Category Archives: Lance Armstrong’s History Features

Former Pocket Bistro owner bids farewell

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By LANCE ARMSTRONG Pocket News writer Lance@valcomnews.com Nearly eight months have passed since Edmund and Jade Abay shut the doors of their popular restaurant, Pocket Bistro, with plans to reopen in a new location. But since that announcement was made,

Billy Rico: Lifelong lover of baseball remembered

Rico was player-manager of Carmichael Firemen’s 1946 Canadian-American ‘World’s Series’ champions

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By Lance Armstrong Special to Valley Community Newspapers Former Riverside area resident William F. “Billy” Rico died at the age of 93 on Feb. 18, leaving a legacy as a lifelong lover of baseball. More than a half-century ago, Rico

College Cyclery was established in former Safeway building in 1945

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College Cyclery has a long history in the capital city – a history that includes its establishment in a building that had formerly housed an early Safeway grocery store. Furthermore, this popular bicycle shop, which is located at 2760 21st

100 years of history shared at old Sutter School building event

Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series about the Cabrillo Civic Club #5 building, which was originally home to a public school for children in the then-rural Riverside-Pocket area. A special event was held at the Cabrillo

Locally famous mansion was home to successful laundry owner, photographer, others

Many historic homes can be found in Sacramento, and one of the grandest of these homes is a palatial, 11-room structure at the northeast corner of 21st and T streets. It certainly is not easy to miss seeing this well-preserved

Thom’s Cyclery played early role in city’s bicycle history

Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series dedicated to the history of various past and present local bicycle shops. Sacramento has been home to many bicycle shops during its long history. And one of the most memorable

Former Arden area resident speaks about his lengthy career in film and video production

Note: This is part two of a two-part series about local cameraman George Nyberg, who filmed the assassination attempt on President Gerald R. Ford in 1975. George Nyberg, who grew up near Town & Country Village and Del Paso Country

Cabrillo Club building’s 100th anniversary to be celebrated Oct. 4

Editor’s Note: This is part one of a two-part series about the Cabrillo Civic Club #5 building, which was originally home to a public school for children in the then-rural Riverside-Pocket area. The community is invited to attend a special

Boy Scouts and Elks co-sponsored scholarship fundraising event

Photo courtesy On Saturday, Sept. 26, Boy Scout Troop 259 and the Elks Lodge #6 sponsored a shredding event. This joint effort was a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the Elks Scholarship Fund and Troop 259 scouting activities. Boy Scouts, Elks,

Elementary school building once stood on site of Sacred Heart Church

One of the more renowned architectural structures in East Sacramento is Sacred Heart Church at 3860 J St. And although few people are living today who recall when this church was not located at this site, the property was previously