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• We have moved to our new Office! Our new offices are located at 4176 Warbler Road in Phelan, right behind the Phelan Community Center. We look forward to your visit.


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• Tuesdays and Thursdays @ Phelan Community Center ~ 9am to 10am, YOGALATES! Yogalates is a combination of Yoga and Pilates ONLY $5.00 PER CLASS

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• June 4, 9:00am — FREE Composting Workshop Turn your household garbage into garden “gold”. AT THE PHELAN COMMUNITY CENTER

• June 6 — AcroBrats @ Phelan Community Center AcroBrats is a tumbling class for kids. Classes will be on Mondays: 8:30am to 9:30am for ages 2-5 & 3:30pm to 4:30pm for kids in the 1st through 6th grades. ONLY $5.00 PER CLASS

• Phree Phriday Philm Phun @ Phelan Community Center EVERY FRIDAY, NOW THROUGH AUGUST 5th - Show times are: 5:30 (Kids) & 7:30 (Teens), FREE ADMISSION, FREE POPCORN, FREE SODA, FREE WATER & FREE CANDY. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sign Up For Classes At Our New Office on Warbler Rd. or Call 760-868-1212 to reserve your space!

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The Phelan Community Center is located at 9463 Sheep Creek Road in Phelan

The Piñon Hills Community Center is located at 10433 Mountain Rd. in Piñon Hills


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Lest we forget: Vietnam War Veterans Alvin McLean, Larry Morris and Wayne Hollerman are seen here stepping forward with a wreath to honor all who have fallen for our freedom.

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day. A day to remember and honor those who have fought and those who have given their lives, so that we can live our lives in freedom. The Tri-Community pulled together and presented an absolutely wonderful ceremony, this year, honoring our Vietnam Veterans, at the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Park. This year marked the third such event and probably the best so far. Jill Hartzel announced the first hour of the two hour program. It featured Serrano High School Vocal

Director Tamara Cox’s Students singing a variety of patriotic songs. Corrine Meekhoff and Carleton Jackson started the event off with “Peace on Earth”. They were followed by Monique Sanderlin singing “America The Beautiful”. Then Marissa Quinn and Cameron Raps sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Brooke Kujawa and Bryce Crawford finished off the set with “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee”. By this time everyone was singing along. The Lancaster HS JROTC Drill Team performed a stunning drill complete with spinning rifles and precision timing by Air Force JROTC

Army, Chief of Staff at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin. He opened his speech with a quote from President John F. Kennedy, “A nation See “MEMORIAL” • Page 20

The Wrightwood Men’s Chorus, directed by Barbara Van Houten sang “This Is My Country”, “A Tribute to the Armed Services” medley, and ended the ceremony with “God Bless America.”

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Major Jonathan Shill, USAF performed a beautiful rendition of our National Anthem which kicked off the second hour of the ceremony. Pastor David Conrad from the Community Methodist Church presented an invocation followed by a few words from San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, who served with the Marines in Kuwait. As he finished his speech he asked everyone to stand and look into the westward skies. There appeared a massive Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, America’s most versatile airlift aircraft, flying just above the pines over the Village. The C-17 is operated by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing out of March Field in Riverside and was flown by an Air Force Reserve Crew from the 729th Airlift Squadron, also from March Field. After everyone settled down from the fly-over, the ceremony continued with Colonel Robert Scott Brown, US

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Four local students were honored by the Timberline Lions Club’s Rising Star Program for their outstanding achievements. Each of the four local elementary schools picked a student whom they felt deserved the award. Students were awarded a framed certificate and a $100 cash prize. Every year the Timberline Lions Club honors four different students. Bryant Valdepena, award winner from Pinon Hills Elementary, said “With my prize money, I am going to keep half and donate half to the Seva Foundation to help the blind see.” The Seva Foundation can be reached at and the Timberline Lions Meet at WW Community Center, every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:00pm

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Looking for an inexpensive place to take the family on Friday nights? The place to go is the Phree Phriday Philm Phun in Phelan at the Phelan Community Center. The TriCommunity Movie Night 2011 is presented by the Tri-Community Kiwanis and sponsored by the Phelan Pinon Hills CSD-Parks and Recreation division.

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Snowline Graduation Dates Snowline School District will proudly hold two Middle School promotions both on June 2. Pinon Mesa Middle School’s Promotion will be at 10:30am at Pinon Mesa Middle School and at 10:45am Quail Valley Middle School will hold its Promotion ceremony at

Wrightwood where she and her husband, Ed have called their home for 50 years, they have two daughters and two grandchildren.

While enjoying the free movie there will be free popcorn, soda, water and candy. This the place to be on Friday night. See “MOVIE” • Page 20

Serrano Senior Awards Night The Class of 2011 Awards Night took place on May 17th. The Class motto was “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

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Show me the money: Serrano High School Seniors gather to receive more than $400,00 in scholarships. CONGRATULATIONS & GOOD LUCK to the class of 2011.


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Understanding Snowline Schools Budget In April we learned that California school districts are primarily funded from the State, which divides the money into two groups, “General Purpose” and “Categorical” and it is from these two groups of monies that School districts use to operate. Snowline develops a budget based on assumptions of how much they will actually be getting from the state. It represents an estimate of how much money the district expects to get (Income/Revenue) and how much it expects to spend (expenditures). This budget is a living, breathing document that is constantly being updated by district personnel. It is based on many different indicators derived from various federal, state, local and private educational and funding agencies and organizations etc.

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Budgeting Average Daily Attendance: The first step in building a budget is to determine the estimated number of students that will be attending school within the district. Snowline compiles data from past and present enrollment figures, historical trends and future educational and economic assumptions to project enrollment figures for several years ahead. Currently, Snowline has about 8293 students, for 20112012 they are predicting 8103 and

will be for each student who attends school for one year. In a perfect world that number, for Snowline, is $6392 per student which includes a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) determined yearly by the state. So if 8293 students (current projected enrollment) attended every day of school this year then the district would get an allowance of about $53 million (includes property taxes). Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect world and the state imposed

25% Deficit In ADA Funding (current year vs. 25% Example)

for 2012-2013 the figure declines to 8007. This is decline is largely based on the housing bust in our area, and the down turn in the economy. In fact, enrollment has been falling since 2007-2008 when there was a high of 9158 students. The enrollment figure drives revenues, staffing, classes and expenses, which are key elements in the budget. Nearly half of California’s school districts are facing declining enrollment.

an almost 18% cut in funding per ADA which effectively lowered the amount per student from $6392 to $5244, adjusting the funding to $43.5 million (includes property tax), a difference of nearly $9.5 million. What happens next year? Next school year, 2011-2012 will see an estimated drop in enrollment to 8103. The state has given schools a 1.67% COLA which will bring the expected ADA to $6499 up $107 from the current total, which would come to about $51.3 million for the year. However, the state, which has yet

to balance its budget, is undetermined as to how much they are going to cut the funding per ADA. If the proposed tax extension is not approved by the legislature or by a vote of the people the cut to education could range from $349 - $1,123 per ADA. For Example if the state were to cut 25% from the ADA, this would drop the ADA down to $4895 per student or about $40 million for the year, a difference of $12.6 million dollars(including property tax). ADA’s Dirty Secret: The ADA Snowline receives is adjusted based on the difference between the budgeted total student enrollment and the actual enrollment and attendance. If a student never misses a day of school, then the district can collect the total state allotted ADA. If that student were to miss 10 days of school, then Snowline can only collect the total ADA minus the value of the 10 missed days. Currently that is about $30 per day. That may not sound like very much, but it adds up. If 100 students are absent everyday for 10 days, the district loses $30,000 dollars. That’s someone’s salary. The States Dirty Little Secret: Some of you may be wondering why property taxes haven’t been mentioned. Even though the district gets an amount of funding per ADA, Once the state determines how much a particular district receives and before it writes any checks, the state adjusts the amount they owe by subtracting the amount of property taxes generated for that district. In districts where there is a high tax base, it’s possible that states obligation is a lot less than a district that has a small tax base.

