Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
By: Compiled Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt
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50 YEARS AGO (March 3, 1961 Issue) The annual Blue and Gold dinner and meeting of Pack 12, Cub Scouts of Loomis was held at Memorial Hall. Receiving awards were Larry Daniel, Kenneth Lynn, Danny Spence, Dean Winter, David Murphy, Ronnie Clover, David Harmon, Mark Rhodes, Eddie Harper, Joey Ferreira, Billy Copeland, Scott Winter, Tad Kitada, Glen Osborn, Jerry Palmer, Tommy Chambers, John Coleman, Jerry Palmer and Alan Ziplar. Mrs. Betty Makimoto and Ms. Florence Kageta were co-chairwomen for the annual food bazaar to be held March 11 at Veterans Memorial Hall. The annual event was sponsored by the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the Loomis First United Methodist Church. Del Oro High School students Tara Loomer and Earlene Bryant were winners of gold and silver awards in the American Legion’s Americanism program, sponsored by John A. Stacker Post 775 of Loomis. Elementary students participating were Helen Baker of Penryn, Kathy Lopes of Loomis, and Patricia Phom of Newcastle. Attending a performance of the Sacramento Junior Ballet in Sacramento were Paulene Johnson, Judy Naylor, Irene Takemoto and Diana Bailey. Among those celebrating birthdays was Michele Mutoza, 9. 25 YEARS AGO (March 6, 1986 Issue) Del Oro student Andy Leman took top honors at the Loomis Lions Club's annual speakers’ contest. The runner-up was Jerry Unruh. Del Oro students Becky Pond, Patty Thomas,Tami Chandler and Sherry Petersen were honored for their entries at the Roseville Art Center Show. Franklin student Ryan Northam was honored by the Loomis Lions Club as the Most Outstanding student for the fall semester. Helping the Del Oro girls soccer team earn third place in the Valley Tournament were Julie Natali, Rachele Holt, Mary Fernandez, Missy Opey, Melissa Dugger, Stephanie Hinckley, Lisa Erickson, Erin Ziegler, Cori Buckley, Jennifer Walter and Heather Hundley. Loomis School eighth-graders Mike Reader and Steve Birch were selected to the Sacramento All-Star basketball team. The South Placer Kiwanis Club and the Key Club at Del Oro built the barbecue and two drinking fountains for the Loomis Park on King Road. Jack Rose and Jeff Odell donated materials. Among those helping with the construction were George Wilkie, Jim Schmitt, Richard Saldana, Jeremy Colby, Scott Ziegler and Jeff Stegall. Margarita Nevarez, Robert Burnard, Freida Burke and Mateel Kussman were the new officers for the Loomis Friends of the Library. Among the hundreds of guests at the Methodist Church's Oriental Food Bazaar were former Loomis residents Amy Fujita Kawahara and Ruby Tomita Nitta. 10 YEARS AGO (March 8, 2001 Issue) David Outlaw, a Placer School seventh-grader, took first place in the Loomis School District Geography Bee. Penryn seventh-grader Thea Chesney was the fifth-place winner in the Placer County Spelling Bee. Mary Ann Quong showed a rock outcropping in the Loomis Park on King Road where the Loomis Basin Historical Society would place a plaque recognizing the Chinese families of Loomis. Mary Ann is the widow of Suey Quong, a descendant of a family who lived in Loomis Chinatown. Instructor Marie Bowden said there was room for more budding artists in her class at the Loomis Senior LIFE Center. Parents Judy Jarvinen, Vickie Dunlap and Jeannine Collette were preparing for the 5th Annual Del Oro Parent Club art and fashion show. New members of the Loomis Lions Club were Russ Kelley, John DuPriest and Henry Schneider. The 47th Annual Oriental Food Bazaar, sponsored by the Methodist Church of Loomis, was a day of good food and fellowship.