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San Dimas Press (Newspaper) - September 25, 1975, San Dimas, California Local News Office 105 Exchange Place San Dimas Business Phone News Phone 626-2465 599-1518 San Dimas Press THE SAN OiMAS PRESS established '911 A^dicaTed. qualified to pubi^h legoi advertising THE COMMUNITY-MINDED NEWSPAPER Sixth-Third Year, No 12 San Dimas, California, Thursday, September 25, 1975 .20 Pages 10 Cents Jeff Pates' boa constrictor News Briefs chief Geronimo takes first Skateboard ordinance If problems created by residents riding skateboards in travel lanes persist, the City Council many consider an ordinance prohibiting the use of skateboards on city streets, San Dimas Mayor Jim Lough announced this week. Because of the gentle slope of the terrain in San Dimas, many streets invite skateboard riders. "We are receiving complaints from residents and motorists, with requests to pursue enabling legislation to prohibit their use," Lough said. Since the state vehicle code does not contain a section applying to skateboards, the Sheriff's Department cannot issue citations or prohibit skateboard riders from using city rights-of-way. However, the state Attorney General's office or the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office may seek to amend the vehicle code, Lougli said. One traffic accident involving a vehicle and a "Skateboard occurred last month in the city. San Dimas Community Hospitalhas announced they treat an average of two skateboard injuries per day in their emergency room. YMCA Bike-A-Thon The La Verne-San Dimas Family Branch YMCA is seeking participants for the second annual P6mona Valley YMCA Bike-A-Thon Sunday. Oct. 5. Two routes are available for riders who solicit a specific contribution for each mile ridden, according to Director Lynn Franklin. Bike riders may choose a 21-mile route with seven checkpoints or a 23-mile route with eight check points. They may begin the ride at any check point. Participants will compete for prizes, including a 10-speed Centurian bicycle from Bud's Bike Shop; a Sears portable television set; free admission to Disneyland and food from In-N-Out Burgers Inc. Prior to the ride, those who have secured pledges of at least $l.per mile will be given a Bike-A-Thon t-shirt. Proceeds from the event are divided among valley YMCA groups to provide quality programs for area youth. Anthony Davis of the Southern California Sun and Dr. Robert Wentz, Pomona Unified School District are cochairmen of the event sponsored by Pomona Valley YMCA branches and In-N-Out Burgers Inc. For more information call (714) 599-1312. Library children's programs .Free monthly children's film programs will be shown 3:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at San Dimas Library. 145 N. Walnut. On tap for Oct. 8 is "Dr. Seuss on the Loose," "Trick or Treat" starring Donald Duck, and the first screen version of "Dracula" made in 1922. The program is expected to last slightly more than one hour. Preschool story time for 3-5 year olds will resume 11 a.m. Thursdays beginning Oct. 2. The half-hour programs will include stories, songs and finger plays. Children may be registered at the library. For more informa-. tion call 599-6738. Pancake breakfast The La Verne-San Dimas Pop Warner Football League will serve a pancake breakfast 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Pelota Park in ta Verne. The breakfast, which includes pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, is 85 cents for adults and 60 cents for children under 10 years old. Team and individual member pictures will be taken at 10:15 a.m. x Shooting Stars tryouts The San Dimas Shooting Stars drill team has announced the schedule for fall tryouts. Workshops will be held i p.m. Oct. 8 at Ekstrand multipurpose room, 400 N. Walnut Ave., San Dimas. Girls will be taught a routine at the workshop. Actual tryout date will be 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Stanley Plummer Community Building. Girls 10-15 years old who attend school in the Bonita Unified School District are eligible to try out for this award-winning group. The Shooting Stars are directed by Sally Duff and sponsored by the San Dimas Recreation Department. For more information call (714) 599-6713, ext. 40. Square dance class The Bachelors and Bachelorettes Square Dance Club will-sponsor a class for beginners 8 p.m. Thursdays at Las Palmas School, 641 N. Lark Ellen, Covina. For more information call (714) 621-1721 or (213) 332-1630. Dancing classes Senior adults may still join classes in ballroom dance and square dance, San Dimas Recreation Department officials have announced. Classes, already in progress, are offered free of charge. Square dancing, cosponsored by the Cienega Valley Squares, meets 7:30-10 p.m. Tuesdays in the Stanley Plummer Community Building. For more information, call Ralph McKaddy, 599-4095. Ballroom dance instruction will be offered 10 a.m.