Adventist Health Names Physician Hero of the Year

Michelle Jocson, Irene Bourdon and Marion Watson of Adventist Health Glendale honor Dr. Lance Lee.

Dr. Lance Lee was recently named Physician Hero of the Year by Adventist Health Glendale Foundation. He will receive his award at the AHGF Gala on Sunday, April 29. This year’s formal affair includes dinner, a live auction, entertainment and awards presentations.
“This is a distinctive honor because it is determined by our patients,” said Irene Bourdon, president of the Adventist Health Glendale Foundation. “The Foundation invites Adventist Health Glendale patients to nominate their personal physician “hero” — the doctor who, in their hearts and minds, is truly extraordinary and has made a life-changing difference in their lives.”
Since 1985, this event has raised millions of dollars to enhance patient care and support Adventist Health Glendale’s mission. For more information, contact the Foundation at (818) 409-8055 or visit

Dilbeck Hosts 23rd Annual Easter in the Park March 31

The public is invited to Dilbeck’s 23rd annual Easter in the Park. At 10 a.m. on March 31 at Memorial Park, the Easter Bunny will make an appearance, bringing along goodie bags for every child.
There also will be an egg hunt, face painting, balloon designs, a bouncy house and a bunny raffle.
Dilbeck sales partners, local businesses and area residents have supplied donations in support of the event. For more information, call (818) 790-6774.

‘Power of the Planet: Ice’ at Caltech March 17

Power of the Planet: Ice will be presented on Saturday, March 17, at 4 p.m. in Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium. This program is part of Caltech’s Science Saturdays series.
Ice may be nothing more than frozen water, but it holds extraordinary power. Descending deep down a frozen waterfall, this program looks at a glacier in action from below and discovers the huge Jacobshaven glacier is retreating, how it shaped our past and why it may now threaten our future. This is a BBC/National Geographic Channel US/ZDF co-production. Recommended for all ages.
Alex Robel, a Caltech Geological and Planetary Sciences NOAA Postdoctoral Scholar, will introduce the film and guide the post-screening discussion.
Tickets to this performance are priced at $10 (general admission). Tickets can be purchased at the Caltech ticket office, 1200 E. California Blvd., and at the Beckman Auditorium box office beginning one hour before the event.
Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. in Pasadena. For information, call the Caltech Ticket Office at (626) 395-4652.

No Outdoor Watering in LCF March 18-27

All residents and businesses in La Cañada Flintridge served by Valley Water Co., La Cañada Irrigation District and Mesa Crest Water Co. are asked to refrain from all outdoor water use, including irrigating lawns and landscaping, for up to 10 days beginning March 18 as an imported water pipeline inspection is scheduled. Residents are also asked to reduce indoor use where possible.
About 13,000 feet of Foothill Municipal Water District’s pipe, starting near the Rose Bowl and ending in La Cañada Flintridge, will undergo inspection during this period. The work requires halting imported water deliveries so that a robot may be lowered into the pipe to conduct an inspection. The results of the inspection will assist FMWD in determining any need for rehabilitation work. By inspecting and rehabilitating the pipe before there is a leak, emergency shutdowns and costlier repairs are avoided.
“We request that all customers conserve water to ensure adequate supplies for the duration of the shutdown,” stated General Manager Nina Jazmadarian. “During this period, our water utilities will rely on local water and other stored supplies to meet demands.”
Water agencies will alert customers by changing the Conservation Alert Status to (Red) Critical Conservation. Under this alert, watering or irrigating of lawn, landscape or other vegetated area with potable water is prohibited.
“The Critical Conservation alert sends a strong signal to La Cañada Flintridge residents to conserve water,” added district engineer Ken Herman. “We carefully coordinated and planned for taking the imported pipeline out of service. However, out of an abundance of caution, we request that residents heighten water conservation activities during this period.”
As soon as normal imported water service is restored, signage will be changed back to (Blue) Normal Conservation where customers are asked to adhere to the governor’s call for conservation as a way of life.
Customers may keep current with the shutdown and water availability on FMWD’s website at
For more information, contact the local water provider or FMWD at (818) 790-4036.

Local Students Receive DAR Honor

Photo courtesy Don José Verdugo Chapter, NSDAR
DAR Good Citizen chair Lynne Thompson (left) and Chapter Regent Caroline Craven (right) presented five local students with the prestigious DAR Good Citizen Award. Honored were Dalia Saklaway, Clark Magnet High School; Sophia Corbisiero, Flintridge Prep; Daniel Kim, Crescenta Valley High School; Leah Nagel, La Cañada High School; and Margaret “Maggie” Maguire, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy.

