Stephanie Shumny | Obituary

Stephanie Shumny

Stephanie Shumny passed away peacefully in her home in Glendale on April 7, 2021. She was 92.
Chased from her home as a young girl in Striy, Ukraine, Stephanie immigrated as a displaced person to America in 1947, learned English, and became a proud American citizen. Through hard work and a disciplined business focus, she built a solid platform for her family to fulfill her American dream. Sons Daniel, Roman and George; grandkids Natasha, Nicholas and Daniel, and their families could not be prouder of her legacy.
Service to be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on April 27, 2021, at 12 noon.

Michael Charles Hanna | Obituary

Mike Hanna

Michael (Mike) Charles Hanna died in his sleep on March 2, 2021, at age 55.
Mike was born in Detroit, Michigan, and his engineering talents took him to work in California, Oregon, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He invented technologies used by major corporations around the world, and was deeply passionate about his work.
A childhood visit to Marineland sparked a lifelong interest in scuba diving for Mike, and he loved to travel the world to discover new diving spots. His scientific knowledge and expertise were balanced with deep interest in literature, economics, politics, philosophy, and climate action; his passion for any subject or cause he took up was intense. Mike’s family and friends will greatly miss his powerful intellect, wry sense of humor, and holiday visits, as well as the stream of stunning photos from his travels.
In his later years, Mike developed a strong interest in spirituality, and had long and lively conversations with friends and family about Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism. His favorite book was Robert Penn Warren’s 1946 novel “All The King’s Men,” and he loved music ranging from the punk poetry of Henry Rollins to the classics of jazz. He also had a passion for art and architecture, particularly of the mid-20th century.
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City Hall is Now Open

As Los Angeles County moved into the less restrictive orange tier on Monday, La Cañada Flintridge City Manager Mark Alexander announced that City Hall is officially open one year after closing its doors to walk-in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Though it is only a partial re-opening, Alexander said hours will be extended when the county moves into the least restrictive yellow tier. Meanwhile, the public can visit without an appointment Tuesday-Thursday between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., but staff recommends making appointments online. Mayor Mike Davitt is hopeful that the City Council will soon be able to hold a meeting in council’s chambers.

‘Welcome’ Group Kicks Off to Connect Newer Residents

There’s nothing quite like a year of pandemic isolation to make one start dreaming of barbecues, pool parties and community events again, especially with spring in bloom, vaccines underway and declining COVID case numbers promising a new dawn of socialization.
With that in their purview, one small group of newly minted residents is spearheading an effort to kick off the La Cañada Flintridge Welcome Association, a group meant to help “new to town” families and individuals to become better acquainted with each other, the city, civic organizations and the charms and idiosyncrasies of living in the Foothills. The new group would revamp a former organization known as the La Cañada Newcomers and Social Club, which had a social-connection flare that appears to have fallen by the wayside perhaps more than a decade ago.
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Starbucks’ Traffic Causing Some Headaches

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A Starbucks on Foothill Boulevard (near Ocean View) does not allow left turns in or out of the location, but drivers still attempted to make the turns. Bollards have now been added to prevent cars from making illegal turns.

A Starbucks in western La Cañada Flintridge is causing quite a stir among residents, who have complained about the traffic near the coffee shop located on 2230 Foothill Blvd.
The location, which was formerly an El Pollo Loco, is one of the newer Starbucks that features a drive-thru but that convenience and service has brought more headaches for locals. The backup of vehicles traveling eastbound on Foothill Boulevard is notable and has raised several safety concerns.
Patrick DeChellis, the city’s director of Public Works, addressed the issue during a virtual city council meeting on Tuesday.
“A traffic engineer looked at the situation and there’s a lot going on,” he said.
The city re-striped the area to not allow left turns in and out of the location but drivers still attempted to make the turns. Bollards have now been added to prevent cars from making illegal turns.
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Flint Canyon Trail Repairs Top City Council’s ‘Wish List’

