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The Gateway focuses on war casualties

Patterson Township Historical Society is mailing the latest issue of The Gateway, its regular publication, to its members.

Titled “Those Who Gave Everything,” the issue details the more than 30 lives of Patterson-area military personnel lost in World War II.

Patterson native and local dentist Tom Klein extensively researched the war deaths, going online and using the archives of the Patterson Irrigator and other publications. Klein is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and past president of the historical society.

Featured stories detail the histories of Patterson’s first war casualty, Robert Hittle, who died in a Japanese POW camp of starvation, and Lawrence Phillips, a 1923 Patterson High School graduate, who was killed on a secret mission in the Philippines. His grandson, Neil Phillips Jr., is a rural Patterson resident.

The issue may be purchased by calling Burta Herger, 892-3301.

Health district announces contractor for remodel

The Del Puerto Health Care Board recommended during a special meeting Friday, Nov. 5, that Imolon Construction build its future health center structure on Keystone Pacific Parkway.

Turlock-based Imolan gave the low bid of $958,629 to remodel the 11,000-square foot building. The district forwarded on the board’s recommendation to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which recently awarded the district a $2.1 million loan to develop the new center.

Del Puerto Health Center, a nonprofit health center that now stands at Ward Avenue and Highway 33, is slated to move to the Keystone Pacific Business Park in 2011. The district received 10 bids for the construction project.

• Items for the Irrigator’s Events listing will be considered on the basis of space availability, public interest and timeliness. Questions may be directed to Maddy Houk, 892-6187 or, or mailed to the Patterson Irrigator office, 26 N. Third St., Patterson, CA 95363.

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