For many years, Idyllwild’s Town Hall has been a prominent place in a youngster’s early learning days, as shown in this photo published August 9, 1984, in which children are making clay huts and using pine needles to make baskets. This week, the County of Riverside became responsible for conducting all operations at Town Hall. File photo

60 years ago - 1951
At a joint Chamber and Lions Club committee meeting, members announced plans for a community recreation program, which the Lions would fund. Plans included hiring a paid recreation director and installing playground equipment.

55 years ago - 1956
A grand opening celebration was held for the new Richfield service station in Pine Cove. Everyone getting a gasoline fill-up got a free 5-pound bag of sugar.

50 years ago - 1961
A refreshing new spot was welcomed on the parched Hill — water was circulating in the new fountain installed at Eleanor Park.

45 years ago - 1966
In her Town Crier column, “Flora, folks & fauna,” writer Dorothy Bryant let out the locals’ secret that the Idyllwild dump was “the place to see deer, as well as other interesting forms of animal life.”

40 years ago - 1971
To prevent overcrowding, a portable classroom was installed on the Idyllwild School campus.

35 years ago - 1976
The U.S. Forest Service issued a press release saying, “Visitors and residents … may note wild burros with brightly colored posteriors running around …” Agency personnel were shooting the burros with otherwise harmless capsules that contained colored dye in order to better study the animals.

30 years ago - 1981
Village Market was advertising avocados at 25 cents each, cabbage for 12 cents a pound, beef liver for 89 cents per pound and Totino’s extra large combination pizzas for $1.79 each.

25 years ago - 1986
It took a flip of the coin at a public information meeting to decide which Ponderosa Drive in Pine Cove would undergo a street name change to clear up confusion caused by the duplication of street names. The flip came up in favor of residents living on Ponderosa Drive between what was then Gail (now Lake View) and Walter drives. The other, off of Coulter Drive, was renamed Cascade Drive.

20 years ago - 1991
Idyllwild School officials were preparing for the new school year and an enrollment increase of about 50 more students than the previous year, mostly due to the decision to include an eighth-grade class at Idyllwild School, rather than having those students bused to Hemet.

15 years ago - 1996
A Bee Canyon Fire commemorative pin was developed by Idyllwild residents Jo-Carroll Dennison and Janice Fast. They were given to all public safety officials and volunteers involved in fighting the fire and to people who donated $25 to the pin project.

10 years ago - 2001
Huell Howser, host of KPBS TV’s “California’s Gold,” was vacationing in Idyllwild.

5 years ago - 2006
Idyllwild resident Casey Abrams, a finalist on American Idol this year, was a member of the cast of the Isis Theatre Company’s reading of Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond.”

1 year ago - 2010
A retrospective devoted to the art and life of Lora Woodhead Steere, an Idyllwild pioneer, was held at the Rustic Theatre and on the Idyllwild Arts campus. Steere arrived in Idyllwild on horseback in the late 1880s and later became Idyllwild Arts first teacher and a famous sculptress.