The 90th annual Los Angeles County Fair opened on Friday to large crowds who came out to celebrate the end of summer and the Labor Day weekend in a classic American way. This year’s event features traditional county fair attractions like farm animal exhibits, home and garden displays, the carnival and of course fried food. The fair will be open Wednesday through Sunday until September 30 at the Fairplex in Pomona. More photos in Wednesday’s edition. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
A cyclist heads for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park as a large smoke cloud develops over the distant mountains on Sunday in Claremont. The Williams Fire started around 2 p.m. near East Fork Road and Highway 39 in Angeles National Forest and has grown to over 4000 acres according to local news reports. The COURIER will monitor the fire’s progress and will have further updates if it approaches the Claremont area.
Fair Trade Claremont seeks team for national conference
Fair Trade Claremont is looking to build a team to represent the organization at the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference from October 26-28 in Chicago.
The conference will bring together leaders and organizers from Fair Trade Towns and Fair Trade Colleges and Universities as well as newcomers to the Fair Trade movement. See other news briefs with entire story link.
On Villa Maria and State Street in north Claremont, members of the Keeping the Good in Our Neighborhood (KGNH) community organization prepare for the annual KGNH block party on Saturday, September 8, from 5 to 10 p.m.
What began as a monthly neighborhood potluck has turned into a dedicated community watch group within the borders of the north Claremont neighborhood and beyond.
“In today’s day and age, a lot of neighbors tend to stick inside their homes and engage in community in other places than on their street,” said local Betty Crocker.
With 6 candidates new to Claremont voters, the COURIER is sitting down with each candidate to help acquaint locals with their potential new representation. Candidates for the 25th State Senate, 27th Congressional and 41st State Assembly districts will be presented in a series of profiles within the next 6 issues.
Republican Gil Gonzales—a 2003 Pitzer graduate running for the 25th State Senate District, including Claremont—looks to bring a personal perspective to Sacramento if elected this November.
Faith leaders and community members from throughout the Pomona Valley and the surrounding area are again set to join in the annual “Interfaith Walk for Peace and Service on Sunday, September 9, beginning at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Claremont Interfaith Working Group for Mid-East Peace, and this year's walk is the fourth fall gathering of this type the group has sponsored.
The rules were simple. Just paste your
best rainbow photo to our Facebook wall
and let the Claremont COURIER staffers
pick their favorite.
The contest was the brain-child of
Photo Editor Steven Felschundeff, who
took his daily bicycle ride through the
Wilderness Park sans camera, missing the
spectacular double-rainbow that arched
Claremont resident Holger Paetau
shot this lovely photograph as the double
rainbow hugged Pooch Park. The “nice
light” atop the sycamore tree sealed the
deal for Mr. Felschundeff.
Members of the Claremont High School girls tennis team share a laugh over the unusual summer rainstorm on Thursday at CHS. The girls had just started their pre-season match against Walnut High School when the deluge started forcing the competition to be cancelled. The Pack’s tennis program has been very strong for the last few years and this year is looking good with several players returning. More in Saturday’s edition. COURIER photo / Steven Felschundneff
Freshman Alex Meyer, 13, listens as his film history teacher Richard O’Neill details the course description on Wednesday during the first day of the fall semester at Claremont High School. The first day of high school can be a confusing and intimidating experience but Alex adapted well by arriving early to locate his locker, find his first class, and connect with friends. More in Saturday’s edition. COURIER Photo / Steven Felschundneff
Classes at the Claremont Colleges begin on September 4, but the fall semester is starting with a bang, not a whimper. Shocked freshmen Jun Park, left, reacts to streakers during freshmen orientation Sunday evening at Pomona College Bridges Hall of Music in Claremont. The traditional streaking consisted of upperclassmen running from the stage, to the entrance. Check out other events going on at the Claremont Colleges this fall. COURIER photo/Cameron Barr
The season of neighborhood barbecues, block parties and concerts in the park may be drawing to a close, but the streets of Claremont are gearing to stay just as busy with eyes set on September.
Among events locals eagerly anticipate along with the dropping of the fall leaves is the annual Vintage Village Wine Walk, taking place in the Claremont Village this year on Saturday, September 15. Not surprising given ticket sales from past wine walks, this year’s event is selling out quickly.
The local water fight continues, as groups remain at odds over recent allegations.
In its reply comments submitted to the Public Utilities Commission, Golden State Water, the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) and The Utility Reform Network (TURN) allege that numerous cities including Claremont did not fully participate in the settlement process that led to the early August water rate settlement with Golden State Water Company.
The north parking lot of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park will be closed beginning Tuesday, September 5, as construction to expand the lot continues. The closure will allow the contractor to begin demolition of the existing asphalt, according to the city manager’s weekly report. Despite lot closure, the park entrance will remain open. Parking in the southern lot and on Mills Avenue will still be available.
The exhibits, animals and deep fried goodness return this week with the opening of the 90th annual LA County Fair. The confections and carnival rides continue from Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 30.
Claremonters are welcome to take part in a special Claremont Day Celebration held on Thursday, September 20. All Claremont residents will be able to enter the fairgrounds for free from noon to 6 p.m. with a donated pair of new or gently used shoes or a new package of sock