Visalia Rotary Community Foundation announces scholarship winners

The Visalia Rotary Community Foundation (VRCF) 2022-23 scholarship winners showcase the area’s best and brightest, including students who are passionate about music, medicine and engineering. Student winners came from all four of Visalia’s public high schools, demonstrating that talent abounds all over the city. VRCF offers four kinds of scholarships, each funded by a major […]

Stafford’s Chocolates named Outstanding Business of the Year

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with the Rob Taylor and Stafford’s Chocolates for several years and nominated them for the Small Business Development Center Outstanding Business Award which they deservingly won. Larry Stafford opened Stafford’s Chocolates in Porterville, California, in 1987. Larry quickly became obsessed with creating old-school chocolate confections. During the […]

Bloom report

Fuchsias have been blooming shyly since May but now in August they are boisterously beckoning you and the hummingbirds to come and enjoy their bright red-orange nodding bells. Fuchsia nectar is irresistible to hummingbirds, and butterflies. This week’s featured plant is California Fuchsia also known as Hummingbird Trumpet. A wide variety of native fuchsias are […]

Hanford’s Public Works Director resigns; experienced planner oversees community development

Major leadership changes occurred recently in two of the city’s most important departments. Long-time public works director and engineer John Doyel resigned effective August 26. Workload and the lack of staffing in the department played a role in his resignation, the Visalia-Hanford-Lemoore Future has learned. Doyel is on vacation and could not be reached for […]