60 years ago

Fire chief gives advice on proper fire alarms: Anybody is more than likely to be excited when they turn in a fire alarm, but Chief Elmer Gauger of the volunteer fire department pointed out this week that keeping cool in such a situation may prevent the fire from getting hotter. Under the new dial system, Gauger explained that the number to call in turning in alarm is MElrose 4-3511. The other fire department number (MElrose 4-3947) is for business calls only and dialing it for an alarm may result in a costly delay. Gauger also cautioned that it is important to give the exact location of the fire, including the name of the property owner, the street in the city, or the road in the country.

25 years ago

McDaniel lives life on the fast track: Nancy McDaniel's life is on the fast track. It has to be to keep up with her ambition.

In addition to her nursing career, she is an avid sailor, a licensed pilot, plays the organ with her church's choir group, is a member of the Brentwood Community Theater support group and volunteers in a number of community endeavors. After 20 years of working as a nurse at Delta Memorial Hospital, McDaniel was forced to leave because of budget cuts. "Leaving Delta Memorial was providential," she said. "Because new vistas opened up for me as a result of that part my life ending."


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McDaniels went back to school and earned a master's degree in public health administration at University of San Francisco. "You have to keep up with the pace. Medicine has become more and more specialized," she said.

She graduated with a 3.96 grade-point average. Upon graduation, she decided to take a job at Los Medanos College, teaching nursing. "It was exciting when they said I had the position," she said. " I think it will be real fun and I will have an opportunity to mold ideas and feelings right in the beginning, which will help them (the students) to concentrate on where they're going. She said one of her goals as a teacher will be to influence students to keep in touch with their patients.

-- Brentwood News files