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MEMORIAL DAY, 2012 • At Riverside National Cemetery, a dedicated volunteer makes a difference. • Scouts, Old Glory and an annual tribute at Bellevue Memorial Park in Ontario. • Too many veterans are missing out on earned benefits, and there’s an effort to change that. • Civil War hero Harry Davis is one of several local Medal of Honor recipients.

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Surrounded by history ... As a pilot with the Marines, forrest was in korea and saw the Communist Chinese flood across the Yalu River at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir. The next day I was tracking down the grave of a Civil war veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. I had a photo of the gravesite from 2000, then another from 2004 that showed what appeared to be an additional, newer, plaque. Cemetery employees helped me find the site, but had no idea when the second plaque appeared. for this issue, we pay tribute to veterans, men and women now serving in our military and those who gave their lives in service to our country. But in doing so, we are reminded that the history of our nation, and the generations that preceded us, surround us.

Like that second plaque, we might well find them right at our elbows when they might have been there all along. The people who saw the surrender of Japan, fought in Vietnam, marched for freedom and equal rights in washington, protested wars, helped build homes with Habitat, they are all around us and have lessons for today and tomorrow. we just need to listen for their voices and hear what they have to say. And that guy in the trench? He is my dad, Donald N. sproul, who turns 90 this month.

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Run for Rescue 4/28 The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department West Valley Search and Rescue Team hosts its 16th annual run and safety fair at Chaffee College. Events include a 5K walk, 5K and 10K runs and a Kiddie K. Proceeds benefit the team, which is a nonprofit volunteer unit. 5885 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; $25 single, $35 combo; 909-921-2982.,

Twilight Cruise 5/4 Open to all 1970 and earlier rods, customs, classics and muscle cars. Participants receive free museum admission. Also runs June 6. Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona; 909-622-2133.

IE Dixie Salsa BBQ Competition 5/5 More than 30 teams compete for cash prizes and trophies. Plus, live music, car show, children’s activity zone, entertainment and more. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 909-244-5600. Also: TNA Impact Wrestling World Tour, May 4; IE Food Truck Fest, May 6; Vicente Fernandez — La Gira del Adios, May 11; Traffic Car Club, May 13; Street League Skateboarding DC Pro Tour, June 15-16; Big Search America talent competition, June 23; Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, Sept. 9

Garden events 5/5 Pruning and planting workshop. Work with experienced gardeners and ISA-certified arborist Rich Bado. Learn planting secrets and how to prune trees. Bring gloves and tools. Light refreshments provided. Maloof Foundation Discovery Garden, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma; 8:30-11:30 a.m.; free; 909-980-0412.

San Antonio Heights 125th anniversary

Lake Arrowhead Film Festival 5/18-20 The works of independent

6/1-3 Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together. Sesame Street Play Zone opens 60 minutes before each performance. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; $15-$85; 909-244-5600.

Amgen Tour, Stages 6 & 7 5/18-19 Touted as America’s most successful cycling race with elite professionals and events designed for everyone, the 8-day Amgen Tour brings two stages through our own Inland Empire backyard. The Stage 6 route (5/18) runs a grueling 115 miles from Palmdale to Big Bear Lake. The next day’s Stage 7 features a climber’s challenge. Launching from the Ontario Convention Center, it runs up to Mt. Baldy via Euclid Avenue and Mount Baldy Road, proceeds down the East Fork, loops down along the San Gabriel Canyon then returns to Mt. Baldy via Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road. Related events include L’Etape du California, April 28, also starting from the Ontario Convention Center, and CycleFest 2012 on May 12 hosted by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Station on Summit Boulevard.

filmmakers from around the world will be featured during the 13th annual event that also celebrates television. Honorees are actress Kathleen Quinlan, N. Bird Runningwater and KNBC weatherman Fritz Coleman. Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, 27984 Highway 189; 909-337-7587.

performance Pulse 5/30 Free-form celebration of dance. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411.

stage ‘Sense & Sensibility’ through 5/13 An original musical romance based on the Jane Austen classic. LifeHouse Theater, 1135 N. Church St., Redlands; 909-335-3037. Also: “The Wizard of Oz,” May 26-July 1.

‘Aida’ through 6/3 Contemporary musical take on a classic tale of a bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier, written by Elton John and Tim Rice. Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont; 909-626-1254. Also: “The Music Man,” June 8-July 22; “Returning to Sin City,” July 27-Aug. 19; “Miss Saigon,” Aug. 24-Sept. 30.

Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411. Also: “Late Night Catechism III,” April 28; “Stuart Little,” May 5; “Kill Me, Deadly,” June 1-9.

‘Hansel and Gretel’ 5/4-5 Opera theater production. Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway; 909-537-7516.

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ 5/5-20 A high school aged girl is transported on an adventure through space and time with her brother and her friend. Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga; $16; 909-477-2752. Also: “The Wizard of Oz,” July 14-22; “Willy Wonka,” July 28-Aug. 4.


The Glass House through 6/7 Active Child, April 27; Enter Shakari, April 28; Destruction of a King, May 11; Creed, May 13; Andre Nickatina, May 18; The Slow Forward, May 19; Hot Water, May 26; Revelation, June 7. The Glass House, 200 W. Second St., Pomona.

Motown: Motor City Review through 6/10 Musical journey through Motown hits from the likes of the Jackson Five, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Stevie Wonder. Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; 909-429-7469.

Benise En Fuego! 4/27 In concert. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800. Also: Riverside County Philharmonic, May 19.

Redlands Shakespeare Festival 5/10-19 The Bard’s best works presented during this eighth annual event. This year’s offerings: “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Richard III” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Redlands Bowl, 25 Grant St.; free admission.

‘Miss Saigon’ 5/11-12 An American soldier and a Vietnamese girl fall in love, only to be separated during the fall of Saigon. Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside; 951-779-9800. Also: “Peter Pan,” featuring Cathy Rigby, June 29-30 and July 1.


‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

4/27-29 A young prince searches for meaning and significance in this production by Citrus Theatre Arts students. Haugh Performing Arts

5/25-27 Stage production of the family friendly magical tale by C.S. Lewis. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St.,

The Great All-American youth Circus 5/4-20 The 72nd performing season features aerial, pyramids, trapeze, unicycle, wire and other circus-type acts. This year’s show is a tribute to classic television. Redlands YMCA, 500 E. Citrus Ave.; 909-798-9622,

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5/6 San Antonio Heights marks its 125th anniversary in 2012 with events including a historical talk about the community from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Garage at the Life Bible Fellowship, 2426 N. Euclid Ave., Upland. Historian Megan Hutter’s presentation will feature maps, photos and other information chronicling the history of the Heights. Free. Reservations suggested, RSVP to or 909-638-1673. Also upcoming is the community’s annual pancake breakfast, May 26 at San Antonio Park.,

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Incubus 4/27 In concert. Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort, 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center; 9 p.m.; $40-$200; 760-751-3100. Also: Dwight Yoakam, May 26; Melissa Etheridge, June 22; Meat Loaf, July 7; Joe Cocker, uey Lewis and The News, July 13.

