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Past Tense: April 4, 2013

Past Tense: April 4, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Chess and bridge were favorite features of evenings at Idyllwild Inn. 60 years ago – 1953 Nearly 30 members had signed up for the newly organized Rifle and Pistol Club sponsored by the American Legion Post 800. 55 years ago – 1958 The Sikkings were about to open their new […]

Fire and Forest: Australian warnings …

Australia is one of the areas on the globe that deals with wildfires every summer, much like the American West, so we should pay attention to what they experience in their fire season. And this past season in Australia is one to worry about. Australia had many fires throughout the season (September through March), which […]

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

Outside Idyllwild: Spring forward …

You can’t cut a foot off one end of a blanket, sew it onto the other end and think you have a longer blanket. But that is what Daylight Saving Time tries to accomplish every spring. Like it or not, you can watch the sunset after you have dinner in the summer months. I remember […]

Speaking for the Animals: The dreadful decision …

Anyone reading this column knows the pain associated with having to make the decision to spare a sick or older animal further suffering. And, yet, as responsible pet parents, it comes with the territory. If ever there was a time to speak for your dog or cat, this is it. They depend on us to […]

Creature Corner: March 28, 2013

Creature Corner: March 28, 2013

Welcome back to Sandy, our sun goddess. Things don’t always work out the first time, so she’s back to share the sun with Oreo at ARF. Such a confident little girl, she prefers to soak up the rays, while Oreo and Shannon have playtime. Sandy is a young Chihuahua mix. She is good with other […]

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

Past Tense: March 28, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 As the Lions entertained in honor of their daughters, Ernie Maxwell contributed a chalk talk on “Feminine Fashion.” 60 years ago – 1953 Two bald eagles were frequenting the Foster Lake area. 55 years ago – 1958 The Chamber of Commerce listed public restrooms among its study projects for the […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Food and weight, the shame of it all …

Tapenade is a palate-pleasing spread of Mediterranean origins, and a great start to a nice dinner. Tapenade spreads make great appetizers and are primarily served with pita chips, fresh vegetables, crackers and baguette slices which have been brushed with olive oil and lightly toasted in the oven. Grapes on the side are a nice touch […]

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

Outside Idyllwild: More tidbits …

My original plan for this week’s column was to hike Idyllwild County Park’s Perimeter Trail then cross Highway 243 and continue on Deer Springs Trail. I planned to take my camera and tripod along. I’d shoot some photos and write about the experience. When I encountered snow, I would just turn around and return the […]

Ramblings from Roscoe: Emergency Preparedness – Part 2 …

I have to laugh every time a major disaster strikes. Somehow the media always manages to find someone who declares that they never thought it could happen where they live or that it would ever happen to them. Why? Did they not realize that they live in a fault zone prone to earthquakes? Or an area prone to fires, or tornadoes or floods? The list can go on and on.

Today’s Health Issues: Dietary supplements …

It is estimated that about half of all Americans take nutritional supplements. The question is why? The Food and Drug Administration states that “unlike drugs, supplements are not intended to treat, diagnose, prevent or cure diseases.” That means that supplements should not be advertised, as is common practice, as if they would “lower blood pressure,” […]

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