The La Cañada Flintridge City Council approved an application to seek federal funding for at least one of four city projects during a meeting on Tuesday.
Staff was recently contacted by the office of Congressman Adam Schiff notifying them of the opportunity to apply for federal funding and that the application was due on Friday, April 9.
With very little time to evaluate more options, LCF Division Manager Ann Wilson presented four projects — Flint Canyon Trail repairs, Community Center renovation, air conditioning for Lanterman Auditorium and the construction of soundwall segments — that possibly fit the criteria of the funding and asked the city council to rank them.
The four City Council members in attendance — councilmember Rick Gunter was not present — all agreed to place the Flint Canyon Trail repair at the top of the list. The city has attempted to secure funding for the repair and restoration of the downslope of Flint Canyon Trail for years. LCF was successful in receiving a $300,000 grant from the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy but that only covers a small portion of the overall cost, which is estimated at $6 million.
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Former LCHS Star Named State’s Top Female Scholar-Athlete

By Alex Leon
Special to Outlook Valley Sun

Tess Oakley-Stilson

Tess Oakley-Stilson remembers the exact day, hour and minute her life changed forever.
It was 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2018, and she was either going to make the computer keystroke to commit to UC San Diego or take another path after graduating from La Cañada High School. Her basketball career would be over, months after earning Rio Hondo League MVP honors, if she moved on to San Diego or she could take a gap year to figure out her options.
But Glendale Community College head women’s basketball coach Joel Weiss kept calling with a reminder that playing at the community college level was an option. After visiting the college shortly after, she decided to become a Lady Vaquero and her life would never be the same.
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Spartans Happy To Be Back On the Mat

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Cameron Fernando was one of three Spartans to record a victory over San Clemente in an outdoor dual meet last week.

As a former athlete and the current La Cañada High School wrestling coach, Justin Luthey has seen and experienced just about everything in the sport except what took place at San Clemente High School last week.
The Spartans traveled to take on the Tritons in a dual meet, but it wasn’t inside a gymnasium. San Clemente set up mats outside with canopies over them to provide shade for the wrestlers. It wasn’t the most ideal setting for a season opener, but it’s one that Luthey will gladly take after a year of schools and athletics being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
La Cañada won in three weight categories but lost the match, 53-12. However, the result didn’t seem to bother Luthey or his athletes.
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Spartans Beat Glendale, Improve Record to 2-1

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LCHS junior defensive end Ian Phillips brings down a Glendale player during the Spartans’ 40-19 victory last Friday. La Cañada will host Rio Hondo League rival San Marino this Friday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

There was no stopping La Cañada High School quarterback Ivan Ostry. The senior put on another show last Friday and led the Spartans to 40-13 nonleague victory over host Glendale at Moyse Field.
Ostry had touchdown runs of 13, 75, 43 and 69 yards to help the Spartans improve to 2-1 on the season. The senior transfer from Rosemead tallied 264 rushing yards and also caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Macky Plocher.
“It was a good game for us,” said LCHS head coach Jason Sarceda, whose team was successful on all five two-point conversions. “The last two games, we’ve been able to get the whole team in on the action. In a season like this, it’s good to spread the ball around. We did what we needed to do offensively.”
The Spartans wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Ostry weaved his way past defenders to score the first touchdown of the game in less than two minutes.
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ALF Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals Provides Meals to USC-VHH

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CAP member Astrid Soegaard receives lunches from a Penelope’s employee for front-line workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital.

The Assistance League of Flintridge’s auxiliary, Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals (CAP), have provided meals to frontline workers at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on four occasions this year.
After having provided meals to USC-VHH in the spring of 2020, CAP member Astrid Soegaard suggested a second round of meals be provided. CAP membership unanimously supported this proposal.
The project was coordinated through the website Meal Train Plus, which was established to support COVID-19 front-line workers at USC-VHH.
Local businesses Penelope’s, Gelsinger’s and Stella’s were enthusiastic participants in the philanthropic project, providing lunches and dinners.
CAP members participate in five philanthropic programs: Scholarships, Cappy Bears, SPROUTS, and CAP Care PACs, and work with Assistance League of Flintridge in Operation School Bell. CAP philanthropies are supported by sales in the Bargain Box thrift shop, which includes toy sales.
To learn more about Cañada Auxiliary of Professionals, CAP philanthropic programs, social activities and membership, visit ALFlintridge.org or call (818) 790-1328.