Compiled by Howard Mehl and Howard Stitt

Looking Back

From the files of the Loomis News
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50 YEARS AGO (March 17, 1961 Issue) The 52-cent override tax asked by the Placer Union High School District failed to pass at the March 15 election, by a vote of 4,733 to 2,442. In the Loomis precincts, 448 voted yes and 217 voted no. Robert Radovich, chairman of the Placer County board of supervisors, opposed the board’s grant of $20,000 to the city of Auburn to help them widen a freeway underpass. A breakdown of spring registrants at Sierra College in Rockliin revealed that 28 students were from Loomis. Other local students were from Penryn, 15; Rocklin, 13; Newcastle, 29; Auburn, 193; Clipper Gap, 2; Meadow Vista, 8; Weimar, 3; and Colfax, 24, among other Placer County areas. Thomas J. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Williams of Penryn, was serving with the U.S. Navy as a machinist’s mate fireman aboard the USS Willard Keith in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Gloria Hirakawa, accompanied by her father, Geroge Hirakawa, took part in the St. Patricks Day Parade in Reno. 25 YEARS AGO (March 20, 1986 Issue) Kim Feickert was the Placer School president. The other members of the student council were Mary Ann Boxberger, Andrea Jenkins, Will Strohm, Greg Hoffman, Stacy McGihon and Wendy Leman. Del Oro senior Sonya Reichel received the Youth Citizenship Award from Soroptimists International of Rocklin-Loomis. Amy Newby and teammate Julie Clark both threw no-hitters for the Del Oro softball team. Loomis native Eric Pahl prepared to graduate from the California Maritime Academy. Courtney Westerlund was the kindergarten "Student of the Week" at Placer School. Loomis artist Miles Pepper spent over a month backpacking in the Sierras, climbing over 14,000 feet high. The experience inspired him to create a series of limited edition prints titled "California Suite." 10 YEARS AGO (March 22, 2001 Issue) Services were held for Clifford Hayes, 91, a World War II Army Air Force veteran. He was the Penryn Fire Chief from 1953 to 1971. He was Scoutmaster for Penryn Troop 9 and very active in the Penrhyn Gold Hill Masonic Lodge, reaching 50 years in longevity in 1994. Loomis School teacher Kristine Sohrakoff had her students don their lab coats as they ran forensic lab tests on evidence to solve a "crime." It was all part of a program from the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Among the students looking over evidence were Kala Chapman, Luke Vaughn, Jessica Stemuedel, Ryan Cornelius, Carolin Reissenweber, Hailey Levens, David Rosas, Shain Hodges and Stacy Yale. Del Oro senior Michael Foster organized a fundraiser to Boreal Ridge to benefit Disabled Sports of USA. Alexander Van Doren of Loomis earned a spot on the dean's list at Lewis and Clark College. Francesca Vos, Zeek Ziegler, John Harvey, Melissa Blevins, Xiomara Watkins, Danielle Westberg and Alex Fay were among the high school students taking advantage of the ROP "school to career" program.