"You have to keep beating the drums and hope somebody hears what we have to say," he said.
In recent years, the Norbuts dedicated endless amounts of time to better their neighborhood. In 2001, Esther Norbut took pictures for a slideshow depicting the development of La Crescenta's new library. The DVD continues to play at the counter of the library today. The Norbuts also promoted safety by supporting their community's cause to get a left-turn light at the intersection of La Crescenta and Foothill Boulevard. And to this day, the couple attend monthly Town Council meetings and express their opinions on issues they feel need to be addressed.
The couple also volunteer for various community organizations, including the Glendale Quilt Guild. The Norbuts occasionally host guild meetings at their home, which is lavishly decorated with colorful quilts destined to be sent to friends, relatives, war veterans and others. While Donald Norbut doesn't quilt, his wife said he helps "supervise" the activity.
The Norbuts also are active in trying to save the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, which may be demolished and replaced by condominiums. The couple feel it is important to keep the course and recreational areas in the community for adults and children, rather than build condos and mansions to please wealthier residents.
"Right now, there is very little of that kind of recreation that the children can enjoy," Esther Norbut said. "It's extremely important to save it and maintain it as nice and beautiful."
The Norbuts also are members of the Southern California Genealogical Society, the Glendale Historical Society and Friends of La Crescenta Library and give support to smaller community projects, such as preserving the local vineyards in La Crescenta.
"It wouldn't be worthwhile if it wasn't going so good," Esther Norbut said. "I'm hoping the downtown folk can add some more rules for the community and help prevent the mansionization of some of the homes. That's next on the list."