'Community Conversations' on KYSO to discuss water safety, other issues

Water safety and fun, health insurance options and Snelling’s Odd Fellows are some of the topics this week on “Community Conversations,” a public service program on KYOS.

The hour-long show focuses on community, education and government news affecting residents throughout Merced County. It airs on KYOS, 1480 AM, at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday.

This weekend’s lineup: Atwater High FFA advisor Dave Gossman will talk about the program's involvement in the Merced County Fair and other activities; Gerri Casillas-Nunez from Health Plan of San Joaquin talks about a health insurance option available for people with low and moderate incomes; Merced City Fire Captain Billy Alcorn and Cal Fire’s Danny Suarez talk about the need for water safety during the summer and how to be pool safe while having fun; Crystal Andersen of the Foundation for Improved Living-Merced talks about the foundation's Circles Campaign to move impoverished families into economic self-sufficiency; Vincent Andrade, supervising attorney in the Merced County Public Defender's Office, talks about the Winton Free Legal Clinic; and Charlie Bauer of the Snelling Odd Fellows talks about the history of the Odd Fellows Lodge and Snelling's 56th Annual Homecoming Picnic and Car Show.

The host is Nathan Quevedo, the public information officer for the Merced County Office of Education and Rick McMillion from KYOS is the engineer. The show is produced by MCOE, Mike Conway, the public information officer at the city of Merced, Roger Wood, and Scott Hernandez-Jason of the UC Merced, in association with the county of Merced and Merced College.

Go to www.mercedcommunityconversations.com for past episodes of “Community Conversations.”