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San Benito Lifestyle

Bethany Community Church to honor four at Martin Luther King Jr. awards breakfast

Honorees include deacon John Payne, Gavilan College President Kathleen Rose, Indian Canyon chairperson Ann-Marie Sayers and El Teatro Campesino founder Luis Valdez.

Referee Alvaro Quezada keeps close watch during a boys soccer game. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Sports & Recreation

Hollister soccer referee keeping up with the kids since 1999

Alvaro Quezada is well-known in local leagues.


Ripe apricots dry in huge trays. File photo.

Agriculture

San Benito County celebrates National Apricot Day

B&R Farms shares snack recipes with simple, minimally processed ingredients.

Zack Freitas. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Zack Freitas: Guitar heroes, aliens, and 8-tracks

Hollister musician prepares for single release party and tour.

Bryanna Morales, 15, Angela Martinez, 14, and Ariana Ventura, 15, hang out in the video game room at the Esperanza Center in Hollister during the Jan. 6 grand opening of the youth drop-in center. Photos by Noe Magaña.

Children and Youth

Youth programming comes to Esperanza Center

Aside from providing a place to hang out with friends, the drop-in center offers workshops, case managers and homework tutors.

Starting your New Year's fitness routine can be as simple as taking a walk around your community. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Health / Fitness

Keeping fitness goals for the new year

Local experts give tips on maintaining motivation.

Christy Schroeder with Anderson Homes gives a check to Gary Byrne (left) and Tracy Taggart (right), both with the Community Foundation for San Benito County. Photo by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Nonprofits

Anderson Homes gives back

Several nonprofits benefit from campaign which introduces new homebuyers to local programs and projects.

Perez-Barragan Family first baby of 2020. Photo provided by HHMH.

Children and Youth

First 2020 baby born at Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Bunny Perez and Jose Barragan welcomed their son Saleen on Jan. 1 at 6:18 a.m.

11-year-old referee Stephen Seymour judges a wrestling match. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Sports & Recreation

The Salcedo brothers: From Razorbacks to Balers

Coaches Steven and David work with young wrestlers starting at age six and continuing on through high school.

The Esperanza Center, located at 562 San Benito Street, is San Benito County Behavioral Health's wellness center. File photo.

Children and Youth

Esperanza Center holds grand opening for new youth drop-in program

Drop-in center is aimed at supporting young people ages 14-21, particularly at-risk or systems-involved youth residing in San Benito County.

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Agriculture

Winter fruit tree pruning workshop comes to San Juan Bautista

Free class will cover proper pruning techniques that encourage trees to produce fruit.

Lunar Eclipse. Photo provided by Pixabay.

Science

Searching the Sky: 2019—Another great year for astronomy

Contributor David Baumgartner shares a 2019 adventure in astronomy. Who knew it was such a dangerous occupation?

Art & Culture

Local Artists are Encouraged to Apply for the Open Studios Art Tour 2020

Applications are now open for the Arts Council's Open Studios Art Tour that will take place this coming April.

A few of the BenitoLink team members gather in downtown Hollister for a photo. Left to right: Leslie David, Carmel de Bertaut, Laura Romero, Nicholas Preciado, John Chadwell, Becky Bonner and Noe Magaña. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Features

BenitoLink reporters reflect on 2019

Several BenitoLink reporters share stories that they feel either impacted the community or meant something to them personally to work on.

An inexpensive and exciting option, camping under the night sky. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

San Benito Lifestyle

Celebrating New Years Eve in and around San Benito County

Have you been too busy to plan your new year's eve entertainment? Sometimes staying close to home is perfectly satisfying.

Panoche School students with their wall of postcards. Photo provided by Amanda McCraw.

Schools & Education

The world arrives at Panoche Elementary School

Students learn about geography, world history through postcards.

Photographer Rene Rodriguez can often be found on the backroads of San Benito County in search of just the right light for his images. All photos courtesy of Rene Rodriguez.

Art & Culture

The man behind the picture

Rene Rodriguez created the photo at the top of BenitoLink's homepage. Bold and dramatic, it captures a San Benito winter view of multiple ridge lines.

Bitterwater-Tully student cast performs as audience looks on. Photo by Shari Schmidt

Features

Community and students gather at Tully Hall

South county students of Bitterwater-Tully School put on a show for over 150 at the Tully Hall. Home baked goods sold at auction help fund a student trip.

Children and Youth

Hollister resident builds beds for children without

Steve Austin of Sleep in Heavenly Peace says ‘no kid sleeps on the floor in our town.’

Most Read

County Express bus at a Fixed Route stop. Photo provided by COG.

Transportation

County Express offers free rides for first week of February

Additional Intercounty Gavilan, Caltrain and Greyhound services free for month of January.

Intersection of Highway 156 at Highway 25. Photo by Leslie David

News

Safe roads mean happy holidays

Make sure you get everyone home safe. If you go out to celebrate the New Year, start it off right by designating a driver.

Highway 156. Photo by John Chadwell.

Transportation

Hwy 156 expansion delayed until November

Caltrans attributes holdup to right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation agreements.

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