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Science and Reality Today: Why reality is weirder than we could imagine …

As a child I was a huge fan of the 1980s NBC television science fiction series “Amazing Stories.” Despite only airing three seasons, this Steven Spielberg-created show was a cross between “The Twilight Zone” and “The X-Files.” One of the first episodes of the show, titled “The Mission” (starring Keifer Sutherland and Kevin Costner) involved […]

Opinion: Donations not accepted

I guess the “Angel of the Year” awarded me has fallen and lost her wings. We continued our fund-raising for ARF by gathering money from donation boxes left in several places. However, when we entered ARF House, last week, with these money in hand, I was greeted with: “We are no longer accepting donations.” Wow! […]

Opinion: Mayor Max did his job

I love visiting Idyllwild and I heard they were electing a four-legged mayor as a fundraiser for ARF. I thought this was a great idea! After the election, I saw this terrible article attacking the winner and his campaign manager (Phyllis Mueller) so I did a little research. This was a fundraiser designed to generate […]

Initial Thoughts: Smith again gains national attention …

Initial Thoughts: Smith again gains national attention …

Congratulations for Marshall. His perceptive and fluid writing has garnered him another honor.   Last week, the National Newspaper Association announced the winners of its 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. Honorable mention for the best Health Story was awarded to Marshall, a Town Crier reporter since 2005, for his Nov. 3, 2011, story, “Prostate cancer survivors […]

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

Outside Idyllwild: Butterflies, thunderstorms and sunsets …

It was a very interesting weekend in Idyllwild to say the least.   We started off going to Idyllwild Arts Academy on Friday night for a very enjoyable chamber music concert. On Saturday morning, we headed out to the Nature Center for the Butterfly Daze festivities. Saturday afternoon, we had a light show, thunderstorm with […]

Lifelines: The fire of hope …

My father passed away Aug. 5. As I write, I am in Philadelphia preparing to speak at his memorial service. Town Crier Editor J. P. Crumrine kindly emailed me to convey his condolences and tell me not to worry about writing this column. However, I’ve been writing about hope for months and one of the […]

Past Tense: Aug. 16, 2012

Past Tense: Aug. 16, 2012

65 years ago – 1947 The Idyllwild School District faced a crisis. There wasn’t enough room to accommodate the anticipated enrollment of 125 kids. • • • “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” starring Tyrone Power, Don Ameche and Alice Faye, was luring customers to the Rustic Theatre.   60 years ago – 1952 More than 100 people […]

Creature Corner: Aug. 16, 2012

Creature Corner: Aug. 16, 2012

Make your birthday wish come true. If your biggest wish is for a dog, then ARF is the place to be. And that’s just how Bailey, the yellow Lab wiggled into her forever home. She became the best birthday present ever for her new human. Paws up to you. And if your wish is for […]

Opinion: Concerts in the park

In a recent letter [in the Aug. 2, 2012 edition of the Town Crier], a citizen who attends the Thursday evening concerts in the park complained about the noise and general distraction of children running around the park and stage. She characterized the kids as disrespectful and opined that parents were missing out on a […]

Opinion: Motley IFPD issues

Life goes on and nothing changes. Two, three, four, or perhaps five grand juries will do the trick. Property tax funded radios, and heart monitor links never purchased. Really? No problem, Stone just doubled the Pine Cove and mountain property tax funded contract, maybe that will buy the monitors, hmmm. The Pine Cove parcel tax […]

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