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Fall is a good time to feed the soul and, in this issue, you can get inspiration to do just that.

Nothing says comfort food as much as a good bowl of soup. In this issue, local chefs share their favorite soup recipes you can recreate at home.

The City of Modesto is celebrating a historic milestone this year, its 150th anniversary. While the city’s sesquicentennial events have been cancelled, civic pride will reign all year.

A local veteran and artist has turned his struggles with PTSD into a work of art that graces a downtown Tracy building.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 209 Magazine writer Teresa Hammond shares her very personal battle with breast cancer and cancer survivor and American Cancer Society spokesperson Susan Powers talks about awareness, health and surviving.

We hope that each of the stories in this issue of 209 Magazine enrich your life and help to make this place we call home a better place to live, work and play.

Hank Vander Veen

Publisher, 209 Magazine