A little bit about a lot of things:
• So....the scariest night of the year is upon us, and all manner of ghosts, goblins and witches will be roaming the streets.....along with fairy tale princesses, superheros and, well, pick your costume.
Our communities will celebrate Halloween this evening with trunk-or-treat festivities in their respective downtown areas.
If past years are any indication, our respective main streets will be packed with families enjoying the festivities.
The trunk-or-treat festivities provide a safe setting in which to enjoy Halloween, bringing the community together in one location to share in the festivities.
Hey, it’s a lot less work than walking neighborhoods, looking for homes with their symbolic front porch light beckoning trick-or-treaters.
What a fun holiday....people get to dress up as whatever character they want and walk around playing games and collecting a boatload of candy.
Does it get any better than that for a kid.
Trunk-or-treat hours are 5-8 in Newman and 6-8:30 in Gustine.
Have a blast, and stay safe!
• Should downtown Gustine become Main Street?
I think I heard that suggestion posed at a recent meeting in Gustine so I won’t take credit for it - but I will argue that the idea bears further study.
Years ago, Newman had O Street running through its business district but city fathers decided to change the name to Main Street. While the idea met with some opposition and concern, it proved to be a great move because it gave an identity to the downtown business district. There were essentially dual addresses and street signs for a few years to ease the transition if I recall correctly, but then the O Street designation went away entirely.
There was nothing about “O Street” that made it remarkable or in any way distinctive from any other alphabetized street name.
Main Street....now that’s a different story. That says something.
Same thing in Gustine today. Fifth Street is, well, just a number. There is nothing in a Fifth Street address that singles it out as being remarkable or signifies its downtown status.
But formally rename it Main Street and you’ve conferred a whole new meaning, defining the heart of the business district and the community as a whole....a place where visitors to Gustine know they are going to find things happening.
It might be a little thing, but I think having a true “Main Street” makes a statement.
Just my two cents worth.....
• So will The Chief be on the move this year or staying put in Newman?
That question will be answered Friday evening on the Gustine High gridiron, when the Reds and Warriors renew one of the region’s longest-standing football rivalries.
The Chief, which goes to the winning school each autumn, has been back and forth since its inception in the late 1980s as the football fortunes of each school rose and fell. I learned many years ago to not predict the outcome of the Big Game, as pretty much anything can happen (and often does) when Orestimba and Gustine tangle.
Rivalry games are not your typical Friday night get-together, particularly when just four miles separate the two schools. Players and families know one another, sometimes well. Some families have ties to players on both sides of the field; some marital allegiances can be tested when those marriages involve Gustine and Orestimba graduates, which is not at all uncommon.
The rivalry is intense, to be sure, but I also think that it has grown to be more healthy than bitter in recent years, which is for the better.
I don’t believe people in larger cities can fully understand such small-school rivalries. In fact, I think they must be experienced to be appreciated.
Time will tell who prevails Friday.
Regardless of the outcome, the sun will come up Saturday morning and a new day will begin.
In the meantime, enjoy the Big Game!
• Speaking of the sun coming up.....that will happen a little earlier (by about an hour, to be exact) on Sunday than it does on Saturday.
That’s because Daylight Saving Time comes to an end this weekend, with the time change officially taking place at 2 a.m. Sunday.
I’m not a fan of darkness falling early or the mid-winter days when the sun has set by the end of the work day....just depressing, but I guess it’s all part of the winter months.
Remember to set your clocks back one hour before retiring for the evening Saturday....and fire officials remind us that the time change is also a good opportunity to double check batteries in those smoke alarms!