It’s a strange turn of events that finds a mild-mannered urologist owning two priceless instruments, each representing the pinnacle of violinmaking.
The long story short is that in the 1980s, Dr. William “Bill” Sloan was given the chance to purchase the penultimate pair—a 1714 Stradivarius and a 1742 Guarneri violin—for $400,000 and $300,000, respectively.
The economy may be on the upswing, but several Claremont businesses took a hit last week when thieves broke in after hours and made off with their profits. The Sheriff of Nottingham was nowhere to be found when two thieves entered the Sherwood Florist between 5:30 p.m. on May 26 and 7:30 a.m. on May 27 and made off with two cash registers, a surveillance camera and company credit cards.
Golden State Water Company held a public meeting last Thursday to help Claremont customers better understand new mandatory water use restrictions and to offer information on conservation rebates and programs.
Pomona College unveiled the latest addition to its string of new buildings this week with the opening of Millikan Laboratory and a renovated Andrew Science Hall. The new structure replaces the original Millikan building, which was built in 1958 as part of the Seaver science complex. In recent years, the college felt Millikan was aging, with problems that included a cracked foundation and a structure that did not permit sustainability improvements.
It should be no surprise to anyone following the closing of the Claremont Golf Course last year, that the once green fairways and putting greens now take on golden brown drought colors. This aerial view looking west, shows Claremont High School in the background, the old driving range center right, and several holes located on top of the small hill overlooking the course. The University Consortium, who manages the property for the Claremont Colleges, has not mentioned any future plans for the land. Click to see our spectacular aerial video of the former golf course. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
Claremont High and San Antonio High will host combined commencement ceremonies Thursday, June 11 beginning at 5 p.m. at CHS. Baccalaureate for seniors and their families will take place this Sunday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Claremont United Church of Christ.
Foothill Country Day School will host an intimate assembly on Friday, June 5 to honor Eleanor Pierson, the school’s longest-serving member of the faculty. Mrs. Pierson, who has worked at Foothill Country Day for 50 years, is retiring.
Want a Claremont-friendly garden? Want to eliminate your lawn but keep your trees? Attend a free, low-water landscaping expo on Sunday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Claremont Craft Ales will host a fundraiser Saturday, June 6, which will include a silent auction with paintings donated by Richard Martinez and Mitchell Martinez, photography by Ramak Fazel and Kurt Beardsley, a stone sculpture by Jim Coffman and additional pieces by Shaheen Beardsley, Chris Darrow, Annie Marquis, Karen Neiuber and other local artists.
Pétanque, an outdoor game similar to both horseshoes and the Italian bowling game Bocce, is fun for players of all ages and skill levels. As of May 31, players will meet each Sunday at 5 p.m. at the east end of June Vail Park at Grand Avenue and Bluefield Drive. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (909) 399-5488.
Camp Claremont is offered one-week camps at Cahuilla Park, 1775 N. Indian Hill Blvd., from June 15 through August 7. The camp, which is for first through eighth graders, runs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weekly enrollment is $15 (non-refundable) and there is a one-time, non-refundable fee of $10 at the time of registration. Lunch will be provided for an additional $20 per week.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be training and clearing brush in the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park in anticipation of fire season. The park will be closed to the public Monday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 10 in the mornings and will reopen to the public at 1 p.m. each day.
Squeakin’ Wheels and Ellen Harper perform on the Oak Tree Stage Saturday afternoon during the 32nd Claremont Folk Festival at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Beside all the great music the festival featured storytelling musical workshops, environmental art and food booths. COURIER photo/Vickie Rosenberg
Claremont citizens crowded a multipurpose room at El Roble Intermediate School on Thursday to hear Golden State Water’s Ben Lewis speak about new water restrictions in the city. Mr. Lewis gave a brief presentation and then took questions from the audience most of which were about increased water costs due to the drought. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff