November 12, 1992 |
Although California is a relative newcomer to commercial pistachio production, the nut took to the state's climate and topography with a vengeance. Since 1976, when the state's first commercial harvest took place, pistachio acreage has grown to 62,000 acres, making California the second largest producer in the world with close to 500 million pounds of nuts harvested in 1991. Pistachios, actually a relative of the mango and the cashew, are native to the Middle East.
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March 12, 2006 |
Trailing a small red or black cape as a young boy, Michael S. Probst often took imaginary flight from the doorstep of his Orange County home, pretending he was Superman one day, Batman the next, off to save the neighborhood from harm only a child could dream up. Probst teamed with his next-door neighbor and best friend, James Lin, on these missions.
December 20, 1990 |
Kristin Letua, 9, stands like an Old West gunfighter at high noon, fingering a dozen plastic cups. "C'mon, somebody race me," she says, hurling a challenge into the milling after-school crowd at the Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside. A boy materializes. He sets up his own cups across from Kristin's on a carpeted, waist-high table. An onlooker says, "Go!" There is a blur of hands moving at speeds the eye can't register, and the cups rise in pyramids on either side of the table.
January 16, 1992 |
It used to be that a big cardboard box made a dandy playhouse for kids. It was a red-letter day when someone in the neighborhood bought a refrigerator or a major appliance and discarded that big container. Of course, some kids were lucky enough to have a homemade playhouse of more durable materials. Today, time and carpentering skills are in shorter supply and cardboard boxes less in evidence, but the desire to have a playhouse has endured.
November 29, 1990
The following are some of the programs in North County designed to make the holidays more pleasant for those in need. The success of the programs is dependent on volunteers and contributions of food, clothing, toys and money. CHRISTMAS DINNERS * Armed Forces YMCA annual Christmas Dinner, for members of the Armed Forces and their families, 2 p.m., Christmas Day. Cash or food contributions requested. Families also may invite a Marine into their home to share a holiday meal.
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February 12, 2006 |
From the house on San Simeon Street in Oceanside where he grew up, David Herrera could walk to the gate of Camp Pendleton. The military was not only next door; it was in his blood. His paternal grandfather, Marcos, served in the Marine Corps. His father, also named Marcos, was shot down twice while serving as a helicopter crew chief in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971, and remains in the Army Reserve. Several uncles were in the Army or Marine Corps.