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Veterans Day: Residents reflect on their military service

From Coast Guard reservist to an antiwar activist Marvin Cohen spent 6½ years in the U. S. Coast Guard reserve based at Coast Guard Island, part of the city of Alameda. He and a friend joined in 1954, when both were 17. “We thought that, maybe, if we were in the Coast Guard, we could save somebody’s life, and not kill people,” said Cohen, a 17-year...
Posted on November 9, 2021
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Thriving in the two cultures

Dr. Ike Ichikawa was at the forefront of research in treating kidney disease Dr. Iekuni Ichikawa showed photos of people he worked with at his last stop in the workaday world, treating seniors through the Harmony Clinic in Japan. One of them was of a 100-year-old woman who was an expert in calligraphy. “I was the only one from the ‘outside’ who vis...
Posted on November 9, 2021
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Former nurse looks back on eve of her 104th birthday

Urcil Commons has a treasure trove of crisp black-and-white photos taken during the 2½ years she served as an Army nurse during World War II, on Adak Island, Alaska, which during the war was a strategic point from which the U.S. military was fighting Japanese forces in the northern Pacific. Some images show Commons with her colleagues, in action or...
Posted on November 9, 2021
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Resident’s spotlight

Dick Hildebrand talks about public service and pickleball Dick Hildebrand doesn’t have the showy kind of personality that craves the limelight – he’s down to earth with a quiet-but-warm demeanor that charms. “He’s just a really nice human being,” said Bill Dough- Dick Hildebrand, a former Walnut Creek mayor, stands next to a photo of the Walnut Cre...
Posted on November 9, 2021
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Popular Fall Bazaar is back

Fewer vendors part of COVID adjustments Another sign that life in Rossmoor and beyond is slowly returning to “normal” is the reemergence of the Fall Bazaar, coming back Saturday, Nov. 6, after the 2020 event became one of the myriad pandemic victims. Carol Lehr is thrilled the Fall Bazaar is back, and she’ll be there selling the fused glass windchi...
Posted on November 2, 2021
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Aging water mains cause lots of breaks

Several folks from a landscaping company were gathered on a recent Wednesday morning watching water gushing from a “fire line,” a pipe that provides water to a hydrant, adjacent to homes off Upper Golden Rain Road. It looked like a small river cascading into the entry driveway. A few minutes later, Doug Hughs drove up to assess the situation – one ...
Posted on November 2, 2021
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Dog owners, neighbors try to find ways to co-exist

Dog Park Is another fallout of the pandemic a busier and noisier Dog Park because residents adopted so many dogs, decided to stay home and now need a place for Fido to roam off leash? At least 100 residents spent about an hour Oct. 25 talking about how dogs, their persons and neighbors can co-exist. In the end, it was the consensus that there shoul...
Posted on November 2, 2021
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Biggest draw since the pandemic

First Diversity Festival packs a crowd The gloomy weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the scores of residents who came together last Wednesday to celebrate what makes Rossmoor what it is – a community with diverse heritages, languages, customs, religions, sexual orientations and more. The Diversity Festival at Gateway easily had the biggest tur...
Posted on October 26, 2021
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Big storm topples trees on golf course

Golf course closed for cleanup until Thursday In the 13 years he’s lived in Rossmoor, Donny Pettibone had never seen anything like Sunday’s epic storm that dumped 6 inches of rain in the valley. “I saw rain before, but not like this,” said the resident of Entry 1 on Rossmoor Parkway. “It was constant, and at times it just rained harder.” Teddi Swan...
Posted on October 26, 2021