50 Years Ago From the Archives of The Westside Index, September 11, 1969

Spectacular electrical storm with angry thunder claps hits

Angry thunder claps that seemed to want center stage already commanded by spectacular bolts of lighting and gusty winds rolled over the West Side Saturday night and Sunday morning, bringing giant raindrops that brought the area the most spectacular storm witnessed here in many a year.

Adding to the uncomfortable and sometimes awesome spectacle of the lighting bolts and flashes, frequent downpours of rain brought on such quick rise in the humidity the area was cloaked with a muggy storm curtain claimed by some of the older residents to be the fiercest September storm witnessed in the last 50 years.  Newman Volunteer Fire Department members were kept busy answering alarms during the storm on reports of transformer fires on power poles. Electricity in the Newman area was interrupted only once and for about twenty minutes Saturday evening. 

CL Women’s Group Plans For Christmas Season

The Crows Landing Improvement League is already deep in plans for the Christmas holiday season. When the group met on Tuesday evening at the Community Club House they discussed Christmas decorations for Crows Landing this year with June Lemos heading the project as chairman. It is hoped to add Christmas decorations each year until there are four Santa Clauses in the center of town and added Christmas trees elsewhere. Phyllis Kennedy is chairman for the Santa Claus Day, which will be set at a later date.

Come on.....Yellowjackets!

“Our varsity team did well in spots but will have to work hard to beat Hilmar” is the way Coach Joe Rapisarda summed up Saturday’s rugged scrimmage with Junipero Serra High of Monterey that was played in the sweltering heat that bounced off the greensward at Warrior Park. For the goodly crowd of spectators on hand for the afternoon foray several bright spots loomed with a gold and purple glow as quarterback Max Thon showed a bit of the Warrior air-arm with three out of four completions as he took aim for end Dennis Rose, who looks to be headed for another stellar year.

50 Years Ago From the Archives of  The Gustine Standard September 11, 1969

Group favors tax override 

More than 30 people showed up last week for the second meeting of the Citizens’ Educational Advisory Group -  a threefold attendance increase over their first meeting a week earlier.

The group heard a presentation on next month’s tax override election by school Supt. John Duncan. 

After Duncan left the meeting the group, led by Chairman Loren McBride, discussed the schools’ financial problems and held a vote among themselves with a view to determine how many of them would actually give support to the district’s request for a 79 cent tax override. In  secret ballot, 13 voted approval, seven were against and 12 remained undecided

20,000 persons expected for OLM Celebration

This week is the 34th annual Our Lady of Miracles celebration. E.R. Dias, president of the Our Lady of Miracles Society, expects some 20,000 persons to visit the community this week and attend many of the events that are scheduled.

Saturday evening is the coronation ball when the queen will formally began her reign. This year the queen will be Rose Marie Alves, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Alves of Gustine.

School officials jolted by cut in assessed valuation

Already reeling from the weight of financial pressures, the Newman Gustine Join Unified School District took another heavy body blow from the assessor’s office last week - a $30,000-plus decrease in its income this school year. Superintendent John Duncan told trustees Monday night that the district had had a drop of $1,029,000 in assessed valuation, resulting in the income loss. Duncan expressed amazement that, in this era of rising assessed valuations all over the state, this district should experience a sudden drop of such magnitude.