Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 20, 2020

MVNews this week:  Page 10


Mountain View News Saturday, June 6, 2020 

Pet of the Week


 Maya is a gorgeous 7-year-old German Shepherd in the 
prime of her life. She’s an active dog that enjoys being 
with people and would do best as the only dog. This 
makes her all the more devoted to her owner and she’ll 
hand out kisses non-stop! Maya was quick to learn her 
commands of sit, down, and stay. Maya even has a "shake" 
command where she will shake paws with you. And she 
LOVES to play fetch! If playing fetch, getting kisses, and 
going on long walks appeal to you, then you need to fetch 
this dog for yourself!

 The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dog adoptions 
include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate 

 New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-
wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a 
goody bag filled with information about how to care for 
your pet.

 View photos of adoptable pets at 
and fill out an online adoption application. Adoptions are 
by appointment only.

 Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

All Things By Jeff Brown

In 1955,14 year old Emmett Till of Chicago was visiting family in Mississippi when he was kidnapped by a 
group of white men who accused him of flirting with a white woman. They beat him bloody, gouged out his 
eye, shot him in the head, mutilated his body, and dumped it in the Tallahatchie River. (The men were later 
acquitted) His mother chose to have an open -casket viewing, and to let Jet, an African American magazine 
photograph his son’s brutalized remains .”It forced America to see for the first time what American 
racism actually looked like, “ said Benjamin Saulsberry, director of the Emmett Till Interpretive Center 
in Mississippi. That image, and the shame and disgust it evoked. launched the civil rights era. Years of sit-
ins, protests, and confrontations with police finally toppled Jim Crow segregation, and culminated in the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964.And now, after Americans watched a kneeling white police officer nonchalantly 
crush the life out of George Floyd, we have come to another Emmett Till moment-a reckoning period. The 
passionate, multiracial protest that has filled the streets of more than 1000 U.S. cities and towns will not 
end racism. But as Mahatma Gandhi taught, shame and moral revulsion can be powerful weapons against 
oppression. In the past week, we have seen police chiefs taking a knee with Black Lives Matter protesters. 
Cities and Congress are moving towards major reform of policing . A near-insurrection broke out among 
current and retired generals after President Trump sought to bring in active-duty troops to “dominate” the 
protestors, a la Tiananmen Square. Confederate statues and flags are finally coming down. In a Monmouth 
University poll 76% of Americans called racism “a big problem” in the U.S.-up 26 points since 2015. No one 
can unsee the knee on George Floyd’s neck, or unhear his cry, ”I can’t breath”. Change is slow, and change 
is wrenching but change is coming .William Falk Editor-in-Chief "The Week"


JANE FULLER: Sierra Madre Singer and Guitarist

“Welcome Back to Sierra Madre!”


“I hope people realize the value 
of live music now that it’s 
been gone during the Covid 
shutdown,” says Jane Fuller, 
who has been performing in 
Southern California for over 
30 years.

“I want to use music to help the local businesses 
during this financial downturn,” explains Fuller, 
who will be performing her upbeat music at Corfu’s 
Restaurant at 5 p.m. on June 27. The theme will be 
“Welcome Back to Sierra Madre.”

Fuller wants people to wake up and re-discover 
what “atmosphere” really means, and to get a taste of 
what they’ve been missing. “Life is 3D,” she explains. 
“Atmosphere means there are smells, and tastes, and vibrations. Music is literally vibrations in the air that 
affects our entire being. When you’re in a restaurant eating with a friend, it’s a multi-sensory experience 
that feeds our need for social interaction. We’re all social creatures,” she says enthusiastically.

“I think that people go to musical performances for something more than just the music,” she explains. 
“People want a sense of community. They want to be a part of something.”

 Fuller is also a theatre arts teacher for the LA Unified School district, though all classes have been 
on-line the last few months, with no direct social interaction. In the past, she has even involved her students 
with her public performances.

 Fuller has produced four CDs, including “Night and Day,” “You’re Coming Back Again,” and a 
Christmas CD called “The Spirit of Giving.” Her most recent CD is called “Someone to Listen.” Her music 
can be purchased at

 Fuller began to play the guitar at age 10, when the folk music trend invaded the Catholic Church and 
Masses included guitars. “One of the girls at school showed me a few chords, and I had to learn quickly,” 
she says. Fuller explains that she had a strict nun in 5th grade who pushed her into leadership positions 
in stage, and in organizing the music for Mass. “I had to deliver for God,” she says with a laugh. “I had to 
learn the new songs for church, and this drove me to improve my guitar playing.”

 Fuller went to Alverno High School, and took classes at Pasadena City College. “I studied under Bobby 
Bradford at PCC and learned a lot about blues and jazz. I really learned a lot from him,” she emphasizes.

She earned a bachelors degree in Creative Writing and Literature at UC Santa Cruz, and a degree in theatre 
arts from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

 She has lived in Sierra Madre since 2004, and has long felt a part of this community, from her high 
school days at Alverno, to teaching at Saint Rita’s, and to her many musical performances.

She believes that part of her mission as a musician is to support local businesses. “It’s so much more than 
just supporting a business,” she explains. “A successful business brings in people, and the people are uplifted 
and come together. This creates a sense of community, and it’s really just like growing a garden. But 
in this case, the “fruit” of that garden that a healthy community produces are the people with naturally 
healthy immune systems.”

 This show on June 27 will be dedicated to longtime Sierra Madre resident Barry Schwam, who 
performed at Sierra Madre playhouse for years, who recently passed away from cancer. Fuller will be performing 
one of Barry’s songs (“Once I was a Mountain”) on an autoharp that Schwam bequeathed to Fuller.

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