Lanterman House Honors Native American Culture

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun. Photos by Chris Sutton, Outlook Valley Sun

The Lanterman House recently welcomed families to join the celebration of native plants and Native American culture.
In the opening ceremony, Director Laura Verlaque welcomed everyone to the event, where Tina Calderon of the Gabrielino Tongva tribe performed a blessing of the land and for the ancestors. Joe Calderon joined her in the blessing, and Juan Castillo used different wooden flutes to perform Native American songs.
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Robert Eugene Covey – Obituary

Robert Eugene Covey

1927 – 2021

Robert Eugene Covey (Bob) died peacefully at the age of 93 on February 1, 2021, after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Hanson Covey, and his daughter Janis Covey Koch. He is survived by his two sons, Alan and Paul, and two grandchildren, Keegan and Kyla.
Bob was born in 1927 in Pasadena, and he grew up there, attending Pasadena High School and PCC. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, building countless models, and learning to fly. He served in the Army in Korea in 1946-1948, returning with many stories, including one about facing down a cobra on midnight sentry duty. Back in California, he was accepted at Caltech where he received a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering and then began his long and successful career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
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City to Septic Tank Users: Get With the System

La Cañada Flintridge officials are ready to continue their decades-old struggle to persuade some residents north of Foothill Boulevard to connect their properties to the sewer systems used by the city.
The City Council discussed the ongoing issue in a special meeting on Tuesday and decided to get back on track with its original plan. Officials will send letters to 64 addresses, mostly homes, giving them notices of public nuisance.
“What it would be is a courted document on the property,” said City Manager Mark Alexander. “It would come up with a title search and put a hold on anything the property owner wanted to do with the property until [the notice] is cleared.”
To encourage property owners to eliminate septic tanks and connect to one of the sewer systems, the city offered grants of approximately $8,000 to qualified low- and moderate-income households. Letters were originally sent to unconnected homes in 2018 during March and July, and city code enforcement officer David Rodriguez went door to door to personally notify the owners.
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Work Reveals Lanterman House’s Original Look

The strikingly well-preserved Lanterman House provides a vivid snapshot of life in La Cañada Flintridge in 1915.
With help from investments by the city of La Cañada Flintridge, the staff has kept the house in pristine condition, maintaining the integrity of the structure and decor of one of the few surviving pre-1920 residences in LCF.
Now Executive Director Laura Verlaque has turned her attention to updating the inventory of all the original artifacts inside the house for the first time since 1993, when the onetime home opened as a public museum.
About 95% of the artifacts inside belonged to the Lanterman family and “you cannot replace the authenticity of that,” said Verlaque, who took over as executive director in April. Continue reading “Work Reveals Lanterman House’s Original Look”

Council Spells Out City Budget Plans

During two sessions of budget discussions in the past week, La Cañada Flintridge City Council members agreed to designate reserve funds in support of the proposed Sagebrush territory transfer, prepared for the possible repeal of the state gas tax, and dedicated $353,425 to support 11 community groups.
The City Council is set to finalize the budget for the coming fiscal year when it reconvenes for its third budget hearing at 8:30 a.m. today, June 28.
Councilman Jonathan Curtis suggested the city earmark $100,000 in reserves to back up La Cañada Unified School District in the latest chapter of a decades-long tug of war over the Sagebrush territory. Continue reading “Council Spells Out City Budget Plans”

Lanterman House Gets New Director

Laura Verlaque

When Laura Verlaque takes over as the executive director of the Lanterman House museum on Monday, April 9, it will be with a real appreciation for the history of the place — including the famous family who built it as well as those who, over the past quarter-century, have labored to turn the home into a community “jewel.”
“The past 25 years, they’ve had the enormous task of preserving and restoring this house and I think they did it beautifully,” Verlaque said. “The heavy lifting is all done, now my role is to maybe dig a little deeper with some of the details.”
Verlaque spent the past 12 years at the Pasadena Museum of History — from which Melissa Patton, the Lanterman House’s only other permanent executive director, also came. Continue reading “Lanterman House Gets New Director”

Lanterman House Director Says Goodbye to Mothering the Local Landmark

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
In her 25 years as executive director at the Lanterman House, Melissa Patton will retire having helped establish the local museum as an integral part of the La Cañada Flintridge community.

When Melissa Patton hugs the Lanterman House goodbye for the last time on Aug. 31, she’ll know she transformed the historic home into a space that is used, as Lloyd Lanterman hoped, for the public good.
Since it opened as a public museum in 1993, the house has become a place for schoolchildren to learn about local history, for researchers to mine area archives and for community members to admire the beauty of the old bungalow-style home.
Patton, who was responsible for making sure all of that came to be, is retiring after 25 years as the only executive director in the museum’s history so far.
“I love this house,” she said. “It’s very much a big character in my life. I do this funny thing when I close up at night, I pat it and say, ‘I’ll see you in a couple of days, girl.’
“It will take some getting used to, not to have that responsibility, not to be concerned all the time about the welfare of a nonliving thing.”
Designed in 1915 by noted architect Arthur Haley for Dr. Roy Lanterman and his family, the Lanterman House is one of few pre-1920 residences left in LCF.
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