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March 29, 2007
Fifteen cases of Girl Scout cookies were delivered to the crew of the USS Pasadena by Noli Caswell and Jackie Harris on behalf of the La Cañada Girl Scouts on March 21 as part of the Girl Scouts Gift of Caring program. The crew was extremely appreciative after they realized the cookies were gifts. "You mean you're giving these to us?" expressed one crew member. "We're only doing our job, but thanks a million." Once the realization sunk in, they scoped out their favorite types and looked forward to diving into them back at the boat.
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By Joe Puglia | April 6, 2006
 It is not an easy task to intellectualize profound heart felt sentiment. A writer's only tools are words; you either do it or you don't; there's no middle ground. Throughout the week, I've labored as to how I would frame my thoughts to adequately express my thanks to those who contributed cookies for the troops. Sitting in Penelope's Café and staring blindly at a white computer screen, I clutch a heavy ceramic cup looking for a prompt from a steamy chai late. As I inhale the ambrosial vapors of the chai I am drawn to the simplest of rhetoric.
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April 7, 2005
THOUGHTS FROM DR. JOE by Dr. Joe Puglia How does one begin to say "thanks" to all those who contributed cookies for our dear soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan? For the past two days, I've being trying to think of a way to do this and since, my only tools are words, I find it practically impossible to convey the appropriate sentiment. I stare into a blank screen. So again I went to Penelope's Café and sought the wisdom of a chi latte, and stared long and hard into the steamy foam.
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By Joe Puglia | April 5, 2007
I remember when the package came. It created an indelible memory, sort of like your first kiss. You don't forget something like that. The chopper that brought it barely touched down. The door gunner threw out the hash (rations), picked up the trash, dropped the mail and dusted off. It was the size of a shoe box and as my K-bar (knife) exposed its contents, I was ecstatic to find three cans of "Chef Boyardee" ravioli, a package from home. A package from home is sheer pageantry; it's a conduit from the soldier to us. It validates the life and death struggles of the battle and brings hope, not for survival but for acceptance.
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By Joe Puglia | March 11, 2014
In December 1970, 280,000 American troops remained in Vietnam. The scuttlebutt at Khe Shan, the isolated outpost eight miles from the Laotian border, was that the war was winding down. No one actually believed that. The Marines were supporting combat operations in preparation for a major offensive by South Vietnamese troops (ARVAN). The plan, Operation Lam Son 719, was to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and halt enemy troops and supplies infiltrating the South. This time we wouldn't be going since the Cooper Church amendment forbid any American forces in Laos and Cambodia.
FEATURES
January 28, 2010
The Kiwanis K-Kids of the Community Center of La Cañada have completed two more community service projects. In January, the K-Kids decorated sugar cookies for seniors living at Montrose Health Care Center. The cookies were received with joy by the surprised residents. Earlier in the month the K-Kids made School Nurse Appreciation baskets anddelivered them to nurses at La Cañada, Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest elementary schools by K-Kids April Miller and K-Kids mom Susannne Whatley-Miller.
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June 23, 2006
It was "Lights, Camera, Carnivale!," for more than 30 residents at Union Station's Family Center on Sunday, May 21. To finish off the requirements for their Bronze award, the nine 5th graders of La Cañada Girl Scout Troop 706 held a spring festival and Italian dinner for their guests. The girls spent many hours planning this event. They voted on a theme, decided what game booths to have, organized the games, collected prizes for the games, and made up rules for the games. No carnivale!
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By Joe Puglia | March 11, 2014
In December 1970, 280,000 American troops remained in Vietnam. The scuttlebutt at Khe Shan, the isolated outpost eight miles from the Laotian border, was that the war was winding down. No one actually believed that. The Marines were supporting combat operations in preparation for a major offensive by South Vietnamese troops (ARVAN). The plan, Operation Lam Son 719, was to cut off the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and halt enemy troops and supplies infiltrating the South. This time we wouldn't be going since the Cooper Church amendment forbid any American forces in Laos and Cambodia.
