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Balloons float up from PG&E’s surprise box at the Oct. 7 city council meeting. From left are city council members Pierre Neu, Harold Anderson, Woody Fridae, Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, council member Wade Cowan, City Manager John Donlevy.

Photo by Debra DeAngelo


PG&E plugs
in to Winters

It’s official: new training facility will be built in Winters

Express editor
After months of flirting with the Winters community, PG&E officials finally made their decision: the new gas line safety facility is coming to town.
PG&E officials turned in their planning application to City Hall on Monday, Oct. 6, and the formal announcement was made at the Oct. 7 city council meeting, in front of a council chambers so packed that the crowd spilled out into the foyer and onto the sidewalk.
“The application submission is one of many milestones. We’re here tonight to celebrate this milestone,” said Alisa Okelo-Odongo, PG&E’s manager of government relations.
Following a brief overview from PG&E program manager Tom Crowley, he announced that there was a big surprise for the council: A large blue box with a yellow ribbon was carried in, and the council members gathered around it. As soon as Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry tore open the top, bright blue and yellow helium balloons floated up, and she pulled out a framed “Home Sweet Home” image in a frame. Okelo-Odongo invited everyone present to sign the picture, which will hang in the lobby of the completed facility.
The city council had something in turn for PG&E, presenting representatives with a welcome mat. John Pickerel and his managers from The Buckhorn, Putah Creek Café and Catering by the Buckhorn also chimed in their support, and stood up holding cards that spelled out “Thank You, PG&E.”
City Manager John Donlevy offered “a very sincere welcome” to PG&E and said the construction of the facility will be “a renaissance in gas line safety and a huge economic development opportunity for the city of Winters.” Noting that much work lies ahead, he added, “the commitment we’ve made is that we’re going to be a great partner” to PG&E.” . . .


Jaime Bermudez goes airborne after a Gridley ball carrier while teammate Chris Kays quickly get to the ball in last week’s victory over Gridley.

Photos by Ken Stewart


Warriors rely on defense, air attack in win

Lowrie passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns

Express sports

The Winters High School varsity football team proved that they’re more than just a high-powered running team as they relied on their stubborn defense and efficient passing game to beat the Gridley Bulldogs 41-13 on Friday, Oct. 3, in Gridley.
The Warriors played their last non-league game, (that is until playoffs start) on Friday, in Gridley and came home with a big victory. A victory worth more than just a “W” in the win-loss column but a victory that proved they are more than just a running team that puts up big numbers.
Winters took to the air against the Bulldogs behind the arm of quarterback Jacob Lowrie and had great success. Lowrie completed 15 of 22 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
“They put seven in the box and forced us to go to the pass,” said coach Daniel Ward. “So that’s what we did“.
The Warriors are also becoming a very good defensive team that is continuing to get better. Each week the “big red wall“ gets tougher and tougher. Winters held the Bulldogs to just 17 yards until late in the fourth quarter.
“I am very impressed with how well our defense is playing,” Ward said. “We are still making big plays but it’s our consistency that is impressive.“ . . . .






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