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Claremont COURIER 7-3-14

Claremont COURIER 7-3-14

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Friday, July 4, 2014
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14Stay indoors, avoid the heat and visitclaremont-courier.com.POLICE BLOTTER/
A slice of Americanais available right herein Claremont/
Fourth of July specialedition is inside!
COURIER photo/Helen AraseDressed up as President George Washington, Peter Small gives a history lesson about our first president at the Claremont Public Library. The serious tone of GeorgeWashington in the portrait, Mr. Small explained, was due to the fact that the artist instructed him to remove his false teeth. Mr. Small taught a little history and gavea few good laughs to the crowd who gathered for his performance last week.
 A closer look at GeorgeWashington’s legacy/ 
CAWA’s smoke and mirrors
Dear Editor:I have received two mailers from an or-ganization that calls itself Claremont Af-fordable Water Advocates (CAWA) andclaims to have a “compromise agreementwe negotiated directly with Golden StateWater.” Five names appear on the flierswho apparently are the CAWA. Who gave these five people the powerto negotiate with anyone on my behalf?Not me!What are the details of the full agree-ment? They claim in their fliers that Ishould “Read the full agreement at Clare-montWater.org.” The problem is, the fullagreement does not appear on their web-site. What does appear are the claims thatare in the fliers, none of which commitsGolden State Water to anything. There are some interesting highlightedpoints that we might all like to see imple-mented: lower water bills, local control,commitment to conservation and alterna-tives to the WRAM. But the details of how to achieve the goals are non-existentexcept to “work with” GSW. This group appears to me to have all of the markings of yet another distraction byGSW saying we and the city should donothing until we look at another show of smoke and mirrors. I’m not buying it. Thecity should proceed as it has indicated topurchase the water system.
Parker G. Emerson
An outstanding teacher
Dear Editor:As I have been retired from ClaremontHigh School for several years, I have nopersonal knowledge of the events lead-ing to the suspension of teacher DavidLukkarila.However, as a colleague and fellowmember of the social science depart-ment, I have known David Lukkarila asa dedicated, creative, responsible and in-novative teacher. I was his departmentchair at CHS for several years, so I be-lieve I can speak to his abilities in theclassroom.He was respected by parents, students,and staff alike, and always performed inan outstanding and professional way. Finally, I know of no better recom-mendation for any teacher than to saythat I would personally feel fortunate if my own children were in his classroomand had him as their teacher. ClaremontHigh School is a better school becauseDavid Lukkarila has been an integralpart of it.
Lowell G. Rice
Bicycle safety starts and endswith common sense
Dear Editor:Claremont, with over 30 linear milesof bicycle infrastructure, is a haven forcycling enthusiasts. Cycling safetyclasses is a great idea for the young anduninitiated, as I’m sure Sam Pedrozawould attest to. Tom Shelly stated in the article onJune 27 that most accidents are avoid-able, if you use basic skills. He went onto say on a narrow rural road a cyclistshould take control of the lane and forcethe cars to slow down. Remember the words “commonsense” in the title of this article? If youare a parent of someone taking a safetyclass from an individual suggesting youtake control of the road from a car ortruck, I suggest you look around for an-other class. First of all, cyclists are re-quired to stay as far right as possiblewhen going slower than traffic speed,but should also ride single-file for safety,especially in heavy traffic and on narrowroads. That is the law! I agree that more often than not, mo-torists are going to avoid you, but tellingriders to be assertive of your position onthe road and you will be okay is notsomething I would like to be held re-sponsible for telling students of a safetycourse, and I would never counsel myown child to adopt that mindset. It does-n’t sound like a common sense decision. For example, in the article an 11-year-old was planning to ride his bike toschool at the same time the motorists arelate to work—texting, dropping off theirown kids, applying makeup, etc. Andyou are counseling the child to own theroad? Cyclists may be successful beingassertive with autos most of the time, butit only takes once for your son or daugh-ter to be wrong. It may not be worth-while being assertive!While cycling may be a sport to you,the roads are designed to move peopleand commerce. I believe motorists wantto be accommodating to the sport of cy-cling, but I’m not sure the assertivemindset is a common-sense posture forcyclists. By the way, I know the city of LosAngeles used highway funds to put inthousands of miles of bike lanes, I sus-pect Claremont did the same. If mo-torists are paying for the roads theydeserve respectful, not assertive cyclists.
Dean Holcomb
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Claremont COURIER/Friday, July 4, 2014
The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published once weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporation at 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postageis paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: One dollar. Annual subscription: $52.00. Send all remittances and correspondence about sub-scriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. Tele-phone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2014 Claremont Courier
one hundred and sixth year, number 26
420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
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Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
Kathryn Dunn
City Reporter
Angela Bailey
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
Sports Reporter
Alex Forbesssports@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
Helen Arase
Ad Design
Jenelle Rensch
Page Layout
Kathryn Dunn, Jenelle Rensch
Peter Weinberger
Advertising Director
Mary Rose
