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Laguna Beach’s own army of Fairy Godparents could be looking for a garden near you

I wondered what our town would be like if we spent more time sharing our talents and grace with one another for the good of our community? It dawned on me, that’s precisely what the quiet, gentle and gracious members of the Laguna Beach Garden Club do each and every day! 

From building educational school gardens for the children of Laguna Beach from elementary school through middle school, to providing scholarships to many Laguna Beach High School students and Saddleback horticultural students to funding the new educational gardens at the Boys and Girls Club and funding trail maintenance at the Hortense Miller Garden and so much more. 

These busy folks also have an ongoing commitment to care for the downtown Pocket Park on Forest Street, the Sister Cities Garden in Laguna’s Heisler Park and a garden at Main Beach. Their environmental efforts include partnering with the Laguna Beach County Water District to fund a water filling station downtown to help us all fill our refillable containers while enjoying our time outdoors as well as funding and working on the city’s own pollinator garden.

The 160 plus member Club goes about all these acts of grace with quiet dignity, warmth and sheer joy. They have members from ages 30-95, from every socioeconomic level, with careers as diverse as neurologist to chief financial officer, teachers, nurses, aerospace executives and everything in between. 

They fund all these projects through their major fundraiser, the annual Gate & Garden Tour, which is a walking tour of several of the loveliest gardens that Laguna Beach residents have to offer. The tour has become an annual source of excitement for the town for the last 17 years. This tour makes all their Fairy Godparent work possible. They tirelessly canvas neighborhoods each year to find a grouping of homes that will make for a wonderful experience for tour guests. 

Susan South, one of last year’s homeowners stated, “Allowing my garden to be used was a sheer delight as we saw the joy and excitement of the guests that visited on tour day, I’m so happy that so many of my neighbors joined in and opened their homes as well. Our neighborhood buzzed with goodwill and esprit de corps. Knowing how much good they do for the community with the funds earned by this tour was just fantastic.”

This year the club is looking for homes in the North Laguna area specifically around the Crescent Bay area. If you find a letter in your mailbox requesting that your home be on the tour or happen to meet them on their scouting walks in your neighborhood, please take a moment to consider allowing your garden to be part of this great Laguna Beach tradition. 

In the words of Luther Burbank, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” 

Please join the club in bringing more joy, happiness and grace to our beautiful city.

Karen Nelson

Laguna Beach Garden Club

Laguna Beach

Group of locals gather as a sign of support for Ukraine

War brings out the best and worst in people. Thankfully, many of Laguna’s best turned out last Thursday for a community photo to honor and support the freedom-loving people of Ukraine. 

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Following a moment of silence, I had the opportunity to talk about the horrors of war, and what exactly Ukrainian families are facing now that Russian forces have invaded their country. 

“Women and children have been forced out of their homes and are living in underground shelters. They are waiting for trains and buses to take them to safety. Despite freezing weather, some have resorted to walking to the Polish border,” I reminded the crowd. 

“Imagine bombs being dropped on North Laguna, downtown, TOW, Woods Cove, Arch Beach Heights or South Laguna, and then tanks rolling up Forest Avenue. What would you do? The terror and panic would be overwhelming.”

As the saying goes, “One picture’s worth a thousand words.” I’m pleased Thursday’s community photo focused on these four words: “Laguna Stands With Ukraine.”

Among those pictured are City Clerk Ann Marie McKay, Diane and Cort Kloke, Lisa Mansour, Kirsten Whalen, Tom Davis, Patricia Twitty, Tom and Vickie Lamb, Faye Baglin, Kristin Thomas, Dr. William Anderson, Jessica deStefano, Pat Sparkuhl, Mary Dawe, Maggie Owens, Bob Mister, Gayle Waite, Kathleen Quinlivan, Barbara and Greg MacGillivray and many others.

For those wishing to donate to Ukrainian relief organizations, contact UNICEF or the European Food Banks Federation.

Denny Freidenrich

Laguna Beach

Looking back on this year’s parade recognizing those who make it special

Yes, it was quite a parade. Cancelled last year because of the pandemic, it was exciting if not nostalgic to view again this local icon of American pride and patriotism. 

