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Gracie and the Circus

Kacie Cooper has been trying to fill in the gaps of what she has learned about her grandmother’s life with the circus. Working from memories of her grandmother’s […]


Elizabeth M. Walsh, R.N.  (second from the right, upper row), at her graduation in Augusta, Maine, in 1913 as a nurse.
A Dedicated Nurse

Helen Hampton’s mother, Elizabeth, began her career as a nurse in Maine at a time when she had to travel by buckboard to visit patients. A plaque on […]


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5 Questions: Dan Fox

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is chiropractor and community leader Dr. Dan […]


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5 Questions: Art Hernandez

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is Art Hernandez, a real estate agent […]


Ghosts

Elaine Held grew up in South Dakota before her family moved to California when she was sixteen years old. The disappearance of family farms and small towns has […]


Leaving Manchuria

In 1931 the Japanese invaded and occupied Manchuria. Nobuyo Avery spent her childhood there where her father was a Japanese businessman. The family had to stay in Manchuria […]


Diane’s new life

Helen Hampton has lived in southern California most of her life. In this piece she describes a situation in her family that might have remained hidden in an […]


The escalating costs of prom

If you’ve got teenagers, you already know how expensive high school can be. Besides food, clothing and school supplies, a whole host of extracurricular activities are competing for […]


Cruising the streets

Katie Troy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis ten years ago, and she strives for optimum health and independence with a well-planned diet and a positive outlook. Katie is […]


Riding the buddy seat

Lois Tannehill was the typical wife and mother who raised a family, kept house, and sang in the Bellflower Choir. But when her husband bought a motorcycle, she […]


The accordion, the attorney, and my passion

DOWNEY – As a kid, a salesman knocked on our door one day and after a few hours successfully talked my father into purchasing an expensive accordion and […]


Bicycle: Bridge to the future

Bicycles as a symbol for change, progress and transition out of a declining era.


Are you prepared for an earthquake?

The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake. Before an earthquake: •To begin preparing, you […]


Bicycle Safety: share the road

Bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists on the road. (Vehicle Code 21220(a)).  Here are some helpful hints for motorists: •What to Expect – By law, […]


Television

Gloria Hannigan is sometimes referred to as the “Erma Bombeck” of the class. Her thoughtful essays, ranging in topics from daily life to national politics, are laced with […]


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5 Questions: John Zander

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is photographer John Zander. Interview by Eric Pierce


A Dream Vacation

Karen Borrell is a world traveler who has visited and lived in many other countries. But in 1947, she was a school girl in a town of less […]


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Getting to know: Mohammad Mostahkami

New director of public works started new job in Downey last month.


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Getting to know: Kathy Perez

Downey resident and Norwalk teacher Kathy Perez has a love for community.


Bicycle Safety: safety reminders

1.         Crashing or falling while not wearing a helmet 2.         Bicyclists on the wrong side of the street 3.         Pedestrians trying to cross the street mid-block 4.         Not […]