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Looking Back

By: Compiled Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago June 9, 1961 Services were held for Alma Hebuck, 74 a native of Finland. Del Oro High School graduated 53 seniors for the Class of 1961. Tom Cooper was Valedictorian and Lillian Nakashima the Salutatorian. Mrs. Ernest McNatt, Worthy Matron of Penrhyn Chapter O.E.S., and her guest Mrs. Lloyd Owen attended a luncheon in Sacramento. Allton Chevrolet on Hi-way 40 in Loomis advertised a new Impala Convertible. Piano recitals were performed by Janet and Kathleen Wykoff, Irene Takemoto, Marion Skellenger, Patricia and Diane Schweigert, Kimberly Ogden, Beth Nute, Janet Nauman, Martha and Julie Nace, Pamela Dickerson, Susan Coburn, and Christine Barnes. Royce "Bud" Nauman replaced outgoing Commander Tad Yego of the John A Stacker Post 775 American Legion of Loomis. Noreen Aguilar replaced Auxiliary President Marie Rasmussen. The annual Dutch lunch was hosted by the Volunteer Firemen. Wine tasting festivities were held at the Loomis Winery. 25 Years Ago June 12, 1986 Services were held for Joseph "Jerry" Anthony Viega, 68, a native and life-long resident of Newcastle. He was a fruit rancher for the past 50 years. Primo and Mary Angeli celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary. A native of Italy, Primo served in WWII and met Mary while stationed at Camp Cook Army Base. David Schwegel and Chris Harvey, members of Loomis Boy Scout Troop 121, earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Del Oro's Megan Warner qualified for the state track meet with a new school record in the 1600m run. Sierra College basketball coach John Rankin prepared a U.S. team to play exhibition games in New Zealand. He selected Loomis residents Ed Larson and Ray Howarth to play on the team. 4-H members Shannon Spears, April Rich, Monty Higgins, Kara Carpenter, Christine McMulland, Mark Heer, Scott Carpenter, Melissa Cogell, and Melanie Stitt prepared their rabbits for the Placer County Fair. Their rabbit leader was Karen Green assisted by Julie Athey. Weighing in their sheep for the fair were Julie Bitner, Renee Mello, Lisa and Richard Vargas. Taking top honors in the Placer County 4-H Fashion Revue were Laura Karthauser, Kara Carpenter, Shannon LaFave, and Lisa Karthauser. Newcastle School was honored with a Distinguished Middle School Award. 10 Years Ago June 14, 2001 Rae Corbett, Dixie Guillen, Sharon Roney, and Kitty Sommer retired from the Loomis School District. Del Oro graduates Kari Koller, Erin Warddrip, and Ross Harold received the Lorene Keena Scholarships. Carolyn Basque's 1st graders at Franklin School wrote letters to the President. Blake Covey asked, "How old are you?" Emily Morrow wondered, "Is it hard being the President?" Writing back was President George W. Bush with advice including stay in school and listen to your parents. "Elizabeth," a 12 year old retired Guide Dog, was honored by the Loomis Lions Club for her 10 years of service. She was raised by Loomis 4-H member Jenni Stitt until her formal training began. The Loomis Veterinary Clinic was the only California veterinary hospital to receive a 2001 Practice of Excellence Award. Ute Drescher of the Loomis Beauty Shop had her paintings on display at Latitudes Restaurant in Auburn. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team won their home opener over Folsom. The overall top point getters were Josh Ryan, Kevin Gilfillan, and Evin Newton.