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LOOKING BACK 'Horse and buggy day' bridges need to go

By: Compiled from our archives by Howard Stitt
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50 Years Ago January 25, 1963

A local resident believed a one-way bridge on Horseshoe Bar Road near Folsom Lake –  built in the horse and buggy days – needed to be repaired or retired. About 18 local school busses cross over that and other old wooden bridges daily. 

The Penryn Oi-Y-o-Kwa Campfire Girls met at the home of their Guardian Mrs. Rebecca Hayley. Suzanne Niketa was the hostess for the day. The I-Yus-Ken-Ta-Wasi group met at the Congregational Church with Mrs. Dorothy Thomson as Guardian. Bobbie Oseto supplied the punch and Beth Nute organized the game. The E-Ha-Wee group net to celebrate their leader Mrs. Doris Miller on her birthday. The scribe was Linda Bergquist.

Armed with buckets and brooms, Cub Scouts of Den 3, Pack 12 cleaned the fire station for community service. Those first-year scouts included Michael Miller, Stephen Lopes, Michael Law, Robert Geick, Timmy Engvall, Joey Condo and Stephen Brock. 

Bruce Barnes and Steve March coached the Loomis Congregational church's basketball teams. They played in the Loomis Church Basketball League.

Entertainment at the Penryn PTA potluck was provided by the "Del Oro Can-Can Girls “ – Helen Baker and Marge McKenzie singing "Moon River." Al Schweigert played "The Sea Sick Sailor" on his accordion.

For Rent: One bedroom home, garden $60. 

25 Years Ago January 28, 1988

An Eastern Star service was held for Kate A. Leak, 99, a resident of Loomis for 96 years and a member of a prominent fruit ranching family. Kate was a 64-year member of the Penrhyn Chapter No. 159, Order of Eastern Star.

The Del Oro Academic Decathlon team discussed the history of flight with team coaches Jack Sanchez and Paul Pechin. Describing the decathlon experience, Mr. Sanchez said, "It gives students an opportunity to put their knowledge on the line, just like in athletic competition." Members of the team were Brett Tudsbury, Mike Stoddard, Jason Singleton, Marilynn Seeley, Michelle Radtke, Anne Crawford, Frank Durago, Robert Marshall and Harley Branch.

Special awards in the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby went to Russel Arnold, for Most Rad, Zach Hopkins for Best Paint Job, Jeremy Buckmaster for Most Original, Shane Ensor-Most Colorful, Jordon Hopkins-Best Looking, Sean Freeze-Most Awesome, Quincy McCourt for Craziest, and Kermit McCourt for Most Unique.

The Del Oro basketball team beat Lindhurst and Mesa Verde behind the scoring of Rod Sittman, Jeremy Ulmer and John Breckenridge. The girls team won their games handily with the help of Kristi Ruark, Caryn Courtney, Becky Davis and Nicole Barker.

10 Years Ago January 30, 2003

Tina Suarez-Murias, widow of Jim Kellner, thanked the Loomis Chamber of Commerce for paying tribute to her husband. Jim was a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors. The Chamber also presented the 2002 Most Neighborly Native Award to Russ Kelley. Koinonia Foster Homes was presented the 2002 Business Hall of Fame Award.

Del Oro student Michael Gildone was among those named Scholar Athlete Honorees by the National Football Foundation.

Sixth-graders from H. Clarke Powers School participated in the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) graduation ceremony. Top honor students were Victoria Blanchard and Jessica Fossum. Top essays were written by Sara Siminski and Erin McGrath.

The Del Oro girls basketball team upset Placer in their gym. The Lady Eagles were led by Meagan Kyle, Katie Dougherty, Tabitha Brauer, Kaeli Roberts, Brittany Thrall and Sadie Bates.

The Friends of Fighters was formed to assist the Loomis Firefighters Association with fund raisers. They also would give assistance during large emergencies, such as the Blue Anchor fruit shed fire by providing food, drink and other needs.