December 13, 2007
If you?re looking for a way to help support U.S. troops serving in Iraq or elsewhere overseas, the city of La Cañada Flintridge Youth Council is soliciting donations of cash and supplies to send as part of 50,000 care packages being sent this month to soldiers and other military personnel deployed overseas, in coordination with the California National Guard?s Operation Gratitude. The La Cañada group became involved in the activity a few weeks ago as a way to help the local community, said Kandice Jung, 15, a student at Flintridge Preparatory School and member of the Youth Council.
July 29, 2004
Dear Dr. Joe, Just to let you know how deeply I appreciated your article this week sharing a very sensitive observation of a young soldier just returning home. I'm sure your reaching out to him to show recognition for what he has done and your appreciation meant a lot to him. My son, Mark Alan Bishop Jr., is also in the army, having joined prior to 9/11, and has also been an U.S. Army Ranger receiving a commendation award for his bravery in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
December 2, 2004
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK by CAROL CORMACI On Veteran's Day I wrote about anysoldier.com, a site on the Internet that facilitates packages to Americans serving in the armed forces. I had two particularly warm re-sponses to the column, one from a woman who lives on the East Coast deeply involved with the anysoldier site who greatly appreciated the mention, and the other from La Cañadan Michelle McCaslin, whose son is in the U.S. Army. McCaslin has a couple of additional ideas for La Cañadans who would like to brighten a soldier's day and I believe there's no better time than the holiday season to try to nudge people towards benevolence.
March 16, 2006
Girl Scout Troop 589 members Caroline Reich and Julia Rowe are collecting care packages for soldiers in Iraq as part of their Silver Project. Donors can drop off boxes of items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 25 at Paradise Canyon Elementary School, 471 Knight Way, La Cañada. Reich and Rowe have set a goal of gathering 100 boxes from the community. They are asking donors to get a free "priority mail" box at the post office or use a paper grocery bag. Boxes can be filled with items requested by soldiers, including DVDs, CDs, computer flash drives, prepaid calling cards, disposable cameras, hand-held games, lip balm, towelettes, Beanie Babies, Yo-Yos, pens, note cards, paper, pre-stamped envelopes, athlete's foot medication, hand sanitizer, AA and AAA batteries, dental floss, hand lotion, flashlights, warm socks, eye drops, bandanas, nail files/clippers, sewing kits, shoe polish kits, sugar-free hard candy, eyeglass repair/cleaner kits, high SPF sunscreen, pain reliever compresses, Fabreeze odor eliminator, books, magazines, crossword puzzles, Rubik's cube, sidewalk chalk, gum, Frisbees, Nerf balls, harmonicas, Kazoos, playing cards, chips and dice, shampoo and conditioner, soap, wash cloths, mirrors, deodorant and insect repellent.
March 10, 2005
He is 27 years old, stands fit and trim at 6'2'' and will return for a second tour of military duty in Iraq sometime this month. His name is Cpl. Michael T. Morton and he is a U.S. Marine. For me, the war in Iraq now has a face. I met Morton and members of his family last Saturday night during a surprise birthday party for his father, Marty Morton, who is director of Maintenance, Facilities and Operations for La Cañada Unified School District. The party in La Crescenta celebrated a dual purpose, as it was also a farewell send-off for Mike.
November 27, 2008
Unique fundraiser gives gift of song The choirs of La Cañada High School are raising travel scholarship funds while using their musical skills by selling “Song-A-Grams” this holiday season. They will gather in small choral groups in homes around La Cañada on Saturday, Dec. 13, to place a “singing telegram” style phone call in four part harmony to each “Song-A-Gram” recipient. Orders for calls to any phone number in the USA, including cell phones, will be taken through Dec. 8. The carol may be left on a message machine if the recipient is not home or by request, to be enjoyed throughout the holidays.
March 2, 2006
For the past month, San Gabriel Valley Girl Scouts have actively participated in the Girl Scout Cookie Program Activity, selling a boxes of Thin Mints, Samoas, Do-Si-Dos or one of five other cookie varieties. For nearly 90 years, the cookie program has helped girls develop skills they will use throughout their entire lives. Through this annual activity, girls ages 6-17 learn how to work together as a team, set goals and develop plans for reaching those goals. "Many of today's successful business women credit the Girl Scout Cookie program as their first step toward successful careers," said Brenda Berg, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts -- Mt. Wilson Vista Council.
February 1, 2007
In years past, one served as a WAC while another was in the Navy Sea Bees. One used to ride bareback to grammar school while another grew up to become the principal of an elementary school and another became a junior high school counselor. Four took up nursing as a career ?one plumbed the mysteries of the universe at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory while another mastered the secret of fine wine making at a winery. Two were groundbreakers: one was one of the first four female officers appointed at the California Bank; another earned her driver's license at 14. One was born in Norway, another in Hong Kong, and yet another crossed the border from Czechoslovakia to Germany on foot.
November 13, 2008
Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel of New York, a longtime proponent of reinstatement of the draft, explains his position this way: “Decision-makers who support the war would more readily feel the pain of conflict and appreciate the sacrifice of those on the front lines if their children were there too.” But this column is not about the draft. President-elect Barack Obama is not in favor of reviving the draft. (Although he does favor requiring females to register for selective service at the age of 18.)