San Antonio Heights STAR
Beginning in 1958, a private residence directly north of Euclid Avenue in San Antonio Heights displayed an enormous five-point star of lights each holiday season. Traditionally the 35-foot star was lit each night between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day and was visible for miles throughout the Pomona Valley. The star and the two-story home to which it was attached were destroyed October 25, 2003 in the Grand Prix Fire that swept through the area. More than $20,000 was raised to assist the property owner in rebuilding the star, so a temporary replacement measuring 65 feet tall was erected with a crane during the 2003-2005 Holiday seasons. The star was not lit in 2006 after its copper wiring was stolen from the site. Because of this, hundreds of residents of San
Antonio Heights purchased smaller stars that year and put those on their houses during the holiday season. It's a tradition that has continued.
Ken Petschow, a commercial airline pilot who owns the property, lit the star again beginning in 2007. The community holds three annual events: A pancake breakfast on the weekend preceding Memorial Day, a Steakfest in mid-September -- both at San Antonio Park -- and a Holiday Sing-Along on Christmas Eve at Local Fire Station 12.