60 years ago
Bethel islanders renew efforts to organize mosquito district: Far from discouraged by the decision of Antioch to go it alone with a mosquito abatement district extending only far enough to get the new PG&E steam plant on its tax roll, representatives of the East County communities will get together Monday on Bethel Island to push plans for their district to include all irrigated sections from the boundaries of the Antioch district to the county lines.
The Bethel Island Improvement Club has arranged for the meeting, which will take place at the club's hall. Cleveland Von Konsky, who has led in the fight for an inclusive district, states that representatives from Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen, Byron, Byron Hot Springs and the islands have been invited to be present.
Efforts to induce Antioch to induce the East County area were dropped, Von Konsky explained, when it became evident that the Antioch people would rather have no district at all than join with the territory to the south and east. Rather than have the proposed Antioch district abandoned, it was decided to lodge not protest at the hearing before the supervisors at which the Antioch petition was approved.
25 years ago
Students bury piece of history at school: Oakley's Gehringer School students involved in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program capped off their participation
Included in the capsule were a tennis shoe, stickers, bubble gum, baseball cards, magazines, a TV Guide, a second grade math book, a silk rose, pictures of the children and the Gehringer staff, pictures of the older buildings is Oakley, and of the school playground.
"The children did a task analysis from the beginning stages all the way to planting the time capsule in the ground," said Marie Dohoney, one of the GATE teachers.
"We wanted a date where the children would be young enough as adults to still appreciate the things set aside in the capsule, but Darlene and I wanted to be around for the event as well, so we decided on 37 years," Dohoney said.
While the time capsule was a lot of fund, it was a learning experience for the children as well. The time capsule concept, along with all of the other activities of the GATE program, were specifically designed so the children would enjoy participating and learn in the process also.
-- Brentwood News files