So This Happened… Week of Aug. 23 to 29

So This Happened... Week of Aug. 23 to 29

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Aug. 29, 2021) — With a full schedule of fall sports, local schools are ready to welcome back fans as they navigate ever-evolving COVID regulations.

“For now, everyone is going with the county health guidelines for hosting large events,” says Diablo Athletic League Commissioner Mark Tran.

As the summer season wrapped up, Clayton’s Dana Hills Swim Team clinched its first Division I win at the county meet a week after taking the Concord Swimming Championship for the 28th time. Meanwhile, Concord’s Yealimi Noh  is preparing to represent Team USA at the Solheim Cup on Labor Day weekend. And, for a bit of sports nostalgia, read the Pioneer’s story about the early days of baseball in Concord.

Tackling the drought: Given customers’ “good track record” with conservation, the Contra Costa Water District is asking for a 10 percent voluntary reduction in water use. The district is also offering tips for ways for residents to cut back.

Making a flourish: To get more out of your summer flowers, it’s time for some judicious pruning. The Pioneer’s Garden Girl can guide you through the process.

Distinguished service: At his recent retirement, Clayton Valley grad Lt. Gen. Eric P. Wendt was honored as the longest serving active duty Special Forces branched Green Beret of any rank still on active duty. “I am thankful to have been a soldier for over 34 years and to have served alongside incredible men and women from all the American services and many different American agencies, as well as troopers and civilian government employees from many other countries,” Wendt said. Read the full story.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

Close of registration for recall election fast approaching.

Contra Costa offers COVID booster shots for immunocompromised people.

Center for Elders’ Independence PACE Center now open in Contra Costa County.

East Bay Parks opens new Dumbarton Quarry Campground.

Solo Opera’s production of ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ nearly sold out.

Transparency is lacking in California’s housing fees.

Concord program reduces flood insurance rates.

Invisible wisps of matter, around us and through us.

Ways to help keep the smoke out of your house.

A love letter about living your truth.

Highlight outdoor features when selling your home.

Five bucks for peace of mind sounds like a bargain.

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.