Ten Years Ago: The Verdugo Hills chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an organization that provides friendship and understanding to parents whose children have died, held a candlelight ceremony in La Cañada Flintridge Memorial Park in conjunction with a world-wide event that took place at 7 p.m. local time across the globe.
Twenty Years Ago: The Planning Commission approved remodeling work on a former Ralphs grocery story at the west end of town that would transform it into a Ross Dress For Less retail clothing store.
Thirty Years Ago: Tom Curtis, then 31, was unanimously selected by members of the City Council to fill the remaining term of office of George Parrish, one of the first council members — and the city's first mayor — who was moving out of town to take on a new career.
Forty Years Ago: The La Cañada High School Marching Band struck upon a unique fund-raising project for the December break in 1970. Called "Rent-a-Spartan," it allowed La Cañadans to telephone the student chairman of the project and request any type of household assistance, including garage clean-up, window-washing and baby-sitting.