Year In Re­view 2017 Touches On Top Sto­ries

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This week, we be­gin a ‘look back’ at the top sto­ries of 2017 that made news in The Escalon Times. Jan­uary through June will be fea­tured this week, with July to De­cem­ber news re­capped in the Jan. 10 is­sue.

JAN­UARY

A well-known local care home, Mag­no­lia Ranch, had ex­ten­sive fire dam­age to a garage and ad­join­ing apart­ment, but es­caped with rel­a­tively mi­nor smoke dam­age to the main fa­cil­ity. How­ever, elec­tric­ity was knocked out to the en­tire prop­erty in the 25000 block of Mag­no­lia Av­enue in Escalon in the fire on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 28 and the fa­cil­ity will need some re­pairs.

Sec­ond grade stu­dents at Dent El­e­men­tary School made the hol­i­days brighter for plenty of ser­vice mem­bers, send­ing off a dozen pack­ages re­cently. One of them was re­ceived by Jar­rod Lial, a staff sergeant and fire­fighter in the U.S. Air Force. From Oak­dale, Lial now lives in Escalon and is serv­ing with the 162nd Fighter Wing.

Escalon Po­lice Chief Mike Borges said he is “knock­ing on wood” as the rain con­tin­ues to fall this week but, so far, there have been no ma­jor is­sues associated with the se­ries of storms that started late last week.

Nearly four inches of rain was recorded from Fri­day through Mon­day around the Escalon area, but Borges said the im­pact ap­peared min­i­mal. Mean­while, the San Joaquin County Pub­lic Works Depart­ment was sched­uled to be­gin a lane closure on the Stanis­laus River Bridge, south of Escalon on McHenry Av­enue start­ing this past Mon­day, Jan. 9 and con­tin­u­ing for roughly a month.

From the youngest bas­ket­ball player rush­ing down the court – some­times shoot­ing at the wrong bas­ket – to those older kids look­ing to hone some skills, Escalon area young­sters are get­ting some solid in­struc­tion on the hard­wood.

The Escalon Recre­ation bas­ket­ball pro­gram is de­signed for kids from prekinder­garten through first grade and runs Tues­day evenings for the Pre-K kids, Satur­day morn­ings in the old gym at Escalon High School for the kinder­garten and first grade stu­dents. With sev­eral local busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions serv­ing as team spon­sors, vol­un­teer coaches help the kids learn the ba­sics of the game as they com­pete in scrim­mages.

A con­fer­ence call with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the FAA – Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion – out­lined the in­creas­ing air traf­fic over Escalon and gave city of­fi­cials some in­for­ma­tion about why it’s there and what can be done about it.

For coun­cilmem­ber Ed Alves, it also crys­tal­lized one point – the city’s bat­tle to re­duce the num­ber of low-fly­ing air­craft is go­ing to be with the Stock­ton Air­port, not the FAA.

A fire called in to the Escalon Fire Depart­ment about 9:45 a.m. Mon­day, Jan. 30 caused ex­ten­sive dam­age to the res­i­dence in the 2100 block of Franklin, and re­sulted in the loss of both a pet dog and cat, suc­cumb­ing to smoke in­side the home. Escalon Con­sol­i­dated Fire Pro­tec­tion District Chief Rick Mello said the at­tack on the home was a co­or­di­nated ef­fort, in­volv­ing mul­ti­ple fire agen­cies in ad­di­tion to Escalon po­lice and pub­lic works de­part­ments, Escalon am­bu­lance and more.

FE­BRU­ARY

In a rare six-way race for Escalon High School Home­com­ing King, Edgar Sa­mano reigned supreme, tak­ing the crown at half­time of Fri­day night’s var­sity boys bas­ket­ball game against River­bank High School. Though the game went on the books as a loss the evening was a win­ning one for Sa­mano, who was one of six can­di­dates for the Home­com­ing honor.

