Obituary – Donna Jean Barstad

Donna Jean Barstad, 84, of Duarte was welcomed into heaven by Jesus Christ on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 5. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m. with a reception following at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Donna Jean Bernet was born on July 26, 1935, to Oliver and Ella (Hankins) Bernet on the family farm near Sodtown, Nebraska, which was homesteaded by her grandfather. She attended a country school with her older sister Delores and younger brother Darrel. Donna graduated from Ravenna High School in 1953. Continue reading “Obituary – Donna Jean Barstad”

Obituary – Phil Lengyel

Philip Edwin “Phil” Lengyel, beloved husband and father, passed away on Dec. 15 from cardiac arrest at the age of 70. His family was by his side.
Born in Hammond, Indiana, in 1949 to Arlene and Bill Lengyel, Phil grew up in East Chicago, Indiana. He attended Our Lady of the Lake Seminary and Munster High School. Phil received a bachelor’s degree in radio and television from Ball State University, where he also became a brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Continue reading “Obituary – Phil Lengyel”

Local Resident Spearheads Fight Against Cancer as ACS Chairman

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American Cancer Society 2020 Board of Directors chair Jeffrey Kean (center) attends a recent ACS fundraising gala with Tyler Prime and family members Anne, Margaret and Lauren Kean.

Longtime Pasadena resident Jeffrey Kean is perhaps more acutely aware than most that cancer eventually touches virtually everyone, in one form or another. Continue reading “Local Resident Spearheads Fight Against Cancer as ACS Chairman”

LCPC Parent Ed Gala to Honor Bierling Feb. 29

Anne Bierling

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook

La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education will host its annual benefit gala, “Loving Mercy Restoring Lives,” on Saturday, Feb. 29, at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. The event will help finance operations of Parent Ed, which will partner with local advocacy organization FosterAll to raise funds to secure homes for foster children in Los Angeles. L.A. County has more than 30,000 foster children in need of homes — the largest foster-care crisis in the nation. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Gala to Honor Bierling Feb. 29”

Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City

Rick Gunter

La Cañada Flintridge City Council candidate Rick Gunter takes seriously an uptick in local residential burglaries.
A public safety report by Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station in December showed there had been 91 residential burglaries in LCF from January through November 2019, compared with 51 in the same period the previous year — a 78% increase.
“It’s a big problem,” Gunter, 55, said in a recent interview at the Hill Street Cafe on Foothill Boulevard. “There’s a number of things we need to do as a city. We need to make sure we’re in very close communication with the [local] sheriff’s office. Make sure that they understand our needs and are serving our city the way they need to. We need to have a lot of outreach to the residents, because there’s a number of things we all need to do all the time looking out for each other.” Continue reading “Candidate Gunter Cites Experience Serving City”

Design of Proposed LCHS Pool Defended

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La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board President Joe Radabaugh gives his thoughts on Tuesday at a board meeting about a proposed 40-meter pool at La Cañada High School.

The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board has directed representatives from Pasadena’s Gonzalez Goodale Architects to prepare construction drawings for a 40-meter-long pool, despite criticism of the pool’s dimensions. Continue reading “Design of Proposed LCHS Pool Defended”

Beautification Group Leaves Its Mark on the Local Landscape

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La Canada Valley Beautiful board members Susan Goddard, Linda Fults, Joellen Yundt, Carolyn Hanna, Barbie Eland, Janice Croft, Betsy Bazdarich, Sandy Erickson, Alice Ryan, Liz Argue, Chris Holmes and Barbara Kuhl. Not pictured: Eva Macho and Barbara Schembari.

She’s been a loyal, veteran volunteer, yet La Cañada Valley Beautiful President Betsy Bazdarich had a negative impression of the group when she moved to La Cañada Flintridge in 1980.
Bazdarich at first thought the nonprofit organization, founded in 1964 to improve and beautify LCF, was the female version of a good ol’ boys club — a notion she soon discarded upon realizing that it consisted of hard-working people from a variety of backgrounds. Continue reading “Beautification Group Leaves Its Mark on the Local Landscape”

Citing Long Delays, City Boots Restroom Contractor

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The incomplete restroom at Lacy Park remains fenced off after the City Council terminated its construction contract last week. Construction is expected to continue with a new contractor nearly nine months past its original completion date.

A surety company is expected to deliver plans to complete Lacy Park’s new restroom facility to the city by the end of January, about nine months after the original contractor was expected to have finished the job. Continue reading “Citing Long Delays, City Boots Restroom Contractor”

Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned

If all else goes well, San Marino residents will have the rose arbor back in Lacy Park by August.
The City Council voted unanimously to award a $625,090 contract to Glendora-based Courts Construction Co. at last week’s meeting, and work is expected to begin in February and wrap in August after an estimated 120 workdays. In a divided vote, the panel decided against path lighting for the arbor, which would have added $23,280 to the contract. Continue reading “Rose Arbor Project Approved, August Completion Envisioned”

Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge

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Alex Mykalo (second from right) recently placed 2nd in the West Coast Classic.

The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ wrestling team has had a busy winter season, placing second in the Gabrielino Duals as a team and having most of its athletes place in the West Coast Classic at Rosemead High.
Head coach Justin Luthey has guided his squad to a 12-1 record, which includes Rio Hondo League victories over Glendale Hoover and Pasadena Marshall, and his group is ready for its biggest challenge yet. The Spartans will host San Marino today, a matchup that should determine this year’s league champion. Continue reading “Spartans Ready to Take on Biggest Challenge”

Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian

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George Terzian guided the Pasadena High School boys’ basketball team to four CIF Southern Section championship game appearances and two titles. He was 383-110 in 17 seasons.

The life of renowned basketball coach George Terzian will be celebrated in a special service at Lake Avenue Church this Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. He died in his home on Dec. 15 at age 83 after a reported battle with lung cancer.
Terzian is a local legend after guiding Pasadena High School to CIF Southern Section championships in 1977 and 1978 and two other finals appearances. In his 17 years with the Bulldogs, he accumulated an overall record of 383-110 and was a major influence on his players, most notably Los Angeles Lakers standout Michael Cooper.
“George treated players like they were part of a family,” Cooper told the Outlook in 2014. “Many of us needed that role model at that stage of our lives.”
Cooper went on to play at Pasadena City College and then transferred to the University of New Mexico before being drafted by the Lakers in 1978. Continue reading “Church Service to Celebrate Famed PHS, PCC Coach Terzian”

Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title

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Trond Grizzell is one of San Marino’s top outside shooters this season.

The San Marino High School varsity boys’ basketball team finished 1-2 last week, splitting its first two Rio Hondo League games and then suffering a 65-59 nonleague loss against visiting La Habra Whittier Christian on Saturday.
The Titans have a solid overall record of 12-6, but SMHS head coach Mihail Papadopulos knows his squad needs to continue to work to reach its potential.
“I love my team,” he said. “They’re really good guys and there’s a genuine love and brotherhood in the locker room. I know they’re going to show up and get better. We haven’t peaked yet, and it will stem from our defense. Once we clean things up defensively, we’ll be better. A lot of it is just trust. We just need to make the right play.” Continue reading “Titans Split League Games, Remain Hopeful of Winning Title”