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When Claremont native and local artist Alba Cisneros read the description of what she was to deliver to the winning bidder of her item at this year’s Claremont Heritage online auction, she was a bit taken aback.

Three years ago, owner of the kennel Papa Bear Bullies, Miguel Lopez made the 300-mile trek down the 10 Freeway from Los Angeles to Phoenix for a dog event hosted at The Pitbull Store, an Arizona-based dog supply and event store.

Angela Sadler Williamson, cousin to civil rights icon Rosa Parks, will be reading from and signing copies of her new children’s book, My Life with Rosie: a Bond Between Cousins from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 26 at Claremont’s Folk Music Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Sofia Dartnell is the one in her friend group who halts everyone during a trip to educate them about, and then photograph, whatever bug has caught her attention. The 23-year-old Pomona College senior loves the outdoors and knows her insects.

When Reggie Webb was 10, his mother and grandmother packed him a sack of fried chicken and pound cake and put him on a bus in South Bend, Indiana for a 30-hour ride to Madison, Arkansas, where he was to help his great-grandparents tend to their five-acre farm.

Despite being the daughter of a teacher, Vivian Webb School’s Dean of Students Sarah Lantz said she took a round about way to teaching. Photo by Scott Nichols/The Webb Schools

On the outskirts of the Claremont Village, near the Indian Hill Boulevard railroad crossing, residents once frequented a barbershop called The Statesman Barber Lounge.

As we look back on and close the business chapter on 2021, we should do so with a drink in hand, preferably a spirit, as this year was not easy by any means, especially for business owners.

By most, 2021 will be remembered as the year we all got along with COVID-19 — interpret that either as humans learning to live with the reality of COVID-19 or just us being nice to a virus.

At Graze and Gather Meats and Provisions last week, owners Steve Sabicer and Michael Puglisi were hard at work getting Route 66’s newest shop in order.

For the last 12 years, including their time at the Harvard building adjacent to Bardot, residents have gotten to know Donna Daniel and her daughter Katie.

Across the United States last week, thousands of stories were shared at the Thanksgiving table. And Claremont McKenna College senior, Sarah Chen was the talk of her family’s Thanksgiving as her mother, father and younger brother told guests about how the Alaskan native earned the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, one of, if not the most competitive scholarships in the world.

On a recent warm fall afternoon about a dozen women are crowded around circular tables at the Joslyn Senior Center making crafts for the upcoming holiday season.

Most people have at some time wondered: If faced with a life or death situation would I know what to do and could I muster the courage to act? For one local teen the answer is an unequivocal yes.

For nearly 50 years, carpenter George Dekterov, founder of Art of Stained Glass, has been hard at work designing and bringing to life hundreds, if not thousands, of dream windows and doorways for Foothill area residents and their homes.

by Andrew Alonzo | aalonzo@claremont-courier.com Shelves are stocked, the toy store owner wears a bright smile, and customers are lined up outside despite freezing temperatures to snag the season’s latest […]