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first_img Two weeks after the contest, Porky began to rot. Sach chopped it up, gave away the seeds and put Porky’s remains onto the compost heap – to hopefully help next year’s pumpkin break the new 1,200-pound barrier. Forest Service tour slated for Saturday ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — The U.S. Forest Service’s monthly naturalist-led tour 9 a.m. Saturday will explore areas of natural disasters in the local mountains and foothills, including fires, floods and landslides. The tour will visit areas of the Curve and Williams fires, ancient landslide areas, the San Gabriel Fault Zone and see how they have affected the forest and our surrounding communities. Visitors will learn about the 1929 Forks Dam Fiasco. A slide presentation on the Curve and Williams fires will be shown, as well as a short video of the 1938 flood of the San Gabriel Canyon. There will also be a discussion on how to be prepared for natural disasters. The tour is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants are to meet at the San Gabriel Canyon Environmental Education Center, 0.7 miles PAST the East Fork Bridge on Highway 39 above the city of Azusa. Cost is $5 per person. Volunteers needed for ‘Pitch In’ cleanup EL MONTE — Volunteers are needed for a beautification event in El Monte on Saturday. The “Pitch In” campaign will take place at the Boys and Girls Club, 2740 Mt. View Road, from 7:30 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (626) 580-2090. Diamond Bar to honor its veterans DIAMOND BAR — The city of Diamond Bar’s Veteran Recognition Ceremony will be Nov. 8 at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 S. Grand Ave. The ceremony includes recognition of veterans by the Diamond Bar City Council, a military flag presentation ceremony and a continental breakfast. This event is free and the public may attend. Diamond Bar residents who are veterans and would like to be recognized should call Lorry Meyer at (909) 839-7068. People recognized in the past are welcomed to attend. Relatives of a deceased veteran who did not receive a military burial are asked to contact Meyer. One family will be chosen for the presentation of the military flag ceremony. To be considered, the information must be received by Friday. Citrus’ new semester slated to begin Jan. 9 GLENDORA– Citrus College’s spring semester 2006 begins Jan. 9 and end May 19. Continuing student registration will be held Nov. 14-17, 21, 22, 28 and 29. New and returning student registration will be held Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2, 5-9, and 12-16. New and returning students should submit an application as soon as possible to ensure a registration date. The spring class schedule is being mailed, at no cost, to district residents and continuing students. The most current class schedule information and Citrus College applications can be found online at For more information, contact the Citrus College Admissions and Records Office at (626) 914-8511. From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA– The city of La Mirada is seeking vendors to participate in the annual Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Boutique, which takes place at 9 a.m. Dec. 3 at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Vendors are needed to sell handmade or hand-decorated items such as home and holiday decorations, wood crafts, dolls and toys, and stocking stuffers. The fee for a vendor space is $32. La Mirada food vendor spaces are free of charge. Registration ends Nov. 21 or when spaces are filled. For more information, call (562) 902-3160 or visit AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Local pumpkin entry seventh at Elk Grove WHITTIER — The Whittier Daily News recently reported on how local resident John Sach readied his giant pumpkin for the annual Elk Grove Community Harvest Festival in Northern California. Once it became apparent to Sach that the pumpkin’s dimensions rivaled record-breakers, he went to extraordinary measures to protect the giant squash from scavenging rodents. Flood lights, rattling paper taped to fans, electronically induced ground vibrations, nets and offerings of wieners and cheese successfully kept the gnawing critters at bay until contest day. It took 10 men to haul the half-ton pumpkin onto a trailer for the ride up to Elk Grove. But the contestants were so large this year that “Porky,” as the pumpkin was affectionately called, could only manage 7th place, weighing in at 908 pounds. Last year’s winner was 900 pounds. “For some reason they grew really big this year,” Sach said. “The winner was a 1,200-pounder from Napa Valley. That was the new state record.”last_img