Having been Patriot of the Year a few years ago, I can attest to the pride one feels being so honored. This year’s honored patriot, Bill Sandlin, was an outstanding choice. 

As I viewed the parade from the stands in front of City Hall, my thoughts turned to the reality of our times. There I was, along with my aged comrades-in-arms from the VFW and the American Legion, representing along with the Marines and other veterans groups participating in the military side of patriotism. 

But, in the cheering crowd and the marchers parading were others – health givers, police, fire fighters, charitable organizations, youth support groups, environmental protagonists, better schools proponents and just patriotic Americans – all contributing equally, if not heroically, to our community. 

My thoughts dwelled on the realization that we veterans are but proud relics of prior hostilities while the youth of our great nation could again face adversity against belligerent foes, i.e., today the Russians, the Chinese, the Iranians or that nut case in North Korea; tomorrow who knows what?   

The unwarranted invasion of the Ukraine by all of those Russian troops and the seemingly insatiable obsession of Putin to control and manipulate former Russian satellites could result in another worldwide conflagration.            

And at this late stage of our respective lives, outside of encouraging and supporting active personnel and veterans in need as we do now, what could we elderly veterans really do; how could we contribute if worldwide hostilities broke out? The urge to serve still burns brightly but I sure as hell don’t want old guys like me carrying a rifle and we don’t want to see our younger people in combat again (been there and done that). 

Let us hope, then, that cooler heads will prevail and that peaceful, worldwide solutions will evolve even with bullies like Vladimir Putin and XI Jinping and that somehow in some way the various factions of our divided nation unite to practice the neglected arts of mutual respect, compromise and negotiation. 

Be assured, however, that if our great nation becomes imperiled by foreign or internal forces intent on destroying our democracy, Americans will unite as always. 

And, finally, let’s hope that next year’s parade will be as inspiring, joyful, peaceful and successful as this year’s was. Take care. Be vigilant. Protect our democracy.

Arnie Silverman

LB VFW Post 5868

Laguna Beach

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Jeannie Joan Mallarian

July 6, 1947 – January 23, 2022

Obituary Jeannie Joan Mallarian

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Jeannie Joan Mallarian

Jeannie Joan Mallarian was born July 6, 1947, in Fargo, N.D. She passed away on Jan. 23, 2022, at home with her dear friend Betty Bowman at her side.

Jeannie is preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, her husbands Junior Hellarood and Mike Mallarian and her son-in-law Glenn Davis. She is survived by her daughter Maggie Mallarian Davis; granddaughter Georgia Davis and grandsons Dylan and Spencer Davis; sister Linda (Ralph); and brother Danny (Vonnie); special nieces, nephews and many cherished friends.

She was a long-time resident in Laguna Beach who could be easily spotted working at The Jolly Roger for 25 years and then at The White House for another eight years. You also could see her frequently walking along her favorite, Main Beach, chatting with perfect strangers as if they were family or at Patch Cunningham’s toe ring booth at the Sawdust Festival. Jeannie will be missed beyond words. She truly was a Laguna Beach icon.

Stop by Dizz’s patio on Saturday, March 19 at noon to mingle with old friends and remember Jeannie, Laguna’s favorite waitress.

Light snacks and soft drinks will be provided and there will be a no host bar.

To all of you who have loved and supported Jeannie throughout the years and during her cancer battle THANK YOU!

If you are planning to attend, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., so we can plan accordingly.

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John Keels Pettit Jr.

December 15, 1942 – February 9, 2022

Obituary John K. Pettit Jr

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John Keels Pettit Jr.

John Keels Pettit Jr. passed away fearlessly yet peacefully on February 9, 2022 with his family by his side, in the Laguna Beach home he built. He was 80 years young.

