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76th Ham and Chicken dinner slated

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A milestone event will be celebrated on Sunday, October 12, in Castroville. The Our Lady of Refuge Catholic church is hosting the 76th annual Ham and Chicken dinner.

Organizers say the event is held to bring the community together and support the parish.

The event will be be held at the Castroville Community Center on Crane and Pomber streets beginning at 12 p.m.

As an added incentive to come have have food, fun and entertainment of all, the parish is sponsoring 3 prize raffles. First prize is $2500, second prize is $1000 and third prize is $500. 

If you'd like more information call the parish at 831-633-4015.

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New heart attack clincal trials to begin

New heart attack clincal trials to begin

MONTEREY, Calif. — Drs. Richard Gray and Pir Shah, physicians at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula’s Tyler Heart Institute (THI) are pleased to announce a new clinical trial available for heart attack patients. THI is leading the way with the trial, designed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks in patients who have experienced a heart attack. Since opening in 2007, THI’s goal is to participate in advanced clinical trials as an option for patients with heart conditions.

THI has been selected to participate by the TIMI Study Group, known for high-quality clinical trials that enhance the care of patients with heart disease. TIMI (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction) is affiliated with Brigham Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. 

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

Free Day at Los Padres National Forest

 

Los Padres National Forest officials today announced that Saturday, September 27, has been designated as a “Fee Free Day” for visitors to the forest. In all areas of the forest where an Adventure Pass is normally required, the fee will be waived in celebration of National Public Lands Day, which is held each year on the last Saturday in September.

An Adventure Pass is typically required for day use activities and camping at many recreational facilities in the Forest. This weekend’s “Fee Free Day” applies to all Adventure Pass areas except the Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, where the fee remains in effect. Other fees such as reservation fees and group site fees will also still apply. Forest visitors who unknowingly validate a daily Adventure Pass on “Fee Free Day” can have the pass replaced free of charge at most Forest Service offices.

Business goes up in flames in Castroville Tuesday

Business goes up in flames in Castroville Tuesday

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A Mexican retail store went up in flames in Castroville today. Several agencies were called out for fear the fire would spead to surrounding buildings.

Crews from Salinas, Watsonville, Presidio on Monterey and CalFire all answered the call after the fire sparked around 11:30 a.m on Merritt Street.

The fire forced a nearby apartment to be evacuated and caused road closures.

The store, which sells clothing, shoes and other items was almost a complete loss. Fortunately crews were able to confine the fire to that business only.

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Castroville clerk risks life in store robbery

Castroville clerk risks life in store robbery

CASTROVILLE, Calif. A small business owner being robbed at gunpoint put his life in danger during a robbery at his convenience store. The robbery occured Thursday and the store owner tells News Channel 5 their livelihood was at stake, so he took action.

The incident was caught on survelience video and as soon as the suspect walked into 'Sam's Smoke Shop and Fishing Supply,' he pulled out a gun. He pointed it at a customer before turning it on the Castroville store owner. 

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

Enterovirus now confirmed in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. 4 confirmed cases of the Enterovirus D68 have been reported to the California Department of Public Health. 3 cases in San Diego County and 1 in Ventura County are the first confirmed cases in California in 2014.

While other specimens are still being tested in the state, Dr. Ron Chapman with the CDPH says. ““We are not surprised to find EV-D68 causing some illnesses in California given the apparent widespread nature of this virus in other parts of the country.”

More cases are anticipated in the coming weeks. CDPH has asked local health departments to submit samples from all rhinovirus/enterovirus positive specimens from hospitalized children less than 18 years of age for further typing. Several specimens have been received by CDPH for testing, and testing is underway.

Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

Native plant fair and open house at Elkhorn Slough Reserve slated

ELKHORN, Calif. Celebrating and showcasing one of the Central Coast’s natural habits will occur at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve on Saturday, September 27. It’s National Estuaries Day and organizers at the reserve will host activities and presentations free and open to the public.

Since its official designation in 1988, dozens of sites throughout the coastal United States have celebrated National Estuaries Day on the last Saturday of September, hosting gatherings, field trips, events, and seminars to highlight the extraordinary richness of our nation’s estuaries.