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California Watermelon Festival– The Biggest and Best Ever
ith the weather closing in on 100 degrees, the 56th annual California Watermelon Festival opened its gates to the hundreds of people waiting patiently in line to be the first ones in. This is the second two
day California Watermelon Festival held at the Hansen Dam Sports Complex and the event brought together a consortium of church groups and local businesses to create a “hometown” atmosphere for Sunland-Tujunga and the
surrounding communities. More than 60,000 pounds of watermelon had been ordered to provide free watermelon to the expected 30,000 festival visitors. People arrived in costumes and comfortable dress expecting high
temperatures. Fortunately, the temperatures stayed comfortable and dry except for those involved in the watermelon races who soaked up the water and watermelon juices as they slipped and slid across the watermelon
Mylar and Power Lines Don’t Mix
Mylar balloon struck a power pole on Haines Canyon last Friday and caused a possible arcing explosion that led to a power outage in Tujunga that affected over 150 residents The incident happened shortly after 9:45 p.m. in the Haines Canyon Tujunga Canyon area, DWP workers said. It was believed the balloon struck a power pole, and live wires began to arc, but no wires went down. The problem was located
and fixed within 30 minutes and neighbors who had heard the explosion returned to their homes. One man said he heard an explosion inside his bedroom so loud, it scared all of the people in his house. “Like a big light, fire, like a blow-up, boom!,” described Armen Kachaqurian. “Everybody came out because they didn’t know what it was. They thought it was a bomb.” No injuries were reported as crews worked to fully restore power.
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raceway. Just like “in the old days,” the festival also featured watermelon carving, a watermelon relay, a watermelon eating contest, and a watermelon “wearable” contest. (Continued on Page 5)
The culprit - a mylar balloon that struck the high voltage wires.
Neighbors gather around to watch the DWP crews reset the high voltage breakers
The culprit - a mylar balloon that struck the high voltage wires.
Shipwrecked at Summit Christian By Amelia Anderson his large sign presided over the door of our Tujunga Canyon Church. It was the midst of July summer-time when all were sweltering from 100 degree heat, but the walls and halls were bursting with activity. Had a large Tsunami wave come ashore? It was a weekday early morn, but the parking lot was full and kids dressed in scant
desert gear with their dads and moms were entering and exiting in a hubbub of isle activity. I addressed a bearded Youth Pastor, Matt Mitchell, disguised as swashbuckler Captain Ahab, replete with patch on eye, bandana on head and a swinging sword festooning his baggy pants. “What’s going on,” I queried “Come on in,” he invited. (Continued on Page 2)
OVER 200 AREA Over 200DISTRIBUTION distributionSITES sitesINinTHE theFOOTHILLS foothills area Pastor Scott LeLaCheur tells a funny story to the assembled children.
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Summit Christian (Continued from Page 1) As I entered the darkened church, I was transported into a tropical island paradise depicting a ship wrecked backdrop stretching floor to ceiling set upon Pastor Scott LeLaCheur’s stage. Lit from the rear by a bank of blue and gold stage lights, it was overrun by 60 or 70 grammar school kids attired in ship-island costume singing and dancing and chanting a chorus line of praise for Jesus who comes to their aid and rescue in time of need. It’s VBS, yearly Vacation Bible School, when Summit Christian Church hosts a week of free halfday community outreach to kids to help parents provide a safe energy outlet and to help entertain them during the summer months. Sound like a handful? Not a problem for a veteran Children’s Pastors Mike and Margaret Woods who have been producing these Broadway style different themed skits yearly for the past 30 years. The children participate in games, lessons and creative activities. They are divided into teams and are able to participate in planned
activities with their friends using both the church and grounds. Each day begins with a planned skit as well as singing and dancing, the words and movement appear projected onto screen. The kids rotate between snacks and games all selected according to chosen theme. Daily events include a workshop titled Imagination Station, where kids mix art and science by creating experiments and take home projects. There is also an interactive Bible lesson. A slideshow is created at day’s end from photos selected throughout the day. Judging from the squeels of delight and joy of laughter, the VBS is number one on their Hit Parade. And they can’t wait to come back next year! So, if you want to join them, call Summit Church at: 818-353-1138. Other churches have programs, too, but sometimes they get so busy with the kids they forget to advertise or even send out a press release. So just give Doc a call at 818-482-9760. Five thousand papers are distributed twice a month. It’s a great way to reach more kids! Even the moms have fun.
