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By Hripsime Moskovian, Special to the Valley Sun | December 2, 2010
Local photographer Peggy Zane Martinet has creativity in her blood. Her father was a photographer and her grandparents were part of one of the first traveling circuses in the United States. Using the world around her as a backdrop and adding a bit of her own style, Martinet, a wife, mother and grandmother, has taken her passion for photography and combined it with her love of nature and stop-and-smell-the-roses attitude. Her latest works are currently on display at Penelope's Café in La Cañada Flintridge, featuring images from her travels around the world and some subjects that she finds in her own backyard in Glendale.
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By Joe Puglia | July 26, 2013
At the University of Dayton I studied philosophy, and I took that discipline's precepts with me when I left Dayton in the summer of 1966. I studied the transcendentalists and was eager to apply the ideas of Emerson to the gang kids of the South Bronx. The transcendentalists believed nature is sublime and rejuvenates the soul. An emotional and spiritual rebirth is often a result of a sojourn in nature. I was intent on saving the souls of the punks hanging out in the schoolyard at P.S. 47 on 172nd Street.
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By Ruth Longoria | May 15, 2008
Children sit in a tree or rove around the play area. They stop to beat a drum or strike the keys of the marimba. A few children pause to make temporary artwork — which is recycled for future endeavors — at an art table with pool table-style pockets filled with pine cones, seed pods and small branches. Other children dip their fingers in the water of a small aquarium or congregate at a circle of tree stumps. It’s a typical Monday afternoon at the Child Educational Center’s nature explore classroom in La Cañada.
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By Kristen Hansen Brakeman | December 13, 2007
Driving back to my house in the hills of La Cañada the other night, I couldn’t believe my good fortune of living so close to nature. The day started with a doe and her two fawns greeting me as I fetched the morning paper. I knew they were probably the culprits who had been eating my roses, but I didn’t mind. And later, as I turned the corner onto my street that evening, a skunk dashed in front of my car. I slammed on the brakes, but laughed it off. “That was a close one, buddy!
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March 9, 2006
Children can explore how they are connected to the world and its natural systems during Green Week, a celebration of environmental awareness taking place daily, March 13-19, at Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena. Experiential, interactive, and fun programs unique to Kidspace will increase children's understanding of how they can positively interact with nature in their day-to-day lives. Activities will include the exciting debut of the Eco-lympics relay exploring recycling, alternative energy, and the ecology of diet, and a new Kidspace short program on photosynthesis, entitled, "Why Plants Are Green" taking place in the outdoor Stone Hollow Amphitheater daily through the week.
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By Laura Tate | September 23, 2013
The scorched landscape, burned bare of any signs of life, stretched over 250 square miles. Nothing but charred land dotted with remnants of burnt trees could be seen. The devastated terrain was the result of the Station fire, Los Angeles County's largest-ever wild conflagration, which raged through the Angeles National Forest in August of 2009. Two firefighters were killed, scores of homes were destroyed, and all plant and animal life seemingly was eradicated by the fire's fury. But as La Cañada Flintridge resident and avid bicyclist Michael Caley discovered, nature is resilient.
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June 10, 2004
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think it so. And if that be true; let me tell you what I saw when ten little girls from LCE, Brownie Troop, 889 went on a nature walk at Descanso Gardens with docent Vicky Olson. By a cursory glance, you'll see nine little Brownies following Mrs. Olson through the flora and fauna of Descanso, La Cañada's natural treasure. But you must look close to see the hook?the first sign is the beginning of a string, and at the far end?
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June 18, 2009
Katica (Kathy) Sotany, 89, passed away on June 4, 2009. She was born on the Island of Rab, Croatia on Feb. 21, 1920 in the town of Kampor, as the daughter of Ante and Milka Vidovic. Kathy was married to Joseph Sotany for 52 years. He preceded her in death in 2001. She came to the United States from Germany in 1949 and settled with Joe in Pasadena, where she resided for over 30 years before moving to La Cañada, where she lived for the remaining years of her life. She is survived by her sister Marija Miscak of Rijeka, Croatia, as well as nephew Mladen Miscak and niece Davorka Miscak of Croatia and Italy.
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By Joe Puglia | May 18, 2006
One morning I became lost in thought. I walked without purpose amid a dark green canopy ablaze with a palette of color: reds, whites, purples, yellows and greens. They were all present and beckoned me to step deeper into a labyrinth of soul-scented ancient earth smells, of humus mole made exquisitely of leaves, needles, flowers, rain and twigs. I discovered a small meadow, a quiet pond filled with koi and a trickling brook with a bench asking me to sit. The air, saturated with fragrances reminiscent of a Persian market, was filled with an orchestration of some ancient sonata reminding me that the birds were going about their daily work.
