By Ryan Ozminkowski/Lodi High School
A couple enjoys the beautiful view of Lodi Lake while sharing a watermelon on a cool spring day. An athlete turns on her faucet when she gets home from an exhausting practice, excited for the refreshingly clean liquid that is about to pour out. An elderly fellow comfortably sits next to the Mokelumne River, waiting to catch that perfect fish. Continue reading
Jimmie Hunter, Vinewood Elementary School
Mariko Hashimoto, Vinewood Elementary School
Lodi Unified School District curriculum specialist and Lodi Lake docent will retire this year
By Vinewood Elementary School Students
Jay Bell is a science curriculum specialist for the Lodi Unified School District and a docent for the Lodi Lake Nature Area. He is retiring this year.
He was interviewed by the classes of Kim Hutson and Kirk Rossi at Vinewood Elementary School. Continue reading
Lodi Unified assistant superintendent will retire after nearly 40 years with district
By Miguel Arias and Aisha Khan/Heritage Elementary School
Catherine Pennington is Lodi Unified School District’s assistant superintendent of elementary instruction. She has also served as a teacher at Lakewood, Davis and Senior elementary schools and principal at John Muir Elementary School.
Pennington is retiring after 39 years with Lodi Unified at the end of this school year. Continue reading
Andrea Cobos, Earthkeepers at Lodi Middle School
Paloma Villega, Heritage Elementary School
By Katie Gust, Lodi Middle School Earthkeepers
1. The oldest living water hyacinth is 12 years old and the oldest flower was 9 years old.
2. A single plant can produce up to 5,000 seeds, that’s why they populate so fast. Continue reading
Many people in Lodi do not realize the water as well as any debris or chemicals that end up in the storm drains go directly into the Mokelumne River.
Did you ever wonder where your street runoff water goes? Probably not, though I wish you did.
Well, I’ll tell you where it goes. All our filthy and dirty street water goes into our storm drain system and discharges into our river — the same river we get our drinking water from and the exact same water that’s coming out of your faucet. It did get treated, but when it entered the Mokelumne, it didn’t. Continue reading
By Joanna Martinez/Lodi Middle School
- A squirrel’s front teeth never stop growing.
- To escape predators, they run in a zigzag line.
- When squirrels are born they are born blind.
- To put off potential thieves, a squirrel can pretend to bury a nut.
- They get bunky to stay warm during the winter.
- They have positioned eyes so they can see behind them.
- Squirrels exist on every habitat except on Antarctica and Australia.
- Red squirrels eat fungi and take it to their nest where it dries up to make mushroom jerky for them to eat.
By Kelly Ito and Gianna Dosio, Vinewood Elementary
Kelly Ito and Gianna Dosio, Vinewood Elementary School
By David Shore/Heritage Elementary School
Karen Honer is the White Slough Pollution Control Facility superintendent. She oversees the operation of the Lodi sewage plant, which is next to Interstate 5 and south of Highway 12. Continue reading
By Diana Nieves and Michelle Luna/Heritage Elementary School
Anders Christensen has been the Woodbridge Irrigation District general manager for 24 years, helping provide water to homes and farms in the Lodi area. Continue reading