Thanks to a generous gift, residents of a Byron center can learn some serious agricultural skills.
In memory of Helen Trescony, her family recently donated a tractor to the Orin Allen Youth Rehab facility. They also contributed money for a scholarship.
"She was a lifelong advocate for at-risk youngsters," Allen said. "She devoted her whole life to helping kids." The tractor is a welcome addition to the ranch's gardening and landscaping program.
"We have an awesome group of people from (a Discovery Bay) club working with the kids," he said, emphasizing that the skills taught now can help the boys later on.
Allen said community groups and residents make a "big difference and impact on the kids. They're making a connection." He said there are several sets of people from churches to a Cops for Kids group that contribute on a regular basis. "People want to help (the boys)."
Allen said that the Lesher Foundation is still going strong with its donations. "They haven't given up after all these years." Situated on Bixler Road, the facility was established as a treatment center for adolescent delinquents. The first 21 units opened in 1960. The newest dormitory was added in 1999, and now has 100 residents.
Originally named the Byron Boys Ranch, the facility was renamed after Allen. The Pittsburg resident has been with the ranch since it first opened in 1959.
According to the website, residents are limited to male youth who have been committed by the juvenile court. The facility serves to improve treatment at the local level rather than at the state level. For more info and how to help, call 925-427-8660.
A BIG THANKS!: Tim Calvin values his community so much, he's throwing an appreciation day.
The free event is set from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Crossings shopping center at 3365 Deer Valley Road in Antioch.
The area's merchants, along with political leaders and service organizations, will gather for a day of info and goodies.
Calvin is the owner of Delta One Martial Arts. He's co-sponsoring the event with AMAPA 4 Kids after-school program. They will provide free hot dogs, chips, drinks, anti-abduction and bully prevention seminar for kids, a self-defense seminar for adults, ID cards for children, and martial arts demos.
Other participants (most offering goods and special offers) will be Safeway, Wells Fargo, Chase Bank, Deer Valley Chiropractic, Sprint, Cindy's Nails, Hillcrest Uniforms, Mann's Better Home Realty, Jamba Juice, Kiwanis Club of the Delta-Antioch, Jim Frazier, Walter Ruehlig, Mary Rocha and the Antioch Police department.
"October is our month for giving back to the community," Calvin said.
In addition to thanking the community, he hopes to help others. "We're asking the public to donate school supplies for the Antioch Unified School District," he said. "We will collect the supplies and give them to schools the following week." Calvin said this event leads up to the charity martial arts tournament hosted by the AMAPA and Kiwanis Club on Oct. 27 at Antioch High (700 18th St.). That event will include a large raffle for children, and martial arts competitions (including sports martial arts, weapons and kickboxing). Two Raiderettes will present the raffle prizes and awards. Half the proceeds benefit the free after-school program for AHS students, while the other half goes to a scholarship fund for AHS and Deer Valley students.