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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 27, 2013 
Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 27, 2013 
lIzzIe’S dINNer StIll a HIt! by Christine Bachwansky 

SMHPS President Amy Putnam addresses diners in the park.

Members of the community 
enjoyed dinner al fresco in the 
Mt. Wilson Trail Park on Mira 
Monte Ave. The fried chicken 
and ravioli dinner made 
famous by Lizzie Stopple was 
a hit. The restaurant, Lizzie’s 
Trail Inn, is now one of Sierra 
Madre’s two history museums 
which are adjacent to the 
park. Lizzie (portrayed by 
SMHPS V.P. Leslie Ziff) was in 
attendance and mingled with 
the crowd to answer questions 
about her personal history and 
greet diners. 

 The chicken dinner was 
catered by The Fresh Gourmet 
and the Ravioli was prepared 
by Carolyn Dapper of Mary’s 
Market. A beautiful basket of 
jams was generously donated 
by E. Waldo Ward & Son as the 
door prize.

 Joe Tortomasi entertained 
everyone with tunes on his 
ukulele from the 30’s and 
40’s before dinner, much to 
the enjoyment of the crowd. 

Diners could also tour the new 
garden, and some tried their 
skill on the popular vintage 
pinball machine in Lizzie’s 
Trail inn. In addition to the 
museums, the tack shed was 
also open, showcasing the pack 
trains that were so important 
to our area. 

 Another popular spot was 
the silent auction of vintage 
items at Richardson House. 
The sale was organized by 
Heather Sheets and Pat Krok, 
who donated their expertise 
to help with the fund raiser. 
Proceeds from the auction will 
benefit the ongoing work at 
the museum.

 After dinner, SMHPS 
President Amy Putnam gave a 
review of the accomplishments 
of the SMHPS during the 
last year, highlighting the 
improved and expanded 
newsletter, the growth in 
membership, and the many 
programs that have been 
offered to the public. Christine 

Bachwansky spoke about 
improvements and changes 
taking place at the museums, 
including the upcoming 
restoration work at Richardson 
House. She also spoke about 
the partnership of the SMHPS 
and the Sierra Madre Garden 
Club that made the remaking 
of the museum grounds into a 
drought tolerant native plant 
garden a big success. Meegan 
Tosh, Acting Library Services 
Manager gave a presentation 
of the new digital storyboards 
being installed at the Library 
and at Richardson House in 

 Photos of the event are posted 
on the Society’s Facebook 
page: SMHPS. The Society is 
dark in August, but beginning 
in September the SMHPS 
Board meets at the Hart Park 
House on the third Thursday 
of the month at 7:00 PM. 
The public is always welcome 
to attend. Email address: 

SIerra madre PolICe blotter 

For the period July 15-21, 2013 

Monday July 15, 2013

Between 4:30 and 9:30pm, an unknown suspect forced entry into a vehicle parked at the curb in the 
400 block of Mount Wilson Trail Avenue. Using an unknown object, the suspect smashed the left rear 
passenger window, reached in and grabbed items that were on the rear seat. A laptop computer, IPad 
computer and briefcase were among the items stolen. 

Tuesday July 16, 2013

Overnight, an unknown suspect entered an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway in the 00 block 
of West Grandview Avenue. A designer bag and two backpacks were removed from the interior of 
the vehicle. The next morning, a resident on West Alegria Avenue found the items near her house. 
Documents inside the designer bag allowed the finder to contact the owner and facilitate the return of 
the property. The victim reported that nothing was missing from the bag or backpacks. 

Saturday July 20, 2013

At 10:30am, a traffic collision took place in the intersection of Orange Grove Avenue and Mountain 
Trail Avenue. A vehicle travelling south on Mountain Trail appropriately stopped for the stop sign 
but then entered the intersection directly into the path of a westbound vehicle. The impact caused the 
westbound vehicle to flip upside down and the vehicle came to rest on its top. Remarkably, none of the 
parties sustained an injury. 

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Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce 
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Gallery 39 
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P.E. Deans 
Ruiz’s Shoe Repair 
Ixora Floral Studio 
Sierra Juice Company 
The Village of Eastwicke 
Belle’s Nest 
Savor the Flavor 
Leonora Moss 
Renaissance Fine Art Classes 
Sierra Madre Independent Honda Service 
Les Champs Elysees 
John Wallis and Associates 
Woodhill Designs 
Sierra Briganti 
Casa Del Rey 
Zugos Café 
The Peppertree Restaurant 
Yellow Bus Gift Shop 
Creative Framing 
Prudential California Realty 
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