“ Our Town , Our Paper ” lagunabeachindy . com MARCH 1 , 2024 | Volume XXI , Issue 9

Bead Shop Holds Trove of Local Memories

By Clara Beard | LB Indy
It ’ s October 1973 . The Rolling Stone ’ s hit “ Angie ” was number 1 on the charts , Queen Elizabeth II opened the Sydney Opera House and the Oakland A ’ s beat New York Mets to win the World Series .
Meanwhile , in Laguna Beach , three friends were at a crossroads .

Wet Weather Prediction Forces Cancelation of Saturday ’ s Patriots Day Parade

By LB Indy Staff
The 57th Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade has been canceled after rain is predicted this Saturday .
“ Our parade committee officers have decided that it is best to cancel our March 2 parade because of the threat of rain ,” parade organizer Sandi Werthe said . “ We are heartbroken that the step was necessary after six months planning , but feel that for the safety of our entries and all concerned , it is the best possible decision .”
According to the National Weather Service , the chance of precipitation on
Suzie Milette , Virginia Mason and Analee Dixon were each searching for a new beginning in life . After considering a bookstore , the three decided to pool their money and open a Bead Shop instead . The timing was perfect .
“ It was 1973 , and a lot of people were in the hippie mode ,” said Mason ,
Saturday is 60 percent , with rain starting after 10 a . m . Wind speeds will be between 11 and 16 miles per hour , with gusts as high as 26 miles per hour .
This year ’ s parade was set to honor Grand Marshal Captain Rick Shoemaker ; Honored Patriot of the Year Colonel Richard Seitz ; Citizen of the Year Karyn Philippsen ; Junior Citizens of the Year Elaina Seybold and Tyler Palino ; Artist of the Year Mike Tauber and Athlete of the Year Brayden Belden .
Parade programs are still available by emailing shworthy @ cox . net .
Left : Current Bead Shop owner Melissa Leigh Amish ( center ), stands with managers Yvonne Arellano ( left ) and Kelly Anderson ( right ). Clara Beard / LB Indy . Above : Former Bead Shop owner Suzie Milette ( left ) works with her daughter Jill ( right ) in the shop ’ s original location in the early 80s . Photo courtesy of Melissa Leigh Amish .
90 , who now spends her time writing novels and poems . “ Especially here in Laguna . People liked beads , and they liked to wear beads . It ’ s just sort of in your blood .”
The three women officially opened
Former mayor and 2023 Patriots Day Grand Marshal Toni Iseman waves at the crowd during last year ’ s Patriots Day Parade . Photo / Jim Collins
Veterinarians Mathew Cohen and Roxanne Kruger stand in front of their new practice on Laguna Canyon Road . Clara Beard / LB Indy

Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Center Under New Ownership

By Clara Beard | LB Indy
Pet owners rejoice . Doctors and husband and wife duo Mathew Cohen and Roxanne Kruger have recently taken ownership of Laguna Beach Veterinary Medical Center on Laguna Canyon Road and have given the hospital a complete overhaul .
Together , Cohen and Kruger have revamped staff , medicine , care protocols and the hospital ’ s physical spaces , inside


After a rain event , irrigation systems should be turned off .
The rule of thumb is that for every half inch of rain , you can hold off on irrigation for one week .

Laguna Beach

County Water District