50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index • JUNE 10, 1971
A number of community members, family and local officials were on hand Thursday, June 3, when the Gustine Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting for TJV Photography, located at 461 Fifth St. Owner Terrah Vitorino cut the traditional ribbon as those gathered for the occasion looked on.
Four generations of family members gathered recently to celebrate the 95th birthday of Newman resident Manuel Vierra. Vierra remembers the horse-and-buggy days which led to his love of cars and a career as a local car dealer for more than 50 years. He was married for almost 70 years to Elean…
The school year may have drawn to a close, but local districts are continuing to serve meals free of charge to all children in the community.
Alma Gallegos of Newman is serving in the U.S. Navy. Gallegos, a Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class, is shown inspecting M4 magazines during a gun shoot aboard amphibious assault ship USS Tripoli on May 14. Tripoli is under way conducting routine operations in the U.S. Third Fleet.
Gustine High School held a “signing day” event recently as the school year drew to a close. Graduating seniors reaffirmed their college or military commitments during the ceremonial event.
“Summer camp” is under way on Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District campuses. The summer programs offer a variety of interactive, project-based learning activities with embedded standards. Above, students at Hunt Elementary took part in an art-based activity last week.
West Side agriculture is facing a drought crisis, with surface water allocations reduced to the Central California Irrigation District and eliminated altogether in small federal districts such as the Del Puerto Water District.
NEWMAN - The proposed Newman Community Conservation Area, which includes a nature park and hiking trails, cleared two milestones recently with City Council approval of a master plan and environmental studies on the project.
GUSTINE - Gustine High School will host its 2021 commencement Friday evening, June 4, with valedictorian Trenton Cremeen and salutatorian Emery Adel Fulgueras at the head of the class.
A number of repairs are being made to the Gustine municipal swimming pool. A portion of the pool decking is being replaced as part of that project. City officials indicated recently that the pool may be ready for a late June opening.
Tickets for the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds’ “Summer of Fun” Food Maxx Arena series, presented by Coors Light, are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased only online at www.stancofair.com.
Families strolled Newman’s downtown plaza as they enjoyed the weekly farmer’s market Friday. The market will be held from 3:30-7:30 p.m. each Friday through the end of June.
With their graduation just two days away, members of the Orestimba High Class of 2021 gathered in Warrior Stadium last Wednesday to celebrate a “Senior Sunset” evening together.
NEWMAN - The end of the school year has signaled a new chapter in life for five Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District employees who are stepping into retirement.
GUSTINE - The city’s new fire engine was christened in a traditional ceremony last Tuesday and dedicated in memory of a Cal Fire captain who was instrumental in writing the grant which funded the $646,000 vehicle.
GUSTINE - The city will continue to address code enforcement issues primarily on a complaint basis, in keeping with City Council direction offered at a May meeting, but will also update its ordinances in hopes of reducing gray areas.
GUSTINE - A $1.4 million grant will allow Gustine Unified School District to offer a summer school program this year and bolster educational resources for students when a new school year begins in August.
NEWMAN - Summer school will return to the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District in June, but with a far different look than the traditional summer sessions of years past.
Visitors to Newman’s spring farmer’s market browsed the various merchandise offered by vendors in the downtown plaza Friday. The market is held each Friday from 3:30-7:30 p.m. through June.
Banners donated by the Gustine High Class of 2021 were put into place along Fifth Street earlier this week by city public works crews. Above, Jon Bishop put a banner in place Tuesday morning.
Gustine High School welcomed eighth-grade students from Gustine Middle School and Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School to an orientation session on campus last week. The visiting students learned about the programs and activities offered at the high school.
The Merced County Fair Board of Directors, management and Livestock Department are excited to move forward with an in-person modified livestock show and sale for Merced County’s hard-working 4-H and FFA students.
GUSTINE - Gustine Middle School students were recently invited to take part in a school-wide essay contest in which they were asked to write a short story.
Yolo Middle School seventh-grader Sofiah Ramirez wrote the school's winning entry in the 2021 Peace Essay Contest sponsored by the Modesto Peace/Life Center and the Division of Literature and Language Arts at Modesto Junior College.