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Venice Profiles

Most popular articles from Betsy’s “Around Venice” column in The Argonaut and her blog “Venice Vanguard” highlighting a special time for people and places in Venice – some no longer here.

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2003 – Venice Canals … A Ten-Year Celebration

Newcomers to Venice aren’t aware of what went into making the Venice Canals the wonder that the area is today. They probably stroll along the banks and think to themselves, “What a fabulous place”, not knowing that it wasn’t always ...

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2003 – Tom Schnabel: Traveling by Ear

The imagination of a human being is a powerful tool in creating mental images of the unknown. The arts, in particular, tend to take the mind to faraway places … whether dream-like or real. We may be familiar with surfing the roaring waves...

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2003 – Pearl White … A Venice Gem

The voice is quieter, the body slower, but at the age of 83, Pearl White, the “Matriarch of Oakwood”, is still a force to be reckoned with and she won´t let you forget it. Pearl was born speaking her mind. As a young child in Galves...

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2002 – Remembering Vera Davis

Have you ever gone by the former library at 610 California Ave. and wondered, “Who is this Vera Davis McClendon?” The building is now a youth and family center for the Oakwood area named for an outstanding activist who is an important p...

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2002 – Venice Dream Team

The Venice Dream Team, a grassroots youth photojournalism program, has provided experiences other children can only dream about. It is currently made up of nine children with an average age of 11. In the last nine years the group has made s...

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2002 – Pioneer French Bakery … Mold of Success

It’s incredible that the French Pioneer Bakery has been in existence almost as long as Venice itself!! Jean BapisteGaracochea apprenticed in his father’s bakery in Les Aldudes, a small village on the French side of the Pyrenees Mountain...

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2001 – A Day With LAFD #63

“We Save Lives” is the theme of this year’s Fire Service Recognition Day on Saturday, May 12th. This annual event provides the Fire Department an opportunity to increase the public’s awareness of their varied roles. Venice’s station, ...

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