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La Cañada History: LCHS junior Kate Hansen wins 2009 Luge World Cup qualifier

La Cañada High School junior Kate Hansen on Nov. 6, 2009, won the USA Luge World Cup qualifier at Park City, Utah, with a time of 1 minute, 30.132 seconds.
(Courtesy of the Hansen family)

Ten Years Ago
With a time of 1 minute, 30.132 seconds, La Cañada High School junior Kate Hansen finished first in the third of four races at the USA Luge’s World Cup qualifiers held in Park City, Utah. She was then headed to her next competition in Whistler, B.C. in her quest for a place on the World Cup roster. (Hansen went on to eventually compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where she placed 10th.)

Twenty Years Ago
About 700 people gathered at St. Francis High School to dedicate the Father Lawrence Caruso Memorial Learning Center. The four-hour event included a blessing, a ribbon-cutting, Mass and a dinner reception.

Thirty Years Ago
Longtime La Cañada resident Ann Neilson was named president of the Sierra Madre Girl Scout Council, which then served nearly 10,000 girls and 4,000 adult members.

Forty Years Ago
Fine and costume jewelry, as well as fur coats, were toted away when Ivers department store in Plaza de La Cañada was burglarized after closing time on a Tuesday night in early November 1979. Law enforcement investigators suspected the same burglars had hit the Ivers store in Highland Park two weeks earlier, stealing similar items.


Fifty Years Ago
Chilao Mountain School in the Angeles National Forest, maintained and operated by the La Cañada Unified School District, was educating a record number of pupils in the fall of 1969, necessitating the addition of a second teacher.

Sixty Years Ago
Flintridge Prep grabbed its third Prep League football crown in a row with a high-scoring 78-32 win over Pasadena Academy.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives.

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