A little bit about a lot of things:

• Mark this day on your calendar.....the Gustine Airport will host a fly-in Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event returns after a one-year hiatus, and offers an opportunity for a wonderful family outing.

I’m told that years ago local pilots organized a fly-in that was quite the event, but for whatever reason it kind of went by the wayside until being revived three years ago by the city and its Airport Commission.

The two fly-in events most recently held were well-received by the general public, and we’re excited that it is being renewed.

Hey, who isn’t fascinated with airplanes? The fly-in typically draws quite a few different types of planes for visitors to check out up close. Pilots, too, are typically more than happy to share their passion for aviation with others so the day can be educational as well as enjoyable.

The day also includes refreshments, children’s activities and much more.....all in all, it’s a family-friendly event with a lot to offer.

More details to follow in next week’s edition....but the fly-in is definitely something to look forward to.

• This is a “win” of major proportions for Gustine....the city was informed recently (Sept. 11 to be exact) that its grant application to fund a new fire truck had been approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, better known as FEMA.

The city’s fire department was definitely in need of a new truck, but with a price tag in excess of $600,000 it wasn’t like City Hall was just going to be able to write a check for the purchase (a local match of around $30,000 will be required, but in the overall scheme of things that’s a check the city probably can’t wait to write).

Landing that grant was probably a long shot going in, but I’ve always been a big believer that people can’t tell you “yes” until you ask.....that grant is the result of a lot of effort on the part of City Hall staffers, local fire personnel, including Chief Pat Borrelli and Merced County/Cal Fire Captain Paul Rotondaro, who is assigned to the Gustine station, and the city’s grant writer.

To everybody who had a hand in the process, great job!

• One thing I greatly enjoy about the high school football season is that it usually gives me the opportunity to head for the hills (literally) on at least one Friday each fall.

Kat and I try to make a trip of it whenever Orestimba or Gustine play at Mariposa, and did so again Friday.

I was ready to take a break from the valley, to be quite honest.

The fall season doesn’t usually give me much problem, but for whatever reason this year allergies have been giving me fits.

So it was nice to enjoy a change of scenery and some fresh mountain air.....and Mariposa is always a great destination.

We enjoy the drive (at least once we’ve gotten past Merced) and can spend hours doing little more than exploring the back roads just to see what we find.....enjoying the wonderful scenery and the time together.

Whether it involves going to the mountains or just heading for the coast, sometimes it is good to just get away.

Some folks prefer to head for the big city, but we go into, say, San Francisco only when we don’t have much other option. The traffic, the crush of people and the hectic hustle and bustle are anything but relaxing to us.

But a scenic mountain back road, or a quiet spot on a rocky beach where it feels like we have the whole world to ourselves.....that’s a different story.

• Not impressed by a lot of things that are posted on Facebook, but occasionally something strikes a chord and makes me pause for further thought.

Such was the case recently when I came across a very brief post to the effect of “Quit looking for ‘you’ in others.”

How often do we find ourselves doing just that?

We can only be ourselves, and there is nobody else quite like each of us.

We can only set our own value systems, chart our own moral course, determine our own priorities, decide what kind of human we will be....especially in the face of adversity, or times when the right thing is not the easy thing.

We are ultimately only responsible for self.

And most of us would probably benefit from focusing more on being better people ourselves than on trying to fix others.

Just sayin’.

Dean Harris the Managing Editor of the West Side Index and Gustine Press-Standard. He can be reached at dharris@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 243-8104.