LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook

Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.
Photo courtesy Great American Songbook Foundation
Finn Sagal, a senior at La Cañada High School, earned the title of 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador with his performances last month at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy.

La Cañada High School senior Finn Sagal is starting to get used to the sound of it: 2017 Songbook Youth Ambassador.
His new title certainly has a ring to it.
“This is such an amazing opportunity,” said Sagal, who was named the top singer at the Great American Songbook Foundation’s Songbook Academy this summer at the Palladium concert hall in Carmel, Indiana.
This week, he signed a contract for three high-profile performances with Michael Feinstein, the Songbook Foundation founder, in addition to a date singing the national anthem at an Indianapolis Colts game — all part of his duties as ambassador. There also will be a handful of other yet-to-be-determined events around the nation, perhaps including stops at important venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Continue reading “LCHS Crooner Named a New Ambassador for Songbook”

Former Spartan Enters Amateur Tourney as No.1-Ranked SoCal Golfer

The following was written by Damian Secore, special to the Outlook.

Photo courtesy Cal Athletics
Collin Morikawa

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ricky Barnes and Bryson DeChambeau are Californians who have won the U.S. Amateur and leveraged the ultimate amateur experience as a springboard onto fruitful and famous PGA Tour careers. This is the path La Cañada Flintridge native Collin Morikawa hopes to emulate.
Morikawa, 20, is the No. 1-ranked amateur from Southern California in the 312-player field of the 117th U.S. Amateur Championship, which will be held at the Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club from Aug. 14-20.
“Collin is among a great group of outstanding youngsters in the field of 312,” said Michael R. Yamaki, corporate office of The Riviera Country Club. “It’s going to be an incredible week of golf for the players and the fans as the U.S. Amateur champion is crowned.”
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Kiwanis-AM Club Speakers Recall the 1992 L.A. Riots

Kiwanis of La Cañada La Crescenta-AM Club recently hosted guest speakers Don Manning (left), a retired L.A. City Fire Chief and La Cañada Flintridge resident, and California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Strobel to talk about the 1992 L.A. riots.

Twenty-five years after the Los Angeles Riots engulfed Los Angeles, the Kiwanis of La Cañada La Crescenta-AM Club hosted guest speakers Don Manning, a retired L.A. City Fire Chief and La Cañada Flintridge resident, and California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Strobel.
Manning shared his experience of April 29, 1992, the start of three days of rioting. He spoke of the unrest that broke out in Los Angeles after the acquittal of four police officers involved in the Rodney King beating, when members of public safety departments worked bravely to respond to the violence. One of them was Strobel.
By 7 p.m. that night in 1992, there was a rapid escalation in incidents involving fire, paramedic and police services. The LAFD, in conjunction with the L.A. Police Department, opened a command center at 54th Street and Arlington Avenue.
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ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians

Participants in a past ALF Strings program. Sign-ups for this fall are open now.

When Assistance League of Flintridge opened registration for its Instrumental Music program this week, it celebrated the 32nd year of this popular program.
Since 1985, the beginning of the school year has brought the annual call to “Choose your instrument!” as the League offers students in grades 4-6 the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument and perform in an orchestra or band. Continue reading “ALF Welcomes Aspiring Musicians”

Three Troop 398 Scouts Earn Eagle Honor

Theodore Chamberlain, a recent graduate of La Cañada High School, joined Boy Scout Troop 398 in 2013. He has benefitted in developing his leadership skills and deepened his value of community service through the Scouting program. His favorite times were overnight camping and Boy Scout camps. His Eagle Scout Project entailed rebuilding and restoring the softball field backstops at La Cañada High School.
The field is used by the high school teams and many other youth programs in the community on a year-round basis. The project was a team effort, thanks to all the support of friends and family, and particularly the amazing leadership of Boy Scout Troop 398.
Chamberlain enjoys sports and will continue playing his favorite game of football at Claremont McKenna College this fall.

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Obituary: Mary Lou Stremfel

Mary Lou Stremfel

Longtime La Cañada Flintridge resident and business owner Mary Lou Stremfel passed away July 22 after a short battle with cancer. Mary Lou retained her mischievous wit and childlike charm until the very end, and was surrounded by all five of her children at the time of her death.
The Stremfel family originally relocated from New York City in 1960. Both she and her husband, Joseph, were born and raised in Iowa.
Shortly after arriving in La Cañada Flintridge, her husband began opening local community pharmacies. Cal Med Pharmacy was opened in 1965. Then in 1969, the Stremfels opened Cal Med Pharmacy East (since renamed Flintridge Pharmacy).
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Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier

Michele Looney Gardenier

April 6, 1959-Aug. 3, 2017

Michele Looney Gardenier passed away peacefully with her family and friends by her side on Aug. 3, due to surgical complications. She is survived by her husband, William M. Gardenier, and her mother, sister, sister-in-law and four precious nieces. Their dad was her brother, Michael James Looney, who passed away in 2009 from cancer.
Michele was born on April 6, 1959, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from La Cañada High School in 1977. Her career was spent working with her dear friend James Pokorny at his law office, during which time she bravely fought and won her battle with lung cancer. Continue reading “Obituary: Michele Looney Gardenier”

Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements

Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.
Photo courtesy Jamie Lewsadder
Justin Hyon, Rucha Kadam, Kamyar Salahi and Kevin Mo spent two weeks on campus this summer collaborating on the Spartan Connect app that is now available for download by anyone interested in what’s going on at La Cañada High School.

High school might never be the same.
You know the familiar announcements promoting campus events that are piped into classrooms over the public address system each morning? At La Cañada High School, that tradition is no more. Continue reading “Student-Designed App Livens Up Announcements”

New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season

Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.
Photo courtesy Jill Weisleder / Los Angeles Dodgers
New to town: La Cañada Flintridge resident Dave Roberts recently guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to 43 victories in 50 games, a feat last achieved by the New York Giants in 1912.

Dave Roberts was a speedy outfielder who could jumpstart an offense with a bloop single or a stolen base, which is why the former leadoff man quickly became a favorite among Los Angeles Dodgers fans in 2002. Continue reading “New LCF Resident Guides Dodgers Toward Historic Season”