Mercedians were honored with the BLM’s Making a Difference Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service at Fishermen’s Bend Recreation Site, 2 miles from Mill City, Ore.
Three third-grade girls heard that some people in Merced have a hard time affording a Thanksgiving meal, so they did something about it – a bake sale. They raised more than $500, which will feed the equivalent of about 286 people during the Merced County Rescue Mission’s free holiday meal for the less fortunate.
The average cost of a Thanksgiving feast for 10 rose slightly to $49.41, according to the annual survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Modesto and Merced areas produce some of the items in great volume.
Tom Bates is looking forward to joining the Merced County Board of Education. Bates ran unopposed for the Westside seat on the five-member board in the Nov. 4 general election. He will be seated Dec. 16 and will replace David March on the board.
Hundreds of people in need are expected to dine in shifts during a free meal on Thanksgiving Day, which organizers say also serves as a time for fellowship in Merced. The Merced County Rescue Mission will hold its annual Thanksgiving meal for the less fortunate from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall, 939 W. Main St. The diners will also get a chance to pick up some clothes from the mission’s closet after eating
Chowchilla appointed an interim city administrator last week. Carolyn Lehr will take over from Police Chief Jay Varney, who was serving in the position but just won his bid for Madera County sheriff. The former city administrator, Mark Lewis, agreed to resign in September after being placed on leave for about a month.
As millions of immigrants across the country seek federal protection from deportation, community advocates in Stanislaus County and the state attorney general are warning residents to be wary of scammers and opportunists looking for a big payday.
Merced law enforcement officials urged resident to take “common sense” steps to protect themselves as the holiday shopping season kicks off and stores anticipate a crush of customers looking for price deals on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.