Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, March 4, 2023

MVNews this week:  Page 3

Mountain Views News 80 W Sierra Madre Blvd. No. 327 Sierra Madre, Ca. 91024 Office: 626.355.2737 Fax: 626.609.3285 Email: Website: 
By Meghan Malooly 
3 Mountain Views-News Saturday, March 4, 2023 
by Deanne Davis 
The City of Sierra Madre Senior Community Commission is seeking nominations for Older ‘Sierra Madre’ 
American of the Year. The honor is a long-standing tradition in Sierra Madre and bestowed upon an exceptional 
Sierra Madrean, age 60 or older, for their outstanding commitment to community service. 
Recommendations are now being accepted for new honorees. Please send nominations to Sierra Madre City 
Hall, c/o Older American Nomination, Community Services Department, 232 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra 
Madre, CA 91024 by Thursday, March 16, 2023. Forms may be picked up and returned to the Hart Park 
House Senior Center: Hart Park House 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Sierra Madre, CA 91024 
The Senior Community Commission will discuss the selection of the Older ‘Sierra Madre’ American of the 
Year at their regularly scheduled meeting, open to the public, in City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, 
April 6th at 3:00 p.m. A reception to honor the 2023 Older ‘Sierra Madre’ American of the Year will held on 
Wednesday, May 10th, 2023. 
For more information, please contact the Hart Park House Senior Center (626) 355-5278 x704; or 
the Community Services Department at (626) 355-5278. 
A P R I L 1 , 2 0 2 3 
Must be 21 Years Or 
This week Sierra Madre Spotlight 
is shining directly on a 
lovely 3rd generation Sierra 
Ma-dre Resident Faith Keith. 
This gem hopes to major in Environmental 
Sciences so it's no shock to find out that her 
community service mainly deals with our surrounding 
She is the president of the Green Club at PHS 
where together they tend to the school's garden 
and facilitate the recycling program. 
None of this has been mandated by the school, 
Faith just loves the planet and her community 
and wants it to be beautiful now, and in the 
centuries to come! 
Outside of school, Faith works hard to try and 
make her selfless and beautiful dream of a 
healthy planet come true. She and her fellow 
Greeners (That sounds young and hip, right? 
I’m still young, RIGHT?!) not only go on hikes for the beauty and exercise but specifically 
to pick up other people's trash. If only those who left the trash would throw it away in the 
first place, but that's a topic for a different day. 
Without Faith and the Greeners our town would not have the spark and dazzle it currently 
shines. It's people like her who see that there is a problem and ra-ther than be upset and yell 
at the litter, she took action and has truly made a difference. Thank you Faith, you give me 
faith (hehe) in humanity that there are still young people out there ready to make a change 
and get our planet as clean as a freshly scrubbed out pan. 
“Weather is uncontrollable. Only the 
Lord above can control the weather. 
Whatever we get, we have to work 
with.” Maurice Greene 
“When I put on my coat to take the 
trash out…it refused to go!” 
“Surely everyone is aware of the divine 
pleasures which attend a wintry 
fireside; candles at four o’clock, warm 
hearthrugs, tea, shutters closed, curtains 
drawn, whilst the wind and rain 
are raging audibly without.” 
Thomas De Quincy 
What else would we be talking about 
this week but the weather! Bottom 
line: We’re all tired of rain and being 
cold. However, the snow on our own 
personal mountains has been absolutely 
incredible to see and so many 
of Sierra Madre’s great photographers 
have posted pictures which are so 
good they should all be in a Greatest 
Photos coffee table book. Ken Fong, 
Sharon Pevsner, Heather Roberts- 
Parker and Danna Andrews in particular have outdone themselves with pictures of 
the snow-capped peaks. Today’s picture by Greg Dohlen is so good I had to share it 
with you all. However, the picture taken by Sharon Pevsner of the snow up at Orchard 
Camp on the Mt. Wilson Trail is stellar. I also saw a really cute little snowman at one 
of the Glendora school campuses. We have so many talented photographers. Thank 
you all for sharing your work. 
Yes, the pictures are fantastic, the view is amazing but it would be nice to see the sun 
again and I wonder how the Mt. Wilson Trail repairs are coming along as there’s been 
nothing but rain and more rain. The truck sliding down the hill probably didn’t help 
either but it’s not too late to send a donation along to help them out: Make checks payable 
to Sierra Madre Community Foundation and write “Fletcher Trail Maintenance 
Fund” on the memo line. Send it to P O Box 716, Sierra Madre CA 91024 
Thinking about the weather brought to mind that famous statement attributed to 
Mark Twain: 
“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it!” 
Turns out this was actually said by Charles Dudley Warner, who was an American essayist, 
novelist, and friend of Mark Twain, with whom he co-authored the novel The 
Gilded Age: A Tale of Today. Who knew! 
These next ones really are Mark Twain’s… 
When a person is accustomed to 138 in the shade, his ideas about cold weather are not 
valuable...In India, "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into 
use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will 
melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy. 
- Following the Equator” 
“I reverently believe that the Maker who made us all makes everything in New England 
but the weather. I don't know who makes that, but I think it must be raw apprentices in 
the weather-clerk's factory who experiment and learn how.” 
- "The Weather" speech, 1876” 
“Until further notice, celebrate everything!” David Wolfe 
Last Wednesday, March 1st was our daughter, Patti’s, birthday and also our granddaughter, 
Nicole’s birthday. Patti gave herself a tremendous gift on her birthday some 
years ago of a daughter, that very same Nicole. Happy birthday, Patti and Nicole, a few 
days late. In spite of the rain and cold, I know the day was filled with joy, laughter and 
delight. These women are awesome. And, speaking of awesome, I don’t know if you’ve 
heard of this book: The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha, which I bought for myself 
from Amazon for $11.08. I loved all the awesome things Neil Pasricha listed and they 
got me thinking about all the awesome things around me. 
Awesome is an adjective meaning extremely impressive or daunting, inspiring great 
admiration. You’ll be able to whip up your own list of awesome things in about ten 
seconds because we are surrounded by awesomeness. 
Here are a few of mine: 
Being inside and watching rain pouring down outside. 
Watching the sun come up every day. 
The first cup of coffee in the morning. And a lemon muffin to go with it. 
Seeing a friend you haven’t seen in a while. 
Reading a really good book. 
Finding a $5 bill in your pocket. 
Getting a letter in the mail. 
Turning the seat warmer on in your car. 
Having a good hair day. 
Finding something on sale unexpectedly. 
Flowers. Any kind of flower, any color, any shape. 
Weighing yourself and finding you’ve actually lost a pound or two. 
Unexpectedly seeing the full moon early in the morning. 
In a world where you can be anything you want to be…Be KIND! 
My book page: Deanne Davis 
Look there for “The Crown,” a paperback book that’s practically free! 
This is a beautiful story of what might have happened to that infamous crown of 
With Easter on its way, this little book is the perfect read for yourself or a friend.