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By Reg Green | April 30, 2014
"Rumpole, your nose is always buried in The Times at breakfast time," I heard Hilda's scolding voice say on the car radio. And the usual bored, irritated response from her husband, Horace: “I'm reading the obituary of Cole Porter,” he managed to grind out. “Well, I'm reading something in the Daily Telegraph much more interesting than dead American songwriters,” Hilda responded. (I'm paraphrasing, but this is the gist). For the hundredth time I wondered how Rumpole, brilliant lawyer, wit and scourge of the pretentious and cretinous, could have married such a combination of harpy and ignoramus.
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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...
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By Laura Tate | September 23, 2013
The scorched landscape, burned bare of any signs of life, stretched over 250 square miles. Nothing but charred land dotted with remnants of burnt trees could be seen. The devastated terrain was the result of the Station fire, Los Angeles County's largest-ever wild conflagration, which raged through the Angeles National Forest in August of 2009. Two firefighters were killed, scores of homes were destroyed, and all plant and animal life seemingly was eradicated by the fire's fury. But as La Cañada Flintridge resident and avid bicyclist Michael Caley discovered, nature is resilient.
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By Joe Puglia | July 26, 2013
At the University of Dayton I studied philosophy, and I took that discipline's precepts with me when I left Dayton in the summer of 1966. I studied the transcendentalists and was eager to apply the ideas of Emerson to the gang kids of the South Bronx. The transcendentalists believed nature is sublime and rejuvenates the soul. An emotional and spiritual rebirth is often a result of a sojourn in nature. I was intent on saving the souls of the punks hanging out in the schoolyard at P.S. 47 on 172nd Street.
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By Tiffany Kelly, tiffany.kelly@latimes.com | January 31, 2013
A new store catering to the owners of cats and dogs has opened up on Foothill Boulevard. Button Nose officially opened last week, marking the first ribbon-cutting of the year for the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. Christina Lee owns the shop at 838 Foothill Blvd. Lee sells various items, from toys to rhinestone collars and healthy pet food. -- Follow Tiffany Kelly on Google+ and on Twitter @LATiffanyKelly .
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | November 1, 2012
Men, stop what you are doing and pick up a good book. That is one goal of La Cañada Flintridge's One City One Book program, which this year selected Ron Carlson's acclaimed novel of the outdoors, “The Signal,” as the work to read, contemplate and celebrate in November 2012. Carlson will discuss the book in La Cañada on Sunday. Carlson's 2009 novel, which received enthusiastic reviews, follows troubled rancher Mack and his soon-to-be ex-wife Vonnie as they take one last trip into the wilderness in western Wyoming's Wind River Range.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | October 20, 2012
Descanso Gardens officials were urged this week by local residents to keep its proposed “Oak Woodland” project as natural and educational as possible. If all goes according to plan, Descanso will open this new garden - its first expansion in more than two decades - in the summer of 2014. To encourage community participation in the project, a workshop was held Tuesday in Van de Kamp Hall that drew about 50 people. The participants were given a presentation on the history of the gardens and the plans for the Oak Woodland, and then split into groups to brainstorm.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 26, 2012
A new law inspired by the windstorms that hammered the San Gabriel Valley in 2011 was signed into law over the weekend, forcing utilities to develop emergency management plans and work closely with local cities on how to respond to natural disasters. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), requires Southern California Edison and other privately owned utilities to develop an emergency and disaster preparedness plan every two years and to hold comprehensive disaster preparedness meetings with the counties and cities they service.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | May 5, 2012
Roughly 40 years after starting a trail and just a few months after finishing it, a handful of La Cañadans have been recognized for their role in creating a one-of-a-kind feature for residents and visitors: the 12-mile nature trail that circles the city and connects to trails in county and federal parklands. The California Trails Conference Foundation, a nonprofit that works with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, offered its Award for a Project (Construction), a top award, to members of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council at the 27th annual California Trails and Greenways Conference last month.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | July 5, 2011
There doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow down Kathy Bergen. At 71, she hasn’t let age stop her and Mother Nature didn’t stand a chance when Bergen competed in the 2011 National Senior Games in Houston from June 16 to June 30. Bergen, a La Cañada resident, mother of five and grandmother of nine, set two meet records (in the 100 and 200-meter events) in the national games. Her meet-record time of 15.22 seconds in the 100-meter was delivered in the rain. “I’ve never run in rain before,” said Bergen, who set a meet record in the 200 meter with a time of 32.44.
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