Looking back at February of past years

In the February 1973 Lighthouse Magazine, this group of young people was pictured caroling at the Sun City Convalescent Hospital. Dorothy Shoemaker and Jackie Perrenoud of the Woman's Club were in charge of the caroling, with assistance from Nanda Skinner, Grace Miles and Jeri and Jeanne Perrenoud. The Woman's Club was planning to make valentine favors for the hospital as well.

In the February 1973 Lighthouse Magazine, this group of young people was pictured caroling at the Sun City Convalescent Hospital. Dorothy Shoemaker and Jackie Perrenoud of the Woman's Club were in charge of the caroling. The Woman's Club was planning to make valentine favors for the hospital as well.

In February 1978, residents were reminded they could rent a horse for the off-season by calling the Equestrian Center.

In February 1983, kids enjoyed story time at the Library.

Security practices were strengthened at the community's three gates in February 1988, with contractors and other service personnel having to register at the ACC to obtain a pass.

A group of pre-teen girls put their Cotillion manners to the test when they held a tea party – complete with hats, gloves, tea and crumpets in February 1993, in spite of the community being in a state of flooding.

In February 1998, this car was pictured after being swept into the East Bay at Salt Creek during heavy rains and flooding.

Heavy rains in February 1998 resulted in the lake overflowing the spillway of the dam and the North Causeway.

In February 2013, the mother-daughter team of Bobbie and Jackie Kronquist and EMS teacher Kathy Blakemore, center, celebrated completing the 113-mile bike race “El Tour de Tucson”

In February 2003, Girl Scout Troop 500, led by Jodi Spoon and Val Grillo, sent personalized boxes of Girl Scout Cookies to troops deployed in the Gulf Region.

Colt McCoy is pictured with big sister Kelsey after being released from the hospital in February 2008, 122 days after his premature birth.

The Continental Lift Station at Indian Beach was under construction in February 2008.

In February 2008, the Chamber of Commerce honored Jordan and Jennie Ehrenkranz as Citizens of the Year.

After 26 rounds, Canyon Lake resident Ashlynn Dowell, at left, 11, spelled her way into 1st place in the LEUSD District Spelling Bee in February 2012.

In February 2012, Canyon Lake Community Church celebrated 35 years of service by Senior Pastor Pete Van Dyke and his wife Pat.

A golf cart was pulled from the lake next to the Main Causeway after it left the roadway in an accident in February 2012.

Chef Anton (Anthony Riniti) set the world record for "World's Tallest Trick Shot" in February 2012.  

Kathy Barbay was one of three quilters to win 1st place at the 32nd annual Valley Quilters Guild show in Hemet in February 2012. The other two were June Bray and Alice Novak.


Here's a look at what was happening in the month of February over the last 40 years in Canyon Lake.


In 1973, Jay Kegan, Jr., was administrator of the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association, and Ralph Brogdon, Rae Simonson and Don Martin were officers.

A waterfront home was advertised in the Lighthouse Magazine with two bedrooms and two baths for $44,500, and a condominium in Canyon Lake could be purchased for $35,000.

Political pressures on members of the Architectural Control Committee were given as the reason that ACC members had proffered their resignations from that panel. Members who had violated the POA’s recorded Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions were accused of berating and haranguing members of the ACC, who said they were only following the deed procedures and by-laws. It was alleged that one Director with an interest in a construction contract verbally assured a client that approval would be provided for a project clearly in violation of the rules. One ACC member resigned by writing that he was “sorry to see such a potentially promising development turn onto the path of another ‘Quail Valley’ due to political pressure from a minority.”

There was a suggestion by the Home Owners Club that a study be made regarding sewer use to water the Golf Course, and the Eastern Municipal Water System was to be contacted regarding this, according to Ruthe Lee, Home Owners Club secretary.

The Ski Club was reported to have held a successful Polar Bear Day in January as Mother Nature cooperated by providing a balmy day in the 70s for the 125 skiers participating in the annual event.

The Woman's Club's charter membership was at 91, with Nanda Skinner serving as president and Marlene Lord as 1st vice-president. The group was planning a rummage sale for early March.


By 1978, Canyon Lake was 10 years old, and Floyd Fidler was general manager. At that time, there was concern regarding cleaning up the community and trucks over 3/4 ton and boats or boat trailers sitting in front of homes or on vacant lots. Members were advised that Security would be issuing citations to those not following the Rules and Regulations. In the future, homeowners were told, all boats on the lake would have to be registered and safety inspected, checking for proof of insurance, fire extinguishers, life jackets, flags, Coast Guard approval, etc.

Rains in February brought the lake level up to 1374.41 feet above the mean sea level, this as an increase of nearly two and a half feet. On the west side of the lake, on Longhorn Dr., a park was being developed as a memorial to Roy Harrelson, a young man who was killed in a skiing accident in 1977.

