LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade

Photo courtesy Risha family
LCF resident and Tournament of Roses Royal Court member Emilie Risha enjoys the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge again gained national attention during the Dodoas a local float won a special award and a student from LCF was prominently featured as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member.
The LCF Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School,” which drolly depicted playful, colorful birds, received the Bob Hope Humor Award. Meanwhile, city resident Emilie Risha could be seen at the televised parade with her fellow Rose Princesses and the Rose Queen.
Television coverage host Leeza Gibbons had kind words about “Dodo Bird Flight School” as it made its way on the 5.5-mile journey on Jan. 1 in Pasadena. The bright yellow and red float featured a number of avian characters, including one on a separate auxiliary float. The float proceeded along the route as Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly Away” boomed in the background. Continue reading “LCF Rose Princess, Witty Float Shine at Parade”

Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues

Keith Eich
Keith Eich

The question La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Keith Eich is asked the most is “Why are you running for public office?” The answer ties into his philosophy of giving back.
Eich, 40, is one of four candidates seeking three seats on the council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3. The others are incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter.
“I’ve been volunteering civically and in different things through nonprofits for a very long time,” Eich said. “I’m passionate about that. Giving back to the community, giving back to the organizations I’m part of. So I want to give back to our city. I think we have something special and I want to help keep it special.” Continue reading “Eich Lists Traffic, Crime Among City’s Top Issues”

Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff

Courtesy LCF Tournament of Roses Association
A sketch of “Dodo Bird Flight School” is a guide for volunteers laboring to build the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association’s whimsical Rose Parade float.

Ernest Koeppen strongly believes that the 2020 La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float “Dodo Bird Flight School” will take home an award from the upcoming 131st Rose Parade. Continue reading “Rose Parade Float From LCF Nears Takeoff”

Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment

Photo courtesy Michelle Mishina Pasadena Tournament of Roses
Emilie Risha, La Cañada Flintridge resident and Tournament of Roses 2020 Royal Court member, will participate in the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena.

La Cañada Flintridge resident Emilie Risha’s tenure as a Tournament of Roses Royal Court member has involved a whirlwind of community appearances and an onslaught of questions from devotees of the Pasadena tradition, but now her No. 1 focus is the 131st Rose Parade.
Risha, a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, will join the other young women of the court, led by Rose Queen Camille Kennedy, for the 5.5-mile journey by float on Wednesday, Jan. 1. “My brain immediately goes to being practical and thinking, ‘OK, when they pick me up at my house at 1:45 a.m., what am I going to have in my bag?’ and kind of thinking that way,” Risha said in a recent interview. “That’s the first way I’m thinking about it. But another part of my brain says, ‘OK, let’s try to really be present. Take it all in, have a big smile, take deep breaths, and ultimately I’m just super, super excited.”
Tournament President Laura Farber described Risha as a wonderful ambassador. Continue reading “Rose Court Princess Relishes the Moment”

LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings

Four candidates are seeking three seats on the La Cañada Flintridge City Council in the general municipal election to be held on March 3.
Council incumbents Leonard Pieroni and Terry Walker, LCF Public Works and Traffic Commissioner Keith Eich and former LCF Planning Commissioner Rick Gunter are running for positions that involve full four-year terms. Pieroni has been filling the revolving post of mayor. Continue reading “LCF Council Election: Four Candidates, Three Openings”

Flintridge Bookstore Will Move Into Bank’s Former Space

Photo by Wes Woods II / OUTLOOK
The building at 858 Foothill Blvd. will house the bookstore owned by Peter and Lenora Wannier, who plan a move in February.

The Flintridge Bookstore & Coffeehouse is set to move to the building formerly occupied by Citizens Business Bank for more than two decades — a space at the corner of Foothill Boulevard and Beulah Drive — and the Kumon Math and Reading Center will take up residence alongside it. Continue reading “Flintridge Bookstore Will Move Into Bank’s Former Space”

Santa, Snow, Royal Court Star at Festival in Lights

Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK The 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court named at the 25th annual Festival in Lights event on Friday, Dec. 6, includes Audrey Melillo, Grace Fontes, Allison Rayer, Ellaney Matarese and Reese Ramseyer.
Photo by Mary Emily Myers / OUTLOOK
The 2020 Miss La Cañada Flintridge Royal Court named at the 25th annual Festival in Lights event on Friday, Dec. 6, includes Audrey Melillo, Grace Fontes, Allison Rayer, Ellaney Matarese and Reese Ramseyer.

Katie Wilks and her 5-year-old son Gabe recently moved to La Cañada Flintridge from Vancouver, Canada, and upon arriving at the 25th annual Festival in Lights they had a sudden, snowy flashback at Memorial Park.
The last thing Wilks expected to see was thousands of pounds of snow. In a fenced-off play area for children 5 and older were seven tons of the stuff, some of it turned to slush by recent rain. Continue reading “Santa, Snow, Royal Court Star at Festival in Lights”

Radabaugh to Lead LCUSD Governing Board

Joe Radabaugh
Joe Radabaugh

La Cañada Unified District Governing Board members this week selected their new leaders for the next year, choosing Joe Radabaugh as president, Ellen Multari as vice president and Dan Jeffries as clerk.
Radabaugh, who was elected to the board on his first try in November 2017, takes over for outgoing President Brent Kuszyk. Congratulating Radabaugh — who touched briefly on his objectives — and the others at the general meeting on Tuesday, Kuszyk handed his successor a document he had prepared that included Governing Board tips and a calendar.
“This is a sign I have some homework to do,” Radabaugh said. He was selected as vice president last December, when Multari was chosen as clerk. Continue reading “Radabaugh to Lead LCUSD Governing Board”