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Memorial Day at Pioneer Cemetery, May 28 11 a.m.

Please join us for a heartfelt-hometown tribute to America’s freedom heroes on Monday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery in Sylmar.

Among the program highlights are:
– “Star Spangled Banner” & “God Bless America” – Stefni Valencia
– Historical readings
– State of the Cemetery update
– Wreath laying – Civil War re-enactors, Union & Confederate
– “Songs of World War 2” – Sentimental Journey
– Tribute to fallen soldier: U.S. Army Green Beret Andrew Britton-Mihalo (killed Afghanistan, April 25, 2012)
– “Amazing Grace” – Bagpiper, Craig Mathias
– 21-Volley Rifle salute – All Veteran’s Burial Squad
and more….

We appreciate your support!  The cemetery is located at 14551 Bledsoe St. at Foothill Blvd, Sylmar. Call 818-365-7810 for more details.


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Pioneer Cemetery makes KABC-TV News

Did you see the Pioneer Cemetery on KABC-TV news recently? We are looking for researchers to help us solve the mystery of who is really buried at the cemetery.  Joyce Gaynor did a great job showing the crew around and answering questions!

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Calling All Amateur Detectives to Solve Mysteries of Pioneer Cemetery

Great story by Susan Abrams in the Daily News this week about Pioneer Cemetery, a pet project of mine in Sylmar.

Check it out: 


If you would like to help us figure out who’s really buried there, give me a call:  818-970-1286.



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House Straightening Techniques for Immediate Showings

Sometimes we real estate agents need to show a home for sale in Sylmar in a matter of a few minutes. While I always try to give a Sylmar homeowner several hours notice to prepare, there are times when buyers are on a tight schedule and need to see the home “right now.”

Here are a few tips for homeowners with homes for sale in Sylmar for those last minute home showings:

Your tools:
– Disinfectant wipes
– Air freshener
– Window/mirror cleaner
– Paper towels
– Large plastic trash bag
– Vacuum cleaner 

Get into high gear immediately (you may sweat a bit on this one if your place isn’t already “leave no trace” clean for showings. Remember, your goal is to sell the house in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley!  Using my guideline below, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath house should take no more than 39 minutes to prep for potential buyers:

1. Do the Bathrooms
Remove clutter from around the sink. Wipe everything down with a disinfectant wipe.  Clean mirror with paper towels. Spray air freshener and close the door.  Allow 3 minutes per bathroom.

2. Do the Kitchen
Clear countertops. Put all dirty dishes in the dishwasher. If need be, stack items in the sink. Wipe countertops with disinfectant wipe. Remove dirty pots and pans to the oven (few buyers will actually open the oven or dishwasher on the first visit). Allow 7 minutes for the kitchen.

3. Make the Beds
The biggest eyesore is an unmade bed, so make sure all beds are straightened and made. If you have clothes and stuff everywhere, shove all of it under the bed.  Close closet doors. Spray air freshener. Allow 3 minutes per bedroom.

4. Clear the Living Room/Family Room
This means removing all non essentials and clutter (clothes, dirty dishes, shoes, toys or video game set ups). Straighten magazines and newspapers. Wipe off tables with a disinfectant wipe. Spray air freshener. Allow 4 minutes.

5. Take out the Trash
Take a big plastic trash bag and dump trash from all rooms. Replace plastic liners, if used. Spray with air freshener. Allow 3 minutes.

6. Vacuum Paths of Foot Traffic
You’ll need to vacuum carpeting, wood or tile floors at least in the front entryways and main walking areas. (If you have pets that roam, you cannot skip this step!) Spray air freshener. Allow 10 minutes.

Extra time?
Open windows, turn on lights.
Wash off outside entry, porch and walkways with garden hose.

Remember, clutter free is better than perfectly clean. The “big picture” overall impression is more important than whether the windows are sparkling clean (although it helps!).

Be sure to call me if you are interested in buying or selling a home in Sylmar or the San Fernando Valley, or if anyone you know wants to buy or sell a home. Thank you!

Ms. Jacky Walker
Realtor – DRE License #01124140
Century 21 All Moves
11011 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Cell: 818-970-1286

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Sylmar’s Pioneer Cemetery to Host Memorial Day Observance on May 31

For the ninth consecutive year, the historic San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery in Sylmar will host a FREE Memorial Day Observance for the public at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 31, 2010. Sponsored by the San Fernando Valley Historical Society, the event will include a U.S. flag-raising and 21-volley gun salute performed by the All Veteran’s Burial Squad. Continue reading

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Historic Lankershim Reading Room Opens May 1 @ Andres Pico Adobe Park

The San Fernando Valley Historical Society (SFVHS) will dedicate the restored Lankershim Reading Room, a new city cultural-historic monument and one of the last remaining structures from the vast Lankershim Ranch, at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010 in Andres Pico Adobe Park, 10940 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills (across from the Mission Hills Post Office at Brand Boulevard). This community event is free and open to the general public.

The Lankershim Reading Room was recently designated cultural-historic landmark No. 978 by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.  Built in 1904, the gazebo-style octagonal building represents a time span in Valley history when cattle and sheep ranches gave way to golden wheat farms and agriculture, and finally to home subdivisions and commercial development. The Lankershim Ranch once encompassed most of the southern half of the San Fernando Valley, extending south of Roscoe Boulevard down into the southern hills below Ventura Boulevard and across from Toluca Lake to Woodland Hills. Continue reading

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Thieves Steal Irrigation Pipe from Pioneer Cemetery

Monday we filed a police report because at least two someones broke into Pioneer Cemetery and stole the irrigation valve piping that brings city water to the site. 

The Adam Henry perpatrators cut the pipe, lifted it over the fence, and made off with what will be scrap worth about $500, so we’ve been told.  That was pipe the DWP and City installed years ago when Edie Reber was still the caretaker and had a $5,000 water bill because of an underground leak that was allegedly caused by city personnel. 

So, I don’t know if the city is also a victim here.  I will argue to heck against paying for any extra water costs due to these AH’s though. Continue reading

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