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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 […]

Out loud: Looking forward …

By the time the paper is published, 2014 will be upon us quicker than we can imagine. When I think of how life was after retirement toward the end of November and what Jack and I took on in the spring of 2013, I certainly understand why so many people have questioned our sanity. We […]

Readers write – Publish only the good news in front of the paper

Editor: As of late, there has been much discussion among the members of the Idyllwild Association of Realtors regarding recent front-page articles in the Town Crier. Specifically, the articles that capitalize on negative events occurring in and around the community of Idyllwild. While we recognize that criminal activity, traffic accidents, house fires, etc., make for […]

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 […]

Out loud: No place like home …

While many of us celebrate the holidays with family and friends, some individuals fall into an inner depression. This pallor of joylessness can be very personal and deep, particularly when family is far away, ties are cut or family simply have passed on. We are blessed that people have places to go here where they […]

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 […]

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 […]

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