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City’s Fourth of July National Anthem winner announced

The winner of the 2012 Fourth of July celebration “All-American Claremont Idol” National Anthem contest is Seraphina Oney, a senior at The Webb Schools. Seraphina will receive tickets to the fireworks show, where she will sing the national anthem., receive recognition at the pre-parade reception as well as spot in the parade. Runners-up include Claremont students Scotty Jacobson, Alyssa Tepper, Sarah Gale, Gabby Palafox and Hannah Woodford.

Claremont’s Fourth of July celebration includes a 5K run, pancake breakfast, opening ceremonies, festival area with games, parade and a fireworks sky show.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Claremont Human Services at 399-5490. More information about the celebration can be found at the Claremont Fourth of July Celebration website at www.Claremont4th.org.

Historic engine steams through town

During what has become somewhat of an annual event, Claremonters got a glimpse of rail history as AT&SF (Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe) Northern Engine 3751, pulling 6 vintage passenger cars, made trips through the city on its way to and from the “Railroad Days” gathering in San Bernardino on April 21 and 22.

Brought by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society, the 430-ton machine was among the first group of 14 (that eventually included 65) Santa Fe 4-8-4 “northern” type locomotives built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1927. It was the first of the series used for passenger service between Chicago and California, covering more than 2200 miles.

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