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The 39-year education career of retiring Brea-Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Roland was celebrated recently at a dinner.
Speakers included Tim Harvey, a lifelong friend and former BOUSD superintendent; Carol Chrisman, Brea Canyon High School principal; Denis Bilodeau from the office of Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson; Joe Bartell, Brea-Olinda Teachers Association president; Lisa Santos, BOUSD California School Employees Association president; Joe Rollino, school board member; Jerry Halpin, Brea Olinda High School principal; and Ralph Jameson, a lifelong friend and professional colleague.
Anne Flesher, assistant superintendent of personnel and educational services, wrote a clever poem, “Ode to Arthur Jerome, aka “Skip,” noting Skip was a kindergartener at Laurel School.
What does Skip plan to do in his after leaving the district? He said he is going to continue teaching at Brandman University, continue his partnership with EdLeader 21, a national network of school and district leaders, and will study school systems in Sweden and Finland, golf and travel. He’ll be riding his gift of a new cruise beach bike with his wife, Sharon.
Skip is truly tops and will be missed. He was a very popular superintendent.
New superintendent Brad Mason begins July 1. We hear he is fabulous.
North Orange County veteran’s have a new Bunker Bar & Grill at 735 S. Brea Blvd. Non-veterans are welcomed for a dollar at the door.
We hear prices are reasonable and food awesome. One gal said, “It is nice talking to local vets and hear their stories.” “Great fish and chips, nachos, retro fries,” said another customer. The restaurant serves from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.
PEOPLE AROUND BREA
A sad note: Emily Mahler, Brea’s first women of the year and known as a professional volunteer, died June 2. The USC grad was a big Trojan fan and held season tickets to the football games since 1967. She was a a charter member of the Trojan Guild.
A former teacher, Emily was very busy raising four children and became involved in supporting all their organizations such as scouts, PTA and so on. She was also involved in several AAUW chapters and Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Emily made a difference.
• In some exciting news, the field at the Brea Olinda High School stadium was dedicated to Leonard MacKain on June 8 in honor of his exemplary and extraordinary service and dedication to the Brea Olinda Unified School District. Mac’s two daughters, Karen and Chris, and his wife, Helen, were on hand for the presentation of MacKain Field.
MacKain served the community as principal, administrative assistant of redevelopment, assistant superintendent, school board member and president, City Council member and mayor and, most importantly, as an educator. Mac was instrumental in the design, planning and construction of five school facilities in the district.
Mac had the vision for friendly competition for all Brea Olinda Unified School District elementary students and created the event now known as the Brea B.E.S.T. Track Meet.
He devoted selflessly of his time and effort to the betterment of the community and its residents.Mac would have been so humble. It was an honor to know him.
THINGS TO DO
• The American Cancer Society is partnering with Mother’s Market, and welcoming it as a major sponsor for this year’s Relay For Life of Brea, which will take kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Brea Olinda High School, 789 Wildcat Way. Find out more about the 24-hour relay at relayforlife.org.
• Jacqui Anderson was a star volleyball player at Brea Olinda High School and received a scholarship to Columbia College in South Carolina. She graduated in 2014. The volleyball player will be teaching junior high at Christ Lutheran in the fall.
Jacqui has been coaching the basic fundamentals of volleyball at a summer camp at Christ Lutheran for three years. This year’s camp is in July 13-16 in the gymnasium. Sign up by contacting Jacqui at 714-928-2222.
Most of us are aware longtime La Habra resident Chuck Morse is a community activist, helping transport people who are disabled or ill and working for the recognition of service by veterans.
Many visit his Gathering of the Crosses display outside his home over Memorial Day weekend honoring Orange County residents who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He was named the 2014 Veteran of the Year by the California Legislature’s 60th District for his outstanding volunteer work in honoring America’s veterans.
But did you know Chuck has made an “indelible impact” on snow sports, with more than 40 years of experience in ski area development and management, marketing and promotion. “Chuck’s many and notable contributions in local, regional, national and international snow-sports endeavors are truly impressive,” said Jane Wyckoff, who recently presented Chuck with the Snowsports Builder Award at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego.
She noted he developed the “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Ski Racing” on-hill training program for recreational ski racing in the Far West, directed the Alpine events at USSA Ski Weeks and developed the first Senior Olympics of Skiing in California. In sanctioned racing, he also developed the Historical Donner Trail Tours for Cross Country Ski Touring in the Truckee/Tahoe area, chaired the first International Freestyle Skiers Association, established the BSA Biathlon Competition for Junior Olympics of the National Ski Patrol System and much more. Who knew?
Super Wash and Dry at 1210 W. Imperial Highway has a new owner, Jaemes Klein. He owns four businesses, so he is busy cleaning out lint. The Imperial shop is newly remodeled and bright and well lit.
Jaemes said he has 50 pounds dryers which are nice for bedding. He also has the option of fluff and fold. Do pop in and see what cooks.
• Sorry to hear: “We just want to thank everybody on here for liking us. It has been a wild ride, but we will be concluding our journey here at Ace’s BBQ. June 4 will be our last day open for business,” the restaurant wrote on its Facebook page.
• The La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce waiters raised more than $10,000 at Chamber Night at Senor Campos by waiting on tables for tips. Money raised will go toward local high school scholarships, helping La Habra host the Special Olympics athletes, the La Habra Police K9 Foundation and the Chamber of Commerce.
Cindy Singer, the annual event’s chair, said. “What a great night. We definitely hit a grand slam with this one.”
The winning team of James Gomez, Kim Praster, Becky Forester and Maria Martinez gross proceeds were $6,074.
PEOPLE AROUND LA HABRA
President/CEO of the La Habra Area Chamber of Commerce Mark Sturdevant was a contributing author in a newly released book on leadership in America. All the money he raises on the sale of the books will go Pastor Joyce Brooks to build a church in La Habra. Mike Beaumont, Randy E. King and Dr. Vernet Joseph are the authors and other contributors to “Leading America: The Authentic Leader’s Guide to Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness.”
• The goodbye party for Sonora High School drama and choir teacher Nick Papageorge, who is retiring after 40 years, was a big success. His three sons made up a skit singing and acting parts from Nick’s plays.
Nick said he especially enjoyed seeing so many alumni at his party. Former choir teacher Jack Watkins came from the Chicago area and former theater teacher Roger Hindman came from Rancho Bernardo to attended the pary held at Nick’s home. Both of these special men were Nick’s teachers.
Susan Gaede has cast her eye on local news for years. Contact her at 714-529-8561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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