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KING CITY — Four oral history interviews have been added to the collection of the San Antonio Valley Historical Association (SAVHA), preserving memories of South Monterey County. Featured on YouTube are life stories of John and Darlene Maggini of Bitterwater, Butch Heinsen of Lockwood and Calverne Sayler of Lockwood. They are available to the public by searching YouTube under the San Antonio Valley Historical Association name. In each of the interviews, the speakers talk about their lives and how their families ended up in South Monterey County. The Lockwood interviews were conducted by Patricia Woodfill and filmed by Maria Weinerth. The Bitterwater interviews were conducted by Karen Jernigan and filmed by John Jernigan. SAVHA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the stories and photos of the area. Within the last few years, the group has added 26 interviews to its YouTube channel. This is the continuation of 50 oral history projects that were recorded 50 years ago by members of the group. The older interviews are available on CDs at the Monterey County Free Libraries’ King City branch.


SALINAS — Get ready for the excitement of the California Rodeo Salinas Carnival, starting Friday, July 12, and running daily from 3 to 11 p.m. until Sunday, July 21. Located at 295 Sun Way in Salinas, this family-friendly event promises affordable entertainment during Big Week. “We’re thrilled to announce the return of Brass Ring Amusements Midway of Fun for the 2024 Rodeo Carnival,” said Danny Little, chairman of the carnival committee. “We’re looking forward to providing another fantastic experience for our community this year.” Purchase wristbands online at or visit the Salinas Sports Complex Ticket Office at 1034 N. Main St., open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more details about the California Rodeo Salinas happening July 18-21 and other upcoming events, visit


SEASIDE — The U.S. Army Garrison, Presidio of Monterey, will host its annual Retiree Appreciation Day at the General Stilwell Community Center on Saturday, July 13. The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with the formal program ending at 1:30 p.m. Retiree Appreciation Day provides retired service members and their families the latest information regarding retirement benefits and fosters goodwill between the retired and active-duty communities. Vendors and local service agencies will provide information of interest to military retirees and their families. Guest speakers include Tina Nieto, Monterey County sheriff; Lynn M. Peterson, program manager of the Department of the Army Retirement Services Office; and Jack Murphy, interim director and county veteran services officer for Monterey and San Benito counties. Hotdogs, hamburgers, coffee and cake will be free for all attending, and more than 20 vendors are expected to be in attendance offering giveaway items. The General Stilwell Community Center is located at 4260 Gigling Road in Seaside. For more information on the Military Retiree Appreciation Day, contact the Presidio of Monterey Retirement Services Office at 831-242-4896.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.