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Tom Dillon has some magic up his sleeve

Tom Dillon, new fifth grade teacher at Idyllwild School, has a few sleight-of-hand magic tricks up his sleeve that he uses to help students pay attention, improve their observational and cognitive skills and reward them for those little leaps forward that he says makes teaching so rewarding. “I enjoy giving knowledge to kids,” said the very personable and engaging...

Lemon Lily Festival draws big, learns lessons

The 2nd-annual Lemon Lily Festival (LLF) drew a larger audience and organizers learned some lessons they will use to improve the festival for next year. Key organizer Doug Yagaloff reported that based on site surveys, shuttle transport and merchant queries, he believes the festival drew about 5,000 attendees, most of whom were from out of town (last year’s estimate...

“Seeing is Believing” at Nature Center

A hike through the woods was a key part of this weekend’s Junior Naturalist Program series at the Idyllwild Nature Center. Titled “Seeing is Believing,” the Saturday, Aug. 27 program taught youngsters to look for minute details in everything they see.

Sports Roundup: Town Hall Adult Coed Softball

Jeremy Teeguarden reported on Town Hall Adult Coed Softball standings for the weeks of Aug. 22 and Aug 29. Playoffs Both series winners — Creekstone and Pacific Slope — won their series in two straight games. Game two between Forest Lumber and Creekstone Inn was on Monday, Aug. 22. Creekstone Inn had easily won the first game 13-6, but had to...

Steele in second FedEx tournament

Steele’s one-under-par 70-71 — 141 in The Barclay’s last week was not good enough to make the cut in the first tournament of the FedEx Cup playoffs, so he earned no new FedEx cup points. However, he had enough FedEx Cup points built up from regular season play to advance to the second tournament of the playoffs anyway. This week,...

Domestic argument prompts school response

Around 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, an alert teacher on her lunch break at Idyllwild School heard a domestic argument in progress at a residence on Saunders Meadow Road, opposite a wing of school classrooms. She then spotted a man with a rifle getting into a truck and driving away from the residence. Despite rumors heard in town,...

Arizona fire proves value of fuel projects

The Wallow Fire burned nearly 540,000 acres from late May until its containment on July 21.

Ray Goren: Jazz prodigy

Ray Goren, 11-years-old, is one of Deacon Jones’ two guitarists.

MDP schedules boots on the ground earthquake drill

Saturday, Sept. 10, Mountain Disaster Preparedness (MDP) will mount a “boots on the ground” simulation of the aftermath of a 7.9 magnitude earthquake, with an epicenter 2.2 miles east of Banning, in the Pass area. At 9 a.m., MDP will announce over its radio and email systems and through the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) network that a...

Opinion: Let ’em dance

What better way to respect the band and its music than to get up and dance? Thank you, Lord, for providing me a place to sit near the rear of the park during the concert. Had I heard the people complaining about kids dancing, I’d most likely have been ushered out of the park. How horrible and boring their lives must...
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