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September 25, 2023

Work continues on PV field

While the artificial turf has been rolled out at Pajaro Valley High’s new athletic field, work continues on the overall project.

It’s less than a month before the days start getting longer again. Phew! This year, with Covid in the air, curfews, lockdowns in the news, restricted holidays, hand sanitizers and masks, the short days and early darkness have a gloomy heaviness. And add to that the awful confusion and tasteless theater the Trump White House has bestowed on the entire nation about our election on Nov. 3.

I was in Freedom Meat Lockers Tuesday and the place was abuzz with shoppers. A steady file of customers headed out to their vehicles from the side exit toting cardboard boxes of hams, turkeys, sausages, and other holiday  feast goods. Howard Walker, the owner, told me that was actually a slow period — that it was a heck of a lot busier earlier that day and during the days building up to Tuesday.

The weather folks say Thanksgiving should be sunny and mild, with highs around 63 degrees.

I saw some footage on TV news of the Holiday Lights drive-thru event being staged at the fairgrounds. It looked simply amazing. Even the Rodgers House got into the act, with lights aplenty glowing across the night sky. The half-mile drive thru sure seems to offer a promising highlight to the holidays.

I read that around 173,000 people a day now contract Covid-19 in the US. Wow! There are now 12,571, 300 reported cases in the US with 259,962 deaths. I still recall when President Trump confidently told us back in February that there was one case of the virus in America and that it would one day simply go away. Wrong. It’s here and it’s not going away any time soon. He even got Covid, along with his wife, his son and around 12 close staffers. After Trump recovered he told us “You get Covid, then to get better.” Well, maybe he did, with his team of eight or so doctors. But ask the family and friends of the 259,962 dead about “getting better.”

Commercial crab season has been delayed until Dec. 16. While crab meat won’t find its way onto the Thanksgiving table, maybe it will for Christmas?

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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