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LCF Rose Parade float spreads its wings

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The La Canada Flintridge float entry in the 2010 Rose Parade readies for its trip to Pasadena Thursday evening. (Courtesy Laurie Welch)

The monstruous 35 feet tall green origami dragon stretched its wings in the mid-afternoon sunlight, finally free from hiding underneath the Interstate 210 highway on Hampton Road in La Cañada.

The 2010 La Cañada Flintridge Rose Parade float made its first public appearance since its completion at 2 p.m. on Thursday as the crews and workers moved it from out underneath its construction spot, in the Flintridge Prep parking lot, in preparation for the march to Pasadena. A crowd gathered to take pictures and video record the event while the workers put on the finishing touches and tinkered with the motion mechanisms.

“It’s a lot of fun to see it built and then the finished product,” said float construction worker Mike O’Connor, as he raced to screw in a row of three feet tall flowers onto the side of the float. “We’ve been working at this site all week.  It’ll be fun to see it [in the parade].”

O’Connor has worked on floats for 20 years and on the La Cañada float for the past 11.  He first started working on the float in the spring.

The float will leave La Cañada at 8 p.m. to get to its spot in the back of the Rose Parade on Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena.  Worker and former La Cañada Flintridge Rose Parade Association President Sharlyn French said it’ll get there shortly before midnight, traveling at speeds up to 5 miles per hour.  A small convoy of 25-40 people, featuring designated float workers and Sheriff’s Dept. deputies, will escort the float.

Titled “Scissored Wizard,” the float features a purple-robed wizard waving his wand and bringing to life a green origami dragon.


Written by Seth Amitin

December 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Parade, bowl games to bring big money

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DOWNTOWN — Amid a local economy sacked by underperforming tax revenues, slumping home values and high unemployment, the biggest winners in the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena won’t be taking the field.

The 121st Rose Parade and two post-season college football games are expected to produce an economic impact of $350 million to $400 million for greater Southern California, according to the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and past economic studies.

“This has to be an economic pleasure for the Southern California region,” said Bill Flinn, chief operating officer for the Tournament of Roses. “This year there’s no doubt about the fact. You have two games, four out-of-state teams and a parade that drives hundreds of thousands of people to the area.”

A new rotating collegiate bowl system for the first time brings to Pasadena two major bowl games within a week of each other.

A further economic boon to the area comes in the fact that neither USC nor UCLA are competing in the games, said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Valley Economic Alliance.

He noted that not only are the competing colleges from outside Southern California, but the closest school is more than 800 miles away in Eugene, Ore.

Read on.

Written by Christopher Cadelago

December 31, 2009 at 12:54 pm

LCF Float looking rosy

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A volunteer works on the La Canada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Association float on Tuesday. The float, titled "Scizzored Wizard," is the city's 32nd entry in the Rose Parade. (photo/Megan O'Neil)

While young volunteers applied the finishing touches to the La Cañada Flintridge Tournament of Roses Assn. Float, more than 100 people gathered Tuesday for the Under the Bridge Major Donor Party.

The event honors donors who contributed $125 or more to the association, and serves as an annual reunion for all La Cañada float participants.

Don Ziehl, the first association president and a former La Cañada Unified School District superintendent, said assembling the inaugural float in 1978 was a whirlwind. 

“It was a real scramble to get that float down the parade route that first year,” he said. “It turns out it is a bit of a scramble every year.”

The best part about being involved with the association is the joy of seeing people work together on a project that at some points seems impossible, he added.

“I don’t know anything else that was going on during the 25 years I was here that brought three generations together like building this float does,” Ziehl said. “That alone [makes] it very worthwhile.”

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 30, 2009 at 4:39 pm

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Re-foresting on a grassroots level

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A portion of the proceeds generated by the Station fire charm bracelet will go toward re-planting efforts. (Photo/Raul Roa)

A contigent of La Cañada Flintridge residents are spearheading a grassroots effort to generate money and volunteers to assist in the re-forestation of Angeles National Forest.

The Foothill Communities Re-forestation Committee is trying to mobilize residents from all the Station fire-impacted communities to participate in an already existing volunteer program run by the U.S. Forest Service. The program trains individuals to plant seedlings and prune unwanted weeds.

In addition, La Cañada merchant Sue Stranger designed a Station fire bracelet, which is currently for sale in her store, Adobe Designs. The charm bracelets are $48, and $10 of the proceeds will go toward purchasing Big Cone Douglas Fir seedlings that will be used in the replanting.

“It doesn’t matter who started the fire, it matters who is going to get it done,” committee member Sheri Morton said. “Many hands make light work. We are always complaining about the government wanting out money, well now we are going to give them our hands.”

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 29, 2009 at 11:38 am

La Cañada girl scout wins national award

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Malia Mailes, the local Girl Scout who made headlines last spring for her work highlighting the dangers of commercial truck traffic on Angeles Crest Highway, has been named a 2009 National Young Woman of Distinction by Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Mailes is one of 10 scouts across the country to receive the award and will be honored at the Girl Scouts’ national meeting in St. Louis in February.

Last Spring, the scout launched an investigation into safety on Angeles Crest Highway, conducting research online, interviewing the city traffic engineer, Erik Zandvliet, and convincing her parents to drive her up and down the highway multiple times.

Written by Megan O'Neil

December 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Toy and Food Drive saved by last-second donation push

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A last-minute donation push Friday allowed the Crescenta Valley Sheriff Station staff and volunteers to assist more than 160 families in need over the weekend as the station’s annual holiday Toy and Food Drive came to a close.

Dep. Jorge Valdivia said they received 2,000 toys — enough so that every child could be given more than one. Each family was also provided with a $20 gift card plus up to four bags of groceries.

“Friday was a big push, it was a Christmas miracle,” Valdivia said. “We had a great success this year The station volunteers did a lot of work this week.”

Written by Seth Amitin

December 22, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Local eyes next era of climate research

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As world leaders in Copenhagen last week negotiated a global response to the threat of impending climate change, a different meeting of the minds was taking place in San Francisco.

As many as 15,000 of the world’s leading scientists in astrophysics, oceanography and Earth science convened at the American Geophysical Union conference in an attempt to better understand the scope of changing weather patterns and what it could mean for future generations.

Among them was JPL scientist and longtime La Cañada resident Moustafa Chahine.

He reported that NASA had recently completed a seven-year atmospheric survey of how carbon dioxide collects and is distributed across the planet. The data was collected by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument, a tool originally developed seven years ago to better predict weather patterns.

“A big task is to take the increase in CO2, which ends up warming the atmosphere, and learn how you can make predictions for our own climate 10, 20 or 50 years from now,” Chahine said. advertisement

Five years ago, when the instrument began measuring carbon dioxide levels trapped in the middle of the troposphere — the lowest layer of the atmosphere about three to seven miles above Earth — scientists were able to identify global sinks, where greenhouse gases are more likely to collect.

For more of this story, read here.

Written by Times Community News

December 22, 2009 at 4:13 pm

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