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Art and wine by the sea

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
CAPITOLA -- Fine wine and fine art were the chief topic over the weekend at the 32nd annual Capitola Art & Wine Festival. With the main streets of the village shut off to motor traffic the hugely popular event hauled in thousands of visitors.
"I've set up here at least 12 times and it's always a good event; it's
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Louise Bilicich dies

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
Louise Bilicich, who taught physical education at Watsonville High School for nearly four decades and remained deeply active in the community after her retirement, died in her Watsonville home Sunday after suffering from congestive heart failure. She was 91.
Bilicich graduated from Santa Cruz High School, but would go on to live most of her life in Watsonville.
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Fair attendance, revenues up this year

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Attendance was up this year at the Santa Cruz County Fair, with an estimated 5 percent more people coming to this year's event.
With the final numbers not yet available Monday, the event also saw an increase in revenue.
The increases are a relief to fair organizers, who in past years have battled a moribund budget
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Air Force band to perform free concert

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- From the big band tunes of Glenn Miller to the jazz of Duke Ellington and beyond, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble will take over the Henry J. Mello Center with a free concert on Friday.
The 18-member ensemble, part of the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West from Travis Air Force Base, will perform in
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PV school district eliminates fee for reduced-cost meals

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- After years of charging nominal fees to students who met the qualifications for reduced-cost lunches, Pajaro Valley Unified School District has further reduced the costs.
On Sept. 2, the district began waiving the fees, and will allow all low-income students who meet certain requirements to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
Families still need to
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Cardboard kayaks race at harbor

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- The inaugural Cardboard Kayak Race got off to a soggy start Saturday and, for that matter, it ended even soggier.
With about 35 entrants in two categories the slapstick event drew a huge crowd and loads of laughs as competitors tried their hardest to paddle out into the Santa Cruz Harbor from the
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Two shark attacks prompt warnings, beach closure

Posted: Monday, Sep 15th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY -- Surfers and swimmers are on edge after a surfer said a shark bit his board off Manresa State Beach Saturday, and a seal was attacked near Seabright State Beach on Sunday.
The two incidents prompted California State Parks officials to post warnings at the North County beach, but because a "predatory attack" on a person occurred
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Farrier uses Old-World knowledge

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
In a faraway corner at the Santa Cruz County Fair's Agriculture History Project display one sunny September day, a 16-year-old paint horse named Toni was getting new shoes.
It was a simple procedure, and a common one. As anyone in the equine world knows, horses must have their hooves trimmed and shod about every six weeks.
Slightly less
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Last days of fair

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- With the weeklong Santa Cruz County Fair waning, thousands have wandered among the displays, food vendors and other attractions.
Hundreds of children from Freedom Elementary School were trying their hand at wheel throwing their own small clay pots, a one-day event geared toward kids whose art programs may have been cut. The one-day event allowed the
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Retiring Aptos/La Selva Fire Chief reflects on career

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
APTOS -- When Jeff Terpstra joined the Aptos/La Selva Fire District in 1984, Aptos looked a lot different than it is now.
Aptos was considering becoming a city, Seascape Beach Resort was an empty lot, and Aegis was an agricultural field. Also, the Rancho del Mar Shopping Center was "in need of an upgrade," he said.
Well,
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On sad anniversary, kids bake cookies for emergency workers

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Gabriella Welch was born just one month before a group of men hijacked three airliners and plunged them into the earth, killing nearly 3,000 people. These were passengers, people in the buildings that were hit and the emergency workers who rushed in to save them.
The act rent asunder the already tenuous sense of security enjoyed by
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Couple reaches out in dog attack

Posted: Friday, Sep 12th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A Watsonville couple is reaching out for public help in dealing with a recent tragedy involving their dog being attacked.
Fred Mindlin and Sefla Joseph said they recently attended a relative's wedding in Los Angeles in the company of their 12-pound, 7-year-old cockapoo, Nellie.
"While waiting for the ceremony to begin, Nellie was attacked by
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Opening day draws crowds

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- When Peggy Beckman was growing up, she and her family faithfully attended the San Joaquin County Fair every year, near the property where they raised animals and crops on their farm.
Her grandfather sat on that fair's board of directors, and her father was a member of Future Farmers of America, further bonding her family to the event.
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Group concerned over committee selection

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Claiming transparency issues, a group of residents expressed concern Tuesday when the Watsonville City Council agreed to appoint members to a revenue oversight committee for Measure G.
The Council voted 5-2 to appoint 13 people to the committee, with Councilmembers Nancy Bilicich and Trina Coffman-Gomez dissenting.
Measure G, the half-cent sales tax meant to fund
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Loaves and Fishes celebrates 25 years

