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    Seen & Heard

    Just a tad toasty

    The Dublin City Council didn't let a blistering heat wave melt plans for a recent special Saturday outdoor meeting and walking tour.

    Of course, city officials hadn't known the heat would soar to about 105 degrees when they scheduled a tour of street and landscaping improvements on Golden Gate Avenue. To avert the day's hottest weather, the council met at 9 a.m. to start hoofing it. There was city-supplied bottled water, and City Manager Joni Pattillo urged all to drink up. After walking more than an hour, Pattillo made a management call.

    "We had considered walking further to see other parts of the downtown," Pattillo said, "but in light of the heat, we're going to cut things short."

    Mayor Tim Sbranti quickly and vigorously agreed: "Meeting adjourned."

    -- Staff

    Past Times

    July 18, 1952 Top items from the Pleasanton Times

    Headline: "Niles Chamber of Commerce ponders protest by member on how the county fair is run"

    A resolution "complaining about the evils of the present county fair" was scheduled to be considered by the Niles Chamber this week after a strong protest at its previous meeting had been lodged by one of its members.

    Preserving the usual custom which seemingly prevails elsewhere of castigating the fair every year upon its conclusion, Dr. Tom Wilson, of Niles, made the now-familiar charge that the fair association overemphasized horse racing at the expense of the fair's remainder. Fair officials here have become almost accustomed over the years to such charges, based, they say, on inadequate knowledge.

    According to the Niles Township Register, "Dr. Wilson told the Niles Chamber of Commerce he thinks horse racing has taken over at Pleasanton to the extent that agriculture and industry have been shoved into the background.

    "I want a resolution to the board of supervisors complaining about the evils of the present county fair," Wilson demanded.

    "They pay eight people $150 per day up there to run the races and give only one man $5 a day to run the exhibits!," Wilson said.

    Chamber President Peter Juhl ordered a resolution to be drawn along the lines of Dr. Wilson's protest for presentation.

    At the Movies: The Roxy Theatre, Pleasanton: Fred MacMurray, Dorothy McGuire and Howard Keel star in "Callaway Went Thataway."

    Real Estate: New homes on Walnut Drive in Pleasanton. Mature walnut trees. Priced at $11,500 to $12,500.

    At the Grocery: Hagstrom's. VanCamp's pork and beans, three cans for 31 cents; chunk tuna, light meat, 28 cents per can; lettuce, two heads for 14 cents; and pot roast, 52 cents a pound.

    Trivia Question: On July 25, 1963, America signed a nuclear test ban treaty with which two countries?

    Answer to last week's question: On July 19, 1952, the 15th modern Olympic summer games opened in Helsinki, Finland.

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