Claremont Symphony Orchestra 4/29 A Tribute to Spain, with “Espana” by Emanuel Chabrier; “Concierto de Aranjuez,” by Joaquin Rodrigo; and “The Bullfighter’s Prayer,” by Joaquin Turina. Robert Sage, conductor. Bridges Hall of Music, Fourth Street at College Avenue, Claremont; 3:30 p.m.; free. Also: Honoring Great Britain, for the 2012 Summer Olympics, June 10.



Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Los Angeles Sports Arena, April 27 • Stagecoach 2012 Empire Polo Club, April 27-29 • Coldplay Hollywood Bowl, May 1-2 and 4 • Dodgers vs. Giants Dodger Stadium, May 7-9 • Sugarland Greek Theatre, May 22 • Angels vs. Yankees Angel Stadium, May 28-30 • Van Halen Staples Center, June 1 • The Beach Boys Hollywood Bowl, June 2; Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, June 3 • Dodgers vs. Angels Dodger Stadium, June 11-13 • Van Halen Honda Center, June 12 • Playboy Jazz Festival Hollywood Bowl, June 16-17 • Norah Jones Hollywood Bowl, Aug. 10 • Red Hot Chili Peppers Staples Center, Aug. 11-12 Sugarland

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Ticket to Ride 5/2 Beatles tribute band. Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont; 909-626-1254. Also: Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart, June 13; The Long Run (Eagles tribute band), June 20; Surfin Safari (Beach Boys tribute), June 27; Roy Orbison Experience, July 11; Rocky Mountain High (John Denver tribute), July 18; The Four Preps, Aug. 1; Bella Donna (Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac tribute), Aug. 8; ABBAFab (ABBA tribute), Aug. 18.

Goo Goo Dolls 5/3 San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland; 7:30 p.m.; 800-359-2464. Also: Espinoza Paz, May 17.

Portugal, The Man 5/4 The Fox Theater, 301 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; 909-865-3802. Also: J Cole, May 9; Snow Patrol, May 10. The Fox, 301 S. Garey, Pomona.

Michael McDonald 5/5 Morongo Casino Resort and Spa, 4955 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 8 p.m.; 888-667-6646. Also: Tony Bennett, May 11; Kenny Loggins, June 22.

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San Bernardino Symphony 5/19 Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony and Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” highlight the symphony’s 83rd season finale. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino; 8 p.m.; 909-381-5388.

Sugarland 5/25 In concert, with a party following the show. Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995. Also: Credence Clearwater Revisited, June 1.

Spring Showcase 5/31 Featuring jazz artist Robert Kyle. Cal State San Bernardino, 5500 University Parkway; 909-537-7516.

The Diamonds

5/5 Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line; 8 p.m.; 800-745-3000. Also: Mariachi Sol de Mexico, June 2.

6/23 Classic rock ’n’ roll featuring the group that first hit it big with “Little Darlin’.” Center Stage Theatre, 8463 Sierra Ave., Fontana; 909-429-7469.

Snow Patrol

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5/11 In concert. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula; 877-711-2946. Gary V, June 14-15.

Citrus Singers 5/18-20 Country, classic, Broadway, blues, rock and nostalgia are covered by singers, backed by the Citrus Blue Note Orchestra. Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora; 626-963-9411. Also: Listen

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6/30 Patriotic musical journey. California Theatre of the Performing Arts, 562 W. Fourth St., San Bernardino; 909-885-5152.

sports Rancho Cucamonga Quakes through 5/31 The Quakes host the Inland Empire 66ers, May 1-3; Lake Elsinore Storm, May 4-6 and 30-31;

Lancaster JetHawks, May 14-16; High Desert Mavericks, May 17-19; and Modesto Nuts, May 27-29. The Epicenter, 8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; 909-481-5000.

Ontario Warriors 4/29 American Indoor Football League action vs. Arizona. Citizens Business Bank Arena, 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario; 888-519-0211. Also: Home games vs. Oakland, May 5; Las Vegas, May 12; and Sacramento, May 20.

Rancho Cucamonga; noon to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

‘Ontario Invitational Art Exhibition’ through 5/27 Sixth biennial collection of new works by local and regional artists. Museum of History and Art, 225 S. Euclid Ave., Ontario; noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays; free; 909-395-2510.

‘Big Fish, Small Teapot’

through 5/13 Part I of the three-part exhibit with this tagline: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles, 1969-73. Pomona College Museum of Art, 330 N. College Way, Claremont; 909-621-8283.

through 6/30 Biennial exhibition featuring the works of ceramic art professors at all Southern California universities and community colleges. American Museum of Ceramic Art, 340 S. Garey Ave., Pomona; noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, until 9 p.m. on second Saturday; 909-865-3146. Also: Patti Warashina, July 14-Sept. 29; Mettlach & Royal Worcester, Oct. 14-Jan. 12.

Student Invitational

‘3 Paths to Expression’

art & exhibits ‘It Happened at Pomona’

through 5/17 The 35th annual juried exhibition featuring the works of Chaffey College student artists. Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, 5855 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; free; 909-652-6492.

through 9/3 Tina Mion, Georgette Unis and Lan-Chiann Wu present works that are meant to kindle thought and feeling. Maloof Foundation Jacobs Education Center, 5131 Carnelian St., Alta Loma; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free admission; 909-980-0412.

‘Garden As Art’

Gallery Talks

through 5/20 Twenty-five artists present what the garden has to offer, through various mediums and individual techniques. CCAA Museum of Art at the J. Filippi Winery, 12467 Base Line Road,

5/19 and 6/2 Birds of the lower Colorado River, May 19; Birds of the San Bernardino Mountains, June 2. San Bernardino County Museum, 2024 N. Orange Tree Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Redlands; 909-307-2669.

Also: Fantasy, sci-fi and horror writing workship, April 29; Mastodons, Mammoths and Moms lecture, May 13.

comedy The Improv

through 5/31 Jay Mohr, April 26-29; Gabriel Iglesias, May 1; Christopher Titus, May 3-6; Q104.7 Listener Appreciation Show, May 8; Carlos Loma & Friends, May 9; Trish Guinn, May 10; Donnell Rawlings, May 11-13; Loni Love, May 15; The Dirty Show, May 16; DJ Cooch, May 17; Jim Jefferies, May 18-20; Mike Cano’s Comedy Party, May 22; Headliners Only, May 23; Jeff Garcia, May 24-27; Comedy Circus, May 29; Spicy Latino Night, May 30; Robert Zapata, May 31.The Improv, 4555 Mills Circle, Ontario; 909-484-5411.

Weird Al Yankovic 4/28 Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Interstate 15 at the California/Nevada state line; 8 p.m.; 800-745-3000.

Polo Polo 5/4 Hispanic comedian. Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, near Temecula;

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For grandfathers and Scouts, Marines and military service veterans, this day, Memorial Day, is more than an extra day off to start the summer. It is a day to pay tribute to the men and women who died in service to our country — a time our nation and our communities also thank those who served and are serving.

