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Hurried change leads to long council meeting
First it was irritating, then exasperating, and finally embarrassing. I’m speaking of last week’s City Council meeting. Its prime purpose was to hear presentations from four consulting firms about ...
Apr 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend
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Rescuing the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce
Effort is currently being made to resuscitate the Patterson-Westley Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has been on life support the last several years. Without a part-time paid staff member, an offic...
Apr 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend
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Salary comparisons between city council and PJUSD board of trustees
The raising of salaries (or stipends or pay or whatever) for the Patterson City Council just begged a comparison. That would be a comparison with the trustees of the Patterson Joint Unified School ...
Apr 01, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
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The cost of being a councilmember
It was not until a little over 15-years ago that elected members of the Patterson City Council received no pay. Not a dime. That was the tradition for over 75 years. At that time the rate was set a...
Mar 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 53 53 recommendations | email to a friend
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Patterson’s heir arrives right on schedule
It’s trivia time – time for clearing the notes off the desk and taking a brain laxative. A surprise visitor popped into Patterson last week. Jay Patterson, great-grandson of our town founder T.W. P...
Mar 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Mark your calendars
Those eagle-beagles who insist that nothing happens in our fair community without their knowledge are advised to turn their attention to three projects in their infancy. Let’s start with next year’...
Mar 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 84 84 recommendations | email to a friend
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Dredging up old travel memories
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Mar 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
Americans like to travel. Maybe not all Americans, but enough that when visiting a foreign land, travelers from the United States come across each other in many off-the-beaten-track bailiwicks. HM ...
When a columnist becomes repetitious
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Feb 25, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 111 111 recommendations | email to a friend
If readers have a truly legitimate complaint, it’s when a columnist becomes repetitious. And I have to plead guilty. My views on cell phones are well known – “sickenly well known,” according to a f...
A list of centenarians and 90-Plus
Feb 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend
The other day a reader asked why the age 90 was chosen for recognizing people with Patterson-area connections who blow out numerous candles. My answer was lame. Actually, I don’t recall how or why ...
Mastering instruction manuals
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Feb 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 130 130 recommendations | email to a friend
Some readers may remember (I hope you do) the saga of our stolen auto some three months ago. Five nights later it was wrecked in the Fairfield area, where its occupants were apprehended and immedia...
Improve Our Community project
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
Feb 04, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 146 146 recommendations | email to a friend
A Patterson resident, who shall here go nameless, has undertaken a one-man Improve Our Community project. We need more like him. Once a month he treks out to the freeway and cleans up trash along t...
Whether the weather is cold, whether the weather is fine
Jan 30, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 154 154 recommendations | email to a friend
We took a break the other day, HM (Housemate) and I. We headed out for a long weekend in Monterey. It was our first time out of Stanislaus County since last June, at least together. Actually, we we...
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