Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 26, 2019 


 by Deanne Davis


“Each year the Great Pumpkin rises out of the 
pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. 
He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how 
a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this 
one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of 
hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye 
can see.” Charles Schulz – Peanuts!

“Fall Bucket List: bake pies, have a S’Mores 
campfire, visit a pumpkin patch, make leaf art, 
pick apples, make (and eat!) caramel apples, go 
trick or treating, drink hot apple cider, make fall 
cookies, carve a pumpkin, admire fall colors...
red, brown, yellow, orange...rejoice in the loveliest 
season... “Autumn is a second Spring, when every 
leaf is a flower.” Albert Camus

“Vegetables are a must on any diet. I suggest carrot 
cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie.”

We love fall...all the fall stuff is out and it’s 
looked like Halloween at my house since before 
September. Why wait when you know it’s what 
you want to see all over the house. 

As we’ve already advocated vegetables on our fall 
diet, why not try these pumpkin cookies. They are 
easy to make, you can refrigerate the dough and 
make just a few at a time, they’re delicious, and 
you can justify eating them as they are loaded with 
good things...cranberries, oats, walnuts or pecans, 

Giant Pumpkin Cookies

3-1/2 cups all purpose flour

2-1/3 cups old fashioned oats

1-3/4 tsp. baking soda

1-1/2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon (generous)

. tsp. nutmeg

. tsp. ground cloves

Combine all the above together in a big bowl. Now 
use your electric mixer to blend the following and 
then gradually add the flour mixture.

3-1/2 sticks butter, softened

1-3/4 cups white sugar

1-3/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 (15 oz) can Libby’s 100% pure pumpkin (not 
pumpkin pie mix)

2 large eggs

1-3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Stir in as many pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries, 
raisins as you’d like to have. 

This dough is happier and makes better cookies 
for you if you chill it and then bake.

Drop 1/4 cup dough onto greased baking sheet....

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 14 to 16 
minutes or until firm and lightly browned. Cool.... 

Give some to anyone who looks like they need a 
cookie. This will be most of the people you know. 
Watch for scarecrows! They are appearing all over 

Just for fun, here’s a scary excerpt from one of the 
Emma Gainsworth Adventures:

“Emma Gainsworth walked into a cobweb one 
cool October day on her way to the pumpkin 
patch. Actually, she didn’t just walk into a cobweb, 
the cobweb reached out and embraced Emma, 
cocooned Emma, captured Emma and something 
spidery began slowly sliding down the silken 
strand that led to Emma’s struggling self. All eight 
of its eyes were zeroed in on her struggling form. 
Eight hairy legs slowly slid toward her, trembling 
in anticipation of the tasty morsel just inches 
away. If it had lips, the spider would have licked 
them. Drat! She whispered, trying to move her 
head enough to see just exactly who...or what, had 
captured her.”

Proving that you never know what exactly you’ll 
find in a pumpkin patch!

My book page: Deanne Davis


Kindle readers, give yourself the gift of the Emma 
Gainsworth Adventures:

“Just Dessert: A Fall Fantasy” – “The Intergalactic 
Pumpkin Battle” – “The Lost Amulets”

 They’re on on my book page!

Follow me on Twitter, too!


Maurice Lyons Whitaker Jr. of Sierra Madre died 
peacefully on October 9, 2019 at the age of 86. He is 
survived by loving nieces and nephews and preceded in 
death by his sisters Mary Ryan, Ruth Hinsch, and Frances 

Maury grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated 
from Central High School before moving to California to 
attend the California Institute of Technology. He received 
a degree in Mining Engineering from the University of 
Minnesota. After graduating college, Maury joined the 
US Coast Guard. He attended the Officer Candidate 
School at the US Coast Guard Academy. 

Maury transferred into the US Coast Guard Reserve 
after his tour of active duty. He held the rank of Lt. 
Commander when he eventually retired. After serving 
his country, he went on to a professional life that took 
him around the world as a Senior Sales Engineer for 
Honeywell and Project Engineer for U.S. Borax. 

Upon settling in Sierra Madre, Maury was an active 
volunteer. He joined the Kiwanis Club and served as the President of the Foothill Apartment 
Association. Maury enjoyed hiking, swimming, travel, and politics. His family would like to thank 
his wonderful care team and the community of Sierra Madre for all of their support of Maury.

 A private family service will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota where he will be interred at Calvary 
Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Anne’s Catholic Home of Los Angeles and the Kiwanis 
Club of Sierra Madre. Friends and neighbors are invited to a Celebration of Life on Friday, November 
1, 5pm to 8pm at The Lodge of Sierra Madre.

