60 years ago

Unified district plan explained at Byron: More than 100 persons, principally Byron residents, with representatives from Brentwood, Oakley, Knightsen and Lone Tree, got their first explanation of the proposed school district reorganization at a public hearing in Byron Wednesday evening. J. W. Wendt of Walnut Creek conducted the meeting as acting chairman and the proposed change was explained by Floyd I. Marchus, research director for the county schools. The plan, which involves unification of East County districts for greater efficiency in administration and economy, came as a surprise to many present, and statements and questions from the floor indicated that the Byron area was skeptical about its advantage to their district. The next hearing is to take place at Knightsen March 25.

25 years ago

Special Olympics grow with help of Byron resident: When local resident Michael Grimes was approached in 1968 to become a volunteer in an effort to organize a Special Olympics for Contra Costa County he didn't hesitate.

Through the relentless work of Grimes and several others, the dream of organizing a Special Olympics for the county was realized that year. And last week, organizers gathered at the Concord Hilton in a black-tie affair to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the event.

"We were one of the first counties in California to get started," Grimes who served for 10 years as president of the board of directors for Special Olympics," said. "That first year we had 140 athletes participate in Pleasant Hill and over the 20 years, 15,000 athletes from children to adults have passed through the program, Grimes added.


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"All they want ( developmentally disabled children and adults) is to be given a chance to participate and to achieve. The more opportunities they are given the more of a chance they have to grow and, in turn, the volunteers grow right along with them. That's what Special Olympics offers," Grimes said.

-- Brentwood News files

The slogan for Special Olympics is "Let me win -- but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt." That's the message Grimes and each of those involved with the program hope all participants learn to truly understand.

-- Brentwood News files