The Rest of the Budget: Once the district has calculated what the projected state funding is going to The state determines be, the rest of the figures are incorwhat funding per ADA porated into the budget, i.e. other local and federal income. Lottery income is one example of income that is included in the general fund. Any excess funds 760-868-4401 Fax not spent from lottery end up in the district DRE# 00999438 reserves to cover any future shortfalls in lottery funding to schools. On the expenditure side of the budget, general 4468 Phelan Road • Phelan, CA 92371 fund expenditures are projected, such as salaries, benefits, books, supplies, and operating Always There For You.® expenses. ERA Franchise Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. Each ERA® Office is Independently See “SJUSD” • Page 20



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“Fun, Fabulous and Phiianthropic” drives each chapter member towards this goal.

The Ladies of the blue Thong Society: These ladies are ready to make a difference in the Tri-Community. Look out, these women are cool, hip, fun and philanthropic.

The BTS now has more than 300 chapters and 5,000 women throughout the nation including an active chapter in Wrightwood. Local members live in Wrightwood, Phelan, and Pinon Hills, and as far away as Yucaipa. Wrightwood’s chapter was formed by local Debi McLain and is now led by another local Penny Nall; both of whom are outdoor enthusiasts. Their knowledge has allowed members to take advantage of the mountains and surroundings in the High Desert. Group activities have included snowshoeing, hiking, basketball games and M.S. walks. Most recently, Penny and four other BTS members attended the two-day Women in the Outdoors

The Blue Thong Ladies The Blue Thong Society is a unique women’s organization that allows women to connect, inspire and mobilize to make a difference in their community. Five years ago three women reflecting on their lives as they neared their fifth decade agreed that there was so much more in life to accomplish, things to learn, friends to meet and fun to have. This led to discussions about the need for cool, hip and fun women connecting socially and philanthropically.

conference outside of Bakersfield where they participated in activities that included sports, crafts and nature. Other ways the WW BTS members connect is by going to concerts and community events, dinner and a movie, and day trips to places of interest. To fulfill the Blue Thong Society’s Philanthropic goal, Wrightwood’s chapter has adopted local charities to support. Contributions have been made to local food banks, shelters for abused women and children; animal rescue; to a group who provides health care kits to disaster sites (Umcor); and, clothing for the homeless to name a few. The group has also worked as docents for the Quilt Guild Home Tour, at Library book sales and Memorial Day ceremonies. See “THONG” • Page 20


Soon thereafter, the Blue Thong Society (BTS) emerged to encourage and educate women from all generations on the benefits of staying hip; being beautiful inside and out; while having fun and helping their communities in the process. The consensus was that just because you grow older does not mean you have to grow old. Blue Thong Society members are over the age of 21 and come from all walks-of-life, yet share the same need to be a part of a sassy group of women with youthful spirits who connect, have fun and do good works. Being

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Area Seniors Seek Funding For Lunches During its May meetings, the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District either heard the phrase, or expressed the sentiment, that the majority of its budget was dedicated to water operations. Director Ken Anderson is probably the person most famous for using the above quote.  And, it does reflect the facts.  A small percentage of funds is left for things like Recreation and Parks and streetlights in an overall budget that plans for a deficit for next year.  And those are the only areas of jurisdiction voted to the CSD by the community.  At the meeting of May 18th there were several “seniors” at the meeting represented by Jeri Plager, President of the Pinon Hills group.  The real and immediate concern to them was that funding for their senior lunch program, held monthly at both the Phelan and Pinon Hills Community Centers was coming to an end.  It seems as though the County Special Districts office in charge of channeling funding for the programs from a community block

grant which had been used for this purpose for many years, had reason to believe they could re-direct those funds without it adversely affecting the seniors. This writer is still investigating the reasons behind the misunderstanding or mis-communications, at whatever level. So, the senior groups were there to ask that the CSD take over the $24,000 (estimated) cost of the program.  Lunches have been being provided in the communities of Phelan, Pinon Hills, Wrightwood and El Mirage and for somewhere around 15 years, I was told.  That will come to an end in our communities as of July 1st, barring any new funding.  Without a majority of Directors inclined to vote to take over the program, the item was tabled pending further efforts to interact with the county by CSD staff.  Many community leaders are working on this, as these lunches are not just a nutritional issue; but a chance for these folks to socialize, network and listen to important guest speakers who share information on issues for the aging.  We will do our best to keep you informed on this important program.    


Secondly, Caltrans has started a Hwy 2 Safety Improvement Project which should be finished sometime this ROAD COnstruction Everywhere: Phelan Road just fall. The project west of Beekley where traffic is cut down to one lane with will put left turn flag persons directing traffic, is just one of the places around bays at Spruce the county that will effect our drive. on the west and Sheep Creek on the east, will widen shoulders to 4 feet where needed, do culvert work, and put a four-way There are several road construction stop sign with a cross walk at Willow. In addition, a Village hiking trail will run projects going on in the Inland Empire parallel to Highway 2 on its south side that may effect Tri-Community travel. First on the list is Phelan Road, just west from Sheep Creek Wash Bridge on the of Beekely and east of the dump road. east to Swarthout Bridge on the west. A culvert will be placed under Phelan Road at Pionero and the dip will be Caltrans is also continuing conremoved. Currently the Phelan Road struction on the I-215 through San is down to one line with flag persons See “ROADS” • Page 7

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Operation Diamondback


From Page 6 Bernardino and will have various lanes of the I-210 closed from 7pm-6am between La Verne and Pasadena, for resurfacing through Fall 2012.

Tri-Community Outreach Round Table Meeting Members of the Tri-Community are invited to attend a legislative round table discussion sponsored by Michael Orme, Field Rep. for Congressman Buck McKeon and Ken Anderson, Field Rep.for State Senator Sharon Runner. The meetings are intended to give community members a chance to ask questions of our legislature and hear feed back. Meetings will be held the 4th Thursday of the month at 12 noon at the Pizza Factory. Contact Alex Brandon at the Phelan Chamber for more information or to sign up. 760-868-3291

Operation Diamondback is looking for names and addresses to add to their list of Snowline graduates serving overseas the addresses must be an APO address and can be emailed to kathy_seeba@snowlineschools. com For further info email or call Kathy Seeba at Serrano High School, 760-868-3222, ext. 2202. Operation Diamondback will start collecting items for soldier care packages when school begins in August.

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Serrano High School has organized Operation Diamondback to show their support for former graduates of Snowline School District that are serving overseas. At this time there are care boxes packed and addressed just waiting to be mailed. Each care box costs $12.95. If you’d like to help with the mailing expense you can drop by the Serrano School office or the ASB office to make a donation. Both offices will be open through the end of June.

Local MMA Fighter Will Compete at Soboba In June Paul Karsky, a 7 year, professional MMA fighter will be fighting his 35th pro fight on June 12, at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto.

And in this corner: Phelan resident & MMA Fighter Paul Karsky

Mountaineer Days Are Almost Here Set aside the weekend of July 2nd and 3rd for Wrightwood’s Mountaineer Days. This is a free, fun filled weekend for the whole family. There are contests and activities for all ages. While live music echoes throughout the village you can experience the excitement of the many contests. You can participate in the Cowboy Quick Draw Contest, Beard & Moustache Contest, Nail Driving Contest, Water Balloon Toss, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Watermelon Eating Contest, Pie Eating Contest, to name just a few. There will be continuous activities such as panning for gold, story telling, exotic animals, pony rides and a quilt auction. Among the new activities this year is the rock wall climbing and stagecoach rides, pie and jam

contest with ribbon awards. And, of course, what would Mountaineer Days be without the parade and the bed races. If you’d like to take part in the parade, bed races, need an entry form to enter your delicious pie and jam in the contest or need a booth space for your wares visit: for applications and details. The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help during this annual event. If you’re interested contact : Stacy Fleeup at 760/885-7993 or email her at

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Navitat Comes To Wrightwood A life time experience comes to Wrightwood. Navitat Canopy Adventures will open on July 1, 2011 located at the Wrightwood Guest Ranch. The Navitat Wrightwood Tour takes

guests on a thrilling and educational adventure high in the trees of the rugged San Gabriel Mountains by means of tree platforms connected by a series of suspended sky-bridges, zip lines, and rappels. Designed and constructed by Bonsai Design, Inc. a leading company in canopy tours. Go to to learn more about this adventure and book your tour.