Classified Editor
Jessica Gustin
Business Administration
Office Manager/ Legal Notices
Vickie Rosenberg
Billing/Accounting Manager
Dee Proffitt
Tom Smith
 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Tuesday, July 8
City Council Council Chamber, 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9
Architectural Commission Council Chamber, 7 p.m.
Parades, bar-be-ques Homemade ice cream, and fireworks Americana.
—Steve Harrison
 Banging out headlinesWritten in magnesium,The plot in cinders.
—D.J. Kraemer
Haiku submissions should reflect upon lifeor events in Claremont. Please email entriesto editor@claremont-courier.com.
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1. to make or become better 
“The Claremont COURIER website continues to improveby enhancing the reader’s experience.”
 Yes, the best community newspaper website in thestate of California keeps getting better.
—New smartphone website, improved searchtools, extensive photo galleries, open access for classifieds, daily news updates, and more!
n July 4, 1776, the ContinentalCongress adopted the Declarationof Independence and for Virginiapatriot George Washington, the decisioncame as welcome news.
As General of the Continental Army, he needed tolead his men, 20,000 untrained soldiers, against GreatBritain and now the fight was not merely in defenseof their colonies but for the birth of a new nation.“The year we declared our independence, wenearly lost it,” explained General Washington. “I tookcommand of our army in New York City The Britisharmy and navy sailed into New York Harbor and at-tacked us in Brooklyn and defeated us in the battle of Long Island.”“We retreated across the river to Manhattan Island,he continued, “the British attacked us and we re-treated to the north to the city of White Plains. Wewere defeated in the battle of White Plains and re-treated across the Hudson River into New Jersey. Wewere forced to evacuate Fort Lee and we retreatedacross New Jersey, across the Delaware River intoPennsylvania and by now it was late December 1776.Every battle we had fought that year, we had lost. “At the invitation of The Friends of the ClaremontLibrary, the newly appointed Commander-In-Chief spoke eloquently to a captivated audience as he re-counted his historical significance to those gathered inthe library’s meeting room on June 26. Although he lost more battles than he won, GeorgeWashington’s leadership helped secure American in-dependence and would later prove to be invaluable ashe created the framework for our nation as the Fatherof Our Country.Bringing George Washington and his experiencesto life at the library was living history actor, PeterSmall. Donning a white wig and dressed in the attireof the period, Mr. Small remained in character forclose to an hour as he separated fact from myth aboutthe life and achievements of George Washington.A former history teacher in Los Angeles and Wash-ington, DC, Mr. Small originally developed his histor-ical impersonations for his classes and has performednationally for a wide range of audiences, includingthe Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon andHerbert Hoover presidential libraries. Although somemay consider him an actor, Mr. Small considers him-self an educator who enjoys sharing what he knowsabout our nation’s founding father and times in whichhe lived.“I’m telling the story of the founding of the UnitedStates,” explains Mr. Small “When people say to me,‘I learned something new,’ that’s what I enjoy hear-ing. That means I’m doing my job.”
isitors to the Claremont Librarylearned a great deal about ourcountry’s first president, such as:
George Washington is the only President of theUnited States to have been unanimously elected to theoffice, receiving all of the Electoral College votes, notonce, but twice. He was the first to sign the Constitution, foundedthe United States Navy, established the nation’s offi-cial currency, created the State Department and estab-lished the Supreme Court.George Washington was the only US Presidentwho did not occupy the White House, which was notcompleted until after his death. In his will, hearranged to free those slaves belonging to him afterthe passing of his wife, Martha. He is the only slave-owning president to free all of his slaves.He did not wear a wig, which was customary at thetime, but chose instead to grow his hair long, powderit and wear it in a ponytail.He had no children of his own, having contractedsmall pox while on a trip to Barbados which isthought to perhaps have made him infertile.While it is true that Mr. Washington did suffer fromdental problems all of his adult life, his teeth were notmade of wood. They were constructed of materials in-cluding bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brassscrews lead and gold wire. And although he was requested to serve a thirdterm as president in 1797, George Washington madethe decision to spend his final years as a private citi-zen. He died two years later at the age of 67 and waslaid to rest at his Mt. Vernon home.As we celebrate our independence, it’s important tolook back and recognize the sacrifices made in orderto ensure our nation’s civil liberties and freedoms.Thanks to educators like Peter Small, we are ableto get a brief glimpse into the lives and history of ourFounding Fathers who made it all possible.Oh, and just so the residents of the City of Treescan rest easy, George Washington never really didchop down that cherry tree.
—Angela Bailey
Claremont COURIER/Friday, July 4, 2014
First president makes appearance at Claremont Library 
COURIER photos/Helen AraseSophie Aberin and Ben Gonzaga act as President Washington’s troops last Thursday at the Claremont Pub-lic Library. Peter Small, portraying George Washington, needed their help to show the difference between war-fare in Europe and the Americas. Afterward, he saluted them for their service and they returned the gesture.Stephen Waller and Therese Mahoney enjoy PeterSmall’s performance as George Washington lastThursday at the Claremont Public Library. During a presentation on Thursday at the ClaremontPublic Library, Peter Small tells audience membershow George Washington became the first President ofthe United States.

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