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Multiple Santa Sightings Reported Across The Tri-Community It seems Santa couldn’t get enough of the Tri-Community this Christmas season. Several reports came into the NewsPlus news desk, all reporting a sighting of Santa somewhere in the Tri-Community. Through extensive research and nose to the ground reporting we were able to get the low down on these sightings and even recover several photo’s of Santa attending various Christmas related functions.

Early in the season, Santa must have needed a vacation. Again, he and Mrs. Claus were spotted relaxing around the Village in Wrightwood. Unfortunately, paparazzi also spotted him and the word got out that Santa was in town for the Wrightwood Mountain Holiday Celebration. Graciously, Santa spent the afternoon on the patio of Mexico Lindo’s taking pictures with excited parents and children.

The first report came in from the Wrightwood Library. Santa and Mrs. Claus were spotted reading stories and making crafts with local children. Librarian Robin Cornett and the Friends of the Wrightwood Library reportedly invited Santa to Participate in this special event.

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Santa was again spotted in Pinon Hills, this time for his four legged fans. Santa’s visit to Desert Mountain Veterinary was a great way to start the Holiday season. The community brought their children and pets to tell Santa their Christmas wishes. Cookies and cocoa WRIGHTWOOD LIBRARY: Santa & were served to keep everyone warm. Mrs Claus visit with local children. Thank you to all who participated and the folks at Desert Mountain are looking forward to Wrightwood MiniMart next year.

Santa was also spotted in the desert. The Phelan Memorial Library and The Friends of the Phelan Library invited Santa to breakfast this season and he accepted and so did everyone else in the community. Breakfast was served to all, by members of the Tri-Community Kiwanis and Timberline Lion’s Club while pictures were taken by Sandi Short from Hear2Heal. Fran Baker was the set designer and once again did a great job. Children were able to participate in many crafts as well as hear a story while visiting the storybook room.

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The truth be told, this reporter is wondering if Santa just may have a special place in his heart for the TriCommunity. Some have said he has a summer home in the area and often retreats there during the Holiday Season to rest up for Christmas Eve. Who knows maybe he has a secret distribution center in the Tri-Community to help him get gifts to all the good children on this side of the world. Be sure to keep sending us your Santa sightings. Happy New Year!

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Soon after breakfast, Santa was again spotted in Phelan at the Phelan Town Square for the Tri-Community Christmas Party. Carolyn McNamara hosts this event for the community and Santa is always the main attraction. There was plenty to do while there, kids could ride a pony, jump in a bounce house, even see a real live tiger from Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary. The Jimmer from KATJ 100.7 also attended the event and broadcast the whole party over the radio. Santa was taking Christmas wishes from children and those young at heart. Snacks were available to the kids.

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The 18th Annual Wrightwood Holiday Home Tour, sponsored by the Pine Needle Quilt Guild, was held on December 3. Once again it was a big success. The four homes on the tour were beautifully decorated inside and out. Each and every room was adorned with handmade quilts of various shapes and sizes, all made by Pine Needles Quilt Guild members. These quilts were displayed on beds, couches, tables, and hanging on walls. Everywhere you turned was a gorgeous quilt.

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Several community members attended the event. It was a dual occasion, Ken Anderson, long time CSD Director de-

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Deputies closed State Highway 2 between Cedar St. and Walnut St. as well as The Pine Needle Quilters out did several local streets as far south as Betty. themselves this year. For info about Traffic from the highway was diverted the Guild visit their website at pnqg.org south through the residential area. A four square block area was closed off and several homes and businesses in the area were also evacuated. The Sheriff’s Bombs and Arson team responded and detonated the device in front of the Fire Station. CERT was activated about 1:00pm to assist with traffic flow. An all clear was announced I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR: District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt is seen here swearing in incumbent CSD Director Joe Fah- at approximately 1:15pm. The rlender and newly elected Director Alex Brandon. Sheriff’s deputies reopened the highcided not to run this year and retire from way at approximately 1:18pm. SBCFD the board. Several dignitaries were in atBattalion Chief Norton stressed for cititendance to wish Ken a farewell as Direczens to keep their eyes and ears open and tor. 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt call 911 if you find anything suspicious. was on hand to properly swear in newly Do not touch or transport devices.

A COLD AND WINDY DAY: Couldn’t keep people away from the Wrightwood Holiday Home Tour. Here are a few guests admiring the vintage homes and hand crafted quilts created by the Pine Needle Quilt Guild Members.

Volunteers are needed to help the Forest Service count bald eagles. This is the 34th season of the San Bernardino National Forest’s annual winter bald eagle count. This years counts will take place in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains on Saturday mornings, January 14, February 11, and March 10 beginning at approximately 8am. Each will consist of a 1-hour census/mapping observation. No experience is needed. Volunteers should dress warmly and bring binoculars and a watch. Bald Eagles began arriving in the San Bernardino Mountains late November and continue to stay in the area until early April.

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great depression of the 1930’s. They traveled west and ended up in Mill Creek Canyon, in the San Gorgonio Mountains. Later she attended college in Redlands to study Fine Art. She always shared her wonderful memories of her childhood with her children. Dillie married husband Ed in 1957, and lived in Wrightwood for all of their married life. Family life was full and wonderful. In their studio she had a place to create, while Ed worked beside her on his model aircraft. Dillie was an energetic and devoted mother. As well as teaching her daughters different aspects of the arts, she got involved with the Girl Scouts and became a scout leader. There were many summer vacations in the travel trailer filled with wonderful times and sweet memories. She gave the girls the benefit of her theatrical expertise in teaching them puppetry, puppet making and stage building which were so well done that the girls were asked to perform a show at the local elementary school.

