1 YEAR AGO April 21, 2011: Church to sponsor community garden – Apartment dwellers and those with postage stamp-sized backyards will have the perfect opportunity to grow their own vegetables, starting in May. St. James Episcopal Church will host a community garden in the lot next door, where a house stood until it was demolished on April 6, according to church member Linda Nagle. “I give credit to Father Bill Rontani, who came up with the idea and the person who has been most active is Bob Russi,” Nagle said. “It’s a place for people who may be having a little bad luck with the economy and might need a vegetable garden.” Nagle said the garden will be open to the Lincoln community and hope residents will start planting their vegetables and herbs, starting May 2. “We are hoping we are successful to have a summer crop in time to plant a fall crop,” Nagle said. “It will be tomatoes, beans, whatever people are letting us know they may need.” Nagle said there would be 10 raised beds, which will be built by Russi, a carpenter. 10 YEARS AGO April 18, 2002: Gladding Sports Complex closer to becoming reality – The city Department of Public Works received approval from the City Council at its Feb. 12 Council Meeting to request proposals for planning, design and construction of the Gladding Sports Complex. The firm of Royston Hanamoto Alley and Abbey of Mill Valley was selected for these services. The firm has designed similar complexes, including the Maidu Park Sports Complex. At the April 9 meeting, the council approved the selection, moving Lincoln one step closer to the dream of providing the community with a sports complex of which all can be proud. The complex will include a soccer field, baseball and softball diamonds, a tot lot for the younger set, a concession and restroom facility, and adequate parking to accommodate tournaments. The city has two proposed sites for the complex. One site is located on approximately 13 acres at the end of Lakeside Drive and the other is located within the proposed Foskett property (approximately 26 acres). The City Council authorized $4,000 at the April 9 meeting for City Manager Gerald Johnson to execute a consultant agreement with Seevers, Jordan and Ziegenmeyer for appraisal of the Foskett Ranch site. The cost for the initial analysis conceptual design, and Master Plan Phasing is $43,000. Overall estimated costs for all services will be $170,000. The proposal for planning and design were included in the 2001-2002 budget. The next fiscal year budget (2002-2003) will include necessary funds for the final design and construction of the project. 20 YEARS AGO April 16, 1992: Contract set for city manager – The Lincoln City Council approved an employment contract for the new city manager Tuesday night. Joseph Hinsberg, deputy city manager of Thousand Oaks, will also be executive director of the Lincoln’s redevelopment agency. He will receive $79,000 per year which can be increased by a council resolution. According to the contract, Hinsberg can be terminated at the council’s will with 180 days written notice, or with a lump sum payment equal to six months salary and benefits. He is required to give the council 60 days notice if he resigns. Other benefits include use of a city vehicle, and a management benefit package. 50 YEARS AGO April 19, 1962: Sirens, Bells, To Mark Anniversary Of Paul Revere’s Ride – “Listen, my children and you shall hear, of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,” thus began the tale of an American patriot who sped through the night warning the people of impending danger. So the American Legion posts across the nation will sponsor the sounding of sirens and ringing of bells, to alert the freedom loving people of American to the threat of communism. Today, April 19, watches have been synchronized and bells and sirens will sound throughout every city and hamlet across the nation on this the anniversary of Paul Revere’s famous ride. In California, the time will be 10 a.m. Pacific Standard time. Michael Gotcher, commander of the James E. Fowler Post of the American Legion in Lincoln, states that arrangements have been made for the local Legionnaires to participate in this national observance. They have requested that church bells and sirens sound for a four minute period as a “reminder to all of the freedom we have, love and cherish.” 75 YEARS AGO Campaign Boosts Home Merchants – For a long time the News Messenger has been boosting Lincoln merchants, the home town businessmen. Why? Because Lincoln merchants stand by their home town at all times; at all times are willing to lend a helping hand in the support of every home enterprise and because they back every move that is for the best interests of Lincoln. But we wonder if the citizens in and about the community realize the worth of the home town merchants – of the many things they do for the town and its people, and how much we, as a people, owe to them. Back of every movement for good – for progress, development and uplift - are the home town merchants, and usually only the home town merchants, while others “pass the buck” except during beneficial showers. Who contributes most to community welfare – to church, to school, to society, to civic movements, to charity and improvements? Usually, only the home town merchants. Who are the vital forces in every organization having to do with community life and improvement? Usually, only, the home town merchants. Who are the first to work for needed improvements, for better streets – for a cleaner city, for city beautification – for the very things that make us proud of our home town? Usually, only the home merchants. Who are the first to combat the things that are injurious to our community – to society – to our industrial, commercial, financial and moral life? Usually, only the home merchants. Who digs into our pocketbooks deeper than the home town merchants to support community benefits? “Day by day, in every way,” home town merchants are contributing of their time, their energy and money to make this community a bigger and better place in which to live. It is proper and fitting then, that we give more than a passing thought to the debt we own the home town merchant and that we come to the realization that this debt can be repaid by giving them the trade of the community a trade well earned and rightfully theirs. The truth of the matter is, home town merchants are selling foods at, or less, than prices elsewhere, and if we will be fair and include additional expenses incurred when trading away – we are bound to admit that it is cheaper to trade at home besides showing a spirit of reciprocity. Spend your money elsewhere, and the merchants will be forced to go out of business and to seek a new location where more civic pride and community spirit exists. And you may be sure that no other business men will come in to take their place, as for nothing scares business away from a town as much as “for rent” signs in vacant store buildings. The Lincoln Chronicles are compiled by Shoni Jones. 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