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By Don Mazen | August 3, 2006
Lutheran funeral services are pending for longtime La Canadan Bernice Abbey, better known as "Bea," who died Monday night at Country Villa convalescent hospital in Glendale. Abbey was known to Valley Sun readers as the author of "The Roving Turtle" column, based on travels she and her husband made in their recreational vehicle. Her last new column ran in June of this year, followed by some repeats of favorite columns from years ago. Abbey had been ill for several months although still able to drive to the market and take lunch over to her oldest son, whose office is in Pasadena.
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By Bea Abbey | April 6, 2006
Our schools, La Cañada and St. Francis High, have always produced fine tennis teams for competition in tournaments as shown on the May 4, 1972 cover of the Valley Sun. It so happens that Andy Gilmore, on court, has lived next door to us since 1985 with wife, Debbie, and children, Jennifer, Steve and Kimberly, all graduates of USC and proud of it. In the background, keeping score, is Marc Trueblood who now lives across the street with wife, Cathy,...
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May 4, 2006
Bea Abbey We don't know what Hwy. 49 in the Gold Country is like now, but some years ago when we RVed that historical area every little town looked hundreds of years old and we presume that they still do. Coloma, Sutter's Creek, Angel's Camp, Columbia, etc. The hills were dotted with old shacks and the "new" look, mobile homes. Anyhow, we stopped at Angel's Camp, the town made famous by Mark Twain and his jumping frogs of Calaveras County. We walked the two blocks of the town and tried to imagine what it was like so long ago. We then traveled on to Columbia, the almost capital of California.
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By Don Mazen | August 3, 2006
Lutheran funeral services are pending for longtime La Canadan Bernice Abbey, better known as "Bea," who died Monday night at Country Villa convalescent hospital in Glendale. Abbey was known to Valley Sun readers as the author of "The Roving Turtle" column, based on travels she and her husband made in their recreational vehicle. Her last new column ran in June of this year, followed by some repeats of favorite columns from years ago. Abbey had been ill for several months although still able to drive to the market and take lunch over to her oldest son, whose office is in Pasadena.
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June 1, 2006
Bea Abbey Many of you have heard this story before, but it is so amusing, here it is again. After all, it is the fishing season. From the museum in Oroville, Calif: It all started in August 1910 at J.B. Hall's Saloon. A bunch of fishermen were imbibing a wee bit while discussing the baseball game to take place that afternoon between Oroville and the rival town of Chico. Someone mentioned the whopper fish said to be lurking in the deep channel just upstream from town, which many an expert fisherman had tried to land without success.
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May 25, 2006
Bea Abbey If you are thinking of taking a trip to somewhere you should drive up the California coast and spend a few days in Florence, Oregon, which is nestled between the Pacific Coast and the Siuslaw River. We camped next to a boat on the river at the Wonderland Trailer Park a few blocks from Old Town. It seems that on June 16, 1974, Florence drew nationwide attention when 41 sperm whales swam onto its south Jetty Beach. It has never been determined why the creatures stranded themselves, but none of them survived.
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May 4, 2006
Bea Abbey We don't know what Hwy. 49 in the Gold Country is like now, but some years ago when we RVed that historical area every little town looked hundreds of years old and we presume that they still do. Coloma, Sutter's Creek, Angel's Camp, Columbia, etc. The hills were dotted with old shacks and the "new" look, mobile homes. Anyhow, we stopped at Angel's Camp, the town made famous by Mark Twain and his jumping frogs of Calaveras County. We walked the two blocks of the town and tried to imagine what it was like so long ago. We then traveled on to Columbia, the almost capital of California.
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April 20, 2006
Bea Abbey Note: Several years ago when we came through Tombstone, Ariz. on a trip, we subscribed to the Tombstone Epitaph, which always had amusing columns. This is one of them about the adventures of Randy Jones and Booger Red, titled "Company:" Booger Red came riding in on a rough Jug-headed dun, When a chicken-chasing yellow dog came barking jist for fun. That hoss was painted up for war and hate was in his eye. He bogged his head'n bit the dog, and the dog bit in reply.
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By Bea Abbey | April 13, 2006
We spoke with Kathy, hostess at the Bishop Chamber of Commerce, and she said there is good fishing at the lakes in the Eastern High Sierra and that fishing season begins on April 19. So get busy and plan your fishing trip. There is always good fishing at Bishop Creek, North and South Lakes and Lake Sabrin, hopefully. We like to remind folks the way it was on the Old Bishop Creek Road years ago. Perhaps you were a kid at that time on a trip with your parents. Leading west out of Bishop is a beautiful paved highway, but years ago the way up the mountain was a might different.
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