Rep. Buck McKeon Visits Phelan was at the PPHCSD Office where he presented a new flag to Board President Joe Fahrlender to fly over the new CSD office. His second stop was at the Pizza Factory to present owner, Brian Lombardi with a certificate, extolling his 25 years of service to the Tri-Community. Rep. McKeon stated that this area of the desert represents a small portion of his district, but more people turned out for his visit than in any other area. High Desert TOUR: Rep. Buck McKeon toured the area, What a great making 2 stops in Phelan to present a flag to the PPHCSD impression to and a Certificate of Recognition to Brian Lombardi. make.

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Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon recently toured the Victor Valley visiting with local leaders, students, business owners, and other constituents. Congressman McKeon made 2 stops in Phelan, his first

Swim Lessons In Wrightwood Hurry and reserve your space for swim lessons at Wrightwood Methodist Camp. There will be two sessions. The first session will be July 11th –22nd and the second July 25th - August 5th. Beginner and Intermediate classes will be offered. Also, a Mommy & Me class and Senior Swim may be offered. There is a special discounts for families with multiple children. $55 for first child, $50 for second child and $45 for the third child this

Mountain Hardware Appreciation Day Mike Troeger is once again inviting all Mountain Hardware customers to join him and all the staff for the Annual Mountain Hardware Customer Appreciation Day on Friday, June 24th from 5:00pm to 7:30pm in the Mountain Hardware parking lot. Regulars know to bring their own lawn chairs and a sweater in case it gets cold while they enjoy two bands during this family oriented event. The Fire Explorer Post 351 from the San Bernardino County Fire Station 10 will once again bar-

includes practice time. Classes are held Monday through Thursday with Fridays set aside for the members and family swim. The fee for nonmembers is $3 each. This program is offered through the Wrightwood Recreation and Park and the San Bernardino County Special District- Area 56. Swim Lessons are held at the Methodist Camp, Espy Memorial Swimming Pool, 1401 Linnet Road in Wrightwood, Classes fill up fast. Don’t wait! Call 760-249-3205 to signup.

beque free hot dogs and serve cold drinks (you can make a donation to the Explorer’s, if you wish). “This is our way of saying thank you to our loyal customers who have supported us through the year and to let them know we never forget who we work for. We want each of our customers to know just how much we appreciate them”, Mike Troeger said. Mountain Hardware has been helping the Wrightwood community for 43 years. So, mark your calendars and join the crowd and enjoy some quality local talent and an evening visiting with your neighbors.

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planning to participate in the Mountaineer Days parade. Their float will be in the form of a giant moving quilt made up of 18” red, white and blue patriotic quilt blocks, piloted by Debbie Stefen. It will take seventyfour members Quilt Judges: Debbie Stefan, Joy Agnew, Kandi to create this Harrower, Joyce Gwinner & Carol Poisal. PNQG Board This Members select quilt blocks to be used for decorating their float. float entry in the Mountaineer Days Parade. unusual spectacle will hopeThe Wrightwood Quilters fully become a tradition for the growing Guild and entertain the are busy making mini quilts for community in many parades to their auction to be held during Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood come. on Saturday, July 2 from 2-4pm. The auction will be held at the Top Seventeen Pine Needle Quilters of Park. Over fifty Guild members entered their works of art in the San Bernardino County Fair this year have made lap and wall quilts for the auction. Proceeds will to go and collectively were awarded with charity and used for special guest six- third place ribbons; twelvesecond places ribbons, eighteenspeakers at their meetings. first place ribbons and five- Best Along with planning for the of Show. Kathleen Mekemson won auction the mountain quilters are the Overall Best of Show. PHOTO: Joy Agnew

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Live Local, Think Local, Buy Local Phelan Tire & Brake Hits 20 Years Phelan Tire and Brake has been keeping Tri-Community residents on the road and safe for 20 years this June. Tucked just north of Phelan Road, behind the Skillet Cafe on Jackson Lane, Julie and her crew have been providing small town service with a smile that has kept customers coming back again and again. Julie’s husband Rick opened the business back in 1991 and in ‘96 became the sole owner. The business was booming and Julie could often be found socializing with the

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Buy Your Gas Locally Why should you buy your gasoline locally, rather than in Victorville or Hesperia? Strangely enough the answer has to do with the taxes collected for each gasoline sale.

Some of the taxes you pay on gasoline will stay were right in the community for repair and maintenance of roads. So if you buy gas in Victorville, then Victorville gets the money. By buying locally you are helping maintain our local roads. Buying gas locally just makes since, but how can you make the best of that newly filled tank. Here are a few tips: 1) Slow down, the faster you drive the more aerodynamic and drivetrain friction you encounter. 2) Accelerate slowly and drive steady speeds, engine revving and quick starts waste gas. 3) Keep your tires properly inflated. You can cut you fuel economy by 2 percent for every pound of pressure you are below. 4)Don’t speed up to stops, rather anticipate them and save gas (and brake linings). 5) There is no need, on newer a cars, to warm them up, so don’t. 6) Try and consolidate and combine your errands and trips. And 7) Don’t haul extra weight around. You gain about 2% on fuel economy for every hundred pound removed.

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Living in Desert Springs just before the beginning of World War II was rigorous, but those coming to the area have mostly stayed, raised families and continued to be a part of the local scene.

Mrs. Lyons remembers the only local business being the family-owned Yucca Inn restaurant and service station, built in 1935. It boasted a small grocery section, just as minimarts would do decades later.

Maxine Beekley Lyons, still a resident of Pinon Hills, came with her sister Kay and parents William and Mabel Beekley the night of the big earthquake in Long Beach in 1933. The family had spent time in Desert Springs on the old Detlefs homestead (640 acres homesteaded in 1914 by John and Emma Detlefs, parents of Mabel Beekley) over the years, with Maxine spending many weeks with her Grandmother. “It was always exciting to come up here from Long Beach, even though Grandmother lived in a tent house and the amenities were few,” recalls Mrs. Lyons, who attended school at the Phelan School.

“It was real “Grapes of Wrath” stuff as all the desperate people came through on Highway 138 from the dust bowl in Oklahoma and other locations seeking their fortunes in sunny California,” said Mrs. Lyons, add that by the middle of WWII, the Yucca Inn was so busy with army convoys that the family built a second restaurant in West Cajon Valley (just below the climb to Mt. Top). They had to enlist the help of all the children in the extended family to cope with the increasing business. Mrs. Lyons also remembers the small grocery store being built by

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This building is dedicated Desert Springs 1940s: Most residents were chicken to service - to ranchers and the Yucca Inn was going strong. Now, Rick’s the community Roadside Cafe, on Highway 138, the building has been in of Smithson almost constant use since it was built in 1935 Springs. May the Blessings of God homesteaders Henry and Winnie be upon this enterprise, and this community. H.M.E. Ellison on Mountain Road, near where they had also built several The market had a tiny post office houses on Tamarack Road, east of in one comer. The market was later Mountain. purchased by the Breers family and In a makeshift “time capsule” (a latter still by the Galbreaths. It has mason jar) that was unearthed when been leased and rented by many indithe market was remodeled several viduals since. years ago, the following inscription was found: This comer stone of the The Yucca Inn was mostly operated by Mabel Beekley, Mrs. Lyons’ Ellison Emporium was laid mother, who had help from variTuesday, August 14, 1945 - the day ous family members since she also the Japanese Emperor surrendered helped her husband with accounting his Army and Navy to the U.S. . “ See “1940s” • Page 12

