Long considered a Claremont institution, La Casita has served the Girl Scouts of the community for nearly 70 years. Nestled against a hillside at the base of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park, the cabin and the semi-rural five-acre site on Pomello Drive has helped to create irreplaceable memories for local Girl Scouts and their families since 1947.
“When I was a Brownie 40 years ago, I camped at La Casita with my troop,” says lifelong Claremont resident and Scout Leader Cecily Campbell Gonzale.
UPDATED: One of Claremont’s most acclaimed residents turned 100 on September 11, an occasion that has been marked with fitting jubilation.
On his big day, newly-minted centenarian Harrison McIntosh was feted with a party at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, were he lives with his wife Marguerite.
And this past Saturday, the ceramic artist held court at the opening of the American Museum of Ceramic Art’s retrospective, “HM100: a Century Through the Life of Harrison McIntosh. ”
The event drew more than 500 friends and fans, eager to see 100 works by Mr. McIntosh and to wish the artist a happy birthday.
UPDATED: Claremont business owners and residents thirsty for answers were left a bit parched on Wednesday afternoon following a panel discussion held at the DoubleTree Hotel on issues relating to Measure W.
The 90-minute water bond seminar, sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce, was well attended with roughly 75 audience members.
For Claremonters who’ve followed the water revenue bond issue, the answers that were to follow by the four panelists echoed previous declarations made in recent months. For those just getting up to speed, the discussion offered a little something for every argument.
Three male suspects attempted to steal the drive-up ATM at Chase Bank, located at 805 W. Foothill Blvd., on September 17 at approximately 3:20 a.m.
The suspects tried to use a large metal cable attached to a van to pull the ATM vault from inside the ATM housing. The suspects also arrived at the location on a green sport bike-style motorcycle. Their attempt was unsuccessful, so they fled, leaving the van at the scene. Two of the suspects left on the green motorcycle. The third suspect ran northbound on Mountain Avenue, but was not located after an extensive search by police.
All Claremont residents are invited to Claremont Day at the Los Angeles County Fair this Thursday, September 18. The fair is open from noon to 11 p.m. on Thursday.
In addition to discounted admission for residents, the day’s festivities include a Community Hero presentation at 4:15 p.m. in Court of the Redwoods followed by a parade at 5 p.m. This year’s Claremont heroes are Edgar Vargas, Robin Gottuso and Ginger Elliott.
Issues relating to Claremont’s ballot Measure W will be discussed at an informational water bond seminar sponsored by the Claremont Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, September 17 beginning at 11 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.
Business owners and residents are encouraged to attend the presentation that will include a panel discussion between Mayor Joe Lyons of the city of Claremont, Rodney Smith for Golden State Water, and Freeman Allen for citizen-groups Claremont Friends of Locally-Owned Water (Claremont FLOW) and Mark Sterba for Claremont Affordable Water Advocates (CAWA).
Members of the Claremont High School cross country team work out in the heat of the day on Monday at Memorial Park in Claremont. The team’s workout was highly curtailed. Due to the temperatures well over 100 degrees, coach Rob Lander had his team running at an easy pace and well below the usual six- to nine-mile distance. The heat wave has also forced the cancelation of Tuesday’s league cross country meet at Bonelli Park. More sports news in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Step through the shadows into the haunted heritage of the Claremont Village during this 75-minute family-friendly tour on Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.
Every tour will visit nine haunts, including Village businesses and college destinations. The experienced docents have researched and written the stories based on information and experiences of Village business owners and Claremont Colleges personnel. Ghostly apparitions may or may not appear.
The Claremont Hillsides Wilderness Park is currently closed due to a red flag warning issued by the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS issued the warning due to hot temperatures, low humidity, and increasing instability.
A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued and is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Monday for the mountains and adjacent foothills of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties due to hot temperatures and increasing instability.
The park will remain closed until tomorrow, Tuesday, September 16, at 8 a.m. at which time the conditions will be reevaluated.
Why would Beethoven, one of the most influential composers who ever lived, spend much of his final years creating nearly three-dozen variations on a waltz penned by a minor composer?
This question obsesses musicologist Katherine Brandt, the protagonist of Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations. The play, which made its Broadway debut in 2009, is being presented by the local theater company Ophelia’s Jump in conjunction with Pomona College.
What was intended as an informational mailer on Measure W may have put the city of Claremont in hot water after attracting the attention of a Claremont homeowners political action committee sponsored by Golden State Water.
“Stop the Water Tax—No on W,” previously referred to as “Stop the $135 Million Takeover,” has issued a cease and desist demand against the city, claiming that a mailer sent to Claremont voters earlier this month is advocacy-oriented and violates the laws against using public funds for campaign materials.
Newly promoted members of the Claremont Police force re-take their oaths of office on Tuesday during a promotion ceremony during the Claremont City Council meeting. The promoted officers are Captain Shelly Vander Veen, left, Lieutenant Lori Davenport, Sergeant Eric Huizar, Corporal Christopher Casas, Corporal Isaac Reyes and Reserve Officer Ben Alba. The COURIER congratulates all of the officers on their promotions. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
With Claremont’s rich art history, it was only a matter of time before the city began to envision a Public Art Master Plan with the community in mind and the intention of becoming a destination for art lovers nationwide.
On Tuesday, the city took another step in realizing their vision with the city council casting a unanimous vote to adopt the recommendations brought forth by the Architectural and Planning Commissions.
“I feel like a proud papa,” said Councilman Sam Pedroza. “I like that it’s not so black and white, that they’ll be some tweaks. It’s a great way to start!”
Residents are at the edge of their seats as the cities of Claremont and Riverside compete neck and neck, logging points at a steady rate to take first place in the 2014 CoolCalifornia City Challenge.
As of Tuesday, September 9, Claremonters participating in the challenge have racked up 1,626,501 points, gaining almost 30,000 points in the five days since our last update. Riverside maintains its first place status and continues to lead the pack with 1,705,248 points.
Claremont is only 78,747 behind Riverside…we can still take them!