Manager Receives Best Boss Recognition

Penny Ledbetter, president

C. Sanders Emblems, a San Fernando-based advertising specialty company, has announced that the promotional-product industry magazine PPB has named C. Sanders Emblems’ President Penny Ledbetter one of the industry’s best bosses of 2017.
The announcement comes as C. Sanders Emblems marks 60 years in business as one of the nation’s largest sellers of custom-made lapel pins. Ledbetter bought the company in 2007.
“It’s a tremendous honor, not to mention a surprise, and I’m especially excited about the publicity this award will bring to the company as a whole,” Ledbetter said. “I’m grateful to my employees for their hard work and support, and I’m all the more energized to make big things happen for a truly wonderful company.”
PPB has issued its annual list of managerial standouts each year since 2010.
This year, the editors received more than 90 reader nominations and selected 14 individuals for the distinction based on their “ability to create a great work environment, manage by empowerment, mentor their employees and make coming to work a joy.”
PPB is published monthly by Promotional Products Association International, a nonprofit organization representing more than 10,000 member companies. The magazine’s 2017 Best Bosses list will be published in its forthcoming October issue.

Fitness Options for Everyone at the Community Center

They’re having healthy fun at the Community Center of La Cañada Flintridge, with a variety of new fitness courses.
• Parents Play Too: Fitness and well-being for busy parents, empowering them to be role models for their children. The course offers functional fitness programs for parents of all ability levels during preschool and kids’ extracurricular programs.
Session Starts: Sept. 8
Meets: 3:45 p.m. Fridays
Fee: $200 for 11 sessions
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All Aboard the August Happy Hour

David Kirchheimer gives Bill Pounders and Chuck Terhune a train ride at the event.
Photos courtesy Alison Davitt
Mayor Michael Davitt and state Sen. Anthony Portantino were among 85 supporters at the recent La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour.

The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s August Happy Hour recently was hosted by Sherry and David Kirchheimer at their beautiful home on Flintridge Avenue.
More than 85 float supporters and enthusiasts enjoyed riding the miniature Flintheim Railroad, built by the Kirchheimers. The evening had a magical feeling created by the Disney-like environment of the frontier railway. The grounds of the home were freshly manicured with beautiful green lawns and flowers in abundance — just like being at Disneyland. Guests enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres when not riding the railway through the Kirchheimers’ backyard.
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Former Sheriff’s Psychologist, LCF Resident, Found Guilty of Child Molestation

A La Cañada Flintridge man faces life in prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a young boy and girl between 2013-2015, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
After three days of deliberation last week, jurors found 45-year-old Michael Dane Ward, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s Department psychologist, guilty of four counts of lewd act on a child under 14, three counts of oral copulation of a child 10 years old or younger and one count of sodomy with a child younger than 10, the D.A. said. Continue reading “Former Sheriff’s Psychologist, LCF Resident, Found Guilty of Child Molestation”

Obituary: Kevin Joseph Dowling

Kevin Joseph Dowling

On Aug. 18 at 2:55 p.m., Kevin Joseph Dowling went to be with his dad. Kevin passed away surrounded by people he loved; his mom, girlfriend and all his brothers and sisters. He also is survived by his many cousins, aunts and uncles, and the lives he touched as a St. Francis football coach. He truly showed everyone what it meant to be Kevinstrong, and we will never forget his ability to show strength, courage and love throughout his long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
He was always able to bring a smile to everyone’s face and the number of people who were there for him during his last days is a tribute to the number of lives he touched.
We will be celebrating Kevin’s life Friday night at La Cañada Country Club at 7 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Bede Church on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the kevinstrong55 scholarship, with checks made payable to St. Francis High School, or visit the website

Obituary: Robert Walter Rowley

Robert Rowley

Robert “Bob” Walter Rowley, died on Saturday, July 22. He died peacefully at home in La Cañada Flintridge at the age of 82. His death was the result of complications from congestive heart failure.
Bob is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Norma Rowley, eldest son Don Rowley and wife Gigi Rowley, granddaughters Darla and Alana Rowley, and youngest son Jim Rowley; brother David Rowley and wife Del Rowley and their daughters Kathy Bork (husband Stan Bork), Chris Linkletter (husband Scott Linkletter) and Kim Rowley-Rodriguez (husband Carlos Rodriguez). Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jeff and Dorothy Rowley.
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LCUSD Assistant Superintendent Departs for Ventura

Jeff Davis

La Cañada Unified School District will lose its assistant superintendent of human resources when Jeff Davis starts a new job with the Ventura County School District next month.
Beginning Sept. 1, Davis will serve as the assistant superintendent of certificated human resources with the much larger district whose student population exceeds 17,000. Davis, who lives in Thousand Oaks, also will cut his current hourlong commute in half.
During his two years with LCSUD, Davis helped broker a hard-fought deal with the La Cañada Teachers Association. During the 2015-16 school year, Davis was at the table for 90-plus hours of negotiations before the district and LCTA reached an agreement that sufficiently closed the gap between the compensation earned by LCUSD’s teachers and those at similar high-performing districts.
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Solar Eclipse Dazes Young Gazers

Through freshman George Kamar’s pair of special safety glasses, Monday’s solar eclipse looked “a little like Pac-Man.”
It reminded senior Anthony Khalil of “a doughnut about to be eaten.”

Seventh-grader Irina Penanen described it as “the sun, with a slice out of it.”
In sync with campuses across the nation, students at La Cañada High School covered their eyes with “eclipse glasses” — 250 of which were donated by Jet Propulsion Laboratory — and peered skyward as the morning cooled slightly and its light gradually dimmed as the moon’s shadow grew on the Earth.

Freshman George Kamar said Monday’s solar eclipse looked “like Pac-Man.”

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Graffiti Scrawled on Cars and Fence Rattles Residents

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department is investigating a potential hate crime related to graffiti spray-painted on two cars and a wooden fence last weekend on Lamour Drive.

Photo courtesy Joy Neilson
The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible hate crime related to disparaging messages spray-painted on two cars and a fence last weekend at separate residences on Lamour Drive.

The graffiti, though difficult to decipher, seems to include the words: “kill women evil,” “evil women” and “honor.” It was left at three residences.
Joy Neilson, whose daughter drives one of the vandalized vehicles, said they’re dumbfounded about who did it.
“It was just ugliness: ‘Kill women?’ Ugliness,” Neilson said. “Was it random? Was it targeted? The lady up the street [whose car also was vandalized] is the same religion; could that be it? I could let my mind spin on for hours.”
Sgt. Alan Chu agreed that without more evidence, it’s difficult to determine motive or culprit.
“This is a new one to me,” Chu said. “It’s isolated in one [area], not all over town, so that’s usually one person angry at something. I’m not sure how, but it sounds to me like somebody is angry at somebody.
“Or it could be totally random.”
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Target’s Arrival Stoking Range of Reactions

Opening Day is almost a year away, but the community of La Cañada Flintridge is abuzz — cheering and worrying — about the Target that’s going to set up shop in the Town Center.
News broke last week that the nation’s second-largest general merchandise retailer signed to open in the former Sport Chalet space next July. When asked, local shoppers have had no problem identifying what it is they’d purchase: pajamas, pet supplies, toothpaste, clothes, books, DVDs, school supplies, makeup, underwear.
“I go to Target all the time in Eagle Rock or Pasadena,” said Darlene Underwood, who already visits the Town Center regularly to have coffee and a bite with her friends Marlene Rust and Mary Anderson. “This will be just more convenient.”
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