January 15, 2005
PATRICK GRANGER Patrick Granger died Jan. 10, 2005. He was 82. Mr. Granger was born March 20, 1922 and lived in Burbank for 50 years. He was a general contractor and owned Granger Construction Company in Burbank. He served in the United States Army during World War II and attained the rank of staff sergeant. Granger is survived by his wife, Bonnie J. Granger; sons, Patrick Granger III and Michael Granger; two grandchildren, Ryan and Andrea; and one great grandchild.
February 25, 2009
Singer Rick Blessing caught the bug for swing as the young son of an Air Force jet pilot. The family spent many evenings in the officers’ clubs during the 1960s, where they would listen to bands while having dinner. “When I was in high school, I’d go to the officers’ clubs with my parents in Germany and Madrid,” Blessing said. “There would be jazz bands, from four to eight pieces. I told them I could sing, and they gave me the chance to perform.
September 24, 2005
For the past three weeks, National Guard members based out of the armory in Burbank have been reading and watching reports on the devastation in Louisiana caused by Hurricane Katrina. Next week they will be able to view the scene for themselves. Four hundred members of three California National Guard regiments will fly from March Air Force Base in Riverside Monday morning to St. Bernard Parish, an area south of New Orleans that was one of the hardest hit by the storm.
October 18, 2006
Burbank resident Geoffrey Spetter, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, is on a mission to help stabilize the Iraqi government. The 31-year-old Burroughs High School graduate has been stationed in Mosul, Iraq, with the United States Army's 25th Infantry Division for the last three months. And he's not ready to leave yet. "We are over here helping the [Iraqi people] out," Spetter said. "They have been so oppressed by the Saddam regime that they don't know — in a figurative term — how to tie their shoes."
April 26, 2003
Ryan Carter For the most part, Patty Overton's Easter Sunday was a fairly lonely day compared to past holidays. The thoughts of her son, Samuel Taylor Overton, 22, a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine's 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, were never far away. He surprised her with a call about 3 a.m. Sunday morning from somewhere in the Middle East. The only other time she had heard from him since February was in a letter. "He was able to call and he was just wishing us a happy Easter," said Overton, an administrative assistant at the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce and Burbank resident.
June 2, 2010
DOWNTOWN — Thousands of residents renewed travel regimens this Memorial Day weekend, pouring onto highways and into airports as the nation officially ushered in the summer travel season. Be it falling gas prices, enticing hotel and car rental rates or a slight uptick in consumer confidence, the Southland was expected to see nearly an 8% increase in the number of residents traveling over the holiday weekend, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. About 2.1 million people, representing roughly 85% of Southland travelers, were projected to reach their destinations by car, an increase of 8.3% over last year, according to the auto club.