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10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 Years Ago

January 05, 2006

Ten Years Ago ...

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission recommended to the City Council that a ban be placed on all temporary commercial signs.

Twenty Years Ago ...

La Cañada High School principal Donald Hagen resigned his position to take the same post at a new high school being built in the Moreno Valley School District. Hagen had come to La Cañada five years previously to replace LCHS principal David Brown.

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Thirty Years Ago ...

The San Gabriel Valley Boy Scout Council, with more than 20,000 youths and 9,000 adult members, chose J. Earl Garrett of La Cañada as its president for 1976. The Atlee Drive resident had been involved in volunteer Scouting for 50 years.

Forty Years Ago ...

The Glendale City Council assailed County Supervisor Warren Dorn, a resident of La Cañada, for his continuing opposition to the construction of the 210 Freeway through this city. In a sharply-worded resolution, the Glendale council said Dorn had "give up his responsibility not only to cities of his district but to all cities of the county and to citizens of the state." The resolution called on the supervisors to act immediately on the state's adopted route for the freeway.

Fifty Years Ago ...

Plans were underway to make the "Citizen of the Year" award an annual tradition of the La Cañada Kiwanis Club, it was announced by Dr. Ross LeLansky in January 1956. It had been LeLansky who had the idea of giving an award to an outstanding citizen who had brought honor to the community and the first such honor had been made to tennis champion Ted Schroeder in 1951. Since that year, though, the project had remained dormant, so LeLansky announced his committee would "set up definite policies governing candidates for the award."

-- Compiled by Carol Cormaci

LAKE DEVIL'S GATE -- The cover of the Jan. 6, 1966 issue of the Valley Sun showed Chris Johnson of La Cañada at Lake Devil's Gate, which was filled to the brim with water following a winter storm.20060105islb4znc(LA)

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