60 years ago

Lack of Operation Skywatch post here is said to leave gap in Bay Area defense: Renewed efforts to arouse interest in establishing an observation post in Brentwood were launched this week with the visit of Tech Sgt. Thomas Lee of the Oakland filter center.

Sgt. Lee explained that the establishment of a post here and the reactivation of the posts in Concord and Martinez are vital to overcoming the yawning gap in the warning network of the Bay Area. With chains of posts to the north and south, the Contra Costa area leaves a funnel through which hostile planes could approach from the east without being detected until too late.

Sgt. Lee discussed with City Clerk George Wedgwood the possibility of appearing at the adjourned meeting of the city council next Wednesday. He planned to bring a film showing a simulated attack on New York City, and was hoping the meeting will attract those interest and willing to help in the project.

"Too many people today feel that the ground observer corps is the only countermeasure against attack," Lee said, "and that the possibility of an armistice in Korea means we will no longer need the groud observer corps."

25 years ago

Class of '88 leaves behind a roaring legacy: It was a tough decision, but Liberty High senior Christine Coelho came up with an answer for the Class of 1988's gift to the school -- two cement lions, weighing 500 pounds each.


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The lions are similar to lions that adorned the school before a fire destroyed them.

"We wanted to bring it (the school grounds) back .... put some pride back into the school," Coehlo said.

The idea is the future classes will continue to decorate the school, and the final product will be a school building the whole community can be proud of.

"If each class tries, it can be done," she said.

The senior came up with the idea while looking at a catalogue at Uneni's where she works.

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger

The Class of 1988 was seeking suggestions of gifts at an assembly, and according to Coehlo, "no one had an idea."

-- Brentwood News and Daily Ledger