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This is the cover to the sheet music for the official ship-launching song of the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond during World War II. The cover is silk-screened, the same process used for the programs for each of the ship launchings.

This is the cover to the sheet music for the official ship-launching song of the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond during World War II. The cover is silk-screened, the same process used for the programs for each of the ship launchings.

Presented here is the cover to the sheet music for the official ship-launching song of the Kaiser shipyards in Richmond during World War II. The song, “Smooth Sailing” by Stephen McNeil, probably hasn’t been played much since 1945, but maybe it will be again some day.
We hope to bring you historic images regularly on this blog. Do you have an image to share? Contact Chris Treadway at ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com.

Posted on Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
Under: History, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Welcome from the West County Times staff

Welcome to the new West County blog, an online complement to our print home, the West County Times.

This blog is for you, and for us. We are the staff of the West County Times newspaper, covering Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, Kensington, El Sobrante, Crockett, Rodeo and parts between.

We want to make this a one-stop location to highlight and update stories that show up in print and online at contracostatimes.com, offer original content — including photos and video — from our staff of veteran journalists and occasional community contributors, and share information that, for logistical or other reasons, doesn’t make it into the newspaper.

We consider this an opportunity for writers and readers alike to have more voice and interaction, and we invite your participation. We want to hear your comments, tips and questions. Along the way, we hope you will consider this a place to talk about where you live with other people who love West County as much as we do.

So, without further ado… What do you want to see on this blog?

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Under: Crockett, El Cerrito, Hercules, Kensington, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »