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  • DogFest Walk 'n' Roll -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31 at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road in Danville. Come for an inspiring opening ceremony, a leisurely walking course and two- and four-legged fun along the way. Dan Ashley and his band PUSH will entertain. This family- and pet-friendly event features a $5 pancake breakfast, agility and dog training demos, a kids zone, an inspiring presentation from a grad team and the Walk 'n' Roll. This is a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence. Visit www.cci.org/dogfesteastbay.

    Past times

    May 20, 1967 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Since 1869 ..."

    Few business houses can look back on a century of service, and fewer still can enter the second 100 years from the same site which gave that store its start. Kolln Hardware had its beginnings about 1869 when C.A. Wise established a "tin shop and hardware" on the corner of Main and Division streets in Pleasanton.

    In 1890, he built the present hardware building, moving the earlier structure back to the rear of the lot, where it is still in service. Known as "The White Corner," it soon became a Pleasanton landmark and retains that role even today.

    Headline: "Camp Parks Land Swap Confirmed"

    The federal government this week confirmed what city leaders here had feared, and what The Pleasanton Times fist revealed two weeks ago. At least three parcels of land formerly held by the Camp Parks military preserve are going to be "swapped" to a Southern California development firm in exchange for a new building to be provided for a federal agency.

    One of those parcels, a 100-acre site on the west side of Hopyard Road, had been "planned" by the city as part of a municipal golf course. It had been hoped to get Uncle Sam to donate the land to the municipality as part of an "open space" grant.

    "That possibility appears out of the question now," said William Herlihy, member of the Parks and Recreation Commission who had carried the city's plea to Congressman George Miller before getting the government's formal notice of that swap deal.

    Santa Anita Development Company (no connection with the famous racetrack, insists a spokesman for that sports emporium) will acquire these lands in direct negotiations with the General Services Administration. Previous government policy had required "excess" federal lands must first be declared "surplus" before they could be sold, and local public agencies would get first claim to the property. The new "swap and build" package permits the GSA to bypass the public and go directly to a private developer.

    Way Back Then

    Real Estate: Mark Gerton Realty, Pleasanton. Custom-built, four bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, room for pool. Carpets, drapes, fenced. $34,200.

    At the Movies: Enea Brothers Theatres, Dublin Cinema. Best Supporting Actor, Gig Young; Best Actress, Jane Fonda; Best Picture of the Year: "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"

    Trivia Question: What horse was named "Horse of the Year" in 1953?

    Answer to last week's question: The Beatles were active from their formation in 1960 to the group's disbanding in 1970.

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