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County fair is here

  • Alameda County Fair -- Now through July 6, closed Mondays. Concerts, carnival, animals, games, exhibits and horse racing Thursday through Sunday, June 26-29 and July 3-6. Post time is at 1:15 p.m. except for Fridays at 2:15. Also, fireworks at 9:45 p.m. July 4. Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Pleasanton. Gate admission ranges from $8 to $10 per person, parking is $10. Call 925-426-7600.

    Seen & heard

    Shop and score check

    Sports fans shopping at Lunardi's Market in Danville have a new way to keep up with baseball scores.

    A new Forge Pizza parlor in the corner of the store has a large TV facing shoppers as they pass through the store's south entrance. It's no surprise the TV is often tuned to Giants' games. Fans can check out the latest batter right before they turn into the butter aisle.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past times

    June 16, 1950 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times:

    Headline: "Latvian Family First D.P.'s Here"

    Mr. and Mrs. Janis Krastins and their 9-year-old daughter, Biruta, arrived in Pleasanton on the last lap of a journey that began six years ago when Russia occupied Latvia and they began a long and dreary tour of displaced persons camps following the confiscation of their farm near Riga.

    Their arrival marked the successful completion of plans by the Committee on Displaced Persons of the Presbyterian Community Church. The church has assumed responsibility for assuring adequate work, living quarters and funds to assist in meeting transportation and other incidental expenses for the family -- guarantees without which it is impossible for displaced persons to enter or remain in the country.

    The new residents are living temporarily in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Tripp, and Mr. Krastins is working for Jackson & Perkins. However, those with ideas for farm work, living quarters, furnishings or funds to help the program are asked to speak to church leaders.

    Headline: "Puppies In Profusion Pose Problem for Prolific Parent"

    Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Meier of the Columbo Hotel have a remarkable purebred boxer female that gave birth to 11 puppies, and all the pups appear lively and healthy. However, it is believed that the dog, which is not large, cannot properly take care of her children adequately.

    Mrs. Meier appealed to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for help. She thought the society could furnish an extra mother to help nurse the puppies. The SPCA was willing take some pups and give them to other mothers in the shelter, but, as the Meiers do not want the babies separated, they are assisting nature by providing baby bottles -- allowing one natural nursing per pup followed by one artificial feeding.

    Way back then

    Real Estate: Livermore's best district. New three-bedroom home. Modern fireplace. Restricted district. 100 percent financing to GIs plus closing costs; $2,000 cash to non-vets.

    At the Movies: Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton. "The Secret Garden" with Margaret O'Brien, Dean Stockwell and Herbert Marshall.

    Trivia Question: On June 18, 1960, the San Francisco Giants hired Tom Sheehan. He was baseball's oldest debuting manager. How old was he?

    Answer to last week's question: June 18, 1950: The Cleveland Indians scored 14 runs against the A's in the first inning of a game the Indians won 21-2.

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