The Sixties Beatles Rock the LA Arboretum
By Carla Breitner asadena Pops brought The Beatles to their summer concerts at the LA Arboretum last Saturday evening and set a record with over 5,400 attendees. “Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles” features four excellent musician-singers performing Beatles songs with orchestration transcribed from the recordings and ably conducted by Pops conductor, Larry Blank. The Fab Four, in mop-top haircuts and matching black suits, began the concert with early hits. Tony Kishman as Paul McCartney sang “Yesterday” with backing by the string section as the other band members changed to Sgt. Pepper Band outfits. Paul made a quick change and the band played a few numbers from the Magical Mystery Tour album. Tom Teeley as George Harrison stepped forward on “Here Comes the Sun,” handling vocals and Eric Clapton’s guest guitar break. Abruptly the orchestra started warming up, performing the opening of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”
The “Mystery Tour” Beatles started singing “We’re Sgt. Pepper” and played four songs from side one straight through. Doug Cox as Ringo Starr took the vocals on “With a Little Help from My Friends.” “Mr. Kite,” “Sgt. Pepper’s (Reprise)” and “A Day in the Life” (with climbing, closing chord) ended the first half. After intermission, the band (appropriately attired) celebrated the 50th anniversary of “The White Album,” with five songs. Then Kishman as Paul sat down at the piano to sing “Long & Winding Road” and “Live & Let Die.” Jim Owen as John Lennon took over the keyboard to perform “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine.” The audience joined in waving iPhone candles. The “Classical Mystery Tour” Beatles closed out the evening with “Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight” and “The End” from Abbey Road. The audience got to join in on an encore “Hey Jude” and dance along with “Twist and Shout.” All the performers were spot on in their interpretations, the
orchestra joined in enthusiastically, and the audience went home singing, having experienced the live performance of music that originated in recordings only. It was a night to remember. The Mop-Top Beatles (left to right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon) The Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band with Larry Blank conducting the Pasadena Pops. Beatles are Ringo Starr on drums, Paul McCartney bass guitar, George Harrison guitar, John Lennon piano. The Sgt. Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band take a bow. Left to Right: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. “The White Album” Beatles: (left to right: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, John Lennon) John Lennon at piano singing “Imagine” as video screen shows audience holding up cellphone “candles.” Paul McCartney calls for audience (and orchestra) help singing chorus for “Hey Jude.”
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Watermelon Festival (Continued from Page 1) “This is so fantastic, a fantastic amount of fun,” said Festival Director Paul Butler, looking over the sea of smiling faces. “I want to create a legacy, a legacy that people remember what it was like to be with people from all over the country, having fun!” He said. It was Butler who, as a Sunland-Tujunga chamber member, helped revive what was once known as the Sunland-Tujunga Lion’s Club Watermelon Festival. This event brought together an eclectic group of people that all worked together to make sure that everyone had a great time. Pastor David Richardson of Firepoint Church who is best known for producing the WOWJAM, was part of the program bringing his expertise on setting up a large festival. For decades, the late-summer festival had been held at Sunland Park, where it outgrew its limited parking. Then it moved to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, then to the Santa Anita Race Track in 2014. The festival was discontinued during 2015 as the Lion’s blub re-organized and new leadership brought in. Marynance Schellenbach, the “Grand Dame” of the Lion’s Club retired and a new president was elected. At this printing, it was unable to determine the actual costs of creating the festival, but with the use of computer generated tickets and an outside company doing the books, it looks like it is really going
to be a windfall for our local charities and service organizations. Last year was the first time at Hansen Dam Sport Complex and a lot of lessons were learned. For instance, this year, all departments were compartmentalized with managers overseeing each one. Event rides and concessions were provided as a package, security, trash pickup & visitor transportation were run by their respective managers reporting to Butler. “Just like a business” said one observer, and that made it a little less stressful, but very effective. With over 13,000 visitors on Saturday and 15,000 on Sunday, just the act of cleaning up the watermelon rinds and keeping the Andy Gump’s serviced could have been a problem, but wasn’t. Everywhere you looked, there were children and adults having a great time. There were over 40 individual vendors and display booths providing something for everyone. Small children received a free pony ride and everyone could visit the petting zoo and reptile center. People arrived in costume and spread cheer where ever they went. Sylmar and San Fernando High Schools provided over 150 student volunteers. Companies such as Hamer Toyota, Pepsi and Nestles all contributed to making this the largest community festival in the North East Valley. Look forward to it being even bigger and better next year.