For veterans, military honors STORY BY JerrY rICe


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very veteran deserves an honorable and dignified burial. that’s part of what motivates richard Burns to volunteer three days a week at riverside national Cemetery, where he assists families who are there to say goodbye to loved ones. “a lot of people really don’t know what to expect at a national cemetery,” said Burns, who still looks sharp in his dress blues

STORY BY AllAn Borgen

Gone but not forgotten — richard Burns, U.S.m.C. retired, salutes the graves of veterans buried at riverside National Cemetery. Burns is a member of the cemetery’s Semper Fi No. 1 memorial Honor detail.

uniform — 50 years after serving overseas with the marine Corps as an amphibious assault vehicle crew chief. “i tell them a little about the cemetery, what’s going to happen, the procedures during the service and what a military funeral is all about.” Riverside national Cemetery averages 35 services a day, and more than 212,000 veterans and their spouses are interred there. Besides assisting families, Burns also is a member of a memorial Honor detail, specifically the Semper Fi no. 1 team. it’s one of nearly 50 units, staffed by some 470 volunteers, who provide military honors for about 10 RnC services daily. active duty, Reserve and Guard units cover all of the remaining services. “Seeing a squad of uniformed veterans welcoming and honoring one of their own gives the families, i believe, a sense of well-being that their loved one is where they are supposed to be and that they will be cared for,” said dean moline, Riverside national Cemetery director. For Burns, his duties as the family assistance volunteer are mentally and emotionally draining, but the work, he adds, is important. “it’s a very sad time for the families,” he said. “When they’re crying and upset, sometimes you want to break down and cry with them. But you have to be strong so you can help them with their grief.” Burns recalled one service when a young girl asked if the cemetery would take good care of her grandfather. “i bent down and said, ‘yes, we specialize in taking care of grandfathers because a lot of us are grandfathers.’ i explained a couple more things to her, (Continues on page 15)

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Boy Scout Troop 303 and Cub Scout Pack 306

Small flags, large tribute By SUZANNE SPROUL


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im Raymond believes in the merits of good character and the responsibilities of citizenship, which have been on special display during memorial day each of the past three years. The ontario father and scoutmaster promotes the ideas of honor, and with those values comes the importance of duty to community and country — lessons he shares with others. Traditions also are important to him and Boy Scout Troop 303 and Cub Scout Pack 306. Together they have embraced the task of placing american flags on the graves of veterans buried at Bellevue memorial Park in ontario. and what may have started as a lesson in civic service has become a duty — one they gladly shoulder and look forward to every year. “We were asked several years ago to help put out the flags, and we jumped at the chance,” Raymond said. “We felt then that it was important and represents the Scout belief in service to God and country as well as service to others. The older boys understand a lot more of what this means, and i think the younger ones know they are doing something worthwhile.” Raymond grew up in his native Louisiana, spending much of his boyhood in the swamps. He was never able to participate in Scouting, but years later he got involved as an adult volunteer and was in charge of a Cub den before becoming a scoutmaster. He enjoys sharing the experiences with his son and other Scouts. “Putting flags on the graves of our veterans is an awesome way to show dedication to our country. it is our way of showing respect and dignity to those who have given us so much. it’s a great display. “my father was in the navy, and he isn’t buried locally, so i don’t get to (Continues on next page)


A last service for veterans By SUZANNE SPROUL


OO MAny vETERAnS and their families aren’t aware of everything they are entitled to when a veteran dies. In fact, only about 18 percent of eligible veterans in the Southland receive the burial benefits they earned when they served their country. Lori Molter wants to help change that. “I was in the grocery business for many years, and when I retired from that business I went to work for a time at Forest Lawn. I earned my insurance license and was very involved in the pre-planning process,” Molter said. Today, she is a counselor with the veterans Burial Program working with 15 local family owned mortuaries and the massive Riverside national Cemetery. “The veterans Burial Benefits program is a volunteer organization,” Molter said. “I am one of the counselors trying to reach out to our local veterans and get them the


(Continued from preceding page) decorate his grave on Memorial Day. Helping the boys do this shows the veterans the respect they deserve, and it allows me to honor my father,” Raymond said. Bellevue Memorial Park was established in 1892 when 10 acres were set aside on the northwest corner of Mountain Avenue and G Street in Ontario to serve as a final resting place. Upright markers and headstones dot the tranquil landscape and mark the graves of many prominent pioneers. Buried there are members of some of the area’s first families including the Atwoods, Chaffeys, Drapers and Millikens. The cemetery also is the last home to more than 800 veterans dating back to the Civil War and encompassing may 2012

information regarding their burial benefits. So many veterans are not aware of what they are entitled to or don’t understand how to go about getting the information.” Molter visits local posts of the veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion to get the word out. The benefit basics: veteran’s Affairs provides free burial to veterans and their spouses at national cemeteries where space is available, but it does not pay for costs incurred prior to arrival for burial. The vA also has more limited benefits for veterans buried at private cemeteries.

all of the country’s conflicts, including the war in Iraq. Every Memorial Day, services are conducted to recognize these veterans. General manager Randy Inlow is putting the final touches on plans for May 28, including a Memorial Mass at 8:30 a.m. and a patriotic observance at 10 a.m. But before then, Raymond and his Scouts will rise bright and early on the Saturday before Memorial Day, as they have for the past three years, gather armloads of miniature American flags and mark the grave of each and every veteran with Old Glory. “This is our tradition and a suitable show of patriotism for all that our veterans have done for us. This is really a simple thing to do, but an emotional one. Last year, the boys were putting out

The program is available to all eligible veterans, individuals who have been honorably discharged and have a minimum of one day of active duty, Molter says. A veteran should have plans in place with a chosen mortuary. Counselors help fill out all the necessary paperwork. When the time comes, families only need to make one phone call. “This really does offer peace of mind to everyone involved,” she said. For more information, call Molter at 909-226-1988 or visit the vA website at

the flags when someone came up and thanked them for what they were doing. The boys were very proud. I was, too,” Raymond said. Other local Scouts are expected to join Raymond and his troops. Last year, the pre-Memorial Day flag-posting observance was the largest ever, according to Inlow. “What the boys do is very meaningful and important to our families and the community,” he said. “The families appreciate their efforts.” There are many veterans buried at Bellevue. Family members and friends are encouraged to visit, and they do, but at least once a year every veteran’s grave is visited by a Scout. “The Scouts enjoy the opportunity to prove themselves good Scouts and good citizens of a great nation,” Raymond said.

