60 years ago

Bethel Island to launch tree-planting program: A gigantic tree-planting program will be launched on Bethel Island tomorrow at noon with ceremonies opposite the post office, when the first 1,000 trees to be planted along the county roads of the island are set out. The program is a communitywide affair sponsored by the Bethel Island Women's Club.

Participating are the Girl Scouts and Brownies, the Boys Club, the Bethel Island Improvement Club, the Rod and Gun club and the Bethel Island Chamber of Commerce.

It is planned to set out 200 tress, with the rest to follow in the near future. Tom Sawyer, secretary-treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce, has extended an invitation to all persons interested in the civic betterment of the area.

25 years ago

Water in Oakley to change soon: Residents here should have fluoride drinking water flowing from their taps late this month as workers Friday put the final touches on a fluoridation project three months behind schedule. Workers at Albay Construction Company of Martinez spent Friday adjusting the metering system to regulate the flow of fluoride into treated water piped to 4,000 Oakley treated water customers, said Scott Dittman, a consultant overseeing the project.

Getting the metering system operating properly is the final step of the $78,000 project, which Albay was supposed to finish by Nov. 30.

The project entailed installing a 4,000-gallon holding tank for the fluoride and connecting it with pipes to the tank for the fluoride and connecting it with pipes to the tank where treated water passes through en route to homes and businesses.

Oakley voters approved in June 1987 to have their water fluoridated. Antioch and Pittsburg already have fluoride added to their water.

-- Brentwood News files