighting and moves to bioethanol generator.

Ann Kennedy presents update to the Gavilan College Board of Trustees. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education

Gavilan school board gets Measure X update

Plans for bond spending and timeline given during June meeting.

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Amanda Chiado leads group discussion. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

BenitoLink reporter participates in a local writing lab

Arts Council creates safe space for sharing personal expression.

Anzar High School senior Jordan Driver focused on art therapy for her graduation exhibition project. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Education

Anzar High senior reaches out through art therapy

Jordan Driver’s “Grad X” project helps participants access emotions.

New section of county building that house Whole Person Care and the HOME Resource Center. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Health

HOME Resource Center open house showcases new facilities

Phase Two development includes laundry, kitchen and computer lab.

The start of the de Anza trail in San Juan Bautista. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Land Use

Pinnacles Gateway Partners welcome de Anza Trail superintendent

Naomi Torres discusses the historic route that passes through San Juan Bautista.

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Artwork on display at the Life Skills art reception on May 31. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Arts

Life skills students show art at reception

Works on display at ARTspace Annex in Hollister.

Rockie Ruiz talks with BenitoLink as she works on her project at the Esperanza Center open house on May 22. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Features

Esperanza Center opens its doors

To recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, San Benito County Behavioral Health showcases its daytime activity facility.

Sixth-graders Casey Murdaugh and Rylee Park try food samples before voting for next school year's menu items. Photos by Carmel de Bertaut.

Rancho San Justo students choose their menu

Middle school holds taste testing and invites kids to pick their favorites.

Angelo Hudson and Mark Preader with students at Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts in Hollister. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Local Sports

Local martial arts instructor brings home gold

Mark Preader wins world championship.