DILLIE THOMAS: 1932-2011

Dillie Thomas, beloved and devoted wife of Ed and mother of Barbara and Melody, passed away on December 17, 2011. Dillie Iris Thomas was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1932, daughter of Gayl Elwood Giberson and Clara Louisa Giberson. Her early life was lived during the

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Throughout her long life she touched many lives. Service will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2 p.m. at the Wrightwood Community United Methodist Church, at 1543 Barbara street, Wrightwood. A reception will follow in the Social Hall at the Church.

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JACK MAGGARD: 1920 - 2011

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Pam was laid to rest at Victor Valley Memorial Park in Victorville. Her dear friend, Livia Pederson, also executor of her will, and John held a graveside service with prayers and good-byes on December 22nd. Livia is an angel (on wheels), she has handled so much for Pam through many years of devoted friendship, business and personal advice. I cannot say thanks enough to Livia and John for being family substitutes for my dearly loved and missed friend. Sincerely, Cay Sampias

PAM BARTLOW: 1952 - 2011

Pam Bartlow, my friend for 29 years passed away in her home on November 29, 2011 from respiratory failure due to abdominal emphysema and COPD. Thank You to all 400+ friends and loved ones from the Tri-Community and those who travelled to celebrate her life and honor her accomplishments at the Wrightwood Methodist Community Church on December 5, 2011, presided by her Pastor Dave Conrad.

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2011: The Year In Review ing In The Deep, and Someone Like You. Groups such as Moroon 5 with Moves Like Jagger and LMAF with Party Rock Anthem also did well. We can’t forget the Country Fans, The top country artists is Taylor Swift followed by Jason Aldeen, Lady Atebellum, Zac Brown Band, and Blake Shelton. Looking back, 2011 was a pretty interesting year. Not only as a Country or Community, but as a world. More than ever, 2011 has pushed us into a global environment. Natural disasters have rocked our lives, politics heated our conversations and the economy effected our lives and those around the world. As for entertainment, some may say the Republican Presidential Debates where entertainment enough. Join me as we take a look back at some of the events that shaped 2011 both in our world and mostly in the Tri-Community. Music seemed to be dominated by female artists this year with chart topping singles from Katy Perry with Fireworks, E.T. feat. Kanye West, & TGIF. Adele topped charts with Roll-

At the Box Office, this year proved to be the dawn of 3D. Who would of thought 3D would make a comeback and is such a big way. Sales were rather lackluster this year, but Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 grossed $380 million, followed by Transformers ($352m), Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn P1 ($271m), The Hangover 2 ($254m), & Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides($241m) Technology seemed to be everywhere as well. This years top gadgets seem to be getting smarter and smarter. The ultra thin Apple MacBook Air, Barnes & Nobel’s Nook EReader, The Samsung Galaxy Nexus Smart phone, The dual core iPhone

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Around the world we saw the death of Bin Laden, all US Troops pull out of Iraq, a devastating tsunami hit Japan, the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords, protests and revolution in Egypt ending with the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, Libyan protests resulting in revolution and the death of Gadafi. Devastating Tornado’s ravaged the Southern United States, Britain’s Royal Wedding, Pope John Paul II was beatified moving him closer to sainthood & Both an NFL and NBA lockout ending with the NBA season delayed until December 25. Lastly, Frank McCourt is forced to sell the LA Marathon and Dodgers because

of his financial problems and pending divorce. We also lost many beloved individuals this year, not only in our Community, but around the world. In Memoriam 2011, David Nelson-74 (Ozzie and Harriot), Don Kirshner-76 (Music Promoter), Jack LaLanne-96 (Fitness Guru), Christian J. Lambertson-93 (invented Scuba gear), Duke Snider-84 (Dodger #4, Hall of Famer), Frank Buckles-110 (Last surviving WWI Vet), Jane Russel-89 (actress), Elizabeth Taylor-89 (Actress), Geraldine Ferraro-75 (Democrat, First woman to run for president), Jackie Cooper-88 (Actor), Steve Jobs-56 (Apple Founder), Joe Frazier-67 (Boxer) and Any Rooney-92 (News Commentator) History has been made in our TriCommunity as well. Looking back over the last 12 months we’ve had our share of triumphs and tragedies. Enjoy the TriCommunity NewsPlus year in review. SEE “JANUARY” • PAGE 7

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THEY TOSS’EM AND THEY’RE STILL AWESOME 25 YEARS LATER: Owners Brian and Kim Lombardi are pictured with Gary and Mary Lombardi.

man Joey Nicholas and junior kicker Leo Farias. Defensive team members: Senior defensive lineman Hector Sotelo and senior linebacker Ethan Hillyer. The Diamondbacks had a 11-2-0 season landing them 4th ranked in the Southern Section Division Eastern.

High Desert residents participated in the annual Bald Eagle Count. 166 volunteers participated in the count. A grand total of 11 eagles (7 adults, 4 juveniles) were observed at local lake areas.

JANUARY January brought many new things to the area such as a ground-breaking for two super Walmarts, planned for the Victor Valley. One at the corner of Main St. and Escondido and the other just behind Hawthorne Suites on Amargosa Rd.

Phelan and Pinon Hills Chambers of Commerce held a joint installation dinner at the Pinon Hills Community Center. 2011 Phelan Chamber Officers include Monica Brook-President, Ken Anderson-Vice President, Nikki EwingSecretary, Louise Bevilacqua-Treasurer, and Directors: Nancy Aday, Carolyn McNamara, Sandi Rourke, JoAnn Tidwell, Cathy Johnson, Pam Barnes. Phelan’s Honorary Mayor is Bob Blaylock. Pinon Hills Officers are Jane Rowan-President,

Snowline’s Transportation Department reported the newly implemented bus pass purchasing program generated $200K in the first semester and ridership dropped by about 50%. Serrano Football had five players selected for All CIF Southern Division. Offensive team members: Senior running back Taylor Ruize, senior offensive line-

Nancy Cosgrove-Vice President, Dan Wilson-Secretary, RJ Goodman-Treasurer and Directors: Patricia Baltazar, Jeri Plager, Randy Sampias, Ellen Sullivan, Sandy Young, Lori Weston. Pinon Hills Honorary Mayor is Ellen Sullivan. The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District voted unanimously to move forward and acquire the rights to take over the solid waste service, currently run by the county. About 200 Mtn. High skiers and snowboarders were stranded for two hours due to a chair lift that broke down. Riders were lowered from heights up to 30 feet with the help of the Ski Patrol crews.

which proved to be a success. The Wrightwood Historical Society welcomed Adam Collings, Author and Historian, who discussed the transfers of land in the High Desert, from the early Indians to Present. John Sentisi passed away on January SEE “FEBRUARY” • PAGE 9

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PPHCSD Goes Solar By Alex Brandon The Board of Directors of the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District have been doing a lot of homework lately. A couple of them have been burning the midnight oil. The ad-hoc Alternative Energy Committee made up of Charlie Johnson and Al Morrissette have really done a lot of work in filtering through (and down) much preliminary solar energy information in order to present more of a consolidated information base to the balance of the board. Several Directors commented that this was very helpful in being prepared to receive the reports from the two solar energy companies who presented at the December 14th special meeting. Director Johnson indicated that Director Morrissette deserved the lion’s share of the appreciation being expressed. What the evening boiled down to was an apparent difference in apparatus to be installed, the number of locations be-

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ing recommended (although they also had many in common), and the type of finance options being recommended. The Psomas Team was very interested in the opportunity to lease a large parcel of the district’s land (about 45 acres) on a long term basis, guaranteeing a negotiated minimum percentage of the profits realized on the energy generated. As preliminarily presented that night, the Psomas solar representatives were estimating income for the CSD of about $380,000 annually. This amount is better than a third of the District’s energy costs last year. Other sites would also be developed by Psomas with the goal of “grid neutrality.” In other words, the company was confident that, after further study and modeling, they would be able to help the CSD develop the right strategy for the right sites to offset 100% of electricity costs in a relatively short time. Feeling that this group had been the most forthcoming and forward thinking, as well as the fact that the same team had a positive track record with their Victor Valley College solar project, the board authorized the sub-committee and staff (including the General Manager and District Counsel) to select a qualified, independent solar expert as a consultant to help protect the district and its residents. The overall impression was that even

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though things sounded very good, the board members wanted to proceed carefully. They seem mindful that this option represents a lot of money invested, as well as an attractive return. In other business during the next regular meeting held on December 21st, the board re-organized with Mark Roberts being elected President, and Charlie Johnson as Vice President. President Roberts then appointed members to standing committees. Newly elected Director Alex Brandon was appointed to fill vacancies on Finance and Rec/Parks/ Lighting. Again, residents are encouraged to check out the calendar page at www.pphcsd.org for times and locations of all public meetings.

Haggle Days At The Junction Join Smoketree Junction Antiques for three days of Haggling on January 6, 7 and 8th, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm. The definition of Haggling is the process of negotiating the price of something to reach an agreement. This is a way to make deals, get bargains and have fun at the same time while Haggling with the dealers on their merchandise. The Art of Haggling : 1) It is always appropriate to Haggle on “Haggle Days”. If you’re rich, too polite to haggle or get hives over the idea of

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3rd at the age of 90 in Wrightwood. He was a very talented musician, artist, and author of mystery stories. John Henry Walsh passed away on January 7 at the age of 82. Lived in Wrightwood resident with wife, Ruthann of 64 years. He loved baseball and was a big part of Serranoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1983 CIF Championship.

Terry Graham presented the history of the Cajon Pass to the members of the Wrightwood Historical Society. Snowline School District Officials held a community meeting to explain how the district budgets for each school year and to explain how they will handle the future cuts from the state and the impact it will have on future years.

Woody Whiting passed away January 4 unexpectedly. Known in Wrightwood for dolls, textile art, and for her dry sense of humor and generosity. January weather came in like a Lion and went out like a Lamb. Early in the month an extremely cold storm plunged South from the Gulf of Alaska dropping snow at low elevations. Phelan received about 3 inches of the white stuff with more accumulations at higher elevations. Then a series of high pressure systems dominated the local weather and ushered in a dry air mass along with temperatures that felt more like Spring than Winter. During the middle of the month high 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and low 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were enjoyed by many residence.

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Both Phelan and Wrightwood experienced shortages in DSL Service. Due to Tri-Community complaints, Verizon accommodated a limited fix to the problem which was causing potential home buyers and business owners to look elsewhere.

