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Stories of the Past: Sunday, February 25, 2001

February 25, 2001

50 years ago — The California Mid-Winter Fair opened its gates at 10 today under cloudless skies. Fair officials are predicting all-time attendance records due to the quality exhibits and performances.

40 years ago — County rabies control officer Jim Nickell reported to sheriff's deputies that a 12-gauge shotgun was stolen from his pickup.

30 years ago — With the backing of teachers and the promise of help of students, the Central Union High School Board of Trustees called for a second tax override referendum this year that will seek 13 cents less than the override defeated Feb. 2. The request for a $2.10 per $100 assessed valuation was defeated by district voters.

20 years ago — The pesky Mediterranean fruit fly is threatening to cause severe financial damage to Valley growers without even making an appearance here. The problem is Texas' attempt to quarantine all California produce it receives as of Sunday because of the Mediterranean fruit fly infestation that has been confined to Santa Clara and Alameda counties.

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