So This Happened...Week of May 14 through 21, 2023

So This Happened…Week of May 14 through 21, 2023

So This Happened...Week of May 14 through 21, 2023
Clockwise from left: A glorious group of women marines helping others. The Martinez Sturgeons baseball team. DVC students take home debate trophies.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (May 22, 2023) — With the weather heating up, our Beat of Diablo columnist Dave Hughes looks at local bands paying homage to surf rock, with its familiar guitar riffs and catchy beats. Whip up a fruity drink and let the party begin.

Another sign of summer is the season opener for the Sturgeon, a Pecos League baseball team that plays on the Martinez waterfront. “Most of these guys are right out of college and are trying to continue their playing career with the hopes to make the big leagues,” says general manager Eric Halverson.

A check of the calendar shows that Memorial Day is just around the corner, so this month’s Pioneer highlights two women Marines – and the charitable organization that brings together what Clayton resident Janet Johnson calls a “glorious” group.

The next few months will also draw more residents to scenic Mount Diablo. With 30,000 to 40,000 people coming through the Mitchell Canyon entrance each year, a proposed new Visitor Center would be a welcome addition. To that end, the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association has launched a major fundraising campaign.

More stories

Here are some other stories the Pioneer covered recently:

In sports: Baseball, track and field highlight NCS spring sports post-season competitions. Mt. Diablo High Jr. ROTC captures 2 trophies at National Fitness meet. Carondelet, De La Salle swim teams sweep NCS titles. And, Pioneer Athlete Spotlight on Hannah Annison.

Youth: No debate about it – these Diablo Valley College students know their stuff. Our young people need us to show up for them this Pride. Plus, Clayton Valley Charter student’s novel has cultural backdrop.

City news: Concord again seeks Master Developer for weapons station, while Clayton welcomes new city manager Bret Prebula.

Opportunity Junction offers students a path forward.

A hundred years of just enjoying life – and sharing the joy

Time to get “Working” for Clayton auditions, or head over to “The Heights.”

Developing a strategy for competitive real estate market.

Is On the Bit Arabian horse farm your happy place?

Concord Chamber cuts the ribbons on new businesses.

Despite weather delay, cherries are primed for local farmers markets.

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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.