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The Lyons decided to build their home on Smoketree and Mountain Road in 1946, although Chuck was still not totally committed to living in Smithson Springs. There were only about ten or twelve families living full-time in the area at the time. Mr Lyons drove a truck for Fairbanks Morse Pump Company between Pomona and the San Joaquin Valley. The Lyons had three children - two sons and a daughter, all of whom continue to live in the area. After two years in the Phelan School, the children elected to attend Littlerock grammar school with their friends, the Heffrons. The bus would come to pick them up from Los Angeles County. They went on to Lancaster High School, where there

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was an excellent music program, which interested all of the children. Mrs. Lyons recalls two big wildfires in those days - one in 1943 when Mrs. Mondorf was burning trash in an old barrel and a sudden wind whipped the flames up and out of the barrel, burning many acres from Mesquite Road (then called Mondorf Road) toward Mt. Top. According to the late John Lovett, who was a firefighter and eventually a foreman for the U. S. Forest Service in Valyermo from 1944 to 1948, that fire burned for five days and spread as far as Table Mountain to the south. Another fire began in West Cajon Valley and burned 106 acres to Mt. Top from the other direction. That fire started along the highway.

Mrs. Lyons’ sister, Kay married Bud Howard in 1932 in Long Beach and they moved here in 1933 after numerous visits to Grandmother Detlefs and the Beekleys. “I remember it vividly - the deciding factor was the earthquake on March 10, 1933 at 6 p.m. Our first son, Bill was born in 1934. We then went back and forth until 1935 or 1936, when we built a cabin. I was driving a refrigerator truck Senior Discount between Los Angeles





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Quonset Hut on the move: Here is a picture of the old Pinon Hills Community Center, located just north of Hwy 138, as it was being moved in 1986. It was purchased and moved to a new location in Pinon Hills. The New Community Center still sits on Mountain Ave., south of the Highway.

and Tucson and working in the oil fields,” said Bud. “During the war, I was a civilian drilling contractor, working at George Air Base. By 1945 Larry, our second son had arrived and in 1948, our third son, Bob was born. All attended the Phelan School, high school in Victorville and all three served in the United States Navy,” said Bud. After the war Bud went back to work in the oil fields and continued to work as a drilling contractor. Two of his sons still live in Phelan. Bob owns and operates Howard and Sons Motorcycle Shop, opened in 1980.

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He served as the Grand Marshal of the Phelan Phun Day parade a few years later, and died soon after. It was in the 1940s that Fred and Maude McGee donated land for a new Chamber of Commerce building on Mountain Road. The previous Chamber building was a World War II quonset hut on the north side of the highway on property owned by John and Nettie Jane Hale. It was thought that the new Mountain Road location would help to centralize community business and activity on the south side of the highway, and in the process, possibly save someone’s life trying to walk across the highway, which was getting busier with each passing year. Grandfather Detlefs passed away in 1942, when Maxine and her husband Chuck were living in Redding, where Chuck worked hauling lumber from the sawmills. When the war started, he had returned to work at refineries and the family came back to Southern California. See “PINON HILLS” • Page 20

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thousand years until the arrival of the pocket slide rule which was in fact used to engineer the infamous “Univac” computer that took up the space of a small cafeteria and spit out punch cards at the end of each calculation.

Abacus And Beyond In this day and age, almost all of us are dependent on our computers. When everything is working right, they provide us with the world at our fingertips, but when something interrupts this almost obsessive flow of information, as our computer slows to an inevitable almost predictable stop, we become frustrated, anxious and ultimately depressed. When my computer has such symptoms, my son the computer expert, tells me that an occasional clean-up, tune-up, and defragging or realignment are necessary for continued uninterrupted service. I didn’t know whether I should call a mechanic or the bomb squad. But at any rate, let me give you a little incite, as I remember it, about the history of computers. The first computer (calculator) was invented back around 1200 B.C. It was called the “Abacus”. The following is how I perceive it all came about. During the “Ming Dynasty”, Ming was perplexed about how to accurately calculate the worth of his massive treasure inventory.

Keep in mind that this was so long ago that Yin and Yang were just a couple of competitive philosophers. Ming sent for the most prolific inventor in the land, a fellow by the name of Wang in hopes that he could invent an efficient method for counting the value of his fortune. Wang toiled for many months; then presented Ming with a rather mundane looking contraption consisting of a wood framed rectangle with large beads strung tightly across its interior with string. He named it the Abacus, probably after a Roman mathematician and claimed by sliding the beads back and forth, it would accurately total Ming’s fortune in a matter of hours and as an added feature, it also made an excellent back massager.

A slide rule was still needed to verify it’s conclusions as the “hanging chad” was a continuing and pervasive problem even in the 1950’s. It wasn’t until the invention of the microchip and the microprocessor, and of course, the gracious gift of the internet from Al Gore in the 1980’s, did the computer revolution finally get under way giving impetus to the love – hate relationship we all share, and are forced to endure with our computers to this day. Speaking of which, the other day while in the bathroom, as I leaned over the toilet to turn the handle, my I-phone slipped from my shirt pocket ensuing a

Ming was so impressed, he presented Wang with a substantial endowment for research and even to this day, the Wang family is still producing state of the art computers. In reality, nothing significant was invented over the next two

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BY ROWENA MC DERMOTT It is a common phrase around here not to plant your garden until after Mother’s Day…well that did not work out quite so well this year with May temperatures still dipping into the low 30’s. Our Spring temperatures usually vary by as much as 30 degrees, and so scrambling to protect plants is not unusual. Many of you were out there scrounging for empty coffee cans and milk jugs to save your tender seedling--especially the summer crops of tomatoes and squashes. Some of the most delicate vegetables are cucumbers and peppers so always put those out as late as you can. Tomatoes are good to 37 degrees, but I don’t think

Wrightwood Garden Tour Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Spring Garden Tour on Saturday, June 11, 2011 from 11am-4pm. This is a self- guided tour of at least 5 gardens in Wrightwood. Pre-sale tickets and maps are available at : Applewood Court, Mountain Hardware, The Village Grind, and Antelope Valley Bank (WW Branch) for $7 each. You can, also, purchase tickets the day of the event for $10 each at the gardens as well

anyone wants to stay up all night seeing if the temperature drops, so just play it safe and cover them up, but take off any covers during the heat of the day, the condensation created can freeze the plant within the container the next night. Around here at Moonstruck we had a few learning lessons ourselves due to the wild swings in temperature and the realization that the new greenhouse not only has to be ventilated starting at 50 degrees, but shade cloth has to be installed over greens not too long afterwards. We are installing easy open and close doors instead of the panels that we have used in the past, and life should become

as the above mentioned businesses. Also, on Saturday, concurrent with the Garden Tour is the Chamber’s newest event, “Taste of the Town!” From noon to 7pm different tastings will be offered at selected Village Merchants for nominal fees. Tastings will include: Wines, Cheeses, Beers, Fudge, Teas and more!

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Dept. of Aging Services will be signing up eligible seniors for coupon booklets valued at $20. The coupons are free, and may be used towards purchase of fruit, vegetables, cut herbs, honey and more at the WW Farmers’ Market. Eligible seniors who are age 60 and over must appear in person and qualify by income guidelines (no tax documents required). The coupon booklets are per person, not per household. Wrightwood Farmers’ Market is held outside the WW Community Center every Friday from 4-7pm.