John was born and raised in La Jolla, Calif. Often referred to as “Felix” or “Big J” by friends and family, he developed an affinity for adventuring and the outdoors at a young age. One of the original members of the renowned Wind N Sea Surf Club, John was an avid surfer & diver through his teens, but would soon after transition into a well-rounded waterman, heading commercial fishing charters from San Diego to South America. After honing his skills in the Pacific Ocean, John took a hiatus from Southern California and ventured to the mountains landing in Sun Valley, Idaho. There he built his first home in the form of a log cabin and began pursing what would become his new passions – white water kayaking and skiing. John’s amiable character and eager nature resonated with the resident “crew” who immediately took him under their wing. He absorbed everything the local outdoorsmen threw his way and became a staple in the community; guiding rafting and kayak tours during summer, and doing avalanche control for the Sun Valley Ski Patrol in the winter.

Just when John thought he had found his forever home, he met a young brunette artist from Laguna Beach by the name of Holly Ann Nichols; the love of his life whom he would spend the next 44 years with.

Upon starting a family, John packed up his mountain life and headed back to Southern California, residing in Laguna Beach with Holly. As an experienced carpenter, John would build Holly’s booths at the Sawdust Festival each summer, where she would showcase her ceramic talents. During this time John would also refocus his attention back to the ocean and master celestial navigation, earning his captain’s license in the process. From there he proceeded to conduct local charters on a famous wooden schooner in Dana Point called the Kelpie and led long-distance charters from Hawaii to California chasing the Transpac Race. Captain John was a worthy seaman.

John and Holly’s family quickly grew from one to four, which led John to pursue a safer form of employment…endeavoring to take up building full time. With a knack for geometry and an eye for style, he created a niche role for himself doing custom stair design. As an independent contractor for developers at the time, John, with a small crew, had a hand in building many homes in what is now the greater Aliso Viejo and Laguna Hills area.

John retired from building at the ripe age of 65, in-turn focusing his energy on both the Single-Handed Sailing Race Circuit and Theology. As John’s study and knowledge of Christianity grew, so did his faith, which he carried with great pride to the end.

John was a devoted husband, loving father and a truly selfless individual. He will be remembered as a man whose goodness, honesty and strength of character always led him to defend what he believed in with certainty and one who stood up for others wholeheartedly. He is survived by his wife Holly, children Chelsea, Blake and Dustin, son in-law Brian, daughter in-laws Eva and Alex, grandchildren Mason, Harper, Blakely, Breck, Briar and Wallace, Brother Ralph and his dog, Caleb.

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Harry Berberian Jr.

December 18, 1931 – February 27, 2022

Obituary Harry Berberian Jr.

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Harry Berberian Jr.

Long-time Laguna Beach resident Harry Berberian Jr. passed away February 27 peacefully in his Laguna Beach home at the age of 90.

Harry was born in New Jersey and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from Hamilton High School in Los Angeles and then went on to college at UCLA. Upon graduation from UCLA, Harry joined the Navy as an officer during the Korean War. He moved to Laguna Beach in 1971 and has lived in Laguna for the past 50 years on Rounsevel Terrace where he resided with his beloved wife of 50 years, Jayne.

He was a proud father to both Brad & Brian Berberian, and he and Jayne raised them in Laguna where they both graduated from LBHS in the early ‘90s. Harry was a constant fixture at all of his boys’ sports games, and he loved going to and watching UCLA sports games with his sons.

Harry was known as a man of great integrity and sage wisdom and was loved and respected by all who were honored to know him.

He will now join his lovely wife Jayne in heaven and he will be missed by many. He is survived by his sons Brad & Brian, and his five grandchildren (Brooke, Ella, Luke, Kate and Riley).

Go with God now Harry and forever Rest in Peace!

A memorial service is planned for Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m. at Pacific View Mortuary & Memorial Park, 3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar.

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Letters to the Editor

Eighteen-year Laguna Beach public servant lobs in her opinion of Laguna Resident First Initiative

As a former 12-year Councilmember and 6+ year Planning Commissioner, I’d like to respond to those arguing for a new Initiative that allows residents to weigh in, through a vote, on new businesses/projects near or on Laguna Canyon Road and Coast Highway, I’d like to provide the following two considerations:

We already have a process to weigh in – through planning commission and City Council hearings. I offer the following to demonstrate that our existing system works, and why the alternative is a bad idea:

The Montage Project

The approval of the Montage. The Planning Commission (on which I then participated) spent 2+ years reviewing in minute detail, the Local Coastal Plan and Environmental Impact Report – as well as working in concert with the Design Review Board – to review (over and over again) the design, including the landscaping and view corridors. Was there input at every step? Yes. EVERY SINGLE STEP. Once the Planning Commission approved the project and passed it along to the City Council, were residents allowed to weigh in? Yes, time and time again. Did the naysayers fight it at the Coastal Commission? Of course, en masse. Ultimately the plan was approved by the City and Coastal Commission. And it was built as the Planning Commission and City Council approved it. Is it a high rise? No. Does it “fit in” to all of our visions of being smaller-scale and compatible with the environment? Does it have a park for the public? Are residents allowed to access the beach now, where they weren’t before? Our system worked, and some of it thanks to the input of some of the naysayers along the way, through the system we already have in place.

Many of the people now involved with this new Initiative wanted to stop the creation of the Montage after it was approved, so they got enough signatures to put it to the project on the ballot – causing a referendum to go in front of the voters. This town was torn in two. It was vicious and divisive…and negative. The nay-sayers mailed out, citywide, oversized post cards depicting Miami Beach with their high hotel towers saying that this was what Laguna was going to look like if the Montage moved forward. The proponents of the new Montage, the one that was built as approved, barely won that election.

I believe that if this new Initiative were to pass, we will be living in the negative environment we lived in during the Montage fight – over and over again.  Aren’t we trying to live in a more peaceful environment and working to avoid that kind of vitriolic local society?

Other cities have used this type of initiative to control their city’s projects – is a claim the proponents of the Initiative make. I ask you: Have you taken a look at those cities? Are they as charming as ours? Do they have buildings over 36’ (our height law)? Do they have illuminated signs and/or billboards? Do they look charming and low-scale, or simply “urban” or “too commercial?” The reason why we “look and feel” different is because our codes have been written to maintain the charming nature of our commercial areas, AND THEY WORK. Our existing codes already protect our town…we don’t have to “fix them.” We were ahead of everybody else by developing codes since 1971 to ensure that our unique “look and feel” were maintained. And yes, some of the Initiative’s proponents had input into those codes along the way…a good thing.

In conclusion, let’s keep our town peaceful and charming – let’s not open the flood gates to repeated viciousness and divisiveness such as was experienced with the Montage referendum. That kind of environment is not who we are, nor why we moved here. Vote “no” on the Laguna Residents First ballot initiative.

Elizabeth Pearson

Former Mayor and City Councilmember and Planning Commissioner

Laguna Beach

Recognizing the special talents of a coach in our community

(A letter sent to the Athletic Department at Laguna Beach High School and cc’d to Stu News Laguna.)

I am writing to not only thank you, but to inform you of what I consider a very special gift to the students in the Girls Junior Varsity Basketball program. My granddaughter, Ava Gonzales, is a sophomore and became a part of this program this season. The man entrusted with her introduction to basketball is Coach John Selbe.

I am writing because I witnessed girls from all walks of life and experience be guided and coached in what I consider a very gifted way. As the season progressed, I witnessed a TEAM coatless out of the various participating girls’ levels of ability. As you know, Laguna Beach High School is at a disadvantage due to its low student census compared to other schools in the area that we compete with. Coach John Selbe molded these girls into a team at a level that carried the day against the larger schools that had the benefit of having a greater pool of students to draw from. As a result, they won a decisive game Wednesday night coming out on top of their league for the season. 

As the season progressed, I noticed a willingness on the part of the participating girls to listen to guidance and a coaching style that was firm but considerate. There is a delicate balance between coaching and criticism and Coach John Selbe executed it with grace. I saw the girls listen with respect and take coaching as John’s desire for each girl to improve yet not take it personally. He followed up his coaching with continuing supportive complements when the girls made great plays. 

I witnessed each girl’s confidence and skill grow exponentially as the season progressed. In my granddaughter’s case, I saw her bloom in so many ways that would not have been possible without the coaching and mentoring relationship that Coach John Selbe provided.

I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain and I know gifted leadership when I see it. Coach John Selbe is a special gift to this program and his accomplishments through skill, patience and understanding should be recognized. I hope I have done that with this letter.

