Cramped quarters at local post office
by Ron Swift | Patterson Irrigator
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It was nearly 50 years ago that the Patterson Post Office moved into its new digs at the corner of Salado Avenue and El Circulo.

That’s a while back when this city’s population was well under 4,000.

What city government and the newly revived Chamber of Commerce could undertake is a promotional effort to push for a new mail facility.

Parking at the post office is limited, and the problem will only worsen with a growth in population. And traffic pulling into and out of the small parking area in front of the building has never been convenient.

So why not a new post office for Patterson? Putting off the project a few years certainly won’t save money.


Okay Jeff Denham, Birgit Fladager and Frank Carson, it’s time to head to the West Side and take down your campaign signs.

Attention to Patterson High graduates and all other attendees of the school:

You’ve probably heard of next year’s big high school centennial party to be thrown on Labor Day weekend, 2015. Here’s how you can help.

If someone has worked on your class reunion in the past, please let us know how to contact this classmate. We need names and addresses of out-of-town members of your class to inform them of the big party – celebrating the 100th anniversary of Patterson High’s first graduating class. Former teachers need to be invited as well.

I’m just asking because I truly don’t know. Am I the only one in town who still shines his own shoes?

As of last Monday morning, only one of the six division leaders in Major League Baseball had posted a winning record in their past 10 games. That would be the Milwaukee Brewers who went 6-4 over that stretch. As we know, the Giants and A’s were struggling a bit.


Remember that community event calendar the Boy Scouts published for 2014?

In the next several weeks, a decision will be made on whether to prepare a similar calendar for 2015. That’s where some of you come in.

The purpose of the calendar was to list as many Patterson events as possible in the year ahead. These included school, club, youth, church, lodge and Apricot Fiesta events – some 55 groups in all and many with multiple activities. No charge was made for the listings. It did require that they plan ahead for 12 months – setting dates, times and places that are also printed on the calendar.

In other words, a useful tool for everyone in town – should they choose to use it.

Now comes decision time for 2015. The Scouts need your input on whether their efforts (over 300 man-hours) were of value to both the community and to those groups who listed their events. A few organizations and churches did not respond late last year with their activity lists, and if the project is repeated, this needs to be corrected. Also, effort needs to be made to reduce the price, which this year was $7 a calendar.

Was it worthwhile? Did you use the calendar? Did it help your organization? Just let me know, using the e-mail address below or giving me a land-line call. Please don’t put it off. Your input is needed.


An e-mail the other day informed me that eating the liver of a polar bear will cause death by an overdose of Vitamin A.

I immediately checked HM’s (Housemate’s) grocery list to see if polar bear liver was on it. It wasn’t.



It was 50 years ago this summer that Stanislaus County was developing Laird Park, a land near Grayson adjacent the San Joaquin River.

At that time several West Side golf enthusiasts, among them O.N. Minniear who had operated the county’s road camp in Del Puerto Canyon before it was moved next to the new park, strongly promoted a 9-hole pitch and putt golf course on the property.

In June 1964, the county even sent stake outs for the greens. But alas, no golf at that location. Too much objection from the East Side (surprise!) foiled the plan.


Just about anyone could be called a “dirty mouth.”

That’s because there are between 50 and 100 million bacteria in the average human mouth.

(Just remember where you read this important info. Now go brush your teeth.)

Ron Swift is editor/publisher emeritus of the Patterson Irrigator. He can be reached at
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