1 YEAR AGO Jan. 6, 2011 - Who discovered the $3 million loss? City blames laid-off employee for mistake ? Who discovered the General Fund?s $3 million unrealized investment losses is one of several questions now being asked by the public about the city of Lincoln?s accounting. The answer some community members give is different from the answer given by city officials. ?The potential $3 million (loss) to be allocated to the General Fund was found during a review and presentation of the audited financials to the finance committee in spring 2010,? said Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer Anna Jatczak on Dec. 13. ?What did not occur was that the then assistant director of finance needed to have spread out and reallocated the investments to other funds that participate in those investments.? Councilman Spencer Short and Mayor Paul Joiner are on the finance committee, along with City Manager Jim Estep and Jatczak. 10 YEARS AGO Jan. 3, 2002 ? Skate park may be open by end of month ? The ramps and jumps were beginning to take shape behind the chain link enclosure as the workmen bustled about in less than perfect conditions on a December morning, putting the final touches on the soon to open skate park. The Skate Park, located in McBean Park, between the baseball diamonds and the pavilion, will give local youths a safe place to play. Mandy Walker of the city?s Community Services Department said the skate park will probably be open by the end of January. Walker said the grand opening will be later when the weather is better and ?all the kinks are worked out.? 20 YEARS AGO Jan. 2, 1992 ? New projects stud New Year calendar ? If the year goes as planned, Lincoln residents will have much to look forward to. The completion of the 12-acre Joiner Park on Nicolaus Road and Eighth street is expected by June, and will contain a sports complex containing myriad ball fields, including soccer, softball, basketball, football. A tot lot, restrooms, and a vernal pool reserve are also part of the $918,000 park ? the first built since the 1930?s. The Beermann Plaza on Fifth Street is nearing completion and the newly arrived two-face clock adorns the site, alongside granite bollards and soon, a terra-cotta fountain. A gazebo will be built for outdoor events and complements Lincoln Art?s plans to refurbish their back porch where special events are also planned. 50 YEARS AGO Jan. 4, 1962 ? Mortuary Sold To Roseville Pair ? Mr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Clark of Roseville have purchased the Farnsworth Mortuary from Mr. and Mrs. Frank Farnsworth, owners and operators of the funeral home and ambulance service for the past 23 years. Clark, 44, his wife Kathleen, and small daughter, Susan, aged two years, are living at 365 J street. He was formerly employed for six years at the Lambert funeral home in Roseville, and prior to that for about five years at a funeral home in Placerville. The same emergency telephone number, Mission 5-2347, will be retained for both the mortuary and ambulance service, and the funeral home will be known as the Clark-Farnsworth Mortuary. Clark will be the acting deputy coroner for this area, and Farnsworth also will retain this position. 75 YEARS AGO Jan. 8, 1937 ? Zebras ?Go To Town? - Lincoln?s crack basketball team, the Zebras, ?went to town? last night on the high school gymnasium here, in their game with Sacramento Champs, the A.G. Spalding Bros., who have defeated some of the best teams in the country, but it seemed last night they were at sea against the Zebras, Perry Ten Eyke, one time star on U.C. team at Berkeley and Tregillis, the Trojan from Nevada, played with the Spaldings, ?but they didn?t mean a thing to the locals, as they went through them like nobody?s business.? The score stood at the end of the first half, 26-4 in favor of Lincoln. The final score was Lincoln 53, Spaldings 11. ?Park? Schuler was top hand with the score of 19. The line-ups were as follows: Lincoln ? Schuler, Chas Perry, Geo. Parry, Smith, Noyes, Moore, and Jack Tofft. For Spaldings ? Hyde, Tregillis, Ten Eyke, Hanna, Lee, and Countryman. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.