San Bernardino County Fire Division Chief Dan Odom was appointed to serve as interim chief, pending the appointment of a successor to retiring Chief Dan Wurl. Mark Roberts, a geologist and a director for the PPHCSD spoke to the Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce about earthquakes and plate tectonics. Olympian Bryan Clay visited Phelan Elementary School. Students participated in a walk-a-thon as well as an outside assembly where they got to meet the Olympian and listen to his inspiring message. The Radio Dinner Theater ”My Darling Clementine” returned to Wrightwood at the Blue Ridge Inn. Performed by the Snowline Players, directed by Barbara Badger and produced by Lora Steinmann. The cast was made up of 11 local members including Walter Foley, Tom

The first of the month started off with the howl of extremely strong winds announcing the arrival of a brutal and damaging storm. A wind gust of 58 miles per hour was reported. As this awesome Storm unleashed her fury, Phelan received 2.18 inches of heavy to moderate rain in less than 24 hours. This boosted the season total to 13.03 inches of precipitation making it the wettest year since the 2004-2005 season. As temperatures dropped some of that rain turned to snow in Phelan and the higher elevations as well, and speaking of snow Wrightwood would be measuring the white stuff with yard sticks as it piled up.

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bird watching to the Wrightwood Property Owners Association. Terry Graham, gave a talk about recreation and activities that were enjoyed during the early days of Wrightwood, to the Historical Society. The Phelan Chamber presented its 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza at the Serrano High School ball fields. San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved $150,000 for the design and construction of an outdoor skate park in Wrightwood, located on Pine Street between Hwy 2 and Apple Ave. The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District has moved to its new home, situated in the northwest corner of Phelan Park, behind the Phelan Community Center. After about a two year hiatus the Miss Phelan Pageant returned to Phelan. This years court was Teen Miss Phelan Kylee Smith (14yrs old), Little Miss Phelan Roshelle Easton (5yrs old), Miss Phelan Harmony Latham (16yrs old), Junior Miss Phelan Carly Kale (8yrs old) & Young Miss Phelan Morgan Nelson (11yrs old). The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors appointed Piñon Hills resident Larry Morris to serve on the County’s Veterans Advisory Committee.

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drill which featured mock injuries of real and dummy victims in which the CERT Teams had to coordinate the rescue and triage. Trina Lee Kenney, 32, of Wrightwood was sentenced to 3 years and five months in a federal prison for defrauding would-be horse purchasers. A U.S. District Judge ordered her to pay 88 victims $272,609.50 in restitution. Station 14 in Wrightwood received a set of pet resuscitation masks to aid in mouth to snout breathing when resuscitating pets. The masks were donated by the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council. Wrightwood lost 30 year resident, William (Bill) Malloy who passed away on April 10, 2011. Bill , with an eagerness to get the job done, always had a smile on his face and something funny to say. The month began with a cold Low pressure system moved south from the Gulf of Alaska bringing with it strong winds, cold temperatures and snow. After this event passed, warm Spring temperatures were the rule for most of the month. The high temperature for the month was logged at 85 degrees and the low temperature was 23 degrees. Due to the well above average rain and snowfall, blooming wildflowers showed off their awesome colors.

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Pinon Mesa Middle School’s Music Department showcased the Marty Chandler Musical Instrument Museum displaying over 150 unusual, obsolete, rare and interesting wind instruments

The PPHCSD Parks and Recreation Division began a series of on going workshops, activities & classes. SEE “JUNE” • PAGE 12

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Heritage School Teacher, Wendi Rodriguez was named “San Bernardino County Teacher of the Year.” The Tri-Community Memorial Day Ceremony, honoring our Vietnam Veterans, took place at the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Park and was followed by a flag raising and retirement ceremony at the VFW Post 9415 in Phelan, which also sponsored a potluck for all in attendance. This year marked the third such event. The Tri-Community Seniors Groups united when the County Special Districts Office redirected the funds used for the Senior Lunch Program. They approached the CSD in hopes to continue the $24,000 yearly program, but to no avail. The 15 year lunch program ended

Major roadwork projects occurred in the TriCommunity. A culvert was placed under Phelan Road at Pionero and the dip was be removed. Caltrans started the Hwy 2 Safety Improvement Proj- LEST WE FORGET: Vietnam War Vets, Alvin McLean, Larry ect which put left Morris, and Wayne Hollerman are seen here stepping forward with a wreath to honor all who have fallen. turn bays at Spruce on the west and Best of Show. Kathleen Mekemson won Sheep Creek on the east, widened shoulthe Overall Best of Show. ders to 4 feet where needed, did culvert Temperatures in Phelan ranged from work, and put a four-way stop sign with highs in the 90’s to lows in the 30‘s. The a cross walk at Willow. high temperature for the month was logged on the 5th at 93 degrees and the Seventeen Pine Needle Quilters entered their works of art in the San Berlowest temperature occurred on the 16th nardino County Fair this year and collecat 33 degrees. tively were awarded with eighteen- first place ribbons, twelve- second places ribbons six- third place ribbons; and fiveTri-Community NewsPlus entered the world of social media with a Facebook page. PHOTO: Don Fish Jr. - NewsPlus

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the life of me remember his name, once told me that a good memory was the key to success or was it happiness? I do know that forgetting your wife’s birthday or an anniversary can definitely have a profound effect on your happiness, but I suspect the two of them actually go hand in hand or is it foot? He suggested that I begin taking natural mineral and herbal pills, the name of which escapes me, while assuring me that it had done wonders for him.

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93% planning to attend college, trade school, or the military. Senior Alexandra Wimberly was awarded the 2011 National Merit Scholar for her all around achievements, which included a near perfect SAT score of 2300. 10 percent of the graduating seniors received a 4.0 or better. Serrano grads also received over $430,875 in scholarships. The Ceremony was marred by disparaging remarks from Salutatorian Gabrielle Foley. Who ,unfortunately, ruined this honored moment for 429 other graduates, when she went off script and blasted the Snowline School District, accusing them of corruption and recent budget cutbacks, finally leaving the stage with a defamatory statement, apparently to everybody in attendance. Aloha! Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees and Smoothies, opened their doors in Stater Bros. Shopping Center. Mother Nature ushered in the first day of Summer the first triple digit temperature recorded in Phelan in over 11 months, the last being July 25th 2010, when the mercury peaked at 100 degrees.

JULY Navitat Canopy Adventures opened on July 1, 2011. The 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 skybridges, zip lines, and rappels. Mountain High’s Sky High Disc Golf Complex is hosted several tournaments during the summer months, becoming SEE “AUGUST” • PAGE 18

My Habit This is the time of year when so many of us contemplate in earnest determination our New Year resolutions. The idea of a fresh beginning in a new year seems to lend itself to a kind of self imposed conditional parole and the inexorable challenges that go with it to finally steer an unwavering path to success. The problem is that when so many of us break that parole and fail, the consequences are very little, if any, except in the case of health issues such as smoking or being over weight. The consequences for failing to eliminate either of these afflictions is potentially severe and even life threatening. The irony is that all of us so afflicted know this quite well yet still choose to keep or heads buried in the sand like the proverbial ostrich. We ignore logic by constantly trying to convince ourselves that we can beat the odds and that nothing bad will ever our way come.

Casey, in her own inimitable way, was only trying to tell me something. As I look back, they were probably right; but if I were to admit that, I would also have to admit that my dog is in some ways smarter than me. Be that as it may; it is my intention to beat this habit once and for all. Not just for health reasons, but for my family and yes, Casey too. Of course as a non-smoker; I will be able leer condescendingly at others who are still puffing away even in outdoor settings as I’ve often had to endure… but I won’t. An old mentor of mine, I can’t for

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The buying local FIND THIS RECIPE AT WWW.4NEWSPLUS.COM: movement has grown Good enough to eat by the spoonful, this curd can tremendously over be used as a cake filling or tart filling or served with scones, muffins, or fresh fruit. the last five years, and that is thanks to all of you that are supporting local farms. this year’s tree lighting and is dediPlease continue to do so by visiting cated to not allowing this to happen your local farmers market in Wrightagain. Volunteers and members of wood where you can enjoy a peacethe Tri-Community are needed to ful afternoon perusing through the assist the small group of Chamber local produce, participating in the members who donate their time Tri Community Co-op and pick up a in making the tree lighting at the Wrightwood Village Holiday Celebrawonderful basket of farm fresh vegetables and fruit every two weeks tion a success. To make this a true or participating in the Moonstruck Village Tree the Chamber encourFarms CSA ordering your choice of ages everyone interested in sharing farm fresh products by email and comments, suggestions, and/or volpicking up at your choice of set deunteering to develop a plan for the livery locations. For more questions tree lighting to please join them. For about any of these choices please information, contact the Chamber at feel free to email me at moonstruck760-249-4320 farms@verizon.net.

Tree Lighting Meeting The Wrightwood Chamber invites residents of Wrightwood and the TriCommunity to attend a Village Tree Decorating meeting on Thursday, January 5th at 6:30pm at the Chamber building on Highway 2 between Elm and Willow in Wrightwood. The goal of this meeting is to create a Village Tree Committee that will focus on identifying resources to decorate a sustainable tree in the heart of Wrightwood for all future Christmas Holiday celebrations.

The Return Of The Wrightwood Farmers Market Wrightwood Certified Farmers’ Market will begin their 2012 season on Friday, January 6, 2012. It will take place inside the Wrightwood Community Center during the winter months, then move outdoors on April 27th during summer months and continue through mid November. The market will be open weekly on Friday afternoons from 4-7 pm.

The Market brings local fresh products to the Tri-Community by offering seasonal fruits, vegThe Chamber acknowledges that etables, herbs, honey, preserves, there was a bit of disappointment at flowers, bread, eggs, Professional Dog Grooming and much more. As you’re perusing the market goods you are able to meet and talk with the farmers. 760-868-9961

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The Snowline Players present several plays throughout the year. If you have a chance to go a performance you surely won’t be disappointed.

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growing the goods. They are also, subject to inspections from the County Agricultural Inspector. A certified market can only allow farmers that have obtained a certificate, authenticating that they are growing what they are selling. For more info contact Stephanie Carroll at 619-675-4301.

Senior Citizen Recognition Day The 16th annual Senior Citizen Recognition Day was held on Tuesday, December 13. Each year in December the Snowline School District acknowledges our Community’s Senior Citizens with an afternoon of Christmas entertainment and

The Serrano’s students from The Jazz Band, Wind Music Ensemble, Serrano Choir Department Schizonphonics, and the Theatre Department provided the afternoon’s entertainment. Following the show the Seniors were escorted and served by the HOSA, ASB, SASS, and BioClub students to the Gymnasium to enjoy the dinner prepared by Snowline Food Service Department.

