Noel Wilkerson Holmes

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

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A rthur Mauricio, 68, took the stage at Merry on Main during the Got Talent Show and brought home second place. On Saturday, he played the Main Stage in downtown Pleasanton for 30 minutes and had the Merry on Main crowd dancing in the streets. On Monday morning, Arthur shockingly and suddenly passed away. Deaths are always hard, but passings […]

Memories were made



Well, we did it. Merry on Main happened despite a pandemic and three downpours of rain on Saturday. I was so delighted with the way the community interacted and managed as best as possible with COVID-19 protocols–social distancing, staying with their “safe pods” and wearing masks. I stayed delighted as a little kid at Christmas the entire two days. Regardless […]

Merry on Main waves a magic wand



“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale I am like a little kid before Christmas right now. We just finished our last Merry on Main Committee meeting. This has been my third year to serve and it is by far the easiest and best committee that I have […]

Shop local. Support Small Business Saturday

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“You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy local and that is kind of the same thing.” – Unknown Shop your local businesses everyday but especially this Saturday, Nov. 28 which is the official Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is designated as the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S., sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Black Friday […]

Pleasanton Express Business of the Year

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The Pleasanton Express won Business of the Year at the 69th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. While the award was for 2019, winning this honor in 2020 made this year feel a lot better. For several years, people asked how we, as a newspaper, would survive the digital world. For many years, I simply did […]


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