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Laguna Little League Captures Two TOC Titles

Teams from Laguna Beach Little League’s majors and AAA divisions won the city’s first ever Tournament of Champions titles last Sunday. In the majors division at Chapparosa Park in Laguna Niguel, Laguna VFW cruised through their side of the bracket to reach the finals, where they...

An Appreciation for a Laguna Legacy

Editor, Last Saturday morning.   My sons Little League game was 10 a.m.  Riddle Field. I was dead tired from a long week, so my plan was to arrive at the field right about 10 a.m. But at 8:30 a.m. my wife rousted us.  We were needed at Riddle Field to help prep the field due to...

Sculpture Project Seeks Funding

The “Cathexis” sculpture by the late Laguna Beach artist Steve Harmon is almost entirely refurbished and now his mother, who headed and engineered the rejuvenation process, is asking for the public’s help in funding the work by way of donation. Deemed by city officials to be...

Zane Cornwell earns Boy Scouts’ Highest Rank

Zane Cornwell of Boy Scout Troop 35 in Laguna Beach earned scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout on June 10. He is the son of Kelly and Shelley Arends Cornwell. While in scouting, Zane participated in many camping adventures, capping them off with a week-long backpacking trip at...

Team CBA to Compete for Division Title

By Coby Naess, Special to the Independent   After winning the AAA regular season championships with a 12-3-1 record, Laguna Beach’s Crescent Bay Advisors came back through the losers bracket of the end of season tournament to win four games in a row and beat a tough UPS team...

A Mother’s Love Aims to Return a Sculpture to its Pedestal

Sculptor Steven Harmon’s abstract “Cathexis” of intertwining metallic scrolls once enjoyed great popularity, recalled the late artist’s mother, Irvine’s Alice Harmon. Children in Riddle Field liked to climb it. Some likened it to a Christmas ornament, becoming a favorite backdrop...

Laguna Canyon Mural Moves Ahead

Arts Commission nixes benches, further study for Riddle Field sculpture   A new mural based on the word “Wonder” was unanimously approved by the Arts Commission on Monday to replace one eradicated last February by Marlowe Huber, co-proprietor of the Laguna Canyon Winery....

Cracking the Bat for Six Decades

Photos by Mitch Ridder                                                      

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Amy and Jack Norworth, who started Laguna’s Little League, hand out Cracker Jacks to players. Once upon a time in 1964, a little boy of 7 yearned to play Little League in his hometown, Laguna Beach.  He was a too young and far too short to make the team, but his big brother got...

Arts Projects Remain in Limbo

After much discussion and input by 15 speakers, Laguna Beach’s Arts Commission on Monday could not determine the fate of “Cathexis,” a weather-eroded sculpture donated by the late Steven Harmon that had been removed from Riddle Field as a potential safety hazard. A year ago, the...