Monthly Archives: March 2014

99-year-old ‘Arny’ has heart of purple

I would call this the must-read of the week. Check out the story coming out in Wednesday’s Orange County News about Stanton Mayor Rigoberto Ramirez honoring 99-year-old Arnold “Arny” Hanson for his service in World War II, which included receiving the Purple Heart. Arny was there, standing strong on his own two feet, to accept the award.

–Brady Rhoades



Pacifica girls go for glory

The Pacifica High girls’ softball looks to be making another run toward glory.

The perennial powerhouse earned a spot on the Division-I list of CIF rankings, which came as no surprise. It has dominated the Empire League and delivered deep runs into the playoffs for the last decade. It currently owns the No. 3 spot.

The Mariners (6-1) captured their first six games of these seasons in the Big West Tournament, Mohave Tournament and Bullhead Tournament (Arizona). However, they suffered a 5-0 loss to Mission Viejo in the Mohave Tournament on March 15, which ended the streak.

Nicole DeWitt is leading the way with a .815 batting average while pitcher Faith Canfield, who pitched all of the teams big games last year, fell to 6-1 overall with the loss.

Pacifica opened its Empire League campaign against Kennedy on the road (score not available) on March 18.

–Brady Rhoades

GG eatery makes Yelp’s top 100

Yelp has named its top 100 places to eat in America based on customer reviews.

A handful of restaurants from Orange County made it, including Sabroso! Mexican Grill in Garden Grove, which landed the No. 61 spot on the list.

Upon reading this, I lunched there. One word: Sabroso! For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, that means “tasty.” I recommend the carne asada plate.

Sabroso! is at 13129 Harbor Blvd. in Garden Grove. Phone: 714-537-7080.

One constructive criticism: The place is difficult to find. I drove by four times before finding it. Sabroso! could use better signage to market its business, which features, as I said, delicioso food. Nevertheless, it’s worth the trek, even if you do get confused or even lost for a few minutes.

–Brady Rhoades

‘Elk of the Month’ named

This is how it’s done, son. Or grandson.

Ninety-one-year old Garden Grove resident LaVerne Reafsnyder was recently honored by the Garden Grove Elks as “Elk of the Month.” Reafsnyder, who served as a bombardier in World War II, completing 21 missions, continues to contribute to the community.

See the story about him on the front page of this week’s Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades