Looking back at April of past years

This was Fire Station 60 as it appeared in 1980.

In April 1985, the Jr. Women's Club was getting ready for the Chili City USA Championship Cook-Off.

In April 1995, a drawing was presented and ground was broken at the new Holiday Harbor Park planned for what formerly was known as Lot 78.

In April 1995 Domic Incorvia was featured in The Friday Flyer for having coordinated the efforts of the Home Owners Club in converting Lucky Cove to a demonstration garden of drought-tolerant plants.

In April 2000, Canyon Lake Community Theatre put on "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," directed by LIsa Tousseau, center.

In April 2005, the 20-foot high solid concentrator was delivered to East Port in anticipation of the upcoming Dredging Project.

In April 2005, LaRue McNamara posed with a plaque at a tree planted on the Main Causeway in honor of her late husband John.

In April 2010, Councilwoman Craton welcomed 49th District Congressman Darrell Issa when he spoke in Canyon Lake.

In April 2010, the Yacht Club performed its annual lake cleanup.

By April 2014, remodeling was well underway in the bar and lounge area of the Lodge, starting with the removal of the "grand staircase."

A record number of "Big Fish" pictures were sent to The Friday Flyer in April 2014. Kevin McIntosh's largemouth bass measured 27 inches and weighed 12.75 pounds.

In April 2014, Marlene Cathro, second from left, celebrated her 80th birthday with a sky dive at Perris Sky Dive Center.


Here are a few of the people and events reported in the month of April over the past 40 years in Canyon Lake.

40 Years Ago

The April 1975 edition of the Lighthouse Magazine reported that Don Martin was completing his term on the advisory board of the Lakeview Community Hospital in Wildomar.

A total of $8 was all one needed to pay for green fees, dinner and dancing at an upcoming Golf Course fundraising event. The Woman’s Club joined the CLAMS for a combined meeting as planned by LaVona Francis, Ethel Lloyd, Lydia Bennett, Edith Cathro and Ann Barillaro.

Lighthouse Realty offered to build a “deluxe two-bedroom waterfront home” for $25,000, complete with carpeting and kitchen appliances.

Hal Skinner announced at the POA monthly Board meeting that Elsinore High School gym was under consideration as the site for the POA’s next annual meeting.

The Corona Land Company offered a limited number of Treasure Island town homes at $56,500 with 30-year bank financing.

35 Years Ago

In 1980, Ben Price served as president of the POA Board that operated under an annual assessment of $350 per lot.

POA General Manager Jack McLean announced that recent rains had caused concern over possible damage to the causeways, but a report from a consultant indicated that there were no major problems.

Home Owners Club President Bill Haas said that he could use help in straightening up many trees leaning over after the rains. Candidates for the POA Board included Mildred (Millie) Browning, Bill Cozad, Steve Critchfield, Dave Diels, Neil Hughes, Craig B. Kelford, Paul Morrison, Bob Webster and Gerald Zahrte.

The new and expanded Canyon Lake Library was under way with a ribbon cutting event honoring founders Virginia Householder, Bea Peterson, Dorothy Libring and Woman’s Club President Jan Cruz.

Miss Canyon Lake Lorie Moore presided over several special activities, and Elsinore High School students Denise Shaw and Tom Daly were local participants in the annual Lions Club Student Speakers Contest. A fundraising drive was under way to underwrite the development of Gault Field near the Equestrian Center.

Chuck Bishop’s “History of Canyon Lake” came out and discussed significant events of the community’s early history. The Youth Educational Facility was started in January 1980.

30 Years Ago

In April 1985, the Canyon Lake Chili Cook-off was in the news, with Pam Jandt, Dava Lockwood and Sue Hook of the Jr. Women’s Club selling badges for the annual event to be held at Indian Beach.

Kathy Bennett became advertising manager for the Community News.

Lions Don Wicen and Joe Hill were coordinators for the Health Fair at the Community Church. POA annual assessments were now $585 per lot. And the City of Lake Elsinore announced the upgrading of Railroad Canyon Rd. to accommodate the development of the proposed Canyon Creek project involving some 650 acres and amenities.

The POA was planning a summer day camp for local youngsters.

