By Richard Beene
I was heartened to receive this note from reader Lynn Bailey, who submitted a shout-out to an unidentified neighbor who is single handedly trying to tackle our litter problem. Someone, she said, put a small trash can next to the community mail boxes, leaving it as a handy receptacle to dispose of community trash. "Everyday when I walk down Jenkins with my dogs, I collect trash and dash across the street to dump in the can," she said. "I also try and collect some on my return to dump again in the can. I wish I knew who put it out so I could thank them! I also wish we had a concrete pad to put another one on the opposite side of the street where the kids wait for the buses. There is a ton of wrappings, baggies, cans, cups etc. laying about. Maybe the city could start a program like adopt a street -- only this could be buy a can and individuals would adopt the 'can' to dump. Just some ideas and a big shout-out to the creative person who put that trash can out on Jenkins!"
From Randy Martin, the Covenant Coffee director: "In the 1950s, the Junior Baseball Association was located on West Columbus. The site was a collaboration between the county and city. Now, the Residences at West Columbus, an affordable housing project serving transition-age youth and low-income families occupies the site. Another partnership to bless the community."
The CSUB wrestling program has been cut off by the university and only exists because of a group of committed boosters who raise $250,000 annually to keep the program alive. On Tuesday, May 7, the boosters will host an "Evening with Stephen Neal" to raise money for the wrestling program. Tickets are going for $75 and sponsorship opportunities are available. Call (661) 302-4455 for more information. The dinner will be held at Stockdale Country Club. If you have ever dealt with a former wrestler, you know that these people never give up, and they approach every challenge with the same grit they did when their faces were flat on the mats. I'm not betting against them to keep this program alive.
Hats off to the folks over at the East Rotary Club, who put on an upscale five-course dinner Saturday to raise money for three local charities. The event was held at Garces Memorial High School and featured a meal by T.L. Maxwell's, wine and a live and silent auction. Word is they raised some $50,000 for Valley Fever Americas, the local Ronald McDonald House and the East Rotary Foundation.
One final memory about the old Brundage Variety store, where the family of reader Debby Rodrigues shopped. "West on Brundage was Fiddler's Variety, which became Southwest Variety, where birthday presents were purchased for friend's birthday parties. Young's Market, El Tejon Pharmacy and the Belvedere as Brundage Lane met Stockdale Highway. Piggot's Bar stood where the Highway 99 now is. The highway was two lanes with dirt shoulders on either side. No traffic to speak of. We could walk to Stockdale Liquors or the Oaken Bucket Liquor Store for candy or in the mid 1960s, Foster's Freeze to enjoy a 10 cent soft-serve ice cream cone. Carefree days, except, of course, the Cold War bomb drills! We did think nothing of being out and about, taking our safety for granted. Lots of changes since then. Kids on the street now! Oh my, what are their parents thinking!"
You may be a Bakersfield old timer if you attended the Saturday morning movie matinees at the Granada Theater.