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

The first year Frosty came to Kersting Court, 1988. Photo courtesy of Andrew Graper

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, on the night of the candlelight walk, on New Year’s Eve, but he’s always arrived, again, except 2010.  And there were three people that were responsible for it, though not all three participated every year.  Andrew Graper, Dave Forrester and Brian “Oggie” Eck were the guys that made the snowman, with help from others, no doubt, but generally you were going to see, one, two or all three of them, year after year.  Used to be that the snow always came down off the mountain, but now sometimes the snow is actually zamboni shavings from local ice rinks.  Which is to say, that while things stay the same, they also change.

This year there was a big change.  Oggie passed away on December 2nd.  Andrew and Dave carried on the tradition, and this year the snowman is dedicated in Oggie’s name, as evidenced by the scarf that keeps his neck warm.  On Frosty’s neck this year there is a patch with Oggie’s name, date of birth, and date of death on it.

While Andrew and Dave were again the providers of the snow and much of the labor, Dave’s Mom Betty made the aformentioned scarf and Oggie’s long time friend Tonia Biely Patino

That's Oggie in the board shorts, with his mom standing beside him. News Net file photo from 2009

sewed on the patch that Bob Goudy supplied, and  Tonia also provided the carrot nose, the corn cob pipe and the buttons on his chest.

So thanks for all your years of bringing Frosty to town, Oggie.  And thanks to Andrew, Dave, Tonia and Betty and the other snowman builders for their efforts to carry on the tradition without him.

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 [...]

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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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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