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La Cañada History: Puppeteer headlines 1960 benefit to build Crescenta-Cañada-YMCA

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Puppeteer Daniel Llord in early 1960 performed in a fundraiser to benefit the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Building Fund.
(File Photo)

Ten Years Ago

Seventy environmentally friendly electric golf carts replaced the old fleet at La Cañada Flintridge Country Club in early 2010. The club’s general manager noted most golfers playing the hillside course opted to travel by cart rather than on foot to navigate its 18 holes. “We do allow some walking, but it is very limited,” the manager said. “Especially because we are at the top of Angeles Crest, to walk you would have to be in perfect shape.”

Twenty Years Ago
La Cañada Flintridge City Hall welcomed a new staff member, Lillian Hare, who was hired as city clerk following the retirement of Pat Anderson. Hare said her first goal was to begin posting meeting agendas on the city’s website.

Thirty Years Ago
A gas station attendant working at the Arco station on Foothill Boulevard at Woodleigh Lane was held up at gunpoint by two robbers who emptied the cash drawer of $200. The 10:49 p.m. crime was interrupted when a customer drove into the station, prompting the suspects to flee on foot.

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Forty Years Ago
La Cañada school board members in early 1980 voiced their strong opposition to merging with any other school districts after then-Supt. Donald Ziehl was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying declining enrollment and fiscal restrictions could lead LCUSD to “either scale down its expectations or consider merging with some larger district.”

Fifty Years Ago
A windstorm described as “fierce” swept through La Cañada, with two locals reporting odd experiences as a result. First, William Gulizia of Starlane Drive saw a 6-foot fiberglass dingy being carried down his street by wind gusts. He called the sheriff’s station to report it and later learned the boat belonged to an Altadena man. In the second incident. Alder Ridge Road resident Lois Switzer, then 82, was blown over by the wind as she exited her home. The $795 mink stole she had been wearing became airborne and lost in the nearby mountains.

Sixty Years Ago
The La Cañada Flintridge Women’s Club sponsored a puppet show for children and adults at the Montrose Theatre to benefit the Crescenta-Cañada YMCA Building Fund. Daniel Llord of Llord’s Puppets International produced the show.

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives.

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