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Doc Burch On Rattlesnake Vaccine Rattlesnake vaccine is a relative newcomer to the inoculation scene, having arrived just a few years ago. I was initially very reluctant to jump on the bandwagon on this one because the only research literature available about this product was put out by the company who makes it. I could find any independent research. My concerns were two fold: First, is it safe? That is, how likely is it to cause reactions of any kind, from mild nausea to fever, to severe and possibly life threatening anaphylactic events? Secondly, does it work? Just because a product is safe it doesn’t necessarily mean it is worth your money. From what I have heard from other veterinarians who had been using it from the outset, and in my own experience now, there have been few reactions of any kind, and no serious ones that I know of. That is hard to say even about the common rabies or parvo virus vaccines. Any of these can produce mild fever, body aches and pains or tenderness at the inoculation site. But what about the second issue, effectiveness? Well, that’s a harder issue to assess. Even the manufac-

turer notes that it is not a guarantee that your pet will have no problem if it does become envenomated by a rattlesnake. They point out that quick evaluation and treatment by a veterinarian is essential for a pet exposed to rattlesnake venom. But they also point out that having had the series and appropriate booster vaccines is like having had one dose of antivenom. Antivenom, a heartstoppingly expensive medication, is, hands down, the best treatment for known exposures to rattlesnake venom.

the Mojave. For this reason it is most useful for those who live on the mountain side of Hwy 18 on up into Wrightwood. I live out in the desert, and with this information at hand, I no longer use the vaccine for my dogs.

There is, however, something those of us who live in this area need to realize: We have three kinds of rattlesnakes around here. There is the Southern Pacific Mountain rattlesnake, the Green Mojave rattlesnake, and to some extent the Sidewinder. Where you live determines which one is most likely to be your neighbor. If you live south of the 138, up into the hills, you pretty much have the Pacifics. If you’re north of Hwy 18, going out toward the desert, it’s the Mojave. If you live in between the 138 and 18 highways, you have both.

Here at our animal hospital this year, we have only seen one snake bite victim. But that pet died.

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01 - 7:00pm Wrightwood Friends of the Library Meeting - 760-249-3163, WW Library 01 - 7:00pm PPH Community Services District Meeting - 760-868-1212, Phelan Community Center 02 - 6:00pm VFW Men’s Auxiliary Meeting - 760-868-1999, VFW Post #9415, Phelan 02 - 6:30pm Citizens On Patrol Meeting - 760-868-1006, Phelan Sheriff Station 02 - 7:30pm Timberline Lions Club Dinner Meeting - 760-249-4351, Wrightwood Community Center 03 - 1:00pm Wrightwood Historical Society Meeting - 760-249-3163, Wrightwood Museum 05 - 11:00am VFW Comrades’ Meeting - 760-868-1999, VFW Post #9415, Phelan 07 - 10:00am Phelan Seniors Meeting - 760-868-3883, Phelan Senior Center 07 - 5:30pm Friends of the Phelan Memorial Library Meeting - 760-868-3053, Phelan Memorial Library 07 - 6:30pm VFW Ladies Auxiliary Meeting - 760-885-1931, VFW Post #9415, Phelan 07 - 7:00pm Wrightwood Property Owners Association Meeting - 760-249-3163, Wrightwood Museum 09 - 6:00pm Tri-Community Kiwanis Club Dinner Meeting - 760-563-2228, Pizza Factory, Phelan 13 - 12:00pm Phelan Chamber Meeting - 760-868-3291, Pizza Factory, Phelan 14 - FLAG DAY 14 - 11:00am Tri-Community Art Association Meeting - 760-868-4827, Pizza Factory, Phelan 14 - 6:00pm SJUSD Board Meeting - 760-868-5817, Snowline School District Office, Phelan 14 - 6:30pm Equestrians on Patrol Meeting - 760-868-1006, Phelan Sheriff Station 14 - 6:30pm Pine Needles Quilt Guild Meeting - 760-249-8869, Wrightwood Community Center 14 - 7:00pm Pinon Hills Chamber Meeting - 760-868-3075, Pinon Hills Chamber Building 15 - 7:00pm PPH Community Services District Meeting - 760-868-1212, Phelan Community Center 16 - 5:30pm Rolling Thunder Meeting, Pizza Factory, Phelan 16 - 7:00pm El Mirage MAC Meeting - 760-388-4392, El Mirage Community Center 16 - 7:30pm Timberline Lions Club Dinner Meeting - 760-249-4351, Wrightwood Community Center 18 - 11:30am AGLOW Club Meeting - 909-821-2922, Pizza Factory, Phelan 19 - FATHER’S DAY 20 - 7:00pm WW MAC Meeting -, Wrightwood Community Center 21 - 1st DAY of SUMMER 21 - 12:00pm El Mirage Chamber Meeting - 760-388-4392, Ducommun Aerostructures, El Mirage 21 - 7:00pm Wrightwood Fire Safe Council, Wrightwood Museum 23 - 6:00pm Tri-Community Kiwanis Club Dinner Meeting - 760-563-2228, Pizza Factory, Phelan 23 - 6:45pm Wrightwood CERT Meeting - 760-249-5931, Sunrise Church, Wrightwood 24 - 6:30pm PPH Disaster Preparedness Meeting - 760-900-7838, Sierra View MHP Clubhouse, Phelan 28 - 6:00pm SJUSD Board Meeting - 760-868-5817, Snowline School District Office, Phelan 28 - 7:00pm Volunteers of the National Forest Meeting - 760-272-7277, Wrightwood Methodist Church

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June, 2011

June Events Wed, Jun 1st - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Fri, Jun 3rd - 1:00pm

Tue, Jun 7th - 9:00am - 11:00am

Fri, Jun 10th - 9:00am - 11:00am

Wrightwood Historical Society

Line Dancing - 55+

Line Dancing - 55+

Discussing future speakers and activities. Open to the public. Free. Wrightwood Museum (Old Firehouse), 760-249-3163

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-6530

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Phelan Community Center, 760-249-6530

Fri, Jun 3rd - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Phelan Senior Potluck Lunch

Wrightwood Certified Farmers’ Mkt.

Bring a potluck dish and enjoy talking with new and old friends. Phelan Senior Center, 760-868-3883

Haircuts for Veterans Welcoming all Wrightwood Veterans to come in for a FREE haircut on the 1st Wednesday of each month at the Hair Fitness Salon in WW. Please call to make an appointment. Hair Fitness Salon, 1350 Hwy 2, Wrightwood, 760-249-6771

Wed, Jun 1st - 12:00pm Phelan Senior ECD Luncheon Federally funded lunch by SBCo. Guest speakers will presents topics of interest to seniors. No charge. Phelan Senior Center, 760-498-8276

Wed, Jun 1st - 7:00pm VFW Open Pool Tournament Prizes. Half the pot goes to the winner & half to the Post. Buy-in $5. Must be 18 years old. VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Wed. Jun 1st - 7:00pm Graduation- Alternative Education At Serrano High School Gym

Thu, Jun 2nd - 9:00am

Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community. “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.  Kids can enjoy the GiddyUp Ranch Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (www. Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

Fri, Jun 3rd - 5:00pm - 7:00pm VFW Steak Dinner Don’t cook tonight, let the Phelan VFW Post do it for you. Families welcome. $9/person VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Tue, Jun 7th - 11:00am

Tue, Jun 7th - 7:00pm Wrightwood Plant Care WW Property Owners Association’s guest speaker Leona King , 37 year resident of WW, will share her 20 years experience in caring for local plants. Everyone is welcome. Free. WW Museum (Old Firehouse), 760-249-3163

Wed, Jun 8th - 12:00pm WW Senior ECD Luncheon

Free Movie Night

Federally funded lunch by SBCo. Guest speakers will present topics of interest to seniors. No charge. Wrightwood Community Center, 760-498-8276

Kids -5:30- “Gnomeo & Julet” Teens- 7:30- “Remember Me” Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.  Phelan Community Center, 4176 Warbler Road, 760-868-1212

Wed, Jun 8th - 7:00pm VFW Open Pool Tournament

Fri, Jun 3rd - 6:30pm

Thu, Jun 2nd - 12:00pm

Doors open at 6pm. Games at 6:30pm. Food drinks & daubers available to purchase. New games: Pulltab, Power ball and progressive game. 10 pack- $10. Thu, Jun 9th - 9:00am Must be 18 years. Pinon Hills Community Center, Weight Watchers Led by Donna Patterson Hillside Church, WW, 760-718-0845

