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Keeping planes safe

A Valencia business simulates disasters to train flight crews to respond to emergency flight situations and repair safety equipment such as the rafts that kept dozens of Airbus A320 passengers afloat last week on the Hudson River in New York.

January 20, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Nonprofit groups feel the burn

In this rough economy, many local nonprofit organizations face a challenge - find creative ways to compensate for decreased funds or deal with limited resources.

January 18, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers answer the call

More than 40 volunteers responded early to President-elect Barack Obama's national call for Monday's Day of Service. The local Obama for America Committee and community service group SCV Jaycees enlisted the help of those local volunteers Saturday to stock and distribute foodstuffs, as well as help needy recipients load their vehicles at the Hunger Defense Fund.

January 18, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Loved ones recall a well-lived young life

A mix of emotions lingered in the room as friends and family celebrated the life of the late Katelyn Nicole Salmont.

January 18, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Raising siblings, lowering rivalries

Sometimes parenting children can be like raising Cain ... and Abel.

January 17, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


'Mr. Agua Dulce' mourned

Many in the tightly knit Agua Dulce community referred to Dick Lang as Mr. Agua Dulce. They knew him as a generous, humble man whose family helped shape the history of the rugged valley on the northeastern outskirts of the Santa Clarita Valley.

January 16, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Caston’s back in business

Caston's TV and Appliance is back in business under its original ownership, and Jerry Caston and son, Rick Caston, are ready to serve.

January 16, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Local Business News


Sharing important history

Margot Webb hopes the dramatic adaptation of her Holocaust narrative, "Shadows at Noon," for a German audiobook will teach important lessons to generations of young students.

January 14, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Volunteers lend a hand to local winter shelter

At least 40 volunteers gathered at the Santa Clarita Valley Emergency Winter Shelter to provide more parking spaces, paint the women's dorm and light up the shelter's entrance sign Saturday morning.

January 11, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Neighborhood gets a facelift

Santa Clarita officials began assisting in the sprucing-up of a third local neighborhood Saturday, with its third Extreme Neighborhood Makeover block party hosted on Cavello Drive in Saugus.

January 11, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


What goes down must come up

The price of regular gas is creeping up to $2 per gallon, but Santa Clarita Valley motorists don't seem upset after having to pay twice as much last summer.

January 10, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local chamber members visit China

Local business owner, B.J. Atkins, can scratch "climb the Great Wall of China" off his list of life goals.

January 08, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Local Business News


Local artists' work on display

Oil portraits, watercolor landscapes and dozens more colorful and unique art pieces are on display for viewing and for sale at the Adobe Ranch House in the Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in Valencia.

January 04, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Local woman gets the gift of fitness

As a 22-year-old who daily battles a hereditary disease known as cystic fibrosis, Kristina de Bree of Valencia said it is important for her to exercise regularly, but doing so on her own is not easy.

January 04, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Santa Clarita Valley News


Oak Hill Bible Church celebrates second year

Oak Hill Bible Church sprouted out of a few supporters meeting in a living room, and on Sunday, members will celebrate the church's two-year anniversary of the small-but-growing church with cake, a picture and a service on God's faithfulness.

January 03, 2009 | By Melissa Gasca Signal Staff Writer | Faith / Religion


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