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Services for Gordon Caldwell Monday, Tuesday

Gordon and Mary Lou Caldwell at his 90th birthday celebration

Posted 7-30/17 – Funeral services for Gordon Caldwell will take place at Sierra Madre Congregational Church on Tuesday, August 1st  at noon.  The church is located at 170 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. Viewing will be on the Monday preceding, July 31st, from 5 to 9pm at Douglass and Zook Mortuary, 600 E. Foothill Blvd. in Monrovia.  Gordon passed away Saturday, July 22nd.  He was ninety-three years old.

Gordon embodied the true definition of the term town icon.  For decades he volunteered his time with numerous organizations around town, including as a Sierra Madre firefighter, a member of the Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association, Kiwanis, VFW Post 3208. He also organized blood drives for the Red Cross for many years.

He was a great guy, who always had a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude.  Mix in a little mischief, and you’ve got Gordon. He will be sorely missed.  Sympathies to Mary Lou and the family.

A look back at Gordon…

Gordon was also a WW II veteran, who served on the USS Saratoga when it was attacked.  This link will bring you to an article which includes video of Gordon telling his story to Kiwanians at their Veterans’ Day meeting in 2010.

 

Gordon Caldwell, Veteran's Day 2008

This link will take you to our coverage of the VFW Veteran’s Day ceremony at which Gordon was the keynote speaker.  The article includes the complete transcript of Gordon’s speech that day.

And here is a link to our coverage of Gordon’s 90th birthday celebration in 2014, held at the Villa del sol D’oro at Alverno Heights.  There’s a photo gallery and more than half an hour of video.

Rest in peace, Gordon.

Tuesday May 30 2017

Scene Around the Mt. Wilson Trail Race – Non-race Photo Gallery

Scene Around the Mt. Wilson Trail Race - Non-race Photo Gallery

Posted 5/30/17 – Hope you enjoy these photos.  Click to enlarge.

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Tuesday May 30 2017

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony, Photo Gallery

VFW Memorial Day Ceremony, Photo Gallery

Posted 5/30/17 – The Lt. Kenneth Bell VFW Post 3208 held its annual Memorial Day Ceremony yesterday featuring speakers Congresswoman Judy Chu, Assemblyman Chris Holden and keynote speaker Lt. Col. Dick Rutan, a Vietnam era fighter jet pilot.  Unfortunately it appears all the pictures I took of Lt. Col. Rutan are on my other camera, [...]

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Sunday May 28 2017

VFW Post 3208 to Host Memorial Day Ceremony

VFW Post 3208 to Host Memorial Day Ceremony

Press Release posted 5/28/17 – Lt. Kenneth Bell, VFW Post 3208, invites patriotic Veterans, families and friends to attend our special Memorial Day Ceremonies honoring our deceased War Veterans at Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery, Monday, May 29 at 11:00 A.M. Please arrive early to get a seat. In recent years, the ceremony has attracted standing-room only [...]

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Sunday May 28 2017

Timphony, Tracy Lead the Way at Mt. Wilson Trail Race

Timphony, Tracy Lead the Way at Mt. Wilson Trail Race

Posted 5/28/17 – James Timphony, winner of the 2008, 2009 and 2014 Mt. Wilson Trail Races, found his way back to the top yesterday with a time of 1:01:38, followed by Jon Clark, who has locked down second place every year since he won the race in 2012, with a time this year of 1:03:52. [...]

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Friday February 03 2017

Chamber Celebrates Rod and Joan Spears, Citizens of the Year 2016 – Photo Gallery

Chamber Celebrates Rod and Joan Spears, Citizens of the Year 2016 - Photo Gallery

Posted 2/3/17 – The Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce and approximately  friends and family turned out to Nano Cafe to celebrate the recognition of Rod and Joan Spears as Citizens of the Year for 2016.  A buffet dinner and entertainment by JJ Jukebox kept the crowd happy as the Spears’ were lauded for their contributions [...]