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In search of Harry Davis, Medal of Honor recipient By DON SPROUL



he Medal of honor. The nation’s highest award for gallantry and answering the call of duty in wartime dates back to 1863 when Pvt. Jacob Parrot was the first of a group of six men to receive the medal. Since then, more than 3,400 men and one woman have been so honored for actions in all manner of conflicts including the Boxer rebellion, World Wars and battles in Korea, haiti, Philippines, Somalia and, of course, at home in our own Civil War. The quiet suburbs of Southern California are no strangers to these men. Some were born in our own towns and rest in our own graveyards. among them is harry Clay davis, perhaps the earliest Medal of honor recipient connected to our area, who received the medal for a feat during the Battle of atlanta. he was a private in Company 6 of the 46th ohio Volunteer Infantry, then locked in a campaign in the South overseen by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. and unlike the descriptions of the acts of more recent recipients, davis’ Medal of honor citation is sparse: “Capture of flag of 30th louisiana Infantry” on July 28, 1864. This and other facts about medal history come from websites including that of the Congressional Medal of honor Society ( also reporting the short citation are www.homeofheroes. com and But davis, who died in 1929 at age 88, had more than his 15 minutes of fame, according to archives from the library of Congress and the periodical harper’s Weekly, which actively followed the war with accounts of battles illustrated by artists on the scene. In fact, davis — or at least a recreation of his heroic act — was featured on the cover of harper’s on Saturday, Sept. 17, 1864, and was mentioned in newspaper accounts back home in ohio. The holmes County farmer, aug. 11, 1864, edition described the action and events leading up to it more fully, under the following heading: may 2012

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published in New York and chronicled many of the events of the Civil War. The caption on the above page reads, “Harry Davis capturing the battleflag of the Thirtieth Louisiana Regiment, at the Battle of Ezra Church.” Scans of many of the pages, including the one above, may be found at

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army of Tennessee as it prepared for its next clash with Confederate forces. near the close of an extended account, which is best left to Civil War students, the writer describes a bloody assault by Confederates on Union soldiers and follows with it a mention of harry davis: “The rebels rushed right upon our works, so many of them as lived to get there, and sometimes were in the very act


» Harry Clay Davis’ Medal of Honor marker at his

grave at the Pomona Valley Memorial Park on Franklin Avenue in Pomona.

of vaulting over when killed. A rebel color-bearer, ran up with the colors, and with the spearhead which was affixed to the top of the flagstaff run through a member of the 26th Illinois, who was

just on the other side of the works, and killed him. Instantly another member of the same regiment shot the daring rebel through the head, and leaping over the works captured his colors in safety. “The colors of the 30th Louisiana were captured by private Harry Davis, of the 46th Ohio.” Also on the Library of Congress website is a more colorful description of valor. After a nameplate on sheet music titled, “When I last bid you farewell, Mother, or the hero of ohio, words and music by William Clifton,” the second page introduction to the music pays tribute to a “Harvey Davis the Hero of Company G. 46 Ohio V.R.” and goes on to describe “Harvey” as the private who in the height of the clash, also known as the battle of Ezra Church, rushed from the lines, shot down a rebel color bearer and captured the flag. Also according to the text, a Gen. John J. Logan returned the flag to Davis as “a memento of your brave conduct as a volunteer soldier on the battlefield.” Today, Davis lies next to Martha C. Davis, who lived from 1863 until 1963, at the Pomona Valley Memorial Park on Franklin Avenue. Davis isn’t the only local or locallyconnected Medal of Honor recipient. The roll of local heroes also includes Frank Fulton Ross, who received the Medal of Honor for action in the Philippine Insurrection and died in 1936. He’s buried at Bellevue Cemetery in Ontario.

Then there’s James H. Howard of St. Louis, Mo., who was a fighter pilot in World War II who went on to become a general. He was a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont. According to the Home of Heroes, a website that honors Medal of Honor recipients, among others, local recipients include: Rodolfo P. Hernandez, Korean War, and George T. Sakato, World War II, both of Colton; and Joseph Charles Rodriguez, Korean War, Clarence B. Craft, World War II, and Bernard F. Fisher, Vietnam War, all of San Bernardino.

» The sheet music for William Clifton’s tribute to Davis, left, and newspaper accounts of what’s known as the Battle of Ezra Church may be found online at the Library of Congress website,

Memorial Day at RNC What: Memorial Day observances at Riverside National Cemetery will include speeches by local dignitaries, the flyover of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane from March Air Reserve Base’s 452nd Air Mobility Wing, colors presented by the California National Guard, rifle salute by the U.S. Air Force Blue Eagles Honor Guard and music from the Riverside Concert Band. When: May 28 at 11 a.m., preceded by

the arrival of the annual West Coast Thunder motorcycle parade Also: The Roll Call Project, with volunteers reading the names of every veteran who has been interred at RNC during the previous 12 months, will start at 7 a.m. May 27, and continue until all the names are read. Where: 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside Information: 951-653-8417, www.cem.

(Continued from page 11) and she felt a lot more at ease. When I straightened up and looked around at the family, most of them were wiping the tears out of their eyes. “It’s always a very sad occasion, but I’m glad that I can — in some small way — make the family feel a little more comfortable with the fact that they’re leaving a loved one at a place where there are a lot of veterans and that we’re going to take excellent care of them.”

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continues to grow, increasing demand for the precious resource. A concerted effort by local water agencies, businesses and the public is needed to head off future water woes, says Terry Catlin, president of the board of directors for the Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA). The focus should be on conservation, improving infrastructure and increasing recycling capabilities. “It’s very difficult to find new water sources, so we have to learn how to manage the water that we do have,” said Catlin, who also is the general manager of the Water Facilities Authority in Upland. “We are fortunate in this area to have a large groundwater aquifer called the Chino Basin. But still, it is limited in terms of how much we can draw from

it at any given time. This is why conservation and recapturing rainwater are so important.” Meeting future needs will require “a new water ethic,” says Tom Love, IEUA general manager. Besides using water wisely, optimizing local supplies — such as capturing storm runoff that otherwise would be lost to the ocean and recycling wastewater — will enhance local water supply and reliability. “We are working on projects to capture more storm water to store in our local groundwater basins and surface reservoirs, which can dramatically increase available supplies for dry periods,” he said. Homeowners can assist IEUA’s recycling efforts by capturing storm water in barrels or cisterns for irrigation use, Love says.


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Additionally, some cities allow gray water systems, where water from washers, showers and other fixtures may be used for irrigation purposes. “The cost of these capturing systems can range from few hundred dollars to several thousand, depending on the sophistication of the system,” Love said. “Although these measures may not save as much water as good conservation measures year round, every drop counts and cumulatively it can be significant.” In recent years, the IEUA — along with the Chino Basin Watermaster, Chino Basin Water Conservation District and the San Bernardino County Flood Control District — implemented the Chino Basin Recycled Water Groundwater Recharge Program (GWR). Its goal: to enhance water supply reliability and to improve drinking water quality throughout the Chino Basin. Additionally, the IEUA has invested $200 million in reclaimed water delivery infrastructure through purple pipes that run alongside potable water pipes. Reclaimed or recycled water is wastewater that is treated to remove impurities, making it suitable to irrigate landscape or to recharge groundwater aquifers. Although the financial investment to install a purple piping system is substantial, the cost of delivering recycled water is less than half that of importing fresh water. “The IEUA has increased recycled may 2012

