Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (April 8, 1960 Issue) Assemblyman Paul J. Lunardi, of the 5th District, was to speak to the Loomis P.T.A. at Loomis School. Rhonda Nelthorpe was hostess to the 9-and-10-year-old Blue Bird group at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Linn Nelthorpe. The group had a membership of 26. Scotch broom, introduced from Europe as an ornamental, was said to have “escaped” from cultivation and had become a weed that infested more than 10,000 acres of range and forest lands, mainly in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and coast range mountains in Northern California. In an attempt to bring the shrub under control, the California Department of Agriculture had granted permission for the introduction of an insect, Leucoptera spartifoliella, a leaf and stem miner found in European countries and a known enemy of Scotch broom. 25 YEARS AGO (April 11, 1985) Stan Harms of Loomis was the coach for the state champion basketball team, Folsom High School. His son Eric, a fourth-grader at Placer School, was the ball boy for the team. Loomis School student Todd Davidson tok his rabbit to the after-school program on “Bring Your Pet” day. Jeffrey Powers, the son of Clarke and Mary Powers, was commissioned an ensign in the Navy following graduation from Oregon State University. He was a Loomis School and Del Oro High School graduate. Contestants for Miss Loomis were Tami Chandler, Michele Gride, Lisa Lee, Liz McDowell, Constance Parks and Julie Tollette. Elisa Thompson, Todd Daniels, Chris Albright and Sam Turnage were among the Loomis School fourth-graders displaying their models of California missions. They were students in the classes of Maureen Gazzaniga and Gerald Farren. A “Milk Run” took place every day at Penryn School. Students Cindy Paulsen and David Schwisow took their turn pushing the milk cart to Nancy DeSmet’s kindergarten classroom. Del Oro took an 11-0 win in soccer over Highlands. Coach Chuck Mulcahy recognized Kathy Tebbs, Michelle Smith, Anita Reyes, Laura Hardon, Beth Perry, Laura Niesley, Janell Birch, Margaret Hardy, Jennifer Walter and Lisa Erickson. Placer School teacher Bill Tindall had his class square dancing for the parents during an open house. Among the dancers were Toby Fisher, Brandi MacDonald and Kim Nemanic. 10 YEARS AGO (April 13, 2000 Issue) Loomis Fire Chief Jim Struble and his fire crew fought a completely involved house fire just after midnight. The home was being remodeled and unoccupied. Opening Day ceremonies for the South Placer Little League were held at No Name Field at Clarke Powers School. Loomis councilman Mike Boberg threw out the first pitch to his son, Allen (who called the ball low and outside). Lisa Allen sang the “Star Spangled Banner.” Paula Lanterman estimated that a fundraiser and concessions made over $12,000. Patricia Green was the organizer of the well-attended event. The Loomis Town Council voted to allow Vicky and Ron Morris to operate a winery on Barton Road. Before the ruling, people could grow grapes but not process their product. Placer School principal Brent Cushenbery and office clerk Nadine Bergstrom were in the spirit on “Crazy Hair Day.” Mary Ann Horton greeted visitors as the flowers were in glorious bloom at the Horton Iris Garden on King Road. Rebecca Knight and Michelle Patton helped score points for the Del Oro swim team in a meet against Woodcreek. Kelly McCarty was a Magna cum Laude graduate from So