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Michele E. Buttelman: Happy Independence Day

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Posted: July 3, 2010 9:37 p.m.
Updated: July 4, 2010 6:00 a.m.

This is the first time in two years I’ll be spending the Fourth of July back in the Santa Clarita Valley. Two years ago, I was in Clearwater, Fla., and last year I was on Whidbey Island, Wash.

The Santa Clarita Valley always does a bang-up job celebrating the Fourth. The parade in Newhall is one event that is not to be missed. We’re lucky to have such a talented, dedicated and organized group stage our annual parade!

Kudos to the Parade Committee
There’s lots of hard working folks on the Santa Clarita Parade Committee. I salute everyone who has spent hours and hours volunteering to give the rest of us this spectacular parade. A tip of the hat to all who have worked so hard. There’s nothing like an old-fashioned Fourth of July parade to get those patriotic juices flowing. March on!

Parade judges
Another hardworking group are the parade judges. I’ve judged a parade; it’s not a walk in the park. You can’t just sit back and enjoy the parade; you have to think about what you’re looking at, then take flak from the folks who think they should have won but didn’t. Another tip of the parade hat to: Judging Chairwoman Laurene Weste, Co-chairman James McCarthy, Equestrian judge Laura Hauser and the Parade judges: R.J. Kelly, Patty Kelly, Dennis Ostrom, Sue Ostrom, Tom Pedersen, Linda Pedersen, Linda Tarnoff, Ruthann Levison, Linda Lambourne, Steve Lambourne, Spence Leafdale and Pat Willett.

A special birthday wish
To all the special Fourth of July birthday boys and girls: Happy Birthday! What a grand day to have a birthday when everyone is celebrating and there are fireworks just for you. Also, happy 24th birthday to my daughter Cassie, my brightest light.

A Night at the Rancho at Wayside
This event intrigues me.

Why? Because I don’t see any reference on how to buy tickets or who it benefits. It was posted on the city of Santa Clarita’s calendar website. But how one can participate is a mystery. I know one way you can spend a “Night at the Rancho at Wayside” but I don’t think most people are that eager to experience that “other” method! However, if you’re in the know about this event, please pass the info on to me. 5-9 p.m. Aug. 7. Cost: $75 Location: Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, 29300 The Old Road, Castaic, 91384 “A Night at the Rancho at Wayside” will begin at the Jack Bones Equestrian Center and includes a tour of the historic 2,800-acre facility culminating with a Southwestern dinner at Cedar Lodge.

Looking forward...

Not to be a downer, but the first day of school is much closer than you realize. It seems that summer just flies by these days. Get ready for school to resume in the William S. Hart Unified School District on Aug. 12, as well as in the Saugus and Sulphur Springs school districts. The Newhall district will begin Aug. 11 for most schools. Frightening, isn’t it? In just a little more than a month, it will be the back-to-school grind.

It’s summertime, and the living is easy...
However, let’s not think anymore about back-to-school and such. Let’s just enjoy the moment and take a break. Relax, take a deep breath and take a few laps in the pool to cool down. Have a fun Fourth and stay safe!
Michele E. Buttelman is the features and entertainment editor of The Signal. She can reached by e-mail at


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