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La Cañada History: 71 guns, including 5 assault weapons, turned in at CV Sheriff’s Station

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The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s 2009 Gifts for Guns program drew the interest of owners of 71 firearms living in the greater Crescenta-Cañada Valley who turned in their weapons at the Crescenta Valley station in exchange for gift cards.
(File Photo / La Cañada Valley Sun)

Ten Years Ago

Seventy-one guns, including five assault weapons, were turned over by their owners to personnel at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station during the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s spring 2009 Gifts for Guns program. The guns were traded in for gift cards to be used at local businesses.

Twenty Years Ago

Although matters were touch-and-go for about a week, Molly, a 10-year-old Scottish terrier belonging to Barbara and Gene Christiansen of Mariner Views Lane survived a rattlesnake bite to her face received while she was exploring the family’s garden. For a time, Molly was the unofficial mascot of the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce, where Barbara Christiansen served as executive director.


Thirty Years Ago

In a 36-hole match, La Cañada resident David Sheff dethroned Bob Veeh as Oakmont Country Club’s men’s champion in the spring of 1989. Three years earlier, Sheff won the 87th Southern California Golf Assn.’s Amateur Championship, held at Hillcrest Country Club.

Forty Years Ago

The La Cañada Flintridge Planning Commission approved a major renovation of the Jack-in-the-Box restaurant on Foothill Boulevard. The work included enclosing two former outside eating areas to create indoor dining.


Fifty Years Ago

Alerted by a La Cañada Girl Scout leader, sheriff’s deputies caught an alleged counterfeiter in Oak Grove Park (today known as Hahamongna Watershed Park) burning piles of counterfeit $10 and $20 bills totaling $136,000. Twenty-five offset printing plates containing charred pieces of money were among the evidence collected at the scene.

Sixty Years Ago

Carrying on an old-fashioned rite of spring tradition, La Cañada youths were readying to surprise neighbors on May 1, 1959 with May Day baskets filled with flowers.

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Barbara Bender, 6, and 3-year-old Kathy Nickerson, both of the Meadow Grove area of La Cañada, arrive at a neighbor’s house carrying baskets of May Day flowers 60 years ago.
(File Photo/La Cañada Valley Sun)

Compiled from the Valley Sun archives by Carol Cormaci