60 years ago

Population growth of county called juvenile delinquency cause: Population growth of the county is one cause for the increase in juvenile delinquency, Superior Judge Wakefield Taylor told the Brentwood Lions when he was guest speaker at their ladies' night meeting Monday evening. Judge Taylor, who has been in charge of the juvenile court for more than a year, declared that both the cause and cure for much juvenile delinquency may be found in the home. In many of the cases which have come before him, he said, the young offenders have come from broken homes, from homes in which the father or mother or both are hopeless inebriates, or in which one of the parents fails to give the child the love and guidance needed. He explained the manner in which juvenile cases are handled by the probation department and the juvenile courts. While some of the cases are those of hardened criminals, many involve first offenses, in which it is likely that the offender may never commit another crime. Turing juveniles over to the California Youth Authority is only a last resort.

25 years ago

Life on the Perkins' farm is just ducky: Ed and Betty Perkins of Oakley should consider opening aviary here. Through the years of "swapping and buying," the Perkins have amassed an extensive collection of beautiful birds.

"My interest in raising birds really started down in Anaheim when I was about 14. I raised a few pigeons back then and things just got out of hand. Now I have all of this," Ed said pointing to his "sanctuary." Perkins collection consists of 11 varieties of ducks including Mandarin, Cinnamon, Teal, Blue-Wing Teal, Spoonbills, Pintail Northern, Bahama Pintail, Silver Bahama Pintail, and Redheads. Other fowl in the collection are English Call Ducks, Running Ducks, and Blue Snow, and Canadian Honker Geese. There are also five varieties for peacocks, cockatoos, a Yellow Fronted Amazon Parrot, and a macaw. He also owns several types of pheasants.


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-- Brentwood News files