The Claremont Colleges’ Robert J. Bernard Field Station—an academic resource for the Claremont Colleges and local community for decades—burned last week, leaving behind 17 acres of charred remains and numerous concerns over the resulting impact on environmental research. However, amid disaster, Claremont College faculty and students have found opportunity.
Academics have inundated the local field station following last week’s blaze, eager to take advantage of the opportunity to study in Claremont’s new fire ecology. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The crowds, whirling rides and colorful attractions of the LA County Fair, now in its 90th year, are certainly a lot to take in, but Claremont resident Dr. Donald Huber finds himself at home amid the commotion. It’s the excitement and fanfare that have drawn the local doctor to volunteer at the fairgrounds for over a decade.
When not practicing medicine, which he has done for the past 50 years—40 in the City of Trees—Mr. Huber enjoys spending his time volunteering, whether with the YMCA, Casa Colina or the Claremont Colleges.
The Pomona Valley Chapter of Progressive Christians Uniting, joined by the Claremont Democrats, the Claremont chapter of MoveOn.org and the Pomona Valley Interfaith Sustainability Council, will participate in a nation-wide protest against the Keystone XL Pipeline this Saturday, September 21. The local demonstrators will gather at the intersection of Indian Hill Boulevard and Foothill Boulevard from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Ask and you shall receive. In classic Claremont fashion, the request for details on Connie & Dick's Service Center was answered. Dick Bixel’s son, Claremont resident Jim Bixel, provided a copy of an undated COURIER article and, along with Connie’s great-granddaughter, a sixth-grader at Sumner Elementary, provided the details we were looking for. A huge thanks to them for sharing.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has awarded the city of Claremont the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The Claremont Museum of Art will hold its fall gala, “A Wondrous Evening: Celebrating the Watercolor World of Phil Dike,” on Saturday, September 21 at Scripps College in conjunction with the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery’s exhibition, “Chasing Daylight: Philip Latimer Dike, 1927-1943.”
Director of the Bernard Field Station Wallace Meyer surveys a portion of the burn area on Tuesday, less than a week after a fire scorched 17 acres at the field station. Scientists and students alike are interested in studying the affects of the fire on the field station’s ecosystem, including the possibility that long-dormant plant species may sprout once the rains begin. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont businesswoman Becky Kachlik uses peer-to-peer website Airbnb to find tenants for her vacation rental in South Lake Tahoe. Airbnb, a 5-year-old company based in San Francisco, is part of a new trend in online commerce where people rent out the things they own for others to use. Called the sharing economy or collaborative consumption, estimated revenue flowing through these sites is expected to top $3.5 billion this year. Ms. Kachlik finds that the site provides a more personal connection with potential renters which makes her more comfortable with the transaction. More in our next edition. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Step through the shadows into the haunted Village heritage during this 75-minute, family-friendly tour on Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Every tour will visit 9 haunts including Village businesses and college destinations. The experienced, professional 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.
San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control is putting locals on heightened alert after the West Nile Virus was found in a chicken coop located in northeast Claremont late last week.
Vector Control keeps 10 coops throughout the San Gabriel Valley where chickens are tested every 10 days to 2 weeks for antibodies associated with the West Nile Virus. On Thursday, September 12, at the coop located north of the Claremont Colleges, one chicken tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.
Active Claremont invites the public to a Q&A on water system ownership on Thursday, September 19. The event takes place at 7 p.m. in the Padua Room of the Hughes Center, located at 1700 Danbury Road in Claremont.
Richard Hajas of OjaiFlow—a grassroots effort to take water ownership away from Golden State Water Company—will be the featured speaker.
At its fall opening meeting this Sunday, September 15, the local League of Women Voters will celebrate its 75th anniversary by illustrating past accomplishments with storytelling lead by Barbara Rugeley and by looking toward its future challenges with table talks led by board members and past presidents.
The fire started just before 1 p.m. directly behind LeRoy Haynes Center and quickly grew in the dry brush spreading into adjacent Live Oak Canyon. About 200 people were evacuated from homes in and around the canyon, including the Briney Point neighborhood where several homes were threatened. Students at both the LeRoy Haynes Center and the Webb Schools were also evacuated. At about 3:30 p. m. firefighters had the blaze largely contained to 40 acres but will be monitoring the burn area and putting out hot spots into the night. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Hamilton Two Twelve co-owner Pam Wolfe, left, not only has a keen eye for quality furniture but also works to customize products for the store’s customers. Above, sales consultant Katina Pou assists Ms. Wolfe with the final touches on a set of kitchen chairs for a customer. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger