John Barrett—“Jack” to his friends—has a couple of standby jokes. The first one has to do with his US Army rank during World War II, “PFC,” or Private First Class.
“You know what that is?” he asked. “That’s a private, buckin’ to be a civilian!”
The other involves asking folks if they’d like to see his Army discharge papers. He then grins and pulls out a tiny, miniaturized copy that he’s been carrying it in his wallet since 1946. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
High in the mountains south of Sedona, Arizona a small tree defies the odds by growing what looks like right out of rock. This is just one of numerous amazing sights when driving through one of Arizona's most beautiful cities. COURIER photo/Peter Weinberger
David Overoye was awakened early Saturday morning by something many hillside residents fear—a family car getting torn apart by a bear.
Mr. Overoye, who lives on Briney Point Road in Live Oak Canyon, is used to seeing bears in the area. He even set up a hidden camera to capture images of bears sucking the sugar water out of his hummingbird feeder. So when he first heard a thumping sound in front of his house around 2 a.m., he thought nothing of it.
Residents are invited to enjoy the fall planting festival at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but members may enter early at 8 a.m.
The seasonal opening of the grow native nursery at RSABG includes an amazing selection of native plants, succulent arrangements and wreaths made by the native designs florist team.
Get healthy at the fall information fair and flu shot clinic. This event will feature a wide variety of information booths, service providers and health screenings. Free flu shots will also be offered in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Employees from the Inland Valley Humane Society (IVHS) will begin conducting neighborhood canvasses in the next two weeks, according to the Claremont Police Department.
The employees, who will have an identification badge and IVHS paperwork, will be insuring compliance with the city’s dog licensing requirements.
The Kiwanis Club of Claremont celebrated their 94th installation of officers and directors earlier this month at an awards dinner.
Leading the club this year as president will be Fulton Eaglin. Serving as officers will be Jim Wylie, secretary; Mike Rodriguez, treasurer; president-elect Penny Myrdal; first vice president Raul Rodriguez; and immediate past president Sue Keith.
Longtime Claremont resident Coralie “Corki” Szijj recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Garden for more than 30 years of volunteer work.
The city of Los Angeles presented the distinction to Ms. Szijj for her 30 years of serving as a docent at the zoo. She was co-chairman of youth workshops, and helped to launch the zoo’s sunset safaris and sleep overs.
The Claremont city council reversed its direction from over a year ago on Tuesday night, voting unanimously in favor of an overpass at Indian Hill Boulevard for the upcoming Gold Line extension. The vote comes over a year after the council rejected the Gold Line Construction Authority’s offer to build a bridge over Claremont’s main thoroughfare.
The city and Pomona College have settled with two groups who filed complaints over the college’s Museum of Art project.
The groups, Citizens to Save College Avenue and Claremonters for Honest Governance, agreed to drop their complaints entirely and refrain from disrupting museum planning and construction.
Claremont has dropped its appeal against Golden State Water Company, putting and end to their quest to take over the water system.
Under the settlement deal, the city will pay GSW $2 million by the end of 2017, and will pay an annual interest payment of $234,040 each year over 12 years, with a total interest payment of $2,808,480.
Longtime Claremont resident John Barrett was just 18-years-old when he was drafted into the United States Army, first Calvary Division in February of 1943 and sent into combat during World War II. A year later he was part of the invasion of Manila, Philippines and the liberation of the Santo Tomas University where American citizens were being held. Years later he met Gertrude Feely through Claremont Methodist church and learned that she was one of the people at Santo Tomas he had help to free from the Japanese. More about Mr. Barrett’s story can be read in our next edition.
If you’ve been in Claremont for more than 45 seconds, you’ve probably been at the Village West public plaza.
The plaza, part of the massive village expansion project completed in 2007, has quickly become the meeting place for Claremonters hoping to catch a nice bite to eat, see a good film or grab a hot cup of coffee. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Claremont’s love story with the Village dates back to its earliest roots.
Yale Avenue, which once offered only a shoe repair shop, a gas station and hardware store, is now jam-packed with options from women’s clothing at Amelie to coffee and pastries at Some Crust or browsing for treasures at Barbara Cheatley’s.
The Village now offers more than 150 shops, restaurants, bakeries, galleries and boutiques, giving shoppers plenty to do—and buy—when visiting the City of Trees.