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  • Scouts honored for saving friend’s life after sudden cardiac arrest

    2 years ago by

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      Three Brea Eagle Scouts from Troop 801 helped save a life.

        The Brea City Council recently honored Eagle Scouts from Troop 801, second from left, Blake Wilson, Blake Perez, and John Evert, shown with Daniel Medina, left.

        The Brea City Council recently honored Eagle Scouts from Troop 801, second from left, Blake Wilson, Blake Perez, and John Evert, shown with Daniel Medina, left.

        Debbie Medina mother of Daniel Medina loves to tell the story of how the brave Scouts saved the life of her 25-year-old son, who suffered sudden cardiac arrest.

          Debbie Medina said her son collapsed at home in the kitchen at 8:30 p.m. February 28.

            "One of his friends heard a thump and approached the kitchen, finding Daniel face down on the kitchen floor," she said. "My husband and I were not home at the time. His friend quickly yelled for the other two friends who were watching TV in the living room, called 911, and with direction from the 911 operator, Tammy Ramsey, began CPR."

              Daniel was taken by ambulance to St. Jude Medical Center, where he was put on a ventilator, and into an induced coma.

                "The doctors in ICU said on several occasions that these brave and courageous young men saved our son’s life," said Debie Medina. We did find out all three young men are Eagle Scouts and one has taken the EMT training course. Again a miracle."

                  About 350,000 people go into sudden cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. Of those, only 1 percent to 2 percent survive, and some with significant brain damage.

                    "Our heroes said to my husband and I that they knew CPR but never thought they would need to use it, and especially on a friend they love," Debbie Medina said.

                      Daniel is doing very well. Tests revealed he has a rare congenital heart defect that brought on the cardiac arrest.

                        The Eagle Scouts, Jon Evert, Blake Perez, and Blake Wilson, and the emergency responders Fire Captain Dave Schautschick, engineer/paramedic Randy McDaniel, firefighter/paramedic Travis Knabe, and firefighter Greg Harris, were honored at a Brea council meeting on April 19 with commendations for their valiant and steady handling of an unbelievable situation.

                          William Wojcaik suffered cardiac arrest during the Brea’s 8K race. Cesar Robles, Bradley Luna, Randall Parra, April Scwartz, Ryan Scwartz, Phillip Stephenson Randy McDaniel, and Stephen Davy were presented commendations at the May 3rd council meeting for saving his life.

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  • Sharing a piece of history: 100 years in Brea

    2 years ago by

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      The first photo I ever took for the Brea Progress was of Brea Olinda High School’s 1973 homecoming (and later prom) queen Karyn Fox.

        Karyn Fox, 1973 Brea Olinda High School homecoming queen, wipes away a tear. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

        Karyn Fox, 1973 Brea Olinda High School homecoming queen, wipes away a tear. (courtesy Susan Gaede)


          In honor of Brea’s centennial in 2017, from time to time I will be sharing photos from the community over the years.

            I had just started working for the paper and no one was on the field taking a picture. I told my husband I was going to run down and take a photo of the queen. He suggested I shouldn’t, but I couldn’t be stopped. Ironically I think it was the first and best photo I ever took, but then it was a pretty good subject.

              Karyn’s Aunt Rose had made her gorgeous dress. The dress was taken out of the box again when the queen’s mom, current Planning Commissioner Pat Fox, wore it to President Nixon’s Inauguration .

                Karyn still looks like a prom queen. She works as assistant director of case management at a psychiatric hospital. Attending USC football games is something she said she really enjoys.

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  • Remembering Charlie Phillips of Brea Kiwanis Club

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    It’s with great sadness and heavy hearts that we report the passing of longtime Brea Kiwanis member -- Charlie Phillips. Charlie was a wonderful man. As the Kiwanis secretary, he was very enthusiastic in connecting with us to spread the word about Brea Kiwanis annual events such as Back To School Shopping Spree, Toys for Tots, Spelling Bee, and the Easter Egg Hunt.


      Charlie and Carol Phillips

      Charlie and Carol Phillips


        Early last year, Charlie had a stroke and was admitted into a nursing home to recover. Susan Gaede and I visited him, and although he wasn’t able to talk to us, he was full of spirit; with his wife Carol relaying that he couldn’t wait to continue writing the newsletters for the Kiwanis. In her dad's absence, Debbie, started writing newsletters for the Brea Kiwanis Club.

          Today, we received the Kiwanis newsletter and Debbie, wrote, “For the last few years Kiwanis played an important part in my dad's life. It gave him an opportunity to do what he loved, working with young people and giving back to the community.