In 2013, Gover­nor Brown signed into law one of the most com­pre­hen­sive ed­u­ca­tional re­form laws Cal­i­for­nia has ever ex­pe­ri­enced. This law sig­nif­i­cantly changed the school district plan­ning process with the es­tab­lish­ment of the Local Con­trol Ac­count­abil­ity Plan or LCAP. As part of this change, school dis­tricts are re­quired to con­sult with their com­mu­nity and other stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing school and district needs and pro­grams as part of the plan­ning process. For the last sev­eral years, Escalon Uni­fied School District has held a se­ries of Town Hall meet­ings for this pur­pose. This school year the district will again be hold­ing a se­ries of meet­ings to re­port on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of this year’s LCAP and to con­sult with the com­mu­nity and other stake­hold­ers with re­gard to school and district’s pro­grams and needs.

Calls for ser­vice dropped from 2015 to 2016 for the Escalon Po­lice Depart­ment, and over­all crime was down as well. That was the gist of a year-end re­port from Escalon Po­lice Chief Mike Borges, with the pre­sen­ta­tion of the crime sta­tis­tics due on the agenda for the Escalon City Coun­cil on Mon­day night, Feb. 6.

“Our vi­o­lent crime was higher than you’d like,” the chief added, not­ing that with a small sam­pling, even a cou­ple more ‘Part I’ crimes than re­cent years can sig­nif­i­cantly raise the rates.

“We also took a pa­trol­man off the streets and cre­ated a de­tec­tive po­si­tion in Fe­bru­ary,” the chief said, with An­thony Hard­graves fill­ing that role.

Hop­ing for be­tween 150 and 200 par­tic­i­pants for their in­au­gu­ral Color Run, or­ga­niz­ers in­stead saw nearly 400 peo­ple – of all ages, sizes and abil­i­ties – take off from the park­ing lot at El Por­tal Mid­dle School on Satur­day morn­ing, Feb. 11. There was both a one mile fun run and a longer 5k, but run­ners in each had to brave a cou­ple of color sta­tions, where a va­ri­ety of col­ored pow­der was thrown on them as they ran by.

The lat­est storm sys­tem to blow through the re­gion did not force any evac­u­a­tions in the Escalon area, though there were some anx­ious mo­ments a hand­ful of miles to the west, in Man­teca, with some evac­u­a­tions there late Mon­day night, Feb. 20.

“Those evac­u­a­tions were scaled back Tues­day morn­ing,” said Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello, at­tend­ing a county emer­gency ser­vices brief­ing in Stock­ton.

For local po­lice, fire and City of Escalon Pub­lic Works crews, Fri­day, Feb. 17 was the busiest day of the last sev­eral, with mul­ti­ple in­ci­dents re­ported. Rain­fall con­tin­ued through­out the week­end but it was the wind that wreaked some havoc on Fri­day. Round two of the storm sys­tem didn’t bring in the high winds that the first part did, noted Mello, so crews weren’t as busy over the week­end or on Mon­day.

The ‘roll out’ of nearly 600 Chrome­books was com­pleted ear­lier this month, with all stu­dents at El Por­tal Mid­dle School now equipped with the tool to use in a va­ri­ety of classes. “They were handed out for all sixth through eighth graders, we’re talk­ing 585 kids,” said El Por­tal as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Mike Gas­ton. “It’s ex­cit­ing, the tech­nol­ogy, mak­ing them col­lege and ca­reer ready.”

Just about a half dozen res­i­dents joined in a spe­cial Escalon City Coun­cil work­shop on Tues­day, Feb. 21, fo­cus­ing on Prop. 64. The mar­i­juana le­gal­iza­tion propo­si­tion that was passed in the No­vem­ber 2016 elec­tion has prompted many cities, Escalon among them, to en­act local re­stric­tions and the work­shop was de­signed to pro­vide some in­for­ma­tion. Po­lice Chief Mike Borges pro­vided the over­view of the propo­si­tion and some of the av­enues avail­able to the city. Pub­lic in­put was also sought, said City Man­ager Tammy Al­can­tor.

“We laid out some of the is­sues the coun­cil needs to con­sider, such as whether we want to al­low re­tail sales, com­mer­cial cul­ti­va­tion and de­liv­ery, whether we want to limit out­door per­sonal growth and put re­stric­tions on in­door growth,” Al­can­tor ex­plained.

