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Michele E. Buttelman: Don’t forget about Flag Day

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Posted: June 13, 2009 8:04 p.m.
Updated: June 14, 2009 4:30 a.m.
Don’t forget about Flag Day
Did you know that Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress? In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation officially establishing June 14 as Flag Day and in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.

VIA B2B CEO reception
I’ve heard many positive reviews of the Valencia Industrial Association Business to Business show that was held this week.

Seen at the CEO reception on Wednesday evening were Randy Moberg, Kathy Norris, Sheryl Gerasi, Paul De La Cerda, David Poole, Joe Messina, Sharyn Quinn, Teresa Todd, Lois Bauccio, Jeffery Shaprio, Ed Lin, Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier pouring wine for Vino 100, Jill Mellady, Michael Niles, James Hicken, Kim Altobello, Frank Di Tomaso, Denise Van Loo, Lynn Gleim, Steve Jones, Maurele Lehman, Maureen Daniels, Michelle Lovato, Catherine Stebbins, Jason Price, Roger Doumanian, Sue Reynolds and Dave Perry.

Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center
The new season of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center was announced at a glitzy invitation only event held in the lobby of the PAC on Thursday. Among those who attended were Rita Garasi, Dianne Van Hook, Frank and Charlotte Kleeman, Dave Shutz, Adam Philipson, Elana Edelstein, Jack and Doreen Shine, Gary and Myrna Condie, Jasmine Foster and Floyd Moos.

The new season looks to have some impressive and exciting shows including Pat Benatar, Three Dog Night, Kris Kristofferson, “Direct from Vegas: The Rat Pack” and “A Year with Frog and Toad.” There are many more community, college and other productions to entice. Series subscriptions go on sale July 16 with individual tickets on sale beginning Aug. 13. For information and a look at the entire season visit

Kudos to CYCL Chess Champions
The Santa Clarita Valley has some stellar chess champs. Wiley Canyon Elementary is apparently at the forefront of the elementary chess movement. Jackson Dow won the championship in the first grade section, beating tough players from La Cañada and from Trinity Classical Academy.

Three of his four opponents had played in the Western States Championships in Ventura this year and Jackson won all four games he played to earn the big gold cup. I hear from his proud parents, Michelle and John Dow, that his trophy cup is almost as big as he is. Matthew Szakmeister had two wins, a draw, and only one loss to earn third place in the fourth-grade section.

Riyan Rodriguez finished second in the very competitive fifth-grade section and Miguel Samano rounded out the fourth- and sixth-grade team by placing third in the sixth-grade section. Wiley’s fourth- and sixth-grade team won first place. Other chess team members include Joel Szakmeister, Edward Zakher, J.B. Martinez, Benjamin Arriaga, Mitchell Gordon, Kirshna Labayna, Amanda Ordway and Riley Oliveira. Kudos to coach Jay Stallings and the entire team.

On the hunt for the Tamale Man
I’ve had a passion for really good tamales for a long time. Pork tamales are my favorite. I’ve heard a rumor (courtesy Dona Porcaro Bruckner) that the best tamales in the SCV can be found at the “Tamale Man” on Lyons Avenue. I don’t have the exact address, but I understand he is located behind Olivia’s Doll House, 22700 Lyons Ave., Newhall.

I meant to head over there this past week, but ran out of time. However, it is the top item on this week’s must-do list.

Michele E. Buttelman is the features editor of The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


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