La Cañada History: Junior high school band earns 'Superior' honor

La Cañada History: Junior high school band earns 'Superior' honor
La Cañada Junior High School band member Richard Parker was featured on the cover of the Valley Sun in March 1957, after the band qualified for a regional festival. (File photo)

Ten Years Ago

Founders of Sport Chalet Norbert and Irene Olberz, along with their son Eric and grandsons Marcus and Karl, held decorated shovels for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the La Cañada Town Center on Foothill Boulevard at Angeles Crest Highway, the largest commercial development in the city's history.

Twenty Years Ago

La Cañada Unified School District adopted its first policy regarding the use of the Internet in classrooms. Foremost in the guidelines was that the Web could be used solely for educational purposes.

Thirty Years Ago

City Councilwoman Joan Feehan announced during a council meeting she was declaring war on homeowners who let their properties become run down. "I'm giving staff notice tonight. I'll be in the city office with a list of addresses of the violators," she said.

Forty Years Ago

An overflow crowd of 1,200 turned out to hear Ugandan Bishop Festo Kivengere, an internationally known evangelist, hold a service at La Cañada Presbyterian Church. In the service, he offered prayers for Uganda's then-president, the brutal dictator Idi Amin, and asked that letters seeking change be sent to Amin.

Fifty Years Ago

A committee comprising La Cañada and Flintridge residents was seeking public input for a slogan that would best state the need for sewers in the community. A cash prize of $50 was promised to the winner.

Sixty Years Ago

The 70-piece La Cañada Junior High School band earned the highest rating, "Superior," at a Burbank festival to qualify for a regional festival to be held in Costa Mesa.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci.