Resident gives a century of service

Clem Heinz, who went to kindergarten in Anaheim and now lives in Fullerton, has a century of local memories

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Clem Heinz started kindergarten in Anaheim, he could only speak German.

Now a centenarian living in Fullerton, the quick-witted Heinz readily shares his memories of growing up in a very young Anaheim, working in his family’s orange grove, and being a founding parishioner of St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church.  …read the article

Anaheim cancer survivor named Boy of the Year

Anaheim Hills resident Chris Weller, second from left, is the Boy of the Year for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter. Here he is pictured with his mother, Patty, at left, younger sister Caroline, elder brother Matthew, and father Michael.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

As a very little boy, Chris Weller had bruises all over his body.

“We got lucky,” says his mother, Patty.

That luck paid off when the bruising combined with a peculiar incident: one of Chris’s ears started bleeding. The pediatrician wondered if the 4-year-old had a blood condition and ordered a series of blood tests. …read the article

Local beer comeback brewed for 90 years

Anaheim Brewery

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Between them, Greg and Barbara Gerovac had 17 years of professional beer-brewing experience – always working for other people, and never working together.They decided it was time for a change…read the article

Rev. Rafael Luevano pens new book on Juarez killings

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Rev. Rafael Luevano, a recently tenured professor at Orange’s Chapman University, is the author of a new book titled “Woman-Killing in Juarez: Theodicy at the Border.”

It was back in 1993 when he sat down to breakfast and read about the discovery of seven dead women. They were the first of hundreds of women’s bodies that would eventually be found in the desert outside the north Mexico city of Ciudad Juarez. …read the article

Christmas celebration features exhibit of nativity scenes

Matt Goodman is the president of the Orange Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Matt Goodman has a not-so-secret identity. A dermatologist by day, he is also the president of the 3,700-member, eight-congregation Orange Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (often referred to as the Mormons). It’s not a position he aspired to or chose — but then, all LDS leaders are laypeople called to their positions by other leaders.

“We’re taught to be willing to accept whatever we’re called to do,” said Goodman, 55. “Virtually everyone in the church has a calling and is serving in some capacity.” …read the article

Old Towne: Antique store gets new address

Bonnie and Lisa Ackerman, mother-daughter proprietors of downtown Orange’s A&P Collectables, are moving to a new location after 29 years.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

After 29 years in the same location, downtown Orange’s A&P Collectables is making a big move — across the street.

The shop’s former location is under renovation, with plans to reopen as a restaurant. In the meantime, mother-daughter partners Bonnie and Lisa Ackerman are refurbishing a space on the west side of Glassell and, one carefully-packed box at a time, transporting their vintage china, glassware, silver, and other items to their new location. …read the article

Orange doctor is doing what she was ‘meant to do’

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

When Susan Debin, MD, was hired to be the nurse in her family doctor’s office, the realization struck her like lightning: she knew that medicine was the field for her. Unfortunately, she made that discovery after she’d already landed a job as a high school art teacher.  …read the article

Orange flower shop continues to grow, flourish

Maria Maag, proprietor of Kanda Florist/ SunKissed Design, enjoys working with clients to design florals for events, spur-of-the-moment bouquets, and colorful centerpieces like this one.

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

If Maria Maag wanted to drive the family car, her parents told her, she had to pay for her car insurance.

Luckily, her mom had a contact at a flower shop. She landed her first job at the shop, and got her start cleaning out buckets.

“That was what piqued my interest,” said the Orange resident about flower arranging. “I had a knack for it.” …read the article

Eagle Community Credit Union raises money for Children’s Miracle Network

Pictured left to right, Carlos Rodriguez (Eagle CU), Breanna Weeks (CHOC), Brooke Hazard, (Eagle CU).

By ELISABETH DEFFNER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

While some consumers are concerned about the security of their financial institutions, members of Eagle Community Credit Union are giving even more money to theirs — so that the credit union can give it away.

“Every Christmas, around the holiday season, we’ve done a Children’s Miracle Network fundraising effort,” said Brooke Hazard, vice president of marketing and product development for ECCU. “Last year, we raised a little more than $5,600; this year, my staff said, ‘No, we want to do better.’”

They increased the goal to $10,000.  ...read the article