Come early for a some light exercise then enjoy the potluck. Play cards games after lunch. Bingo is played once a month. Pinon Hills Community Center, 760-868-5058

Thu, Jun 2nd - 2:30pm - 4:00pm Moonstruck Farms CSA Drop/Pick Up Point Community is welcome to stop by and check out what our local farms have to offer. Grown locally you’ll find produce, meats, soaps and more.  Phelan Community Church, 760-868-4858

Thu. Jun 2nd - 10:30am

An old fashioned Flea Market-Open Air Market and Farmers Faire with a vast variety of items, produce and more. Weather permitting. Free to the public. Vendor reservations, $15. While there visit the Junction Antiques and The Studio. 815 Hwy 138, Pinon Hills, 760-868-8806

Graduation - Pinon mesa middle school

Sat, Jun 4th - 11:00am - 3:00pm

At Pinon Mesa MS

Discover Shake It Up

Thu. Jun 2nd - 10:45am Graduation - Quail Valley MiDdle Sch At Quail Valley MS

Prizes. Half the pot goes to the winner & half to the Post. Buy-in $5. Must be 18 years old. VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

“All Geology, All Day” Are you ready for THE BIG ONE?? Where is the San Andreas Fault? Which minerals are at work in your computer and cell phone?   Victor Valley Museum, 11873 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley - 909-307-2669

Thu. Jun 2nd - 7:00pm

Sat, Jun 4th - 1:00pm

graduation - serrano high school

Rockin’ Geology Talk

At Serrano High School Stadium

By geologist Bruce Garaccio. Grassy Hollow Visitors Center, Wrightwood

Fri, Jun 3rd - 9:00am - 11:00am

Sun, Jun 5th - 2:30pm

Line Dancing - 55+

Children’s String Concert

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Phelan Community Center, 760-249-6530

String ensembles and College Orchestra present pops concert. General $10, seniors $7, child $5. Victor Valley College PAC, 18422 Bear Valley Rd. Victorville, 760-245-4271, ext 849

Fri, Jun 10th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm Don’t cook tonight, let the Phelan VFW Post do it for you. Families welcome. $9/person VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Fri, Jun 10th - 5:30pm & 7:30pm Kids -5:30- “Tangled “. Teens- 7:30- “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”   Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.  Phelan Community Center, 4176 Warbler Road, 760-868-1212

AYSO Registration Sign-up for Tri-Community AYSO Soccer. Fee is $90 per player. Check for details. Pizza Factory, Phelan

Sat, Jun 11th - 11:00am & 1:30pm Thu, Jun 9th - 10:00am

Mojave Green/So. Pacific Rattlesnakes

Phelan Senior Craft Day

Presentation by Joe Baneshek field researcher Grassy Hollow Visitors Center, Wrightwood

All seniors welcome to join in the fun making a craft and meeting new friends. Phelan Senior Center, 760-868-3757

Sat, Jun 11th - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Thu, Jun 9th - 11:30am

Wrightwood’s Spring Garden Party

El Mirage Senior Potluck Lunch All seniors are welcome. Bring a potluck dish. El Mirage Community Center, 760-388-4392

A self-guided tour of 5 gardens in Wrightwood. Pre-sale tickets & maps $7, day of event $10 available in Wrightwood at Applewood Court, Mountain Hardware, The Village Grind, and Antelope Valley Bank .760-249-4320

Thu, Jun 9th - 12:00pm

Sat, Jun 11th - 11:00 - 4:00pm

Pinon Hills Senior Potluck Lunch

Beading Fun

Come early for a some light exercise then enjoy the potluck. Play cards games after lunch. Bingo is played once a month. Pinon Hills Community Center, 760-868-5058

Learn the history of beads as you bead a ring or bracelet. Included with paid admission. SBC Museum, Redlands, 909-307-2669, ext 256

Sat, Jun 11th - 12:00pm - 7:00pm Thu, Jun 9th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Wrightwood’s “Taste of the Town”

Moonstruck Farms CSA Drop/Pick Up Point

Local merchants will offer tastings of wines, cheeses, beers, fudge, teas & more for a nominal fee. In the Wrightwood Village 760-249-4320

Community is welcome to stop by and check out what our local farms have to offer. Grown locally you’ll find produce, meats, soaps and more.  Phelan Community Church, 760-868-4858

Handcrafted Jewelry ∙ Fine Art & Crafts Silver Repair & Refinishing

The Tri-Community Kiwanis Club

(Open Saturdays & Sundays and also by Appointment)

meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 6 p.m.

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Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community. “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.  Kids can enjoy the GiddyUp Ranch Pony Rides and Petting Zoo (www. Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

Sat, Jun 11th - 10:00am - 2:00pm

Sat, Jun 4th - 9:00am - 2:00pm

Smoketree Junction Flea Market & Farmers Faire

Wrightwood Certified Farmers’ Mkt.

Free Movie Night

Led by Donna Patterson Hillside Church, WW, 760-718-0845

Knights of Columbus Bingo

Fri, Jun 10th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

VFW Steak Dinner

Fri, Jun 3rd - 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Weight Watchers

Pinon Hills Senior Potluck Lunch

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Sat, Jun 11th - 6:00pm

Fri, Jun 17th, 7am - Sun, Jun 19th, 8pm

Tue, Jun 21st - 9:00am - 11:00am

Fri, Jun 24th - 5:30pm & 7:30pm

Timberline Lion’s Club Bingo

Huck Finn Jubilee

Line Dancing - 55+

Free Movie Night

Daubers, snacks & drinks available to purchase. 3 pack-$3 or 2 packs-$5. 10 for 10 packs. And special games. Must be 18 years old. Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-3580

Tales of life on the River, jumping frogs, small town circus, fishing, Mark Twain Live, Route 66 Car Show, CA State Arm Wrestling Championships.  Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville, 951-780-8810

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-6530

Kids -5:30- “How to Train Your Dragon”. Teens- 7:30- “The Roommates”.   Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. -  Phelan Community Center, 4176 Warbler Road, 760-868-1212

Sun, Jun 12th - 4:30pm

Wed, Jun 22nd - 7:00pm Fri, Jun 17th - 9:00am - 11:00am

VFW Open Pool Tournament

Sat, Jun 25th - 1:00pm

Docudrama “Fair Game” based on true events of the double life as a CIA operative.  Starring Naomi Watts and Sean Penn.  Free. Wrightwood Museum (Old Firehouse), 760-249-3163

Line Dancing - 55+

Prizes. Half the pot goes to the winner & half to the Post. Buy-in $5. Must be 18 years old. VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Native American Plants & Culture

Tue, Jun 14th - 9:00am - 11:00am

Fri, Jun 17th - 11:30am - 3:30pm

Line Dancing - 55+

LifeStream Blood Donation

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-6530

Give Hope, Give Life, Give Love”. Donate blood today and give someone a second chance.  LifeStream info 760-843-9700. Phelan Stater Bros

2nd Sunday Film Series

Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Phelan Community Center, 760-249-6530

Thu, Jun 23rd - 9:00am Weight Watchers

Sat, Jun 25th - 6:00pm

Led by Donna Patterson Hillside Church, WW, 760-718-0845

Timberline Lion’s Club Bingo Daubers, snacks & drinks available to purchase. 3 pack-$3 or 2 packs-$5. 10 for 10 packs. And special games. Must be 18 years old. Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-3580

Thu, Jun 23rd - 10:00am Phelan Senior Craft Day All seniors welcome to join in the fun making a craft and meeting new friends. Phelan Senior Center, 760-868-3757

Tue, Jun 14th - 11:00am - 2:00pm

Fri, Jun 17th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry

Wrightwood Certified Farmers’ MKT.

