Do you pollute without realizing it?

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

Jay Bell plans to fly kites, go kayaking and see more nature

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

Catherine Pennington talks about what has changed in her years as an educator

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

Five facts about water hyacinth

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

Follow the water: Where does street runoff go?

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.

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

Street Scene: Where does the water go after a storm when the rain rushes down into Lodi’s sewers?

Students in Janine Jacinto’s class asked the question after school and took the photos. Most people did not realize the water that drains into the sewers flows directly into the Mokelumne River. That is why it is important that everyone does their part to prevent chemicals and other pollution from going down the drain.


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.