            Charlie wanted no part of funeral homes and such. His wish after he was gone was to have a gathering of friends and family at his house so people could think back on how they knew him and tell stories of his "adventures".

              Miss you, Charlie

                Photo: Celebrating the 50th Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

                Bright and early, join the Brea Kiwanis in celebrating the 54th annual Easter Egg Hunt at Arovista Park on Saturday, March 26 at 9:00 a.m.


                  Carol added,"Charlie was always there for everyone who needed him. He had such a full life."

                    We miss you too, Charlie. And would be remiss not to spread the word about the 54th Annual Kiwanis Club of Brea Easter Egg Hunt to be held on March 26, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. at Arovista Park in Brea, located at 500 West Imperial Hwy (Imperial Highway at Berry Street).

  • “Newsy Suzie” Year-End Review 2015

    3 years ago by

    Brea


      Lots happened in Brea in 2015.

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"

        Susan Gaede aka "Newsy Suzie"


          Take a look back with our "Newsy Suzie" at some of the people we've met - and some special folks we've lost - some of the news we've learned about and some of the fun we've had over the year in our community.

            -Andrea Barber of Brea is known for playing Kimmy Gibbler on ABC sitcom "Full House." The show "Fuller House" will be released in March. Andrea is cast again as Kimmy.
            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)

            Andrea Barber is known for playing Kimmy Gibber on ABC sitcom Full House. The show Fuller House is in the process of being launched and will be released in March. Andrea is cast as Kimmy Gibbler. (courtesy Felicity Barber)


              -Mike Hilton, 1982 Brea Olinda High School grad, was featured in the March 18 Wall Street Journal for selling his Concur software company for $8.3 billion dollars.

                -Thirteen members of the BOHS Choir were featured on the sound track for the film, "Krampus." They can be heard singing "Krampus Karol of the Bells" during the credits. The students and their director, Dave Willert, were acknowledged in the credits for their participation.

                  -Joe Bilotta, CEO of Flying Pig Productions, is the producer of the movie "Coldwater" now out on Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes.

                    --Vanessa Arevalo Mathison, 1985 Brea Olinda High School grad, who modeled around the world for 18 years was on the BOHS reunion committee. She attended this year with her actor husband Cameron Mathieson, who is currently a full-time correspondent and weekly co-anchor for “Entertainment Tonight.
                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May.

                    1985 Brea Olinda High School grad and former model, Vanessa Arevalo Mathison is married to Cameron Mathieson currently co-anchor of “Entertainment Tonight.” They attended the 1985 Class Reunion at the Brea Community Center in May. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)


                      -Tommy Bonacci, 1997 Brea Olinda High School grad, won the the 2015 World Jet-Ski championship.

                        -Kelsey Harris, former Ladycat, played on national TV in the State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championship during the Final Four on ESPN.

                          -Debra Jaynes Castelletti-Payne, 1979 Brea Olinda High School grad, was on “Let’s Make a Deal” and won a new Mazda.

                            -Joe Maddon took the Cubs to the playoffs. Joe and wife, Jaye, own a house in Brea.

                              -Chris Emeterio was selected as assistant city manager and the community services director. He is serving in the new dual role.

                                The football field/track at Brea Olinda High School Stadium was named for Leonard “Mac” Mackain in honor of all his contributions as a principal, superintendent, and mayor in Brea, and for starting the (Brea Education Student Track) meet that is held every year with all elementary schools competing.

                                  -Former Brea resident Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday.

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)

                                    Trudy Martin recently jumped out of a airplane (for the fifth time) on her 90th birthday. (courtesy Robyn Martin Pruett)


                                      -Brea Junior High started the school year with 14 sets of twins and one set of triplets.

                                        -Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Rolland and wife, Sharon, were presented beach cruisers to mark his 39 years in education. Brad Mason, took over July 1 as the new superintendent.

                                          -We heard about the nice moment when Bill Lentini, former Police Chief and Mayor, read a book that he authored “The Adventure of Kiwi Kayla" to his granddaughter’s class at Mariposa School. Kayla was thrilled. Lentini donated proceeds from the book to the school.

                                            -Bob Eubanks, former host of the Newlywed Game, put on a fun show for the Brea SummerFest fundraiser at St. Angela Merici School.

                                              -Elly and Sally Min, BOHS twins, went to South Korea on all-expense trip paid from the Korea government.

                                                -We heard about the dedication of Mary Louise Hause, who has been putting up and taking down the flag at the entrance of Pleasant Hills for more than 40 years.

                                                  -Libby Williams was crowned BOHS homecoming queen.

