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Our Hometown Stories

    A Unique Kind Of Tree Grows In Santa Clarita

    Beginning in 2009 The ARTree was founded by local artist Bob Hernandez, the organization focuses on bringing art, both its creation and appreciation, into the community of Santa Clarita.

    “We want everyone involved with The ARTree to have a personal stake in the visual and performing arts,” said Hernandez. This “community-integrated” art is what Bob Hernandez wanted to achieve with this community-based arts education organization.

    Our Hometown Stories: Santa Clarita Blue Heat - A Cinderella Story

    khts_hometownstories2By Rachel Singer

    It’s not necessarily true that Cinderella wore a glass slipper.

    Last year in Santa Clarita, she wore soccer cleats.

    She didn’t waltz around a polished dance floor.

    This time, she showed her moves on a turf field.

    It was an unlikely fairytale.

    Hometown Stories: Bill Crowl - Scouts Honor

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    By Rachel Singer

    Bill Crowl:  Scouts Honor

    Every October, my husband and I attend a fabulous Halloween Ball.  Costumes are mandatory and I take it very seriously.

    Divine inspiration came in the form of Russell in the Disney film, “UP”.  Ron would be a Boy Scout and I would be a Girl Scout.

    Our Hometown Stories: Tempered Steel: Behind the Scars

    hometownstories2by Rachel Singer

    "Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem." --Ronald Reagan--

     

    I admit it.   I am a sap.

    I tear up when the underdog wins; I tear up when I witness simple acts of human kindness and I weep when I see television coverage of soldiers being reunited with their families.

    Our Hometown Stories: Kathi-Everyone Has A Story

    hometownstories2By Rachel Singer

    Steve Hartman, a journalist and storyteller on one of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning brings to his viewers stories of ordinary people who have an extraordinary story.

    I want to be like Steve Hartman.

    Our Hometown Stories: Laurelle: Pink Lightning

    khts_hometownstories4By Rachel Singer

    Two years ago, I met Laurelle. She was on the bench at the Santa Clarita Soccer Center suited up for the “Sunday Women’s Open Play.”

    I introduced myself and thought what a beautiful young lady she was with her long black hair and hot pink highlights.

    Our Hometown Stories - Richard Rioux: Walking Tall

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    On April 28, 1997, at age of 53, Dr. Richard Rioux left this world far too early.

    My husband Ron and I lost a dear friend and the Santa Clarita Valley lost one of its greatest cheerleaders and visionaries.

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Newhall was filled to overflowing with family, friends, local dignitaries and those whose lives Dr. Richard Rioux brought back from the brink.

    Our Hometown Stories: My Pursuit Of The Perfect Christmas Card

    khts_hometownstories4- By Rachel Singer

    Several years ago, my friend Margaret Hansen gave me a wonderful book entitled, "From Our House to Your House," by Martin Parr. The small red book is a collection of vintage black and white Christmas cards from the 50' and 60's. The book documents an era where silver tinsel was painstakingly hung from each tree branch and a single strand of multi-colored lights was strung across your garage.

    Our Hometown Stories: Roger Roberge: Behind Closed Doors...

    hometownstories4Not long ago, San Fernando Road became Newhall Avenue. Though the name has changed, it still remains the same stretch of road that I navigate at least twice a day on my cross-valley excursions.

    It is a given that if you take in the scenery on Newhall Avenue you will observe day laborers hoping for work, a deputy hiding with a radar gun and commuters tapping their steering wheels waiting for that elusive green light at Railroad Avenue.

    Our Hometown Stories: Mark McMullen: Salt Of The Earth

    khts_hometownstories2In the early afternoon of October 21st, 2007, KHTS AM-1220 reported that there was fire in Agua Dulce near Mint Canyon and Sierra Highway. It was initially described as small.

    I was relieved. We had lived through enough raging firestorms in our fair valley to last a lifetime.

    However, the Santa Ana winds and dried brush did not play fair that weekend.