A custom 50-ft. waterfront three-bedroom, two-bath home was offered at $135,000 and a custom built home on Canyon Lake Dr. North was listed at only $85,000. Another “view lot near the Main Lake” was on sale for $9,700 and an ideal family and party house across the street from the Main Lake was offered at $89,000.

It was reported that free horse manure was available for pickup at the stables and would provide “good fertilizer and mulch” for those planning spring gardens.


In February of 1983, the Library was celebrating its third anniversary and boasted of having almost 5,000 books on its shelves as well as a microfiche machine that gave cardholders access to every book available in libraries throughout the Inland Empire. Canyon Lake’s younger set was treated to a weekly story time at the Library.

Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District was holding meetings to discuss its proposed $7 million wastewater treatment plant to be constructed on Railroad Canyon Rd. The EVMWD faced sanctions from the state if the plant was not built, meaning that a moratorium on building could be enacted in Canyon Lake for fear of pollution problems.

Local citizens were glad to hear that a new Mission Valley Medical Center (now Inland Valley Medical Center) was to be built in nearby Wildomar to replace a facility that was inadequate to treat the growing population in this area.

The POA was sponsoring a contest to name the new meeting rooms at the Lodge. The facility was ready to undergo a 1,600 sq. ft. expansion with two new meeting rooms to be added. Names suggested to that point included Poolside View Room, North Lakeside Room, Lighthouse Room, Centerfold Room, Poolside Terrace Room, Hideaway Room, Lakeview Room, Lakeside Terrace Room and Paradise Room.

Canyon Lakers, responding to a survey in the Canyon Lake Community News, rejected a suggestion that the POA fund an annual fireworks show on the 4th of July. “We are definitely opposed to the expenditure of POA funds for fireworks and feel such a show should be funded by clubs, businesses and individuals,” said one family representative of the opinions received by the POA. However, many responding pledged money towards such a display, and others suggested asking the clubs to donate as well.

The Campground announced an increase in price and would now charge $5 per night for off-water sites and $10 per night for waterfront spaces. The increase was due to higher rates on water, electricity, gas and sewer taxes.

In February of 1983, there were 1,086 owner-occupied homes in Canyon Lake, 208 leased or rented homes and 2,876 vacant lots.

The Travel Club was publicizing a three-day, two-night stay at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas for $92, including bus transportation.


Security practices were strengthened at the community’s three gates in February 1988 under the direction of a new security chief, Mike Margison. It would now be required for all guests to show identification, and all contractors, sub-contractors and service personnel would be required to first check in with the ACC office to register and be issued a pass.

The Equestrian Club held a “barn sale” rather than a rummage sale, with profits pledged for improvements to the stables. Since it was held the day before Valentine’s Day, people were asked to stop by for a "sweet deal as well as a good deal," according to the club's president, Caroline Hougen.

The Home Owners Club was making progress on its development of Evans Park West and was ready to undertake fine grading and installation of a sprinkler system. The club also was reinstating its Welcoming Committee by compiling information for packets that would be given to new residents moving into the community.

The Jr. Women’s Club sponsored its traditional Casino Night and was offering prizes that included a VCR, a color TV, a trip to Las Vegas, a month of exercise classes, facials and other gifts.

Using a permit issued by the Fish and Wildlife Service, the POA carried out a “coot shoot” to lessen the problems caused by the water fowl, including damage to lawns and docks. Experienced hunters toured the waterways while the lake was closed and shot approximately 250 of the birds.


A group of pre-teen girls put their Cotillion manners to the test when they held a tea party ? complete with hats, gloves, tea and crumpets ? to bid farewell to a little girl who was moving out of the community. Canyon Lake had just experienced a flood but the party went on as planned; that is, until another deluge occurred just as the party broke up. It took Marine Patrol to get some of the stranded party-goers to the Lodge, where their worried parents picked them up.

The Lake was closed because of flooding. With floating debris and water flowing over the dam, it was determined that the water was not safe for boaters. Twenty inches of rain had fallen in the community since November.

The Board of Directors voted 3 to 1 to cancel its contract with The Friday Flyer as of May, 1993. The contract named The Friday Flyer as the POA’s corporate newsletter and its primary means of communicating its official business to property owners. Publisher Chuck Golding and Editor Carolyn Knight, however, pledged to continue publication of the popular community newspaper.


In February 1998, El Nino storms brought the season-to-date total to 8.79 inches. The lake overflowed the entire spillway of the dam and closed the North Causeway. Newport Road and Salt Creek were also impacted and portions of Railroad Canyon Rd. were impassable.

According to Ben Wicke of the EVMWD, the 700-sq. mile watershed that flows into Canyon Lake by way of the San Jacinto River and Salt Creek caused the higher water. Temperatures ranged from 40 to 72 degrees, according to local weatherman Mike Rucinski.