                                                    -Carla Roque, 1998 BOHS grad illustrated the “Annie” lyric book that was available in Wendy's kids meals as part of the promotion for the movie.

                                                      -Tyler Kline, 10, took the title of Grand Champion Steer at the 125th OC Fair.

                                                        -Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps was named head coach at El Dorado High School.

                                                          -DeAnne Spicer Todd, a 1979 BOHS grad and former Miss Brea, performed early in the year in an La Opera production. She portrayed a headless dancer in the staging of "The Ghosts of Versailles."

                                                            -Pastor John Bryden, 1983 grad, stopped by the Kansas City Royals dugout during the American League Conference Series to say hello to Tim Leiper, 1984 Brea Olinda High grad, who is the first-base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays. Brad Lemon another member of the Class of '83, was also at the game working in the Kansas City Royals dugout as the MLB authenticator.

                                                              -Sachiko White, a former Disneyland ambassador, married fellow Disneyland employee Danny Handke.

                                                                -Jeanette Pollen, a former Ladycat now playing for Indiana Fever, got engaged to a professional basketball player in Europe. She returned to California for Christmas then heads to Europe to play overseas for the spring.

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)

                                                                  McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the Brea Country Fair (courtesy Susan Gaede)


                                                                    -McKenna Berry won the most beautiful baby in her age group at the annual Brea Country Fair.

                                                                      -Claire Manson was the first Brea Olinda High School freshman to win the Brea American Idol Contest.

                                                                        Biz Buzz:

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede

                                                                          Chefs Bobby Deen and Chef Nikki Dinki (not shown) of the Food network challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face off. Dennis Rodman (in hat) counted the votes and announced the winners. The challenge will air on the Food Network at a later date. (courtesy Susan Gaede


                                                                            - TV cameras were at Bruxie restaurant on November 11 and 12. Chefs Bobby Deen, (son of comfort food legend Paula Deen) and New York Chef Nikki Dinki, competed against Bruxie’s co-founders, Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney, to a “flip” contest in which healthier food options were pitted against popular Bruxie recipes. Dennis Rodman of Brea declared Bruxie the winner. The show will air on the Cooking Channel.

                                                                              - Green Tomato Grill opened in the Von’s shopping center. They have green fried tomatoes on the menu ..yum.

                                                                                -Slapfish opened December 30 at La Floresta. We hear the seafood is awesome.

                                                                                  There was some sad news over the year.

                                                                                    -Funeral services were held for former Mayor Roy Moore on August 29. He served on the Brea City council for 16 years.

                                                                                      -Dr. Laurry Bishop, former Brea Olinda High School teacher, passed away August 26.

                                                                                        -Longtime Brea resident Elsie Bergman, one of the most fashionable and sweetest ladies, died August 4 at age 102.

                                                                                          -Joy Davenport, former Laurel School teacher, died in August. She was 103.

                                                                                            -JoAnn Dean Killingsworth, Disneyland’s first Snow White, was remembered at a memorial at La Floresta, where she was living when she died.

                                                                                              -Former Olinda Elementary principal Joan Lewis died this year.

                                                                                                -Longtime Brean Carol lsrael passed away last week.

                                                                                                  There were lots of local folks honored this year, here are a few:

                                                                                                    -Dillon McKinley was awarded the Brea Lions Club Citizen of the Year Award. The water polo player also received a full-ride scholarship to USC.

                                                                                                      -Valeria Zavala, a fifth-grader from Laurel Elementary School, was the National History Day Champion for the State.

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)

                                                                                                        Laurel Elementary fifth-grade student, Valerie Zavala, won National History Day, one of the largest state history competitions. (courtesy of Jill Berrner)


                                                                                                          -Earning the prestigious Eagle Scout Rank this year were Dakota Brennon Bishop, Ben Lyons, Ryan Hunter, Skyler McMillan, Billy Mitchell, and Adam Pacheco.

                                                                                                            -Daval Patel completed her Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts.

                                                                                                              Odds and ends:

                                                                                                                -The Brea Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the Brea Farmers’ Market, every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. located at the North West Corner of Birch Street and State College Boulevard.

                                                                                                                  -Brea United Methodist Church celebrated their 50th year on September 18th.

                                                                                                                    -The Brea Lions Club 56th annual North-South All-Star game benefitted two honorable charities in Orange County: Western Youth Services, and the Orange County Youth Foundation, plus, Brea Olinda Special Education, Brea Olinda High Cheer and several other youth groups that participated through ticket and ad sales.