Members of the Don José Verdugo Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, honored local students during a luncheon meeting held recently at Oakmont Country Club and presented them with the Society’s prestigious Good Citizen Award.
The award, created by the National Society in 1934, is awarded to high school seniors who have been identified by their teachers and peers as possessing the qualities of leadership, dependability, service and patriotism in their homes as well as at school and in their communities. During the meeting, attended by parents, teachers and counselors, these five high-achieving students shared their aspirations for not only their future but their focus on faith, patriotism, teamwork, community and volunteerism.
Students include Dalia Saklaway, Clark Magnet, daughter of Amal Ezzeddine and Moe Saklaway with counselor Susan Howe; Sophia Corbisiero, Flintridge Prep, daughter of Raffaele and Lisa Corbisiero with teacher Lesley Fox; Daniel Kim, Crescenta Valley High School, son of You and Yeon Kim, attending with Master Sgt. Alvin Johnson, Ret., Corps Commander JROTC; Leah Nagel, La Cañada High School, daughter of Bill and Sarah Nagel, with counselor Amy Hernandez; and Margaret “Maggie” Maguire, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy with parents Dennis and Karen Maguire and counselor Rosemary Johnston.

LCHS 7/8 Science Olympiad Team Advances

Photo courtesy Genna Kern

LCHS 7/8 Science Olympiad contributors included (front row, from left) Genna Kern and Sanjeev Sehgal. Second row: Indu Sehgal, Aditya Sehgal, Kenny Wu, Nicholas Wu, Ryan Kuo, Steve Zimmerman, Elisa Booth and Ria Mandal. Third row: Max Konakov, Alex Konakov, Mackenzie Kwan and Ashly Lam. Fourth row: Addie Kern, Gabriel Gottheim, Eleni Menemenlis, Kate Zhang, Caitlyn Kwan, Joe Kwan and Michelle Kwan. Back: Joshua Gottheim, Bradley Kern, Brian Kern, Esan Mandal and Jeff Booth. Not pictured: coaches Laura Seropian and Vaishali Bhosale, Aria Wang, Ahan Kadam and Elyse Hwang.

Obituary: Christopher Michael Erskine IV

Christopher Michael Erskine IV

Christopher Michael Erskine IV, a resident of La Cañada Flintridge for 23 years, died in a traffic accident early Sunday while returning home from work on the 215 Freeway near San Bernardino. He was 32.
An avid outdoorsman, photographer and a lover of L.A. sports teams, Christopher attended Palm Crest Elementary, La Cañada High School and Glendale Community College.
He worked as an assistant for production companies in various capacities, including as a production assistant for the NFL Network. At the time of his death, he was a delivery man for nursing homes and elder-care facilities around Southern California.
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Drop Off Medication at CV Sheriff’s Station March 21

Anyone with medications they’d like to dispose of safely can do it on the morning of Wednesday, March 21, at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Instead of the drug drop-off bin that formerly was located outside the station until about three months ago, the department will host monthly drop-offs in the lobby, Lt. Mark Slater said.
“Someone will be sitting there, but still there will be no questions asked,” Slater said. “We just want to make sure it’s done safely, that things aren’t leaking and that medications are capped or in a plastic bag.”
Slater said in the past, medications often were mixed with “sharps” (or needles, for which there remains a permanent outdoor bin), left open and leaking, or sometimes dumped in bulk, likely by businesses handling a larger volume of supplies than residents use. Continue reading “Drop Off Medication at CV Sheriff’s Station March 21”

LCF Councilman Proposes Ways to Help Law Enforcement Curb Crime

While more than 700 La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation supporters were enjoying themselves Saturday evening at a gala in Downtown L.A., City Councilman Greg Brown was patrolling the streets of LCF.
He spent almost six hours on a ride-along with a Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputy, an experience that spurred several ideas. Brown shared several at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, hoping his suggestions might be put up for official discussion on a future agenda. Continue reading “LCF Councilman Proposes Ways to Help Law Enforcement Curb Crime”

LCF Robotics Team Headed to Regional Championship

Photo courtesy Elizabeth Krider
Laila Majid, Forrest Swain, Stephen Krider, Ethan Cohen, Tyler Reese and Julia Krider make up the Golden Gears tech team.

The La Cañada Flintridge Golden Gears First Technology Challenge team made history recently, becoming the first team from the city to qualify for the U.S. West Super Regional Championship FTC Tournament.
This weekend, the Golden Gears squad — which includes six members who all attend either La Cañada High School or LCHS 7/8 — will be among 72 teams competing in Spokane, Washington.
“It’s pretty crazy. We’ve never gotten this far,” said Stephen Krider, the Golden Gears’ team captain. “Normally, we only get to regionals, so I’m really excited. I’m expecting for our team to have fun, but I don’t have really high hopes for advancing past this one — although, if we get good partners and bad opponents, we have a good shot.” Continue reading “LCF Robotics Team Headed to Regional Championship”