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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 (Oct. 23, 1959 Issue) Gary Hess, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Hunter, was elected president of the Del Oro High School student body. Other student body and class officers elected were Wayne Takagishi, vice president; Teruko Kono, secretary; Gordon Takemoto, treasurer; David Black, athletic manager; Dan Sorensen, music representative; and Jean Nakamoto, Rita Ortiz, Sharon Rielli and Lucille Yego, cheerleaders. 25 YEARS AGO (Oct. 25, 1984 Issue) The 1984 homecoming queen and king at Del Oro High School were to be crowned during an afternoon rally and then participate in the annual homecoming parade through downtown Loomis. Band director Ron Jones and coach Steve March were the grand marshals for the parade. In the parade would be Dawn Deckard, freshman princess; Suzie Jones, sophomore princess; and Margaret Hardy, junior princess. Queen candidates were Stacy Wood, Julie Atwood and Teri Croy. John Case, Craig Harris, Blaine White and Rob Farrell were king candidates. 10 YEARS AGO (Oct. 21, 1999) Kathy Peart and Donna Hada Silva prepared for the Del Oro Alumni All-Class Reunion with proceeds going to Paul’s Place Association. Rita Herrington of the Mother Lode Foundation presented a check for $1,000 to Ed Bonner, president of PPA, which annually awards $6,000 in scholarships to Del Oro seniors. Coach Stuart Kageta was pleased with his volleyball team as Del Oro High School beat Rocklin and Bear River to remain in first place in league with a 7-1 record. Serving well in the matches were Vanessa Marconi, Jen Riboni and Jackie Logsdon. Making timely kills were Jill White, Courtney Christiansen and LeAnna Hoglen. Del Oro’s football team beat Woodcreek 30-8 and Oakmont 48-16. Dustin Barr, Brett Del Balso, Gabe Ruhkala and Nick Attenberg had most of the rushing yardage while QB Josh Reidt was successful passing to Brent Locsin and Allen Miller. Andy Withers joined Jane Copes and Chris Cheney as second-grade teachers at Franklin School. Andy taught kindergarten one year while Jane had taught for 18 years and Chris for 30 years. Miguel Ucovich announced his candidacy for Placer County supervisor. He saw planning, road development and open space conservation as key issues. Some residents believed Hidden Valley had too many horses. They objected to the smell and the flies as they tried to enjoy the pleasures of outdoor living. Others viewed Hidden Valley as an equestrian community.