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10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years ago from the pages of the Valley Sun

August 21, 2008

Ten Years Ago

A long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the refurbished playground at Memorial Park. A long and intense El Niño rainy season doused attempts to complete the project in advance of La Cañada’s Memorial Day 1998 activities.

Twenty Years Ago

The school board learned final repairs of damage incurred by the October 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake had been made at the La Cañada High School campus. Total damage caused by the shaker was set at $35,661.

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Thirty Years Ago

As the school year opened for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, enrollment at the Catholic girls schools was 229, a new record for the campus. The largest contingent of foreign students, 24, came from Mexico, with Japan represented by 16 girls.

Forty Years Ago

An emergency session was called for the La Cañada school board to decide where to set up temporary classrooms while the new La Cañada Elementary School was being completed, as it had become obvious the campus would not be ready for the Sept. 16, 1968 opening day of school. Sites under consideration for temporary classrooms included Foothill Intermediate School on Cornishon Avenue, the Youth House on Chevy Chase Drive and La Cañada Presbyterian Church, where Sunday school classrooms might be available.

Fifty Years Ago

Numerous bolts of lightning and some rain fell on this valley during an unexpected August storm that brought cooling temperatures with it.


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