December in review: One last look back

“I was looking back to see, if you were looking back to see,
If I was looking back to see, if you were looking back at me.” – Buck Owens/Susan Raye

The end of December brings not only the end of 2019 but the close of the 2010s as a decade. As it turns out, I finished my 2019 yearend slideshow in November so none of December’s pictures made it into the show. So, with a fond farewell, here’s one last look back.

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(12/11/19)
Beverly Fitch McCarthy, right, is presented with the Stocktonian of the Year award by Michael Blower, left, and Debbie Mason with the Central Valley Association of Realtors. The award is sponsored by the CVAR and the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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(12/11/19)
University of the Pacific music student Eleanor Lundberg plays a solo during Amy Beach’s Theme and Variations for Flute and Strings at the Bach’s Lunch concert at the Margaret Troke Branch Library in Stockton. The concert, where light refreshments were also served, is the last of a series of 3 midday performances by the University of the Pacific’s chamber music students at the library. The first two featured woodwind and brass performances while the last one featured mostly strings. Librarian Alex Bailey says that the library hopes to resume the concerts series in the spring. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


(12/11/19)
Volunteer Pat McDermott works on refurbishing a bike at the workshop of Pete Paulsen in French Camp. Paulsen has been collecting unwanted bikes throughout the year, fixing them up for this event. He has so many that he has a backlog of bikes and could use help fixing them in time for the giveaway. The giveaway is scheduled for Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Bowman Road in French Camp. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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(12/14/19)
Ripon’s Brandon Rainer, left, makes a catch over Highland’s Alexis Sandoval during the CIF Divison IV-AA football state championship game at Ripon High School. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


(12/14/19)
Ripon’s Austin Bonilla powers his way though a wall of Highland defenders during the CIF Divison IV-AA football state championship game at Ripon High School. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


(12/14/19)
Ripon coach Chris Musseman ,left, congratulates Nathan Valdez who kicked the game-winning field goal in the CIF Division IV-AA football state championship game against Highland at Ripon High School. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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(12/15/19)
Monica Tavares of Atwater helps her 5-year-old daughter Kingsley Britton to ice skate on the rink during the opening weekend of the Holidays on the Farm at the Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


(12/15/19)
Seven-year-old Caylee Balangatan, left, and her father Chris Balangatan of Manteca slide down a snow tubing hill during the opening weekend of the Holidays on the Farm at the Dell’Osso Family Farms in Lathrop. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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(12/25/19)
Stockton Police officer Melissa White carries a boxful of presents during the Stockton Police Department’s 20th annual Matt Smith Christmas Day Delivery Project in Stockton. Members of the department and volunteers visited more than 35 families that were victims of violent crime of needy and delivered gifts and food for holiday meals to them on Christmas morning. In addition, they delivered gifts to more than 80 children at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless. [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]


(12/25/19)
Santa Gives toys to 4-year-old Isaiah Mitchell, center, and his 8-yea-old sister Laveah Mitchell during the Stockton Police Department’s 20th annual Matt Smith Christmas Day Delivery Project in Stockton [CLIFFORD OTO/THE RECORD]

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