60 years ago

Firemen follow custom of lighting park tree: Members of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department are going to see to it that the city has some Christmas decoration this year.

Following a long-established custom, they are planning to decorate the big evergreen in the park at the corner of Oak and Second streets. For several years, the department has decked the tree with colored lights, the only exception being the year when the ground was so softened by rain they could not reach the tree, and they used the lights on the fire house.

At a recent meeting, the firemen set Saturday as the date for the tree trimming, and a committee consisting of Chief E.J. Spiering, Joe Craig and Herman Hartwig will assemble the equipment and supervise the job.

25 years ago

Oakley man teaching triathlon classes: In December, Ken Dobberpuhl turns 39. "I can't wait until I turn 40," he said.

He's serious. In an age where people will do anything to apply the brakes to the biological clock, why would a guy want to accelerate the hands of time?

Is has to do with triathlons. Forty will put Dobberpuhl at the bottom of the 40-49 division, and make life in the tri lane a little easier. When he began participating in triathlons five years ago, he had to start smack-dab in the middle of one of the most competitive divisions, 30-39.

Regardless, Dobberpuhl has had success, and on a national level. He is coming off what he says is his best year. He and his wife, Dexter, have both qualified for the United States Triathlon Series Championships at Hilton Head, S.C.

Now, Dobberpuhl wants to share the knowledge he has accumulated. During the spring semester at Los Medanos College, Dobberpuhl will teach an introductory triathlon course, the first of its kind at the college.

"We want to emphasize that this in an introductory class," he says. "A lot of people have seen and heard about triathlons and are not quite sure how to get started, or even know if they want to try something like this.

-- Brentwood News files