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Before Our Time: Photographers record history …

Fortunately for present and future Idyllwild residents, much of the Hill’s history is preserved in photographs. We’ve seen more than our share of outstanding photographers through the years, but the most familiar name is Gray. Father and son, Ernest Benjamin (“E.B.”) Gray and Robert (“Bob”) Gray left a legacy expressed largely in their picture postcards […]

Outside Idyllwild: Road trip to Joshua Tree …

Outside Idyllwild: Road trip to Joshua Tree …

After three days of rain in Idyllwild, I was ready for something different. The beauty of Southern California is that you can almost always find something to do on a rainy day by driving to the desert. In this case, Les Walker and I drove to Joshua Tree to meet up with longtime Idyllwild resident […]

Lola’s Kitchen: For the love of seafood …

When I was young, my dad would gather the family together in the old Model A and head for the beach. San Martin Beach, south of San Francisco, was the destination. The purpose was smelt fishing. At a certain time of year, the smelt would be running. When a wave came in the smelt could […]

Past Tense: Jan. 31, 2013

Past Tense: Jan. 31, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The Town Crier reported that lots of kids in town had chicken pox. 60 years ago – 1953 William Courtney, a Los Angeles attorney, addressed the Chamber of Commerce. He promised to tell “How to Keep the Government and a Wife on One Income.” 55 years ago – 1958 Bill […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 31, 2013

Creature Corner: Jan. 31, 2013

Welcome to Puppy Food Bowl XLVII brought to you by ARF and Coach Sandy. Sandy is a tan and white Chihuahua who weighs in at about 8 pounds, is short in stature, attends Mt. Pawley Tech U., and demonstrates several two-legged “special moves.” Flanked to the left and always by her side is her Right […]

It Takes a Village: IAA student’s film airs on KCET

Welcome to this inaugural edition of “It Takes A Village” which will appear in the Town Crier on a regular basis. I hope it will be informative to the community at large to stay updated about what is going on at the Idyllwild Arts. Hopefully this column of news, performances, milestones, etc. will help reinforce […]

Science and Reality Today: Biocentrism and the universe as the expression of life itself …

I still remember my earliest childhood memories of looking up at the stars and having a feeling that even though I was down here and they were so far away we were somehow connected. It was almost a sense of yearning to be one with the stars, which made me want to be an astronaut […]

Speaking for the Animals: Save lives: spay and neuter …

The issue of spaying or neutering your pet is one of the most widely discussed animal welfare topics of our time. Most people agree it’s for the best. Yet, it’s estimated that 70,000 dogs and cats are born in this country each day. Even if you don’t do the math, it’s obvious there aren’t enough […]

Outside Idyllwild: A day at the beach …

Outside Idyllwild: A day at the beach …

On Saturday, Jan. 19, I got a text messsage from Les and Cheri Walker asking if I wanted to ride out to Lake Hemet with them and Boulder, the newest member of the Walker clan. Boulder is a mixed-breed puppy that is as cute as a pup could be. This would be his first time […]

Tax Tips: Countdown to tax time

About this time of year, we begin to collect all the information we will need to properly file our income tax returns. Since it’s been a year, I have listed below some of the items you will want to find. Your employer is required to send you your W2 form by Jan. 31. If it […]

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