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  • Shopping Alternative -- 2 p.m. Friday. Join Ranger Glen Florey and hike to the Valley View overlook. Much of this hike will be on unpaved trails. Sycamore Grove Park, 1051 Wetmore Road, Livermore. There is a $5-per-vehicle parking fee, and a $2 donation is requested to help support the programs. 925-960-2400

    Seen & Heard

    Wear your element with hometown pride

    Livermorium -- a brand, spanking-new atomic element (No. 116) named after the city of Livermore and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory -- is apparently inspiring some interesting fashion choices around town.

    Spotted at City Hall recently was a woman proudly sporting a delightfully nerdy maroon T-shirt emblazoned with livermorium's official placemarker on the periodic table. Apparently, chemical element tees are available from several online sellers; could this be an untapped moneymaker for the city?

    Civic pride never looked so good or felt so comfortable.

    -- Jeremy Thomas, Staff

    Past Times

    Nov. 22, 1967 Top stories of the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Agencies Agree: 'Close Hopyard' "

    Regardless of disputes on other township matters, representatives from throughout the valley could agree on one big decision: The median which now allows left turns at Hopyard Road and Highway 50 (in Pleasanton) should be closed.


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    The loss of three more lives at that killer intersection was only the latest in a long history of tragic incidents there.

    The county has used the grim statistics of the state-county road junction to battle for funds to build a modern overpass to connect Hopyard and Dougherty roads. They cited 56 accidents there between 1965 and late March of 1967.

    "What really appalls us," the report said at that time, "is that 49 people were injured and one killed" in those mishaps.

    They won their fight; plans have been made, bids will be accepted and work is to start in May. In 16 months the problem will be solved. But Pleasanton, Livermore and other officials reeling from the latest tragedy and realizing the mayhem that could occur in the meantime, came out almost as one voice to close the median and stop cars from crossing the highway at that lethal intersection.

    Several said they were so frightened by the corner that they don't even use it to get onto the big highway. They said the crossing "scares me to death" and simply "is a matter of survival" and "you're taking your life into your hands" to use it.

    Real Estate: Valley Realty, Dublin -- for immediate occupancy! Cul-de-sac privacy! Four-bedroom, two-bath, completely redecorated. Built-ins. Fenced and landscaped. $19,995.

    Groceries: P&X Foods -- pork loin roast or spareribs 49 cents a pound, bananas 9 cents a pound and Tide detergent 59 cents for a Giant package.

    Movies: San Ramon Auto Movie -- a rootin', tootin', shootin' but sincere picture! "Waterhole No. 3" with James Coburn. Co-Hit: "The Spirit is Willing" with Sid Caesar and Vera Miles.

    Contact Louise Hartman at lhartman@bayarea- newsgroup.com or follow her posts on Twitter at Newsie1195.