50 Years Ago From the Archives of The West Side Index, May 21, 1970

Teachers gain voice on board; staff satisfaction survey aired 

Trustees of the Newman-Gustine Joint Unified School District have given unanimous approval to permitting the president of the district teacher’s association to sit in on all regularly scheduled meeting in a non-voting capacity. This approval came after the board heard Superintendent John Duncan strongly recommend the action by stating: “After carefully studying the resulting faculty analysis of Staff Satisfaction Survey, it is the superintendent’s feeling that many of the desires and recommendations of teachers relative to our school district are beyond the capacity of the superintendent to support. It seems desirable at this time that the teachers have direct access to the Governing Board to express their beliefs.”

Pentecost Festival enjoyed by many

Mid-summer weather in Mid-May greeted Newman’s 62nd Pentecost Festival when the traditional event was held over the weekend. Thought the warmer days were a bit uncomfortable, a large number of local residents and guests from neighboring and distant communities viewed or participated in the various activities of the two-day program presented by the FDES Corporation on Saturday and Sunday.

As is customary, the program began with Rosary and mass said in St. Joachim’s Catholic Church on Saturday Evening. “The Latinos,” an orchestra directed by George Rocha of San Jose, provided the music for dancing in FDES Hall.

19 homes to be built here in subdivision

A 19-home subdivision is the immediate prospect for Newman with the announcement that Tempo Homes of Modesto have purchased a five-acre site at Inyo and Leslie streets where they intend to construct single-family homes.

The firm states that a wide choice of two, three and four bedroom homes will be under construction within the next two months, or earlier if engineering and building of sewer lines and street construction is complete.

Planned for low to moderate income families, the firm states that the price range of the homes will run from $14,100 to $18,000, depending on the desire of the purchaser.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Gustine Standard, May 21, 1970

$376,330 city budget under study by council

A proposed budget for fiscal year 1970-71 totaling $376,330 was presented to City Council on Monday night by City Manager Edwin Petersen for study.

The proposed budget, however it calls for 11 capital expenditures plus salary increases for members of the Police Department and the Public works employees.

Petersen said in his presentation that the budget balance as of July 1, 1970 is expected to be $195,000.00 with estimated revenues during the 1970-71 fiscal year at $361,000.00 for a total available during the coming year were set at $376,330.00 with an estimated balance on July 1, 1971 of $180,225.00. 

Flying farmers visit area 

Gustine was invaded last Saturday by 25 airplanes carrying some 58 Flying Farmers who were hosted by Gustine’s Flying Farmer members Mr. and Mrs. Alan McGowell, Mr. and Mrs Manuel Azevedo Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Gomes, Dr. and Mrs. Floyd Koebel, and Dr. and Mrs. Loren McBride.

The hosts are also members of the Flying Farmers of California, an international organization whose aim is “a collective effort to better rural aviation.” 

The Flying Farmers were met at Gustine Municipal Airport by the hosts who chartered a bus and took the visitors to the San Luis Recreational Area for picnic lunch. 

Retail sales up here in 1969

Retail sales in Gustine during 1969 were $150,000 better than in 1968, so the annual report on taxable retail sales issued by the State Board of Equalization says.

Total taxable outlets in Gustine, the ninth annual report reveals, had an increase of $135,000 over the 1968 figure. The 41 retail outlets accounted for taxable sales of $2,445,000, with a total of 73 outlets here reporting taxable sales of $2,752,000.