APRIL FOOL! This illustrious newspaper decided to pull a little April Fool joke on Yours Truly last week. I sent the column copy in under deadline. I approved the final proof as usual. Then when I opened the Saturday tab, no column!

 YOU READERS BLESS ME. I can’t tell you how many people contacted me to ask, “Where were you? What happened?” In the words of Mark Twain, reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

 THE PREGNANCY RESOURCE CENTER in Lodi opened its doors in 1996. Since that time, over 1080 women facing an unplanned crisis pregnancy chose life for their babies. Some of those first babies are now young adults: College students. Military service people. Young parents with kids of their own. Many a grandparent is grateful for the services of Lodi's Pregnancy Resource Center.  

THE NEED: PRC needs a new Ultrasound machine that also monitors the heartbeat of the baby. The cost is $13,000. How much do we personally believe in this project? The Statesman Team and I will MATCH the first $3,000 in donations. The deadline for funds is May 10, 2017. Thanks for caring.

Here’s the link if you’re interested: gofundme.com/Lodibabies

Keller Williams Realty of Lodi AND Stockton has taken on Lodi Pregnancy Resource Center as this year's "Red Day" project on May 11.  KW Realtors will close their offices that day and help PRC with various projects including this Ultrasound machine fundraiser. 

OPEN TODAY 1 TO 4 P.M. 13650 Beskeen Road in Herald. Saddle up! Enjoy this 3-bedroom 2-bath home on a fenced and cross-fenced 2 acres. Beautiful updated home with granite kitchen counters, newer wood burning stove, newer well pump, roof and gutters, FOUR-STALL HORSE BARN with tack room and wash rack! Covered RV parking! Your host today is John Dubois. New price: $509,999!