Column: Armstrong Nursery rose along with Ontario

A history of Armstrong Nursery, founded circa 1893 in Ontario and a presence in the city until 1982, is on view in an exhibit at the Ontario Museum of History and Art. Friday’s column hits some of the highlights.

(On a personal note, all the research was done in March, but I ran out of time to write this before my vacation, and only this week was I able to get to it. It’s a relief to have that, and Wednesday’s Upland walking tour column, out of the way!)

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Column: Flying to Austin costs ‘im from ONT

I had to weigh the benefits vs. the cost of flying from ONT before purchasing my ticket to Austin. An unexpected benefit: the in-flight announcements on Southwest. And Austin itself has one of the best airports I’ve been to. Following that come some cultural items and one about upgrades to the Ontario library’s children’s room. All of this is in Friday’s column.

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Column: Crime, not election, made councilwoman run

A weekly stroll on the Euclid median turned into a foot pursuit by an Ontario councilwoman after she accosted a man taping up one of the hundreds of solicitation notices that have gone up citywide in recent weeks and he thought he could outrun her. Nope.

Following that in Wednesday’s column are some culture corner items, word of a series of civil rights speakers in Claremont and a visit to an LA Aqueduct-themed history exhibit.

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Column: Unguarded comments fly at Ontario council meeting

All I wanted was a short item, honest, to top off an items column. So I attended Tuesday’s Ontario City Council meeting, in hopes of something happening. My reward was the spectacle of a feisty Ontario-Montclair School Board member speaking during public comment, and four council members firing back. It was among the more ridiculous, but entertaining, meetings I can remember attending.

Instead of a short item, I got an entire column, which you can read here. (Items will run Sunday instead.)

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