Harry Glover, coordinator for the production of the “Barber of Seville” at Indian Beach, announced that the event would be a fundraiser for the Canyon Lake Public Library.

The community’s campaign to help pay for a traffic signal at the Main Gate had raised $33,000, and it was hoped the campaign would also raise enough for a three-way signal at the East Gate.

The Mission Valley Medical Center in Wildomar had been sold and would be converted to a nursing home as a new hospital was planned for Interstate 15 and Clinton Keith Rd.

25 Years Ago

In April of 1990, the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission formally began hearings to determine if the community of Canyon Lake should follow through with plans for the eventual incorporation as the City of Canyon Lake.

As of April 2, Canyon Lake was 77 percent built, with 2,432 of the 3,480 residences owner-occupied, 370 leased and 101 rented on a month-to-month basis. There were 152 homes under construction and 1,048 vacant lots.

The annual Chili Cook-off was once again to be sponsored by the Jr. Women’s Club with close to $20,000 raised the year before by the committee.

With the closure of Railroad Canyon Rd. for widening, many local residents had to modify their travel plans to alternate routes.

Evans Park West began development as a project of the Home Owners Club under the efforts of Howard Ziff, Bob Stong, John Munson, Tom Wysocki and Vick Knight.

Bud Aronson and the Tuesday Work Group were thanked for their completion of a project that improved the 16th tee.

Steve Graff, chairman of the POA’s Long Range Planning Committee, announced a list of priorities being considered by the appointed group. These included a fuel dock on the Lake, Eastport development with a heated pool and sports facilities, a civic center/commercial building at Eastport with leased space for the new City of Canyon Lake, upgrading the Lodge, improving the Country Club, developing Skipper’s Island, purchasing Martin’s Landing, constructing a perimeter wall around the community and developing Sierra Park East. The Board also was addressing the problem of abandoned trailers on the storage lot on Loch Lomond Ave.

20 Years Ago

In April 1995, the POA announced that 81.32 percent of those who voted approved the addition of a motorcycle ban for each tract’s CC&Rs.

The Friday Flyer featured photos of the groundbreaking and drawing for the new Holiday Harbor park at the area formerly known as Lot 78 off Village Way Dr.

A public meeting was scheduled by the City of Canyon Lake to review plans for a sound attenuation wall on Railroad Canyon Rd. Incumbents John Zaitz and Lori Ziegler were on the POA ballot along with Tim Chizo, Bob Krause and Peter Mortensen for three positions on the POA Board of Directors.

Homes listed for sale ranged from a low of $112,500 to a high of $525,000. A water view lot could still be purchased for $39,000 and a waterfront lot a price of $85,000.

The Community Theatre and Performing Arts Association was planning a production of “Bye Bye Birdie” and asked for help with props.

Temescal Canyon High School’s Sheri Jernigan was named Miss Canyon Lake, Michelle Weimar Miss Teen Canyon Lake, Caitlin Vecchione Wee Miss Canyon Lake and Kristen Zaitz named Jr. Miss Canyon Lake in the annual Chamber of Commerce Pageant.

The planting of drought-resistant landscaping by the Home Owners Club at Lucky Cove demonstrated the benefits of water-saving trees, vines and shrubs.

Tara Miller, 11, captured the 1st place trophy at the Orange County Easter Gold Coast Beauty Pageant Talent Competition at the Disneyland Hotel.

Little League Boosters conducted a popular “Casino Night” at the Lodge, and Canyon Lake’s Olympian Ruth Wysocki, won the prestigious 1,500 meters race at the annual Mount San Antonio College Relays.

15 Years Ago

In April 2000, POA Directors John Zaitz and Marty Gibson reviewed plans with developers of the approved “Mobey’s Landing” storage facility. Thirty-four contestants signed up to take part in the annual Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Pageant.

As of April 1, there were 4,012 total residences in Canyon Lake with 3,193 of these owner-occupied. There were 399 leased homes and 15 rented on a month-to-month basis. In addition, there were 282 weekend homes and 123 spec homes with 65 homes sunder construction and 677 lots remained vacant.

The “Sport of Speed” event at the Towne Center featuring exotic and custom cars was a major success.

