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Sponsor February 2017
Dr. Eric Cheung
and his staff are dedicated to provide comprehensive dental
care to you and your family at the most reasonable price.
Preventive care and good oral hygiene are our main focus.
Dr. Eric performs restorative and cosmetic dentistry such
as tooth color fillings, porcelain veneers, crown, and bridge,
implant crown, tooth whitening and also professional cleaning,
night guard, anti-snoring device, root canal treatment,
extraction, partial and complete dentures along with sedation
dentistry. We treat toddlers to people over 100 years old.
Toothache and other emergency appointment welcome. PPO insurance,
credit card, cash and cheque accepted. Care credit and other
payment plan available. New Patients Welcome.
Sponsor December 2016
My name is Kathy
Saca Jansen and I was born at Mercy Hospital in Merced CA.
on June 21st 1950. My parents were Joe & Laura Saca.
My father along with his father, mother and younger brother,
immigrated from the Azores Island of Pico in 1928. They
settled in the “Fruitland Colony” near Winton,
CA. My mother was born in the “Arena Colony”
near Livingston , CA. and her parents were John & Mary
Maciel. My parents met at a Portuguese Pentecost Celebration.
They married in 1944 . By the time I was born in 1950, they
were owners of the Arena Grocery Store on Hwy. 99 and Arena
Way. When I was 2 years old my parents rented a space in
a new building that Atwater named the “Smith Building”.
They decided to open an infants & children’s store
and the named it “Kathy’s Tot Shop”. (picture
is of the Smith Building).
I had a very
happy childhood. My grandparents lived close by and I had
a lot of cousins to play with. My mom & dad welcomed
my brother Ron in 1954. In 1955 we moved into the Redwood
House on Juniper & 7th St. I attended Mitchell School
when I was in Kindergarten and it was right across the street
from my house. In 1960 we built a new house on Central Way
on the property that my grandparents Saca owned. From 1st
to 8th grade I attended St. Anthony’s School on Winton
Way. I have a deep love for that school & church which
I attend today. I have many fond memories of St. Anthony’s
School and cherish lasting friendships. I was “May
Festival Queen” in 1964 and you were nominated by
your classmates. Four girls ran for Queen and the one who
sold the most tickets would win. The tickets sold for 10cents
a piece! I sold $214.00 worth of tickets! Mom & Dad
welcomed Alan to our family in February 1967.
Sponsor August 2016
1950, Bill Lee established this full service Insurance agency
in Atwater and headed the business for many years until
his son Eric joined him in 1979. In 1996 Eric bought his
Dad’s business and the Bloss Block Building at the
corner of Atwater Blvd. & Third Street. This historic
building was rushed to completion in 1912 by the Bloss family
and housed several businesses after the 1912 fire destroyed
the buildings between Third and Fourth Street. It consists
of seven well planned rooms and the corner space was occupied
by Dr. Kinney who opened the Atwater Drug Store and he was
followed by “Pop” Heller as the pharmacist &
owner. Eric has remodeled the building but kept many of
the original features. Eric Lee still offers a full service
insurance agency and is very involved in the Atwater community.
We encourage you to always consider our local businesses
for all of your insurance needs.
Sponsor July 2016
que vino para Quedarse"
In the year of 1989, a young couple decided to take a chance
and open the first Mexican Bakery in Atwater, California.
Jesus and Eva Medina had no previous experience owning a
business, as well as no support when they started their
journey. Yet despite the obstacles they persevered and Conchitas
Panaderia still stands today.
came from a family of bakers from Michoacan, Mexico. The
Medina family was known for their ancestral recipe of Conchitas.
From this recipe Jesus and Eva started from the bottom and
worked their way up. In the beginning when they were starting
out, Eva Medina would go out to the camps and sell bread.
She would drive around and introduce people to the first
Mexican Bakery that had just opened up. Jesus and Eva Medina's
hard work paid off, they found loyal customers who continue
to come back year after year.
During the 27
years that Conchitas Panaderia has been opened, never once
has there been a stranger behind the counter. Since its
opening day Conchitas Panaderia has been a family run business,
showcasing the love and support that we value as a business.
In the year of 2002 when Jesus and Eva Medina decided to
move, they sold the bakery to their only son in law, still
keeping it a family run business.
Since 2002 until
now Joel Gutierrez has been the owner, keeping the legacy
alive while providing some of the best pan dulces. As if
that wasn't enough, Conchitas Panaderia continues to make
delicious cakes for birthdays, weddings, and quinceaneras;
providing locals with tamales, menudo and other Mexican
has been around for 27 years and we hope to continue running
it for many more years to come. The dream that Jesus and
Eva Medina had grew and it continues to grow due to the
love and support of our local clientele. From us to you,
thank you for your undending support!
Sponsor June 2016
became a licensed electrical contractor in August 2007.He
started his business , Technical Electrical, wiring custom
homes, performing service calls related to electrical issues
and sub contracted for PG&E and other electrical utilities.