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water deliveries by a factor of 10 over the last decade,” Love said. The IEUA currently recharges 40,000 to 50,000 acre feet of imported water from Northern California annually, as well as 15,000 to 25,000 acre feet of storm water and 10,000 acre feet of recycled water. An acre foot of water is equal to 325,900 gallons, about what an average family of four will use in a year. The IEUA/GWR program is seen as a long-term solution to the water supply and quality issues facing the greater Chino Basin. It has been nationally recognized for its reliance on local resources, natural organic cycles and innovative treatment techniques. The Cucamonga Valley Water District also is working to bring more recycled water to its customers, says Kristeen

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Farlow, a CVWD spokeswoman. For example, until recently, recycled water was only available at the east end of the district’s service area, but new projects have expanded the territory. “We leased property to IEUA for recycled water infrastructure, which made it possible to get recycled water into an area of our community that had a need for it,” Farlow said. “We have another project on Baseline in Rancho Cucamonga. This will primarily serve customers in Upland, but it also will serve Red Hill Park and Alta Loma High School.” Recycled water comprises about 10 percent of CVWD’s water supply, and the agency will continue to take an aggressive approach to recharge recycled water in the San Sevaine region, Farlow

says. Recharging benefits the entire region, from Rancho Cucamonga to Chino. “The recycled water projects are a great example of agencies working together to serve our customers better and increase supply in the entire region,” she said. Beyond capturing storm water and recycling, conservation is an important way to increase water supplies — and not just during the summer, Love says. Using less in the winter will leave more available for use during the dry summer months. Overall, Love is encouraged by the conservation efforts of homeowners. During the most recent drought, water demand was reduced by more than 15 percent. Still, more needs to be done, he adds. “We encourage residents to be aware of the importance and value of our water supply, where it comes from, and that climate and events as far away as Sacramento can significantly impact our imported water supply,” he said. One example is a water efficiency bill, which was signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger

» A grid of channels is cut into the bottom of an empty water recharge basin. The trenches help speed the filtering of stormwater into groundwater supplies. in 2009, that calls for a 20 percent per capita reduction in urban water use by 2020. “If we all work together, we’ll achieve that,” Love said. With more projects in place to solve California’s water woes, what about rates? They most likely will rise with inflation and energy prices, officials admit. Rates

also may be affected by regulatory factors, climate change and aging infrastructure that may need to be replaced. “Although rates may go up, California water is still the best deal around,” Catlin said. “And this is especially true when you think of the price of other resources, such as gasoline. What else can you buy today for a penny a gallon?”



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Shelby ForreSt’S demeanor is as bright as the day as he talks about the opening of Pioneer Junior high School in Upland some 50 years ago. he’s idling away a few minutes outside the now fenced-in campus on 18th Street as photographer Will lester sets up for a photo. Forrest was the first principal at Pioneer and spent some 16 years there. In May, he will join in the celebration of the school’s anniversary. Despite a full career as an educator, Forrest was already a seasoned professional when he first taught a fourth-grade class in the Upland School District — a professional pilot, that is. like many others, Forrest PHOTO BY WILL LESTER transitioned from a military career » Pioneer Junior High’s first principal, Shelby Forrest, will join in the school’s 50th anniversary celebration this month; below, a photo of Forrest from an early school yearbook. during which he flew F4U-4 Corsair fighters for the Marine Corps to the but I loved it. I loved the simpler environment of the classroom. junior high,” he said. “I flew jets later, but not in combat. During the conversation, “Did World War II, finished school a late-model white car rolls at ’SC, and came out here as a fourth PioNeer Jr. high’s up. From the driver’s seat, grade teacher,” he recalled. 50th ANNiversAry ross bloom, now of Palm Shortly after receiving his teaching CelebrAtioN May 10 – The community is Desert and one of Forrest’s credential, Forrest was recalled to invited to join in Pioneer Jr. original teachers, calls out active duty and was in Korea for the High School’s 50th a greeting. critical battle of that war. anniversary celebration at the school from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “I think that’s Shelby “Are you familiar with the Chosin The campus is located at Forrest,” he says. “how reservoir?” he asked. “I was there, 245 W. 18th St., Upland. come you’re looking so old, watching at the Chosin reservoir, Included in the festivities will be a barbecue, student Shelby?” when I saw the Chinese coming down displays, an exhibit of school “I’m wondering about across the yalu river,” he said. memorabilia, musical performances, a photo booth, a tree that myself,” Forrest that duty extended his military planting, time capsule burial, responds. “I’m looking in the mirror this service until 1952 as he flew with other Marines and recognition of special morning, and I couldn’t recognize the features off the USS battan. Forrest came home and was honored guests, including Pioneer’s first principal, here.” soon back in the classroom. Shelby Forrest. While Forrest may quip, a lot of people still After teaching in the sixth grade and serving The school also is selling brick pavers that can be recognize him. the school has changed from the as a teachers’ counselor at Upland Junior high, engraved with several lines original few buildings and the more-open setting Forrest got an administrative credential and to commemorate a person, that Forrest and bloom remember. master’s degree at USC and was prepared for the event, attendance at the school and other similar they also remember the students: from the next step. he became the first principal at things. Sales of the pavers will first student body president who went on to Foothill Knowles in 1960, then at 39 in 1962 at go toward purchase of a new electronic marquee for the a teaching career to the more obstreperous Pioneer, serving at both schools for about six front of the school. youngsters who needed more guidance — just as months. he spent the next 16½ years at Pioneer. For more information, contact they remember careers well spent on 18th Street, So which was tougher: piloting an aircraft or Joanne Pomierski in the school office, 909-949-7770. west of euclid, where Forrest has lived with his managing a class? wife, Gloria, for the past 56 years. “the group of kids here was a big challenge,


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hen Avani Zaidi heard her husband’s idea for the new home they planned to build, she was skeptical. “I told him, ‘Oh yeah ... that’s not going to happen.’ ” After all, his proposal, at the very least, was unusual: he wanted to buy used shipping containers and fabricate a house from them. he’d gotten the idea in 2000 after seeing a Discovery Channel program while on a flight. The containers, according to hussain Zaidi, were plentiful and fairly cheap at Southern California ports. » The home of Hussain and Avani Zaidi

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It took a little coaxing and a lot of research, but once Avani knew Hussain was serious, she was all in as well. “It took a lot of foresight to do something like this,” she said. Construction began on the San Antonio Heights project in 2008, and what emerged in 2010 was a unique 3,300-square-foot home built, in part, from four large containers and one smaller one. The home also makes use of conventional framing. The principal architect was Erik Peterson, assisted by Jeff Veenema, both of Claremont Environmental Design Group. It was built by Peterson’s Oasis Design & Construction of Pomona. The Zaidi residence is the first home of its kind built in San Bernardino County, says Hussain, a software engineer for Alba Spectrum Corp. and part-time faculty member at Cal Poly Pomona. Two other container homes are located in Venice and Redondo Beach in Los Angeles County. The two-story home offers an open floor plan for the couple and their two

