So This Happened… Week of Oct. 18 to 24, 2021

So This Happened... Week of Oct. 18 to 24, 2021
Clockwise from left: Ardenwood Historic Farm, The Barragan family, Sunshine Camp Preventorium.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Oct. 24, 2021) — After Jeff Anderson’s unexpected retirement, Clayton Valley Charter High School is once again in need of a principal.

Before announcing his immediate retirement in September, Anderson had previously said the 2021-’22 school year would be his last.

“We will all miss Mr. Anderson’s presence around campus. I hope you join me in wishing him the best and thank him for his five years of service to Clayton Valley and the community,” Executive Director Dave Fehte wrote in an email to parents.

Meanwhile, as schools across the state are grappling with a shortage of educators, the Contra Costa County Office of Education is urging those with a bachelor’s degree to consider applying to become a substitute teacher. More information will be available at a Nov. 6 job fair.

Delving into history: Hoping to counter the tuberculosis epidemic, the Sunshine Camp Preventorium in rural Clayton aimed to transform “puny, undernourished youngsters into sturdy, active, healthy boys and girls.” For another peek into the past, head over to Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont for a lesson on 19th century farming. And in “To Concord They Have Come,’ George Fulmore shares the stories of early Mexican settlers as well as current Latinx business owners and residents.

Holiday greetings: The Pioneer’s annual ornament page is a great way to offer a message of hope for the coming year. Each ornament has room for up to 12 words, which can include a photo or logo.

More stories

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

Gyros for heroes at Greek Orthodox church in Concord.

Pleasant Hill Chamber welcomes new president Margaret Manzo.

Concord chamber happy to aid businesses success.

Clayton Snap Fitness reopens at new larger gym; Open House Oct. 30.

Make a décor statement with the rich colors of autumn.

Sustainable fusion power is hard work – but it’s worth the effort.

“Time for Bed” a cozy bedtime story.

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.