Seven Dog Safety Tips W ith summer almost at an end and back-to-school on the horizon, I know what you’re thinking: “Gimme a hotdog – I’ll worry about getting into that swimsuit next year.” Or maybe that’s just me. The other thing I’m thinking is: “Road trip!” Let’s have one last hurrah before it’s back to business as usual. If you’re like me, you’ll want to bring your four-legged friends on the trip with you. After all, they’re part of the family, too. Taking pets along when you travel does involve making a few more plans. Here’s seven ways to make your trip safe and fun when you travel with your pets. Check with your vet before you travel. Dogs or cats who had health issues in the past may not be good candidates for travel. In these instances, boarding may be the best choice. Even healthy pets may require a variety of items before flying or road trips. Depending on your destination, your pet may need extra vaccines or health certificates to travel. Your vet can help you determine which, if any, additional steps to take. Pack ample food and water for your pet’s trip. Grocery and supply stores along your route may not stock the right food, so make sure to pack enough with you to last the length of your trip. Also, pack water as well as refillable containers for replenishing when needed. And don’t forget to pack water and food bowls for serving on the road. Traveling long distances with your pet? Many pets are com-
fortable riding around town in your car as these are often quick trips that can sometimes lead to fun. Long road trips, however, can be an entirely different matter. A good way to ensure your trip goes smoothly is to do some practice runs. Take your dog or cat on a longer ride than normal and have them sit where they would during the trip. It’s important to remember that some pets, like people, can get carsick. For your pet’s safety, and yours, use a restraint when traveling. For cats, this means they ride in a carrier that is secured to the seat or placed on the floor. For dogs, this means riding in a carrier or a safety restraint system made just for this purpose. When traveling with your pet, make time for play and potty. A lot of what makes road trips fun are the interesting stops along the way. Stop every 2-3 hours to give your pet the chance to stretch, walk and relieve themselves. Bring their favorite balls and toys and take a few minutes to incorporate training, play and running. Find out if there are dog parks or safe places to run along your route. This will make travel interesting and fun for pets. Traveling with your pet by air? Know the rules. There are regulations and fees associated with flying with a pet. Some airlines allow you to bring your pet into the cabin; some don’t. Make sure you research this carefully before you fly. Most airlines have information about traveling with pets
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ASK RUSTY File Early and Invest vs Wait to File
by AMAC Certified Social Security Advisor Russell Gloor, Association of Mature American Citizens
ear Rusty: I read your article entitled “Doing a Breakdown Analysis” and noted that the article was in response to a reader question about when to take Social Security Benefits. The writer commented “I’m in pretty good health and don’t really need the money right now.” The breakeven analysis you suggested is a great help in determining whether to claim early or wait to take Social Security benefits; however, and in light of your reader’s comment that “he did not need the money right now,”
perhaps another element should be added to the breakeven analysis. That element is to roll the figures based on taking the money early and investing that money month after month for the 48 months in question. The end result should also help in determining an appropriate course of action. I was in the same position back in the mid 90’s and made out far better by taking the money early and investing it. In any event, it’s one more way to look at this issue. Signed: Faithful Reader Dear Faithful: Thanks for your feedback. I certainly agree that there’s more than one way to look at the ques-
tion of when to take Social Security. And, yes, I’m quite familiar with the strategy of taking benefits early and investing them. But since I’m not a Financial Advisor and not qualified to give investment advice, I’m required to restrict my remarks to only the Social Security aspects relating to questions I’m asked. You might be interested to know, however, that many financial advisors today do not recommend taking Social Security benefits early, investing the money, and trying to earn more than the Social Security benefit growth they’ll realize by waiting. Unlike the investment opportunities of the 90’s, it’s pretty hard
Beware the Attack of the Ticks: Some Can Give You Lyme Disease, Says AMAC WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 3 – It’s the height of summer, a time of year when we are most vulnerable to insect-borne diseases. It’s a threat that will still be with us well into the Fall. Dr. Robert R. Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control [CDC], warns that “a growing list of diseases caused by the bite of an infected mosquito, tick, or flea have confronted the U.S. in recent years, making a lot of people sick.” Tick attacks can be particularly nasty for seniors, says Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. “They can cause several different illnesses, most notably Lyme disease. All of these sicknesses can have harsh symptoms but they rarely result in death, although the elderly have weaker immune systems and are therefore more susceptible.” According to the CDC the symptoms of Lyme disease include fever, rash, facial paralysis and arthritis and can last up to six months. The Interim Healthcare Web site notes that these ”symptoms can be harsh but slow to set in - a person could be infected with Lyme disease for a full month with nothing but a small rash at the bite location before more serious symptoms set in. Later stage Lyme can include increased rashes, partial facial paralysis, arthritis and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, brain and spinal cord swelling, nerve pain and
