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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 6, 2012 


National Fire Prevention Week October 7 - 13, 2012

Sacramento – It only takes seconds for a fire to grow out of control, making escape from a fire 
impossible. That’s why CAL FIRE is urging people to “Have 2 Ways Out” of their home. In the 
event of a fire, remember that every second counts, so you and your family must always be prepared. 
Escape plans help you get out of your home quickly. Prepare and practice your fire escape 
plan regularly with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities. 

CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state are taking this opportunity during Fire Prevention 
Week to remind all Californians of the importance of creating a fire escape plan for your 
home and practicing it regularly. Most home fires occur at night when people are the least prepared. 
Tragedy can be avoided by knowing in advance and practicing two escape routes from 
each room.

 “In 2011, 70 percent of structure fires in California reported to the CAL FIRE-Office of the State 
Fire Marshal were residential and accounted for 90 percent of fire deaths,” said State Fire Marshal 
Tonya Hoover. “Everyone should take steps to help prevent home fires and ensure their family 
is protected.” 

Making an escape plan is simple:

Draw a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that can be used to get out of every room. 

Choose a meeting place outside in front of your home. This is where everyone can meet after 
they’ve safely escaped. Draw a picture of your outside meeting place on your escape plan. 

Write the emergency telephone number for the fire department on your escape plan. 

Check your smoke alarms regularly and have practice escape drills so everyone knows two ways 

Practicing fire-safe behaviors and knowing what to do in an emergency can give your family the 
seconds needed to escape. 

For more fire safety tips, visit the CAL FIRE website at 


Sierra Madre’s Village Church (Ascension) will be holding its annual 

“Blessing of the Animals” ceremony on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at noon in the Outdoor Worship 
Area. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments provided.

 Blessing of the Animals is conducted in commemoration of the October 4th Feast Day of St. Francis 
of Assisi. St. Francis, arguably the most beloved of the named Saints, was particularly fond of 
animals of all breeds. The community is invited to bring your animals, no matter how big or small, 
breed or religion. Some animals may require a leash or a

container, so keep that in mind. All of God’s creatures are welcome! Free pet sitting available during 
the 10:15 am Mass.

 Church of the Ascension is located at 25 East Laurel on the corner of Baldwin and Laurel in Sierra 
Madre. This event makes for a wonderful family outing to meet new neighbors and check out 
a wonderful community church. For more information, please call (626) 355-1133 or visit:www.

Sierra Madre Police Blotter



Carol Canterbury’s, ‘CANTERBURY TALES’ 
Tuesday, October 9th at noon, 
Invited Guest: Billy Shields developer of proposed 
Kensington Assisted Living Facility. Final approval of the 
project is in the hands of Sierra Madre voters on November 
Invited Guest: Republican Candidate for the 25th 
Senate District Gil Gonzales on Friday the 5th at Noon, 
and on Friday, October 19 his guest will be the incumbent 
Senator Democrat Carol Liu. Both interviews will be live 
and unedited and will have a local focus. After the shows replay once on the following 
Saturdays at Noon, they will be available in mp3/podcast archive files for easy access and 


You can hear all three shows by visiting 

For the Period September 23-30, 2012

Sunday September 23, 2012

At 7:45pm officers observed a vehicle travelling south on Michillinda Avenue at a speed 
of 55 mph. As they attempted to stop the vehicle the officers observed additional traffic 
violations. The officer’s investigation revealed the driver had been drinking and he failed to 
pass any of the field sobriety tests. The driver (male, 62 years of age) was arrested for DUI. 

Wednesday September 26, 2012

At 8pm, officers responded to a report of a traffic collision at Baldwin Avenue and Highland 
Avenue. The investigation determined that an individual on a motorcycle lost control of 
the vehicle and went down on the roadway. The driver had collided with a fixed object and 
the driver sustained injury. The driver (male 27 years of age) had been drinking and was 
subsequently cited for DUI. 

Thursday September 27, 2012 

At 3am, an officer observed a vehicle fail to stop for the stop sign at Sierra Madre Boulevard 
and Sunnyside Avenue and initiated a traffic stop. During the investigation, the officer 
determined that the driver had been drinking and was impaired. The driver (female 27 
years of age) was arrested for DUI. 


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center will host its annual Harvest on the Hill 
Auction & Dinner ~ Live… Laugh… Pray

Fr. Patrick Brennan, C.P. and the Passionist Community invite you to join us for an evening under the 
stars on the beautiful grounds of Mater Dolorosa in the Sierra Madre foothills. You will be engaged 
in lively conversation, friendly bidding wars, and a delicious meal. Your attendance and support 
will help us with yet another much needed renovation in the retreat center. With close to 10,000 
retreatants, friends, youth and hosted groups that visit Mater Dolorosa each year, there is always a 
special project waiting to be completed. 

Bring your friends to share in the fun and to shop for a worthy cause. Reservations are $80 per 
person and include a social, hosted bar and delicious dinner. You could also win 2 nights at The Ritz 
Carlton in Laguna Niguel or The Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego by purchasing raffle tickets at $20 
each or $100 for six. Auction items, underwriting donations and business and family sponsorships 
are gratefully accepted. 

Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center is located at 700 N. Sunnyside Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA 
91024. Weekend retreats are offered to those who seek an environment of peace and solitude for 
personal and spiritual growth.

Questions about Harvest on the Hill? Would you like to receive an invitation? Would you like to 
attend a retreat? Would you like to hold a group retreat at Mater Dolorosa?

Contact the Retreat Center at 626.355.7188 or visit our website at


Sierra Madre Garden Club’s new year begins with guest speaker Janet Raymond speaking on the 
requirements necessary to grow and care for roses in one’s garden throughout the year in Southern 
California. Janet is uniquely qualified to speak on the topic of roses due to her thirty-one years of experience 
working with them professionally and as home grower of several rose show winning entries. 
She is a member of the Pacific Rose Society and is the Society’s head rosarian for the rose gardens at 
the Tournament of Roses Wrigley House. She plans and executes the yearly planting and care of these 
beautiful rose gardens. Janet is also the recipient of the American Rose Association’s highest award for 
actively promoting and providing expertise to accomplishing goals and objectives of the Association.


Janet lives in Arcadia, California, where she runs her business, Plant Lady. Although she specializes 
in roses, Janet has extensive experience with all types of plants, including exotics such as orchids and 
plumerias, and growing styles including organic vegetable gardening.


Everyone is invited to join the Sierra Madre Garden Club at its first meeting of the new club year, 
October 8th, and welcome Janet Raymond as our speaker.


Dinner begins at 6:30pm followed by the program at 7:15pm. Catered dinner is $9 and reservations 
must be made by October 4, at 355-0606. There is no charge for attending only the program. Location: 
Hart Park House, Memorial Park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024.