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March 14, 2012
Thanks for the story about Kirby Alary [Gene Pepper's 'Take Five' column, March 8]. I experienced his kindness for a few years at the lab. He was the only good thing about the mornings I needed to get blood drawn, because having blood drawn means facing my own health issues. Kirby and I had a brief conversation about his own health problems early on, so I was aware of his challenges. Observing his grace was inspiring and comforting. He deserves many accolades. I really hope he knows that people are receptive of his generous spirit and are affected by it. Julie Markowitz La Cañada Flintridge
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By Mary O’Keefe | February 19, 2009
As the Mars rovers deal with advanced age, broken appendages and memory lapses, good news comes from Jet Propulsion Laboratory: the rover named Spirit had a little power boost, thanks to a Martian wind. Solar panels convert the Sun?s rays into power for the rovers. The more dust that covers the panels, the less power gets through. A Martian wind this month has blown away some of the dust that had accumulated on the panels, giving Spirit a very important uptick in electrical output.
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By Joe Puglia | December 8, 2010
Sister Bernadette was from Coffey's Cross Bridge, a small town in County Uibh Fhaili, Ireland. She once was a remarkable teacher, but because of age, in the 1950s she led the Friday rosary At Saint Frances of Rome. Sister Bernadette was my brother's first-grade teacher. One cold morning in the fall of 1959, in her rich Irish brogue, Sister Bernadette beseeched, "Children, bow your heads; pray that God gives our beloved Notre Dame a victory over USC. " The following day, Notre Dame beat USC, 16-6.
FEATURES
March 15, 2007
Area residents are invited to celebrate the spirit of the American girl by attending the American Girl Fashion Shows on March 23 to 25 at Brookside Country Club in Pasadena. For invitations to this very special event call the Flintridge Guild at (818) 952-7978. All proceeds will benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Bring your little girl so she can meet Nicky and Emily, the newest American Girl dolls. Have tea with Samantha and Felicity and other historic dolls. Enjoy the lively show when American girls come to life and through their stories show their own spirit.
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By Mary O'Keefe | November 14, 2008
Spirit phoned home. “She’s talking!” That was the reported response from the rover team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada Flintridge as Mars Exploration Rover Spirit communicated via the Mars Oddyssey orbiter Thursday afternoon. The rover’s future had been in question as recently as Wednesday when John Callas, JPL project manager for Spirit and its twin rover Opportunity announced their was a power problem with the rover. Spirit had been in the middle of a strong regional Martian storm that resulted in dust covering the rover’s solar panels.
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By Sara Cardine | November 12, 2009
NASA officials and JPL scientists will make a final attempt Monday night to extricate the Mars rover Spirit, which got caught near the edge of what appears to be an ancient impact site six months ago. The vehicle has been “mobility impaired” since late April, when it’s hard metal wheels broke through a deceptively solid top layer of crust in an area of the planet named Troy and began to sink into a powdery fine mixture of...
FEATURES
December 21, 2006
La Crescenta Presbyterian Church is offering four Christmas Eve services this year. There will be three Family Candlelight services on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Pastor Andy Wilson will deliver a short message "The Spirit of Christmas". "We decided to offer a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 23 for the first time this year because Dec. 24 is one of the busiest day of the year for folks," said Pastor Andy Wilson. The service on Dec. 23 will feature a combined children's chorus.
SPORTS
November 25, 2005
Turkey doings came a week early for seventh and eighth grade students at La Cañada High last Friday. A number of seventh and eighth graders participated in the school's annual Turkey Bowl under warm and clear conditions on the varsity football field. Two teams, School 1 and School 2, made up of seventh grade boys played in the morning game. A game between eighth grade teams, School 3 and School 4, followed just before noon. Cheerleading squads were on hand at both games to help pump up the crowd in the stands.
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By Sara Cardine, sara.cardine@latimes.com | May 1, 2014
For her tireless efforts to promote and represent the city of La Cañada Flintridge in all things, to enhance community spirit and, in her case, to literally take care of business, Pat Anderson has been named "La Cañadan of the Year. " The president and chief executive of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce was officially bestowed with the title in a ceremony Wednesday held at Descanso Gardens by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada. Leading the personal tributes, Anderson's younger sister, Marilyn Smith praised the honoree for her organizational and multitasking abilities, as well as her devotion to family.
