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By Harvey Hyde


Stop hitting your chip shots thin-topped and to the Right:


I want to start this lesson 
out with WHY you hit your 
chip shots thin or topped and 
to the right. The club head 
has to swing back and UP 
on the inside. The inside I’m 
refrrening to is the direction 
at which the club head has 
to swing away from the golf 
ball. It can not travel straight 
back away from the golf ball. 
With that being said this is 
where some of you run into 
trouble. You either swing 
the club head straight back 
or TOO much inside and not 
up. Want to hear something 
exciting? If you swing the 
club head back on the correct 
arc it will go up correctly. If 
you swing the club head too 
much inside it will not go 
up. Finally, if you swing the 
club head inside too much 
it will swing outside in the 
downswing at strike the golf 
ball on the upswing. Today 
I am going to teach you how 
to swing the golf club back 
down and strike the golf ball 
on the downswing for a more 
solid golf shot.


 The correction is simple. 
Below are the four secrets.

Secret #1-The golf ball has 
to be in the center of your 
stance at address. 

Secret #2-Your weight has to 
be 75% on your left foot and 
it must stay there during the 

Secret #3-The handle of the 
golf club must be across from 
your belt buckle at address.

Secret #4-The downswing 
is more of a chop with a 
THROUGH. Make sure after 
impact that the leading edge 
stays close to the ground.

Golfingly yours, Bobby or email me 

The college football 
season is still about 
six months away, 
and just when we 
thought we understood 
the game, the 
NCAA wants to 
keep everyone thinking ahead. There are 
some rule changes made by their Playing 
Rules Oversight Panel. Mostly the changes 
relate to safety issues.

 According to Greg Johnson of, 
here are the main changes:

 Kickoffs will be from the 35-yard line 
rather than the 30.

 Touchbacks resulting from kickoffs, (and 
there now will be a lot of those,) will give the 
receiving team the ball on the 25-yard line 
instead of the 20. However, on touchbacks 
from punts going into the end zone or fumbles 
going through the end zone, the ball will 
still be placed at the 20.

 Result?-- There should be fewer kickoff 
returns and thus fewer injuries.

 Another change is that the kicking team 
cannot line up more than five yards back 
from the 35.

 Result? -- Cuts back on the space allowed 
for getting a running start.

 Another new rule is that if a player loses his 
helmet for any reason other than a foul by an 
opponent, such as a face-mask violation, that 
player must sit out for one play.

 Result? -- Allows a player to be checked 
out for a possible concussion or other injury.

 Also, if a player loses his helmet he can no 
longer continue to participate in a play.

 The rules panel also approved new wording 
in the football rules book regarding 
blocking below the waist. Offensive players 
(centers, guards and offensive tackles) in the 
tackle box who are not in motion are allowed 
to block below the waist without restriction. 

 All other players are restricted from blocking 
below the waist with a few exceptions, 
such as straight-ahead blocks.

 There will also be a new rule prohibiting 
players from leaping over blockers in an attempt 
to block a punt.

 I hope you understand these rule changes 
-- and players and officials do as well. I 
wouldn’t want you wondering what is going 
on when you see the ball placed on the 25 
after a touchback rather than the 20.

 Now you’ll know why.



 How about March Madness? Are you ready 
for some great college basketball?

 Of course I have ideas about the playoffs. I 
think regular-season conference champions 
should get the automatic berths to the NCAA 
tournament rather than winners of the end-
of-the-season conference tournaments.

 After playing the entire conference season, 
facing tough road games in hostile environments, 
in sickness and in health, with 
a winning record, a team does not have an 
automatic bid to the NCAA tournament? It’s 

 The way it is now, a team could finish fourth 
or worse in conference play but still get an 
automatic bid by winning the conference 
tournament. It makes the regular season not 
very important.

 I realize it doesn’t often happen that a conference 
champion doesn’t get into the NCAA 
tournament, but it has happened.

 I also understand why automatic bids are 
given to conference tournament winners. It 
is because of the television and tournament 
attendance dollars. There is more interest in 
conference tournaments if fans know their 
team still has a shot to go to the big dance.

 Having said all that, this year’s NCAA tournament 
should be the most balanced in recent 
years. Who do you like?

 Hard to pick a winner, isn’t it? But get your 
brackets set up. It should be fun.


Harvey Hyde’s Peristyle podcast can be heard 
on and his radio show on 
KSHP AM 1400 can be heard via the Internet.

ARCADIA 2012 Adult Spring Basketball League!

