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Readers write: Suggestions for Tree Lighting

Editor: A recent letter to the editor expressed a desire to make the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony more child-friendly.  I completely agree, but it could also be made more adult-friendly as well. Don’t misinterpret my suggestions, please. I believe the tree lighting is one of the highlights of the year in Idyllwild and I would […]

Readers write: Items for class project

Editor: Each member of our class is working on a project called the “Parade of States.” We are responsible for gathering as much information as we can from a number of sources. I have chosen California for my state. If any of your readers would help me out by sending any pictures, postcards, a used […]

Readers write: Did you hear what he said?

Editor: Did you hear what he said, he being Nelson Mandela? From his hospital bed in 2011 he announced, “I am not sick, I am old.” Being 76 years old myself, and not always of sound body and mind, I find this statement to be dazzling and diamond-like in its clarity. Mandela tells me I, […]

Out loud: Use committees …

As the primary reporter of information about public agencies on the Hill, we need to attend about a dozen meetings a month. Readers depend on us to report what happens so, more often than not, we cover lightly attended meetings. A couple of weeks ago, I attended a meeting in San Francisco where we merged […]

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 […]

So you think you know the Hill? - December 19, 2013

So you think you know the Hill? – December 19, 2013

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, […]

Off the main roads: The five Ws of outdoor exploration …

The five Ws of outdoor exploration …   Take a walk with your kids in the wild and discover some of the incredible plants and creatures right outside your doorstep.Educating yourself ahead of time on the natural wonders of your neighborhood will leave you an “outdoor expert” armed with an arsenal of fun impromptu lessons […]

Readers write: Make ceremony more kid-friendly

Editor: I have one suggestion that those of you in charge of the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony might consider. Many of us with small children/grandchildren would greatly appreciate a more condensed version of the program. For example: 1) see Santa arrive, 2) sing a few uplifting Christmas/Hanukkah songs (such as “Jingle Bells,” Rudolph, Dreidel), and […]

Lola’s kitchen: Pairing beer with food …

I always knew that certain foods are enhanced when paired with specific wines, but I had no idea pairing can also be done with beer. In the past few months, J.P. Crumrine and I have attended the beer tasting at Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe. At first I was skeptical; I’m not really a beer drinker. […]

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