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By Mary O'Keefe | February 8, 2007
Army Specialist Carla J. Stewart, 37, died in Tallil, Iraq Sunday, Jan. 28, when the vehicle she was traveling in rolled over. Stewart was a former La Cañada High School student. Her family used to live in La Cañada where she also attended a private elementary school. . "She spent most of her high school years there, then we moved to Glendale," Stewart's mother, Emmy Aprahamian, said. Stewart took ballet in the area and was very passionate about everything she attempted, her mother recalled.
By Mary O'Keefe | December 14, 2006
On Sunday a Crescenta Valley family received the news that their son, Nick Steinbacher, serving in Iraq, had been killed during a night patrol on Dec. 10. He had just celebrated his 22nd birthday on Dec. 8. "We've changed the doorbell since then," the soldier's brother, Dan Steinbacher, said Tuesday. He explained that his mother didn't want to hear the sound of the bell again as it only reminded her of the arrival of the horrible news. Nick Steinbacher, a 2003 graduate of Crescenta Valley High School, entered the United States Army First Calvary Infantry division on Dec. 24, 2004.
January 18, 2007
With news of an increased troop presence overseas, the Crescenta-Cañada and Verdugo Hills YMCAs reminds members of the military that they provide full financial assistance to active military service families. As difficult as it is to be separated by wartime deployments, the Y wishes to do its part to make military family members' lives healthier and happier. "It is truly a great sacrifice to serve your country and fellow citizens as a member of the military during these dangerous and difficult times.
By Seth Amitin | December 3, 2009
After watching ABC’s “World News” one night, La Cañadan Kris Heck took note of their “Person of the Week,” a woman named Robin Schmidt, a flight attendant who asked the passengers to sign a notebook with positive thoughts to send to troops abroad. “I was inspired by her story and actually reached out to Robin to ask her what I could do,” Heck said in an e-mail. Ever since, Heck has been actively collecting cards—holiday, get well, thinking of you—and is now asking any and all La Cañadans to submit cards for Christmas to send to troops.
By Joe Piasecki, The Valley Sun | November 11, 2010
Of all the words bandied about during the recent election season, very few were about American military service members now coming home from combat in the Middle East. So to mark today's Veterans Day observances this year, La Cañada Flintridge veterans are calling on their neighbors to bring their youngest brothers and sisters in arms back into the public conversation. "If you don't know anyone in the service, you tend to be oblivious to the wars," said George Kritzman, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War who has lived in La Cañada Flintridge for 38 years.
By Mary O'Keefe | December 21, 2006
At about 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the foothills fell silent in honor of fallen soldier Nick Steinbacher. From Crippen Mortuary on Honolulu Avenue to St. James The Less Catholic Church on Dunsmore Avenue, crowds of people of all ages and from all walks of life lined the streets holding flags and standing in a solemn tribute to one of this area's own. They were there to witness the hearse carrying the young soldier to the church, where a funeral mass...
May 31, 2007
Larry and Linda Bryant, parents of 1st Lt. Todd Jason Bryant have been informed by a representative of Congressman Ken Calvert, 44th District, that the Senate has unanimously passed Bill HR 988 designating the facility of the United States Postal Service at 5757 Tilton Ave., Riverside, as the "Lieutenant Todd Jason Bryant Post Office." Lt. Bryant, whose parents were both employed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, lived in Riverside County but attended elementary school through high school in La Cañada Flintridge.
January 19, 2007
Letters to the Editor Bush's Troop Buildup in Iraq Last week's address to the nation by President George W. Bush is his attempt at throwing a "Hail Mary" pass by sending 21,500 more troops to Iraq, in the hope that a miracle will occur and some kind of victory can be salvaged from the chaos that now exists in war torn Iraq. I doubt if anyone will catch this "Hail Mary" for a touchdown. The truth is no one knows what the outcome of such an escalation will be. In war you often experience unintended consequences.
December 27, 2007
T he La Cañada Thursday Club has a proud 56-year tradition of sponsoring young women from our community in the “Bal Blanc de Noel” presentation of Les Fleurettes Debutantes. This year, the Thursday Club will present 12 young women to society on Saturday evening at a black-tie gala to be held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Bal Blanc de Noel is the culminating event which celebrates their completion of a 16-month program of social and community service, as well as cultural education, personal development training and etiquette instruction.
August 26, 2004
When Whoopi Goldberg makes her remarks at a fund raiser for John Kerry and Tad Malone stands silent, when Tom Daschle, the Senate minority leader and Terry McAuliffe, the head of the Democrat National Committee attend a fund raiser showing of Michael Moore's movie and congratulate him, why isn't it fair to assume they endorse those views? Where has the Republican Party endorsed Coulter, Limbaugh or Robertson in like fashion? Senator Kerry, while taking a position on every side of the Iraq debate, says that he would involve our allies, meaning France, before going to war. On what basis does he believe France is an ally?
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