So This Happened... Week of April 5 to 11

So This Happened… Week of April 5 to 11

So This Happened... Week of April 5 to 11CONTRA COSTA COUNTY (4/11/2021) — Tonight’s lighting of the beacon atop Mount Diablo will mark the one-year anniversary – and the conclusion – of the ceremonial tribute to survival during the pandemic.

“We light the Mount Diablo Beacon to thank our heroes, to honor those who have passed and are suffering, to bring our communities together, and to remind people to look up to the light and the healing power of nature,” said Ted Clement of Save Mount Diablo.

The volunteers decided to end the program as more vaccines become available and Contra Costa County moves into the Orange Tier.

Helping small businesses: The city of Concord will use Measure V funds to provide $10,000 grants to the landlords of small business owners who are behind in rent due to the pandemic. The Concord Chamber of Commerce will host a Zoom webinar explaining the application process at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Read the full story.

Bringing back the Blue Devils: The world champion Blue Devils drum and bugle corps is accepting video auditions until May 3, with in-person callbacks in September. Those who receive a contract/callback will be eligible for some special experiences. Read the full story.

Earth Day extras: Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery is hosting a photo contest honoring Mother Earth. Meanwhile, farmers market columnist Debra Morris offers advice on avoiding food waste.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered in the last week:

Community input needed for panel on low-level felonies.

Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on CVCHS’s Matthew Hubbard.

DeSaulnier hails passage of gun violence prevention legislation.

’Tis the season to spiff up your house, inside and out.

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano moves to new Fairfield location.

Pulse of Concord: Questions of and about the homeless.

The stress of being a caregiver can’t be ignored.

Each week, the Concord Clayton Pioneer posts a summary of our news stories called “So This Happened…” If you would like to check out past weekly roundups, click here.

Bev Britton
Bev Britton
Copy Editor at The Concord Clayton Pioneer |

Bev Britton graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of North Dakota and moved to the Bay Area with her soon-to-be husband Jim in 1986. She was features editor at the Contra Costa Times in Walnut Creek before becoming managing editor of the Contra Costa Sun in Lafayette in 1995. She retired from newsrooms in 2001, but an ad for the Clayton Pioneer drew her back in. The family moved to Lake Wildwood in the Gold Country a few years ago - but working at the Pioneer keeps her in touch with her old neighborhoods in Concord and Clayton.