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With Grace: Not goodbye …

This is my last paper as publisher of the Town Crier. Since November 2009 I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. I have also learned invaluable lessons and have made wonderful friendships. In life and especially small towns, reality sometimes becomes blurred and myths become reality. We’ve all heard the Mark Twain […]

Speaking For the Animals: “Hot dog alert” …

With temperatures climbing, it’s time to leave your dogs at home when you run into the post office or the market “for just a couple of minutes.” Every summer, news programs carry at least one sad story of a dog dying from heatstroke while locked in a car. The thought of what these poor animals […]

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

Outside Idyllwild: Wildflower report, June 2013, part 3 …

This week saw trips down to the Grotto on Strawberry Creek, hunting giant dandelions on and off Tollgate Road, a trip up to Humber Park, yet another visit to the meadow on South Circle and Tahquitz, and two trips down to the Hub (behind Idyllwild Arts). Last year I found Hooker’s evening primroses (Oenothera elata) […]

Today’s Health Issues: Bon Voyage …

Many of us are contemplating either taking a vacation or traveling to see friends and relatives during the summer. Most of us can go through these trips with no problem. However, it is wise to remember a few basic safety tips to make vacationing safer and more pleasant. Before you travel If you have a […]

Lola’s Kitchen: Grilling corn on the cob …

One of the first things I learned in grade school was that corn was a staple of Native Americans. I love Native American cuisine. My husband and I would journey down to Fantasy Casino when they had a pow-wow with several nations attending. Each nation had their own style of tribal dress designating their affiliation. […]

Creature Corner: June 20, 2013

Creature Corner: June 20, 2013

Tippycanoe, Tyler II, Tutti Frutti, Teddy Bear and T. Rex. Come in to ARF and get your kitty love; three males and two females. They will be ready for their new adventure into your home this week. Hurry, these bundles of fur won’t last long. They are all 8 weeks old and properly trained by […]

Past Tense: June 20, 2013

Past Tense: June 20, 2013

65 years ago – 1948 Bill Butler’s masterpiece, a huge totem pole, was about to be installed in front of the Idyllwild Inn. The pole weighed more than 3 tons, and required 136 hours of carving and 36 hours of painting. 60 years ago – 1953 A “beach” area was added to the Idyllwild Plunge […]

Opinion: Spies among us

When I was in grammar school in the ’50s, we were supposed to hate Russia because “their government spies on their own people.” Given the situation with the NSA spying on us, exactly how are we different? Michael Rasson Santa Monica/Idyllwild

Opinion: Wrong postal box number

The recent issue of the Friends of the Idyllwild Library’s newsletter had the wrong post office. box number.  The Friends correct address is P.O. Box 2183.  The Friends appreciates the person whose P.O. Box is 2083 for forwarding the mail to us.  Adele Voell President Friends of the Idyllwild Library

Off the Leash: 1984 or the erosion of trusting government …

I remember back when 1984 rolled around, how for a brief moment everyone was asking the question, “Was George Orwell right?” Are we entering the era when Big Brother is a reality, not just a whimsical notion conjured up in the imaginative mind of an English writer? It was a time before the Internet, before […]

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