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. And, once again, it was the “best”. The local theater group brought laughter and tears to the audience, as well as a lesson to be learned. The performers ranged in ages from 4 THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: Presented by the Snowline Players, this Christmas play captures the spirit of to grown-up, many with the holidays and filled the audience with holiday cheer. quite a few years of experience and plays under their belt.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the presentation of a play performed by the Snowline Players. This year’s play was “The

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“DO IT BEST” GIVEAWAY: Pictured-Mike Troeger, and the lucky winner Michelle Moore, of Mountain Hardware’s “Do It Best” $1000 Shopping Giveaway. This is Mountain Hardware’s fifth year to draw a local resident’s name from the entry box.

Every year for the past five years Mike Troeger and the Staff at Mountain Hardware have awarded a lucky resident a $1000 shopping spree. This years winner, Michelle Moore, can spend $1000 on merchandise featured in the 130 page “Do It Best” catalog. Remember to register for next years drawing!

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January Events Tue, Jan 3rd - 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

Tue, Jan 3rd - 11:00am PHELAN SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH Bring a potluck dish and enjoy talking with new and old friends. Phelan Senior Center, 760-868-3883

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Sat, Jan 14th - 10:00am - 2:00pm

WRIGHTWOOD HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY

Guest Speaker Jim Conkle. An enthusiastic historian, tour guide, and fan of Route 66 will present an entertaining and informative program.  Open to the public. Free. Wrightwood Museum, 760-249-3163

Food and clothing are available to those in need. Bring proof of Tri-community address. Blessed Junipero Catholic Church, Phelan, 760868-4342

SUNSET COMMUNITY LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS

Wed, Jan 11th - 6:00pm - 9:00pm TEXAS HOLD ‘EM TOURNAMENT

Sat, Jan 14th - 6:00pm

WRIGHTWOOD CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MKT

First place $300 AmEx gift card.  $25 entry fee.  Must be 18 years.  Sponsored by Phelan Chamber. Pizza Factory, Phelan, 760-868-3291

TIMBERLINE LION’S CLUB BINGO

Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community.  “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.   Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

Wed, Jan 11th - 7:00pm VFW OPEN POOL TOURNAMENT

Fri, Jan 6th - 6:30pm

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

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO

WWPOA GUEST SPEAKER

Doors open at 6pm. Games at 6:30pm. Food drinks & daubers available to purchase. New games: PullThu, Jan 12th - 10:00am tab, Power ball and progressive game. 10 pack- $10. PHELAN SENIOR CRAFT DAY Pinon Hills Community Center All seniors welcome to join in the fun making a craft and meeting new friends. Sat, Jan 7th - 9:00am - 2:00pm Phelan Senior Center, 760-868-3757

Wed, Jan 4th - 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

Thu, Jan 5th - 12:00pm

SMOKETREE JUNCTION FLEA MARKET & FARMERS FAIRE 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

PINON HILLS SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH

Sat, Jan 7th - 10:00am - 2:00pm

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

SUNSET LITTLE LEAGUE SIGNUPS

Thu, Jan 5th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Baseball and Softball signups.  T-ball to Minor B, $75.  Minor A to Seniors, $85.  Bring player’s birth certificates and 3 proofs of residency. Phelan Community Center

MOONSTRUCK FARMS CSA DROP/PICK UP

Sat, Jan 7th - 10:00am - 5:00pm

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

SMOKETREE JUNCTION - HAGGLE DAYS

Thu, Jan 5th - 6:30pm

Come by and haggle with Antique Dealers for best prices on their merchandise.  No reasonable offers refused.     815 Hwy 138, Pinon Hills, 760-686-4960

VILLAGE TREE DECORATING COMMITTEE

Sun, Jan 8th - 10:00am - 5:00pm

A gathering of the Tri-Community to form a Village Tree Committee. Volunteers and members are needed to make decisions for next year’s Mountain Holiday Celebration in Wrightwood regarding the lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony. Wrightwood Chamber Office, 760-249-4320

SMOKETREE JUNCTION - HAGGLE DAYS Come by and haggle with Antique Dealers for best prices on their merchandise.  No reasonable offers refused.     815 Hwy 138, Pinon Hills, 760-686-4960

Sun, Jan 8th - 3:30pm Fri, Jan 6th - 9:00am - 11:00am

2ND SUNDAY FILM SERIES

LINE DANCING - 55+

“Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls”,   An enjoyable documentary of Jools and Linda Topp’s  music and comedy detailing the twin’s rural upbringing, political activism and their immense popularity at home and abroad.   Free, but bring a canned good (unexpired) for Wrightwood Helping Hands to distribute to those in need. Wrightwood Museum , 760-249-3163

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

Fri, Jan 6th - 10:00am - 5:00pm SMOKETREE JUNCTION ANTIQUES- HAGGLE DAYS Come by and haggle with Antique Dealers for best prices on their merchandise.  No reasonable offers refused.     815 Hwy 138, Pinon Hills, 760-686-4960

Baseball and Softball signups.  T-ball to Minor B, $75.  Minor A to Seniors, $85.  Bring player’s birth certificates and 3 proofs of residency. Phelan Community Center

