60 years ago

Warning sounded against home improvement racket: Disclosure that Diablo Valley homeowners are among those in the area who have been victimized by the so-called "home improvement" racketeers, this week brought a warning form Rex Griffith, president of the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce.

Fly-by-night salesmen have invaded the East Bay following their having been driven out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland as a result of an intensive educational campaign by the Better Business Bureau in an effort to put a stop to the home improvement fraud. Attention has been especially focused on the so called "miracle mastic" paints.

Fantastic claims for these mastic paints are reported to be used by glib salesmen to justify exorbitant charges. Frank Pendergast, executive assistant to the Northern California regional FHA director, points out that once a contract has been signed, the homeowner must pay, even though he has been swindled. He warned particularly against signing completion certificates until thoroughly satisfied with the job.

25 years ago

Antioch elementary students focus on future careers: The big attractions were "the bug guy," the chemist, and the veterinarian. "I liked the dog she brought," said sixth grader Jamey VanDyke of the veterinarian Diane Flagg.

Flagg was one of 19 professionals who took part in Sutter Elementary School's second annual Career Day for fourth, fifth and sixth graders. She spent Wednesday morning explaining to students just what it's like to take care of animals for a living.

Students were treated to firsthand job descriptions by a doctor, secretary, food and drug investigator, beautician an even a newspaper reporter, among others. Junior and senior high school students for years have been exposed to job fairs, but it's not often that elementary school students are encouraged to think about their career paths.

-- From the archives of the Brentwood News and Daily Ledger

"Our hope is that children will set their goals early and be able to know what their choices are," said Burcio. This is the second year Sutter has held a Career Day, and next year Burcio hopes to have even more variety in careers represented.

From the archives of the Brentwood News and Daily Ledger