Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, April 1, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, April 1, 2017 

Walking Sierra Madre…The Social Side 

by Deanne Davis

“My favorite way to cook trout is whole, bone-in, on 
the grill. The fish is stuffed with sliced lemon and herb 
sprigs, brushed with oil, and cooked over fairly hot 
coals until the skin is crisp and the flesh is moist and 
flaky. Go ahead and gild the lily by adding a sauce.” 

Tom Douglas

I don’t know if these little guys I photographed at 
the Huck Finn Fishing Derby, sponsored by the 
Fire Fighters, last Saturday are going to cook their 
trout that way, but this much I do know, they will be 
getting ice cream if their picture is in the paper. That’s 
the Fire Fighter’s Rule! Declan and Nolan here with 
their FisherKids Certificates and proud dads, just out 
of sight, holding nets with two or three really good 
sized trout in them... 3 and almost a half pounds is 
what I’d call a good sized trout... have obviously had 
a really good time. Took a picture, too, of a cute little 
girl, Tabitha, who was standing on a rock working on 
her casting. I asked her if she liked fishing and got the 
“I’m only doing this to make my mom happy!” look. 
But she was having a great time being outside on a 
beautiful day.

“When a trout rises to a fly, it does not swim as much as 
tilt its fins and jet skyward!” 

Joseph Monninger

Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day, fluffy clouds 
in the sky, a nice breeze, sunlight enough to warm the 
bones...and after camping out all night Friday, some of 
those parental bones probably needed warming... and 
the smoky remains of a campfire drifted by from time 
to time on the breeze. We, my fishing buddy, John, and 
I, went out around 10:30 or so to see what there was to 
see and what we saw were families having a wonderful 
time together. The Pasadena Casting Club was giving 
lessons and we were really impressed with some of 
the fly-casting we saw. We especially enjoyed several 
moms who were casting with their daughters’ Hello 
Kitty rods; said daughters having wandered off to see 
what else was going on. Checking out, I 
was astonished to see how many kinds of fishing poles 
especially for kids there are available. John still has the 
fishing poles he’s carried through his life from when 
he and his Dad used to go fishing together when he 
was a little kid. They went to some stream, he said, not 
too far away, never caught anything but had a good 
time. That’s pretty much what it’s about, isn’t it, having 
a good time with your family. 

Here’s something nice about Sierra Madre: The 
FormLA Landscaping Newsletter mentioned us! And 
I quote: 

“The City of Sierra Madre looked at its broad expanses 
of lawn around city hall and saw an opportunity to 
conserve some water – and a little green. They reached 
out to Glenn Putnam with the Sierra Madre Garden 
Club to instigate a redesign of the space into a vibrant 
park comprised of water-wise, foothill-friendly plants. 
The Garden Club involved the full community in the 
project. The Sierra Madre Community Foundation 
joined the Garden Club to raise funds by selling bricks 
and benches to mitigate the costs of the renovation. 
The Sierra Madre Senior Commission sponsored the 
Authentic Foothill Shade Garden. The Garden Club 
also recruited community groups and residents to 
help plant the new foliage. The Authentic LA Foothill 
Gardens at Sierra Madre City Hall are now a source of 
pride and cost savings for the city.” 

 We love how the gardens ‘round City Hall look 
now. We can be very proud of ourselves as this is a 
beautiful and water-wise area where it’s very pleasant 
to just sit and look up at our own personal mountains.

 Another thought on things floral: Trader Joe’s has 
daffodils, 10 stems for $1.49, where you cut an inch 
off the bottom, stick ‘em in some water and you’ll 
have a week of absolute beauty and joy. We keep ours 
in the kitchen.

 A few goodies you might want to know about: Our 
Library has a volunteer technology tutor available to 
help patrons learn how to use the internet, software 
such as Excel and Word, how to set up email, and 
conquer their smart phones or tablets. He’ll be there 
Monday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 2 
to 5 p.m. Sign up or drop in and he’ll help you. Neat! 
And, speaking of the Library, I finished “Rise of the 
Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from 
Missiles to the Moon to Mars” and if you haven’t read 
this yet, start! It’s a terrific book, trust me!

 Don’t forget Legendary Bingo is April 15th at the 
Recreation Center to support our Rose Float. This is 
NOT your Grandmother’s bingo! 6:30 till when the 
last chip falls!

 And, one last thing, today, April 1st, is my Walking 
Sierra Madre buddy, John’s, and my 50th Anniversary. 
More about that next week.

 My book page: Deanne Davis


 “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter” 
is now available at 

Sunrise Books + Coffee at Pasadena First Church of 
the Nazarene – 

just down the road on Sierra Madre Blvd.

Kindle readers, give yourself the gift of: 

The Crown – An Easter Story It’s on on 
my book page!

Follow me on Twitter, too!


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Oops! In last week's edition, this picture was damaged. Soooo, we're trying again!

Pictured above: Joanna and Kelly Rogers,Ryan Rogers (brewmaster) in the trench and lifelong 
family friend Dave Bergman also digging! We;ll let you know when they're 'Up and Brewing!'

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