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Mejka McMullen, Serena Barragan, Francisco Barragan and Samantha Slykas. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Children and Youth

Hollister 4-H volunteers share their hearts on Valentine’s Day

Eighty-nine nursing facility residents to receive custom-made cards.

Santino Leahy, Angelo Hillstock and Kayla Salazar received the highest marks and moved to the final round where they each recited a second poem. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Art & Culture

Local Poetry Out Loud competition sends student to state finals

Kayla Salazar will represent San Benito County in Sacramento in March.

Sunrise Senior Apartments. Photo provided by CHISPA.

Housing / Land Use

CHISPA announces completion of new affordable senior housing development

Opening celebration for 49-unit apartment complex to be held Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in Hollister.


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Nonprofits

Pet Friends offers low cost spay and neuter program

The program offers residents a lower co-payment for services through a voucher system and/or direct financing.

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Director Rachel Romina and the San Benito Oriana Chorale. Photos by Robert Eliason.

Art & Culture

Oriana Chorale sings of water and spring

Hollister group is seeking new voices for its diverse repertoire.

A ribbon-cutting was held as the facility was dedicated. Photos provided by SBHS.

Sports & Recreation

SBHS wrestling facility dedicated to Judy Rider

The former school board member and wrestling supporter was a longtime teacher at Methodist Preschool.

Members of LULAC, Jovenes de Antaño and Hollister Recreation cut the ceremonial red ribbon for the EHAT Technical Center, located at 300 West Street in Hollister. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Nonprofits

New technology center opens at Hollister Recreation

No cost to residents for access to 10 internet-connected computers and a printer.

A cap at the 2019 Gavilan College graduation. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Schools & Education

Alumnus remembers his time at Gavilan College

The campus was still under construction when Fernando Gonzalez attended.

Tony Katschen and Nacho. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Partying with pit bulls

Hollister Animal Shelter hosts an adoption ‘Pittie Party.’

Gemini constellation. Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Science

Constellation of the Month: Gemini the Twins

David Baumgartner writes about the twin constellation and how a local golf club dealt with unwanted light pollution.

Amanda McCraw and family in front of their house. Photo by Kaitlyn Fontaine.

Schools & Education

Rural San Benito schools offer teacher housing

Instructors at Panoche and Jefferson elementary schools wear multiple hats and conduct their classes as a community.

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Agriculture

San Juan rose care workshop cancelled

Feb. 1 class at SJB Historical Park cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Student Robert Rendon, teacher Teresa Stevens and student Isabella Favaloro at Maze Middle School. Stevens has asked her sixth-grade students to keep a kindness journal to show how kindness can be extended to everyone. Photo by Carmel de Bertaut.

Schools & Education

Maze Middle School implements a kindness challenge

Teresa Stevens assigns acts of kindness instead of homework.

The teaching room at the new Family Impact Center in Hollister. Photos by Robert Eliason.

San Benito Lifestyle

Family Impact Center brings help to troubled families

Facility touted as a one-stop resource for those in need.

5K start at the 2019 Mission 10 Race in San Juan Bautista. Photo provided.

Health / Fitness

Mission 10 Race returns to San Jaun Bautista

Jan. 25 event includes one-mile fun run, 5k, 10-mile distance and half-marathon.

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Science

Searching the Sky: Another great year for astronomy—Part Two

David Baumgartner continues his best of list with entries including the dark side of the moon and black holes.

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Halie Elliot. Photo provided by Sara Barclay.

San Benito Lifestyle

Gavilan students remember their peer Halie Elliott

Hit-and-run victim planned to study performing arts at Loyola Marymount University.

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Agriculture

Rose care class coming to San Juan Bautista

SJB State Historic Park to host UC Master Gardeners' workshop in February.

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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.

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Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Transportation

San Juan Bautista considers downtown parking system

While the city expects pushback, it aims to create partnerships benefitting all stakeholders.

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Transportation

Caltrans to perform brush control and tree trimming on Hwy 156 in Prunedale

Work to affect both directions between Cathedral Oaks and North Prunedale Road in the Prunedale area.

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