Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, November 13, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 13, 2021 

This week I am very ex-

Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives. 
cited to highlight someone 

While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all, 

I’ve had an absolute plea-

Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small 

sure working with, Avery-
Bogue. It’s easy to forget 

It's so easy to forget them for it was so long ago 

how young this amazing 

That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know 

woman is because of how 

It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys, 

hard she works. Avery is 17 and a senior at Arca-

Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys. 

dia Highschool Class of 2022 and has lived in Sierra 
Madre for the last 9 years. She is an avid runner and 

Next time you see the flag go by, held in the hands of one of our veterans, stand and sa-

Sofia Coppola movie watcher. When asked she’ll be 
the first to tell you how much she loves to run, this 

lute, for our flag and our veterans both deserve that honor. 
is unfortunately something I can not relate to. If you 
ever see me running I would advise you to start as 

Just a couple more things…Don Taylor of Taylor’s Meat Market will be sorely missed. 
well because I’m probably being chased by a zombie. 

I know that many of us, received…not only a great piece of meat, chicken or fish from 
Whereas Avery spends her free time running the 

Don, but instructions on what to do with it. I still have the “How to cook a turkey” card 
Rose Bowl for fun. When she's not being an amaz-

I got from Taylor’s years ago. 
ing athlete she's being an incredible volunteer who 
has been working with Sierra Madre Gives Back for 

Here's a suggestion for you: My friend, David Wheatley, who is one of the premier or-
the past year. 

ganists/pianists anywhere in the world is giving a concert as part of the Glendale City 
Church Presents: Second Saturday Concert Series. It’s Saturday, November 13th at 4:00 

 Volunteering, for any reason, is a noble and selfless 

P.M. Included in the program will be works by Bach, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Whitlock, 
act but Avery took it one step further. She wasn't vol-

Webb and some of David’s own compositions. Glendale City Church is at 601 E. Califor

unteering to fulfill a requirement, she was volunteer

nia Ave. in Glendale. Admission is a free-will offering and masks will be required. You 



(JULY 1948 - OCTOBER 2021) 

The long-time resident of Sierra Madre, 
and most recently of San Luis Obispo, CA, 
Linda Thunes, passed away peacefully in 
October, beginning her next evolutionary 
journey. JGD 

Linda was active in many community 
organizations in Sierra Madre, including 
the Sierra Madre Garden Club, the 
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association, Sierra 
Madre Chamber of Commerce, The 
Wistaria Festival, City of Hope Support 
Groups for Brain Tumor patients and 
a myriad of other activities. Linda was 
known for her constant generosity, kindness, 
wonder-ful sense of humor and a 
willingness to volunteer her time and her 
knowledge in order to be of assistance to 
others, often setting a standard of altruism 
that was inspirational to all. She will be remembered 
for her simple joy of life and for 
her love of her late husband, Hal Thunes. 

Linda will be missed by her family and 
so many friends and residents of Sierra 
Madre and of other local communities. 
She is survived by her sister, Donna Cline 

and Linda’s two stepchildren, Stacy & 
Scott Thunes. 

If desired, donations may be made to the National Brain Tumor Society in Watertown, 


The development project Meadows of Bailey Canyon is just the beginning, 40-50 unit limited income 
housing developments are being planned by several churches in Sierra Madre. Upon attending the 
Planning Commission meeting on September 16, 2021 the developer representing several churches, 
stated that the development of these housing facilities could not be built without a minimum of 40-50 
units, per building. 

We are in a crisis, that I believe allot of our residents aren't aware of, if these developers have our zoning 
laws changed, that protect our unique small town feel of Sierra Madre, it will disappear and so our 
quality of life, leaving a suburb of Los Angeles for future generations to grow up in. 

The citizens of Sierra Madre must come together, we are the only one's that can protect our city, and I 
believe the real challenge is to implement laws that will stop developers from coming in permanently, 
because as long as there is vacant land, developers will always be able to make a profit, as long as there 
is a chance, any loophole at all, they will keep trying. 

Thank you for your time and consideration 

Alice Whichello, A Proud Resident of our Beloved Sierra Madre 


By Meghan Malooley 


ing purely to help. As needed, she would volunteer 
weekly at the Gives Back food bank and store. She would spend hours unboxing and shelving food and 
sorting through donated items. Avery is one of those people who is incredibly easy to talk to and it was 
such a joy getting to know her. The first day she worked in the food bank she had my mom and I in 
awe. When she got there it was an absolute mess (just like my life) but that didn’t intimidate her at all. In 
the next 2 hours I watched as this incredible young woman unpacked hundreds of cans and food items 
organizing and putting them away. Not only is she efficient but she's one of the kindest people I’ve met. 
Her true motivation for volunteering is purely just to help, “ As of now my goal is helping people feel 
important in a world so large and unforgiving”. 

