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Local veteran works out his post-service plan

It had been a graphic day of battle in Baghdad. It seemed like the U.S. Army had fired everything it had to fire, Stephen Watanabe said.

August 30, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Where arthritis is an afterthought

Alexa Sutherland, 12, cannot participate in physical education with the rest of her class. Caitlin Ryan, 12, has already had a hip replacement. Mikayla Minnig, 12, had to stop cheerleading for a while.

August 27, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Rosemond on Parenting


Love of magic never gets old

Mark Wilson couldn't count the times he's levitated his wife in mid-air. He's performed the illusion on television, for a live audience, at theme parks and even in his warehouse for photo shoots.

August 22, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Temple Beth Ami welcomes new cantor

Kenny Ellis stood on the bimah at Temple Beth Ami and sang out: "How good it is, and how pleasant, when we dwell together in unity."

August 21, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


‘A ministry without walls’

Dr. Sheryl Reaves sold her home and 4,000-acre property and headed west.

August 19, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Combining faith and fitness

Gilbert Burns thrust his right fist toward a mirror. He pulled it back and then, punched the air again.

August 14, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


Back to school countdown

Bailey Prouty sprinted across a gym on Tuesday, clutching dodgeballs and scanning the opposite side of the court for his next target.

August 11, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Boy released pending fire investigation

A 14-year-old boy who was arrested for setting a fire in Saugus on Sunday was released to his family, an official said Monday.

August 10, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


‘My stolen son’

A small framed clown painting hangs from the living room wall in the Markowitz's Santa Clarita home. A young Nick Markowitz created the painting.

August 10, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


From Cub Scout to leader

It was one particular Cub Scout meeting Jeff Prata attended that changed the course of his life and career. During the meeting, parents bickered about money matters as a pack of Cubs, boys ranging in age from 8 to 10, sat and listened.

August 08, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Vampire fever

Before Edward Cullen fell for Bella Swan and Robert Pattinson became a teen heartthrob with a thirst for blood, a more ghastly character dominated vampire literature. In 1897, author Bram Stoker introduced Count Dracula to the world.

August 08, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Women’s Expo empowers with opportunities

"I'm a real loser. I'm not good enough the way I am. I care too much about what other people think."

August 01, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Former Assemblyman Dr. Keith Richman dies of cancer at 56

Former California Assemblyman Dr. Keith Richman, who served the Santa Clarita Valley, died Friday night at the age of 56 after more than a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

August 01, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Living to ride and soar, again

You might have seen the replay on an episode of "World's Craziest Videos" or "Ripley's Believe it or Not."

August 01, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Signal Lifestyle


Methodists welcome new pastor

Only a few weeks into the job as senior pastor, Rev. Melissa Roux MacKinnon has already injected some new energy into the Santa Clarita United Methodist Church.

July 31, 2010 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


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