Random photo #57: Soccer dad

Anthony Dal Porto of Petaluma plays goalie with the help of his 3-year-old daughter Gabriella on his shoulders while playing soccer with his 6-year-old daughter Cecelia at Grupe Park in Stockton. Dal Porto and his family were in Stockton visiting family for the holidays. »»Read Full Post

More skiing news; Bear Valley, Dodge Ridge...and Mono County as a cross-country ski Mecca!

I wrote a few days earlier about skiing, boarding and cross-country skiing near Stockton, at both Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski areas.  Both our favorite resorts sent more insight than could be contained in my Stockton Record feature, and my earlier blog post, so, passing more insight along, direct from »»Read Full Post

E-mail from a cultured canine

Duncan, mascot and leading connoisseur of The Haggin Museum, writes: "Dear Mr. Fitzgerald: "Just wanted to thank you for running my  favorite Leyendecker painting. Dad takes it down occasionally so that I can study in greater detail." "You've got to admit, that turkey looks mighty tasty. My best wishes to you »»Read Full Post

Legends of the Pfalz

Pinot Noir is prized for its softness, elegance and ease of drinkability. It’s a thin-skinned grape. It’s fussy and only fully expresses itself in certain spots on the globe. Simple supply and demand economics – boosted perhaps by Paul Giamatti’s monologue in “Sideways” – have shot the price of quality »»Read Full Post

Home For The Holidays

There's nothing like being home for the Holidays. There's also nothing like old family photos! Send your most classic pics of your Stockton family Holiday memories to the Downtown Stockton Alliance (DSA) for a chance to see them projected on the big screen in downtown this December. Submit hi-res photos »»Read Full Post

1971: Keeping Time

Robert Soares, of 999 N. Lincoln in Stockton, had a 17-foot antique clock installed on April 8, 1971. The clock had originally been in front of a jewelry store in Chehalis, Washington, beginning in 1890. The clock had to be wound with a crank. Record columnist Michael Fitzgerald wrote an »»Read Full Post

Know Thine Enemy: Liberty Ranch Hawks

When the Galt-Liberty Ranch football team popped up your schedule it September, it was probably worth a smile and knowing you had a winnable game. But as the Hawks went away from the previous coaching regime's shotgun pistol offense, to the classic, run-heavy, deception-based Wing-T offense, that reputation went away. »»Read Full Post

Diablo Double

Last Thursday three friends and I decided to forgo our regular club ride and brave Bay Area weekday traffic to take on the 'Devil Mountain'. The traffic on the drive to Danville resembled Hades, and it is hard to imagine that commuters take on those conditions every work day I intended to »»Read Full Post

'Above normal': It sounds so... exemplary

Here's something to give thanks for tomorrow. Tuesday's quarter-inch of rain in Stockton ensures that November will be the city's first month with above-average rainfall this year. Stockton now has 1.91 inches of rain for the month. Normal is 1.71 inches. Not exactly a drought-buster, but still, we'll take it. »»Read Full Post