MARCH

March 1 will see a spe­cial event at the Escalon Pub­lic Li­brary, 1540 Sec­ond St., to mark the oc­ca­sion of Dr. Seuss’s birth­day. The pro­gram starts at 3 p.m. and par­ents and chil­dren are wel­come to visit the li­brary, which will be turned into a grove of Truf­fula trees, and cre­ate their own Cat in the Hat hat, which they can take home. Also, stop by the plant­ing sta­tion out­side the li­brary to plant a seed and take the plant home, care for it and watch it grow.

From kinder­garten stu­dents get­ting to en­joy some green eggs with their ham to a ‘who’s who’ of guest read­ers from the com­mu­nity and schools, the ob­ser­vance of Read Across Amer­ica Day on Fri­day had it all.

The March 3 fes­tiv­i­ties played out on many school cam­puses in the Escalon Uni­fied School District, with the fo­cus on read­ing for plea­sure. The rea­dathon cel­e­brated the birth­day of chil­dren’s au­thor Dr. Seuss, who penned a num­ber of fa­vorite rhyming books in­clud­ing ‘The Cat in the Hat and ‘Green Eggs and Ham.’

A two-ve­hi­cle head on col­li­sion in Farm­ing­ton early Tues­day morn­ing, March 14, claimed the life of one driver.

Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cers out of Stock­ton re­sponded to the scene along with two am­bu­lances and Farm­ing­ton Fire Depart­ment per­son­nel. The crash oc­curred along High­way 4 near Stan­ley Road, just west of Escalon-Bel­lota Road.

Changes an­nounced re­cently re­gard­ing traf­fic flow at the busy Plaza Av­enue area shop­ping cen­ter at the west end of the city have been clar­i­fied by city of­fi­cials. An ar­ti­cle in the March 8 is­sue of The Times in­di­cated changes to some street traf­fic pat­terns in the area, but City Man­ager Tammy Al­can­tor clar­i­fied that the changes will not im­pact any city streets.

The na­tional an­them was sung, teams in­tro­duced, the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch tossed to home plate – and the 2017 Babe Ruth base­ball sea­son of­fi­cially got un­der­way on Satur­day. Sunny skies, a breeze and brisk tem­per­a­tures greeted the young play­ers, their coaches, fam­ily and friends for the 8 a.m. open­ing cer­e­mony at the Ho­gan-En­nis Park com­plex on March 11. A full slate of games was sched­uled through­out the day and it turned out to be a per­fect one for base­ball, with tem­per­a­tures creep­ing into the 70s.

Escalon High School is a busy place this week, with the on­go­ing Arts Alive show­case of stu­dent art­work set up in the old gym, an Open House set for Wed­nes­day evening and an Ag Day slated for Fri­day.

The Open House for the com­mu­nity will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this evening, Wed­nes­day, March 22 and will pro­vide the chance for res­i­dents to view the art­work on dis­play in the old gym and meet with school ad­min­is­tra­tors.

After tak­ing one year off, the Love Escalon com­mu­nity ser­vice work day will re­turn to the area next month.

“We have sev­eral churches that have been com­ing to­gether, meet­ing for the last two months,” said Dana Corbin, serv­ing as co­or­di­na­tor for the work day. “We will be meet­ing at 8 a.m. that day at the Main Street Park for a rally.”

After the kick­off rally, crews will fan out to a va­ri­ety of projects at lo­ca­tions around the com­mu­nity. Projects are sched­uled to start about 9 a.m. and work should be com­pleted no later than noon.

From agron­omy to vet­eri­nary sci­ence, col­lege op­por­tu­ni­ties to iden­ti­fy­ing bugs, the Ag Day hosted at Escalon High School on March 24 pro­vided an over­view of the many ca­reers the field of agri­cul­ture of­fers. Staged for El Por­tal Mid­dle School sev­enth and eighth graders, the Ag Day fea­tured many com­mu­nity pre­sen­ters along with high school FFA mem­bers in­volved in pre­sent­ing in­for­ma­tion about their field of in­ter­est and area of ex­per­tise.

After more than three decades in their Sec­ond Street lo­ca­tion, the Escalon C.A.R.E. Cen­ter will soon be on the move. The Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Re­sources of Escalon or­ga­ni­za­tion, an out­reach of the Escalon Min­is­te­rial As­so­ci­a­tion, has been housed at 1531 Sec­ond St., Escalon, in a por­tion of the Amer­i­can Le­gion Hall, for years. With the Le­gion now look­ing to ex­pand and of­fer more ser­vices for vet­er­ans in their lo­ca­tion, the C.A.R.E. Cen­ter is also search­ing for a new fa­cil­ity.

