August 23, 2004

Bound for Claremore, Oklahoma, long time Sunol resident, Wayne Zimmerman quietly drove out of town on July 17 in the company of daughter Holly who also resides in Oklahoma. Wayne's home on Kilkare road, which he and late wife Beverly purchased in 1963, was under much speculation early this year when it was rumored to be up for sale. The move was quite a decision for Wayne because he and Bev had so many memories there together raising their children Holly and Grant.

Wayne was very involved in the community and has volunteered at many town functions. He has been retired from Westinghouse in Sunnyvale since 1993 and has kept himself busy as a member of the Alameda County Grand Jury, the Native Sons of the Golden West, Alameda County Fire Commission, the Sunol Review Board, the American Society for Quality Control and was on the Sunol Glen School District Board for 17 very long years.

Wayne tells me that Claremore that is located in the eastern part of the state near Tulsa is in "the pretty part of the state", located in beautiful wooded, rolling hills. It's also the home of the late Will Rogers. Wayne chose this part of the state because his daughter Holly, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, live nearby. Wayne's son Grant lives in near Portland, Oregon. Wayne says "Hello to all my old friends". Wayne you sure will be missed around Sunol.

It was another spectacular awards night for the Sunol 4-H at the Swine Award Dinner on August 17th at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Approximately 200 pigs were judged at the fair this year and Sunol's Jessica Crawford placed second for the carcass award. The carcass award is judged by using ultrasound to measure the back fat and size of loin eye meat quality of the live swine during the county fair competition.

But it was the Super Hog award that moved Jessica Crawford to tears as she received a 1st place award, plaque and the coveted belt buckle from Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

Jessica's parents, Scott and Donna Crawford were equally surprised by her win but were tipped off by an urgent phone call to retrieve her from Big Basin where, after attending for nine years, she is a "counselor in training" at the Santa Clara Diabetes Society's Camp De Los Ninos summer camp so she could attend the evening awards dinner.

Other Sunol 4-H winners at his evening's awards dinner were Gabrielle Gilbert who placed 5th and Frankie Imhoff who placed 6th in the Super Hog competition.

Mario Montalvo, Maintenance Supervisor and Chuck Swann, Field Supervisor at the Alameda County Public Works Department gets a big thank you from the Little Brown Church for helping to cover and protect the front walkway of the church during last week's Kilkare Road resurfacing. Mario explained that the chip seal product used last week included a different type of oil, which is the "glue" that helps the gravel adhere to the surface of road very well. Mario also said, "people like it because it dries faster, it's a smoother surface" And it has twice the life expectancy of the old chip seal product so Kilkare Road residence won't have to endure another resurfacing for at least six more years.

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