It's been an honor getting to work with Avery. Truly, she is one of those people that will do great things. 
Everyone always says that it's during times of crisis that we really see a person's true nature. I think it's 
pretty safe to say that a world wide pandemic is definitely considered a crisis and Avery showed who she 
is. She’s someone that could have spent the mandated time off doing absolutely nothing, but instead she 
chose to sit on an unair-conditioned back porch unboxing food to help those in need. I am extremely 
proud to not only have her as a part of my organization but as a friend. I am very excited to see what the 
future holds for her, granting the zombies don't take us out first. (As you can probably tell I have a thing 
for qqzombies, I know it's weird, but it's the only scary thing that doesn't scare me lol) Avery has such 
a bright future ahead of her, she's currently checking out colleges and I know wherever she ends up she 
will make a difference. Avery is and will always be an incredible person. So next time you take a drink, 
whether it's a sip of milk or Moet Chandon, say a little cheers to this deserving and fantastic individual! 


by Deanne Davis 

“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice 
for our country has earned them 
our lasting gratitude.” Jeff Miller 

“Freedom is never more than one generation 
away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our 
children in the bloodstream. It must be fought 
protected and handed on for them to do the 
same.” Ronald Reagan 

“As we express our gratitude, we must never 
forget that the highest appreciation is not to 
utter words, but to live by them. Thank you for 
your service, protection and support.” 
John F. Kennedy 

This coming weekend, featuring beautiful 
weather, I hope, will be filled with celebrations 
of our veterans throughout the land. There 
will be flyovers, flags will fly. Our veterans will 
come out in full dress uniforms, and our Nation 
will thank them once again for their service and their sacrifice. There will be many 
moments of remembrance, including the Walk Through History to honor Sierra Madre 
Veterans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park. This is an opportunity to learn more 
about folks who served, past and present. Bud Switzer, Dick Witter and Doug Sutcliffe 
are only three of the many veterans who are represented there in the park. This is such 
a great new event, put on by the Kiwanis Club. Take a few minutes and check it out. My 
Dad was in the Navy during World War II. He never talked much about what he did, 
what his job was, what happened to him. As we commemorate Veteran’s Day this weekend, 
I thought I’d put his picture here. This is circa 1942 or so and he was so young and 
handsome. We are fortunate here in Sierra Madre, to have quite a few veterans who come 
out smartly and impeccably dressed in their uniforms to carry the flag, march in our July 
4th parade, be on hand to kick off the Mt. Wilson Trail Race and be part of the Memorial 
Day and Veteran’s Day observances. They stand tall and straight and we admire them. 

I came across this poem and it feels so appropriate. 

“Just A Common Soldier” 

A. Lawrence Vaincourt 
He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the pastOf a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one 

And tho' sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spokeBut we'll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world's a little poorer, for a soldier died today 

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful lifeHeld a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won't note his passing, though a soldier died today 

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung. 

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our landA guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life? 

A politician's stipend and the style in which he lives 

would really enjoy this. Trust me! 

At long last, the new Emma Gainsworth novelette is out!
“Hurricane: An Emma Gainsworth Adventure 
Look for it on my book page: Deanne Davis 
Here’s the link: is up to her elbows in disaster…you’ll love it! Best $2.99 purchase ever! 


The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association has opened 
the online sign up program for decorating the Sierra 
Madre Rose Float during Deco Week (December 
26th to December 31st). 

Please sign up for this year’s float entitled “Nature’s 
Classroom” and join us preparing our beautiful 
Amazon rainforest. 

Sign up through our website at https://sierramadrerosefloat.
org/getinvolved/volunteer/decorate/ to 
get involved, then volunteer, then decorate! 

Our Volunteer Guidelines have changed this year, and we have some new restrictions and Covid-
19 protocols, so it is important to read our guidelines BEFORE you sign up through iVolunteer. 
If you have difficulty signing up or have questions, please email us at info2021@sierramadrerosefloat.

If you have a group of 8 or more, you need to schedule a time that would be convenient for your 
group to work. Please complete the Application for Group of Volunteers form and return it to 

We may be able to open up more spots when it gets closer to Deco Week, so if you don’t find your 
preferred shift or the shifts are full, please check back in December. 

Thank you for participating and we’ll see you at the barn! 

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