Ten Years Ago
In a nail-biter of a five-game match, the La Cañada High School girls’ volleyball team defeated Fullerton’s Troy High at home 18-25, 25-19, 26-24, 13-25 and 15-11 to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 2A finals for the second time in as many years. The team’s captain, Courtney McCutchan, had seven kills in the final frame and scored five of the Spartans’ last six points. The team went on to make it as far as the second round of the CIF State Division II Championships and completed that season as one of the top eight teams in the state. Coach Brock Turner said “Overall, we had a great year … I’m so proud of these players.”
Twenty Years Ago
The La Cañada High School Spartan Marching Band brought home highest honors from the Festival of Bands field tournament held at Citrus College in November 1999.
Thirty Years Ago
Members of the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation celebrated the installation of a “thermometer” registering the community’s financial support for the La Cañada public schools. The sign was paid for by local retail store Sport Chalet and erected on the corner of Foothill Boulevard at Angeles Crest Highway. The fundraising goal for the 1989-90 school year was $250,000.
Forty Years Ago
Eight county fire engines responded to a major fire at Eiji’s Florist shop, then located in the 400 block of Foothill Boulevard, early on Thanksgiving morning, 1979. The $70,000 fire burned most of the building, but owner Eiji Tomita vowed he would continue to operate his business during the holiday season with the use of a temporary trailer.
Fifty Years Ago
A $15,000 payment by the Assistance League of Flintridge to the La Cañada Youth Council, which then operated the Youth House on Chevy Chase Drive, was made as part of a judgment in a civil case. It had been alleged the local chapter of Assistance League had withheld $51,000 from the Youth Council. The League denied that allegation, maintaining it had met all its financial obligations to the council. For several years the organization had raised money in support of the Youth House through sales at its Bargain Box thrift shop then located in a trailer set up in the Youth House parking lot.
Sixty Years Ago
More than 50 women representing 21 La Cañada organizations staged a public demonstration on Foothill Boulevard at Hill Street to bring attention to the need for a traffic signal near La Cañada Junior High School after a local boy was struck by a car there. (The offices of the La Cañada Unified School District are now located on that former junior high campus.)
Compiled from the La Cañada Valley Sun archives.