After my June 29 column on the former Sunkist plant in Ontario, reader Jeanette Long emailed the above photo. She writes:
“I’ve had in my softball shirt collection for a couple of years now a shirt my friend gave me that was purchased at an Ontario yard sale. I wear it proudly.”
I love the team name: The Juice. Anyone know more about the team? Did they travel to games in a white Ford Bronco? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Jeanette adds a thanks for my Sunkist column and says, “I would often see the workers leaving work on my way home and think about all the orange juice products that passed through their hands right here in my hometown of Ontario.”
Monday’s Ontario/Chaffey Community Show Band concert is a tribute to founding director and Chaffey High icon Jack Mercer — one which Mercer himself outlined weeks before his death. (Some people do not delegate well.) For Sunday’s column, I sit in on a rehearsal and get the details.
All the latest from the Ontario City Council can be found in Friday’s column. Above, anti-tower residents strategize outside City Hall during the council’s closed session.
Friday’s column is the latest from the Ontario City Council: Paul Avila kept it toned down, but critics pounced on his colleague Alan Wapner. Also, one man brought a marionette.
Ontario Town Square, a new public park and plaza in downtown Ontario, opens Friday. On Euclid between B, C and Lemon, it represents the latest attempt to breathe life into downtown. It’s also the subject of my Wednesday column. The above view, shot Monday, is from the bandshell facing northwest; note word “Ontario” in script in reverse.
I got enough emails about my Jack Mercer column that I excerpted them for a followup, which became Friday’s column. Actually, my plan (such as it was, on deadline) had been to end the column with other items, but the Mercer section was long enough that I thought, let’s just close here. So, look for an all-items column for Sunday.
Friday’s column is the latest in the Ontario City Council saga. An 18-minute video excerpt of the meeting is worth your time too and can be found here; the city report on Avila’s alleged harassment of a colleague can be read here.
Friday’s column doubles as an obituary for Jack Mercer, an Ontario icon. He was band teacher at Chaffey High for many years, then led the community band. After recounting his career, I talk about what he was like.
In the latest from the Ontario City Council, Paul Avila puts on another show at Tuesday’s meeting. He’s also seeking to unseat Paul Leon in the mayor’s election in November. Details are in Friday’s column.
Sunday’s column begins with a reader email about the days of yore concerning Ontario’s old Sunkist factory. After that, items, some of a particularly eye-opening nature (if I do say so myself).