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File photo by C.E.H. Wiedel of Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base front gate on Lexington Dr.

Get to know the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base

The Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB), first set aside in 1940, almost hides in plain sight in Los Alamitos. It’s an “island” amid developed land on all sides, a guide told my tour group at the Airfield, showing us an aer...
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Rare leatherback sea turtle fossil found on County construction site

In a discovery that helps shed light on life in Orange County millions of years ago, an Orange County (OC) Public Works project team constructing a new regional transportation corridor uncovered extremely rare marine turtle fos...
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A portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, courtesy of WikiCommons.

Orange County Breeze World Headquarters closed for the holiday

In honor of George Washington, Orange County Breeze World Headquarters will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16. We will all be working hard behind the scenes to publish articles online throughout the day. For our local readers, we hi...
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Fanny Bixby Spencer, courtesy of Esotouric.

Reenactor Marcia Harris to bring presidential history to life for Republican Women

Members and guests will step back into history when Marcia Harris transcends time to share anecdotes about some of America’s outstanding presidents at the Saturday, Feb. 21 Rossmoor-Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated mee...
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Seal of the City of Long Beach, CA. Courtesy graphic.

Historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot building will be moved to Willow Springs Park overnight on Jan. 28

Overnight tonight, Jan. 28, 2015, the City of Long Beach will move the historic 107-year-old Southern Pacific Railroad Depot from the Public Service Yard on San Francisco Ave. to a new site at Willow Springs Park, where it is e...
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Los Alamitos Museum seeking volunteer to act as docents

This is a call to all who are available to come forward and volunteer as a docent at the Los Alamitos Museum. For some untoward reason, it seems to be a difficult time of year for the museum to keep its doors open. Either becau...
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Martin Luther King, Jr., in Birmingham Jail.

“Letter from Birmingham Jail” in 2015

I was five years old when Martin Luther King, Jr., was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, on Good Friday, April 12, 1963 — about the same age as his daughter, Yolanda, who appears as an unnamed six-year-old in the excerpt below f...
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Anaheim celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Ponderosa Library

In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City of Anaheim and Ponderosa Joint-Use Library are hosting a commemorative celebration on Saturday, Jan. 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. featuring Michael Bandy and Eric ...
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Republican Women to talk about General Patton at Jan. 17 meeting

Dear Editor, For years, many Americans believed that General George Patton died in an automobile accident at the close of World War II. However, almost from the day of his death, there have been skeptics who felt the general wa...
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Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Florida, United States. Photo by Matt H. Wade.

Seal Beach ties to 1964 New York World’s Fair

What ties Seal Beach to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens on Long Island? Electricity. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the site of both the 1939 and the 1964 New York World’s Fairs. For the 1...
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LTC Steve Rainey, USAF. Photo courtesy of the Grampaw Pettibone Sqadron.

Grampaw Pettibone Squadron invites retired Air Force test pilot to speak about experiences

Lt. Col. Steve Rainey will brief the members and guests of the Grampaw Pettibone Squadron on his experiences as a test pilot in the F-16 and F-22. Steve Rainey is a 1980 Engineering Mechanics graduate of the U.S. Air Force Acad...
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Veterans Voices: Life at six

I am delighted to have received an assortment of email and phone call responses from people who had read and enjoyed my two most recent articles, namely “Thanksgiving Day, 1943” and “Memories since 1923” that were publi...
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Remembering Orange County’s first fallen peace officer, Undersheriff Robert Squires

On the evening of Dec. 16, 1912 Sheriff Ruddock received a telephone call from the Irvine station, telling him that a young Irvine girl had been attacked by a drifter who had fled into the hills. Sheriff Ruddock immediately rou...
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B-24Ds of 93rd Bomb Group in formation. Nearest aircraft is Joisey Bounce (s/n 41-24226), wingman is The Duchess, (s/n 41-24147), and next higher is Bomerang (s/n 41-23722). USAAF - U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: DF-ST-83-04095.

World War II flyers brought home from New Guinea and identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced today that the remains of servicemen, missing in action from World War II, have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full m...
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