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By Sameea Kamal, sameea.kamal@latimes.com | February 26, 2014
On Saturday about 3.25 million boxes of Girl Scout Cookies were distributed to Girl Scout troops throughout the greater Los Angeles area, with local events held in La Cañada and Glendale. "The cookie program is so much more than a fundraiser," said Carol Fairshter, the service unit cookie chair who was managing the distribution event. "It's really about girls learning business skills because they're really running a cookie business. We focus on the five skills for them, which are goal-setting, decision-making, people skills, business ethics and money management, and all of those have special elements that the troops are training and teaching the girls about those different pieces, and what they look like.
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By Joe Puglia | January 24, 2013
Yeah, yeah, yeah - I'm writing about Girl Scout cookies again! What of it? Last year I gave you a break and didn't say a word about the hordes of Girl Scouts selling cookies all over La Cañada. It's their rite of passage, and it's part of what defines us as a community. Little girls in uniforms, going door to door, selling in front of Ralphs and hitting up grandparents. It's Americana at its best. It's something out of a Norman Rockwell painting. You know all those qualities that we think so important to transmit to our kids?
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 18, 2012
Ellie Wildermuth's La Cañada Flintridge home went up in flames in October 2009, but on Sunday, it was the site of a party toasting those who came through for her family in difficult times. “I decided all the people that were so helpful needed to see what they had done,” Wildermuth said. The blaze struck on a Monday, Wildermuth said, as the Station fire was still burning up nearby hillsides. She and her husband, Bob, had been evacuated from their home near the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club and were visiting their grandchildren in Redondo Beach when a malfunctioning spa heater sent flames through the house, destroying nearly everything.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | July 16, 2012
Ellie Wildermuth's La Cañada Flintridge home went up in flames in October 2009, but on Sunday, it was the site of a party toasting those who came through for her family in difficult times. “I decided all the people that were so helpful needed to see what they had done,” Wildermuth said. The blaze struck on a Monday, Wildermuth said, as the Station fire was still burning up nearby hillsides. She and her husband, Bob, had been evacuated from their home near the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club and were visiting their grandchildren in Redondo Beach when a malfunctioning spa heater sent flames through the house, destroying nearly everything.
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By Nancy Turney | July 20, 2011
Q. My grandchildren are coming for a week and I am concerned about how to entertain them. My budget has been hit hard lately and I can't afford Disneyland and the other theme parks. What do you suggest? How about a week of “Grandma Camp”? Think of all the things you did when you were their age. If you have any granddaughters, let them play dress-up. If you don't have anything at home, hit the local thrift shop. Old wedding dresses can always be found there, along with myriad other treasures.
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July 7, 2010
Q. My grandchildren are coming for a week, and I am concerned about how to entertain them. My budget has been hit hard lately, and I can't afford Disneyland and the other theme parks. What do you suggest? Dorothy, La Crescenta   How about a week of "Grandma Camp?" Think of all the things you did when you were their age. If you have any granddaughters, let them play dress up. If you don't have anything at home, hit the local thrift shop. Old wedding dresses can always be found there along with a myriad of other treasures.
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By Joe Puglia | February 4, 2010
I remember sweeping through villages of thatched roofs and smoky smells of cooked pork, rice and boiled greens. In the villages the Marines would methodically observe every movement, trying desperately to counterbalance the effects of the intense Vietnam heat that stifled their senses. Everything would move in slow motion; time would stand still and the Marines would remain at the ready. The stoic villagers would ignore our presence and fall into a self-imposed trance as though we were not even there.
FEATURES
January 28, 2010
The Kiwanis K-Kids of the Community Center of La Cañada have completed two more community service projects. In January, the K-Kids decorated sugar cookies for seniors living at Montrose Health Care Center. The cookies were received with joy by the surprised residents. Earlier in the month the K-Kids made School Nurse Appreciation baskets anddelivered them to nurses at La Cañada, Paradise Canyon and Palm Crest elementary schools by K-Kids April Miller and K-Kids mom Susannne Whatley-Miller.
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July 30, 2009
Q. My grandchildren are coming for a week and I am concerned about how to entertain them. My budget has been hit hard lately and I can?t afford Disneyland and the other theme parks. What do you suggest? My grandchildren are coming for a week and I am concerned about how to entertain them. My budget has been hit hard lately and I can?t afford Disneyland and the other theme parks. What do you suggest? ? Dorothy, La Crescenta ? How about a week of ?Grandma Camp?
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