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Cmdr. Dave Loera Citizen Of The Year, Dinner Tickets on Sale Now

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Press Release posted 1/26/15 – Sierra Madre Chamber President Ed Chen and the Board of Directors announced on Friday, Jan. 9th,  the selection of VFW Post 3208 Commander Dave Loera as the 2014 Citizen of the Year.

The COTY award is granted to an outstanding Sierra Madre resident who best demonstrates the town’s spirit of volunteerism during the year. Loera’s credentials are extensive. In addition to his VFW responsibilities, he currently serves on the Committee for Congresswoman Judy Chu in the collaboration between the Veteran’s Administration Health Care System and Pasadena City College to establish a Veteran’s Health Center in the San Gabriel Valley. He also serves on Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Veteran’s Advisory Committee.

In Sierra Madre, Dave served as a Reserve Police Officer for 10 years; he has coached T-ball, Little League, Pony Colt Baseball and AYSO soccer. He is currently President of the St. Rita Men’s Club and is Past President of the Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club.

Cmdr. Loera has also been instrumental in getting the VFW to support the city’s 4th of July Parade, raise funds for the maintenance of Dapper Field and with the replacement of the bleachers at Heasley Field. He has served on Sierra Madre’s Utility User’s Tax oversight committee and much more.

The COTY dinner honoring Commander Loera will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 in The Sierra Madre Room, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, Ca. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner at 7:00 p.m. . Tickets are $30 per person/Tables of 10 $275.00.

For more information, please contact Amanda Burnett at 626-355-5111.

Saturday January 10 2015

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Long-time Sierra Madrean Joe Ramsey Passes Away

Posted 1/10/15 – (Editor’s Note: I’ll be doing a more comprehensive and personal look back at Joe Ramsey’s life in the near future, but wanted to post this in the interim…) Joseph Jack Ramsey, 11/1/56 – 12/29/14 Joseph “Joe” Jack Ramsey passed away Dec. 29th, 2014 at Arcadia Methodist Hospital.  Joe Ramsey, son of Jack [...]

Thursday January 01 2015

“I Think I Can” – Forever Young

 

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Thursday January 01 2015

SMRFA Wins Mayor’s Trophy, Ninth Award in Ten Years!

SMRFA Wins Mayor's Trophy, Ninth Award in Ten Years!

Posted 1/1/15- “I Think I Can”, Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s 2015 entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade, was the town’s 83rd entry, going back to 1917.  And for the ninth time in ten years, SMRFA’s entry has won an award, The Mayor’s Trophy, described by the Tournament as “Most Outstanding City Entry, National [...]

Wednesday December 31 2014

2015 Rose Float Dedication, Kersting Court Stopover – Photo Gallery and Video

2015 Rose Float Dedication, Kersting Court Stopover - Photo Gallery and Video

Posted 12/31/14 – The Board of Directors of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) dedicated this year’s float to Bob Young in a brief ceremony at the barn this evening, before heading down to the parade.  On the way they stopped over at Kersting Court to allow local residents a chance to get up [...]

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Wednesday December 31 2014

SMRFA Undergoes Final Judging of 2015 Float – Photo Gallery, Video

SMRFA Undergoes Final Judging of 2015 Float - Photo Gallery, Video

Posted 12/313/2014 – Judges for the Tournament of Roses Parade stopped by Sierra Vista Park today to see the 2015 edition of the Sierra Madre Rose Float Association’s float, “I Think I Can”.  While that’s the official name, many in town are calling the float “Forever Young”, a phrase which adorns the tail end of [...]

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Tuesday December 23 2014

Frosty’s Back – 2014, Dedicated to Oggie – Photo gallery

Frosty's Back - 2014, Dedicated to Oggie - Photo gallery

Posted 12/23/14 – Every year since 1988, except 2010,  a snowman has been built in Kersting Court.  Originally, he was on Sierra Madre Blvd. up near the west end of the park by the crosswalk, and for some time now he’s been on Baldwin Ave.. He has arrived on different days – on Christmas Eve, [...]

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Monday December 15 2014

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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