Tick on head of dog can be removed easily with a pair of tweezers short-term memory loss.” Not all ticks carry Lyme disease. Weber says, “it is the blacklegged tick and the western blacklegged tick that are the culprits. They are not common in all 50 states. In fact, up until about 20 years, they were common only in the Northeastern United States. But two decades later they can be found in 1,531 counties spread across 43 states. Rebecca Eisen, a research biologist at the CDC, tells us that blacklegged ticks inhabit the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and north-central regions of the United States, and the western blacklegged tick are found along the Pacific Coast.” Weber says he did some research and found that you can tell the difference between the blacklegged and the common dog tick [which is not known to spread disease] by the physical differences between the two. The blacklegged tick is much smaller than the dog tick and the dog tick has white markings on its back. The AMAC chief also suggests that you do not panic if you find a tick
has attached itself to your body; you’ve got up to 24 hours before an infection can set in. So you have time to get help in removing it at an ER, for example. “Whatever you do, don’t try to squeeze it out or use a lit cigarette to coax it out. If you can’t get medical help, use tweezers to grip it as close as possible to its mouth to remove.” And, now it is reported that a new species of tick, the “Longhorned Tick” has recently been identified in New York, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and Arkansas. According to one report, “while they have been known to transmit disease to humans in other parts of the world, health officials say more research is needed to determine whether that’s possible in the U.S.” To prevent tick bites, the CDC suggests that you: • Treat clothing and gear with products containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin can be used to treat boots, clothing and camping gear and remain protective through several washings. And that you, • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE), para-menthane-diol (PMD), or 2-undecanone. EPA’s helpful search tool can help you find the product that best suits your needs. Always follow product instructions.
these days to beat the 6.7% annual growth in one’s Social Security benefit realized by waiting until full retirement age (FRA) to collect, as well as the 8% annual growth one realizes by waiting beyond full retirement age. And those higher benefits are paid for life, which is significant when considering that average life expectancy is now well into the 80’s and living into the 90’s is now relatively common. Another consideration when taking benefits earlier than one’s full retirement age is that there is an annual earnings limit which, if exceeded, will result in Social Security withholding benefits, so a person’s intentions for
continuing to work could have a financial impact and should be included as part of any financial analysis. And yet another is that Social Security benefits are taxable if certain income thresholds are exceeded, so taking benefits early when someone is still earning a large salary will increase their income tax liability. The point is, it’s never an easy or clear-cut decision as to when to start Social Security, and many factors such as those mentioned above need to be evaluated. And the breakeven analysis, which compares cumulative benefits at different claim-ages, should only be one piece of the puzzle.
Local Businessman Takes Action With Effective Criminal Rehabilitation Program
The Criminon program which is supervised by local resident, Ghislain Viau, is studied by the offender in jail with the program broken down into courses with practical drills and exercises which directly address various factors which lead to crime. to the bad things that are hat is it that causes a occurring in society and person to become a hope that someone else repeat offender and comwill do something about it. mit crimes despite having I found a way to be causserved time in prison? How might our system ative instead of just being fully rehabilitate a crimian effect, when I started nal, helping them to lead working with incarcerated an honest and productive folks.” life? With some states havViau is a supervisor with Criminon, a secular proing as high as 75 percent recidivism (to relapse into gram that approaches crimcriminal behavior and land inal rehabilitation using the back in prison), solutions theories of L. Ron Hubare needed and members of bard who said “There is no our community are taking person alive who cannot action. make a new beginning.” Local businessman, The Criminon program Ghislain Viau, longtime is studied by the offender resident of Sunland who in jail with the regimen of recently moved to La Cresthe program broken down into courses with practical centa, says “I wanted to drills. For more informamake a change around me instead of being individution you can contact info@ criminon.org. ated, just being a spectator
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