Captain Eric Axel Jensen 

Laguna Beach

(Ed.’s note – Thank you Captain, mission complete.)

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Ray Bryson

July 4, 1930 – February 20, 2022

Obituary Ray Bryson

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Ray Auldon Bryson

RIP Ray Auldon Bryson, born 4 July 1930 in Los Angeles, CA. Raised in Bakersfield, CA, graduated Bakersfield High School in 1949, University of Redlands in 1953, Berkeley Seminary in 1956. Resident of Laguna Beach for 56 years. Died 20 February 2022 after moving to Escondido, CA in February 2021.

Wed his wife of over 68 years, Ruth Charlene (Cain) Bryson, on 7 June 1953 in Redlands, CA.

Ray was an ordained American Baptist minister, married his three children, four of his grandchildren, and numerous family and friends. But his career was as a teacher, including 30 years teaching Social Studies at Horace Ensign Junior High in Newport Beach, CA, before retiring in 1992.

His greatest loves included his family and friends, being a member of South Shores Church for nearly 60 years, telling enthralling stories, eating (a lot), fixating on everything Danish, taking cruises with his wife and offspring, meeting new friends along the way, working on scrapbooks of his journeys, his ocean view from his Laguna Beach hillside house, being a “living model” in the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters, and listening to the “holy trinity” of classical music: Wagner, Beethoven and Verdi.

He is best remembered for those spellbinding stories (many personalized versions of E.A. Poe stories), his weird sense of humor and perhaps the worst fashion sense in the history of the planet. Witness his loud and clashing ties, shirts and “trousers”.

Preceded in death by mother LaRue, father Auldon, stepmother Sylvia and brother Ronnie.

Survived by his wife, three children and spouses (Richard & Uldine Bryson, Kathryn & Fred Adams, Randal & Teresa Bryson) seven grandchildren (Alysa, Nathan, Karen, Steven, Angeline, Peter, Dianna), four great-grandchildren (Jackson, Wesley, Evelyn, Xander) and two brothers (Joe, Dax).

We love you and expect you to prepare a place for all of us to join you in heaven,

–Your loving family.

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Letters to the Editor

A “must see” show

I heard that Wells Fargo Bank had taken down the Allyson Allen quilt show from its second-floor art gallery. Whatever made the show so controversial that it would be taken down after having been completely hung made it a “must see” show for me. So, when it was rehung at the Neighborhood (Congregational) Church on St. Ann’s Drive, I went to see it.

Shame on Wells Fargo! Fabric art is the latest fine art medium and I was blown away by Allyson Allen’s work. Each piece not only speaks volumes but, the quilting quality and creative genius is clearly the work of a master. It is an outstanding and timely exhibit. 

It is not a BLM show as some have asserted but addresses so many of the injustices all around us. Including rape and animal rights. But what makes Allyson Allen’s art so impressive is her quilting and creative style. She juxtaposes contrasting fabrics to create clear images that not only tell a story and convey a message, but also demonstrate far advanced quilting techniques. Her amazing skills set this show apart from other art and quilt shows. It is one of the most powerful contemporary shows I have been to in a long time. Pictures don’t do it justice. You cant capture her three-dimensional quilting techniques or unique background patterns in a photo. It is a “must see” show.

Jessica DeStefano 

Laguna Beach

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Dr. Richard Squire Jonas

September 25, 1928 – February 16, 2022

Obituary Dr. Richard Jonas

Courtesy of the Jonas family

Dr. Richard Squire Jonas

The Jonas family and friends are deeply sad to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Richard Squire Jonas, M.D. We are also proud to share the story of his remarkable life.

He was born in Glendale, CA on September 25, 1928. He was the son of a Los Angeles ceramics factory owner and a doctor’s daughter who had come to California as a young couple on an adventure, arriving from the East Coast just in time for the Great Depression. As a child, Dick was known as “Blackie” for his jet black hair, and was a hard working student who was liked by his fellow classmates with whom he developed a balance of work and play that he enjoyed life long. His humor and warmth moved everyone who met him. At age 17 at a backwards dance at Glendale High School, he met 16-year-old Johann Wertz and the two immediately fell in love. Their first dates included a night at the Los Angeles Palladium Theater, where they heard Doris Day sing “Sentimental Journey” with the Les Brown Orchestra, a song that would remind them of their early months for the ensuing seven decades of life together.

