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Vol. 2 No. 7 ■ April/ May 2015 ■ $4.95 PUBLISHER Hank Vander Veen

GENERAL MANAGER Jennifer Marek Drew Savage

EDITOR Kristina Hacker

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAHERS Elizabeth Arakelian Alysson Aredas Dennis D. Cruz Ross Dickerson Teresa Hammond Alisa Hutsell Melissa Hutsell Marg Jackson Matt Johanson Richard Paloma Fabian Pourmand Photography Sabra Stafford Virginia Still Jon Michael Terry Photography

ART DIREC TOR Harold L. George

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Mackenzie Alameda Jaime Ramirez

ADVERTISING DIREC TORS Chuck Higgs Taylor Phillips

SALES & MARKETING Beth Flanagan Maureen Jerner Tara Levy Krista Messer Vicky Norman-Eddy Colette Robison Corey Rogers Melody Wann Doreen Wynn


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Welcome back and thank you for checking out another edition of 209 Magazine. 209 Magazine has been such an adventure for us as writers, experiencers and creators. We are happy to announce that this issue has reached new milestones. Since our first publication last year, we have grown our magazine 43% in pages as well as increasing our drop locations by 72%. This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our community and the willingness of local businesses to let us in their doors and allow us to share their visions. We appreciate all the support from readers and advertisers. It is no secret that pets are a human’s best friend. This issue, we reached out to our followers to submit their favorite photos of their furry critters and received over 400 pictures of the cutest companions in the Valley. In addition to the winners, runner ups, and honorable mentions, this issue encompasses stories about notable animal centers such as the Oakdale Equine Rescue and Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center. We even give a peak into Monte Vista Small Animal Hospitals’ Dr. Rob Santos and his newest animal treatment, pet acupuncture. With spring here, it’s time for our residents to get out in the sun and enjoy the festivities that the 209 has to offer such as Riverdance Farms Pick and Gather and the ever-so-popular Oakdale Chocolate Festival that draws crowds upon crowds of visitors into the place we call home! Open the pages and let the stories and pictures speak for themselves. MNC of California strives to be a company that is positively impacting the community, with several publications in the heart of the 209. What sets us apart is our firm commitment to relevant, community-driven content. We want to feature the things that truly make our region a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and to visit. Thank you for taking the time to read the one year anniversary issue of 209 Magazine. We welcome your comments, calendar events, and stories. We hope you will support the businesses and charities that have chosen to partner with us. We appreciate them and look forward to being the most relevant magazine in your home, a place called 209.

Hank Vander Veen Publisher

209 Magazine - Issue 7  

An MNC Publication

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