                                                                                                                      -Bill McLeran was the Game Chairman and Phil Anton was Game Coordinator.

                                                                                                                        -Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards thirteen new trees in front of the Brea High School gym.

                                                                                                                          -Brea Fest celebration celebrated 29 years of fun for Brea.

                                                                                                                            -The Soroptimist Internation Club of Brea-La Habra continued helping with human trafficking among other things.

                                                                                                                              -Fanning School reopened in May after undergoing $6 million in repairs due to earthquake damage.

                                                                                                                                -Holiday lights in Brea Eagle Hills neighborhood were a treat to view.

                                                                                                                                  Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at suzgaede@aol.com.

  • 2015-2016 PTA Reflections Program creative results!

    3 years ago by

    Helen Newland and Rosemary Kleiser co-chaired the Brea PTA Reflections program. The contest is a national arts competition. Winners were awarded a medal and certificate.

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)

    Some of the award winners of the Reflections PTA contest included (left to right) Devin Hall, photography, Dominique Chen, literature, and Alexander Telly, film.(Courtesy Rosemary Kleiser)


      “The PTA Reflections theme this year is Let Your Imagination Fly,” Helen said. “Wow, did the students from Arovista Elementary, Brea Country Hills Elementary, Brea Junior High, Brea Olinda High School, Laurel Elementary, Mariposa Elementary and William E. Fanning Elementary do just that.”

        Some 171 students entered the judged contest, which includes arts from dance choreography and film production to literature and visual arts.

          “It was a wonderful way students could express their talents and imagination,” Rosemary said. She thanked Brea Woods seniors who were the judges.

            Winners included Lexi Alives, Evelyn Burt, Dominique Chen, Nathan Doh, Devin Hall, Si Woo Kim, Alexander Telly and Nolan Witt.

              Honorable mentions went to Steve Clark, Andrew Gandora, Esmeralda Garcia, Danielle Kim, Novelly Torres and Dominique Zenzola.

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  • Former Ladycat named head girls’ basketball coach at El Dorado High School

    3 years ago by

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year.  Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School.  (courtesy Esther Morales)

    Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year. Sarita was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 at Brea-Olinda High School. (courtesy Esther Morales)

    PEOPLE AROUND BREA

      Did you know department? Former Ladycat basketball star player Sarita Stamps is head coach for El Dorado High School this year and loves her job. While at Brea-Olinda she was named one of the top 15 players in Southern California in 2006 and earned second-team All-CIF honors and was a member of CIF .

        Sarita said she couldn’t ask for a better team. “Basketball was my first love and coaching a varsity team is amazing! I've now seen the game from the perspective of a player, official and now as a coach,” she said. “I miss playing, and enjoy officiating, but coaching is by far my favorite angle of the game. …. It’s a true blessing to be a head coach.”

          The coach said the job keeps her in the gym. Will she use some techniques she learned from Coach Jeff Sink?

            “Coach Sink demanded a lot from his players,” she said. “I do too.”

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  • Bruxie featured on Cooking Channel’s Junk Food Flip

    3 years ago by

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      Why were all the TV cameras at Bruxie on November 11 and 12? Chefs Bobby Deen, son of comfort food legend Paula Deen, along with New York Chef Nikki Dinki, known for her healthy meal recipes, competed against Bruxie's founders, Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney, in a “flip” contest in which healthier food options were pitted against popular Bruxie recipes.
      Chefs Bobby Dean, left, and Nikki Dinki, not shown, of the Cooking Channel challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face-off in Brea Downtown. Dennis Rodman in background, announced the winner.

      Chefs Bobby Deen, left, and Nikki Dinki, not shown, of the Cooking Channel challenged Bruxie co-founders Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney to a food face-off in Brea Downtown. Dennis Rodman in background, announced the winner. Courtesy of Susan Gaede


        The show "Junk Food Flip," will air on the Cooking Channel.

          Some 30 or so guests who were dining at the restaurant voted for the meal they liked the best.

            Breans Gabriel Linres, Erin Wedin Wilkinson, Shannon Watson, and Senator Bob Huff among others, took a filmed taste test and voted. Senator Huff said he was happy the Cooking Channel was in town supporting a local business. Other parts of Brea were also filmed.