More than 500 Canyon Lakers enjoyed a sneak preview of the Elinor’s at the Lodge new menu with a buffet line available from Wednesday through Saturday nights.

As of February 1, five new homes had been approved by the ACC. Of the 3,874 total residences, 2,900 were owner-occupied, 505 leased and 20 rented on a month-to-month basis. There were 312 weekend homes, and spec homes numbered 137. There were 27 homes under construction, and there were 874 vacant lots left.

The mother-daughter team of Bobbie and Jackie Kronquist and EMS teacher Kathy Blakemore celebrated completing the 113-mile bike race “El Tour de Tucson” along with 3,000 riders from all over the United States.

Debbie Miner and Rosalie Perrotte were among the local citizens honored by the Chamber of Commerce at the civic groups annual recognition banquet.

Lake Elsinore Storm star Joe Urso hosted a popular baseball clinic at Gault Field for youngsters 6 and older.

A new Lodge was under consideration, and a telecast on Channel 3 was planned to provide property owners details of the preliminary drawing of the facility.

The Bosom Buddies, a Canyon Lake breast cancer support group, offered low cost mammograms for women who were uninsured or who could not afford the life-saving tests.


The community’s fourth annual Snow Day had to be held in February instead of December because of rain, and 30 tons of artificial “snow” was created for local kids’ enjoyment at Holiday Harbor.

As of February 4, 1993, Canyon Lake had a total of 4,201 residences. Of these, 3,367 were owner-occupied, 424 leased and another 25 rented on a month-to-month basis. In addition, there were 97 spec homes and 288 weekend homes. Fourteen homes had second lots, 36 homes were under construction, and there were still 505 lots vacant.

Juliana Robert was the winner of the 2003 Spelling Bee hosted by the Lake Elsinore Unified School District and represented the community in the County Bee in Riverside.

The Chamber of Commerce honored Debbie Miller and Howard Ziff as local “Citizens of the Year” and recognized Kristen Zaitz and Amy Owen as the town’s top youth. Prudential Realty and Good Times Entertainment were singled out as businesses of the year, and Nancy Carroll, LaRue McNamara, Bill and Ethel Faulds were recipients of Chamber honors for their volunteer efforts on behalf of the community.

Renovation of the Senior Center was approved by the POA, and Richard Reid, long-time Happy Camp manager, retired. At the same time, Temescal Canyon High School football Coach Bob Burt stepped down after a 57-35-5 record to become the school’s athletic director.

Numerous complaints to the POA Board were heard regarding parking of recreational vehicles in driveways and in front of family homes.

Russell Smith was installed as president of the Chamber of Commerce replacing Marty Gibson in ceremonies held at the Lodge.

Electronic radar devices were installed on Railroad Canyon Road to remind drivers of the 45-mile an hour speed limit on the heavily traveled thoroughfare.

Wet weather once again sent water cascading over the Railroad Canyon Dam as a total of nearly nine inches of rain fell in February after several years of drought. Los Angeles TV stations featured the flooded North Causeway on evening telecasts, and muddy water from nearby Quail Valley caused damage to adjacent Canyon Lake homes. An unusual hailstorm on February 19 added to the weather conditions.

The first phase of the POA’s Road Rehabilitation Project began with the aim to continue for several months.

Twenty members from Girl Scout Troop 500, led by Jodi Spoon and Val Grillo, showed support of U.S. Marines deployed to the Gulf by sending personalized boxes of their famed cookies.


In February 2008, The Friday Flyer noted, "This is a significant month for a newspaper called The Friday Flyer because this February will have five Fridays. Not unusual, you say. Oh yes, it is. A February with five Fridays only comes around once every 28 years. The last year was 1980; the next will be 2036. The main reason for the oddity is because this is Leap Year!"

Redevelopment was a term engendering strong opinion on both sides of the issue after the City of Canyon Lake held an informational town hall meeting to discuss its decision to explore redevelopment in the community’s three commercial centers as well as the proposed Goat Hill development. Redevelopment consultants explained the what, why and how of redevelopment. Several area business owners attended the meeting and many came away with divergent views on whether the program was right for Canyon Lake, with many fearing eminent domain.

The Setback Storage Investigation Committee, appointed by the CLPOA Board of Directors, placed a survey in The Friday Flyer to learn what Canyon Lakers want regarding storage of vehicles in the community setback (the easement bordering the roadway in front of each property) and to formulate the wording for reasonable storage prohibition rules that were expected to be placed on a ballot for the General Meeting in May.

The POA was beginning to publicize events to mark the 40-year anniversary of the Canyon Lake Property Owners Association.

Kreg and Nicole McCoy brought home their tiny preemie, Colt, who was born at just 1 lb. 9 oz. on October 5, 2007. On February 5, when Colt was released from the hospital, 122 days after his birth, he tipped the scales at a little over 7 lbs.

