So This Happened… Week of June 21 to 27

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — Several hundred people gathered June 26 at a memorial service for Maj. Gen. Dan Helix, a former mayor of Concord.

The event at the Concord Pavilion featured military honors and tributes from political colleagues, including Assemblymember Tim Grayson – who presided over the celebration.

Not just your average herbs: As more people discover the joy of gardening, they are adding herbs like lemon balm and flavored mints and sages. The Pioneer’s Garden Girl offers some planting suggestions that will add zest to your summer meals. Meanwhile, Debra Morris provides tips for grilling fruits and vegetables from the farmers market.

Thwarting wildfires: With undercover Con Fire investigators seizing thousands of dollars in illegal fireworks this month, Contra Costa County Supervisor Karen Mitchoff reports on how seriously the agency takes the threat of fires that they can spark. And, be sure to check out our checklist for assembling your own wildfire emergency kit.

More Stories

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

East Bay Regional Parks resuming many pre-COVID operations.

Contra Costa seeks youth representatives for juvenile justice council.

Exploring the antimatter mystery.

For these De La Salle students social justice means action

De La Salle High School announces 2021 football schedule.

Remembering the Mothball Fleet.

We must increase state budget reserves to head off recession.

WWII memoir a tale of separation, survival.

Submit East Bay photos for 2021 Nature Photography Competition.

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.