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Past Tense: Jan. 9, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 9, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 A cold snap brought a high of 30 degrees and a low of 7 degrees one day, freezing pipes and Mrs. Eric Holm’s breath on her coat. Emax reported that even the squirrels were shivering 60 years ago – 1954 The California Public Utilities Commission approved Idyllwild Water Company’s request […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Fondue revival …

Do you remember the food trends from your past? Some of mine are Jello molds with drained fruit cocktail. Onion dip with chips is still around — a great dip for guys with football on TV. Due to my heritage, I also remember the traditional tamale making around the kitchen table on Christmas eve.As a […]

Fire and forest: A year in review …

The Fire Safe Council began the year with its attention on the new insect threat to the Hill’s oaks, the Goldspotted oak borer. Many of our volunteers and staff attended a training program in January at the Nature Center led by experts from the Forest Service and University of California, Riverside. From that training came […]

Before our time: J.M.V. Pathfinders to Idyllwild Pines …

From time to time in this column, I share anecdotes illustrating the adage that in order to be preserved, history must first be reconstructed. During my 17 years pursuing historical reconstruction as a post-retirement hobby, I’ve been particularly struck by how often sheer luck figures into the process. A rich example is the emerging story […]

Past Tense: Jan. 2, 2014

Past Tense: Jan. 2, 2014

65 years ago – 1949 The Women’s Association of the Idyllwild Community Church was considering setting up a “bank” of food and clothing for needy families on the Hill. 60 years ago – 1954 Snow finally arrived — 9 to 11 inches of it. It was welcome, for Idyllwild had been through a very dry […]

Creature Corner: Jan. 2, 2014

Creature Corner: Jan. 2, 2014

Happy Howlidays from Dozer, Harley and Chelsea and all of the ARF volunteers.  The cattery chimes in, too, with a Merry Meow. Dozer is a young black Lab-mix looking for a forever human to throw the ball, throw the ball and then throw the ball again. You get it. And if you won’t, he will […]

Past Tense - December 26, 2013

Past Tense – December 26, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Not a single crack appeared in the rock work of Fern Valley Market, despite a terrific shaking in the earth. Town Crier declared it was a tribute to Bill Jolley’s skill as a stonemason. 60 years ago – 1953 Someone dropped off a load of pitch-gooey pine for Mr. Gruey’s […]

Off the leash: Learning is a means, not an end …

Last month I suggested that having a curiosity about the world is the foundation of a good education. This month I want to talk about formal education — college in particular. Before I start. let me make it clear that I’m a big fan of college and higher education in general. I recognize that earning […]

Creature Corner - December 19, 2013

Creature Corner – December 19, 2013

Dear, Santa Paws ARF four-leggeds heard you were coming to town soon. So we put our furry little heads together and came up with our special wish list. We call it special because the ARF angels always tell us we are such special cats and dogs. Mrs. Magoo stepped right up as the spokescat for the […]

Past Tense - December 19, 2013

Past Tense – December 19, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 The Banning Water Company reported that 10 inches of surface water was added to its supply after the earthquake. Officials weren’t certain whether it was due to the quake or the storm.   60 years ago – 1953 Efren Reveles, U.S. Forest Service foreman in Idyllwild, was stunned that he […]

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