1 YEAR AGO Dec. 16, 2010: Newest council members waste no time – Differing opinions offered on benefits – Newly elected City Councilmember Stan Nader went straight to work during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, introducing four items for discussion under council-initiated business. The items Nader brought forward for discussion were a citizen advisory auditing task force, a fiscal sustainability plan, allowing citizens to place items on council meeting agendas and eliminating current and post employee health benefits for City Council. These topics were part of his campaign platform. Not all of Nader’s ideas were agreed to by fellow council members. 10 YEARS AGO Dec. 13, 2001: Bickford project is passed – In a marathon meeting that went into early Tuesday morning, Placer County supervisors unanimously approved the environmental impact report and specific plans to build the massive Bickford Ranch project. All that remains is some language changes in the EIR findings, which supervisors are expected to approve on Dec. 18. The developer, US Homes Corp., plans to build 1,784 homes on a 1,954-acre site in Penryn. 20 YEARS AGO Dec. 12, 1991: Group seeks sober graduation – A group of Lincoln High School parents want to develop a Lincoln graduation night party that is exciting for students, yet safe and alcohol free. But to do this, they need the support of parents, area businesses and most of all, the graduating seniors. “This is something the community can get behind and be proud of ,” said Grad Night Committee member Jean Short. The theme and activities will be decided by the student’s response to a survey being distributed at school. 50 YEARS AGO Dec. 14, 1961: Knowledge Best Tool For Survival, Says Civil Defense Speakers – Based on the assumption that “knowledge will be one of the best tools for survival” in the event of a nuclear attack, speakers at the Lincoln elementary school PTA meeting last week enlightened the audience on the effects of atomic radiation. Opening the program, William Scott, Placer county sheriff, urged people not to be like the “proverbial ostrich.” He stated that this is an atomic age and every individual should undertake an investigation to seek out ways to provide a maximum of protection for himself and family. No longer is America invulnerable to enemy attack. Although the government has set up warning systems, the factors involved make it practically impossible to establish a set procedure for defense, stated Scott. 75 YEARS AGO Dec. 17, 1936: Turkey Shoot Next Sunday – Lest you forget, Lincoln Rifle Club will give another of their enjoyable turkey shoots next Sunday at the same place, near Dillman’s Clay Pit, one mile north of Lincoln. Be there and bring the best gun you have as there will be plenty of birds and a match for every class of shooters. It is just right, as you can win your Christmas turkey, if you can shoot good enough – you can have a lot of fun trying anyway. Compiled by Shoni Jones. No editing changes are made to the copy so that the entries appear as originally published.