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Mark David Parsons: Dedicated professor, gifted musician

Mark David Parsons died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on June 3, 2015 at his parents’ home in Bend, Oregon following an extended battle with cancer. He was 55. Mr. Parsons was born on December 29, 1959 in Enid, Oklahoma to David and Avalon Parsons, and spent his junior high, high school and early college years in Bend. He developed an interest in music early on, taking piano lessons and then moving onto the trumpet, followed by the French horn.

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Uncommon Good offers organic wares

UPDATED: An uncommon idea has come to fruition, right here in town. Tucked in a corner of the United Methodist Church campus, there is a strange structure with remarkable abilities. The Whole Earth Building—a solar-powered, earth-cooled structure made from on-site soil—serves as both a store and a showcase of sustainable architecture. There, Uncommon Good sells produce that is not only organic but also farm-fresh, having been harvested on the nonprofit’s Fiddleneck Farms. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff

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Golden State, city attorneys go head-to-head at council meeting

The city’s eminent domain case against Golden State Water Company (GSW) was once again a big topic of conversation at the Claremont City Council meeting June 25. Council unanimously adopted two amended resolutions authorizing the acquisition of the Claremont water system, and approved the filing of an amended complaint in the eminent domain lawsuit. Be sure to review Claremont's actual offer to GSW with our link at the end of the story.

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Marching band looks for enthusiastic, irregular musicians

The Claremont Irregulars have been a regular presence in the city’s Fourth of July parade since 1977. The marching band was first started by Jim Basher, who felt the patriotic promenade didn’t have enough music. He put an ad in the COURIER looking for interested musicians, and got a dozen takers. “We’ve been marching ever since,” says Philip Dryer.

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