APRIL

In a lengthy dis­cus­sion Mon­day night – in some cases reach­ing back to plans from 2009 – the Escalon City Coun­cil and sev­eral con­cerned city res­i­dents and busi­ness own­ers ul­ti­mately agreed to agree that they ba­si­cally want the same thing for the re­cently va­cated Prospect Street. The street, which runs be­tween First Street and Roo­sevelt Av­enue, cuts across a lot with the Escalon Lum­ber and Hard­ware busi­ness on one side and a group of busi­nesses in­clud­ing a beauty sa­lon and Escalon Trans­mis­sion on the other.

Should Escalon serve as its own Ground­wa­ter Sus­tain­abil­ity Agency – GSA – or should it join a con­sor­tium for that pur­pose? That was the ques­tion posed to Escalon City Coun­cil mem­bers at a re­cent ses­sion and al­though there was some con­cern about costs and the city get­ting ad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion at a group level, they ul­ti­mately voted to join with the larger group.

De­spite the heavy rain of Fri­day evening wash­ing out a cou­ple of planned projects, the Love Escalon com­mu­nity work day on Satur­day, April 8 saw dozens of peo­ple fan out in mul­ti­ple di­rec­tions, all work­ing to bet­ter their com­mu­nity. A group of churches joined to­gether to put on the ef­fort, host­ing an 8 a.m. rally at the city’s Main Street Park be­fore send­ing crews off to their var­i­ous work sta­tions and projects.

San Joaquin County of­fi­cials will be in Escalon for a spe­cial Pre-Con­struc­tion Open House on Mon­day, April 24 as work is about to get un­der­way on the Im­prove McHenry project. The open house will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be hosted at the Escalon Com­mu­nity Cen­ter, 1055 Escalon Ave.; in­ter­ested res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to stop by at any time dur­ing the 90-minute open house to learn more about the project.

Con­tin­ued wet weather so far this spring, fol­low­ing an above av­er­age rain­fall win­ter sea­son, has prompted some con­cerns for local res­i­dents. San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vec­tor Con­trol District (District) of­fi­cials said they have been re­ceiv­ing many calls for mos­qui­toes, as well as other in­sects. The District is get­ting calls on sim­i­lar look­ing in­sects in­clud­ing midges and crane flies.

With a wet win­ter and now a pe­riod of warm, dry weather in the fore­cast, con­di­tions will be ripe for a long – and pos­si­bly busy – fire sea­son for local de­part­ments. Escalon City of­fi­cials said they have al­ready started the process of look­ing in to weed abate­ment, with res­i­dents be­ing ad­vised to cut back grass and clean out al­ley­ways to help cre­ate a safe zone around homes. Mean­while, Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello said the depart­ment has sev­eral lo­ca­tions they check an­nu­ally in the weed abate­ment process and fire­fight­ers will be on high alert over the next few months.

Cof­fee, pas­tries, and a chance to sit down and visit with local po­lice of­fi­cers were all on the menu for Escalon res­i­dents on Satur­day, April 29. The ‘Cof­fee with a Cop’ event was hosted at the local Star­bucks, with sev­eral lo­cals tak­ing the time to stop in and take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to so­cial­ize with po­lice of­fi­cers in the in­for­mal set­ting.

MAY

Forty-two San Joaquin County trans­porta­tion lead­ers, elected of­fi­cials, and re­gional ad­vo­cates are in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. through Thursday, May 4 to meet with key lead­ers in the Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Congress about spe­cific pol­icy is­sues and projects im­por­tant to this re­gion. The del­e­gates, who trav­eled to Wash­ing­ton on April 30, are part of the an­nual San Joaquin One Voice ef­fort co­or­di­nated by the San Joaquin Coun­cil of Govern­ments (SJCOG), which serves as the metropoli­tan plan­ning or­ga­ni­za­tion for San Joaquin County.

