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April 1, 2023

New bill would provide $500M to agricultural fairs

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SACRAMENTO—Earlier this month, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley), Representatives Billy Long (R-MO), Mike Levin (D-CA), and Dan Newhouse (R-WA) introduced bipartisan legislation aiming to help preserve agricultural fairs across the country and offset the devastating financial losses they have experienced due to Covid-19. The Agricultural...

Heritage Chocolates Corralitos a local, family affair

More than 50 years ago, clockmaker and shop owner Allison Rider discovered a new hobby: making chocolate candies for his friends, family and employees. Rider, a big chocolate lover, started creating treats loosely based on See's Candies flavors. He experimented with caramel and other soft-center...

Gizdich to be honored as ‘Friend of Scouting’

Nita Gizdich, owner and founder of Gizdich Ranch, has been selected as the 2018 “Friend of Scouting.”

Sustainable Productivity Solutions moves to Watsonville

Originally headquartered in Scotts Valley, Sustainable Productivity Solutions recently moved to Watsonville, and will hold an open house on Nov. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 275 Main St., Suite 450.

PVPSA on track for December completion

Work is moving forward on the new addition to Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance (PVPSA) at the corner of East Lake and Brewington avenues.

Habitat for Humanity’s Watsonville ReStore location opening next month

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WATSONVILLE—Swift efforts are underway to open a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in downtown Watsonville.  The national second-hand retail store is aiming for a mid-August soft opening in the behemoth 9,700-square-foot building at 555 Main St. that once served as a grocery store, a furniture...

New business space in East Fifth Plaza

The East Fifth Plaza has undergone a major renovation.

Orchard offers u-pick roses, outdoor fun

There is now a new way to assemble your own bouquet of roses, thanks to a pick-your-own rose venue at Birdsong Orchards in Watsonville. Owner Nadine Schaeffer said she is growing dozens of varieties of roses on her 8-acre parcel where she also tends to...

Watsonville’s Couch Distributing sold

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WATSONVILLE—Couch Distributing Company, Inc. announced to its employees Tuesday that after nearly a half-century of service it is selling its distribution business to Fresno-based Donaghy Sales, LLC. Established in 1973 Couch Distributing Company has been the leading beer and beverage distributor in Santa Cruz, Monterey...

Watsonville’s first cannabis dispensary opens Friday

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WATSONVILLE—Watsonville’s first retail cannabis outlet, called The Hook, opens Friday. The 3,600-square-foot warehouse is located on a stretch of road on Hangar Way in a quickly growing part of the city that includes the Slough Brewing Collective and Santa Cruz Cider Co. Co-owner Bryce Berryessa...

Preps of the Week: MVC’s Jojo Keldsen, Aptos’ Kailani Aguayo |...

This week’s edition of the Pajaronian Sports Ticker highlights local prep athletes for their performances during the week of March 20-26.  Coaches and athletic directors...