Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, December 19, 2020

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 19, 2020 



by Deanne Davis


“Nothing ever seems too bad, too hard, or too 
sad when you’ve got a 

Christmas tree in the living room.” Nora Roberts

“Christmas is not a time, nor a season, but a state 
of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be 
plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of 
Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

“Christmas gifts suggestions: To your enemy, 
forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. 

To a friend, your heart. To every child, a good 
example. To all, charity. 

To yourself, respect.”

As I’m writing Walking Sierra Madre today, it has 
just dawned on me that Christmas is a week from 
Friday! I’m decorated. I put all the Christmas 
ornaments the children made in Sunday School 
through the years right at the front of the tree. 
The little hands pressed into plaster of paris, are 
there, too, along with the pictures mounted in 
bread dough frames, the bead ornaments Leah 
made one year, the red globes that date from the 
beginning of our marriage, some fifty+ years ago…I guess they are now valuable antiques. They 
are also somewhat cracked and crazed (which, occasionally, our marriage was, too) but they are 
precious in my sight.

I wrote a Christmas letter and sent out a few Christmas cards, I’m still trying to find iPads for 
Jessie and Emily that don’t cost more than a new Lexus. will let you print gift cards 
on your own personal printer and several of the small people in our family are getting those. 
Grandchildren William, Catherine, Caleb and Brady are gifting chickens and a goat to people in 
places like Zambia through World Vision. Daughter, Patti, and her family are keeping John’s vision 
for clean water for everyone alive with their gift, also through World Vison.

We’ve talked about what to serve for Christmas Day and I’m pushing for ham, creamed spinach, 
Helen’s Lime Jell-o Salad, and maybe some cranberry bread. Here’s that Lime Jell-o Salad in case 
you wanted something easy, pretty and delicious to go with your Christmas dinner:

1 large package lime jell-o

4 cups boiling water

24 oz can crushed pineapple (drained)

1 Tb. Lemon juice

4 cups baby marshmallows

1 8 oz. Container whipping cream, whipped with just a little powdered sugar. Or, use 
about one and a half containers of Cool Whip or till you like how it looks.

Put the jell-o in whatever you’re planning to serve this in. Add the boiling water, lemon juice, 
and the juice from the pineapple. Stir in the marshmallows and continue stirring till the jell-o is 

Refrigerate. Keep a close eye on this as you don’t want it to jell all the way, but just till it’s firm 
enough to add other ingredients. Add the pineapple and the whipped cream, stirring well to get 
all the jell-o off the bottom of the mold and mixed into the whipped cream. 

Refrigerate till it’s totally set.

You can add nuts to this but only if everybody who’s going to eat it likes nuts. Otherwise, you 
have to watch them carefully picking the nuts out and setting them dramatically on another dish...
usually accompanied by shuddering. We haven’t had nuts in our salad for years and years but I 
think about them every year somewhat nostalgically as the salad really is better with nuts...walnuts 
or pecans.

You can, of course, use a small package of jell-o, and use half of the other ingredients to make a 
nice small salad.

Am I ready for Christmas? 

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 
An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they 
were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that 
will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, 
the Lord...Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God 
and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” 
Luke 2:8-13

Yes, I’m ready for Christmas and I’m sure you are, too. 

“On a night like this, centuries ago,

A brilliant star rose in the East,

To show the Wise Men where to go.

They set out on a journey,

To find an unknown King.

Their hearts were filled with happiness

And praises they would sing!”

(“A Night Like This” from “Star of Wonder – A Christmas Musical”

Book & Lyrics by Deanne Davis, Music by David Wheatley)

Merry Christmas, dear friends! 

May God bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you, give you peace...and joy, 

“Christmas, it’s almost here! My favorite, favorite time of year!”

My book page: Deanne Davis

Christmas is just a few days away and my books:

“A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” and

“Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope” 

Would be really nice gifts for everyone you know.

You can find them on

“Star of Wonder” a delightful Christmas Kindle story is there, too.

If you’d like a little preview, take a look at: 

Senior Commission Chair Pat Holland (center), and Commissioners Sally Olson and Joann Williams on 
his left and right respectively, send a socially distanced, masked up group hug to the community after their 
annual holiday event. 

 On Thursday, Dec. 17 from 11:00 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. the Community Services Department with the 
Senior Services Commission celebrated the modified Holiday Meal Distribution at the Hart Park House. 
In normal years, the Commission would have a Holiday Luncheon Celebration but because of Covid 19 
they could not do. Instead, with the approval of the City, members of the Commission were able to attend 
the meal distribution event and hand out gifts to all of those in attendance. 

Photo Courtesy Sierra Madre Senior Commission 



 November 29, to December 13, 2020 
During this period the Sierra Madre Police Department responded 
to 334 calls for service. 

Attempted Burglary 

On 12-3-20 at two male suspects attempted to burglarize a 
house. The suspects were previously seen in the area on two 
separate days. The suspects and vehicle were the same vehicle 
from another call for service with similar circumstances. 
Suspects were arrested in a neighboring city and taken to Pasadena Jail. Case to Detectives 

Theft from a vehicle 

Sometime between 12-5-20 at 1:00PM and 12/6/20 at 8:15AM, unknown person(s) removed 
the tailgate from A Nissan Truck parked in the 100 block of S. Baldwin Ave. Case to 


On 12-7-20 a resident reported that he was the victim of fraud by sending $2,500.00 via gift 
cards, purchased at various local stores to unknown suspect(s). The suspect would give the 
resident instructions by phone following a pop up alert that there were security issues on his 
MAC lap top computer. Case to Detectives 

Theft from vehicle 

A resident discovered at 9:00AM, on 12-8-20, that his unlocked truck, parked in the 100 block 
of Esperanza Ave. had been ransacked and personal items were stolen. Case to Detectives 

Vehicle Burglary
A vehicle burglary occurred sometime between 12-7-20 and 12-8-20 in the rear parking lot 
in the 100 block of W. Sierra Madre Blvd. The victim stated that his pickup truck had the 
rear window shattered and that a bag with industrial tools had been stolen by unknown 
suspect(s). Case to Detectives

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