Fri, Jan 6th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Tue, Jan 3rd - 7:00pm WW Property Owners Association’s guest speaker is the Wrightwood Trail Committee.   Everyone is welcome. Free. Wrightwood Museum (Old Firehouse), 760-2493163

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Tue, Jan 10th - 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

Thu, Jan 12th - 11:30am

Sun, Jan 15th - 2:30pm PASSPORT TRAVEL SERIES “Along the Royal Inca Road”  Travel with National Geographic Explorer, Karin Muller along the 3200 mile road built over 500 years ago.  Complimentary refreshments and filmmaker reception.  General Admission $7, Seniors $6.50, ASB card holders free.  VVC PAC, 18422 Bear Valley Road, Victorville.  Victor Valley College PAC, 760-617-1448

EL MIRAGE SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH

Tue, Jan 17th - 9:00am - 11:00am

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

LINE DANCING - 55+

Thu, Jan 12th - 12:00pm

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

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, Jan 12th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Wed, Jan 18th - 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

MOONSTRUCK FARMS CSA DROP/PICK UP

Thu, Jan 19th - 12:00pm

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

PINON HILLS SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH

Fri, Jan 13th - 9:00am - 11:00am

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

LINE DANCING - 55+

Thu, Jan 19th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

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

MOONSTRUCK FARMS CSA DROP/PICK UP

Fri, Jan 13th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

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

WRIGHTWOOD CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MARKET

Thu, Jan 19th - 7:00pm

Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community.  “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.   Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

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

Fri, Jan 20th - 9:00am - 11:00am Sat, Jan 14th - 8:00am

LINE DANCING - 55+

BALD EAGLE COUNT

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

Volunteers needed to help the Forest Service in a 1-hour census/mapping observation of bald eagles at five different lake locations in the San Bernardino Nat’l Forest.  No experience needed.  For further details see the article in this months Newsplus.  Or visit http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/sanbernardino/ or call 909 382-2600 for further details.

The Tri-Community Kiwanis Club meets the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Pizza Factory • Phelan

Everyone is Welcome!

Daubers, snacks & drinks available to purchase. 3 pack-$3 or 2 packs-$5. 10 for 10 packs. And special games. 50% of proceeds go to purchase rescue equipment for Fire Dept.  Must be 18 years old. Wrightwood Community Center, 760-249-3580

Paid by Wrightwood Property Owners’ Association

Fri, Jan 20th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm WRIGHTWOOD CERTIFIED FARMERS’ MKT Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community.  “Certified” means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.   Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301


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Fri, Jan 20th - 6:30pm

Tue, Jan 24th - 11:00am - 2:00pm

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS BINGO

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL FOOD PANTRY

Thu, Jan 26th - 10:00am

LINE DANCING - 55+

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. Must be 18 years. Pinon Hills Community Center

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

PHELAN SENIOR CRAFT DAY

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

Wed, Jan 25th - 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Sat, Jan 21st - 8:30am - 10:30am COMMODITIES - FOOD BANK, PHELAN FDA Food Bank Phelan Senior Center

Fri, Jan 27th - 9:00am - 11:00am

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

Fri, Jan 27th - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

LIFESTREAM BLOOD DONATION

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PINON HILLS SENIOR POTLUCK LUNCH

Local farm fresh produce and goods available to the Tri-Community.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;Certifiedâ&#x20AC;? means working under the rules of the Calif. Dept. of Agriculture.   Wrightwood Community Center, 619-675-4301

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

Sat, Jan 21st - 10:00am - 11:00am

Wed, Jan 25th - 7:00pm

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VFW OPEN POOL TOURNAMENT

Thu, Jan 26th - 2:30pm - 4:00pm

LINE DANCING - 55+

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

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

MOONSTRUCK FARMS CSA DROP/PICK UP

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

Tue, Jan 24th - 9:00am - 11:00am

Thu, Jan 26th - 12:00am - 1:15am

LINE DANCING - 55+

TRI-CHAMBER ROUND TABLE

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

Discuss Tri-Community concerns with Ken Anderson, County liaison and Michael Orme liaison to the Feds.  Call for reservation. 

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one of Southern Californiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disc Golf Assoc. and the Professional Disc Golf Assoc. premiere Disc Golf courses. Located at Mountain High North Resort, just west of Wrightwood, Sky High sits 7200 feet above the Mojave Desert floor nestled between the pines and desert vistas. The Phree Phriday Philm Phun Night began its second season at the Phelan Community Center, sponsored by the Tri-Community Kiwanis and Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District. Snowline All Star Cheer kicked off its inaugural season. Jessica Duncan,

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Mountaineer Days in Wrightwood held on 4th of July weekend presented two days continuous family activities. Popular community parade, contests, raffles, food and vendors.

The first Tri-Community Outreach Meeting was held in Phelan. Attended by Ken Anderson, Representative to Senator Sharon Runner and 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt and Michael Orem, Field Representative for Congressman Buck McKeon, Tri-Community Chambers of Commerce members and anyone interested, current topics around the community and state were discussed.

