So This Happened... Week of Oct. 25 to 31

So This Happened… Week of Oct. 25 to 31

So This Happened... Week of Oct. 25 to 31
Clockwise from left: Levee breech on Martinez Shoreline; Halloween scares and smiles; Con Fire academy recruits.

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Oct. 31, 2021) — Today’s the day to celebrate the scary – and silly – aspects of the Halloween tradition.

To get in the mood for tonight’s festivities, check out the Pioneer’s photo collages showcasing local creativity in costumes and décor.

Water, water everywhere: The crowd cheered as the levee broke and water rushed into the 212-acre Pacheco Marsh. The area is expected to change quickly – with new vegetation and the return of birds and fish.

On the front lines: The Contra Costa Fire Protection District is proud to announce that 10 seasonal fire workers have joined ConFire’s Academy as firefighter recruits. The school is one of only 25 accredited academies statewide.

More stories

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

Concord City Council selects master developer for base reuse project.

Hospice East Bay Tree of Lights ceremony returns for 35th year.

Two Northgate High students earn rare “perfect score” on Advanced Placement exams.

Concord seeks representatives for two local committees.

Concord and Clayton police reports.

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
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.