So This Happened...Week of Feb. 20 through 26, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Feb. 20 through 26, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Feb. 20 through 26, 2023
Clockwise from Left: Homemade specialties at Himalayan Cuisine. Snow decorates the Clayton area. Raising chickens in Contra Costa County.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Feb. 26, 2023) — The picturesque view of Mt. Diablo covered in snow is likely to bring joy to most residents. If you missed it, check out Kelly McDougall’s photos from Morgan Territory.

But these shorter winter days harbor a darker side, and Pioneer columnist Nathalie Montijo offers advice for those affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Just eggin’ around: Many Central County residents just love raising chickens, and the eggs are the best reward. “To be able to make an omelet or do baking with your own eggs – it is amazing,” says Maria Berta of Pleasant Hill.

Around the county: Concord Mayor Laura Hoffmeister reviews the city’s plans for $27 million in federal funding through the America Rescue Plan Act. Meanwhile, the East Bay Regional Park District will receive $4.5 in federal aid for wildfire protection and a visitor center at Thurgood Marshall Regional Park. At the county level, new Supervisor Ken Carlson offers a preview of the new Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice. And, Contra Costa Health Services is hiring for its A3 crisis response team.

What’s on the menu: You can make just about anything with cauliflower, and the Concord Farmers Market is the place to go for the freshest varieties. If cooking at home doesn’t appeal, Richard Eber breaks down the homemade specialties at Concord’s Himalayan Cuisine.

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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.