BRENTWOOD

Lemyre hired to head John Marsh Historic Trust

Rick Lemyre, a former local newspaper editor, has been hired as the new part-time executive director of The John Marsh Historic Trust.

In his position, Lemyre will help with efforts to move the historic building into the restoration phase and to develop the Marsh Creek State Historic Park. The $750,000 construction project culminates a decades-long effort to stabilize the John Marsh Stone House.

Funded by the California Cultural Historic Endowment and matching donations from the Trust, the work is needed to keep the house from collapsing.

Built in 1856 south of Brentwood by Dr. John Marsh, the house is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was made of local sandstone and has already seen more than $1 million to preserve it.

The house will be the centerpiece of the new, 3,600-acre Marsh Creek State Historic Park.

For more information, call 925-286-4591 or go to www.johnmarshhouse.com.

-- Judith Prieve, Staff

OAKLEY

Freedom High group looks for donations

A Freedom High School group is asking individuals and businesses for donations that can help the school's art students.


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Freedom Art Boosters is holding its third online auction in October to raise money for the Visual and Performing Arts department and needs items such as new electronics equipment, baked treats, gift baskets, sports memorabilia and collectibles for others to bid on.

Suggested gifts for those wishing to get creative could include a stay at a vacation property, services such as tennis, dance or knitting lessons.

Goods can be dropped off at the school's office at 1050 Neroly Road, Oakley. The deadline is Oct. 1.

Call Lori Butler at butlerl@luhsd.net or Fely Fajardo at freedomartsbooster@gmail.com.

-- Rowena Coetsee, Staff