Happy New Year!

Mountain Views News, Combined edition

Combined Edition

Inside this Week:

Sierra Madre:
Images: The Year In Review

Sierra Madre:
Walking SM … The Social Side
Sierra Madre Police Blotter

SM Community Calendar:
SM Calendar of Events

Pasadena – Altadena:

Altadena · So. Pasadena · San Marino:
San Marino Events & Programming

Arcadia · Monrovia · Duarte:
Arcadia Police Blotter
Duarte Police Blotter

Around The San Gabriel Valley:
Chef Peter Dills
Table for Two
All Things

Shop Sierra Madre:

Education & Youth:
Newspaper Fun!

Best Friends and More:
Christopher Nyerges
Tom Purcell: Thurber's Tail
Katnip News!
Pet of the Week

The Good Life:
Family Matters
Out to Pastor
Senior Happenings

Christine Flowers
Rich & Famous
Stuart Tolchin On …
The Funnies

Legal Notices:

Support Your Local Businesses:

Support Your Local Businesses:

Jeff Brown
Deanne Davis
Peter Dills
Marc Garlett
Rich Johnson
Christopher Nyerges
Rev. James L. Snyder
Stuart Tolchin

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Happy New Year! 

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The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association is preparing its 
2023 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, "Poppa's 
Turn", created by Sierra Madre resident Greg Dohlen. The 
design depicts a papa bear riding in the park with his three 
curious cubs up a tree. 
The float will undergo judging at the Float Barn on 
December 31st and January 1st and will make a brief stopin Kersting Court between 7:00 and 7:30 pm on its way to 
the parade on January 1st.
After the parade, the float will be available for public 
viewing on Sierra Madre Blvd on Jan 2-3, 2023. It will 
return to Kersting Court on the evening of the 3rd.
SMRFA will be accepting donations and selling flowers on 
January 4th. 
This is the schedule available at press time and is subject 
to change depending on the weather. 
After 50+ years of ownership, following the twoyears of repairs and other post-purchase upgrades,
the Sierra Madre Woman’s Club’s has conceded that 
our 1914 Essick House needs more funds for current 
renovations than our members’ savings program,
based on our thrifty ways, has been able to create. 
As part of this year’s Triple Celebration (115 yearssince founding in 1907, 65 years since Wistaria Thrift 
Shop’s opening in 1957, and 50 years since we, in 
1972, first first occupied our now 109-year-old, 1914 
Essick House as our second clubhouse, we have 
Our original plan (which we still hope to implement)
isto upgrade in individual projectphases.As of2022, 
we are targeting raising $500,000 by December 31, 
2023 – with construction start beginning as soon asthe Wistaria Thrift Shop closes for its annual summerhiatus at the end of May 2024. If all goes well we will 
be through those three major projects in time for our 
Shop’s September 2024 Grand Re-Opening. 
Once those are completed (possibly includinginstalling interior sprinklers), we shall reopen the 
Wistaria Shop on its normal schedule. Then we can 
continue to upgrade ADA accessibility, window, 
door and interiorrefinishing of walls affected byfoundation and other upgrades.. Other upgrades,
such as installing new HVAC, kitchen remodeling,
replacing our unique craftsman roof, and redesigning/ installing water-wise landscaping, etc. can (we trust)
continue during normal club / Shop operations. Oneitem from our list was completed a year ago when wecompletely replaced our 50-year cracked and rumpledasphalt parking lot for safety reasons. 
As one of Sierra Madre’s most active charitable 
501(c)3 organizations, we annually donate to 26 pluslocal area 501(c)3 non-profits and grant between 5-8 
academic scholarships to high-school seniors throughthe support of our normal social fundraisers such as 
our annual Fashion Show, Games Tea, Jazz in the 
Garden, and, of course, our Wistaria Thrift Shop. 
This year we are launching new, “renovation focused” 
fundraisers as part of our $500,000 goal. The first 
three (3) of which are: 
January 21 from 4-7 pm, is our “Speakeasy MurderMystery”, with our 1914 Essick House turning into a 
Prohibition-era nightclub – flappers, gangsters, jazz,
the Charleston, fancy dinner and (gasp) a murder! 
Tickets are $75, or 2 for $140 through January 6,2023. 
February 11, starting 11:00 am, we offer an exclusive 
50-guest-only Dine-In Movie Experience with 
lounge chairs, a casual and both popcorn and softdrink )pther beverages available). Tickets for this 
luxurious opportunity (on Valentine’s Day Weekend,
