The 30th annual Scottish Highland Games event was held at E.H. Young Park in Riverside over the weekend. Athletic events included the caber toss, hammer throw, throwing the weight for distance and sheaf toss. The games also featured traditional Scottish pipes and drums players from the area. There were demonstrations of native animals to Scotland, such as Clydesdale horses. The caber toss involves throwing a 16-18 ft. long pole, weighing more than 100 pounds, end-over-end to get the best score.
The body of a Tracy woman reported missing on Thursday was found in the Platte River Friday afternoon. The missing 75-year-old woman was identified as Esther Simmons. Simmons was found about a quarter of a mile from her home, partially submerged in the Platte River. According to authorities, the woman may have been in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and may have had dementia to a greater degree than originally thought.
Riverside aldermen were presented with a flowery–literally–proposal for street-side landscaping project in their city at a meeting last week. The presentation was made by Brick Owens, principal landscape architect for the firm Nearing, Staats, Prelogar & Jones, AIA-Chartered, of Prairie Village, Kan. “Everything in Briarcliff, I think, could be described as simple elegance,” Brett Miles, Riverside economic developer, said by way of introducing Owens.