60 years ago
Volunteer firemen get resuscitator for use in lifesaving work: Brentwood's volunteer firemen were prepared this week to extend further protection to the people of the area with the aid of a modern Emerson resuscitator. The equipment was delivered and members of the department witnessed a demonstration at the fire department by Bill Buford, representing the Oakland company from which it was purchased. Cost of the resuscitator was about $675.
There are numerous ways in which the equipment can be used, most common of which is in reviving a drowning person, and in preventing suffocation from smoke. It also has an inhalator and aspirator, and is equipped with a dual oxygen and carbogen tanks, making it usable in aiding victims of heart attacks.
25 years ago
Motherless pigeons rescued and raised by Oakley 12-year-old: Peeper and Chester are getting the treatment from 12-year-old Jennifer Seaver.
The Oakley Middle School seventh-grader has taken upon herself the chore of raising the two motherless pigeons.
According to Seaver, Chester's mother was killed by a neighborhood cat and left homeless. Peeper's mother never returned to her nest on a nearby roof to care for the 2-week-old pigeon and both the birds have ended up in Seaver's care.
"At first I had to feed the birds about every two hours," Seaver said.
Seaver thought of both names for the pigeons. Chester is named after Chester the Duck who laid golden eggs, and Peeper received his name because of all the noise he makes. Seaver is not sure what she is going to do, or what her parents will have her do, when the birds start to fly.
"I can't just turn them out loose because they are so used to me feeding them," she said.
-- Brentwood News files