So This Happened...Week of Oct. 23 through 29, 2023

So This Happened…Week of Oct. 23 through 29, 2023

So This Happened...Week of Oct. 23 through 29, 2023
Clockwise from left: Howard Geller steps down from his role in Clayton’s summer concert series after 15 years. First place winner in the Pioneer’s Woof-O-Ween costume contest. Visit Pleasant Hill’s ‘Morgan Manor’ on Halloween night…if you dare.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Oct. 29, 2023) — Pleasant Hill residents Jeff and Cindi Marsh are putting the finishing touches on “Morgan Manor,” their haunted house at 118 Adria Dr. It’s just one of many local festivities set for Halloween night. Plus, check out our photo gallery of the Pioneer’s pet parade as well as other pre-Halloween events.

Trauma in the sky: Pleasant Hill resident Joseph David Emerson is facing federal charges after allegedly trying to shut down a Horizon Air jet’s engines. Believing he was having a nervous breakdown, he told a flight attendant: “I messed everything up.”

Concerts for the community: After 15 years, Howard Geller is stepping away from the popular Concerts in The Grove summer series. “What I like to see is 2,000, 3,000 people having a good time. And that’s why they came to the concerts: to meet with their friends, to have a snack or a lunch or dinner,” he says.

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In Clayton: The best wedding that wasn’t.

For your health: Whether animal or plant, protein is essential for life. And, Hope Hospice offers free online holiday grief workshops.

In Sports: De La Salle Athletic Hall of Fame 2023 class has strong local flavor and immortal football coach Bob Ladouceur.

Update on county’s restorative justice program.

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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.