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Mendota: 'The Cantaloupe Center of the World'

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The city of Mendota is located in the heart of California’s fertile Central Valley. Originally a railroad station built in 1891, and later incorporated as a city in 1942, it’s nestled in western Fresno County 40 miles west of the city of Fresno. The railroad closed the station in 1910 and agriculture took over as the major industry for employment in the area. A city now known as “The Cantaloupe Center of the World,” with a population estimated at 11,014 residents, over 95 percent of the population is Latino and 50 percent are foreign born. With nearly half the community being immigrant farm workers, there is a clear separation amongst the residents which is further exaggerated by a communication barrier on how to improve Mendota from within.

Relay for Life: Cancer Awareness in Wilmington

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In August, Wilmington will be participating in American Cancer Society’s fund raising event, Relay For Life, for the first time. During the 24-hour relay, teams will gather at the Banning High School track and take turns walking or running laps. The race allows the whole community to come together to raise money for cancer research and patient programs. Cancer survivors are honored by having them take the first lap, often to applause from family, friends and their community. In the evening, during the Luminaria Ceremony, community members light candles to remember those whose lives have been lost to cancer. The event will also bring awareness to the many free services provided to Wilmington, something that many of the cancer patients without health coverage in this community desperately need.