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Thursday February 02 2017

One Book, One City Starts With a Journey Through Science and Art

One Book, One City Starts With a Journey Through Science and Art

Press Release posted 2/2/17 – JPL: Powered by STEAM!, a program by Dr. Steve Cornford, started February’s One Book, One City events with a tour of the universe and its splendor at the Sierra Madre Public Library on February 1. Dr. Cornford, shared gorgeous images of planets, stars, and solar systems that are the “Art” [...]

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Thursday February 02 2017

SMPD Makes Weapons Violation Arrest

SMPD Makes Weapons Violation Arrest

Press Release posted 2/2/17 – On January 31, 2017 a Sierra Madre resident in the 2000 block of Liliano Dr., contacted the Sierra Madre Police Department regarding a suspicious occupied vehicle. The resident stated she was inside her home when she heard a sound coming from her “Ring Home Security” doorbell. When viewing the live [...]

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Thursday February 02 2017

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, Jan. 8 – Jan. 29, 2017

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, Jan. 8 - Jan. 29, 2017

Posted 2/2/17   Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report   January 8 to January 15, 2017 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 215 day and night time calls for service. Wednesday, January 11 A resident in the 00 block of E. Sierra Madre Bl. came to the station’s lobby [...]

Tuesday January 24 2017

Sierra Madre Announces New City Manager, Gabriel Engeland

Press Release posted 1/24/17- After an extensive recruitment and interviewing many candidates, the City of Sierra Madre has selected its top candidate—Gabriel (“Gabe”) Engeland–to serve the community as its new City Manager. Mr. Engeland’s appointment and employment agreement are scheduled for approval at the regular City Council meeting of January 24, 2017. The City Council [...]

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Tuesday January 24 2017

Alverno Heights Senior Cassidy Castillo To Receive LA Archdiocese Christian Service Medal

Press Release posted 1/24/17 – Alverno Heights Academy senior Cassidy Castillo has been selected as Alverno’s recipient of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Medal for 2017. Cassidy will receive her award on Tuesday, March 14 during a special Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Cassidy, a [...]

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Wednesday January 11 2017

Senator Portantino Reacts to Governor’s Budget Proposal

Press Release posted 1/11/17  - (1/10/17) This morning, Senator Anthony J. Portantino (D – La Cañada Flintridge), Chair of Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education, issued the following statement: “I was pleased to see that the Governor’s proposed budget reflects our State’s continued commitment to K–12 and Higher Education. The Governor’s 2017–2018 [...]

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Tuesday January 10 2017

SMPD Blotter 1/1/17 to 1/8/17

Posted 1/10/17 Sierra Madre Police Department Police Blotter Report January 1, to January 8, 2017 During this time period, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 214 day and night time calls for service. Tuesday, January 3 A report of a stolen vehicle from the driveway of a home in the 400 block of [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Benches to Memorialize Former SMEAC President Laurie Cooper at Bailey Canyon

Benches to Memorialize Former SMEAC President Laurie Cooper at Bailey Canyon

Press Release posted 1/7/17 - The Sierra Madre Environmental Action Council mourned the loss of their beloved member, Laurie Cooper in 2016.  Laurie’s long involvement with SMEAC began just after the formation of the organization in 1971.  She managed Southern California’s first community recycling center, located in Sierra Vista Park.  She also spear-headed SMEAC’s stewardship of [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

SMPD Volunteers Sought

Press Release posted 1/7/17 - The Sierra Madre Police Department is seeking volunteers to serve the community of Sierra Madre. If you would like to volunteer your time, please come to an information meeting  in  City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm.  For further information, please contact Captain Donna Cayson with the Sierra Madre [...]

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Saturday January 07 2017

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

Christmas Tree Recycling Guidelines

Press Release posted 1/7/17 – Athens Services will once again collect Christmas trees after the holidays for recycling. Trees will be collected until the end of the second week in January. Please remove stands, ornaments, lights and tinsel.  Place trees next to your regular trash containers.  Trees over 6 feet in length must be cut in half.  [...]

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