SCOPE: Up a river without a paddleBy Leon Worden
Wednesday, July 1, 1998
If we can dispense with the stupid clichés now, I'll offer up another one that Will Fleet used in an equally justifiable context the other day and suggest that we've made a mountain out of a molehill. We the media have allowed the dozen-or-so SCOPErs to blow Rep. Buck McKeon's request to remove the Santa Clara River from consideration as an American Heritage River way the hell out of proportion.
The river initiative is meaningless, the facts so few that pound for pound (or gallon for gallon), the ink wasted on it in this paper has been excessive.
Here's what we know. And here's basically ALL we know.
Now then. I doubt the SCOPErs will quit screaming any time soon, since what they really want is to stop The Newhall Land and Farming Co. from putting up any more nice housing in this valley, and they'll use whatever means available.
But this tactic doesn't hold water.
Be sure to wave at SCOPE as they go by in the Santa Clarita Fourth of July Parade on Saturday. An annual tradition for over six decades, the parade starts at 9:45 and travels through the streets of Old Town Newhall, starting at Hart Park and ending at Newhall Park by way of Walnut Street, Lyons Avenue and Orchard Village Road.
We're expecting a fairly light turnout this year, as the Fourth falls on a Saturday and a lot of "regulars" are going away for the weekend. But that won't stop us from having a nice parade, and it should please those (did someone say Tom Frew?) who've said they thought the parade was getting too long lately.
Plan to make a day of it, because right after the parade, the first-ever SCV Country Fair will be going on in Newhall Park at the corner of Newhall Avenue and Dalbey Drive.
The fair actually starts Friday at 6 p.m. with a teen dance and carnival rides including a giant ferris wheel continuing through the weekend with all sorts of activities for the little ones, like watermelon eating, egg tossing and greased pig contests, gunny sack and wheelbarrow races, team tug-of-war and a wide variety of non-stop music.
Hours are Friday, 6 to 10, Saturday, 10 to 10 and Sunday, 10 to 6.
The only fireworks this year are at Magic Mountain and over Castaic Lake.
Next week we look east as the SCV Chamber of Commerce hosts its first annual "Canyon Country Jubilee" July 9-12, with sidewalk sales, music, carnival rides and a 5K run-walk. Get out your pocketbook!
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