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Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 17, 1959 Issue) The 11th annual Japanese American Citizens League Picnic turned out to be the biggest in its history with an estimated 7,500 persons taking part in the event that was held in the J.A.C.L. Recreation Park between Loomis and Penryn. In addition to the regular schedule, a colorful folk dance number was presented by 100 Japanese girls in costumes. The attendance was so great that cars had to be parked outside the grounds and many made use of the new freeway space nearby. 25 YEARS AGO (April 19, 1984 Issue) The annual Newcastle Easter egg hunt was started 38 years ago by the late Joe Varney. The hunt was to be at Secret Ravine School, 600 Taylor Road, across from Portuguese Hall. “All children are welcome,” said Sheriff Don Nunes, representing the South Placer Kiwanis Club, co-sponsors of the event. Following the death of Mr. Varney, Ernie and Juanita Mangiaracina assumed chairmanship of the event Kiwanis club members and their wives spent an evening coloring 3,000 eggs that were hidden for the children. 10 YEARS AGO (April 15, 1999 Issue) Services were held for Duane Roy Perkins, 44. He was a popular math teacher and football coach at Del Oro High School. Duane was a graduate of Lincoln High School and Sierra College. He earned a football scholarship to Emporia State University in Kansas. The communities of Lincoln and Loomis rallied behind Duane to raise over $150,000 to help offset extremely high medical costs. His students and colleagues visited him regularly during his illness. Greg Fellers, Loomis General Plan Steering Committee chairman, was attentive to concerns and requests of local citizens. Among those were Jan Clark, Peter Nash, Carl DeWing, Chris McAyeal, Keith Cook, Todd Lowell and Don and Carol Wright. Placer Sheriff’s Detective Corie Quillinan arrested a third and final suspect in a series of 35 to 40 thefts and burglaries of cars in Loomis. Loomis Basin Chamber of Commerce president Henry Schneider was happy to present a $750 check for the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Placer County. The Town of Loomis hired Brian Fragiao as its Public Works Director/Town Engineer. Born in Oahu, Hawaii, he grew up in San Jose. He earned his BS Degree in Civil Engineering at Washington State University. Brian and his wife Shelley have two sons, Brice and Grant. They love Loomis and plan to move into the area. Bianca Cockrum, Lindsay and Keith Mason and David and Matthew Schrank were the newest members of St. Mark’s Anglican Church in Loomis. Placer School kindergarten Students of the Week were Kevin Trimm, John Lewis, Kyle Lopez, Alex Vice, Kelsi Lowry, Shelby Craythorn, Katie Willis and Mickey Tverg. Developers of the Loomis Hills Estates Subdivision planned to build 64 single-family homes. The 3220acre site was bordered by Laird Road, Wells Avenue and Barton Road.