Striv­ing to im­prove the com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween school and com­mu­nity, the Escalon Uni­fied School District is once again of­fer­ing a sur­vey on the district web­site. “Last year we had over 100 peo­ple that re­sponded,” said Escalon Uni­fied School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron Costa. “The goal is im­prov­ing our com­mu­ni­ca­tion, among staff and the com­mu­nity.”

Work­ing in the Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment for the Escalon Uni­fied School District, John Lial has been se­lected as one of the top Clas­si­fied Em­ploy­ees of the Year by the San Joaquin County Of­fice of Ed­u­ca­tion. The Teacher of the Year re­cip­i­ent will be re­vealed at din­ner hosted by SJCOE and Pre­mier Com­mu­nity Credit Union next month.

Win­ners of the San Joaquin County Teacher of the Year and Clas­si­fied Em­ployee of the Year are county nom­i­nees for Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion recog­ni­tion pro­grams. Lial was among six Clas­si­fied Em­ployee of the Year se­lected, all rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent ar­eas; he was hon­ored in the Trans­porta­tion cat­e­gory.

Mu­sic, laugh­ter and the clink­ing of wine glasses filled the air in Escalon dur­ing the Cham­ber of Com­merce an­nual wine stroll, hosted along Main Street on Thursday, May 11. A good sized crowd turned out to en­joy the fes­tiv­i­ties, with sev­eral busi­nesses along Main Street, be­tween First and Sec­ond streets, turn­ing out to team up with winer­ies and bev­er­age providers to serve finger foods and pour the wines.

Break-ins at three com­mu­nity mail­box lo­ca­tions in Escalon have been un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the past cou­ple of months and have led po­lice to a Hugh­son man. The man, whose name was not re­leased be­cause he was not placed un­der ar­rest, is sus­pected of be­ing in­volved in the theft of mail not only from Escalon but from sev­eral Stanis­laus County com­mu­ni­ties as well.

Over $38,000 – and counting – was raised for the 2017 Re­lay For Life of Escalon, with teams gath­er­ing this past week­end on the cam­pus of Escalon High School for the 24-hour sig­na­ture fundrais­ing event of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. Teams ranged from fam­i­lies to high school stu­dents, busi­ness as­so­ci­ates to 4-H kids, all tak­ing part in the 24hour event to fight back against can­cer.

Mem­bers of the Escalon Con­sol­i­dated Fire Pro­tec­tion District spent plenty of time out in the hot sun this week­end, of­fer­ing their turnout boots to past­ing mo­torists to col­lect cash, coins and checks to ben­e­fit the Fire­fighter’s Burn In­sti­tute in Sacra­mento. Staged at the High­way 120-McHenry Av­enue-Escalon-Bel­lota in­ter­sec­tion both Satur­day and Sun­day, the two day drive net­ted a record-set­ting $26,250 – well above last year’s then-record to­tal, which was just un­der $24,000.

Avoid the rivers. That’s the sim­ple mes­sage from Escalon Fire Chief Rick Mello and many of his col­leagues in the fire and res­cue ser­vice, as water lev­els are ex­tremely high, water tem­per­a­tures are ex­tremely cold and the cur­rent is flow­ing faster than most peo­ple ex­pect.

“It is crazy out there,” Mello said on Tues­day, not­ing a large res­cue op­er­a­tion by mem­bers of the Stanis­laus Con­sol­i­dated Fire Pro­tec­tion District crews over the week­end on the Stanis­laus River along Orange Blos­som. Escalon crews also had to pluck a cou­ple of peo­ple out of the river, cling­ing on to trees, at the McHenry Recre­ation Area on Satur­day evening, May 20.

JUNE

More than 200 grad­u­ates made their way into Memo­rial Sta­dium at Engel Field on Fri­day night, en­ter­ing as Cougars and leav­ing as high school grad­u­ates.

The Class of 2017 took a full 15 min­utes to file in to the sta­dium, to the strains of Pomp and Cir­cum­stance, be­fore tak­ing their seats and cel­e­brat­ing their ac­com­plish­ment with fam­ily, friends, school ad­min­is­tra­tors and staff.

In a day and age where pas­tors of­ten come and go in just a few years, Vic­tor Berg-Haglund has been a model of con­sis­tency.

