Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, April 24, 2021

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Sierra Madre Civic Club wants to thank the Only Place in Town for making the effort to stay 
in business through the pandemic. So, instead of asking for donations from merchants for 
our usual spring auction, we ask the public to join us in patronizing town businesses including 
the Only Place in Town. Club members are encouraged to wear Club attire. 

Please join us. 

Who: Public, everyone is welcome; members are encouraged to 
wear Club attire 
What: Breakfast — Lunch — Dinner 
Only Place in Town 110 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. 
Monday, April 26, 2021 All Day: 8am — 9pm. 
Self pay/no host; maximum of 6 to a table; masks 

Come join us and give the Only Place in Town the business. 


The Volunteers of the 
Sierra Madre 4th of July 
Committee are seekingnominations for the 2021 4th 

of July Parade Grand Marshal themed #SMStrong.
Due to the holiday falling on a Sunday the Parade,
hopefully being held on the BLVD will be held onMonday, July 5, 2021.
Parade Grand Marshal Nominees should embodythe spirit of Sierra Madre, be an active volunteer inany of the local nonprofit organizations or in someway contributed to the betterment of Sierra Madre,
fully demonstrating how #SMStrong is how wesurvived 2020. Nominees may be an individual orvolunteers or an organization. Last year’s GM was 
Nominations must be submitted in writing 


by Monday, May and should be sent to 
the 4th of July Committee, PO Box 1073 
Sierra Madre CA 91025 or emailed to or a DM sent tous via Facebook. Nominations should be no more 
than 1 page but at least a paragraph explaining whythe honor should be given including contributions 
to the Sierra Madre community submitted alongwith a fun picture of the nominee.

 Previous Grand Marshals have included 2020 
SMTHRIVES, 2019 Bud Switzer, 2018 SteveHeydorff, 2017 Derek Podrebarac, 2016 Pete Siberelland Hometown Hero Kris Lowe, 2015 Clem and 

Nina Bartolai, 2014 Pat & DeAlcorn & HometownHeroes Sierra Madre Search and Rescue, 2013 VFWPost 3208 & Hometown Hero Mama Pete; 2012 Neland Bob Soltz (Wistaria Vine owners); 2011 GayleBluemel & Hometown Hero John Shear; 2010 LewWantanabe; 2009 Midge Morash; 2008 Sierra MadreFire Department; 2007 Ward Family (E. Waldo Ward& Sons); 2006 Judy Webb Martin & Toni Buckner& Hometown Hero Barbara Wamboldt; 2005Police Chief Wayne Bailey; 2004 Doug Berkshire;
2003 John Grijalva; 2002 Bob Quamstrom; 2001Ty Gaffney; 2000 Dr. Bill White; and 1999 Jim &
Barbara Heasley. 

The 2021 Event is being reimagined to includeas many of our hometown traditions as possiblewith current Health Orders and social distancingrequirements. So stayed tuned more details arecoming soon. Parade registration will open May 


 so be on the look out if you wanna show your#SMStrong pride. 

This All-American friends and family event is 
made possible through the wonderful contributionof donors and sponsors. If you’d like to help pleasevisit
or follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook. 


by Deanne Davis 

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, 
we borrow it from our children.” 
Native American Proverb 
“He that plants trees loves others beside himself.” 
Thomas Fuller 
“The earth has music for those who listen.” 
William Shakespeare“The earth does not belong to us; we belong to the 
earth.” Chief Seattle 
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth 
find reserves of strength that will endure 
as long as life lasts.” Rachel Carson 

Last Thursday was the 51st annual Earth Day. I 
came across a statement by photographer, Joel 
Sartore, founder of the National Geographic 
Photo Ark Project. He is determined to 
document every animal species in zoos 
and wildlife sanctuaries. As of now, he has 
photographed 11,341! “The goal with each shot 
is to have another chance to get the public to 
care about what happens to nature because what 
happens to everything else is what is going to 
happen to people, too.” Joel Sartore’s advice to all 
of us resonated with me as I take delight every 
day with what is going on in my backyard where bees and hummingbirds feast on the nectar from 
cactus blossoms, golden bells and orange and lemon blossoms. This week’s picture is of cactus 
blossoms where, if you look closely, you will see one or two bees. Here’s what he said: 

“You can’t go wrong by planting native plants. Plant milkweed to help save the monarch butterfly 
and nectar-bearing plants to bring back bees. That’s something we can do right now. By putting 
more native plants in your landscaping you are creating a space that is appropriate.” 