More than 130 Canyon Lake residents as well as Police, Fire, City and County personnel, turned out for a Citywide disaster drill. Many residents volunteered their time to help canvas neighborhoods, man the Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Shelter and Field Treatment Center, as well as play the roles of injured and homeless earthquake victims. Boy Scout Troop 604 of Wildomar and Canyon Lake was heavily represented, with 16 boys agreeing to be made up with latex and fake blood and three playing the part of “homeless.”

As Canyon Lakers endured torn up roads and easements at various locations in the community, they were asked to understand the community’s infrastructure was enduring growing pains as well as “old age” pains.

The Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District had been upgrading Canyon Lake’s aging sewer system by building new lift stations off Lighthouse Dr., Longhorn Dr. and Continental Dr. as part of its district-wide $120 million dollar Capital Improvement Project (CIP). These improvements were expected to improve Canyon Lake’s sewer system reliability and efficiency and help protect against future sewer spills into the lake.

Chamber of Commerce awardees in February 2008 were Jordan and Jennie Ehrenkranz (Citizens of the Year), Ken Cable and Barbara Grant (Volunteers of the Year), Street Carts of Canyon Lake (Organization of the Year), Jillian Markley and Trenton Paddock (Youths of the Year) and Cal-Kool Heating and Air Conditioning (Business of the Year).

Three Canyon Lakers were honored by the Inland Empire Chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. They included Dr. Dave Long, who was presented with the prestigious “George Washington Honor Medal” and Jayne and Peter Stanyon, who were presented with Freedoms Foundation “Certificates of Merit” for their Heart to Heart Organ Donation Foundation.

Eight 80-foot eucalyptus trees had to be cut down along the fourth fairway of the Golf Course when it was determined they were infected with redgum lerp psyllid and longhorned borer insects.

Pete and Suzi Delia’s 1934 three-window Ford coupe, a regular winner of car shows around the state, was named the Canyon Lake Car Club's February Car of the Month.

Area pioneer Elinor Martin was preparing to participate in the largest mass book signing of its kind at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Corona, featuring over 25 authors of the Images of America Series. Elinor was to participate with her book, “Images of America: Canyon Lake.”


Canyon Lake Middle School held its 10th annual spelling bee. After 26 rounds, Canyon Lake resident Ashlynn Dowell, 11, spelled her way into 1st place.

Canyon Lakers were being notified of a battle in Canyon Lake against a tiny bug called Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), an aphid-like insect that feeds on the leaves and stems of citrus trees and other citrus-like plants.

Canyon Lake Community Church celebrated 35 years of service by its senior pastor. Grateful congregants held a special service and luncheon for Pastor Pete Van Dyke and his wife, Pat, in honor of their 35 years at Canyon Lake Community Church. The Van Dykes arrived when CLCC was a mere 50-member chapel on the hill overlooking the unpaved roads of Canyon Lake, having relocated from their home in St. Anne, Illinois.

Canyon Lake Drive South experienced a back up in traffic due to a golf cart accident. According to the owner of the golf cart, Desmond Radnoti, a 24-year-old family friend was traveling northbound on CLDS from the Main Gate area, when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle. The driver sustained a leg injury and severe road rash and was taken by friends to a local hospital. The 1994 club car continued to roll on the grass area, swiping a palm tree then rolling into the lake.

There were two new faces at City Hall: Courtney Black was hired as a management assistant and Annie Rivera was hired to help with grant writing and other office tasks.

Regarding the Railroad Canyon Rd. widening project, City Manager Lori Moss reported, “In less than a year, Railroad Canyon Rd. will have the ability to handle a greater flow of traffic and a new fresh look that Canyon Lake residents and visitors will be proud of.”

To celebrate the Giants' Super Bowl championship and his 43rd birthday on February 5, Chef Anton (Anthony Riniti) set the world record for "World's Tallest Trick Shot."The shot was 25 stories tall (5 ft. 3/8 in.) using 75 pool balls.

Canyon Lakers participated in the 32nd annual Valley Quilters Guild quilt show in Hemet with winning results. Quilters who won 1st place awards were June Bray (“Old Glory”), Kathy Barbay (“Wildflowers”), and Alice Novak (“Eskimo Blanket Toss” and “Radiant Star”).

It appeared that state budget cuts in education would affect busing for students who attended Lake Elsinore Unified Schools. A 4-0 vote of the LEUSD Board of Trustees on February 9 ended home-to-school busing, beginning in the 2012-2013 school year.

The 1st reading of a proposed Golf Cart Registration Policy was introduced at the February Board meeting. Also at that meeting, Directors eliminated the 20 percent discount for members in good standing at the Country Club Restaurant.

Throwing their hats in the ring to run for the POA Board of Directors were David A. Eilers, Michelle L. Howard, Harold A. Larson and George Middle.