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Yujean Kang, owner and executive chef of his namesake restaurant in Old Pasadena, grew up with his father’s business sense: he keeps an eye on the financial aspect of running a restaurant. But he also inherited his mother’s culinary skills and creativity. Those traits have garnered many accolades for Kang and his dishes. Kang, 47, is a Taiwan native who immigrated to the united States as a boy. after culinary school and various jobs in the San Francisco area, Kang and his new wife, Yvonne, opened his first restaurant — Yujean’s Modern Cuisine of China — in 1986. For two years, Kang worked to perfect his skills of traditional Chinese cooking while exploring new boundaries to create his own cuisine. at Yujean Kang’s in Pasadena, Kang continues his modern twist on authentic Chinese dishes such as dim sum, by using classic methods paired with high-quality ingredients such as chrysanthemum petals. “Fresh chrysanthemum is used in many Chinese dishes,” Kang said. “You can eat the petals.” He also offers an extensive wine list to complement each dish. When not in the kitchen, Kang and Yvonne spend time with their grown sons, including the oldest, who at 22, works in the restaurant kitchen with his dad. Question: How did you end up in the united States from your birth home of Taiwan? Answer: at 12 years of age, I came with my family (to the San Francsco area). Q: Did you always know you wanted to be a chef or own your own restaurant? A: My mom had a restaurant in Taipei. The first dish I made was noodles. It was good. I had an idea for a restaurant and wanted to implement that idea. The Chinese restaurants are so different in this country (than in China). Chinese restaurant mentality is different. americans lack understanding of what asian STORY BY Claudia s. Palma

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cuisine is supposed to be like. Then people began Yujean Kang’s gourmet to travel and became more Chinese Cuisine 67 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena educated … they know 626-585-0855, more and are more Call it Kangian Cuisine: Modern demanding for that Chinese cooking unlike anything type of food. you’ve ever had before, built around Chef Kang’s penchant for taking Q: Do you have your familiar dishes, and turning them own recipes? How do you into edible creations with his antic decide what’s on the menu? imagination. Kang also is a master A: We have our own in the kitchen. This may be the only recipes, passed down from restaurant outside of the environs iof Monterey Park to best the cooking family. It’s not just the of suburban L.A.’s Chinatown. flavor, preparation is Hours: Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. important. The menu can Dinner 5-9 p.m. Sunday through change. When you have Thursday and from 5-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday quality ingredients, quality Prices: About $35 per person costs more. Lately, we have Chinese people coming to the u.S. and they care more about the food, no matter how much they pay. In Shanghai, the average cost per person is $125 to eat out. Here, if you charge an average $40 per person and are packed every night, then you do good as a restaurant. We don’t have that kind of market to charge $125 per person. In new York, many restaurants are charging at that level. Q: How did the wine pairing start? What do you enjoy about wine? A: We always enjoyed wine. Traditionally in China, in the older days, they drank Chinese wine. When I was in the Bay area, we were close to wine country. I had friends working in wineries and started to learn about wine. nobody says wine shouldn’t go with Chinese food, but there are so many varieties of tastes in wine, the trick is to find exact match, to pair wine and food together. Find that, and you have an experience. a pinot noir or burgundy, without a lot PHOTO BY sarah reingewirtz

Owner and excutive chef Yujean Kang

World on a plate Many international cuisines are at home at restaurants in Pasadena. Passports are not necessary, but bring your appetite.

of tannins goes well. On the lighter side, there’s riesling. Q: What is your favorite pairing? A: I personally enjoy riesling or pinot noir; they’re pretty flexible wines to go with many dishes. If I could have one white, it would be riesling, if I could have one red, it would be pinot. For dessert wine, I tried a late harvest German riesling once; it was really unforgettable. The flavor exploded in my mouth. Q: What do you want patrons to feel when they come to your restaurant? A: It’s really an experience, going out to eat. What it takes to satisfy your appetite can vary. For upscale dining within a price range, we’re looking for originality, like lamb tripe, and still have flavor. Q: Do you visit Taiwan? A: Sometimes; my wife still has family there. After we sold the first restaurant (in San Francisco) to my sister, we tried to open a restaurant in Taiwan, but it never opened. We decided we didn’t want to invest there after all, so we returned to the States. Then we came to Pasadena. Q: Do you or your wife cook at home?

Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant

110 E. Union St.; 626-683-3310, Owner Abdul Karin puts an exuberant twist on traditional Afghan food with his own takes on the traditional dumplings, kebabs and stews.

Choza Mama

96 E. Colorado Blvd.; 626-432-4692, African, Chinese, Incan, Italian and Spanish cuisines all influence the Peruvian delicacies served at this family owned restaurant.

Euro Pane Bakery

950 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 107; 626-577-1828 345 E. Colorado Blvd., No. 101; 626-844-8804 Buttery croissants are perfect for breakfast

A: My wife cooks at home. She also helps out on the floor at the restaurant. Q: How is it working with your son in the kitchen? A: Working with my son is good. He graduated from Cordon Bleu and worked at Drago’s for about a year. Then he wanted to learn to cook Chinese, so he

and help make fabulous lunchtime sandwiches including egg salad, which at Euro Pane has a cult following. For dessert, enjoy luscious macaroons and delicate tarts with an espresso or coffee.

La Luna Negra

44 W. Green St.; 626-844-4331, Sumptuous tapas, paella and sangria — the trinity of Spanish cuisine, for some — are served along with live flamenco shows.

Naga Naga Ramen

49 E. Colorado Blvd.; 626-585-8822, Enjoy steaming bowls of Japanese noodles and other culinary influences including tom yum (Thai), kimchee (Korean) and tan tan (Moroccan).

came here. Maybe one day he will own a restaurant. Q: You’re celebrating 20 years in Pasadena, how does that feel? A: Twenty years feels just like yesterday. Pasadena is nice, the people are pleasant, very classy. We have loyal customers. We celebrate every day.

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xPLORE, EAT SOMEWHERE NEW! Our Inland Empire is home to many fine dining spots. Offered here are a few ideas for your next evening out. Not every restaurant is for every taste and experiences vary, so we suggest you also talk with friends before you go, check out menus online and ask servers about house specialities. We also invite your feedback to help us update our information and insert noteworthy new establishments. AbbreviAtions & pricing RS, reservations suggested. (While some restaurants suggest reservations on certain nights, others request them only for parties of five or more.) FB, full bar. $ mostly under $15, $$ mostly under $20, $$$ mostly under $50, $$$$ above $50

claremont The Back Abbey 128 N. Oberlin Ave.; 909-625-2642, • This small gastro-pub specializes in Belgian beer and offers a cozy, friendly environment. $

Buca Di Beppo Adjacent to the DoubleTree Inn, 505 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-399-3287, • Wholesome, family-style servings of Italian favorites from pasta to pizzas. Lunch and dinner. $$

Heroes & Legends 131 Yale Ave.; 909-621-6712 • A colorful Claremont spot with wonderful sandwiches, ribs, appetizers and 46 beers. Lunch and dinner daily. FB $

inka Trails 1077 W. Foothill Blvd.; 909-626-4426, • Peruvian style cuisine with menu items including ceviche and empanadas. Lunch and dinner Tu-Su. $

Tuti Mangia italian Grill 102 Harvard Ave; 909-625-4669, • This Claremont trattoria features cuisine focused on grilled meats, fresh seafood and enticing desserts. Lunch M-F, dinner daily. $$$