We spoke of bees a few weeks ago and here are a few more fun facts about those amazing little 

A bee produces a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. 
To produce a kilogram of honey, bees fly the equivalent of three times around the world 
in air miles. 
Bees really don’t want to sting you because they die. 
There are more than 20,000 different species of bees, found on every continent except 
The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three 
quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production 
depends on bees. Think of it this way: every third spoonful of food depends on pollination! 
I am imagining Noah as he is putting the finishing touches on the Ark, this enormous boat the 
likes of which no one has ever seen or imagined before. Noah is sweating in the sun, hammering in 
the last few nails, bringing aboard bales of hay and everything it’s going to take to provide gourmet 
feasts for two of every kind of bird, beast and bug. His neighbors are sitting in the shade on their 
porches with pitchers of margaritas and bowls of chips and guacamole laughing at him. 

“Look at that guy! Rain? He keeps talking about rain and floods and doom and gloom.” 
“Guy’s really a bummer, dude!” 

The time is near, tiny clouds are forming in the sky but Noah’s neighbors don’t notice at all. What 
they do notice is there seem to be more bees buzzing around than usual. The bees take a look at 
the people, smell the margaritas and move on quickly. Nothing there to eat. 

Noah notices them, too, and has a brief consultation with The Lord as to how to bring the bees 
onboard. He notices there seems to be a tree branch that is hanging heavy with something that is 
attracting the bees. Slipping his hammer back into his tool belt, Noah follows the bees, who seem 
to be inviting him to come see what they are doing. Taking a moment to stretch his aching back 
and sip a little water, Noah steps off the Ark and follows the bees, noticing as he goes that they are 
flying in and out of the fragrant flowers along the pathway to the tree. The air is fragrant and Noah 
appreciates a moment away from his labor. 

A bee larger than all the others flies to Noah and perches on his hand. She seems to nestle there, 
knowing she is safe. God opens Noah’s ears and he can hear what she is asking, entreating. “Please, 
Noah, bring us all. Bring our family.” She lifts her heavy body off his hand and leads him forward. 
As Noah walks toward her home, more bees begin to cluster around the queen and link to each 
other’s bodies, hanging onto their legs and arms to create a form that keeps the family together. 

“Yes!” God says. “Bring them all and they will give you honey to make your bread and comfort at 
the end of the day to sweeten your tea.” 

Noah sees that the branch can easily be broken off and he gently does exactly that. With the bees 
dancing happily around him, he takes the hive back to the Ark. Nailing a crosspiece across two 
beams, he secures the hive and goes back to work. “We will need these when we reach land,” he 
says, and thanks God for providing bees which will bring new life in a new land. 

“My bees cover one thousand miles of land that I do not own in their foraging flights,
flying from flower to flower for which I pay no rent, 
stealing nectar but pollinating plants in return.” Sue Hubbell 

If you’re looking at seed packets at Home Depot, why not bring home some sunflowers, dahlias, 
rosemary, zinnias. They look fabulous, smell wonderful and bees like them. 

My book page: Deanne Davis 
Where you’ll find “Sunrises and Sunflowers Speak Hope”
And “A Tablespoon of Love, A Tablespoon of Laughter”
Both of these books are stuffed with hope and a good recipe or two.
The Emma Gainsworth Kindle novelettes are there, too,
Along with other goodies like “Noah and The Unicorns.” 




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