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- During the aftermath of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the newly-formed Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes served more than 20,000 meals to thousands of residents whose lives were turned upside down by the incident.
Now, the organization is celebrating its 25th year, and last year alone served more than 25,000 hot lunches and had more than
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Poll names Boardwalk best seaside park

Modified: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- For the eighth straight year, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been named the world's best seaside park.
The award was announced during the 2014 Golden Ticket Awards in San Diego on Saturday. The Boardwalk has won the Golden Ticket Award for best seaside park every year since 2007.
  Boardwalk president Charles Canfield accepted
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The play of light and glass

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 10th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Fifteen glass works by Scotts Valley artist Don Golden are currently on display at the Santa Cruz County Building. From vases to abstracts, the works, shown on the fifth floor, will be exhibited through October.
"For many of my works, I look at a sheet of glass and wonder what I can do to make
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Fair opens Tuesday

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- While the continuing drought has proved devastating for flower growers showing at the Santa Cruz County Fair, it has actually been beneficial for those who raise pumpkins.
Gina Locatelli, who heads the fair's agriculture/horticulture department, said the amount of pumpkin entries has been "large" this year, with about 25 percent more entries compared to last year.
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Grey Bears hit with major blaze

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
LIVE OAK -- Fire tore through the Thrift Store at the California Grey Bears Sunday, leaving behind a heap of rubble of what once served as the senior citizen-assisting agency's chief source of income.
The 9-1-1 Center received multiple calls Sunday at 1:30 p.m. regarding towering flames and heavy black smoke at 2710 Chanticleer Ave., said Mike DeMars of
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Birds’ eye view: Now 10 years old, Monterey Bay Birding Festival begins Sept. 25

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- From the sinuous arms of the sloughs to the craggy cliffs of Big Sur to the open ocean, the Monterey Bay Birding Festival has for a decade given bird enthusiasts from around the world a chance to see the abundance of feathered life in the area.
Every year, hundreds of people flock to the Pajaro Valley from all
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Tractor rollover kills driver

Posted: Monday, Sep 8th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- A man died Saturday afternoon when the tractor he was driving crashed and rolled onto him on Green Valley Road. Kelly Kent of the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Joshua Price, 35.
The incident occurred in a rural setting on the 1700 block of Green Valley at 3:12 p.m. near Apple Valley
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County Fair begins Tuesday with a blend of old, new traditions

Modified: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- Every year, thousands of people flock to the Santa Cruz County Fair, drawn in by tradition and seeking a way to eke out the waning days of summer.
Some are drawn by the siren song of carnival food, of air redolent with the scents of sugared, fried, roast and grilled delicacies.
Some come for the animals -- improbably
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9-1-1 Center rolls out latest lifesaving technology

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Imagine your mother has stopped breathing after having a heart attack at the grocery store, and the fire department is five minutes away. Or your toddler has been pulled lifeless from a neighbor's swimming pool, and the closest paramedics are racing through rush-hour traffic from the other side of town.
These frightening scenarios underline how
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Stanford doctor bolsters hospital program

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- For Dr. Tyrone Chan, completing his medical residency at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University has brought him full-circle from when he was treated there for cancer at 15.
"Going through that as a teenager was a defining moment in my life," he said. "A lot of people would shy away from it, but I felt
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New law for bicycle safety

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
SACRAMENTO -- With children heading back to school, motorists should expect to see more children riding to and from school on their bicycles. The California Highway Patrol reminds the public that on Sept. 16 a new law affecting motorists and bicyclists takes effect.
According to the law, a driver must allow three feet of distance when overtaking or passing
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Chilly fundraiser

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
WATSONVILLE -- The worldwide phenomenon of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has arrived at Monterey Mushrooms Inc. in Watsonville. Owner/President Shah Kazemi of MMI accepted the Challenge to demonstrate support for a great cause, show off the company spirit and have a great time doing so.
The Challenge involves a person getting doused with ice water as
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Jacob's Heart honors children with cancer in September

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
APTOS -- Jacob's Heart Children's Cancer Support Services will celebrate Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with four events.
• Kidrageous Festival -- Sunday at Skypark, Scotts Valley, from noon to 5 p.m. Live music by Extra Large will be accompanied by acrobats, magicians, dancers and Disney characters.
• Kidrageous Baby Matthew's Golden Gallop -- Sunday, Sept. 14, Custom House Plaza,
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Santa Cruz Follies return for 59th year

Posted: Friday, Sep 5th, 2014
SANTA CRUZ -- Even after 59 years, the Santa Cruz Follies are still the "best kept secret in Santa Cruz," said Kris Wheeler, who is directing this year's performance, "Moments in Time."
Even so, the Follies have a large loyal following.
"If they come once, they come back every year," Wheeler said.
The 55-and-over theater group
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