The public is invited to attend our annual Veteran’s Day 
Ceremony on Sunday, November 10, 2019, with special 
guest speaker Philip B. Haney, founding Member of the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and former 
Federal Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Officer, at 
Sierra Madre Memorial Park, Hart Park House, 222 W. 
Sierra Madre Blvd, Sierra Madre, start time 
1:00 PM.

Major sponsor of the event with VFW Post 3208 is the Knights of Columbus ‘SK 
Matthew P McDonagh (4th Patriotic Degree) Assembly 3784’, Pasadena, CA. 

Room is limited, so come early. Refreshments following the program will be provided.

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October 13, to October 20, 2019 

During this period the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to 359 calls for service. 

Failure to Yield 
On 10-17-19 at 2:51PM, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle that was speeding in the 400 
block of Michillinda Ave. and failed to yield to an emergency vehicle. The driver eventually 
stopped on W. Sierra Madre Blvd. at Hastings Ranch Rd. in the city of Pasadena. The driver 
was cited for speeding and evading a peace officer. Case to DA’s office 

Speeding Reckless Driving 
On 10-17-19 at 5:39PM, the driver of a vehicle in the 200 block of Michillinda Ave. was 
stopped for excessive speed in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other persons 
by traveling 74-miles per hour in a posted 35-mile per hour zone. 
The driver was cited and released. 

Theft from a Vehicle 
On 10-19-19 officers took a report in the PD’s lobby from a victim of theft from her vehicle. 
Sometime in the morning, between 7:15AM and 8:15AM an unknown suspect(s) burglarized 
her locked vehicle by smashing the passenger side window and took her purse and 
other personal items from inside the vehicle parked in the area of Mountain Trail Ave. and 
Mira Monte Ave. 
Case to Detectives


KATIE Tse....This and That


Think this is the third “pet” story I’ve done this month. 
Sorry. But I didn’t think my parents’ recently acquired 
caterpillar would emerge as a butterfly so soon. We expected 
him to hang around in his chrysalis till spring.

Here’s a quick recap. My mom bought a dill plant at 
the farmer’s market, not knowing a caterpillar was hitching 
a ride. She named him Rex, and he grew to the size of a 
stubby cigarette before shedding his skin, revealing a light 
chartreuse chrysalis underneath. Since it’s so late in the 
season, according to my dad’s research, we thought he’d wait 
out the winter with us.

Nope. My dad returned one day to find a butterfly limply 
fluttering around their office. Newly hatched butterflies need sunlight in order to 
develop properly, my dad also read, so he carefully transported Rex outside to a sunny spot in one of their planters. Mind you, my 
mom and I were absent for all this.

Right before I showed up, I noticed some cryptic text from Dad about Rex. Turns out he was texting from church (shame!), which 
explained the misspellings and unorthodox grammar. When I got to their house, they were both hunched over the planter, looking for 
Rex. But he was gone.

My mom was a little miffed my dad hadn’t waited until she was back before releasing him. She had been the one to go buy him 
more dill after he decimated the plant he arrived on, after all. But you have to weigh that against the benefits of sunlight on wing 
development, etc. In the end, letting him go when my dad did was the right decision.

My dad was able to get a fairly clear picture of him before helping Rex outside. Our pudgy caterpillar friend turned into a beautiful 
black and gold butterfly with iridescent blue accents. He sure didn’t look anything like that when he was chomping on dill weed.

I must confess to a mean practical joke. I was at the sink looking outside while my parents were still going on about whether Rex 
could’ve been detained until we’d gotten home to see him in “person.”

“Hey, look!” I said, pointing outside, succumbing to temptation. “I think that’s him!”

“What? Really? Where?” my mom rushed over.

“Just kidding.”

I know, not nice. 

Later our neighbor claimed she saw him with another of his kind in her garden. I don’t think this variety of swallowtails are native 
to the area, so I kind of doubt it. But it makes for a nice ending. 

All I can say is it’s a good thing for Rex that it was Mom who bought the plant he was attached to. I’m sure not everyone would’ve 
gone through all the trouble for a bug in their dill weed. 

 On Saturday, November 2, from noon to 2:00, come tour a great 
source of Sierra Madre pride, the E. Waldo Ward & Son jam 
factory, active since the late 1800s, located at 273 E. Highland 
Avenue. Admission is $5 at the door. The Sierra Madre Historical 
Preservation Society is spon-soring the tour, and proceeds 
benefit their projects which include the oral history project, 
sup-port for the Sierra Madre archives and the maintenance and 
improvement of Sierra Madre’s side-by-side museums, Lizzie’s 
Trail Inn and the Richardson House.

 Tours will be ongoing after noon, and will continue past 2:00 
if needed. You can make it a Sier-ra Madre history day by first 
visiting the museums at 167 E. Mira Monte Avenue. They’re 
open starting at 10:00 in the morning, and close at noon. Perfect 
timing for continuing on to E. Waldo Ward & Son! 

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