Robert Eliason, out in the fresh air again after surgery. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Health

BL Longform: Fighting cancer, with the scars to prove it

Reporter Robert Eliason writes on his recovery from prostate surgery.

Robert Eliason resting at home.

Health

BL Longform: A diagnosis of prostate cancer is not a death sentence

Reporter Robert Eliason's firsthand account of the journey to wellness.

Tiffany Wyrick in the hospital. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wyrick.

Health

BL Longform: COVID-19 recovery from a personal point of view

Tiffany Wyrick and son Colton share their story of becoming infected and the lingering effects months later.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Health

Tips for a safe Thanksgiving during COVID-19

Public Health Officer David Ghilarducci’s advice on how to prepare for a gathering, how to stay protected and what to do afterwards.

Amalia Ellis (right) and her mother Kerry. Photo courtesy of Amalia Ellis.

BL Special Report

BL Special Report: The heartbreaking complexities of in-home caregiving

Caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s is an act of love and patience. One local woman shares her story.

Kamal Yoga hosting a session outdoors. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Area fitness services adapting to pandemic guidelines

Oasis moving to a new location.

Mary Margaret Lanning, creator and owner of Overall Fitness and Nutrition, demonstrates a straight arm plank. Photo courtesy of Mary Marguerite Lanning.

Health / Fitness

Tips for exercising at home

How to adopt, or maintain, fitness goals while sheltering in place.

Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions being put in place, BenitoLink board members, journalists and staff met to discuss news coverage and the budget during their annual retreat in March. Photo by Leslie David.

Nonprofits

Appreciation and support for local news expands during COVID-19

Four-hundred newsrooms, including BenitoLink, get boost of $5,000 for additional coronavirus-related reporting for their communities thanks to Facebook, Lenfest Institute and local news funders.

Brian Lucas, owner of Off the Chain bike shop in Hollister. Photo provided by Brian Lucas.

Sports & Recreation

Off the Chain and into the wild

Bike store owner Brian Lucas talks about personal fit.

Caroline Perry, a student at Ladd Lane, working on school work at home. Photo provided.

Children and Youth

Sheltered at home, San Benito students study with homework packets

Schools in Hollister send out review work each week on math, science, reading and art.

Just a few of the pizzas delivered to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital staff by Graniterock and Granite Construction. Don Barrett with Graniterock (center) in blue. Hospital staff names were not provided by publication. Photo provided.

Business

Nurses and Doctors get recognition in the form of a hot meal

Two regional companies decide to join together and help sustain staff at three area hospitals with a tall stack of pizzas from local restaurants.

Nine-year-old Bella and six-year-old Luca make their daily schedule. Photo by Patty Lopez Day.

Children and Youth

Parenting during the coronavirus pandemic

A mother of two gives her frontline account. It takes a little while to set goals and get a schedule going, but part of the learning experience is accepting the limits that come with this crisis.

Taking a walk with your child while following appropriate social distancing measures can be a great way to get exercise during the shelter-in-place order. Photo provided by Meghan Ross.

Children and Youth

Families share experiences during shelter-in-place order

Five San Benito County parents share thoughts on keeping kids engaged.

San Benito High School administration building. Photo provided by SBHS.

Schools & Education

San Benito High School postpones 8th Grade Parent Nights

School said all other campus events, including sporting events and Saturday’s dance, remain scheduled as planned, but could be postponed or cancelled pending further guidance from health officials.

Students at Bulldog Boxing Gym in Hollister. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Bulldog Boxing Gym thanks Community Foundation

Grant funding helps gym meet goals and provide for local at-risk youth.