The City of Arcadia Recreation and Community 
Services Department is offering an Adult 
Basketball League in spring 2012. Get in shape 
and sharpen your skills at the same time! Teams 
are divided into leagues based on their skill level 
and play 10 games in the Dana Gym, located 
at 1401 S. First Avenue, Arcadia. The fee for 
adult basketball is $475.00 per team (due upon 
registration), and includes officials, scorekeepers 
and awards. A separate $40 forfeit fee is also due 
at the time of registration. Registration begins 
Monday, March 19th and is limited. Teams will 
be accepted into the league on a first-come, 
first-serve basis. Just go on-line to the City of 
Arcadia’s website:, to download 
the registration form or stop by the office, 375 
Campus Drive in Arcadia. 

For more information please call Clay Lewallen at 

Read The Paper Online At: www.mtnviewsnews.comVOLUME 5 NO. 23
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011Inside This Edition...
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The Good Life Page 16Homes & Property Page 17 
Page 18Research Supporting 
Mitigated Negative Dec-
laration Called “Woefully 
By Susan HendersonOn Thursday, the Sierra Madre 
Planning Commission heard from 
both supporters and opponents of the 
Final Mitigated Negative Declaration 
(MND) for the Alverno High School 
Master Plan. The plan includes 
expansion of the school’s facilities 
that include a 12,860 square foot, two 
story multi-purpose building; a 2,900 
square foot amphitheatre and a new 
multi-purpose sports field to replace 
the existing softball field.
Currently the school is operating 
under a Conditional Use Permit 
that was originally approved in 
1959. Alverno has not done any 
major renovations since that time. 
It is proposing the improvements 
and expansion in order to maintain 
its ability to compete with other 
private schools and maintain its’ 
enrollment. Currently the enrollment 
is approximately 350 young women.
After years of negotiations with 
neighbors and city officials, an Initial 
Study was done in March of this year 
to review the overall impact of the 
project on the community. In May, a 
Final Mitigated Negative Declaration 
was prepared for the Sierra Madre 
Planning Commission. On Thursday, 
the MND was reviewed and the 
commission requested additional 
information from city staff before 
approving the document.
Residents who live in the area sur-
rounding the school are split in their 
opinions of the project. Many of the 
more vocal opponents have lodged 
their complaints with the school and 
the city. As a result, a series of com-
munity meetings were held last year 
that resulted in the school and the city 
mitigating certain issues, but there are 
still concerns being expressed over po-
tential increases in noise and traffic. 
There is also concern about the impact 
of the project on the trees in the path 
of the expansion. 
According to CEQA, a Negative Decla-
ration (or Mitigated Negative Declara-
tion) can be prepared only when there 
is no substantial evidence that the 
project may have a significant effect on 
the environment. And while the city 
has submitted documentation to sup-
port a MND, opponents do not agree. 
The consensus of those opposed to the 
project is that the data used to support 
the MND was “woefully inadequate”. 
Before the MND was submitted 
to the planning commission, the 
state’s clearinghouse submitted the 
application from Alverno to numerous 
agencies for review. Reviewing the 
application to insure that the school’s 
plans would not violate any state laws 
or have an adverse impact on resources 
in the area were the California 
Departments of Fish and Game, 
Parks and Recreation, Transportation, 
Regional Water, Quality Control, Cal 
Trans and the Highway Patrol. In 
addition, the North American Heritage 
Commission reviewed the application. 
Of the agencies contacted by the state, 
only one, Cal Trans, issued a letter to 
the city. In it, the agency asked the city 
to limit heavy construction equipment 
to off-peak hours and to remain 
mindful of concerns regarding water 
The planning commission listened to 
speakers on both sides of the issue in 
a marathon session that resulted in 
postponement of any action on the 
MND until July.
The 2011 Election Committee is 
looking for a few more volunteers 
for the Altadena Town Council Elec-
tions on Saturday, June 11. There are 
five polling locations to choose from: 
Charles White Park 77 Mountain 
View Street (Ventura Street side) 
Farnsworth Park 568 East Mount 
Curve Avenue 
Gordy’s 843 West Woodbury Road 
S& J Auto 1904 New York Drive 
Webster’s 2450 North Lake Avenue 
Shifts are:
9:00–11:00; 11:00–1:00 and 1:00–3:00 