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By Sara Cardine | January 15, 2014
In January 2004, two exploration vehicles touched down on Mars, beginning a 90-day mission in search of potential sources of water, a precursor for life, on a seemingly dead planet. Armed with geological instruments, cameras and the technology required to beam down information to scientists at La Cañada's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spirit and Opportunity were expected to traverse separate courses of about two-thirds of one mile during their three-month journeys. Now, 10 years later, scientists are still sifting through mountains of data and images collected by Spirit, which traveled 4.8 miles during its six years of mobile operation, and Opportunity, which has logged an amazing 23.6 miles and continues today.
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By Nathan Cambridge, Special to the Valley Sun | November 15, 2013
LANCASTER - For the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Mid-Valley Division football playoffs, La Cañada High was given a road game in faraway Lancaster against host Paraclete. It would be just another part of the journey for the Spartans, whose season began right after the conclusion of a two-win campaign in 2012. It started with conditioning, weight lifting, summer practices and more on-field conditioning. Then began a schedule that saw the Spartans get blown out several times, but dig their heels in and win the final two games of the regular season to take the No. 3 seed out of the Rio Hondo League, finish .500 and reach the postseason.
NEWS
March 14, 2012
Thanks for the story about Kirby Alary [Gene Pepper's 'Take Five' column, March 8]. I experienced his kindness for a few years at the lab. He was the only good thing about the mornings I needed to get blood drawn, because having blood drawn means facing my own health issues. Kirby and I had a brief conversation about his own health problems early on, so I was aware of his challenges. Observing his grace was inspiring and comforting. He deserves many accolades. I really hope he knows that people are receptive of his generous spirit and are affected by it. Julie Markowitz La Cañada Flintridge
NEWS
December 7, 2011
It's the holiday season once again, and St. Francis High School is celebrating with an opportunity for residents to give to the less fortunate at their annual Christmas Toy Drive. This year's drive will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13. New, unwrapped toys that are donated will go to providing the families of the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Parish in Watts with a merry Christmas. Donors are asked to drop toys off at St. Francis High School, 200 Foothill Blvd. For more information, contact Andy Burghdorf at (818)
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By Joe Puglia | September 28, 2011
I was sitting in the bleachers at La Cañada High School watching my daughter Sabine cheer for the freshman football team. I was working hard trying to maintain my focus on “The Heart and The Fist,” a book by Eric Greitens, a humanitarian and Navy Seal. His character was compelling as he spoke of the importance of personal spirit, hustle and hard work. I read each paragraph and often surfaced for a moment's contemplation. During one such occurrence my eyes focused on the movements of a young man mingling with the players on the sidelines.
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By Joe Puglia | August 17, 2011
Our two-week journey is ending. Our van is pointed west as we chase the setting sun. Our New Mexico trek is over. We're heading back to California, but there's more to the story. After we mended our aches and pains from the ordeals of the wild, we headed to my buddy Jeff Hengesbaugh's ranch in Glorieta, New Mexico. In my wilder days, Jeff and I rode together. Glorieta, on the Santa Fe Trail, is steeped in history. Throughout centuries of exploration and migration, everyone passed through here.
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By Stephanie Ghiya | July 20, 2011
Scientists and engineers packed the auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge Tuesday to hear the international science team for the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit recount the hard-won achievements of the little rover that could. Initially intended as a three-month mission, Spirit continued gathering and transmitting scientific data from the Red Planet for six years before going silent in March 2010. In May of this year, hope for the rover's return to service was abandoned.
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By Joe Piasecki | May 4, 2011
In a ceremony marked by high spirits and fond memories, the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge honored longtime community volunteer Clyde Hemphill as its La Cañadan of the Year. “It’s an honor and a privilege,” Hemphill, 80, said to more than 100 Kiwanis members and other well-wishers who gathered Wednesday afternoon at Van de Kamp Hall in Descanso Gardens. “This is probably the most prestigious award that La Cañada gives to anyone, and I’m really humbled to have it.” La Cañadan of the Year awards have been presented annually since 1951 to the community member whose lifelong efforts best exemplify a broad-based commitment to volunteerism, said Kiwanis President-elect Mary Gant.
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By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com | January 5, 2011
Despite the effects of a harsh Martian winter, JPL engineers are hoping to revive the Mars rover Spirit after losing contact with it on March 22. Spirit became stuck 18 months ago in loose soil south of the planet's equator. Unable to shift its solar panels to adapt to changing sunlight conditions, the rover entered a low-power mode that was intended to preserve vital functions but that prevented communication with Earth. But now JPL has been sending signals into space to try to link up with Spirit as sunlight increases with the dawn of Martian spring.
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