              Dennis Rodman, former professional basketball player, a resident of Brea, tallied the votes and announced the winners: Simon and Mullarney. They plan to donate the $1,000 prize to a local charity. The winning pair also shared a delicious custard dessert with all of the show participants.
              Bobby Deen was a charmer at the cooking show. Courtesy Susan Gaede

              Bobby Deen was a charmer at the cooking show. Courtesy Susan Gaede


                I got a chance to interview the very personable and charming Bobby Deen, who said he loves to cook every day. He also adores working with his mom, and he was proud of her performance on "Dancing With The Stars." He noted wryly that she lost a lot of weight from dancing, as well as cutting way back on her sweet tea. "Unfortunately, I can’t dance,” he added. He said that the crew had been in Orange County for 10 days, also doing a show in Huntington Beach. He said he loved Brea and that it was a beautiful town, and other VIPs with the show echoed his comments.

                  It has not been decided when the episode will air, but I will be sure to keep you updated.

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  • Brea seeks community representatives to help plan its 100th year anniversary in 2017

    3 years ago by

    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Oil fields of Brea early 1900's. (City of Brea Wikipedia)

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced  that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and the about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea's 100th year anniversary celebration. width=

    Known as the city of oil, oranges, and opportunity, Mayor Marty Simonoff officially announced that a Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed and about 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be chosen to help plan Brea’s 100th year anniversary celebration in 2017.

    “On Feb. 23, 1917, our founding families incorporated a small wildcatting oil town and put the city of Brea on the map,” a note from Mayor Marty Simonoff said. “Since then, Brea has grown into a vibrant business, recreation and cultural center boasting housing and services for a diverse community. Now it’s time to celebrate the 100-year journey that created one of Orange County’s premier cities!”

      A Brea Centennial Steering Committee is being formed, he said, to plan Brea’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2017. Some 15 representatives from organizations throughout the city will be brought together, he said.

        “The Brea Centennial Steering Committee will be a working group of Brea residents, with a can-do spirit with experience in promotion, fundraising, event planning or knowledge of Brea’s history,” he said.

          Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to: Centennial@CityofBrea.net by Oct. 15. Include daytime contact information and a 150-words-or-less describe of why you are interested in participating.

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  • Longtime Brean Elsie Bergman passed away at age 102

    3 years ago by

    Longtime Brea resident Elsie Bergman, one of the most fashionable and sweetest ladies, died August 4 at age 102. Her funeral was held September 4 at Evangelical Free Church. She planed the whole thing.

    Longtime Brean, Elsie Bergman, passed away at age 102 on August 4.

    Elsie Bergman, longtime Brean, passed away at age 102 on August 4.


      Elsie wrote several books and one of them when she was in her 90’s.

        She worked at Placentia-Linda Hospital from its opening in 1971 until retiring in 1985. She also worked at Anaheim Memorial Hospital, as secretary to the head nurse.

          The 102 year old was active in the Brea Historical Society and served as the Chaplin for Brea Women Republican Club.

            Elsie loved teacups. She is known for always carrying her own cup in her purse because she would only drink coffee and tea out of a china cup and saucer. Elsie had a collection of over 100 teacups cups and funeral attendees were invited to take home one home.

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  • BOUSD dedicate and rename Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field

    3 years ago by

    BOUSD renamed Wildcat Stadium as Leonard MacKain Field on September 4, 2015.

    The Brea Olinda Unified School District dedicated the football/track field to Leonard MacKain on September 4, 2015.(courtesy of Susan Gaede)


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        September 4 was a warm and fuzzy evening high in the hills of Brea as the Brea Olinda Unified School District christened its football field at BOHS Wildcat Stadium as the Leonard MacKain Field. Mac’s wife, Helen, and daughters Kristine and Karen, were there - proud as peacocks, but also with a touch of sadness.

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen MacKain, (left), wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)

          Shown at the celebration are MacKain’s daughters’ Karen (left) and Kristine, wife Helen center. (courtesy of Susan Gaede)


            The stands were filled with people and groups Mac worked with over the years. New Brea Olinda USD Superintendent Brad Mason asked each group to stand, until the entire stadium rose to offer an enthusiastic standing ovation.

              Gayle Chiotti, who lives on Poplar Avenue (the same street as the MacKains) said the night could have been a "Poplar Avenue event." Current or former Poplar Avenue neighbors in attendance included former BOUSD Superintendent of Schools “Skip” Roland, BOHS football coach Robb Perrance, Sonora High football coach Paul Chiotti, former BOHS All-CIF football quarterback Gary Holman and Brea Historical Society president John Bickel.

                MacKain (always called "Mac") served the BOUSD for nearly four decades as a principal and assistant superintendent, supervising the design and construction of Mariposa, Fanning and Country Hills elementary schools, playing a key role in the development of the new BOHS, and acting in retirement as a school board member.

                  Hats off to the Brea Olinda School board for honoring him in this way.

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