I was leading 12 fourth graders on the trail at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, where I am a docent, teaching kids about nature. We were standing under a California sycamore that would have provided shade if it were summer. It was a brisk winter morning, and I had need of a handkerchief. While I was in the process of handkerchiefing, one of the kids in front of me said, "What is that?" I replied, "It's a handkerchief." Another one said, "I've heard of them!"
Does the local community know what a hidden and rare gem it holds in its midst, in the form of the Henry Mayo Newhall Ambulatory Care Center, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Imaging Center and, especially, the rare and unique Dr. Gregory Senofsky?
As you read this, I'm in Maui! Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Maui is my favorite! Fun, food and lots of history. Actually, as you read this I will be soaring above the jungle canopy on a zip line tour!
Grand Opening of Loose Goose
A recent proposal at the State Capitol could have a big impact on businesses in Santa Clarita.
I feel sorry for Dr. Collyn Nielsen, the new principal of Hart High School. Santa Clarita's oldest high school is up for accreditation by an outside agency. Unless something changes, when asked how the arts are faring, he's going to have to stand up there and say that during his first year as principal the school orchestra was killed as an academic course. It certainly won't look good at all to the evaluators.
"Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest." -- Lady Bird Johnson
Over the last decade, the city of Santa Clarita has brought many amenities to Old Town Newhall. The Newhall Community Center welcomes hundreds of children every day; the Veterans Historical Plaza is a place of quiet contemplation and solace in the center of a busy area; and the Newhall Metrolink Station provides commuter service to residents traveling to the San Fernando and Antelope valleys and to Los Angeles for work. This year, the city is embarking upon ...
Several years back in The Signal's entertainment tabloid, a blurb ran about "The Diary of Anne Frank," which at the time was being produced at one of our community theaters.
Wikipedia defines the word "hero" from Greek mythology and folklore as the offspring of both a deity and a mortal, who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self-sacrifice.
Many youth who live in and around the Santa Clarita Valley have never had the opportunity to experience the outdoors, nature, hiking, wild animals, plants or wilderness. There is a growing body of scientific research that suggests children who are given early and ongoing positive exposure to nature thrive in intellectual, emotional and physical ways that their peers do not. By reducing stress, sharpening concentration and promoting creative and scientific learning, nature education and outings into wild areas can provide a positive outlet and many opportunities for kids.
The little jewels of spring have started a new generation in my yard. Yes, already hummingbirds are nesting. During the last few weeks we watched one hummer collecting nesting material. They like to use spider webs, lichen and other plant material. Now two beautiful bean-sized eggs sit perfectly in her tidy little nest.
I was reading the business section of a publication. The heading at the bottom of the page read "Countrywide reports an increase in loan defaults." I got into the data and suddenly what penetrated my consciousness was the enormous pain and suffering a significant portion of our fellow Americans are experiencing. The reality of that really got to me and I found myself tearing up (God forbid).
Illegal alien incursion, wild city expansion, anticipated traffic gridlock, and how we address local crime are some of the volatile topics you will hear discussed in an upcoming Santa Clarita City Council debate sponsored by the Canyon Country Advisory Committee. All five candidates hoping to earn the right to sit on your City Council are participating. This debate may help you select the two for whom you should cast your ballot April 8.
As the Amgen tour rapidly approaches, the Santa Clarita Valley seems to be turning into Bicycle Central. The bicycle is both a mode of transportation that can be used to ride to work or run local errands, as well as a great recreational vehicle. Some people refer to the bicycle as an exercise machine. Even our mayor, Bob Kellar, is sporting a new bicycle, which he uses to keep his body in good physical condition.
The Republican Party is first and foremost the party of Lincoln, yet what does this actually mean to those of us living today in the Santa Clarita Valley? The answer requires a reflection upon our political roots as we wend our way deeper into the 21st century.
One of the most profound rights we have as citizens is the right to petition. The First Amendment of our Constitution "prohibits Congress from abridging or prohibiting the right of the people ... to petition the government for a redress of grievances."
I read Gary Horton's April 30 column on his experience with the Affordable Care Act ("American Medicine has become a joke") and decided to share a story.
In every ordered and civilized society the rule of law plays an essential role. Given that human nature is too often selfish and sometimes even cruel, laws are enacted to declare the boundaries between right and wrong. Laws form the lens through which society views the actions of those individuals who choose to live in the group.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
Someone has rightly said that a true friend is one who walks in when everyone else is walking out. In most areas of life, tragedy and trial bring truth to the surface. Your true character is best seen in the worst of situations, when the façade falls away and you no longer can hide who you are. When it comes to friendships, hard times bring out the reality of the relationship.
Ever since I moved to Santa Clarita nearly 28 years ago, I've always appreciated our community's clean streets, wide open spaces and active lifestyle.
In the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch delivers the famous line, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."