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Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and knocking. “What,” was my welcom...

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a former small-businessman whose outreach...

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and Mike Ruffatto. Guilds Chair Marilyn...



Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and...

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a...

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and...

Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and...

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a...

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and...

Canyon QT

The other day I got a frantic knock on the door. It was too early for pizza, so I ignored it. The insistent knocking continued. I didn’t know Sheldon from the “Big Bang Theory,” so I ignored it some more. There was more knocking, knocking, and knocking. “What,” was my welcome. “We need a man,”...

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a former small-businessman whose outreach work with his...

Guilds’ Bet a Win for Center

The Guilds of Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its second Spring Celebration: Bet on the Wheels on Saturday, April 12, and raised $250,000 in support of the center’s education and community engagement programs. Special honorees were Eve and Mike Ruffatto. Guilds Chair Marilyn McCorkle...

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Heiresses Leave Lasting Heritage

Part 1 Pennsylvania mining heiresses Blanche and Florence Dolph chose the coastal foothills of Laguna and south Orange County as the focus of their property investments in the early 1900s.  ...

La Casa Del Camino, Laguna’s First ‘Modern Hostelry’

By Anders Lasater, Special to the Independent Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, marked the 79th anniversary of the grand opening of the La Casa del Camino. While the current hotel’s owners tout i...

A Spanish Serenade Enlivened the Festival of Arts’ Earliest Pageant

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Tales of the Watermen: Sun and Surf Take a Toll on Guards and Towers Alike Part 2

By Dale Ghere, Special to the Independent The first metal towers  Around 1958, Chief Lifeguard Art Fizette decided lifeguards needed to be up off the beach for improved observation since annual...

Inquiry Underway Over Diver’s Death

The county coroner’s office has yet to determine why a 42-year-old man died this past Monday, July 19, at one of Laguna Beach’s most popular diving spots Mark Montague, of Altadena, was pulled...

Tales of the Watermen: Sun and Surf Take a Toll on Guards and Towers Alike Part 1

By Dale Ghere, Special to the Independent The pros and cons of permanent lifeguard towers have become a subject of debate in recent months. I thought a look back at the different kinds of towers...