first_imgBut, no more caramel apples, hot dogs, live bands and field trips this fall. The ranch usually opens in mid-August and stays open until Halloween. On Sunday, as hundreds of people picked out pumpkins, rode ponies and walked through The Maze, those wicked winds started blowing things over. Joann Lombardi, who owns the ranch with her husband, Bob, said she wanted to close because it was just too dangerous. The evacuation started at 2:15 p.m. and everyone was out about 30 minutes later, she said. Teenage employees took kids home, helped customers get across the street and directed traffic, Lombardi said. SAUGUS – Lombardi Ranch – a longtime Saugus landmark scorched and closed by the Buckweed Fire – is reopening today in time for its Halloween rush. “Our kids didn’t want us to give up,” owner Joann Lombardi said Wednesday. “They have worked so hard to get us open.” Customers who stop by the roadside stand can still buy pumpkins, corn, tomatoes and take a train ride through a sunflower field dubbed Scarecrow Alley. Although the fire cooked many of the pumpkins, the Lombardis still have 75 tons in their fields. “They did exactly what they were told,” she said, lauding the teens. “Some of them didn’t want to leave. I made them leave.” Animals – including a horse, donkeys, ponies, an emu, a llama, pigs and chickens – were let out of their pens. “After the fire, they all came back and into their pens,” she said in disbelief. Lombardi said she watched as the fire made its way to within about 300 feet from the wooden stand, originally constructed in 1966. One daughter, who lives on the ranch, lost her home to the fire. It was the house that Bob Lombardi, 62, had grown up in. “We lost things, but we still have our family,” said Joann Lombardi, 61. When Lombardi Ranch opened in 1966, Joann and Bob Lombardi had one 18-month daughter. Today, they count four grown kids and 10 grandkids. Joann Lombardi said she has been trying to get her husband to retire for several years, but he wants to keep farming. She said it has been a frustrating year with rain, road closures and now the fire. When she pushed to close the business, the couple’s three daughters and son balked. “My kids got really mad at us,” Joann Lombardi said. “They said, `People are depending on you.”‘ “I stood back and let my sisters do the complaining,” said Rob Lombardi, who built the trains that chug their way around the ranch. Friends also want to see the ranch stay open. “You don’t want the tradition to die,” said Beth Oliva, a longtime friend who straightened up scarecrows for today’s opening. “There are some things you can’t replace.” Lombardi Ranch means family time, the Saugus resident said. Oliva’s boys, ages 16, 15 and 11, have been coming to the ranch since they were born. “You just know Lombardi,” Oliva said. “It’s a part of Saugus. It’s a tradition out here.” The Lombardis plan to stay open until Halloween. “After that, I don’t know,” Joann Lombardi said. “It is up in the air.” (661) 257-5253 — Ranch hours Lombardi Ranch will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Tuesday. It will close at 5 p.m. on Halloween. The ranch is at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road. For information, go to or call (661) 296-8697.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgMEMBERS of St Eunan’s GAA club have appointed Kieran Ryan and Johnathon Scanlon to manage their senior team this year.Kieran is a stalwart of the treble team of 07-09 and Johnathon is a former player and ex-Donegal panellist and former manager of Termon and Downings.In a vote, they narrowly defeated the other candidate Eamonn O’Boyle, who had let the club to two of their three treble successes. The Ryan/Scanlon partnership takes over from Charlie Mulgrew.ST EUNAN’S APPOINT NEW TEAM BOSSES was last modified: January 14th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more