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Letter to the Editor re: Help Save Sturtevant Camp

Posted 12/15/14 - Hello fellow hikers and canyon-lovers!

The Friends of the San Gabriels is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with the United Methodist Church to purchase Sturtevant Camp. We are now starting a fundraiser and hope that you will participate.

Many of you are familiar with Sturtevant Camp and some of you are not.  For those  of you who have not had a chance to visit this great treasure, let me give you some background. Sturtevant Camp was established in 1893 and was one of five resort camps in the Big Santa Anita Canyon (Chantry Flat area) during the great hiking era of the early 1900s.  Now, a century later, it is the last remaining camp and the only place that you can rent cabins for you and a couple of friends or a really big group of 40+.  It has been under the ownership of the United Methodist Church (UMC) since 1945. It has never been successfully self-supporting since that time and has relied upon UMC funds to keep it alive.  From 2010 on, all camps have had to be self-supporting.  Our favorite camp manager of 20 years (Chris Kasten and his wife Joan) was laid off and a dedicated group of individuals known as the “boot squad” has tirelessly tried to maintain the camp.  But, alas, without marketing and lately a lack of water, business has been dismal.

So, you ask, what will be different this time? First, we will have a team of enthusiastic, experienced, canyonites dedicated to this project: Sue Burgess, Deb Burgess, and Brad Bryce. In addition, we have planned a three-pronged approach: 1) Brad Bryce, cabin owner and long-time canyon volunteer, will live at the camp and manage it for the first 1-2 years in a non-paid capacity.  This will provide for stability in operations and open the camp to weekday guests. 2) Heavy marketing including email and phone call campaigns to potential groups such as Scouts, So Cal hiking groups, environmental groups, equestrian groups. 3) Schedule event-type weekends for a flat fee that includes all expenses.  So far, we have come up with a hand-quilt making weekend, Scout merit badge weekends, board game (and/or chess) weekend, live music weekend, Thanksgiving at Camp, art camp weekend, etc. We would love to hear more ideas.

This is where you come in.  We could really use your help through donations, suggestions, and volunteering. We have some incentives for donations.  First, remember that your donations are tax-deductible.  Next, check out what we will give back:

  • For donations of $5,000 or more, we will name a guest cabin after you or an honoree of your choice.  Plus, you have the privilege of reserving the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends twice a year for two years.
  • For donations of $1,000, you can adopt a cabin (you get a plaque in the cabin) and you can reserve the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to 5 friends during 2015.
  • For donations of $500, you can be one of many to adopt the Ranger cabin or another building and reserve the Retreat Cottage.
  • For donations of $100, you can enter to win a full weekend in the Retreat Cottage for yourself and up to five friends.  Packing included.  We will draw the winner in late February.
  • For donations of $25 or more, we will treat you to lunch at the pack station on a music Sunday.  Yum!
  • Finally, all donors above $100 will be listed on a donation wall and receive a free t-shirt. (unless you want to remain anonymous).

Please go http://adamspackstation.com/fundraiser/ and donate on-line.  You can either use a credit card or PayPal account. If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to the Friends of the San Gabriels and mail to 46685 Orchard Drive, Miramonte, CA 93641.  Note:  If we are unable to meet our goal of $75,000 by our deadline of March 2, 2015, we will either return your donation or can leave it with Friends for future projects.  We are confident with your help that we can secure enough funds to purchase the camp, secure our startup funds and first year’s operating expenses.

As I said above, we are looking to add to the existing volunteer group and would welcome your participation.  We will be looking for people to act as weekend hosts (Brad will need to go home once in a while), help with maintenance projects, kitchen staff, raking leaves, overseeing some of the Scout merit badge programs, etc.  More details about this later one.  Please let us know how you would like to help.  Also, keep in mind that the other way you can help is to make reservations.  Please go to: http://adamspackstation.com/sturtevant/form/

Please help us to save this icon of the canyon.  Thanks!

Help Us to Save Sturtevant Camp!

Deb Burgess

Thursday December 11 2014

Services for Brian “Oggie” Eck to be Saturday, Dec. 13th, at St. Rita

Services for Brian

Posted 12/11/14 – Brian Keith Eck, aka “Auggie, Oggie, Og,” born on Sept. 5th 1963 to Sheila Joan Eck Pierce and James Clarence Eck, Sr., succumbed to a blood infection on Dec. 2nd, 2014.  He is survived by his mother, father, brother James C. Eck, Jr., sister Melissa Stute, half brothers James Eck and Scott [...]

Friday December 05 2014

SMVFA Annual Firefighter’s Ball Saturday, Dec. 6th

SMVFA Annual Firefighter's Ball Saturday, Dec. 6th

Posted 12/5/14 - The Sierra Madre Volunteer Firefighters’ Association will be throwing their Annual Christmas Ball on Saturday, December 6, 2014.  There will be dancing to a live band, a no-host bar, and as always,guests are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy for th Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  The ball will be held [...]

