Ontario Living Magazine - Summer 2014 - page 6

CITY NEWS AND NOTES
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Ontario’s Mayor and City Council are proud to announce this
year’s
National Night Out
event scheduled for
Tuesday, August 5,
2014
. This year’s event will celebrate our city’s ongoing commitment to
maintaining a high level of public safety and quality of life for our city.
National Night Out
is designed to heighten crime and drug
prevention awareness, enhance participation in local anticrime
efforts, and strengthen our community’s partnerships with law
enforcement. Last year, Ontario residents from more than 200
neighborhoods participated in the event, which helped us earn 6th
place in the nation for cities our size.
We invite Ontario residents to join us in making this year’s
celebration our largest ever. Areas throughout the city will be
hosting special events such as block parties, flashlight walks, youth activities and anti-crime rallies. Several of these events will be highlighted
with visits from various police, fire, city and other agency representatives. Visit the Ontario Police Department web site to view additional
National
Night Out
ideas and guidelines.
The block parties can be coordinated through neighborhood watch groups, community organizations or businesses seeking a unique
outreach project. Residents with an existing neighborhood watch group should contact their block captains for planning information. Contact the
Ontario Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at 395-2939
or
for more information.
Wednesday, 6/4/14, 7:00pm: Kick-off meeting for Neighborhood Watch Block Captains
*
Friday, 7/11/14, 5:00pm:
Deadline for
Ontario Night Out
party registration
Saturday, 8/2/14, 9:00am:
Promotional materials distributed for registered block parties at Ontario Police Department
*
Tuesday, 8/5/14, 5:00pm – 9:00pm Ontario National Night Out Kick Off Ceremony and Party at The Par
k,
located at the DeAnza Community and Teen Center, 1405 S. Fern Street
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Ontario National Night Out Block Parties –
Various neighborhoods
*
Ontario Police Department, 2500 S. Archibald Ave., in Community Room #1
Archie Mitchell was known by some as the “local boy who made good,” but he was known to all as
Ontario’s Aviation Pioneer. In 1891, Mitchell was born to Canadian parents of Scottish and British
decent. He grew up in Ontario and attended Central Elementary and Chaffey High Schools. His passion
for flying began when he watch pilots perform maneuvers at a 1910 air meet event in Los Angeles.
Shortly after, Mitchell enlisted in the Navy and began pilot training. By the time he finished his training,
World War I had ended. After being discharged from the Navy, he and four other gentlemen decided to
buy a single engine bi-plane called a “Jenny”. Mitchell created an airstrip near San Antonio Avenue on land he leased from the Union Pacific Railroad.
He called the airstrip Latimer Field after nearby Latimer Packing House. A group of his friends with an interest in flying built a hanger and started the
“Ontario Aircraft Corporation.” In 1923, the Ontario Aircraft Corporation hired Waldo Waterman, grandson of California Governor Robert Waterman, as
a mechanic and flight instructor. In no time at all the fleet grew to ten. The Ontario Airport Corporation began as a small landing strip and a few years
later the airstrip shifted three miles east to Ontario International Airport’s current location.
Although Mitchell was Ontario’s Aviation Pioneer, flying was incidental to his practice of law. In 1912,
after graduating from the University of Southern California Law School, he located his private practice
at the Granada Theater/Emmons Building on Euclid Avenue. In 1914, he was appointed Ontario City
Attorney where he served a 2-year term the first time and then a second term from 1937 until 1947. His
second term ended as a result of being elected to the San Bernardino County Superior Court in Ontario.
He was the first Ontario native to become a judge on the Superior Court West End. Mitchell remained
in Ontario until his death in 1982 and will forever be remembered as “Ontario’s Favorite Son.”
Archie D. Mitchell
“Ontario’s Favorite Son”
(1891-1982)
Ontario’s National Night Out
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