Valley’s Old Timers gather for yearly picnic

first_img Hank Hooyerink, perennial head chef, stated that 1,000 pounds of beefshoulder had been put down in the pit a day before and cooked overnight. He said they’d also cooked 80 gallons of beans and made 30 gallons ofsalsa. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster andPalmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine andcoffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Beef Stroganoff with noodles, peas and carrots, lettuce and tomato salad, juice, ice cream. Tuesday: Beef enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, soup, green beans, creamy coleslaw, applesauce. Wednesday: Mandarin chicken, salad, marinated beets, pea salad, pineapplejuice, cheesecake. Thursday: Riblet sandwich, macaroni salad, corn, carrot salad,orange juice, banana. Friday: Roast turkey, bread dressing, Normandy vegetables, tossed salad,vegetable soup, gelatin with fruit. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. BettieRencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at theAntelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Nostalgia flows at least once a year as Old Timers gather for their annual picnic at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The Old Timers picnic isn’t just for senior citizens, but for anybody who has lived in the Antelope Valley 25 years or more. Consequently, the almost 900 people at last week’s 78th gathering were a melting pot of ages. William “John” Valentine, former publisher of the Ledger-Gazette newspaper, which closed up in the 1980s, traveled up from Long Beach with his oldest son, John. John, a computer programmer who resides in New Zealand most of thetime, has been in the United States with his family for the past 18 months. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week As he usually does, the elder Valentine sat with his former businesspartner, Jerry Bigalk, and held court, sharing tales with Larry Chimbole, Palmdale’s first mayor; Mark Marquardt; and many others who dropped by to shake his hand and chat. Frances Lane served as master of ceremonies, calling octogenarians and nonagenarians tothe stage to be presented with certificates. Marie Zeravica Meline, a 1936 Antelope Valley High School graduate, came up from Glendora. Her daughter, Cheryl Meline Moses, Miss AntelopeValley 1960, came down from the San Francisco Bay Area to escort her mother. “I just couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be able to listen to all thereminiscing my mother and her old school chums did,” said Moses. “To hearabout the old days and all the changes that have come about, was like I washearing history as it actually happened. It was awesome.” Ralph Ritter was there as were Keith and Cathy Swords, Dolores Hayter andlongtime writing stalwart Frankie Richards. Milt Stark had a display of old photos from the early days, and helping him man the table were Walt and Mickey Primmer. Making the rounds and greeting constituents were Assemblywoman Sharon Runner and her husband, state Sen. GeorgeRunner, who both grew up in the Antelope Valley. last_img

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