Tara Miller was crowned Miss Canyon Lake. Wee Miss was Joceline Grady, Jr. Miss was Leah Holdsworth, Young Miss Stephanie Flores, Pre-Teen Sandy Lathrop, Teen Sara Rhine and Mrs. Canyon was Denise Luuloa.

The yearly Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Jr. Women’s Club and the Men’s Golf Club was well attended.

Coach Bob Burt of TCHS football fame wed Sarah Hoffman in a memorable ceremony.

It was reported that only 66 percent of people in Canyon Lake had mailed in their important U.S. Census forms.

Eight people threw their hats into the race for POA Director in the scheduled May election. They were Carl Armbrust, Gilbert Mascorro, Suzie Kessler, Ellen Innocenti Lyman Lee, David Johnston, John McNamara and Joseph Krusee.

The need to bus youngsters to the temporary Elsinore Middle School site was under discussion. The 1999 Temescal Canyon High School football squad was honored as the CIF Southern Section Academic champions for the highest team GPA in Southern California.

The POA reported that the new Lodge construction was on schedule and a grand opening by Thanksgiving was planned.

The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Company 60 conducted a popular pancake breakfast at the station on Vacation Dr. TCHS was cited for having the Sunkist League varsity golf champions. The Ski Club conducted its annual lake clean-up day.

Canyon Lake Community Theatre put on "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," directed by Lisa Tousseau. Cast members were Michael Otten, Kirby Suitt, Ryan Cusino, Dana Kinderman, Cory Shaw, Stephanie Vecchione and Tara Miller.

10 Years Ago

In April 2005, despite the disclaimer at the bottom of the “News Briefs” section in the April 1 issue of The Friday Flyer, scores of Canyon Lakers fell for the April Fools Day jokes that filled that page.

There was excitement at East Port, where a large piece of equipment was delivered for the dredging project. The solid concentrator stood 20 feet high, 40 feet long and 12 feet wide and was expected to separate sediment from the water. The next step, according to Operations Manager Paul Johnson, was to bring power to the site and then the dredge itself.

Canyon Lake children had an opportunity to celebrate health and fitness as they participated in the Jr. Women’s Club’s inaugural Jr. Olympic Super Bowl.

The Canyon Lake Community Church youth group, along with youth from other local churches, participated in the World Vision 30-Hour Famine, an internationally organized effort to raise awareness about world hunger, as well as raise money for international relief efforts funded by World Vision.

A plaque was placed under a queen palm tree on the Main Causeway and read, “In Memory of John McNamara: A Guiding Lion of the Canyon Lake Lions Club.” The plaque was placed there at a memorial ceremony attended by approximately 50 members of the Lions Club, the POA and the City. John was lauded for his service to the community.

Canyon Lakers had the opportunity to “Meet the Candidates” when the Home Owners Club sponsored its annual forum for those running for the Board of Directors: Robyn Valdez, Jordan Ehrenkranz, Bill Trembly, John Reid and Kreg McCoy. The three who would garner the most votes would join Erin Nathan and Marlow Schaffner on the 2005-06 Board of Directors.

The Canyon Lake Lodge was the site of the Canyon Lake Jr. Women’s Club annual Casino Night. The theme was “Wild, Wild, West,” and residents and their guests were invited to dress in their best western outfits as they enjoyed an evening of gaming, drinks and fun.

The second annual Artists Open Studio Tour took place at homes in the community. Among the local artists showing their work were June Antell, Louisa Isabella, Joanie Evarts, Jim Ogden, Ella Weatherford, Christy Bruce, Wendy Flick, Francine Harlow, Barbara Perryman, Laurenn Barker, Franco Pepe, DJ Wilson and Joann Dietz.

In April 2005, Reel People Ron and Leigh Martel reviewed "Miss Congeniality 2," “Fever Pitch” and "The Interpreter."

5 Years Ago

In April 2010, boaters were being called upon to do their part to protect the lake from invasive quagga and zebra mussels, which they were told could multiply quickly and could damage fish, wildlife, boats, docks, lifts, pipes, Solar Bees, dam and water treatment facilities.

