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June 16, 2010
I enjoy county fairs. I probably haven't missed one in 30 years. It's cheap entertainment, but it's the down-to-earth style and community spirit of a county fair that appeals to me the most. There was a time when county fairs were exclusively a place for area farmers, gardeners and those in the agricultural community to show off the fruits of their labor — literally — and compete against their colleagues for blue ribbons and local bragging rights. A few simple rides and carnival games were included as a way to entertain the children while mom and dad were busy with the livestock, the produce and the apple pies.
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By VIC LEIPZIG and LOU MURRAY | May 7, 2009
Vic and I have three areas in which we grow fruits and vegetables: here and there throughout the entire backyard, a strip along the sidewalk in the front yard and a strip at the side of the driveway. When we moved to our present house in 1988, the side strip was growing evergreens. It had an Italian cypress and several low-spreading junipers. At least, I think that’s what they were. I don’t know much about ornamental evergreens, other than they’re drought tolerant.
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By Michael Miller | June 25, 2009
The other week, a friend lent me a DVD of “The Secret,” a documentary about the law of attraction that’s been championed by Oprah and others. For those unfamiliar with the law of attraction, it’s not a set of guidelines for dating, but a theory about the power of positive thinking. The basic premise is that by visualizing the things we want, we can bring them closer to us, while if we dwell on our bad luck, we’ll continue to invite misery. The film features interviews with a number of subjects who say the law of attraction changed their lives, including a businessman who added zeros to his bank statements to convince himself he would become a millionaire, then became one, and others who overcame breast cancer and even paralysis.
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By Candice Baker | May 21, 2009
?Mrs. Guest, I found a worm!? Samantha Roum cried out. The Smith Elementary School student was working in teacher Jean Guest?s on-campus garden Tuesday when she made her surprise discovery. Samantha and her classmates spend time nearly every day in the garden, sowing seeds, harvesting strawberries or watering. The garden is a true family affair. Guest?s parents, Harold and Eve Schmitz, are a fixture on campus ? as they help fund the garden and work in it often. Her mother also has another role at Smith.
NEWS
June 5, 2003
SOUL FOOD I'm a sucker for whodunits. I cut my reading teeth on Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Alfred Hitchcock story anthologies. When I'm reading fiction now, it's probably a new page-turner, or one happily revisited, from Michigan's Elmore Leonard or Patrick O'Leary, or Orange County's own T. Jefferson Parker. I like a mystery and also a mystery's unraveling, which could be what made me so determined to find the author of an authorless quote I recently came across.
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By: STEVE KAWATATANI | August 26, 2005
o7When I am dead, I hope it is said, 'His sins were scarlet, but his columns were read'. f7 -- with apologies to Hillaire Belloc o7To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. f7 -- Elbert Hubbard One of the pleasures of being a gardener is greeting fellow gardeners in town. From the Farmer's Market to the village streets, conversations invariably move directly to the latest control for worms or exchanging tales on the quantity and quality of tomatoes harvested.
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By: STEVE KAWARATANI | October 14, 2005
o7"The true gardener brushes over the ground ... to liberate space for some favourite plant." f7 -- Freya Stark o7"'Tis the last rose of October, left blooming alone ... "f7 -- with apologies to Thomas Moore October is the month for sprucing up your garden in anticipation of the coming holidays; the festivities now seem to begin with Halloween. This will be another year without a pumpkin, another year without much contact with our children.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | April 30, 2014
Huntington Beach residents made it clear Monday that they don't want a community garden in the heart of Irby Park. About 50 residents who live around the park gathered at the Murdy Community Center and told Mayor Pro Tem Joe Shaw and members of the nonprofit residents group Huntington Beach Community Garden that they would rather see the area revitalized with new walking trails and open green space than with garden plots. "If the residents want a garden, they're going to have to tell us they want a garden," Shaw said.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | August 5, 2013
For Gene Barbee, tending his plot at the Huntington Beach Community Garden requires a lot of the fine tuning and proper conditions he is used to applying to his elite automobile and motorcycle racers. The 69-year-old member of the Bonneville 200 MPG Club - membership means you have gone 200 mph on the 40-square-mile Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah - has been growing more than 10 types of fruits and vegetables for the past two years, including Brussels sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, strawberries, pineapple and corn.
NEWS
February 15, 2013
A former Huntington Beach police officer was sentenced Friday for conspiring in text messages and phone calls to illegally dismiss a legitimate traffic citation. Erik Michael Krause, 44, was sentenced to one year of probation and 30 days in jail or completion of 100 hours of community service. A Garden Grove officer involved in the case, Michael John Zannitto, 47, received the same sentence Jan. 25. The defendants did not know each other prior to the crime. Krause was a 22-year department veteran when he issued a traffic citation to a 32-year-old unnamed woman who was allegedly speeding near a stopped school bus. He wrote detailed notes on the ticket on Nov. 9, 2011.
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By Anthony Clark Carpio | January 28, 2013
Fountain Valley gardener Clarence "Chad" Hanna, 93, died Jan. 24 from pneumonia. He was a former Marine and has operated a mini-produce farm at his home in Fountain Valley since 1964. Hanna was featured in a column by the Huntington Beach Independent in 2009 for his garden and his frontier mentality, "City Lights: Living by the old values," July 30. He was known to grow enough produce to keep his family fed for a year and had been self reliant since he was a young boy growing up in Texas, according to the Independent.
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By Greer Wylder | October 16, 2012
Get a jump-start on the holidays by stopping by the incomparable Roger's Gardens' holiday boutiques, celebrating the magic of Christmas. The team at Roger's Gardens searched throughout the world to bring the most enchanting ornaments representing diverse themes to decorate the 25 Christmas trees in the galleries. Choose from one-of-a-kind pieces exclusively created for Roger's Gardens by its artisans. Roger's is known for its extraordinary pumpkin and squash selections that you won't see anywhere else in Orange County.
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By Heather Youmans | October 10, 2012
Tyler Donatelli began dancing at Southland Ballet Academy when she was five years old. Now, she will take on her biggest task yet: portraying a selfish, ill-tempered 10-year-old. Tyler, a Huntington Beach resident, will play the lead role of Mary Lennox in Festival Ballet Theatre's production of "The Secret Garden" on Sunday. "It's not a classical ballet, so stepping out of my comfort zone to do different movement has been the hardest part," the 16-year-old said. Tyler is one of 17 dancers who will breathe new life into the ballet adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic novel at the Irvine Barclay Theatre.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | July 16, 2012
There is a season for everything. And this is the season to finish planting a summer garden. There is still time left to plant summer crops like squash, beans, cucumbers and corn here in coastal Southern California. Otherwise, wait until mid-September when fall crops like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and kale can be planted. I have been working my backside off the past few weeks to get my summer garden planted at the Huntington Beach Community Garden. Since this is my second year at the community garden, it should have been a simple matter to plant it. But, no. The folks at Southern California Edison, the landowner, required that we remove our raised beds last December.
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By Vic Leipzig and Lou Murray | June 25, 2012
I think Louann is too embarrassed to admit it, but we have a gardener. Yep, a guy comes to our house twice a month and does yard work. Louann takes great pride in her garden. But she seems to think that her loyal readers believe that she does all of the work herself. Well, that is almost true. She does all of the vegetable gardening, but most of the hedge trimming, weed removal, and other heavy work is done by our paid gardener. Why? Because I insist on it. I just can't stand to see the woman doing backbreaking labor on those hot afternoons while I'm inside watching a ball game.
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