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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…

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Members of the Gustine High Class of 2021 enjoyed an evening of activities together Thursday. 

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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.

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“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. 

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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.

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.

Local veteran organizations paid tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes with a Memorial Day procession through downtown Gustine Monday morning.

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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.

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. 

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GUSTINE - The city plans to throw a Fourth of July celebration complete with parade, park activities and fireworks, resuming a long-time Gustine tradition.