no less!) of watching “Love Again” (It’s All comingBack to Me), are only $65 each, or 2 for $120 if 
purchased before January 18, 2023.
Our biggest renovation fundraiser this year (so far), 
our First Annual St. Patti’s Day Golf Tournamentat SantaAnita Golf Course, tees off Friday, March 17 
at 8 am. With major prizes such as $10,000 “Hole in 
One”,high-endcarraffle,andsomuchmore,thelucky120 players (only 30 foursomes) have individual per 
person entry fees of only $150. We hope to see all 
you golfers on the course. This is going to be so much 
Your support and donations for this year-long majorfundraiser, including participating in our still-in-the-
even-planning-stages, will help to greatly improveour 65-year old, award-winning Wistaria Thrift 
Shop’s behind the scenes prep area, and will be soappreciated. Just so you know, our Wistaria Shop is(and all our activities are) run solely by our 100% 
Sierra Madre Woman’s Club volunteers. SMWC is 
one of only seven GFWC clubs, nationwide, with the 
courage and tenacity to run a thrift shop. 
In addition to our ongoing charitable fundraising,
including rental of our clubhouse, our 115-
year mission keeps us actively engaged in civic, 
educational and social activities. In the early years, 
we organized the town’s social life, plays, musicals,
literary events, civic-improvement fundraising andother social activities. Today you find us supportingthe: Chamber of Commerce’s Wistaria Festival at their 
west info booth in March, Mt. Wilson Trail Race the 
last Saturday in May with our fresh Oranges Booth,
July 4th Committee with our free Pre-Parade OpenHouse at parade start, and our cherished Interfaith 
Prayer Breakfast on the 3rd Wednesday in November. 
From September through May we offer monthly2nd Wednesday daytime luncheons or teas, year-
round member-only yoga with Paul Hagan Tuesdaymornings, and monthly 3rd Wednesday eveningmeetings for members (and guests) who work duringthe day. 
The Sierra Madre Woman’s Club is a member of the 
International General Federation of Women’s Clubs 
headquartered in Washington, D.C. GFWC wasfounded in 1890 to “give women a voice in the halls 
ofpower”,andistheonly nonprofittohaveafullseat 
in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a member 
of GFWC (GFWC.org), we are also members of theCalifornia Federation of Women’s Clubs (CFWC.org)
and Area B’s San Gabriel Valley District (SGVD.org). 
As a member of these broader organizations, our 
members are invited to, and welcomed to participatein these larger-scope activities and opportunities. 
Come join us in continuing our mission of supportingour town’s (and local 
area’s) charitable, civic, and educational advancement 
through social activities. 
Clubhouse & Rental Phone Messages: 626-355-4379, 
Wistaria Thrift Shop 626-355-7739. 
Born and reared in Sierra 
Madre, Snyder began his ca-
reer with SMFD as a volunteer 
firefighter in 1986 while work-
ing fulltime Lockheed Skunk-
works as a Tool and Die maker. 
In 1991 Rich was promoted to 
Engineer and hired perma-
nently with the City as a Fire 
inspector. From 1993 to 1995,
he also served as a Firefighter 
Cadet with the Monrovia Fire 
Department on his days off. 
In 1995 Rich was promoted to 
Captain and became the City’s 
Fire Marshal. He has served 
on the Board of the Foothill 
Fire Prevention Officers for 
over 25 years, served on manyWildland Code development 
committees, and is well known 
by his peers for his expertise in 
both wildland fire preventionand residential fire sprinklers. 
Over the years, Snyder has played 
an important role in the devel-
opment of the SMFD from an all 
volunteer department to where it 
is today, a fully paid department 
part of the Mutual Aid response 
with neighboring cities. Accord-
ing to Fire Chief Brent Bartlett,
“Sierra Madre has been fortu-
nate to have Rich Snyder. He has 
been integral in the development 
of SMFD to a Full Time Depart-
ment that it is today. Rich played 
a major part in that. We wish 
him all the best.” 
If you would like to see an 
overview of his career with 
SMFD, go to: https://youtu.be/
The choice to retire has not been an easy one for him but he is looking forward 
to spending his time with his wife Laura, daughter Becca, their extended fam-
ily, and especially with his first grandson Hayden who was born in November. 
Congratulations Rich and thank you for all your service! 
Sierra Madre Rose Float Association Volun-
teers Put the Finishing Touches on the 2023 
Starting the New Year Off Right: 

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