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A group of swimmers who hung out at Add Janes Swim School, which was located on Willow Road in Menlo Park, are organizing a reunion for anyone who swam there, whether it was for lessons, on the swim team, or recreationally.

Add Janes with kidsWe stopped by the Dutch Goose a couple weeks back to talk to the organizers (left to right) Brian Ferrin (breast stroke), Sandy Pachaud, (butterfly), Kathy Baxter Tullus (breast stroke) and Sue Annand Sbardellati (breast stroke). They are leaning toward a Fall event, probably September.

To reach other former Add Janes swimmers, they’ve created a Facebook page, where they will be posting reunion details.

For those not knowing what an “Add Janes” is, it’s the name of a person. Addison Janes (pictured in the water with children) opened the swim school in 1953 when his closest neighbor was the Foremost-McKesson Dairy. He operated it through 1984.

In a touch of irony, two of his management staff, Jeff Lapierre and Carol Ford, (the latter of whom supplied the historical photos), live just a hop, skip and jump from where the swim school once stood. As the reunion gets closer, we plan to talk to them about why Add Janes left such an positive impact on so many lives.

Add Janes Swim Club 1966

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Menlo Park, a city with deep Irish roots

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We spotted this not quite four leaf clover attached to a car in downtown Menlo Park lot, with a matching clover on the passenger side. Many local restaurants are serving corned beef and cabbage today, but best to call ahead to confirm. If you want to make your own, Draegers offers two cuts of corned beef […]

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Discover the history of Menlo College at Kepler’s this Thursday evening

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Whether or not you have ever set foot on the Menlo College campus in Atherton, you can learn about its 85-year history when Pam Gullard, author of Through the Gates, discusses the college’s past, present, and future with the new president, Dr. Richard Moran at Kepler’s Books on Thursday, Feb. 19. The event will begin with a 7:00 […]

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“Do you remember (the old Menlo Park?)” is hit Facebook group with folks who grew up here

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Philip Peters’ Facebook group, Do you remember (the old Menlo Park?), strikes a chord with people who grew up here, so we thought it high time we caught up with Philip to learn how it all came about. He told us that he’d seen a similar group dedicated to Palo Alto, and given that lots […]

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Former Menlo Park City Attorney Jack Jorgeson talks about the 60s and 70s at Menlo Park Historical Association annual meeting

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At the annual meeting of the Menlo Park Historical Association an audience of about 50 were taken back to the City of the 1960s and 70s by Jack Jorgenson, the Menlo Park City Attorney from 1961 to 1985. In 1960, Jorgenson was assistant to City Attorney James O’Keefe, Jr. when O’Keefe left to take an elective […]

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Personal remembrance: A disappointed Giants fan 25 years ago today

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When I was growing up in Menlo Park, the Giants moved to San Francisco. My extended family would attend games together, and my two uncles, who both lived in the City, taught me baseball and sowed the seeds for the lifetime fan I am. Twenty five years ago today, I was still technically living in Southern […]

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It all started with the Loma Prieta earthquake 25 years today for two fire fighters involved in search and rescue

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Editor’s note: The Loma Prieta earthquake struck at 5:04 pm on Oct. 17, 1989, recording a magnitude of 6.9.  Menlo Park sustained little damage, but the quake did prompt lasting changes to local search and rescue procedures as chronicled below. Twenty five years ago, Oakland Fire Department Battalion Chief Manny Navarro was off duty when […]

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Author Pamela Gullard tells the story of Menlo College’s 85 years set within each decade

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Ever wonder how the tiny town of Atherton got an institution of higher learning and what goes on behind its gates? A new book about Menlo College filled with over 100 archival photos and reminiscences of staff and alumni reveals the answers. Titled Through the Gates: Eighty-five Years of Menlo College and its Times, the book sets the […]

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Were you in Menlo Park or Atherton in 1967? Then Polk’s has you!

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Dave Waters posted this on the Facebook group, Do You Remember the (old Menlo Park). For those of us of a certain era, it’s a real jaunt down memory lane. Note: In somewhat of a quirk, children are listed separately from parents. Wrote Dave: “Here’s a link to a 1967 Polk’s edition. These are fun […]

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City of Menlo Park honors the Menlo Park Historical Association

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At last Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, Mayor Ray Mueller presented the Menlo Park Historical Association with a proclamation recognizing its accomplishments since 1971 in preserving the history of Menlo Park and in making its archived materials available to the public, including through its website Most recently the Association was instrumental in the creation of the […]

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Linda Janklow’s Peopleologie workshops teach history through hands-on activities

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Linda Janklow has a passion for history, and through her program, Peopleologie, she helps others discover their own. She defines Peopleologie as “an all-ages program promoting cultural literacy, celebrating community, and building connections to the world through history, humanities, anthropology, math, science, hand crafting traditions, and fun.” She stressed that it is not an art program, but rather a social […]

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