Pastor Hwapyoung Kang. Photo by Robert Eliason.


Blue Christmas service comforts those in grief during the holidays

Hollister United Methodist Church offers a time for quiet reflection.

Photo from the parade video.


HDA hosts the 31st Annual Lights On Celebration

This year’s parade theme was 'The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.'

Antonia Martin at the Vineyard School. Photo by Robert Eliason.

San Benito History

BL Longform: The 19th-century Gilmore Colony collapses at the farm

On their own, former slaves and workers move to Hollister to restart their lives.

Leo Vasquez and Shawn Novack. Photo by Juliana Luna.

Environment / Nature

Free landscaping plans available to San Benito residents

Water-efficient gardens, such as the one at Dunne Park, are encouraged during drought.

Fabio Bozzi of Hollister and his mother Elena Bonini enjoy incorporating food from their home country for the holidays. Photo courtesy of Amanda Chiado

San Benito Lifestyle

Thanksgiving for local Italian family conjures “abbacchio alla cacciatora”

Abbacchio alla cacciatora has been a part of their holiday celebrations for 10 years.

Kathy Miramontes, Atticus Ortiz, Justin Delgado, and Axel Miramontes. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Volmer.

Schools & Education

Jefferson School students win county fair photography competition

They took photographs to express their feelings during and after lockdown.

Quilts of Honor recipients. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.


Veterans Day Ceremony celebrates past and current military members

They also participate in Hollister’s first Veterans Honor Walk.

Annette Cain and Peter Anderson. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

Volunteers work on new landscaping at Aromas Sports Park

Rotary Clubs provide money and labor to add beauty to the grounds.

Park interpreter Marcos Vizcaino with Valley Christian Elementary School students. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

Fourth-grade students on field trips return to San Juan Bautista

They bring a sign of normalcy and hope for the small tourist town.

Group of fruits. Photo by Jonathan Crowther.

Children and Youth

Trick or Treat Streets returns to downtown

Fruits, Michael Myers and characters from the Wizard of Oz invade downtown Hollister.

Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts student, Cameron, participated in Saturday's kick-a-thon. Photo by Jenny Mendolla Arbizu.

Business / Economy

Thanksgiving with kicks

Hollister’s Enterprise Academy of Martial Arts raises funds for the Community Food Bank of San Benito County.

U10 Vikings at the one-inch line. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

U12 Hollister Vikings advance in playoffs after 28-8 victory against Coast Side Cougars

The U10 Vikings are eliminated after a tough loss to the East Bay Warriors.

The Swan Nebula. Photo by David Baumgartner.


Searching the Sky: Planets not bashful at all this month

David Baumgartner writes that Venus, Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, Neptune and Uranus are viewable this month.


Two local animal welfare providers to be honored Nov. 14

Memory book supplies will be available at tables curbside for those who want to share their gratitude, favorite memory, anecdote, and/or photo to help create a memory book for the family of each honoree.

Morning Briefing for Amateur Radio Operators on Carmel Valley route. Photo courtesy of Heatherly Takeuchi.


COLUMN: Amateur radio operators provide a vital service for Life Time Sea Otter Classic

Amateur Radio Operators from San Benito, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara counties provide a key bridge in communications for the Life Time Sea Otter Classic.