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Caltrans clears Merced homeless camp

The state Department of Transportation used heavy machinery to begin to clear a homeless encampment on Monday in Merced near Highway 140, where an estimated 25 people lived in tents and makeshift buildings.

Livingston

Livingston recreation committee lacks members and interest

A golf course, a water park and pony rides. These are just a few ideas the Livingston Parks and Recreation Commission might discuss in an effort to increase recreational activities in the city. But the commission that plans these programs is severely lacking in members – with 10 commissioner positions expiring at the end of the week. Only one current commissioner, Maria Baptista, has reapplied for her spot on the panel. The remaining nine seats – six commissioners and three alternates – will be vacant by Saturday, said Recreation Superintendent Jacquelyn Benoit.

Community

Near-end open enrollment event to take place Friday in Merced

Merced residents who have not yet signed up for coverage through Covered California and plan to do so before the Feb. 15 deadline, can stop by the Merced Senior Community Center between 4 and 9 p.m. Friday. According to organizers, seven insurance agents will be available to answer questions and enroll customers.

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Atwater schools give parents nutrition instruction

In Atwater schools, nutrition awareness extends beyond the classroom into the home. A “Parent Nutrition Night” was held Jan. 14 at Mitchell Elementary School and similar sessions are planned at other campuses this school year. The first target is beverages loaded with sugar.

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