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”
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”
The La Cañada High School Spartans — and every other user group that runs, jumps and tackles on the field at the school — is a step closer to having new turf. The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a $728,697 project to replace the field and the padding beneath it. Continue reading “LCUSD Approves New Turf at High School”
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”
Paco’s Barber Shop, on the market since late last summer, remains for sale not because the local institution hasn’t received interest from would-be buyers but because none of them made the cut. Continue reading “Barber is Particular About Snipping Ties With Paco’s”
Should the city of La Cañada Flintridge be advocating for water-conserving landscaping? Should it be working with local schools to encourage students to walk or bike to classes? Should it be encouraging construction and demolition projects to divert 90% or more of material from landfill through reuse and recycling programs? Continue reading “How Green Can the City Be?”
Showers and additional water use restrictions related to a temporary imported water shutdown helped reduce water usage by Foothill Municipal Water District customers by 34% in March as compared to the same month in 2013, according to the agency. Continue reading “LCF Residents Reduce Water Use Significantly in March”
Teacher compensation was at the forefront of discussion during a special meeting of the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board on Monday.
The board gathered to review this forthcoming Local Control Accountability Plan, which establishes annual goals and specific actions required for funding approval from the county. Continue reading “Schools See Need to Raise Teachers’ Salaries”
La Cañada Elementary School Principal Emily Blaney made it a point to tell students participating in Spelling Bees on her campus and later at the district office that while most of them would be knocked out, they could find consolation knowing they’d never forget how to spell the word on which they were eliminated.
She’s proof. Ceaselessly got her once. But never again.
LCE 6th-grader Gabriel Gottheim didn’t have to miss sabbatical or demarcate or memorabilia for those words to earn a permanent place in his memory bank. Continue reading “At County Spelling Bee, LCE 6th Grader is I-n-v-i-n-c-i-b-l-e”
Jonathan Curtis said he couldn’t have imagined when he joined the Planning Commission eight years ago that he’d become mayor of La Cañada Flintridge. But before a full house on Tuesday evening at City Hall, the 20-year resident of the city accepted the role as veteran councilman Dave Spence finished his record sixth term as mayor. Continue reading “Curtis is New Mayor; Spence is Lauded”