Ten Years Ago
Celina (“Lena”) Ahn, then a junior at La Cañada High School, was crowned Miss HiTeen on Sept. 20. 2009 in a beauty pageant in Koreatown sponsored by RadioKorea in Los Angeles. She succeeded Crystal Kim, a student at Flintridge Preparatory School. During her reign, Ahn was expected to visit Korea as well as serve her community. (Ahn, who was pursuing a career as an actor, went on to capture the 2015 Miss Korea USA pageant.)
Twenty Years Ago
Area residents were gearing up to attend the 1999 Oktoberfest in Montrose, featuring dogs, dancers, alphorn players, polka dancing, yodelers and German food and beer.
Thirty Years Ago
An age-old La Cañada PTA tradition, the paper drive that had been held on various Saturday mornings throughout each school year, came to an end in the fall of 1989 when permanent recycling bins were installed at Palm Crest, La Cañada and Paradise Canyon elementary schools. It was noted that the PTA earned more money for computer paper than it did for newsprint, so locals were urged to bundle it separately before delivering it to the campus collection bins.
Forty Years Ago
Four sets of twins in September 1979 were enrolled in the kindergarten class at St. Bede School in La Cañada taught by 23-year-old Carrie Scalzo. The Campbell, De Rose, Fries and Nolan twins together made up a third of the young teacher’s class.
Fifty Years Ago
Flames shot from the La Cañada Craft & Hobby Center at 1033 Foothill Blvd. on a late September day in 1969, forcing traffic along the main thoroughfare to be detoured around that section of the town’s central business district. The building was gutted as the fire was fed by highly combustible glues inside the store. Damages were estimated by fire officials at $30,000 (more than $209,000 in today’s dollars). People residing in the upper Alta Canyada area reported seeing the flames and thinking that Foothill Intermediate School, about a block to the west of the blaze, was on fire.
Sixty Years Ago
Descanso Gardens Guild produced its first “Festival of Lights” beginning Oct. 3, 1959 and ending a week later. The purpose of the event was to show Southland homeowners how their gardens, patios and outdoor living areas could be better illuminated for nighttime enjoyment.
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