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  • Duck Races -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27. The Lioness and Y's Men's clubs of Livermore will hold a fundraiser for Livermore schools and other nonprofits. More than $5,000 in cash prizes will be available, as will be free Little Duckie Races with prizes for kids 12 and under with a parent present. Visit Arroyo Mocho, Robertson Park, 3200 Robertson Road in Livermore. Sponsor a duck for $5. 925-449-1315.

    Seen & heard

    Pooch passes school test in Dublin

    The Dublin School Board hears much about performance and test results, but in February it hosted a live exam -- by a dog.

    A black Lab named Dale was called in to show off his sniffing skills. It was to help his employer, Interquest Canine Detection, land a contract to use dogs to check for drugs and alcohol in school lockers and student parking lots.

    After a handler hid a small alcohol bottle in one of several notebooks, Dale quickly sniffed out the booze, halted and sat in front of the right notebook. Then, the dog took a victory lap around the room, returning to his post as the crowd erupted in laughter.

    "It was funny," said Amy Miller of the school board, "but on the serious side, the dog demonstrated he can do the job."

    Dale's company got the job.

    -- Denis Cuff, Staff

    Past Times

    April 5, 1961 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: Livermore City Government Heads For Shelter ... Public Should Follow"

    The problems of truck routes and school zone speed limits gave way to nuclear war this week as Livermore's city fathers were handed a weighty and historic "Evaluation of Fallout Shelters."

    The product of "thousands of man-hours of study" by a nine-man local group that has been meeting every week since July 1960, the 40-page report probably places this community clearly in the lead on such matters of public education and city financing of fallout shelters for use by its citizenry and key officials.

    There were recommendations for legislation to make home shelters tax-exempt, and other inducements to get the new homeowner to include a shelter in his building plans.

    Who's Expendable?

    The report submitted to the council was greeted with mixed emotions, including some light debate on "city financed shelters for all key officials and their families." The question of which officials would be considered expendable on such a priority list, should create some interesting verbal jousting.

    Arthur J. Hudgins, a Lawrence Radiation Laboratory physicist, chaired the committee, which also rated chances of a nuclear war with Russia "unlikely in the next year, but the danger increases uncomfortably in the next four years."

    Groceries: Safeway. Fresh asparagus, three pounds for 39 cents; Skylark bread, 27 cents; homogenized milk, 24 cents a quart.

    At the Movies: The Vine, Livermore. Tony Curtis in "The Great Imposter" and "Wings of Chance" with Edmond O'Brien and Arthur O'Connell.

    Trivia question: What was the latest candy fad in 1977?

    Last week's answer: Barbra Streisand appeared April 5, 1961, on "The Jack Paar Show."

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow on Twitter at Newsie1195.