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Running with the Bulls

DOWNEY – Since leaving New York three weeks ago I’ve been on the go from Lisbon, to Lagos and Barcelona. After spending two relaxing days in San Sebastian, […]


Terry (left) and Larry Thien at the Saddleback Service Center. Photo courtesy Southern California Edison.
Twins work hand in glove bringing us power

Downey twins Larry and Terry Thien have identical careers with So Cal Edison.


After the War

Maria Zeemen spent three years of her childhood in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia during World War II. Everyone in her family survived, but Maria […]


The Journey of a Thousand Miles

Dora Silvers is an east coast girl from New Jersey, but her husband Jack was from California.  Jack had served in the war, and after they married in […]


Rick and Lupe Rodriguez are founders of the Living Tree Foundation, which supports U.S. veterans returning home from service. Photo by John Zander
In Downey and across the country, every soldier has a story

Introducing a new series: “Coming Home: A Veteran’s Story”


The Magic of Ordinary Days

Karen Borrell grew up in a small New York town in the Adirondacks, having no idea that life’s twists and turns would eventually lead her, as a wife […]


Carrying the Dead

Owen Heninger was a young teenager during World War II. With so many men serving their country, Owen was sometimes called upon to do a man’s job at […]


No Longer Invisible

Gail Earl finished high school under the most trying of circumstances – she was a new student in Santa Monica for her senior year. Anxious and shy, she […]


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The life and death of Constable Jack Pilcher

Over his fifteen year career in law enforcement, Constable John S. (Jack) Pilcher was one of the most respected lawmen in Los Angeles County.  He began his service […]


My Father

Kay Okino grew up in Hawaii before World War II. Her revered father was born in Japan before the turn of the last century, and her tribute only […]


An Upgraded Phone

Charlotte Boquist grew up in a small town in Wyoming. Even though she was a young bride in 1950, she shares something in common with young people who […]


Conflicts involving trees and neighbors

Trees are essential to life. Their benefits include oxygen production, erosion control, storm water diversion, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, beauty, shade, privacy, proportion, increased property value, seasonal transition, […]


My family of veterans

Dora Silvers grew up in New Jersey, not far from New York City. After World War II, she and her husband settled in Norwalk where they raised five […]


5 Questions: Alicia Edquist

“5 Questions” is an occasional feature in which we ask five questions of Downey business and community leaders. This week’s participant is Alicia Edquist, an adjunct journalism professor […]


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 […]


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