When Chino Hills Councilman Peter Rogers asked outgoing city manager Rad Bartlam on Tuesday if he would return to visit the city, Mr. Bartlam didn’t hesitate for a second when remarking “no.” The sardonic city manager, who wore bow ties during budget hearings and has a wine named after him in Lodi, will return there for good at the end of March. 

Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the fifth century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948. The U.S. Congress proclaimed March as Irish-American Heritage Month in 1991. Ten percent of the U.S. population claimed Irish ancestry in 2017, 32.6 million people. The county claiming the highest percent of its population to have Irish ancestry was Plymouth County in Massachusetts.

Chino Hills resident Jane DeFrank, 55+ Club vice president, showed up to Tuesday’s city council meeting in stitches. She wasn’t exactly laughing but explained that her new puppy broke loose after she opened her car door in front of Jared jewelry store at The Shoppes, knocking her to the ground. Store staff rounded up her dog and applied ice to her face before she got stitched up at urgent care. She said her friends are urging her husband, George DeFrank, to show his appreciation by buying Mrs. DeFrank jewelry from the store. 

Two DUI crashes occurred four hours apart during rainy weather on Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont two weekends ago, according to the Claremont Courier newspaper. The first driver was a Chino Hills resident and the second a Chino resident who fled the scene and later attempted to report his vehicle as stolen. Police dispatch traced the call and he was arrested for DUI, hit and run, possession of narcotics and a narcotics pipe. 

The barn swallows have returned to the Chino Valley. They have been observed flitting with forked tails under the freeway bridges making mud nests. They will breed, raise their young, and depart in mid-August. A butterfly migration is also underway and has made a dazzling impression on commuters, as well as on windshields. 

Hormone and antibiotic-free hot dogs, sausages, and burgers are coming to Chino Hills with the announcement of a restaurant called Dog Haus. The city issued a tenant improvement permit to the business in February. The restaurant, to be located at Grand Avenue and Peyton Drive, also features a “bad mutha clucka” sandwich with cage-free chicken. 

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