Hitting the trail: John Mercurio’s commitment to diversity and family will serve him well in his role on the board of directors for the East Bay Regional Park District. “John’s love of trails and hiking and running will only add to his value as park director,” notes his friend and hiking partner Joe Sullivan. Read more.
Education advocate: As principal of St. Agnes School, Concord native Karen Mangini always looked out for those in need. “She was a fierce defender of the downtrodden. She wanted to help people advance themselves educationally and socially,” her brother, Father Richard Mangini, recalled after her death at age 80. Read more.
Seeno’s new showcase: Not much has been made public about the private warehouse and museum Albert Seeno Jr. is building off Highway 4 near Concord. Although the curator declined to elaborate, plans call for artifacts relating to the African jungle, African mountain game, the Ice Age, dinosaurs, Native Americans, Asia, New Zealand and Europe. Read more.
Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:
In Pleasant Hill: July 4 house fire likely caused by bad lithium battery. And in city news, the council approves by-district election ordinance and the mayor advocates for an involved electorate.
In entertainment: Concord Jazz Around Town returns in August. Check out new local music, from indie rock to alt-country. Plus, “It Runs in the Family,” “Carmen” and “The Three Feathers” among local theater offerings.
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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.