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IT’S YOUR PAPER February 14, 2014 925.672.0500 Memorial bike ride helps Concord officers remember fallen comrades JOHN JACKSON Clayton Pioneer HANK STRATFORD MAYOR’S CORNER Strive for progress, not perfection When Benjamin Franklin was 20 he launched an ambitious plan to achieve “moral perfection.” His plan included identifying 13 virtues and then systematically focusing on each virtue. Mr. Franklin worked on these virtues throughout his life. During the process he discovered he was surprised “to find myself so much fuller of faults than I had imagined.” The 13 virtues Franklin chose were: temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, chastity, tranquility and humility. In Clayton, our striving for personal self-improvement includes a community-wide, character building initiative called Do the Right Thing, which emphasizes six character traits throughout the year – Courage, Responsibility, Respect, Kindness, Integrity and our current trait – Self-discipline. I think anyone who has tried to improve oneself has, as Benjamin Franklin wrote, discovered more personal faults than originally imagined. However, I believe that discouragement and self-doubt are the two biggest obstacles that keep us from improving. I hope that we can avoid these two hazards as we work systematically to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. One of the reasons I love living in Clayton is the people. I have been fortunate to glimpse the efforts made by many of you to improve our schools, our safety, our neighborhoods – in general, our quality of life. At the end of a day it is a great place to come home to. Feel free to contact me with questions and comments at FIVE MEMBERS OF THE CONCORD PD WILL JOIN 1,500 OTHER OFFICERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY in a 300-mile ride to remember and honor fellow officers who have died in the line of duty. The ride raises funds to support the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. From left, Ollie Sansen, Adam Hart, Krista Sansen, Kenny Trimble and Amy Hendricks Clayton teen takes skateboarding to new level PEGGY SPEAR Clayton Pioneer Growing up, Devin McHugh was a familiar sight around downtown Clayton or Diablo View Middle School, zooming around on his skateboard and cheerfully getting kicked out of places he wasn’t supposed to be. But that never dampened his love of the sport, and it’s something the 2013 Clayton Valley Charter High School graduate carried with him to UC Davis this year, where inspiration struck. “I love skateboarding, and I wanted to do something to help get rid of its negative stereotype,” he said from between midterms last week. “So I decided I wanted to do a ride for a cause.” McHugh and five friends will embark on a three-day charity ride in June that will benefit Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, the Skatefor-Bay Area. They will roll from Clayton all the way to Monterey. “On June 15, 2014, we will hit the road with nothing but backpacks on our backs and skateboards under our feet,” he said. The trek is an opportunity to showcase his love of skateboarding, while helping out kids who may not have been so fortunate as he. “I was lucky enough to grow up in the Bay Area doing things I loved, like skateboarding,” McHugh said. “But I know a lot of kids suffered from chronic illnesses and couldn’t do the same things I was able to. That’s why I want to help them.” McHugh, the son of Clayton residents Brian and Liza McHugh, says the inspiration for the ride was his own, but that his mom helped him find a worthy charity recipient. “My family has been great, helping get the word out to raise money for the cause.” It also includes his sister Tristin, a 2013 UC Santa Cruz graduate. To raise funds, McHugh has set up an online fundraising site on, with a modest goal of $1,000. He hopes that as word gets out about his ride, that total will increase. “One-thousand seemed like a good place to start, but I’m See McHugh page 3 DEVIN MCHUGH will skateboard to Monterey to raise money for Children’s Hospital. Past joins the present at 37th Annual Camellia Tea TAMARA STEINER Clayton Pioneer Ever wonder what things were like in the “olden days” in Clayton? Come take tea with descendants of the town’s pioneering families at the Clayton Historical Society’s 37th Annual Camellia Tea and find out firsthand. The annual event began in 1977 when a few “old timers” and several long-time residents Postal Customer ECRWSS What’s Inside PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID CLAYTON, CA 94517 PERMIT 190 Around Town . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Club News . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Community Calendar . . . . .14 Concord City Beat . . . . . . . . .9 Design and Décor . . . . . . . .16 DVMS Reporter . . . . . . . . . .8 Estate Planning . . . . . . . . . . .7 Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 reunited at a home on Morgan Territory Road to share memories and a love of Clayton. Dozens of camellias were in bloom along the home’s driveway set against the rugged backdrop of North Peak, and a tradition was born. By 1979, the two small Victorians downtown that were built in 1869 were joined to make one building. The two smaller houses had belonged to Joel Clayton, founder of the town, and became a home for Food for Thought . . . . . . . .17 Garden Girl . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . .15 Pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Pine Hollow Reporter . . . . . .8 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 the Clayton Museum. That year, the Clayton Historical Society hosted the 3rd Annual Camellia Tea in the new museum. Today, old-timers and newcomers come together to continue sharing memories at the annual Camellia Tea. Although founded in 1867, Clayton has only been a legal city since 1964. To help celebrate Clayton’s 50th anniversary of incorporation, the city’s first This spring, six officers from the Concord Police Department will embark on more than an ordinary bike trek; they’ll participate in an annual ritual to show respect to more than 19,000 of their fellow officers nationwide who have fallen in the line of duty. “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like [to lose a partner],” says Officer Ollie Sansen. “This helps people to move on to the next chapter.” On May 10, he along with Officers Kenny Trimble, Adam Hart, Krista Sansen, Mike Roberts and Amy Hendriks will join nearly 1,500 law enforcement officers from around the country in the 18th annual Police Unity Tour, an extensive bicycle ride totaling 300 miles and four days. The riders will begin in New Jersey and travel through Philadelphia and Baltimore, before finishing in an emotional ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. “People are able to lean on each other for support,” Sansen says. “I’ve seen the healing process take place [during the ride].” He says he and his fellow officers are doing the trek to raise awareness for fallen officers and to help raise money for the Memorial, a monument dedicated to police officers killed in the line of duty, says Sansen. MOVING CEREMONY AT MEMORIAL Two curved marble walls are at the centerpiece of the Memorial, 304-feet long and hold the name inscriptions of the thousands of men and women who have died in the line of duty. The walls are continuously changing, as names are added each year. The tour ends at a moving candlelight ceremony at the Memorial, when the names of each officer who died in 2013 will be read aloud and their name will be added to the Memorial in front of 50,000 onlookers. See Memorial page 9 Inside this issue See Camellia page 3 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Sports Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Tech Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Teen Reads . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Teen Speak . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Voyage of the Eagle . . . . . . .8 Like us on Facebook

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