He was called to serve Saron Lutheran Church in Escalon on Nov. 24, 1985 and be­gan his min­istry at the local church on Jan. 15, 1986. Now, more than 30 years later, he is mov­ing on. To re­tire­ment. The con­gre­ga­tion at Saron Lutheran hosted a spe­cial Re­tire­ment Cel­e­bra­tion for their long-term pas­tor on Sun­day, June 11 with a ret­ro­spec­tive pro­gram and then a bar­be­cue to mark the oc­ca­sion. Berg-Haglund will of­fi­cially re­tire as of Aug. 1, but Sun­day was his last as pas­tor, tak­ing va­ca­tion time prior to re­tir­ing.

Escalon Re­serve Po­lice Of­fi­cer Zachary Pel­ham was tapped by the Civ­i­tan Clubs of Stanis­laus as Of­fi­cer of the Year in Escalon at Mon­day night’s Escalon City Coun­cil meet­ing. Pel­ham has been with the depart­ment since 2000 and now serves as the com­man­der for the re­serve pro­gram, over­see­ing the other 13 re­serve of­fi­cers.

A quickly or­ga­nized vigil was hosted Mon­day night at the Escalon Youth Cen­ter, with mem­bers of the Class of 2011 from Escalon High School gath­er­ing to share mem­o­ries of class­mate Jo­sue Sanchez, 23, who drowned in the Stanis­laus River near Knights Ferry. Stanis­laus County Sher­iff’s Depart­ment of­fi­cials in­di­cated Tues­day morn­ing that they are await­ing DNA test re­sults be­fore of­fi­cially re­leas­ing the iden­tity of the vic­tim pulled from the water on June 14 but fam­ily mem­bers on hand at Mon­day night’s vigil said a fu­neral ser­vice and burial are sched­uled for Sanchez.

By a unan­i­mous 5-0 vote, mem­bers of the Escalon City Coun­cil ap­proved the city’s 2017-18 fis­cal year bud­get at their Mon­day night meet­ing. The spend­ing plan, which comes in at around $13 mil­lion in ex­pen­di­tures, shows $9.4 mil­lion in rev­enue. The Gen­eral Fund por­tion, which serves as the ‘day to day’ op­er­at­ing bud­get has op­er­at­ing rev­enues pro­jected at $3.79 mil­lion, with ex­pen­di­tures listed at $3.9 mil­lion. That would see the city at an op­er­at­ing deficit of $122,130. But with an es­ti­mated re­serve of $2.2 mil­lion as of July 1, 2017 it would carry through to see the city with a re­serve at the end of the 2017-18 fis­cal year as well.

When stu­dents re­turn to Escalon High School in early Au­gust, they will see some sig­nif­i­cant changes. Not ev­ery­thing will be done ... but a large por­tion of sum­mer ren­o­va­tion projects will be com­pleted, pro­vid­ing a facelift for the cam­pus. “When I started here, eight years ago, there was a group of par­ents that came with some con­cerns,” said Escalon Uni­fied School District Su­per­in­ten­dent Ron Costa.

Chief among those con­cerns was the need for air con­di­tion­ing in the main (new) gym. And that is one of the projects that is be­ing worked on this sum­mer. In ad­di­tion, some new lock­ers are be­ing in­stalled, the bath­rooms in the gym are be­ing ex­panded to meet hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments and the large tro­phy case has been re­moved, to be re­placed by a ‘view­ing wall’ so peo­ple vis­it­ing the snack bar can eat their snacks and still watch the ac­tion in the gym.

Four ‘Safe and Sane’ fire­works booths open for busi­ness Wed­nes­day, June 28 around the com­mu­nity and can sell the tra­di­tional hol­i­day col­or­ful noise­mak­ers un­til mid­night on Tues­day, July 4.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Plenty of color and fun was in the air at the Satur­day morn­ing Escalon Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion Color Run in Fe­bru­ary, 2017 with nearly 400 peo­ple tak­ing part in ei­ther a one-mile or 5k run.

MARG JACK­SON/THE TIMES

Escalon se­nior Mary Va­len­cia, fore­ground, demon­strated how to put a muz­zle on a dog at the Vet­eri­nary Sci­ence ta­ble dur­ing Ag Day. Kip­per, a Mal­tese ser­vice dog, was the will­ing model ca­nine.

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