Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (Nov. 27, 1959 Issue) Dec. 8 was the date set by the division of highways, according to Alan S. hart, chief of District III in Marysville, for the dedication ceremonies and ribbon cutting for the new freeway between Newcastle and Roseville. John E. Boyington, former supervisor of this district, was selected for the ribbon cutting portion of the ceremonies. The work on the 11-mile project was done by A. Teichert and Son at an estimated cost of $7 million. 25 YEARS AGO (Nov. 29, 1984 Issue) Students at Loomis Grammar School in the eighth grade were named to the fall semester honor roll. Eighth-grade students were Christina Altobell, Sandy Alvarez, Robert Brawn, Sylvia Campos, Echo Chilson, Michelle Corley, Gena Craig, Darren Howard, Tanya Hughes, Erin Lindsay, Stephanie Lutzow, Kimberly Parsons, Michelle Radtke, Richard Saldana, Jeffrey Sharp, Jessica Smith, Jon Smith and Elissa Todd. 10 YEARS AGO (Nov. 25, 1999) Grace Uyeda, Betty Makimoto and Ida Otani, members of the Loomis First United Methodist Church, helped organize a potluck dinner for the Loomis Basin Interfaith Consortium. The event, “Sharing Our Blessings,” focused on emergency preparedness. Among the guest speakers was Cindy Medlar, Emergency Preparedness Facilitator for the LDS Church. She demonstrated a 72-hour “GO” pack. Judith Payne was named assistant principal at Del Oro High School. She had been a Spanish teacher at the school since 1978 and was a district mentor teacher from 1985 to 1997. She earned degrees from UC Berkeley and George Mason University in Virginia. She authored a book for foreign language instruction. Judith and her husband Bruce had three sons, Russ, Eric, and Todd graduate from Del Oro. John and Dottie Breckenridge of Penryn were treated to 8-pound New England lobsters courtesy of their friends Paul and Katie St. Hilaire. Loomis resident Stephen Macola was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the State 4th Assembly District. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He had been actively involved with Penryn School, including being a trustee. Loomis Troop 12 Boy Scouts completed the last leg of the 186-mile Tahoe-Yosemite Trail. They spent four summers on the high adventure backpack trips. Among the scouts were James Lopez, Tim Therien, Charlie Witkowski, Joel Nitta, Seth Peterson, Alex Nitta, Eric Fields and Kenneth Moses, along with adult leader John Nitta.