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League Honors Service by its Members

  The Laguna Chapter of National Charity League hosted its 28th annual debutante ball at Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in December. Eighteen young women were honored for their philanthropic and league service, which began when the girls were in the seventh grade. The local...

Singer Retrospective Finds a Fitting Setting

Updated Friday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m. Subsequent to publishing, this talk was postponed due to expected rain. No new date had yet been determined. Friends of Architecture invite the public to join Ryan Singer and architectural historian Ted Wells as they discuss the iconic work of...

Pinewood Derby Rolls Again

The kindergarten-age Lion Cubs for the first time joined Laguna’s Cub Scout Pack 35 at the annual Pinewood Derby, which took place at the Laguna Presbyterian Church last week. Scouts race small wood model cars that they have created with the help of their parents. The flag went...

Limelight

Art & Nature Raises the Bar

Slender and 10-feet tall, the four-sided posts shone in the sunlight, reflecting the moods of the ocean and hillsides and at evening dramatically mirrored cloud banks and at least one brilliant sunset. Come darkness, they mirrored staccato bursts of light coming from car...

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Obituaries

Michael Sager

Michael Sagar passed away Dec. 20, 2016, with his family, fresh cookies and chocolate ice cream by his side. He was 84. Sagar lived his ideal life surfing, skiing, windsurfing and mountain biking with a little layering of jazz trumpet thrown in. A lure of the ocean and dream of...

Fred Scott Gould Jr.

Fred Scott Gould, 47, passed away Jan. 3, 2017, in Temecula, after a long battle with medical problems. Gould was a runner, former collegiate rugby player and avid movie fan. Born on Nov. 25, 1969, to Zenith M. Gould (later Zenith M. Rocco) and raised from age 9 by his...

Richard McManus

Richard Wallace McManus, age 87, was born June 5, 1929, and died Jan. 27, 2017. Richard was born in Seattle, Wash., to Floyd John and Jean Spicer McManus. Richard was raised in Willmar, Minn., on the family farm until the age of 13 when the family relocated to Laguna Beach...

Columns

The Kibitzer

The Outdoor Antidote If there is one thing that can serve as a curative balm in these troubled times, it’s nature. And in Laguna, its expansive – mountains, ocean, meadows, ravines, canyons, arroyos, beaches, tidepools, reefs, and abundant wild marine life. It’s remarkable to...
Posted On 23 Feb 2017

Taking Stock

Buy On The Rumors The beat goes on. The Dow Jones Industrials closed Wednesday at the tenth consecutive record level for this index. That’s the longest record streak since January 1987 when the market hit 12 consecutive record days. Stock investors overall seem to believe that...

Pet Peeves

Reader’s Digester   Readers always ask me, “Where do you get your story ideas?” I used to say the bathtub, where I’m most relaxed. But I can’t say that any more. I took out the bathtub, the shower and all the plumbing to meet Laguna’s strict water usage. Unfortunately, I...

Village Matters

Time to Repurpose a Landmark In the summer of 2009 my brothers and I, spouses and kids went back to our Wisconsin hometown for our mother’s graveside service. It was a trip of memories, not only of her, but of our childhoods with her and my dad, growing up on the family farm just...

Pet Peeves

Laguna Executive Order Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have a friend since childhood, who I have tried to emulate. He’s smart. He knows a lot about a lot. He can converse about business, sports, politics, entertainment and travel. Over the years, he’s gotten...

Wisdom Workout

Nothing Personal   Are you familiar with the term Machiavellianism? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it is defined as “the employment of cunning and duplicity in state craft or general conduct.” In psychology, it is used to describe a person’s tendency to deceive and...