Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster

Slow and steady wins the race. Many of us have heard this classic proverb, associated with Aesop’s fable “The Tortoise and the Hare.” Its lesson that consistent, effective effort leads to more success than accelerated doggedness has stood the test of time, and this moral rings especially true for Flintridge Prep Headmaster Peter Bachmann. Celebrating his 25th year at the helm of one of America’s most prestigious independent schools, the teacher and author reflected on the past quarter-century while sitting in his office during a recent afternoon. Continue reading “Flintridge Prep’s Bachmann Celebrates 25 Years as Headmaster”

After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors

Fifty-seven years ago, German immigrant Norbert Olberz spent $10,000 — his life savings — to open a small ski shop in La Cañada Flintridge. He and his wife, Irene, spent the first year sleeping in the back of the shop, showering with a garden hose. But their sacrifices paid off: The business expanded to sell scuba gear and baseball mitts and all types of sports gear, and blossomed into a 55-store sporting goods chain with locations in Arizona, California, Nevada and Utah.
Late last week, news broke that the retailer is going out of business. Continue reading “After 57 Years, Sport Chalet to Close Doors”

One Man’s Trash Patrol Keeps Mountains Tidier

La Cañada High School hosted a “Be the Change Day” a couple of years ago, an event that welcomed dozens of the community’s most interesting and creative thinkers to campus. They urged students to find original ways to make a difference in the world.
Chuck Ernst, 69, taught chemistry, physics and a little geology at another school — he’s a retired Azusa High educator — but “be the change” applies to him, too. Continue reading “One Man’s Trash Patrol Keeps Mountains Tidier”

Barbershop Owner Named Grand Marshal for Fiesta Days

Whenever he rides out of town, Frank Ruiz will be doing it in style.
After opening Paco’s Barber Shop in La Cañada Flintridge 57 years ago, Ruiz is trying to sell the establishment to another barber. As a thank-you — and perhaps a parting gift — for all he’s meant to the community, the good-natured, 83-year-old Air Force veteran has been named grand marshal of the 43rd Fiesta Days Parade, said Pat Anderson, CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading “Barbershop Owner Named Grand Marshal for Fiesta Days”