Food and clothing are available to those in need. Bring proof of Tri-community address. Blessed Junipero Catholic Church, Phelan 760-868-4342

Tue, Jun 14th - 6:30pm

Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community. “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.  Kids can enjoy the GiddyUp Ranch Pony Rides and Petting Zoo ( Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

Pine Needles Quilt Guild

Fri, Jun 17th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Featured Artist Karen Brow, with her “Whimsical animal design” quilts. Public welcome. Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-8869

VFW Steak Dinner Don’t cook tonight, let the Phelan VFW Post do it for you. Families welcome. $9/person VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Thu, Jun 23rd - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Wed, Jun 15th - 7:00pm

Fri, Jun 17th - 5:30pm & 7:30pm

VFW Open Pool Tournament

Free Movie Night

Prizes. Half the pot goes to the winner & half to the Post. Buy-in $5. Must be 18 years old. VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Kids -5:30- “Toy Story”” Teens- 7:30- “Tron: Legacy”. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. -  Phelan Community Center 4176 Warbler Road, 760-868-1212

Community is welcome to stop by and check out what our local farms have to offer. Grown locally you’ll find produce, meats, soaps and more.  Phelan Community Church, 760-868-4858

Thu, Jun 16th - 9:00am Weight Watchers

Fri, Jun 17th - 6:30pm

Led by Donna Patterson Hillside Church, WW, 760-718-0845

Knights of Columbus Bingo

Presented by Robin Cornett of Wrightwood Library Grassy Hollow Visitors Center, Wrightwood

Sun, Jun 26th - 9:00am - 12:00pm Rolling Thunder Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser breakfast to benefit our Veterans. Treat yourself  to pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage potatoes, coffee or juice.  $5 per person. VFW Post #9415, Phelan, Joanne Courbot, 760-880-2353

Thu, Jun 23rd - 12:00pm Pinon Hills Senior Potluck Lunch Come early for a some light exercise then enjoy the potluck. Play cards games after lunch. Bingo is played once a month. Pinon Hills Community Center, 760-868-5058

Tue, Jun 28th - 9:00am - 11:00am Line Dancing - 55+ Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-6530

Moonstruck Farms CSA Drop/Pick Up Point

Tue, Jun 28th - 11:00am - 2:00pm St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry Food and clothing are available to those in need. Bring proof of Tri-community address. Blessed Junipero Catholic Church, Phelan, 760-868-4342

Fri, Jun 24th - 9:00am - 11:00am Line Dancing - 55+ Great fun and exercise. Learn to line dance with a fun group of seniors. Free Phelan Community Center, 760-249-6530

Wed, Jun 29th - 7:00pm VFW Open Pool Tournament

Doors open at 6pm. Games at 6:30pm. Food drinks & daubers available to purchase. New games: PullFri, Jun 24th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm tab, Power ball and progressive game. 10 pack- $10. Wrightwood Certified Farmers’ Mkt. Must be 18 years. Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Pinon Hills Community Center Tri-Community. “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.  Kids can Sat, Jun 18th - 8:30am - 10:30am enjoy the GiddyUp Ranch Pony Rides and Petting Zoo ( Commodities - Food Bank, Phelan Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301 FDA Food Bank Phelan Senior Center

Thu, Jun 16th - 12:00pm Pinon Hills Senior ECD Luncheon Federally funded lunch by SBCo. Guest speakers to present topics of interest to seniors. No Charge. Pinon Hills Community Center, 760-868-3757

Thu, Jun 16th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm Moonstruck Farms CSA Drop/Pick Up Point

Sat, Jun 18th - 10:00am - 11:00am

Fri, Jun 24th - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

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VFW Steak Dinner

FDA Food Bank Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Wrightwood, 760-868-4342

Don’t cook tonight, let the Phelan VFW Post do it for you. Families welcome. $9/person VFW Post #9415, Phelan, 760-868-1999

Thu, Jun 16th - 7:00pm

Sat, Jun 18th - 10:00am

Fri, Jun 24th - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Monthly Cooking School

Bird Walk /Talk

Customer Appreciation

Cooking class featuring Vegan Delights. Free 3830 Brawley, Phelan, 760-868-4822

Presentation by Dan Guthrie and Neil Gilbert, Audubon Society Grassy Hollow Visitors Center, Wrightwood

Mountain Hardware will say “Thanks” with an evening of fun, entertainment, and food. Mountain Hardware, Wrightwood, 760-249-3653

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Thu, Jun 30th - 9:00am Weight Watchers Led by Donna Patterson Hillside Church, WW, 760-718-0845

Thu, Jun 30th - 12:00pm Pinon Hills Senior Potluck Lunch Come early for a some light exercise then enjoy the potluck. Play cards games after lunch. Bingo is played once a month. Pinon Hills Community Center, 760-868-5058

Thu, Jun 30th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm Moonstruck Farms CSA Drop/Pick Up Point Community is welcome to stop by and check out what our local farms have to offer. Grown locally you’ll find produce, meats, soaps and more.  Phelan Community Church, 760-868-4858

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LIBRARY ADVENTURES Briggs, Library Staff. Ages under 12.

Every Thu - 10:15am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Mon, Jun 13th (All day) SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Come join the fun. Stories and crafts.

Sign-up for the Summer Reading Program during regular library hours.

some great discussions about great books.

Fri, Jun 3rd - 10:00am 1st FRIDAY READING GROUP

Led by Kathy Feia.

“The Quite American” by Graham

Tue, Jun 14th - 2:00pm TAKE A TRIP

Tue, Jun 21st - 1:00pm - 2:00pm ONE WORLD with MR. TWISTER

Greene.  About a young and high-minded

Take a trip to China and Antarctica with

American based in Saigon who begins to

Library Staff. For children.

Learn how to make balloon animals from

channel economic aid to a “Third Force” which

a balloon expert. Mr. Twister the Balloon

will be anti-French, anticommunist and pro-

Sat, Jun 18th - 11:00am MAKING MEMORIES

Man. Ages under 12.

American. Everyone is welcome.

Bring 6-10 of your favorite photos for this

Wed, Jun 22nd - 12:00pm - 2:30pm TEEN MOVIE

Sat, Jun 4th - 10:30am CROCHET CLUB

project. and Shari Siebert will help you create

the beginner. Call Library to signup.

Ages 13-18 years. Bring your lunch and a

Bring your own projects, ask questions, share

Sat, Jun 4th - 10:00am - 12:00pm SUMMER READING PROGRAM

friend and enjoy “Transformers Two: Revenge

techniques and patterns. Led by Danelle Frost

of the Fallen” (PG13)

Kick-off to Summer Reading Program (SRP). Register today and enjoy stories, crafts, a

Thu. Jun 23 - 1:00 - 2:00pm Crafty cros around the world

Sat, Jun 4th - 11:00am - 12:00pm READ TO ME DOGS

surprise gift and visit with Wags.

Make a crocodile pin to wear. Elisabth Briggs.

children share their favorite books. These are

Ages under 12.

highly trained dogs and very loving. All ages

Learn about animals from around the world

Mon, Jun 27th - 12:30pm - 2:00pm CROCHET CLASS

Sat, Jun 11th - 10:30am TEEN & ADULT CROCHET

with Animal expert Cherylrenee Rendes.

Adults. Come to the Library and learn how

Learn to crochet and Irish Lace with Danelle

Ages 12 and under.

to crochet or learn new techniques and meet

Frost. Sign-ups required.

9898 Clovis Rd 760-868-3053. Mon-Tues, Noon-8pm. Wed-Fri, 10am-6pm. Sat 9am 5pm.

Every Mon & Wed, 12:00pm - 1:30pm 55+ BASIC COMPUTER Adults. Learn computer basics. Geared toward

Tue, Jun 7th - 4:00pm - 5:00pm WONDERS OF WILDLIFE SAFARI

Tue, Jun 7th - 5:30pm - 7:30pm PHELAN FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING Public is welcome.

Wed, Jun 8th - 1:00pm - 3:00pm WALKING ON MY T-SHIRT

Fri, Jun 17th - 10:00am - 12:00pm PHELAN PHUN FRIDAY BOOK CLUB Adults. Come and join the group and enjoy

with new friend.

