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LOOKING BACK: Ted Kitada landscapes Sierra College

Week of May 2, 2013
By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago May 3, 1963

Carmen Cooper announced the winners of the Loomis Penryn area American Legion Auxiliary Essay contest. The grades four to six topic was "The Pledge of Allegiance and Me." The first-place winner was Twila Coney, from Penryn School, followed by Todd Mulder, Placer School, and Shirley Nelson, Penryn School. The seventh- to eighth-grade winner was Judy Sakauye, Penryn School, with Rosemary Segara and Karen Rogers, of Loomis School, taking second and third. Their subject was "The Meaning of Mt. Rushmore Memorial."

Groundskeeper Ted Kitada planted 24 trees that lined the walkways to the science and gym buildings at Sierra College. Ted was responsible for most all of the landscaping done at the college. 

Ranchers involved in soil conservation included Joe Lemos, who planned to add drain tile to help dry up wet areas on his 27 acres of orchard on the Penryn "turn off" road. With the help of Earl Quong, Stanley Colwell planned to install 400 feet of mainline for irrigation on his orchard just south of Penryn, off old Highway 40. Manuel Cardosa added more mainline for sprinklers on his 52-acre ranch across from the Newcastle Cemetery. 

The Loomis Junior Women's Club walked away with the major awards at the Northern District Convention in Colusa. The club won awards for civic improvement, building a better community and their Youth Project. Representing the club were Flora Evans, Jonelle Hansen, Millie Taylor, Joy Engvall, Mildred Naylor, Norene Aguilar, Beverly Cummings and Carmen Elkus. 

Newly elected officers of the Women's Fellowship of the Loomis Congregational Church were Mrs. Donald Lothrop, Mrs. Bruce Barnes, Mrs. Wes Naylor, Mrs. Frank Law and Mrs. Anna Webber.

25 Years Ago May 5, 1988

Jessie Helms was named 1988 Mother of the Year by the Friends of the Loomis Library and would be honored in the annual Mother's Day Parade. Jessie moved to Loomis in 1943 and became active with the Loomis Women’s Club. She was the Loomis librarian from 1950 to 1967 and continued to serve as a volunteer. 

The JACL provided scholarships to qualified Nikkei graduates in memory of Thomas M. Yego, Sr. and Staff Sgt. Masa Sakamoto. The organization also gave awards to two elementary students in Gold Hill in memory of Okei Ito, a youthful girl member of the ill-fated Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm colony. She died at the colony at the age of 19.

Soroptimist International of Rocklin-Loomis member Frances Scherer was honored with the Women Helping Women Award. She spent nine years of devoted work in eliminating discrimination of women civilian employees at McClellan Air Force Base.

Bud Pisarek once again became publisher of the Loomis News. He was the former publisher of the paper along with the Colfax Record. Bud purchased the Loomis News from Carmela and Ben Martin.

The name chosen for the proposed middle school was H. Clarke Powers, in honor the former Loomis School principal. Clarke earned the respect and affection of parents, teachers and students for his dedication and genuine interest in children.

Franklin School sixth-graders with perfect report cards were Jennifer DeLury, Ginger Glayzer, Karey Hale, Chad Rice and Amy Stringham. 

Having driven for nine years or more without an accident were Loomis postal carriers June Walthour, Randy Howard and Claranne Clotfelter.

10 Years Ago May 8, 2003

As the Celebrity Chefs Dinner approached, Sharon Roseme submitted her prize-winning recipe for "Classic Cheesecake" to the Loomis News. Sharon described her self as a fourth-generation Placer County resident, who lived in the house of her grandparents Bill and Alice Day. They planted fruit orchards in the 1920s. The family had cattle and owned a livery stable in the 19th century.

Helping the Del Oro softball team defeat Roseville 8-7 were Gwen Cox, J.T. Tourtillot, Jennifer Christensen, Marci Allendale, Cory Roland, McKenzie Johnson and Alexi Hamilton.

The Del Oro baseball team shut out Natomas 4-0 behind the pitching of Andrew Bell with Paul Zimmerman behind the plate. Helping with the win were Eric Fernandez, Niko Bojorek and Steve Camillucci.

The Del Oro Band held a Dessert Concert with fine performances by Becky Hennings, Ashley Petkus, Graham Smith, Markham Carrol, Jill Tokutomi, Amanda Wilson, Lisa Hope and Rosine Borello.

Barbara Nichols, Tom Sippola, and Wes Naylor, representing the Loomis Basin Historical Society, were among the volunteers helping to clean out a section of the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. 

Bryan Thomson, of Loomis, chief pilot of Sacramento Metro Fire, explained the use of the helicopter in fighting wildland fires to local firefighters during a drill.