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September 2, 2004
A bright flash of lightning, loud rolling thunder, then came pelting hail. Members of Boy Scout Troop 509 crouched on the ground counting the time between bolts of lightning and rolls of thunder, and realized a storm was coming right for them. There was only one thing to do, make a run for the Red Roof Inn. But this Red Roof Inn, unlike ones with fresh sheets and clean towels, was actually a latrine at Philmont with a red roof where everyone huddled until the storm subsided.
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July 27, 2006
Boy Scouts of America Troop 507 honored six Eagle Scouts at a ceremony held at Lanterman Auditorium on Sunday, July 9. More than 200 people attended the Eagle Court of Honor to celebrate the accomplishments of Robert W. Keatinge, Eric M. Larin, Alexander E. Morelan III, Philip T. Paulson, Matthew A. Saydah and Clint S. Watson. The Eagle is Boy Scouting's highest award and is achieved by only four percent of scouts. Former Scoutmaster John Doyle presided as master of ceremonies, with Rev. Msgr.
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By Ruth Longoria | September 18, 2008
It?s time once again for the event La Cañada gardeners and homeowners have been waiting ? St. Bede?s Boy Scout Troop No. 507?s annual manure sale. For nearly 30 years the troop of about 70 area boys has provided the area with a variety of garden products, including steer manure, planter mix, decorative bark, potting soil, grass seed and peat moss. The items are sold through door-to-door pre-orders, or call-in orders and delivered by the scouts. Tom Reynolds, a longtime La Cañadan and satisfied customer of the annual Boy Scout garden products sale, said he can?
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By Michael J. Arvizu | February 4, 2010
The Verdugo Hills Council of the Boy Scouts of America gathered in grand fashion on Thursday night to install new officers, recognize award winners and present the Eagle Scout Class of 2009, of which 27 out of 72 Eagles were present, said master of ceremonies and Council Advancement chair Dan Humfreville. Verdugo Hills Council Commissioner Rahla Lindsey was installed as the Council?s new president. She succeeds Council President Tom McLurkin Jr. The Verdugo Hills Council serves Scouts in the Glendale, Burbank, North Hollywood, Sun Valley, Sunland, Tujunga, La Crescenta, Montrose, La Cañada Flintridge and Eagle Rock areas, according to the Council website.
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By Sara Cardine | May 1, 2013
Last week, Harold Kast earned a Boy Scout merit badge in game design. To achieve this, the 17-year-old junior assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 509 played and studied games and designed his own math-based card game. In doing so, the La Cañada High School senior became one of 190 Boy Scouts nationwide to have earned every available merit badge, and one of only three youths in the 103-year history of the organization to have as many as 135, according to meritbadgeknot.com , which tracks, verifies and celebrates the achievements.
NEWS
November 18, 2004
For his eagle project, Hutchens chose the A.C.A.C. organization, which removes children from abusive situations. This is done rather quickly and the children leave their homes with nothing. Hutchens prepared emergency kits for children in order for them to have the bare necessities during the difficult transition period. He had scouts and their mothers sew drawstring bags and then fill them with a toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, shampoo, soap, lotion and a toy. He prepared just under 200 bags for the organization.
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November 24, 2004
Jamboree Troop 826 is comprised of scouts from 12 different troops within the Verdugo Hills Council. The St. Francis Scouts are Andy Cohen, Tom Cohen, Stephen Dennis, Benjamin Granja, Hunter Kirkwood, Spencer Kirkwood, Ryan Kunitake, Chris Saunders and Patrick Schwing. Other Scouts of Jamboree Troop 826 also announced in May, 2004, after an application and interview process are: Thomas Burke, James Fletcher, Alex Gallegos, Shane Garside, Johnathan Jianu, Michael Jianu, David Khudaverdyan, Ted Kim, Kevin Kunitake, Erik Larson, Doorie Lee, Michael Lessley, Collin Lievense, Kevin Markonich, Timothy Markonich, Austin Messer, Andrew Noyes, Thomas Noyes, Steven Peters, Brian Plumtree, Austin Reed, Michael Ryder, Kevin Sanchez, Michael Scarlata, Daniel Smith , Mark Wagner and Luke Webster.
FEATURES
January 19, 2006
Bruce Hinckley is the 2006 recipient of the Boy Scouts of America Award of Excellence from the Verdugo Hills Council executive board of Boy Scouts of America. The council based its decision on Hinckley's numerous contributions to Scouting and other youth endeavors over the years. He will be honored at an awards dinner on Jan. 19 at the Castaways Restaurant. Hinckley was awarded his Eagle Scout badge in 1964, following his three older brothers and later his son, receiving their Eagles.
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July 23, 2009
Boy Scouts prepare for adventure Boy Scouts from St. George’s Episcopal Church Troop 502 of La Cañada are backpacking on a 71-mile trek at the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure base, Philmont Scout Ranch, near Cimarron, N.M. Once a cattle ranch, Philmont is now a high adventure Boy Scout camp with 200 square miles of wilderness. Scouts backpack across the ranch carrying 30-pound packs, preparing their own food and stopping at various camps along the way. They will participate in adventurous activities including black powder rifle shooting, rappelling down cliffs and hiking the 12,441-foot Baldy Mountain.