Sunday November 30 2014

15th Holiday Party Fundraiser for Foothill Unity Center This Saturday, 12/6

Press Release posted 11/30/14 - Foothill Unity Center Auxiliary  invites you to join us for our 15th Annual Holiday Season Party to benefit Foothill Unity Center, Saturday December 6, 2014, 5 to 9 p.m. at THE LODGE in Sierra Madre, 33 East Sierra Madre Boulevard featuring: live music ★ dancing ★ festive food ★ silent auction [...]

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Sunday November 30 2014

Annual UMC Christmas Alternative Gift Fair & Boutique This Sunday, 12/7

Press Release posted 11/30/14 – Sierra Madre United Methodist Church is holding its annual Christmas Alternative Gift Fair & Boutique on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with a gift that truly “gives back.”  Your donations help support the relief efforts of local organizations [...]

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Sunday November 30 2014

Sierra Madre Winter Village Festival, 2014 – Photo Gallery and Video

Sierra Madre Winter Village Festival, 2014 - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 11/30/14 – Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Winter Village Festival for 2014 yesterday on Small Business Saturday.  Formerly known as the Holiday Open House, Dickens Village and Whoville, Winter Village Festival was the 2014 iteration of the day long event, featuring live entertainment, non-profit fund raising booths, small town local shopping, horse [...]

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Saturday November 29 2014

SMArt Walk and Winter Village Festival Today

Posted 11/29/14 – The 2014 Sierra Madre SMArt Walk takes place today, from Noon  – 4 pm and the Sierra Madre Winter Village Festival will take place from 3 to 8pm. During the Art Walk, Sierra Madre will bustle with creativity as artists and musicians join with almost all our local businesses to celebrate art [...]

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Monday November 24 2014

Old School Eatery To Feed Those In Need, Alone On Thanksgiving

Posted 11/23/14 – I recently was made aware that Old School Eatery, technically not in Sierra Madre, but about as close as you can be at 975 N. Michillinda, intends to offer free turkey dinner with the trimmings to those who are alone and those who are in need on Thanksgiving Day, from 1 to [...]

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Saturday November 22 2014

What’s SMRFA Up To, And How Can You Help?

What's SMRFA Up To, And How Can You Help?

Press Release and FB posts, posted 11/22/14 – As the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) heads into the home stretch for the 2015 Tournament of Roses parade, please read the following information which shares info about SMRFA, some ways that you can help, and updates on the organization pulled from their FB page and [...]

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Saturday November 22 2014

Classic LA Detective Yarn Tapped As The Next One Book, One City Selection

Classic LA Detective Yarn Tapped As The Next One Book, One City Selection

Press Release posted 11/22/14 – Raymond Chandler’s classic, The Long Goodbye, has been chosen as Sierra Madre’s One Book, One City selection for 2015.  Published in 1953 and featuring his famous detective, Philip Marlow, Chandler called the novel “my best book”.  Set in Los Angeles in 1949, The Long Goodbye is notable for using hard-boiled [...]

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Saturday November 22 2014

Ascension Invites the Village to Give Thanks

Press Release posted 11/22/14 – Soon, the American tradition known as Thanksgiving will be upon us. As we gather together with great enthusiasm for amazing food and fellowship let us remember to be grateful for all the blessings in our lives. Sierra Madre’s Village Church (Ascension) invites the community for celebration of the liturgy of [...]

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Thursday November 13 2014

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Denis Keegan Passes Away, Services Friday 11/14

Posted 11/13/14 – Denis Peter Keegan, son of the late James Joseph Keegan and Virginia Bland Skinner, passed away peacefully Monday November 10th, surrounded by his wife and loving family.  Denis had courageously fought a rare genetic kidney disease for many years. Denis was born on December 17th, 1949, in South Orange, New Jersey.  He [...]

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Thursday November 06 2014

VFW to Hold Veteran’s Day Service Sunday, 11/9 at Memorial Park

VFW to Hold Veteran's Day Service Sunday, 11/9 at Memorial Park

Posted 11/5/14 – Veterans of Foreign Wars of Sierra Madre, Post 3208 will celebrate its annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Memorial Park, Sunday November 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM, with special keynote speaker Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, and the author of thirteen books, including two [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Special City Council Meeting Schedule

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – Due to the Veteran’s Day holiday on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, City Hall will be closed and the regularly scheduled City Council meeting has been cancelled. There will be a number of special meetings of the City Council beginning Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:30 pm – [...]

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Wednesday November 05 2014

Sierra Madre Community Foundation Fundraiser at Savor the Flavor, Leonora Moss

Sierra Madre Community Foundation Fundraiser at Savor the Flavor, Leonora Moss
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Wednesday November 05 2014

Motivational Speaker Jimmy Weldon To Speak At Hart Park House Senior Center

Press Release posted 11/5/14 – On Wednesday, November 19th at 1:00pm author and speaker, Jimmy Weldon, with his faithful sidekick, Webster Webfoot, will share laughter and stories, hoping to motivate his audiences to achieve their ultimate dreams. Mr. Weldon is an accomplished actor and former television host of the first children’s program in the Dallas/Fort [...]

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