Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, February 25, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, February 25, 2017 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“Example, whether it be good or bad, has a 
powerful influence.” George Washington

“Sir, my concern is not whether GOD is on our 

 my greatest concern is to be on GOD’s side, for 
GOD is always right.” Abraham Lincoln

 It’s President’s Day today and we have not 
walked Sierra Madre for a week! Between the 
actual torrential rain and threats of more torrential 
rain, we have started our day with coffee and the 
everlasting oatmeal instead of a brisk stroll to see 
what’s going on. I did, however, take advantage of 
the break between showers on Saturday morning 
to plant the six lavender plants I got at Home 
Depot, and a bright yellow ranunculus and an even 
brighter yellow Gerbera daisy. I’m still waiting for 
more daffodils to bloom, but the lavender is doing 
splendidly, no watering required.

 We’ve had enough rain now that the lemons 
are finally looking like lemons again, instead of 
sad, wizened, pale imitations of lemons. In lieu of 
walking, 5 half-pint jars of Lemon Marmalade are 
now perched on our kitchen counter. That counts 
as exercise, right?

 Last week’s Mountain Views News was full of 
so much interesting stuff. Did you read Lisa Tse 
about her Dad making her birthday cake? That 
was great. If you didn’t, you can go online at www. and see it. Jeff’s Book Pics 
included Winds of War by Herman Wouk. This 
was published in 1971, followed some years later by 
War and Remembrance. I devoured those books. 
Of course Mr. Wouk was no slouch of an author, 
having turned out Pulitzer Prize winning, The 
Caine Mutiny, in 1951. We’ve all seen The Caine 
Mutiny Court Martial, if not the play, the movie. I 
can still see Humphrey Bogart, in my mind’s eye, 
rolling around those little steel balls. I just asked 
my official Netflix orderer, John, to put that on our 
Netflix list. You could do that, too. And I’m going 
to put Winds of War on my Kindle. Thanks, Jeff!

 President’s Day, the schools are closed, the Post 
Office is closed, banks are closed and a lot of folks 
are enjoying a three day weekend. We are, too, 
but we have given some actual thought to the 
Presidents who are honored today, Washington 
and Lincoln. Saw the Blondie comic strip which 
is accompanying Walking Sierra Madre today 
in Monday’s Los Angeles Times, and I’m sure 
it’s pretty accurate. The Gettysburg Address is a 
short speech and, despite widely-circulated stories 
to the contrary, Mr. Lincoln did not dash off a 
copy aboard a train to Gettysburg. He prepared 
his major speeches in advance, his steady, even 
penmanship in every manuscript is consistent with 
a firm writing surface, not the notoriously bumpy 
Civil War era trains. We all like the “back of an 
envelope” story, but, alas, it’s just another of those 
urban myth things. I’m going to quote it here for 

 “Four score and seven years ago our fathers 
brought forth on this continent, a new nation, 
conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the 
proposition that all men are created equal.

 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing 
whether that nation, or any nation so conceived 
and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on 
a great battlefield of that war. We have come to 
dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting 
place for those who here gave their lives that that 
nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper 
that we should do this.

 But in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can 
not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. 
The brave men, living and dead, who struggled 
here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power 
to add or detract. The world will little note, nor 
long remember what we say here, but it can never 
forget what they did here. It is for us the living, 
rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work 
which they who fought here have thus far so nobly 
advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated 
to the great task remaining before us – that from 
these honored dead we take increased devotion to 
that cause for which they gave the last full measure 
of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these 
dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, 
under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – 
and that government of the people, by the people, 
for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” 

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

Google the Lincoln Memorial sometime and just 
look at it. It’s an amazing sight.

 My book page: Deanne Davis


 “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” 
is now available at Sunrise Books + Coffee at 
Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene – 

just down the road on Sierra Madre Blvd.

Kindle readers, give yourself the gift of: 

The Crown – An Easter Story It’s on 
on my book page!

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February 13, 2017 

At approximately 11 am, officers responded to a 
call of a grand theft investigation in the 600 block 
of West Sierra Madre Blvd. When officers arrived, 
they determined that an unknown suspect(s) stole 
approximately forty batteries from a cell phone 
tower site located at this location. At this point there 
are no leads, but the case is still under investigation. 

February 18, 2017 

At 3:30 pm, officers responded to Memorial Park 
(located at 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd) on a man 
and women heard fighting in the restroom area 
of the park. As officers contacted the couple, one 
of the parties was determined to be on active 
parole. As officers began to conduct a search of the 
subject, the subject pulled away and attempted to 
flee. The subject was quickly captured and arrested 
when the investigation determined the subject 
was in possession of illegal narcotics and drug 

 At approximately 5:30 pm, an officer investigated 
a possible vandalism that occurred in the 300 block 
of North Lima Ave. The wooden fencing for this 
property had been broken by unknown subject(s) 
and the cost to repair the fencing is almost $200.00. 
The incident occurred between February 10th and 
February 18th of this year. 


Sierra Madre, CA – January 30, 2017 - The City of 
Sierra Madre Community Services Department 
and the Senior Community Commission are 
seeking your collaboration The honor is a long-
standing tradition in Sierra Madre and bestowed 
upon exceptional individuals, age 60 or older, who 
have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to 
community service. The individual selected by you 
or any organization must live in Sierra Madre. 

 All submissions are due prior to, or no later than 
Thursday, March 23, 2017. Recommendations 
are now being accepted for this recognition and 
will only be eligible for new candidates who have 
not been honored in prior years. Forms may be 
picked up and returned to the Hart Park House 
Senior Center located at 222 W. Sierra Madre 
Blvd., or please mail and/or walk in to Sierra 
Madre City Hall, c/o Older American Nomination, 
Community Services Department, 232 W. Sierra 
Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. 

 The Commission will review nomination forms 
and select an honoree at their regularly scheduled 
meeting open to the public in the City Hall Council 
Chambers on Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 p.m. 

 The honoree will also be recognized at a city 
reception held in their honor on Friday, May 12th, 
2017. Further details will follow. 

 Previous Honorees: Dick Johnson, Joan Crow, 
Jerry & Nan Carlton, Pat Alcorn, Fran Garbaccio, 
Ken Anhalt, Eph Konigsberg, Russ Anderson, 
George Throop, Loyal Camacho, John Grijalva, 
Joylouise Harte-Smith, James Heasley, Midge 
Morash, James Tyler, Isabella Paegal, Bonnie 
Garner, Rose Fafach, Ed Wellman, Celeste 
McCleary, Dorothy Tillquist, Doris Webster, Elsie 
Dammeyer, George Mauer, Karl Teigler, Laurie 
Cooper, Lucille Flanders & Ann Tyler. For more 
information, please contact the Hart Park House 
Senior Center (626) 355-7394; or the Community 
Services Department at (626) 355-5278. www.

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