We also need ballot counters from 
3:00 to 4:30 at the Davies Building at 
Farnsworth Park. Feel free to take a 
polling shift, a ballot counting shift 
or both!
Email to 
volunteer or contact Eric PierceChair- 2011 Election CommitteeAltadena Town Council atcelection@ or call 626 664-4300Alverno's Principal, Ann Gillick, was 
among several from the school and 
contracted specialists who made 
presentations at Sierra Madre's 
Planning Commission recent meet-
ing. Over thirty persons spoke dur-
ing public comment, with only a 
handful of dissenters. The commis-
sion discussed the current iteration 
of the plan until 11 p.m., asking for 
further work from the school. The 
plan will be revisited next by the 
commission in July. Photo by Chris BertrandPost Commander Dave Loera sa-
lutes as Paul Puccinelli performs 
Taps at Memorial Day serviceA standing room only crowd es-
timated at more than 200 people 
turned out to honor the nation’s 
fallen soldiers at Pioneer Cemetery 
today, Memorial Day, at a ser-
vice put on by Sierra 
Madre’s Harry L. Em-
bree VFW Post 3208.
Commander Dave 
Loera presided over 
the ceremony, which 
began with the posting 
of the colors by mem-
bers of the VFW, fol-
lowed by the Pledge of 
Allegiance.. Rev. Pat-
rick Brennan of Mater 
Dolorosa gave the in-
vocation, and Patrick 
and Mary Cronin led 
the crowd in singing 
the National Anthem, 
America the Beau-
tiful and God Bless 
Commander Loera in-
troduced Mayor John 
Buchanan, who spoke 
briefly about Memo-
rial Day, thanking the 
veterans and applaud-
ing the VFW members 
for the spirit in which 
they present the ser-
vice on an annual basis. He asked 
the crowd to remember that “this 
day is their special day, but so too, 
is tomorrow.”
Buchanan then introduced keynote 
speaker Council Member Mary-
Ann MacGillivray. Ms. MacGil-
livray spoke for just under twenty 
minutes, reciting statistics on the 
number of casualties and deceased 
in various wars, and quoting presi-
dents, statesmen, historians and 
military figures. She reminded the 
audience that Sierra Madrean How-
ard Miller, who is buried in Pioneer 
Cemetery, and whose widow, Tom-
mie Anne still lives in town, was 
one of the men who raised the flag 
at Iwo Jima. And she spoke of what 
America is, and that others strive to 
be like America.
“We’re a collective mix of greatness 
and greed, high tech and heart-
land. We are the country of Mickey 
Mouse and Micky Mantle, from 
John Smith to John Glenn and Atlas 
Booster, from Charles Lindbergh to 
Charlie Brown, from Moby Dick 
to Microsoft. We went from Kitty 
Hawk to Tranquility Base on the 
moon in less than seventy years. 
We’re blue grass and rock and roll, 
Marvel Comics and the Bill of 
Rights. In short, we are everything 
that everybody wants to be.”
She spoke of the recent passing of 
a 110-year old WWI veteran, the 
last remaining veteran from World 
War I. And she spoke of the need 
to keep the stories of our WWII 
veterans alive. She then introduced 
the VFW members that had served 
in WWII, allowing each to stand 
and be recognized, and they were 
recognized with a standing ovation 
and a long round of applause.
She introduced Staff Sergeant Ken 
Anhalt, who was a tail gunner on 
B-24 bombers. Petty Officer Gor-
don Caldwell, who served on the 
USS Saratoga, was next, followed 
by Staff Sergeant Art Contreras, 
who served in the Pacific The-
ater and was awarded the Purple 
Heart for his service. Michael Do-
menico, a US Army Engineer who 
served in Belgium, Luxembourg 
and Germany, as well as the Pacific 
Theater. She introduced Petty Of-
ficer Ted Evans, who served from 
1945 to 1949 in the Philippines, 
Japan and China, and Petty Officer 
George Metzger, who served from 
1943 to 1946, including Okinawa. 
“These gentlemen are our World 
War II heroes,” she concluded the 
She closed by reciting the third 
verse to America the Beatiful, call-
ing it a “fitting end to this day.” The 
words to that verse are:
O beautiful, for heroes provedIn liberating strife.
Who more than self their country 
lovedAnd mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refineTill all success be noblenessAnd every gain divine!
Following the traditional laying 
of the wreaths by members of the 
VFW, Paul Puccinelli performed a 
flawless rendition of “Taps” on the 
bugle. The service was followed by 
a lunch of sandwiches, chips and 
Entire video link: http://www.sier- Story by Jeff Brown at
jab3jab48#p/u/0/-izPdOIrVbEHEROES: REMEMBERING AND REMEMBEREDMemorial Day Services Hosted by VFW Post 3208Story and Photos by Bill CoburnPost Commander Dave LoeraVeterans Gordon Caldwell and Art ContrerasALTADENA TOWN 
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