Family brightens up Saugus hillside

first_img “One lady wrote us the nicest note,” Jim said. “She lives down by the school and sees the reflection in her kitchen window.” Public service is nothing new to Domian. He served for 20 years on the boards of YMCA chapters in La Caada Flintridge and Sunland before moving to Santa Clarita in 1998 and catered many nonprofit events, adding his touch to the decor or menu. He started out in the meat business and started dabbling in catering when someone asked him if he could cook for an event. A retail party supply business soon followed where Jim could come in and run the whole show. “I like a challenge,” he said, showing off a book filled with photographs and thank-you letters. “Now I’m active with my grandchildren.” The walls of a billiard room near the backyard are filled with photographs of their family engaged in a variety of activities. “We love the water and they do every sport imaginable; flag football, gymnastics, cheerleading, band, you name it. We’re always there.” Despite open-heart surgery six months ago, Domian shows no signs of slowing down. The couple is planning a trip to China and frequently visits oceanside resorts so Shirley can add to her shell collection, which currently takes up most of the patio. “I can look up here and remember when we visited a place,” she said, gesturing to a starfish dangling overhead in a net. “And I always bring along an empty suitcase so I can bring things home.” For Jim, traveling light is his motto. “I pack three shorts and three shirts.” And while Shirley brings home coral and conches, Jim’s gregarious nature helps him collect new friends along the way. He might have retired from the catering business, but he’s hoping to be the life of the party for a long, long time. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 [email protected] SAUGUS – Jim Domian has a lot of love in his heart – and a lot of electrical conduit, too. For the last eight years, drivers who pass through the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Seco Canyon roads after dark have been treated to seasonal displays – two hearts pierced by an arrow, a Christmas tree, a shamrock and a huge American flag, all done in lights. “I started with the tree,” Domian said. “I wanted to make something I could share with the neighbors and it just took off from there. “That first tree got smashed because I didn’t make it strong enough. I used regular aluminum conduit and the winds twisted it like a pretzel.” After retrieving his mangled display from the hillside below, he got weightier 1-inch pipe that gave his creations more support. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 While he supervises the design and creation, his crew includes wife Shirley, their children and grandchildren, who get together to assemble support pipes and light cables that go up on the back fence of their Pamplico Drive home, which overlooks the Santa Clarita Valley. “Thank goodness for cable ties,” Shirley Domian said, demonstrating how the grandkids, who range in age from 8 to 17, tie the lights to the frame. “And what would we do without duct tape?” A large double heart, which lit up for Valentine’s Day, will soon be replaced by a 15-feet-by-30-feet American flag that will go up in May and “fly” through September. “We’re going to do a pumpkin for Halloween this year,” Shirley said. “We’ve already got the lights.” Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. The Domians have received letters and notes from appreciative neighbors who look forward to the hillside show. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more