Tue, Jun 28th - 4:00pm - 6:00pm CHILDREN’S MOVIE NIGHT “African Cats”. Take an African Safari at the library. Ages under 12.

bare feet. Donella Dorn, Library Staff. Ages

Wed, Jun 29th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm YOU LOOK MAGICAL


Interactive magic show and how-to-

Decorate a t-shirt with fabric paint and your

Thu, Jun 9th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm ONE WORLD TRAVEL TAG

workshop. Ages 13-18.

Make a luggage tag to take on your

Thu, Jun 30th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm ROCKIN’ MaROCKA!

travels. Ages under 12

Make your own maraca. Ages under 12.

Sat, Jun 11th - 10:00am - 11:00am CAFE BISTRO Adults. Enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation with library friends.

Tue, Jun 14th - 4:00pm - 6:00pm CHILDREN’S MOVIE NIGHT “Rango”. Ages under 12.

Wed, Jun 15th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm STANDIN’ UP COMEDY Stand up comedy workshop and learn from Comedian Robert Chavez (aka Chorrizo Lopez). Ages 13-18. 

Thu, Jun 16th - 1:00pm - 2:00pm TRAVEL THE WORLD BY BALLOON Decorate your own hot air balloon. Elisbeth

Wrightwood Library

6011 Pine St. 760-249-4577 Mon & Wed 12 - 7pm

Tues, Thur & Fr i 10am - 6pm Sat 10am - 2pm

Wed, Jun 1st - 7:00pm FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Meets to discuss coming up events and fundraisers. Public is welcome.

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Tue, Jun 21st - 2:00pm CARIBBEAN AND AFRICA Listen to inspired tales of the Caribbean & Africa with renowned storyteller Michael McCarty. For children.

Tue, Jun 28th - 2:00pm AMAZON Make rain in the Amazon with Library staff, for children.

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Is Your Home Fire Defensive? With Summer just around the corner there is no better time, than the present, to start working on a defensive space around your home in case of a brush or forest fire. As temperatures start to rise it begins to cook the moisture out of our local vegetation, once dry even the smallest spark can cause a devastating fire. About 100 feet of clearance surrounding your home can give Firefighters a chance to save structures and lives. Here in the High Desert a majority of the time wind blows from the South, so take this into consideration when clearing brush. Dry lightning is another factor. During thunderstorms, cloud to ground lightning can start fires in multiple locations in a very short period of time, when this happens it can stretch the limits of local firefighters having to respond to so many separate fires. These men and women put their lives on the line to fight fires and provide emergency medical care to the public, the least we as citizens can do is give them a chance to win the war on fire with a defensive space around our home. During the month of May temperatures in Phelan ranged from highs in the 90’s to lows in the 30’s, There were a few storm systems that influenced the weather “ down below” but were not strong enough to penetrate the mountain , so as far as rainfall only a trace was recorded. As of May 23rd the high temperature for the month was logged on the 5th at 93 degrees and the lowest temperature occurred on the 16th at 33 degrees. Time to enjoy the mild weather before the “Summer Sizzle” gets in full swing. Weather Summary & Phelan Data provided by National Weather Service Spotter Tom Fracasso

June, 2011

From Page 12 Over in Oak Springs Valley, John Lovett graduated from high school in 1946 - the “caboose of the homestead kids.” His parents, Doris and John, had left Texas and homesteaded in 1924, built and operated the Mt. Top service station in 1934 when Highway 138 officially opened. Soon after Highway 2 opened in 1936, the Lovetts added the cafe in 1940. In 1943 when John Lovett Sr. was driving the school bus with its “load” of eight students, he woµld often stop at Mt. Top to allow the kids to get off and sample Doris Lovett’s fresh apple pies, for which she became known. At a nickel a slice, it was an amazing bargain. During the war years, when troops were being moved from location to location, a stop at Mt. Top was like a visit home, with its friendly atmosphere and wonderful family-style meals. The cafe kept a guest book where service personnel wrote their names and addresses and drew cartoons, as well as leaving messages for others to come.


From Page 3 Check the NewsPlus Calendar in this edition to find out what movies are scheduled on each Friday night for kids and teens during the month of June. The Friday night movies are scheduled to run from June 3 through August 5, 2011.


As of May 23 Rain and Snow Totals rd

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@ 74°


8th @ 36°

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From Page 5 Currently the group is working on a festive float to enter in the Mountaineer Days Parade. They have offered to participate with PAL Humane Society events and will be the beautiful gals in blue selling raffle tickets at the Wrightwood Car Show in August. Do members have to wear a thong? Not at all. Some wear blue thong footwear (flip-flops), flip-flop shaped jewelry, BTS hats and shirt or color their nails blue. Why blue? In color lore “blue is linked to emotions such as sympathy, harmony, friendship and loyalty -traits women count on in their friendships with other women.” Penny Nall shares this thought on being a member of the Blue Thong Society. “It means that our attitudes embody all that we bring with us. We will always carry with us the powerful message that lives in our hearts, which we gained from what we learned in our youth, nurtured as young adults and how it made us the wonderful and powerful women we are today. It’s also a great avenue to go out and have fun with the girls and give something back at the same time.” For information on the BTS visit


From Page 4 Snowline budgets not only the current year, but the following three years as well. It is important to have some kind of idea what is going to happen in the future in order to prepare for it now. The Reserve Fund: Snowline is mandated by the State to have a “rainy day reserve” which must be at least 3% at any one time. When times were good, Snowline was able to build up a “savings account” which has placed them in a better financial situation than other districts due to the state’s fiscal crisis. Other parts included in the Reserves are reserved for particular purposes such as: COPS, Lottery, Program Carryover, Educational Job Funds, and Projects. At present , about 15.5 percent of the reserve fund is unrestricted. These unrestricted funds will come into play in a later article.

18th @ 42°

Coldest Day


8th @ 11°

7th @ 34 mph

Summing it up: A school districts budget is an important document, used to determine how a school will operate throughout the year. A main component of funding is the ADA

which is determined by the total number of days of student attendance divided by the total number of days in the regular school year. Money derived from the ADA plus other income goes into the General Fund. Districts use these funds to pay for all aspects of the daily operation of the district, based on the current and projected budgets. Next month we will look at how the states budget crises effects the daily operation of the school district, what the future has in store for Snowline, and what happens when the money runs out. EDITORS NOTE: A very special THANK YOU to Snowline’s Ann Cridelich for her participation in the writing of this article.


From Page 20 reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” He went on to say that Memorial Day is not a day of solemn mourning, but a day of reverent celebration. And that we have regularly given tribute to those who have sacrificed, since the Civil War. He closed with a quote from Gen. George S. Patton, “That it is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” Colonel Brown then asked that “this Memorial Day be a beginning, a rebirth, of our commitment to live and so serve with passion, joy and enthusiasm. Let us start summer with a triumphant and joyous song, as we celebrate liberty, love and life.” Wrightwood’s own Steve Moreno, of Cinimons Bakery, reflected on his two tours in Vietnam which lead into the Local Girl Scouts to bring forward a wreath to Vietnam Veterans: Larry Morris, Alvin Mclean and Wayne Hollerman, representing all who have served, they then placed the wreath in front of the Memorial, honoring the fallen. The local Boy Scouts then came forward and retired the flag, which had been flying for two years and raised a new Old Glory in its place. Taps was played by George Freeborn. The retired flag was placed in a presentation case and Captain Tom Pinard, USN (Ret.), presented the flag to John Lenau, president of the Wrightwood Historical Society for permanent display at the Wrightwood Museum. Finally, Pastor Conrad gave a Benediction and Carl Smith the MC for the ceremony concluded the event by asking the Men’s Chorus to sing “God Bless America.”

June 2011 NewsPlus  

Volume 14 - Issue 4 June 2011 NewsPlus

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