At the April City Council meeting, the Council adopted an addendum to the original plans for the Railroad Canyon Rd. widening project that would add a traffic signal at the intersection of Railroad Canyon Rd. and the Country Club driveway.

Residents were invited to hear 49th District Congressman Darrell Issa speak in the City Multi-purpose Room, hosted by Canyon Lake's Republican Women group.

City Councilwoman Mary Craton introduced a new Social Hosting Ordinance approved at an adjourned regular meeting of the City Council on April 13. The ordinance made it a violation of the City’s Municipal Code for an adult host to provide alcohol to minors, although it does not prohibit a parent from providing alcohol to his/her own children in their own home.

A traffic collision occurred on Railroad Canyon Rd. on April 24 that resulted in damage to a power pole and the closure of the road until the next afternoon.

The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club held pre-fashion show parties in anticipation of the annual fashion show, with the 2010 theme “Tea House of the April Moon.”

Maxine Whalen won the Women's Club's President's Cup by a margin of 9 strokes to be proclaimed President's Cup Champion.

Canyon Lake Community Theater presented “Sentimental Journey.” Canyon Lake Art Association hosted “Art on the Green” at the Country Club. The Lions Club hosted a Pro/Am Tourney. Members of the Canyon Lake Motorcycle Club finally got a chance perform the Railroad Canyon Rd. cleanup they’d been trying to do since February. The Yacht Club did its annual lake cleanup.

There were several opportunities to meet the candidates for the 2010-2012 POA Board. Candidates were Paul Chenette, Larry Neigel, Chuck Newsom and Sean McDonald.

Canyon Lake Police Deputy Jess Kiebach participated in the 25th annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 120-mile race that is the largest law-enforcement event of its kind in the world.

It was announced that “Fiesta Day Gone Country” would be the theme of Fiesta Day.

In the month of April, Reel People Ron and Leigh Martel reviewed "How to Train Your Dragon," "Clash of the Titans," "Date Night," “Kick Ass” and "The Back-Up Plan."

1 Year Ago

In April 2014, a notable increase in water clarity in the Main Lake was seen weeks after the first alum treatment.

Remodeling was well underway in the Lodge, with pictures showing a new floor where the “grand staircase” once stood, along with other modifications to the bar and lounge area.

Candidates running for the CLPOA Board of Directors were incumbent David Eilers, Harold Larson, George Irvine, Doug Gordon, Bill Buchanan and Don Potenza.

Michelle Whitehead visited the tiny, third-world nation of Belize with her husband Chuck, sons Trevor and Ryan, and Michelle's mom Margaret McCoy. The family paid their own expenses, plus Michelle contributed a $300 “mission fee” to help pay for the electricity and materials she would need for building prosthetic legs at an orthopedic and orthotic clinic in Orange Walk Town.

The City Council voted to hire two consulting agencies to help with putting a Utility User Tax on the November ballot.

Starting April 17, several children's golf programs commenced: an eight-week program and a 16-week program. The programs had clinic days every Thursday, and every other Saturday were days in which the children in the program have play days.

The weather was beautiful, the lake clear and, apparently, the fishing exceptional. The Friday Flyer had never received so many “big fish” photos in such a short amount of time.

The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Carnival was as “egg-citing” as ever. The theme of the Woman's Club Fashion Show was "Roaring Twenties." The Senior Center was repainted and equipped with a special system to display quarterly exhibits by artists and crafters in the community.

Marlene Cathro invited a group of friends to join her at Skydive Perris on April 12 as she participated in a tandem skydive for her 80th birthday. Others participating in the skydive were her daughter-in-law Christina Lord and friends Joel Roberts, Timothy Gilson and Susan Lockhart.

The Ski Club presented the Ray Novak Perpetual Award to Al Van Beenen for his service to the club on and off the water. The Canyon Lake Wakeboard Club teamed up with Greenhouse Marine to host a Learn to Ride Day in the North Ski Area.

It was announced that “Fiesta Around the World” would be the theme of Fiesta Day and Bert Barbay would be the grand marshal.

In April 2014, Reel People Ron and Leigh Martel reviewed "Noah," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," “Draft Day” and "Transcendence."