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Courier 11.14.12

Courier 11.14.12

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 A hero’s welcome
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Commission locks down regular hours for Wilderness Park
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Oakmont studentsraised their APIscore 86 pointsfrom last year to859, putting themamong the mostimproved schoolsin the state.
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COURIER photo/Steven FelschundneffEagle Scout Doug Mendelsohn plays “Taps” at the end of the Veteranʼs Day observance on Sunday in Claremont. The annual eventhonored the men and women who have served in the United States military, with a special acknowledgement of those who died incombat. Dougʼs family was also honored at the event for being selected as the 2012 Association of the United States Armyʼs VolunteerFamily of the Year. Story on page 3.
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Photo by Rosie BisterTeachers Natalie Taylor, left, Cynthia Wiedefeld and Leigh Anne Distasoproudly hold aloft the schoolʼs combined API score during a recent cele-bration of their achievement at Oakmont Outdoor School.Elden Buck tells his story of foreign service during a dressrehearsal of The Pilgrim Festival Show in Claremont lastweek. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, PilgrimPlace held its annual festival last weekend.
Fall tradition
Photos on page 11
 
False claims by Golden State
Dear Editor:On November 9, Denise Kruger, seniorvice president of regulated utilities forGolden State Water’s parent company, re-leased a statement which purports: “In2006, the League of Women Voters sug-gested the value of the system could be$100 million and noted that it would costtaxpayers almost $200 million to financethe acquisition.”As the author of that analysis, I mustrespond. The analysis actually showsClaremont water users could save moneyeven if the city paid twice the $50 millionappraised value of the system, financedby a 30-year water bond.At today’s rates, the savings would bemuch greater. Claremont water bills totalat least $8 million more per year city-widethan they would with La Verne or Pomonarates. That’s $250 million over the 30years, and probably closer to half a billionif GSW rates continue to climb as theyhave in recent years.One wonders why GSW continues tomake claims that are so easily shown tobe false.
Freeman Allen
Claremont
Graber Olives
Dear Editor:Our family has for decades shared withJohn Pixley his family’s love for visitingthe unique and charming Graber OliveHouse gift shop, packing house and littlegreen lawn and picnic area at the GraberOlive House, 315 E. Fourth St., Ontario.Also for eating their superior olivesyear-round, especially for holiday meals.Their olives are always available at StaterBros. on Foothill Boulevard, as well asfrom the Olive House itself.And now their special gift packages of olives, nuts, marmalades and preserves,dates and cakes can be ordered easily byphone, fax, online or by mail. And for verymodern gadget owners, from the websitevia smartphone by scanning an imageusing the QR Code app on their order form(from their store or their mailing list).Since 1894, the Graber family and OliveHouse has been, like Padua Hills in Clare-mont, one of this valley’s unique treasuresfounded by local families, which makesliving here both special and happier.Thank you, John, for remembering yourvisits in your November 7 COURIER col-umn.
Barbara and Ray Fowler
Claremont
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporationat 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulationas defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office atClaremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postage is paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Singlecopy: 75 cents. Annual subscription: $52.00. Annual online subscription: $47. Send all remittances and correspondence aboutsubscriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205B, Claremont, Cal-ifornia 91711-5003. Telephone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2012. Claremont Courier
One hundred and fourth year, number 87
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The COURIER reaches more households in Claremont thanany other media. In print and online. By far.Over 70 percent of COURIER readers read the paper cover-to-cover. Our readers average 38 minutes with each issue.Did you know your display print ad also appears on our websitehomepage as a Local Spotlight advertisement? Free of charge.The COURIER was named the best community newspaper inCalifornia in 2011.
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 ADVENTURES
IN HAIKU
Haiku submissions should reflect uponlife or events in Claremont. Please emailentries to editor@claremont-courier.com.
shimmer in the pond Carp watchingred-winged Dragonfly
—Mary Anne Lewis
READERS’ COMMENTS
CORRECTIONS
In the COURIER article “Council toReview Conflict of Interest Policy, Ac-cess to Public Documents,” publishedSaturday, November 10, proposedchanges to the city’s policy were incor-rectly stated.The amendment will not change thecity’s current policy to disclose all fi-nancial disclosure statements (Form700). Those documents will continue tobe available to the public. All campaigncontributions will also continue to be apart of public record and will not bechanged. In addition, all public officialswith a potential financial conflict of in-terest in a matter being discussed or re-viewed must state the interest. Citycommissioners are held to the samestandard.***The feature on I Like Pie did not in-clude the shop’s physical address,which is 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Suite102B. For information, call 621-5152or visit www.ilikepie bakeshop.com.We regret the oversight.
 
Claremont COURIER/Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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CITY NEWS
T
he Mendelsohn family isn’t oneto boast. In fact, in a recent Sun-day afternoon interview DebraMendelsohn had to prod her teenagersEmelie, 17, and Doug, 15, to talk abouttheir different volunteer activities. Theiractivism extends to their temple, Scouttroops and the Volunteer Family Group,helping other military families.
“They just aren’t used to getting attention for whatthey do,” Ms. Mendelsohn explains of their reticence.Though they are quiet about their volunteerism,the Mendelsohn’s level of service speaks for itself,and the nation has taken notice. The Claremont fam-ily was recently honored as the Association of the USArmy’s Volunteer Family of the Year, chosen amonghundreds of military families internationally for theprestigious accolade. While noting the honor in beingrecognized for outstanding service to the communityand to the US Army, Ms. Mendelsohn says helpingothers is merely second nature for their close knitNational Guard family.“[Volunteerism] is part of the fabric of our family,”Ms. Mendelsohn said. “It is just a part of what we dofor each other.”Every day provides another opportunity to giveback, and the Mendelsohns rarely sit idle. Thoughtaking a moment for recognition at the city’s Vet-eran’s Day ceremony in Memorial Park, they wereotherwise up to their usual activities. CaptainWilliam Mendelsohn assisted with the Boy Scouts asson Doug took to the bugle and Ms. Mendelsohnplayed an active role in the ceremony, talking to thecrowd of around 100 people about the ClaremontHeroes Military Appreciation Program, started by thefamily back in 2010.Capt. Mendelsohn, who has been with the Califor-nia National Guard for the past 28 years, is a modelof volunteerism for the family—not only in the dedi-cation for his craft, but in the service he gives outsidehis career, his family says. Involved in his son’s BoyScout troop for years, Capt. Mendelsohn didn’t evenallow deployment to keep him from his role as assis-tant scoutmaster. He famously attended a pack meet-ing via Skype in 2011, Ms. Mendelsohn noted.“It provides us with the opportunity to be togetheras a family,” Capt. Mendelsohn said, adding that heis happy to dedicate the time.The Mendelsohn children have followed suit withtheir high level of activity. Doug stays involved as anEagle Scout with Claremont’s Troop 407, building anIsraeli dodge ball court at Temple Beth Israel as partof his Eagle Scout project. Emelie is an active mem-ber of Claremont High School’s Thespian Societyand participant of the Best Buddy program, helpingthose with special needs in the community. A number
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffDebra and Bill Mendelsohn, center right, bow their heads during the invocation at the 2012 Veteranʼs Day service on Sunday in Claremont. The Mendelsohnswere recognized as the 2012 AUSA Family of the Year in part because of Ms. Mendelsohnʼs efforts creating the Claremont Heroes banner program.
In service of others is part of Claremont family’s DNA 
Retired Major General, US Army Paul Mock gives the keynote address on Sunday during the Veteranʼs Dayobservance at Memorial Park. General Mock recommended the Mendelsohn family for the AUSA award.VETERANʼS DAYcontinues on the next page

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