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Mountain View News Saturday, October 1, 2016 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“I’d rather sit alone on a pumpkin and have it all 
to myself 

than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” 

Henry David Thoreau

“Rejoice in October and November! Revel in 
those delightful months when pumpkins rule the 
world—prominently displayed everywhere. Over-
flowing bins of tiny pumpkins, giant pumpkins, 
white, varicolored, and downright creepy-strange 
pumpkins grab our attention the minute we 
enter our local market. Pumpkin patches, with 
pony rides, hot apple cider, carving kits, and face 
painting, appear overnight in dark vacant lots. 
Jack-o-Lantern sculpting contests abound and 
parents, against their better instincts, put sharp 
knives into the hands of their children. But are 
pumpkins really the sweet, benign beings we all 
perceive them to be? Cheerfully awaiting their 
opportunity to be a pie or a jack-o-lantern?” 
(Excerpt from Just Desserts: A Fall Fantasy – By 
Deanne Davis!)

 This pictured pumpkin guy has to be the neatest 
scarecrow I’ve seen so far and he has his own 
personal story: “Once upon a time there were 22 
pumpkins who lived in a patch and all the day long, 
the crows pecked at them! These 22 pumpkins 
decided to make a plan to scare the crows away. 
One by one they climbed up and sat on each other’s 
heads and with a little help from the hay they 
crows moved on to the farmer’s old clothes. The 

 If you happen to read Parade which comes 
out in the Sunday Los Angeles Times, you were 
astonished, as was I, to read that Americans spent 
$361 million on pumpkin flavored items from 2014 
to 2015. Works for me! I love pumpkin-flavored 
stuff to the point where I wrote a series of three 
stories, available on, dealing with 
pumpkins and the adventures a young woman, 
Emma Gainsworth, has with them. Personally, I’m 
delighted when pumpkin stuff appears in stores, 
i.e., pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin yogurt, 
pumpkin spice coffee. My Texas daughter, Crissy, 
is addicted to Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte and, 
as we mentioned last week, Pumpkin Cheesecake is 
back at the Cheesecake Factory. Personally, I could 
eat pumpkin bread every day of my life, as well as 
pumpkin cookies, pumpkin cake and pumpkin 
ice cream. Libby’s canned pumpkin has a place of 
honor in my pantry at all times. Remember two or 
three years ago when pumpkin was in short supply 
and you couldn’t get it? Nightmares!

 Vin Scully has called his last game at Dodger 
Stadium, leaving millions of his fans in tears, 
fortuitously, the Dodgers won their fourth 
consecutive National League West Division 
championship; happiness of the bittersweet kind 
was how it all ended last Sunday. Vin Scully 
delighted Dodger fans for 67 years – remember 
bringing your transistor radio to the stadium so 
you could listen to Vin - and what a way to end 
his career, playing the song he recorded for his 
wife, Sandi, 25 years ago, “The Wind Beneath My 
Wings.” Needless to say, there wasn’t a dry eye in 
the stadium. He will announce the last 3 Dodgers 
games this weekend in San Francisco, which you 
can see on KTLA. We’re not serious baseball fans 
like our Sierra Madre daughter, Leah, and her 
husband, Chuck, but we are fans of Vin Scully 
because he is an exceptional person, who has been 
a tremendous influence on many, simply because 
he is a good guy who does a great job. Victor 
Espinoza, our Sierra Madre jockey who rode 
American Pharoah to win horseracing’s Triple 
Crown last year, came to mind, another good guy 
who does a great job and spends time and money 
to benefit the kids at City of Hope. I hope you know 
some folks who are good people. 

 One last calendar marking item: Return of the 
Tingler to the Sierra Madre Playhouse on October 
31st. Beware! Giggle... Well, actually two: The next 
Boot-Scootin’ Boogie & Chili Cookoff is Saturday, 
October 22 – 6-10 p.m. My son won a chili cookoff 
once with a chili that featured whole green olives, 
the kind that are stuffed with red pimentoes. It was 
referred to as Eyeball Chili and made him famous!

My book page: Deanne Davis


 “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” 
is available there…

As are all the Emma Gainsworth Adventures


During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department 
responded to approximately 208 day and night time calls for 

Tuesday, September 20 

A victim came in to the Sierra Madre PD lobby at about 
8:57 a.m. to report to officers that someone was tampering 
with his vehicle. The victim said he parked his vehicle in 
his driveway in the 100 block of West Carter Ave. the night 
before at about 9:00 p.m., when he returned he discovered 
that his car had been rummaged through. The victim 
checked his surveillance equipment and saw the suspect 
at about 12:53 a.m. earlier that evening going through his 
vehicle. A neighbor reported to responding officers that 
her vehicles were rummaged through two nights before at 
about the same time of the evening. 

Case to Detectives 

2:51 p.m. 

Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of Sturtevant Dr. 
regarding a vandalism report. Officers discovered three 
separate graffiti markings on a wall, the sidewalk and curb. 
It appears that unknown suspect(s) vandalized the wall 
with black spray paint. 

Case forwarded to Detectives 

Wednesday, September 21 

At about 1:35 p.m. SMPD officers conducted a traffic 
stop in the southbound lanes of Santa Anita Ave. The 
driver was never issued a driver’s license or any form of 
identification. After receiving the drivers consent to search 
the vehicle, officers discovered a United States issued 
Permanent Resident Card that was fraudulent and that he 
had purchased the card. Suspect was arrested, his car was 
impounded and he was transported to the Pasadena PD 
Jail for booking. 

Case forwarded to the DA’s office for filing considerations. 

3:06 p.m. 

SMPD officers were dispatched to the 100 block of San 
Gabriel Court for a report of a fight between two males 
that started as an argument over personal property and 
escalated into a physical fight. Both men signed a Refuse 
to Prosecute form. 

Case resolved 

Thursday, September 22 

at about 5:14 p.m., officers were dispatched to Sierra Madre 
Bl. between Canon Ave. and Baldwin Ave. for a report of a 
reckless driver who hit several parked vehicles. The officers 
discovered the suspect vehicle at the corner of Sierra Madre 
Bl. and Baldwin Ave. The driver agreed to take the field 
sobriety test that she subsequently could not complete. It 
was the officer’s opinion that she was under the influence 
of drugs and/or alcohol while driving, and her ability to 
safely operate a motor vehicle was impaired. The driver 
was transported to a local hospital for further testing and 
a medical clearance. She was then transported to Pasadena 
PD Jail for booking. 

Case forward to DA’s office for filing consideration. 

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