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October 15, 2009
During a brief ceremony Sept. 24, La Cañada resident Kay Linden assumed the role of chairman of the board of the YMCA of the Foothills . Linden thanked outgoing Chairman Sam E. Longo Jr. for his commitment of time and dedication to the YMCA, and presented him with an engraved gavel. Longo has served as chairman for two years. Linden joined the YMCA board in 2005. She recently served as vice-chair and has played a key leadership role in the last three Community Support Campaigns.
January 11, 2007
Lutheran Church in the Foothills begins its annual "Coat Drive" on Jan. 14. Hangers are available at the back of the church as a reminder to share your extra coats. This year, the church is focusing on collecting jackets and sweaters. Tell your family friends, co-workers or any group you are part of to be part of this. Colin Legerton will be at Lutheran Church in the Foothills to share his observations and experience of his most recent visit to China. His perspective is unique, and this is a great opportunity to hear about the reality and hope connected to China.
By Roger Dahl, Special to the Valley Sun | August 3, 2006
Some call it the "Touchdown Church," others "The Point After" or maybe the "Jesus Statue." While all these names and any others are suitable, none are the true name or meaning. For almost 50 years, the statue with the outstretched arms on the really high pedestal has been a landmark in the foothills. Tens of thousands — no, hundreds of thousands — have seen and admired this great monument. Patients from Verdugo Hills Hospital can get a glimpse of it from their rooms, and many say they get comfort when seeing it. Children have grown up viewing it. Then after having their own families, they share it with their children, and so on. Three, four generations have seen and marveled at its uniqueness.
By Megan O’Neil | January 28, 2010
Tyler Wright, just seven months into his tenure as CEO of the Glendale YMCA, has been named chief executive officer and president of the YMCA of the Foothills, its board of directors announced Wednesday. “What we were looking for was somebody who was community-minded, who had good, broad experience and could be our face across the San Gabriel Valley,” board chairman Kay Linden said. “We knew [Wright] got it, that he knows our community, he knows the kind of people we have and the things we are interested in.” Wright is replacing Larry Hall, who left the position in August.
By Ruth Longoria | September 18, 2008
They came from across the country. Many sickly with respiratory problems, tuberculosis, or other health needs. They came to a valley of clean air and land available for the asking. In the 1870s, the La Cañada/Crescenta Valley area was a land of plenty for health-seekers. The health-seekers whose names have become synonymous with the history of the Foothills. Of those names, few are more familiar to La Cañadans than the Lanterman family. Jacob Lanterman, a dentist from Lansing, Mich.
By Sara Cardine | January 22, 2014
Elizabeth Blackwelder, a lifelong equestrian and trails conservationist whose dogged persistence and love of nature led to the creation of a complex and beautiful network of trails throughout the Foothills, passed away in her home in the early morning hours of Jan. 15. She was 93. Her death came after a long period of illness, through which Blackwelder continued to work to build and improve the city's trails system, according to her daughter, Glendale...
April 10, 2008
Girls/women’s running club forms A running/training club, Girls to Women Run for Fun, is being organized by Ann Braun, a local personal trainer, marathoner and triathlete. The mother of an 8-year-old, Braun said she hopes to get local girls and their mothers to participate; the first challenge will be to run together in the May Fiesta Days Family Fun Run, which is organized each year by the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA. Girls to Women Run for Fun will meet from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the FIS track on Cornishon Avenue.
June 22, 2006
The Foothills Relay for Life, in support of the American Cancer Society, will be held June 24-25 on the field at Clark Magnet High School in La Crescenta. Twenty teams will take turns walking and running for a full 24 hours to fight cancer. Teams come from La Cañada Flintridge, Montrose, La Crescenta, Glendale and Tujunga. Participants collect donations prior to the event, so the Foothills Relay for Life is quite a party, according to its organizers. There will be an opening warm-up session led by Taix Workout Studio at about 9:30 a.m. June 24, followed by an opening ceremony.
February 19, 2014
The YMCA recently commissioned a consumer survey to measure how Americans view quality of life in their communities nationwide. The survey was based on several factors, such as community-member involvement and the quality of a community's services, ranging from education to public safety. Interestingly, the survey revealed a 30% gap between what people say is most important in creating a strong community and how satisfied they are with their own communities in those areas. For example, Americans report that a safe environment for children and assistance for struggling community members (job training, food pantry, etc.)
October 28, 2004
Nancy Abbott Diem passed away Oct. 24, 2004 at age 78 after a fight with cancer. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Walter Diem of La Cañada; her son, David Diem of San Juan Capistrano; and her daughter, Carol Diem of Seattle. She also leaves behind a brother, John Abbott, and two grandchildren, Katie and Christopher Diem. A native Californian, Nancy was born in October 1926 in Redlands, where she was raised. She attended UCLA, earning a bachelor's degree in accounting and becoming a certified public accountant shortly thereafter.
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