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The Valley Line: Rose Parade group fetes its Dino's success

February 06, 2013|By Jane Napier Neely
  • La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Ann Neilson, president of La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn., introduce the costumed "Grand Jury" at the recent association's annual award dinner. From left, the revelers are Dave Spence, Pat Anderson and Anthony Portantino.
La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Steve Del Guercio… (Courtesy of the…)

Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII is now history. It was an exciting game with plenty of brawling. In fact, for a minute I thought I was watching a hockey game.

The halftime show lived up to the hype and the commercials did also. I really liked the Taco Bell ad where the old folks were reliving their high school days — spicy stuff! By the way, it went viral and you can find it online for another good laugh. When I really think about it, the only reason I watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials. I do have my favorites — I always love the Budweiser ads with those beautiful Clydesdale horses.

Now, to catch up with some of our local news. The La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. recently held its annual dinner meeting at the La Cañada Thursday Club. With the “Animation Trophy” banner prominently displayed on stage, the evening was festive from the opening ceremonies to the receipt of a city proclamation and state Assembly's recognition at the end. In her thoughtful invocation, Pat Foltyn gave thanks for the 35 years people of widely diverse interests and talents united as community volunteers to create floats, including this year's whimsical and award-winning “Dino-Soar.”

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La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Steve Del Guercio was master of ceremonies for the evening. President Ann Neilson, VP of Administration Peggy Hotaling, VP Float Development Mike O'Connor, Construction Chair Pam Wiedenbeck, Decoration Chairs Danelle and Brian Jacobs, and Site Chair Chuck Terhune recognized some of the many individuals involved in all aspects of the creation of “Dino-Soar.” Claude & Company catered the delicious buffet dinner for the 80 attendees.

Ann Neilson then presided over the meeting and recognized the retiring directors. The following new directors were elected to the board for a three-year term: Julie Cameron, Barbie Eland, Mike Leininger, Janis Peterson, Bill Pounders, Sarah Yegiazaryan, Dena Hardin and Jennifer O'Connor. They will join continuing directors Clyde Hemphill, Corkie MacPherson, Tim Rahtz, Chuck Terhune, Pam Wiedenbeck, Peggy Hotaling, Pat Hutchins, Jacob Maitless, Ann Neilson and Joe Thompson.

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