Boy Scouts help with El Niño preparations

Boy Scouts Troop #436 spent Saturday morning filling sandbags

While Hollister residents will have access to bags and sand as a precaution against this year's El Niño, most will be physically able to fill the bags themselves.

Others who may not have the ability to do so will find that Boy Scout Troop #436 prepared a ready supply at the Hollister Municipal Airport and was scheduled Monday to move them to the city yard at 1291 South St., where city employees will be on hand from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekedays to help load bags into vehicles for those who need assistance during rainy weather.

Residents are also able to pick up sandbags at three locations in the county: Fire Station No. 2 on Airline Highway; at the flagpole of the Hollister Municipal Airport; and at the county yard at 3220 Southside Rd, Those sandbags are typically available in advance of a storm. The county yard is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the airport and fire station hold regular business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. 

Lois Locci

A Hollisterian since 1999 (and a Silicon Valley escapee), Dr. Locci taught English and Intercultural Communication at De Anza College in Cupertino for years before adding a second career as chair of the education department of UC Extension, providing professional development for teachers K-14 in four counties and three countries. Also at UC, Dr. Locci led the development of Advanced Placement® and honors courses for the University of California College Prep Online until retiring in 2012. She served a four-year term as Trustee for Gavilan Joint Community College District and currently serves on the board of BenitoLink.