-noon Wednesdays in the Stanley Plummer Community Building. For information call 599-6713, ext. 40. Miss Los Angeles County San Dimas women, 17-23 years old are eligible to compete for Miss Los Angeles County in the annual pageant set for 1 p.m. Sunday. Judging will be held in the Lido Patio of the Ambassador Hotel, 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Entrants will be judged on performance in bathing suits, beauty of face and figure, poise and personality. For applications and additional information contact Louise Madlin, contest director. (714) 327-3060. Commission on Youth San Dimas young people may apply to Los Angeles County Supervisor Peter Schabarum for possible appointment to the County Commission on Youth. The 20-member commission was created in 1967 to give avdvice, counsel and suggestions to the Board of Supervisors on problems of the young person. ' Interested persons 14-19 years old should submit applications in writing to Mike Lewis, Assistant Deputy, First District, Room 856, Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Fair winners Several jqcal 4-H club members have been declared winners in competition at the Los Angeles County Fair. -Cindy Kizer and Carolyn Sasaki received first pjiice awards lor splice, board in the electrical projects category; Scott Rue and Steven Kiaer were presented blue ribbons lor displays in the biological sciences category; and Stephanie King received a blue ribbon for a bulletin and Cathy O'Donneli was awarded a blue ribbon for a wall banging in Ujelood preservation and tome environments division. * , Dean's list Thomas Martin Nash and Craig Brujje l^ibdin of San Pimas have been $aced on the Djeari's Henor Wst following wtotiettw of the 1675 spring quarter �t the University of California, Riyf rsjldj, - vTo be named to the list, a student must complete at least 12 units of academic work aarntag no less than a c grade in any glass and maintain an weraJl JB avei!ajre to all academic work undertaken. �ariGcr bsmfit worker Fran Brock of San Dimas Is uivplve4 in pituuflhjg a ''Ctaer Cancer" m pcuaiMggeaupfiM^ pwam BEST OF THE BOAS - Jeff Oates of San Dimas displays his prize-winning boa constrictor. The pet was awarded first place and best of the boas ribbons at Los Angeles County Fair. (Photo by Peggy Olsen) Bicentennial article How puddingstone Lake got its name By Peggy Olsen "Some people were even scared to look at him, but some wanted to touch him. Most people think he's wet and slimy, but he's very dry and his bottom feels like glass." Eight-year-old Jeff Oates is referring to Chief Geronimo, his pet boa constrictor who just captured first place and best of boas in the Junkor Reptile Show at the Los Angeles County Fair. Jeff and Geronimo have been pals for the past four years. "At first I was scared of him, but in about two weeks I started to hold him. Now I let him lick my nose and eyelashes, and it tickles." Jeff giggled. Electric light bulbs keep the 5 V foot-long snake's living quarters a comfortable 72-78 degrees. The terrarium is attractively decorated with a plant, a large branch, clam shell and rock. It is backed with Indian design wallpaper which somewhat resembles Geronimo's markings. The pet reptile is unable to get out of his cage, but Jeff and his mother. Carol, often take him out to play. "Once Geronimo got in a swivel chair and twisted around the sprocket. We had to take the whole chair apart to get him loose," Jeff recalled. Another time, the snake ventured across Mrs. Oates' face, pushing her glasses low on her nose. And, he once crawled inside Jeff's pajamas, finally discovering his way out through a sleeve. The young animal lover has a cat, Tigger, who steers clear of the snake. "Tigger doesn't like Geronimo to lick his nose," Jeff said. "But Peaches, the dog, mothers Geronimo. She loves everything and will affectionately lick the snake," his mother added. Two members of the Oates' menagerie have not been introduced to Ge.ronimo. There is "Chucka," a half German Shepherd-half St. Ber- nard who is still just a puppy, and ah aquarium containing an angel fish with only one eye. Geronimo eats a live rat once or twice each month. He could survive for six months without food, Jeff explained. Presently, the snake is getting ready to shed. That occurs about four times each year and "his eyet( get cloudy, he can't see and won't eat," Jeff commented. In addition,' his skin develops a bluish ting*!; Generally, Geronimo's coloring Is progressively darker from head t6 tail. "And. he grows from his tail." Jeff has learned that his pet smells with its forked tongue, that he sees only shadows and that he has a personality of his own. "When we take him out of his cage, he doesn't want to go back in." Jeff once took Geronimo to kindergarten where "everybody except for girls liked to touch him." Now a third grader at Ekstrand School, Jeff happily displays his pet's blue ribbons. He is possibly the proudest young man in San Dimas. English class at SD High A class in English as a second language will be held 7-10 p.m. Tuesdays starting Oct. 7 in room 22? at San Dimas High School, 800 W. Covina Blvd., San Dimas. The class, is designed for those who recently* moved