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2Day in the SCV: March 28, 2010

Posted: March 27, 2010 10:58 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2010 4:30 a.m.

Welcome to's "2day in the SCV," a compendium of today's events and a quick journey through the past, present and future.

Spa and Paw fundraiser
Who: Edna’s Salon and Spa
What: The “Spa and Paw” fundraiser and animal adoption event. Activities will include a pet fashion show, animal artwork and grooming services. The event benefits the New Leash on Life nonprofit organization. Free.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Edna’s Salon and Spa, 22934 Lyons Ave., Newhall

‘Beer vs. Wine’ fundraiser
What: The College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education hosts a beer-versus-wine-themed fundraiser. Fifty-five dollars per person or $100 per couple and can be purchased from the College of the Canyons Foundation).
When: 2-5 p.m.
Where: College of the Canyons Institute for Culinary Education, located at 23400 Town Center Drive at the Westfield Valencia Town Center
Contact: COC Foundation at (661) 362-3434

Evening of Steve Tyrell
What: A evening with singer and songwriter Steve Tyrell. Tickets are $30-$60.
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road
Contact: (661) 362-5304

2Day in History
Today is Palm Sunday, March 28, the 87th day of 2010. There are 278 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 1979, America’s worst commercial nuclear accident occurred inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.

Ten years ago: In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court, in Florida v. J.L., sharply curtailed police power in relying on anonymous tips to stop and search people.

Five years ago: A major earthquake off the west coast of Indonesia killed some 1,300 people.

One year ago: Fears in Fargo, N.D., of a catastrophic flood eased with word that the surging Red River had crested at lower-than-expected levels. Nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries switched off nonessential lights for Earth Hour.
AP Odd News

Medieval-style castle being built in Arkansas
LEAD HILL, Ark. (AP) — While the tools and techniques being used to build the Ozark Medieval Fortress are strictly 13th century, the project could be a 21st-century tourism bonanza for Boone County.

“I’ve got a stack of applications that thick,” said Julie Sonveau, holding her thumb and forefinger an inch apart.

Sonveau is the general manager of the 13th-century castle being erected on a wooded hillside between Lead Hill and Omaha.

Opening day for visitors to the site is only a few weeks away, May 1, and Sonveau is busy going through applications of volunteers who want to be a part of the unique historical and cultural experience.

When Sonveau is not going through applications, she is answering phone calls from those interested in touring the site. Dressed in 13th-century garb, as are the numerous workmen, Sonveau still finds time to make rounds through the work site, checking on the progress of the structure that is expected to take 20 years to complete.

In addition to people doing the actual construction on the castle, there will be supportive craftsmen like carpenters, blacksmiths, rope makers and others to provide the necessary tools and materials. Sonveau said she is still looking for a basketmaker.

The castle is the idea of Michel Guyot, a Frenchman who has begun a similar project in his homeland. The land for the Ozark castle was provided by Jean-Marc and Solange Mirat, French citizens who retired to Arkansas.

Staff and volunteers will construct the castle just as it would have been done in the 13th century. Guyot comes to the United States about once a month to look in on the castle’s progress. On his most recent visit, Sonveau said, he was accompanied by a team of “castle experts,” including Pascal Waringo, considered to be one of the premier experts on medieval architecture. The Ozark castle received Waringo’s blessings.

Just up the hill and in the woods from the castle, a visitor’s center is going up, with Davis Construction of Harrison doing the work. It will be the only modern building on the site.

According to Sonveau, state tourism officials are taking note of the castle. She gave a presentation at the Arkansas Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Eureka Springs. She reported that officials were excited about the project and what it will do for the tourism industry in Arkansas.

Jell-O tampering seen as ‘larceny’
NEW YORK (AP) — Packages of Jell-O pudding mix on the shelves of four Long Island supermarkets looked ordinary enough — until customers brought them home and discovered inside “a fine substance, like aquarium sand,” a police official said.

On Saturday, police were still looking for a suspect in the odd incidents.

“It was more of a theft, a larceny of sorts,” said Suffolk County Police Lt. Michael Murphy.

Someone apparently had purchased the Jell-O, emptied each package and substituted a harmless powder for the Kraft Foods product. The repackaged items were then brought back for a cash refund.

“There’s no indication that it’s a terrorist act against a business or the community,” Murphy said.

Lab tests were being performed to determine the exact nature of the powder.

Mega Millions
23-41-46-47-52 Mega: 22
Draw date: Friday, March 26
Jackpot: $51 million

11-16-29-41-46 Mega: 11
Draw date: Saturday, March 27
Jackpot: $31 million

Fantasy 5
Draw date: Saturday, March 27

Daily 4
Draw date: Saturday, March 27

Daily 3
Midday: 0-2-8
Evening: 3-6-2
Draw date: Saturday, March 27

Daily Derby
1st: 06 Whirl Win
2nd: 01 Gold Rush
3rd: 04 Big Ben
Race time: 1:48.94 
Draw date: Saturday, March 27


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