NEWS
December 21, 2011
I live on El Vago Street next to the Edison right of way. I want to thank the LCF Trails Council and the Boy Scouts for the new corral-type fencing and the lovely sign that shows the altitudes of the various points on the trail. The sign shows the altitude to be 1,950 feet. My map from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior Geological Survey shows the altitude at the sign to be about 1,850 feet. This has been confirmed by a very expensive altimeter. Interesting! Bob Macmillan La Cañada Flintridge
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
Former La Cañada Mayor Steve Del Guercio, retired teacher and Boy Scout leader Harriet Hammons and Kyla Bradley, a high school student dedicated to making the area's homeless feel loved, are among this year's winners of the Les Tupper Community Service Award. Five individuals and two organizations were selected to receive the prestigious volunteer award and will attend a May 12 awards ceremony to be held at JPL's von Karman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Also being honored this year are: business owner Tony Angelica, former La Cañada Unified School Board member Susan Boyd, the Community Scholarship Foundation, and the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library along with its manager, Mark Totten.
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February 6, 2014
Ten Years Ago The La Cañada Flintridge City Council was given a preview of a $100-million master plan to upgrade facilities at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The plan called for three new main buildings to replace many of the pre-1960 buildings, trailers and temporary modular structures on the site. Twenty Years Ago Sheriff's deputies were called in to investigate when anti-Semitic literature was discovered one Monday morning in February 1994 in the first floor lockers of seventh- and eight-grade students at La Cañada High School.
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By Sara Cardine | May 1, 2013
Last week, Harold Kast earned a Boy Scout merit badge in game design. To achieve this, the 17-year-old junior assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 509 played and studied games and designed his own math-based card game. In doing so, the La Cañada High School senior became one of 190 Boy Scouts nationwide to have earned every available merit badge, and one of only three youths in the 103-year history of the organization to have as many as 135, according to meritbadgeknot.com , which tracks, verifies and celebrates the achievements.
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March 21, 2013
Nick Berkuta has been named La Cañadan of the Year by the Kiwanis Club. Berkuta is a former Public Safety Commissioner and retired lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He also volunteered for many years with the Boy Scouts of America and YMCA. He is currently a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the city. Berkuta and his wife, Mary Ann, have lived in the city for 37 years, according to the Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Club honors one resident every year.
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By Joe Puglia | November 8, 2012
I think of the devastation in New York and throughout the Northeast caused by Hurricane Sandy, and I'm reminded of a book written by Laurens Vander Post, “The Heart of the Hunter.”  It's a story about the bushmen of the Kalahari Desert in Africa.  What's pivotal to the story is the social order adhered to by a rather primitive culture.  Famine, pestilence and other calamities are dealt with collectively.  In their social structure, one's tribe's...
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October 31, 2012
Ten Years Ago La Cañada Flintridge residents supporting Democrats running in the November 2002 General Elections, as well as some supporting Republicans, reported that campaign yard signs had been stolen or vandalized. Twenty Years Ago Boy Scout Troop 502, sponsored by St. George's Episcopal Church, reported the inclusion of six sets of brothers in its active membership for 1992-93. The Scouts and their families were given special recognition at the troop's Fall Court of Honor.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 10, 2012
Forty years after he left a torn-off piece of lined paper on a mountaintop deep in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, Tim Taylor is about to get his note back. Taylor, who was raised in La Cañada Flintridge, was hiking in Sequoia National Park in August 1972 - his Boy Scout troop bivouacked a short distance away - when he wrote: “Tim Taylor climbed to this peak, Thursday, August 17, 1972. Age 13 yrs. Anyone finding this note please write.” Taylor placed the note in a metal film canister and left it on the 12,000-foot peak before rejoining his troop for trout fishing in a nearby lake.
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By Joe Puglia | June 27, 2012
I remember the day as though it were yesterday. It was Oct. 12, 1960. Nikita Khrushchev banged his shoe like a tyrant while addressing the United Nations as he proclaimed that Russia would dominate America. At the time I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 136, had just made First Class, and was promoted to lead the Wolverine patrol. That evening during our scout meeting, Mr. Donahue, our scoutmaster, gathered the boys together and spoke of the day's events relative to the Russian premier's proclamations.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | January 25, 2012
Girl Scouts across America are celebrating the organization's 100th anniversary this year, and La Cañada Flintridge's Lanterman House is getting in on the festivities. The museum will be opening an exhibition on the history of the Girl Scouts on Feb.5 and hosting a birthday party for scouting on March 18. Christie Crahan, a member of the Girl Scouts Greater Los Angeles Council's Heritage Committee, said the abiding theme of the exhibition and events is the connection between the organization's past and present.
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December 21, 2011
I live on El Vago Street next to the Edison right of way. I want to thank the LCF Trails Council and the Boy Scouts for the new corral-type fencing and the lovely sign that shows the altitudes of the various points on the trail. The sign shows the altitude to be 1,950 feet. My map from the U.S. Dept. of the Interior Geological Survey shows the altitude at the sign to be about 1,850 feet. This has been confirmed by a very expensive altimeter. Interesting! Bob Macmillan La Cañada Flintridge
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