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Rebuilding a State championship team was tough … Scholarship opportunities are created … Top area players are wearing Lady Eagles’ colors … Thomas, Brown surfaced at historic Cal Baptist.

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Those 18-wheelers on the road spinning through Banning-Beaumont en route from Phoenix International Raceway to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana for this week’s NASCAR race was, as always, quite a show.

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View From Above: Redlands event always seeking volunteers … Banning, Beaumont has growing contingent of marshals, participants … Cycling event moved to March 13-17.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Southern Section’s approach works … There are some system blemishes … Beaumont cashed in with fourth place finish … War of the Wheel rivalry seemed like a perfect blend of Div. 11 and 12 teams.

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My recollections of Christmas run the gamut from the secular to the religious, from my time in the Army to office parties in the roaring ‘60s and ‘70s to the couple of times we attended midnight Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City with two of our close friends, John and Mildred.

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While scanning the TV program schedule the other night, looking for a movie worth watching, one caught my eye. It was titled “Horrible Bosses.” The only problem was that it was on one of the stations such as TBS or TNT (I forget which) that interrupts a movie every five minutes with another …

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Volleyball Senior Night are first-class events … Polo training was local effort … CBL call coming for Beaumont? … Steinberg saw tough league schedule ahead.

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VIEW FROM ABOVE: Midwestern college game had everyone’s attention ... Iowa beats Nebraska while airport patrons watch ... It’s the same twists and turns that take place at Banning and Beaumont.

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A few months ago, I learned of the death of the last of my remaining cousins. The news prompted the usual mixture of sadness and nostalgia, remembrances of the days when families lived closer together as opposed to the changing times after WWII when we became a more mobile society, borne of …

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Some of my readers may remember the columns in which I wrote about the extra-terrestrial palates and genetically enhanced taste buds of elitist wine critics who, for example, could discern “aromas of peach, lime oil, and wet stones” in a glass of pinot noir. Stand aside, wine connoisseurs, y…

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One of my previous columns was a nostalgic reminiscence of my “soda jerk” years in my Uncle’s Brooklyn candy store, or more accurately, stationery store, as candy was just a few of the many items sold.

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We were hoping Derron Smith would make the Cleveland Browns’ roster in 2018. Smith, who made the Cincinnati Bengals’ roster the past three seasons, was cut by the new Browns’ regime last weekend.

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Sarah Rike, who’s bounced around playing and coaching volleyball between Beaumont, Redlands and Banning, knows her baby’s due in November. If everything aligns just perfectly, the Lady Broncos could make a serious playoff run.

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I hesitate to generalize, but I can believe I can safely say that most Sun Lakers are blessed with a great and sometimes self-deprecating sense of humor. Often, our humor is based upon exaggeration, taking a real or imagined incident or practice and embellishing it.

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Names have always intrigued me. Perhaps this minor obsession stems from the fact that I never liked my name when I was growing up. Marvin wasn’t “macho” enough I thought (although when I was a kid I didn’t know what “macho” meant). I wanted a tougher name like Tom or Buck the names of my fav…

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