He has focused his attention PV Solar installations for
residential and commercial application. He now has focused
on TEA Solar which provide quality PV installations in Merced
and Stanislaus counties.
Sponsor April 2016
James & Kimberly
Vineyard have lived in Atwater for 28 years where they raised
two lovely daughters, Amber & Daniella. James retired
as a Law Enforcement Fire Captain after 36 years (32 &
1/2 yrs accumulated service) with the CDF/Cal Fire. James
works as an Atwater volunteer in Police Service (AVIPS)
& as the Neighborhood Watch Coordinator for the Atwater
Police Department. Kimberly is a Pre-School Teacher at Merced
Montessori where she has worked for Ann McDonald the last
Sponsor March 2016
The Atwater Historical
Society is very proud to welcome the New Day Café
to our family. Located out at Castle Commerce Center (Castle
Air Base) they are open for business and incredibly popular
with the locals.
New Day Café and tell them The Bloss House sent you.
Sponsor December 2015
Flooring, formerly known as Olin's Floor covering, is located
at 1201 Broadway Ave. in Atwater, CA.
Anderson opened his office and showroom on April 13, 2015.
The name is new but Matt in no stranger to the flooring
industry. He worked as sales manager for Kerr Rug Co, as
well as Builder's Flooring, both located in Merced, CA.
Matt was born in Modesto and has lived in the Atwater area
since 1984. He believes that customer service is his main
priority when it comes to his business. Matt has been a
mainstay for providing carpet needs for the Bloss Home Museum.
Anderson's offers many varieties of flooring which include:
wood, tile, carpet, and linoleum. If you have any flooring
needs Matt is the man to contact. Please give him a call
at 209-358-2512 or email: Matt@andersonandsonsflooring.com.
Sponsor November 2015
– God bless us, everyone! "A Christmas Adventure"
returns to Atwater for its sixteenth year of performances
on December 10, 11, 12, 13. This environmental theatre piece
transports audiences through the pages Charles Dickens'
"A Christmas Carol," as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob
Marley and Tiny Tim come to life in a walking tour of the
Christmas Adventure", an A.B.C. Production, brings
together the talents of 60 individuals from Atwater and
Buhach Colony, as well as the support of the Atwater Historical
Society. “Every year students are so excited to audition
for and perform in this play,” explains Mr. Bettis
(BCHS). “It’s become something the students
look forward to!”
show, now an Atwater tradition, lasts an hour and 20 minutes.
There are several shows each evening, starting every 20
minutes. Audience members are greeted by a friendly hostess
in Bloss Park, across from the house. Here, the audience
is prepared for the participation sections of the show.
A storyteller guides the group to the front door, and the
tour begins with a brave audience member knocking on Ebenezer
Scrooge’s door. As the audience moves from room to
room, they experience different scenes from the story: the
ghostly warning from Jacob Marley, the revelation of the
three spirits and the transformation of Scrooge.
members will delight as they dance at Fezziwig's Christmas
party, help Martha and Peter Cratchit make cookies, and
trim the tree with Scrooge's nephew and niece.
of the proceeds from the production are designated for Atwater
Historical Society Drama Scholarships for deserving seniors.
“There is something magic about doing this show at
the Bloss House. The mansion seems to become an important
character,” said Julianne Aguilar, the Atwater High
School drama instructor who adapted the play especially
for the house.
may be purchased at the Atwater High School (357-6028) and
Buhach Colony High (357-6609) School Student Body Offices
during normal school hours at the Bloss House on the days
of performance, if any are still available. Ticket prices
are as follows: $10 pre-sale; $12 at the door.
Theatre Arts/Film Instructor
here for ticket information
Farms Pumpkin Patch
Sponsor October 2015
Hunter family is delighted to provide the community with
a unique, fun and affordable location for all to enjoy the
harvest season. Our goal is to offer an agricultural setting
that promotes a focus on family and provides activities
that encourages both children and adults to act like kids.
Farms Pumpkin Patch is a great location for your group’s
fall event. We had a great time hosting many events last
season from local youth groups to harvest dinners. We look
forward to working with you to customize our venue for your
needs. Give us a call and we can work out the details!
Schedule Your Party or Event Contact:
Scott Hunter at (209) 394-4444 or
Location: South side of Hwy 99 at Buhach—Atwater
Sponsor September 2015
always wanted to have a pizza parlor" states Josh Holman
and "Atwater is the perfect place" . Holman, a
central valley native with a passion for pizza, chose to
open the Pizza Factory as it offers home made style pizzas,
pastas, sandwiches, and salads. On our main wall is an awesome
picture of Downtown Atwater circa 1950's that was donated
by the Atwater Historical Society. Thank you to the historical
society and the dedicated caretakers of the Bloss Home Museum.
History, Pizza, Awesome.
Josh Holman - Proprietor
1300 Commerce Ave.
Atwater CA, 95301
Phone: (209) 357-5700
Historical Society, Inc. • P.O. Box 111 Atwater, CA 95301