Walters 310 Yale Ave.; 909-624-4914, • Fusion/Afghan cuisine includes kabobs, curries, spicy pastas and pizzas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. $$

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Frisella’s Roastery 179 N. Glendora Ave.; 626-852-1810, • Serving ribs, chicken, tri-tip beef and pork, all prepared in a 10-foot smoker using Santa Maria Red Oak and mesquite firewood. Second location in La Verne at 1351 E. Foothill Blvd. Lunch and dinner daily. $$

1223 E. Route 66; 626-963-9302, • A variety that includes prime rib, steak, chicken, salmon and lobster is served at this landmark restaurant with an iconic sign out front. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$

ontario Dave & Buster’s 4821 Mills Circle; 909-987-1557, • Burgers, sandwiches, chicken, pasta, seafood and steaks, plus electronic games and billiards. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $

new York Grill 950 Ontario Mills Drive; 909-987-1928, • Chicken, duck, salmon, Australian lobster tail, lamb, ribs and quality steaks. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, $$$

Rosa’s 425 N. Vineyard Ave.; 909-937-1220, • Italian cuisine served in intimate surroundings. Piano player Thursday through Saturday. Lunch M-F, dinner M-Sa. RS, FB, $$$

Tokyo Tokyo 990 Ontario Mills Drive, Suite H; 909-987-7999, • Japanese cuisine, seafood and a full-service sushi bar. Dining areas include traditional Tatami rooms and a tropical garden setting. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su. RS, $$

pomona Aladdin Jr. Restaurant & cafe ii 296 W. Second St.; 909-623-4333, • Bright colorful dining at Aladdin Jr. II includes babaghanouj (a dish of roasted eggplant with sesame seed oil), hummus, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and shish kabobs. Lunch and dinner, M-Sa, from 11 a.m. $

Ra Pour A sumptuous bowl of paella 7900 Kew Ave. LT, suite 5410, at Victoria Gardens, Rancho cucamonga; 909-899-7999, PHoTo BY MicAH escAMiLLA

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sycamore inn

101 W. Mission Blvd.; 909-865-2059, • Dinner combos come with salad, miso soup, steamed rice and dessert. Beer, wine and and cocktails are served. Lunch Tu-F, dinner T-Su. FB, $$$

8318 Foothill Blvd.; 909-982-1104, • Hospitality has long been the hallmark of the Sycamore Inn, which dates to the mid-1800s. Dinner nightly. RS, FB, $$$

rancho cucamonga Antonino’s 8045 Vineyard Ave.; 909-941-0047, • Northern and Southern Italian cuisine served in a dining room with Romanesque paintings and comfy seating. Lunch and dinner daily. RS, FB, $

Haandi indian cuisine 7890 Haven Ave.; 909-581-1951, • Northern Indian cuisine with some adjustments for American tastes, cooked in a tandoor clay oven. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$

Joe’s crab shack 12327 Foothill Blvd.; 909-463-6599, • Shrimp — popcorn, crispy, jalapeno, platters and pasta — and an assortment beach fun as well as seafood, steaks and sandwiches. FB, $$

Lucille’s Barbecue 12624 N. Mainstreet, Victoria Gardens; 909-463-7427, • Lucille’s serves up slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork and ’cue. FB $$

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McKinley’s Grille

8189 Foothill Blvd.; 909-981-8659, • Route 66 landmark serves prime rib, rack of lamb, salmon fillet and chateaubriand. Lunch Tu-F, dinner Tu-Su. FB, $$$

Sheraton Suites Fairplex, 601 W. McKinley Ave.; 909-868-5915, • Traditional breakfast fare, plus pasta, steak, seafood and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. FB, $$$

10540 Baseline Road, Suite A, Alta Loma; 909-948-1158 • Freshly made tortillas and traditional Mexican fare make this spot a local favorite. Lunch, dinner daily. $

salsitas Mexican Grill

riverside Asahi 2955 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside; 951-637-1313 • All-you-can-eat for one price, or individual orders. Lunch M-Sa., dinner daily. $$ Duane’s At the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-341-6767, • Premier steakhouse and seafood restaurant, which has a top-shelf wine list. Dinner M-Sa., brunch Su. $$$

sevilla 3252 Mission Inn Ave.; 951-778-0611, • Casually elegant dining featuring Spanish and coastal cuisine. Nightclub with live music and dancing every night. Lunch and dinner daily. FB, RS, $$$

upland cafe Allegro 186 N. Second Ave.; 909-949-0805 • Rustic Italian dining in downtown Upland, with wonderful breads and a range of classic dishes. Lunch and dinner M-Sa; Su 4-9 p.m. $$

JD Allison’s Bar & Grill 291 N. Second Ave.; 909-982-4469, • West Coast style bar food mingles local beer with Californian and Mexican fare. FB, $

spaggi’s 1651 W. Foothill Blvd., H-1; 909-579-0497, • Italian classics as well as distinctive dishes including a South African sea bass served with scalloped potatoes, snap peas and roasted corn. Lunch M-F; dinner daily. FB, $$-$$$

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750 W. Route 66; 626-914-5058, • Sushi, teriyaki (beef and chicken), donburi and udon are but four of the specialties served. Lunch and dinner M-Sa. $$

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Grape Stomp Triathlon and 5K The second annual Grape Stomp Triathlon and 5K recently tested participants with a 5K run, eight-mile bike ride and 100-yard swim. Staged by the Rotary Club of Rancho Cucamonga, proceeds from the event will help fund Rotary programs for children in the community.




1) Runners from Upland’s Rehab and Care Center 2) Brooklyn Vizcarra sings the national anthem. 3) Cindy Bert, left, Jane Burkholder, Shar Tuncay, Julie Briguglio, Diane Decauwer and Diane O’Neal 4) Rick Nelson, left, Daniel Caldera, Sal Briguglio and Steve Smith 5) Dee Matreyek, left, John Melcher, Diane Williams and Gino L. Filippi 6) Bob Patterson, left, and Les Schoenfelder 7) Nancy Brinkley, left, and Gary Whiteman 8) Julian Morales and his dogs Photos by James Carbone

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Walk a Mile in Her Shoes took on a literal meaning during the recent walk at the Claremont Colleges. Participants walked that mile wearing high-heeled shoes to raise funds as part of an international campaign to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. Locally, Project Sister Family Services benefited from the event.



1) Jeri Snyder, left, Claire Kitayma, Brianna Moffitt and Cameron Kinslow 2) Martina Rivera, left, Ruben Meza and Shamra Meza 3) Robin Brody, left, Sarah Ridge, Tim Williamson and Janey Macdonald 4) Dejuan Lett, left, and Adalid Solano 5) Chris Pei, left, and Brian Tyrrell Photos by James Carbone

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Heartbeat Gala The Heartbeat Gala is one of the best-attended local nonprofit fundraisers in the spring. It showed as hundreds of supporters of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation gathered for a festive reception, silent auction and dinner. All proceeds benefit the Stead Heart and Vascular Center and its programs at the medical center.