from another country and wish to improve their English: language skills. t The class is free. Persons who are. sponsoring recent Southeastern Asian refugees or those from other-countries are urged to assist ln| enrolling those in need of developing! English skills. For more informa-' tion, contact the Bonita Unified School District*i7H) 599-6787. plfajjt:. EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is another in a series of articles submitted by Sylvia Dyck of the Sam Dimas Bicentennial Committee. By Sylvia Dyck It may not be long before the mere utterance of "Puddingstone" as a place will designate the speaker as a long time resident of the San Dimas-La Verne area. A tourist, hearing that you are "gofng to Puddingstone" will give a quizzical stare. His question, "Is that good or bad?" ' Early settlers went to the unnamed canyon or the falls which were south of Arrow Highway betwen San Dimas Avenue and Cataract Street, east of "Dead Man's Curve" as Cataract turns into Cienega. After 1888 people called this Puddingstone Falls and canyon. A dam was constructed in the foothills in what is now San Dimas Canyon as part of the flood control project in 1922. The dam acts as a regulator holding water until it can be released safely. The diversion channel leading to Puddingstone Reservoir was completed in 1928. Since then, people have been enjoying Puddingstone Dam or Puddingstone Lake. Los Angeles County developed the park in the late 1960s and continues to improve and enlarge it. People come great distances to participate in outdoor recreation at Bonelli Park at Puddingstone Lake. What ever you call it, Puddingstone is an area of fishing, picnicking, cold hollow looked like a pudding containing fruit - turned to stone. Those attending the .picnic spoke of tin- formation's pudding-like iippearance. Much of the rock in this area is of the same formation. An early Lordsburg resident, Dr. 11 A. Re id, who was both a doctor arid a newspaper publisher, was present at the picnic and called it a "pudding stone" and so is credited with naming the canyon and falls with his chance remark. The name has lasted through the years. But is pudding stone a kind of rock? The dictionary tells us that pudding stone is a conglomerate. A kind of rock in which pebbles are embedded like plums in a pudding. Pudding stone, therefore, is not a kind of rock like granite or sandstone. It is a pressed mixture of different rock materials forming a compressed rock mass. The other participants at the picnic thought that appearances and a chance remark named this site. The tact is that Dr. Roid knew the pudding stone about which he was talking Furnishings needed for seniors' center Donations of appropriate furnishings are being sought for the remodeled senior citizen's center in the San Dimas Chamber of Commerce Building, city administrative assistant Pat Gore said this week. Among the items needed are card tables and chairs, two couches, occasional chairs, end tables, lamps, a coffee table, pillow, pictures and a color television set. Donations of blue or green stamp books and cash would also be appreciated. When the remodeling project is completed next month, the center will include two rooms, which will be air conditioned, comfortably heated, carpeted and repainted. Kitchen facilities will also be included. "This center, which has a 50-porson capacity, is not intended to replace the Stanley Plummer Community Building for weekly meetings of the Senior Citizens Club," Mrs. Gore said. The club meets 10:30 a.m.r3:30 p.m. each Tuesday. ,^ The center will provide a place for small groups to socialize, play;; cards, conduct arts and crafts . classes and watch television. . City officials are hopeful that art R.S. V.P. service can be established* Essentially the service would consist of telephone volunteers who will call senior citizens to chat and offer-to provide any needed assistance. Tentative plans call for the building to be open 9.30 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City Council allocated federal revenue sharing funds to finance the project. The contractor is Ed Johnston. ...V Persons who wish to contribute of obtain further Information should contact Pat Gore at San Dimas City Hall, 245 E. Bonita Ave., 599-6713, water and fun. / At first hearing, the name is odd. As it becomes familiar, it is quaint. How did Puddingstone get its name? An explanation is recorded in the hand-written notebook of Genivleve Walker. In the spring of 1888 a group of La Verne (Lordsburg) and San Dimas residents met at the La Verne Hotel building (no longer standing), They were going to picnic in the canyon near the falls,. Near the falls, was a rock formation in the shape of a hollowed-owt bowl. The The Press Han Dimas Press carriers will be calling en residents through tine next week fur collection*. AHflflugh iub�crlption� are voluntary, (be. 60 cents requested per month Mils t* their monthly earning* and enenur*rges reliible, vowlms wrvive. SPNIQR CENTER observes as (from left)
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