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So you think you know the Hill?

So you think you know the Hill?

This week you are again challenged to identify the particular spot depicted in this Hill photograph. It might be the exterior of a building or surrounding grounds of a commercial, governmental or nonprofit premises, or a public place in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley or Mountain Center. The prize is tickets to the Rustic Theatre, […]

Creature corner: November 7

Creature corner: November 7

By Mimi and Hooch ARF’s Search and Rescue team members earned their badges this week. Reunited were Lilly, Daisy, Dudley, Anikia, Ochorra, Bruno and Cece. Four paws up to you, as you have become such a needed community addition. Ladybug is on to a new adventure with her forever human, and the diva of the […]

Past Tense - October 31, 2013

Past Tense – October 31, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Sen. William Knowland, an overnight guest at the Idyllwild Inn, met formally with Hill residents to discuss local affairs.   60 years ago – 1953 Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary met to sew gift projects for the Veterans Hospital.   55 years ago – 1958 The Rotary Club announced […]

Lola’s Kitchen – Don’t do this with cherry pits …

Guess what? I have more stories about my little sister Connie. Hope I haven’t written this story before, although I checked and couldn’t find it. When I was in kindergarten we lived in Palo Alto. My Dad managed an apricot ranch. I remember a huge cherry tree in the front yard of the old farm […]

So you think you know the hill

So you think you know the hill

  By Jack Clark Contest judge This week you are again challenged to identify the particular spot depicted in this Hill photograph. It might be the exterior of a building or surrounding grounds of a commercial, governmental or nonprofit premises, or a public place in Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Fern Valley or Mountain Center. The prize […]

Past Tense: Oct. 24, 2013

Past Tense: Oct. 24, 2013

Left: Ground is broken on a location for the new Idyllwild Library sometime in the 1960s at Fern Valley Corners. File photo 65 years ago – 1948 Pine Cove purchased a siren to install at Hoffman’s place. It was to be a means of calling people to the scene in case of emergency. 60 years […]

Science & reality today: So you wanna be an astronaut? Expect the unexpected …

In case you haven’t yet seen the new movie “Gravity,” I promise not to spoil the ending for you. That being said, after watching this new sci-fi thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, I was reminded why I made a good choice in not applying to NASA. First off, let’s correct a common misconception […]

Past Tense: Oct. 17, 2013

Past Tense: Oct. 17, 2013

The Restaurant Gastrognome became the latest pleasure dome to open in Idyllwild in June of 1973. Located near town center, the gourmet restaurant, reminiscent of the high-ceilinged South Pacific Inn, did sell-out business on its opening weekend. File Photo 65 years ago – 1948 Idyllwild Chamber of Commerce directors voted to “reforest” the San Jacinto […]

Off the leash: Covered Bridge Festival…

I am writing this month’s article from Winterset, Iowa, where my sister and I are attending the annual Covered Bridge Festival. Winterset is my mother’s hometown. Four generations of my family have lived here since the mid-1800s. My mother died 40 years ago. Coming back here for a long, overdue visit has caused me to […]

Off the main roads, Tips: Big hikes for little ones …Oct. 10, 2013

A recent hike with my exuberant little niece made me think of how important it is to get your kids out into nature. Here are a few tips to help you addict your kids to hiking. • Make it fun. If you want your kids to be excited to go hiking with you again, don’t […]

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