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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 (Sept. 2, 1960 Issue) Del Oro High School opened on a four-year basis. Principal Ralph Goggins announced staff members. They were Bruce Barnes, Robert Bonner, Britta Callamaras, Ira David, Joyce Ford, Lo Etta Fredinburg, Roland Goubert, Vernon Helm, Richard Hoffman, Robert Lasley, Wayne “Wes” Naylor, Harold Neilson, Warren Prince, Claire Richardson, Rolf Moeller, Sidney Smith, Neil Soder, David Tischler and Clif Wiegel. The cafeteria was in operation on the first day of school. The Del Oro band accompanied the Placer High band to Camp Pahatsi for one week. The Placer County Board of Freeholders voted to include a provision in the proposed charter requiring five supervisors on the board and five supervisorial districts; that the term of office would be four years, with staggered terms; and that a qualification for residency would be five years residence in the county. The supervisors’ powers and duties, whether their electionn should be by district or by the county at large, and their compensasion were being considered. The Freeholders met at 8 p.m. at the courthouse in Auburn. 25 YEARS AGO (Sept. 5, 1985 Issue) Mitzi Makimoto retired after 19 years of service at the Loomis post office. Mitzi and her husband George had five children and six grandchildren. Hugo Nishimoto and Gary Imamoto prepared for the 21st Annual Placer Buddhist Church Food Bazaar in Penryn. Molly Itow, Amy Tokutomi and Chiyoye Yamada were in charge of food sales. Haru and Chiz Maeda handled the sweet shop, which included manju, a Japanese pastry. Sgt. Steve Reader, who was in charge of the Placer Sheriff’s sub-station in Loomis, had the top score in the test for the rank of captain. Del Oro graduate Ed Bonner, stationed in Tahoe, was third in the rankings. Loomis Lions Club President Skip Anderson was delighted to report 76 units of blood were collected during the recent blood drive. Also sponsoring the event was the Loomis Methodist Church. 10 YEARS AGO (Sept. 7, 2000 Issue) Loomis School teacher Colleen Slattery was honored as “Teacher of the Year” in Placer County. She said, “My greatest contributions in education are definitely mentoring at-risk students.” Mary Pat Gayaldo, Jane Copes and Chris Cheney were among the Franklin teachers helping students as they started the new school year. General Chair Dot Shiro was seeing some interesting recipes for the Celebrity Chef event. Mary Jane Perkins planned to serve her famous “killer” cabbage rolls. Rhonda Nelthorpe Morillas was preparing tamale pie from an old recipe from her husband’s grandmother.