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Dec. 26, 1985 — 25 years ago

After receiving bids from other providers, Del Puerto Hospital directors have decided the district will operate its own ambulance and paramedic service.

A 14-year-old Patterson girl, Donna Ashlock, is hospitalized in San Francisco and may need a heart transplant. Her parents are Ray and Mary Ashlock.

Genevieve Borgeson, a cook at Mil’s restaurant, is the winner of the week-long trip for two to Hawaii given by the Chamber of Commerce as a part of a fundraiser for new downtown Christmas lights.

Senior John Chavez was named MVP and junior Jerry Noah landed on the all-tourney team as the Patterson High Tigers won their own cage tourney here last weekend. They used a big comeback to nip Livingston 53-52 in the finals.

Dec. 22, 1960 — 50 years ago

The Board of Trustees of Rising Sun School has voted against participating in a Tracy unification study. About 25 percent of the Rising Sun district lies in San Joaquin County.

Four local high school students have earned straight-A grades in the first quarter of the school year. They are sophomores Laurie Harrison and Cathy Hector and freshmen Constance Foiada and Susan Satterberg.

A rash of thefts of outside Christmas lighting displays has been noted by police Chief Alex Kosich.

Patterson 4-H Club members delivered 25 holiday tray favors to patients in the tuberculosis ward at Stanislaus County Hospital. Involved in the project were 4-H’ers Clarice Foiada, Krissi Kjonaas, Linda Reynolds, Sharon Bookwalter, Carolyn Traina, Steven Foiada, Diana Reis and Linda Lucas.

Dec. 20, 1935 — 75 years ago

Patterson ushers in the yuletide season with special events and decorations. Colored lights are displayed all over the downtown area, and the living Christmas tree is glowing in Plaza Park. On Saturday, the Patterson Theatre will offer free shows for the kids, with up to 800 expected for the continuous matinee. Santa will be on hand throughout the day. The annual gift distribution to children is scheduled for Monday afternoon around the tree, while a Christmas pageant will be presented Sunday in the high school gym.

Local businessmen A.F. Gervasoni and James Lynam have purchased the Emerald station of the Standard Oil pipeline at the south edge of town. The sale includes residences on the property and the two large brick pump houses. Heavy equipment had previously been removed. At Vernalis, A.R. Rennie, El Solyo Ranch department head, has bought the entire plant and has leased it to the ranch for a five-year period.

The new Garden Club, headed by Mrs. George Thoming, has begun planning its spring flower show.

•Information for this column was gathered from Irrigator archives.

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