1) Honorable Tom Nuss and Sue Nuss 2) Dr. Ken Brown, left, Marti Ekstrand RN, Lodessa Miley RN and Dr. Rohit Trivedi 3) Dr. Clint Adams, left, and PVHMC CEO Richard E. Yochum 4) Lena Plent, left, Mimi Sarmiento and Debbie Keasler 5) Steve and Sheila Schneider, left, and Cyndy and Larry Pabis 6) Marie Kelly, left, Pat Lambert, Bob Weatherton and Jane Goodfellow 7) Kent Boies, left, Carole Stead, Bill Stead and Lisa Lett 8) Barbara Brown, left, Claire McQuillan, Robin Yochum and Beverly Lewis


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Chaffey College Foundation The Chaffey College Foundation welcomed seven individuals into the fold as they were inducted into the Rancho Cucamonga institution’s Alumni of the Year and Athletic Hall of Fame. Those honored as Alumni of the Year were Aref Fakhoury, Christine Fabiani and Michael B. Sherman. Those entering the Athletic Hall of Fame were Manuel Gallardo, Cindy Bonser Gurney, Greg Walton and Calvin Jones.





1) Haig Jamgotchian, left, Marcia Jamgotchian, Ian Shively, Christine Fabiani, Dolores Fabiani and Domenic Fabiani 2) Kelly Bonser, left, and Sandy Green 3) Esther Sherman, left, Leah Sherman, Michael Sher, Betty Sher, Debbie Mellinger and Bill Mellinger 4) Kathy Brugger, left, Wayne and Joanne Scaggs 5) Sandra Forney, Gwen Shannon, Henry Shannon and Katie Roberts 6) Nick Nazarian, left, and Sue and Gary Ovitt 7) Bianca Lopez, left, Breana Musella, Salvador Carbajal and Tesia Foster Photos by James Carbone

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carla sanders

Sisterhood of motherhood


I never planned to be a mother. For two decades I’d had a journalism career that took me across the country and brought me immense satisfaction, both as a reporter and editor. When major stories broke, I was able to report to work at a moment’s notice — and stay until the story was done — never having to worry about the logistics of child care. When my married friends had to rush home to trudge their offspring to soccer practice or ballet lessons or were saving their money for braces and college, I was having nice dinners, viewing art house movies and taking the occasional vacation to far-off places. Then one spring, to my great astonishment, I discovered a little one was on the way. It was such a surprise in my family that when I broke the news to my mom she replied, “I never expected to hear those words out of your mouth.” and then one december afternoon, a little girl with huge eyes, thick black lashes, chubby cheeks and a perfect rosebud mouth entered my world — and everything shifted. The pregnant woman who’d had a near panic attack in the baby food aisle at the grocery store — “They’re going to send a baby home with us and we have no idea what to do!” I’d told my husband — had in those winter moments morphed into someone who was brilliant at changing diapers, amazing at burpproducing and outstanding at wrapping the babe in swaddling clothes. I had a new name, a new role, and a new focus. I was someone’s mom. Finally, I got it, that indescribable thing my mother had been trying to tell me as to why she worried about my sister and me so much, even into adulthood. “You’ll never understand until you have children of your own,” she always said. now I did, and it was my turn to take up the mantle. during my career, I covered a range of stories, including celebrities and a couple of presidents. But regardless of the pride I felt with a job well done, it never came close to what I’ve felt about motherhood. This is really and truly the hardest, the most rewarding and the most gratifying job I’ve ever had. I am helping to shape a human being, guiding her on her own path toward the future. I am not alone, though, in this effort.


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The sisterhood of motherhood stretches around the world, and women from Bangladesh to Brazil, Hawaii to Hong Kong go about their lives every day, guiding, nurturing, and doing their best for their children’s futures. This is usually accomplished with little recognition for their Herculean task. However, on one day each year, we make time to honor this role. We’ve done so in the United States since 1914, when president Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as a national holiday in honor of mothers. The official recognition came two years after the Mother’s day International association was formed. around the world, mothers are celebrated on various days, but most often in March, april or May. Some of these events are linked to ancient festivals, including Hilaria and the Mothering Sunday celebration. Mother’s day has become one of the most popular international holidays. In the United States, it’s the no. 1 holiday for phone calls and no. 2 for floral purchases (behind Christmas/Hanukkah). It’s no. 3 for greeting card sales (behind Christmas/Hanukkah and valentine’s day). But none of that is necessary to bring a smile to a face of a loving mother. Just thank her. For giving you life. For all her hard work and sacrifice. For teaching you right from wrong. For cooking and cleaning and washing and ironing. For dusting and vacuuming and mopping and laundry. For doing all the thankless chores moms do day in and day out to keep the wheels of the family turning smoothly. Thank her for being there through sleepless nights and skinned knees. Through school meetings and slumber parties. Through the monsters under the bed and the shadows on the walls. Through little league and varsity sports. In short, thank her for being who she has been since the day you were born: your mom. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

save the date events April 28-29 – Annual spring home tour of five homes to benefit the Claremont/West End Auxiliary of The Children’s Fund. 909-920-9438, pages/hometour.html. April 28 – Walk MS 2012, presented by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California/Nevada chapter. Epicenter, 8408 Rochester Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; 10 a.m.; 310-479-4456. April 28 – Third annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Shoppes at Chino Hills, 13920 City Center Drive; 8:30 a.m.; 949-567-0620, 800-227-2345. April 29 – Friends of the Diamond Bar Library’s 19th annual wine soiree and benefit auction. Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grand Ave., Diamond Bar; $50 in advance, $60 at the door; 909-861-2002. May 5 — House of Ruth, Inc., fundraising gala to support programs that help battered women and children. Cable Airport, West 13th Street and North Benson Avenue, Upland; 909-868-8005. May 6 — USO Ontario’s charity car and motorcycle show to support the troops. USO, 1940 E. Moore Way, LA/Ontario International Airport; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; $20 for cars, $10 for motorcycles in advance, $25 and $15 respectively day of the event; register at; 909-390-4274. May 6 – Cal Poly Pomona’s fifth annual wine-tasting and auction to benefit student scholarships. 3801 W. Temple Ave., Pomona; 1-4 p.m.; 909-869-7659. May 10 – Golf classic, presented by Inland Valley Hope Partners, which serves the needs of homeless and hungry individuals and families. Sierra La Verne Country Club, La Verne; noon; 909-622-3806. May 11 – Annual wine-tasting event, presented by Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Foundation and Liquorama Wine & Spirits of Upland. Benefit for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. Fairplex Convention Center, Pomona; 909-865-9139; May 19 – Second annual Kiwanis Club of Rancho Cucamonga Cruisin’ for Kids Car Show to benefit Kiwanis youth programs. JCPenney outlet store, 8443 Haven Ave., Rancho Cucamonga; pre-register by May 5; $15; 909-226-1375. May 21 – OPARC’s Spring Swing Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for a new healthy living program that helps developmentally challenged adults. Entry deadline is May 9. Los Serranos Golf and Country Club, 15656 Yorba Ave., Chino Hills; $125;

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