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Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Fellowship Breakfast -- 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28. The Pleasanton YMCA will hold its 13th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Breakfast at the Hilton Pleasanton, 2050 Johnson Drive. The keynote speaker will be Pleasanton police Chief Dave Spiller. Tickets are $40. Proceeds benefit YMCA programs for Tri-Valley teens. Call 925-263-4444 or email kdulka@ymcaeastbay.org.

    Seen & heard

    Night riders

    You might think it's scary enough to ride a bicycle down the steep, twisting roads on Mount Diablo in daylight, but some riders try to amp up the thrill by sneaking into the park to ride illegally in the middle of the night.

    Rocks, mud and pine cones falling on the ride are obstacles, but that's not the only risk.

    "Some riders think there is no vehicle traffic to contend with at night after the gates are locked, but that could be a dead-wrong assumption," said Roland Gaebert, the recently retired superintendent of Mt. Diablo State Park.

    Park employees and contractors sometimes drive the roads at night. Gaebert recalls one cyclist, apparently unaware of this, who was riding in the dark on the wrong side of road on a curve when a contractor's truck nearly struck him. The cyclist left the park pronto before rangers could catch and ticket him.


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    Past Times

    Top stories of the Pleasanton Times Jan. 22, 1975

    Headline: "Women's Lib Hits the Road"

    The Women's Liberation movement is apparently having an effect on the roads as well as home and work.

    According to 1974 accident figures for Pleasanton supplied by the National Safety Council, the number of males involved in accidents in 1974 (68) decreased slightly compared to 1973 statistics while the number of females involved in accidents (117) increased by nearly 30 percent. There was not a single accident fatality in the city last year. The 25- to 34-year-old age group was responsible for, or involved in, more accidents than any other age group. A total of 116 people between those ages were involved in accidents. Of those, more than half (57) involved drivers who had been drinking.

    Headline: "Sycamores Arrive"

    The trees are here. 250 London plane sycamores that were purchased by the Friends of Pleasanton for planting throughout the community have arrived.

    The drive has already netted more than $4,000, and the city crew is providing the necessary expertise to give the bare root trees a good start. The trees grow to some 80 feet in height within 15 years with a span of 40 feet.

    Real Estate: Valley Realty, Pleasanton. Stoneridge. Just-finished large three-bedroom, two-bath model in prestigious area. Formal dining room, family room with fireplace, sunken Roman bath. Large master bedroom. $53,950.

    At the movies: Vine Theater, Livermore. Now playing -- one of the best movies of 1974, "Harry and Tonto."

    Groceries: Safeway. Veal round steaks, 99 cents a pound; chopped meats, beef, ham, turkey in 3-ounce packages, two for 89 cents; Washington extra fancy delicious apples in 3-pound bag, 59 cents.

    Trivia question: In 1951, which country "bluffed" about starting WW III?

    (See next week's edition for answer)

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