The two went to UCLA where they joined the social world of the fraternities and sororities Phi Kappa Psi and Pi Beta Phi, meeting many of the people who would remain their life-long friends. Then he joined the ROTC. When he received his BA in Public Health from UCLA in 1951, he was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps. He and Johann married not once (January 28, 1950), not twice (June 1951), but three times (August 1951), thanks to a snafu in the rules of marrying before receiving his military orders. The three marriage certificates were framed together and hung next to their bed for the rest of their lives, reminding everyone of their remarkable connection and its clear spirit of humor and love.

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Dick was shipped off to serve in the Korean War as Lieutenant. He received the Bronze Star in 1954.

After Korea, Dick went to USC Medical School on the GI Bill and chose to go into private practice as an OB/GYN. The young couple vetted various Southern California communities before choosing Newport Beach to start his practice and raise a family. Starting in 1958 with their first son, Stephan, followed in 1966 with Christopher, and then, as a total surprise when Dick was 41, with Jason in 1969, the family grew as did Dick’s OB/GYN medical practice.

He said, “as a doctor, the most important part of your work is to take the time to listen to and serve your patients,” a quality that made him beloved by his patients, and earned the respect of the nurses and doctors who worked alongside him. Over his 30 years of practicing medicine, Dick delivered thousands of children, many of whom were the granddaughters of his original patients. He was an avid advocate for women’s reproductive rights, culminating in service on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southern California.

Dick and Johann, passionate supporters of the emerging Southern California contemporary art world, were early members of the Newport Harbor Art Museum, which later became the Orange County Museum of Art.

In 1979, after the commercial expansion of the Santa Ana Airport and the resulting jet noise that was a constant presence in their home in Newport Beach, the family moved to Laguna Beach, finding a beautiful home on a hillside of pine trees in Emerald Bay. There, the Pacific Ocean was a constant fascination for Dick and his family, watching the migration of the California Gray Whales, some 15,000 sunsets, and was the backdrop for many gatherings with Dick and Johann’s remarkable circle of friends. At age 60, Dick retired early to ski in Mammoth, play tennis, travel, and enjoy daily life with his beloved Johann.

The original house burned in the 1993 Laguna Beach fire and they rebuilt a beautiful art-filled house in its place, created in anticipation of many years of happy life together that came to be there. Motivated by that same fire, serving on the Emerald Bay Community Board, Dick led an effort to better prepare the community for future fires by creating wider fire breaks and community response plans. Amazingly, only two weeks before his death, in the February 2022 Emerald Fire which was in many ways a repeat of the 1990s fire, was this time not able to penetrate the community. Dick’s efforts preserved not only their own house but also those of his neighbors.

Dr. Richard Squire Jonas passed away February 16, 2022 of a heart attack, just over 76 years after his first date with Johann. He died, held in love by his family, grandchildren and his many friends, and fellow community members. He lived 93 years of a richly loving, successful and honorable life of service, generosity, humor, medicine, friendship, family, and still deeply in love with Johann. He will be missed. We love you, Papa.

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Letters to the Editor

There may yet be an answer to liking our crows

I recently read and heard on the German news that in Sweden there are folks who are training crows, yes crows, to pick up cigarette butts from the ground. If they do and take them to certain containers, the crows get a treat. Crows being a very smart bird, would find this fun and rewarding I would think. People have complained about crows in this town (we are an official bird sanctuary) – does anyone want to volunteer and start this new environmentally safe trend? 

Ganka Brown

Laguna Beach

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In Loving Memory of Lewis Manford Tarter

In Loving Memory Tarter

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

May 30, 1942 – January 30, 2022

Lewis was a wonderful husband, father, brother and a friend to many in the community. Celebration of Life services will be held on March 19 at 2 p.m. at The Woman’s Club located at 286 St. Ann’s Drive, Laguna Beach.

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