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Brunswick Stew and a Giveaway

Brunswick Stew and a Giveaway

Never heard of Brunswick Stew? Maybe because it's a Southern dish and not seen on many menus. It's a stew filled with vegetables and lots of meat. In fact, that's the major distinguishing factor, lots of shredded meat, making it really thick. It's also a great recipe because you can do it in a slow cooker. 

Another interesting fact is that it was often made with small game such as squirrel, rabbit, and possum. But for those not into game, you can use chicken and pork. For the one pictured here, I used a rabbit and some chicken together. You can also alter the vegetables and the type of beans. I don't like lima beans and so I used cannelini beans instead. 

This recipe was perfect for me to use another bag of Tasteful Selections ruby red potatoes. They are the perfect size for this stew.

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Oak Valley Community Bank hires new vice president

Oak Valley Community Bank hires new vice president

OAKDALE — Oak Valley Community Bank has hired Teddi Lowry as its vice president and business development officer, the bank announced.

Lowry will work at the McHenry branch in Modesto to drive business development and growth in the Modesto area.

She has worked in banking for 34 years and has strong ties in the community.

She  is currently a member of SEAPA Safe Banking and a former Learning Quest-Stanislaus Literacy Center board member... Read More

CSU Stanislaus’ increase in applications highest in system

CSU Stanislaus’ increase in applications highest in system

TURLOCK — CSU Stanislaus saw the highest increase in freshman applications for admission of any school in the CSU system, the university announced this week.

Applications from first-time freshman increased by 13.4 percent in 2014. The two-year increase of 22.8 percent was also the highest in the CSU system... Read More

Feather Raft inventor wins first Stanislaus Innovation Challenge

Feather Raft inventor wins first Stanislaus Innovation Challenge

MODESTO — A Turlock middle school teacher won Stanislaus County’s first Innovation Challenge with his invention for a lightweight raft called the Feather Raft.

Elias Ruiz of Hughson won $2,500 in cash and $2,500 in professional services.

“I’m excited. We put a lot of work into this to get to this point,” Ruiz said. “We can really use this win, because we’re at that stage where this is something that we needed to get us to the next level.”

Ruiz, a math and science teacher at Dutcher Middle School in Turlock, said he invented his raft made of foam core because others in the marketplace were too heavy or bulky to transport or were too unstable on the water... Read More

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Local marketing director nominated for national award

Local marketing director nominated for national award

TURLOCK — Adrenna Alkhas, marketing director for the Stanislaus County Fair has been nominated for a national award by the PR News Group.

Alkhas is nominated in two categories: Event Marketer of the Year and Publicist of the Year for her work on the Stanislaus County Fair.

“Adrenna is absolutely deserving of this award,” Fair CEO Chris Borovansky said, “Through her hard work, and with her leadership, the Stanislaus County Fair is being recognized, not just within the fair industry but in the national spotlight. We are extremely proud of her.”

Other organizations nominated include MasterCard, The National Geographic Channel, KPMG LLP, Guitar Center and CISCO. Winners will be announced at the PR News PR People Awards luncheon Dec. 9, at the National Press Club in Washington D.C... Read More

2014 Weekly Challenge #49: Hydration!

2014 Weekly Challenge #49: Hydration!

2014 Weekly Challenge #49: Hydration!

Yep, back up on my soap box again...This weeks' challenge is all about HYDRATION.

Living where we do, it is almost impossible to forget to drink water in the summer.  Those triple digit days make it pretty easy to remember our water bottles when we leave the house, and all that sweating reminds us we need to restore our body's balance.

In the winter...well, the winter is a different story.  In the winter, it feels easier and more intuitive to grab an extra cup of coffee, or snuggle up with hot tea.  And a cold drink of water on a cold morning isn't exactly the first thing I think of grabbing.

Howard Training Center aids disabled, businesses

Howard Training Center aids disabled, businesses

MODESTO — Lisa Ramsey clearly recalls the day she watched a Howard Training Center client create a gift box after several challenging, failed attempts. The client had cerebral palsy, which made hand movements particularly difficult.

“She started crying the first time she made one,” recalled Ramsey, who serves as production supervisor for the nonprofit’s Production Unlimited vocational training program. “She was jumping up and down, saying that she did it.”

It’s those life-changing moments that make work a joy for staff at the Modesto-based Howard Training Center, which assists developmentally disabled adults with life skills training. The 61-year-old nonprofit offers myriad services including job skills training, social gathering opportunities and an art program, as well as a residential program for the developmentally disabled... Read More