Tom Cosgrove, a longtime Pinon Hills resident passed away on May 25, 2011. Tom was a veteran of the Korean War, and a Charter School Pioneer and was well known amongst a large group for his constant and opinionated emails. Tri-Community Organizations and members enough money to purchase two pieces of rescue equipment for Station 10 in Wrightwood. The Amkus Capstan and Arizona Vortex Multipod Rope Rescue system are designed to help rescues over guardrails, walls, and cliffs. Mother Nature entertained the TriCommunity on the 4th of July, first with thunder, lightning and then rain. If you were lucky enough to get some of the wet stuff you may have felt temperatures drop about 20 degrees in a matter of minutes. On July 6th thunderstorms were much stronger creating a flash flood. As the thunder rumbled and the lightning streaked across the sky the rain pounded with a fury, within minutes streets began

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Tue, Jan 17th - 3:30pm - 5:30pm WII PLAY FOR TEENS

Ages 3-5. Prepares pre-schoolers with skills needed for kindergarten. Pre-registration required. NO CLASS ON JAN 4

Ages 12-18 years. Electronic gaming day for teens to compete or just play Wii games.

Adults. Learn computer basics. Geared toward the beginner. Last class of 2011 is Dec 15, classes will resume in January 2012. Call Library to signup. NO CLASS ON JAN 3 & 5

Tue, Jan 3rd - 5:30pm - 7:30pm PHELAN FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MTG.

Every Tue - 11:00am - 11:30am LIBRARY BABY TIME

Adults. Come and join the group and enjoy some great discussions about great books. Bring your snack or lunch.

Ages 0-3 years. Music, movement, visual literacy, and language development to help child get ready to read. NO CLASS ON JAN 3

Every Tues - 12:00pm - 12:30pm MOVIN’ & GROOVIN’ STORY TIME Ages 3-5 years. Activities with reading, singing, dancing and crafts at story time. NO CLASS ON JAN 3

Wrightwood Library

6011 Pine St. 760-249-4577 Mon-Tues-Wed 11-7pm, Thurs, 10am-6pm Sat 9am-5pm CLOSED Friday & Sunday **CLOSED JANUARY 1 & 16**

Tue, Jan 3rd - 1:00pm FIRST TUESDAY READING GROUP “The House of Sand and Fog “ by Andre Dubus III. Three fragile determined people become entangled in their competing desires for the same small house. Everyone welcome.

Mon, Jan 9th - 11:00am - 1:00pm 2ND MONDAY LUNCH BUNCH

Sat, Jan 14th - 10:00am - 11:00am WAGS READING THERAPY DOGS Ages 3 1/2 - 12 years. Your child can read to highly trained dogs.

Wed, Jan 18th - 2:00pm - 4:00pm TEEN MINIMUM DAY MOVIE Ages 13-18 years. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-part 2. Bring a friend and enjoy a new release movie.

Mon, Jan 23rd - 12:30pm - 2:00pm CROCHET CLASS Adults. Come to the Library and learn how to crochet or learn new techniques and meet with new friend.

Tue, Jan 31st - 4:00pm - 5:30pm THE R.A.T PACK Random Arts for Teens. Ages 12-18.

Sat, Jan 14th - 10:00am - 11:00am CAFE BISTRO Adults. Enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation with library friends while your kids are busy at WAGS reading program.

Wed, Jan 4th - 11:30am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Sat, Jan 21st - 3:00pm CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Come join the fun. Stories and crafts.

Led by John Cromshow, newspaper columnist. Bring your projects and questions.

Wed, Jan 11th - 11:30am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Come join the fun. Stories and crafts.

Wed, Jan 11th - 3:00pm FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Discuss plans for the new year. Public is welcome.

Wed, Jan 18th - 11:30am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Come join the fun. Stories and crafts.

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to the country’s budget/loan default problems. The Veterans Administration agreed to visit the VFW in Phelan, presenting a seminar covering such topics as How to File a Claim, How to Apply for an Appeal, Agent Orange, and Mileage Allotments. This is part of an ongoing program to assist Tri-Community Veterans with VA related issues. The Wrightwood Property Owners Association’s guest speaker was Tom Pinard, who talked about local roads and their history. The Annual Mountain Classic car show brought pre-1973 American rods, customs, muscle cars, and trucks to the Village in Wrightwood. A lightning strike started a 345 acre fire just west of Pinon Hills in LA County as a result of afternoon thunder activities generated from the monsoonal flow out of the south. Snowline Unified School District received an API (Academic Performance Index) of 807. That is up from last years 797. This places Snowline 3rd highest API score in San Bernardino County and only 8 points away from first place.

Wed, Jan 25th - 11:30am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

The highest temperature recorded for this month was logged on the 14th at 92 degrees, the lowest temperature recorded was a cool 37 degrees that occurred on the 7th.

NOVEMBER Inspector Clouseau visited the Tri-Community when the Serrano Drama Department presented the play “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.” This month marked a major milestone for local Wrightwood artist Patricia Farrell. Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, Dutton Family Student Gallery hosted a solo exhibit of her artwork. This was Patricia’s first ever showing of her artwork in a Gallery. The name of the exhibit was called “Milestones: Two Dimensional to Three” and featured works in bronze and stone. Wrightwood Chamber held an Installation Dinner at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Wrightwood. The 2012 Officers and Directors include: Carl Smith-President, Clark Fleeup-Vice President, Linda Moreno-2nd Vice President, Esther Mears-Secretary, Kathy Carroll-Treasurer, Leslie Mihalko-Public Relations, and Directors: Malton Youngblood, Jose Sousa, Cindy Shippy, Stephanie Wolfe, and Renee Merline.

Come join the fun. Stories and crafts.

Sat, Jan 28th - 3:00pm TEEN MID-WINTER PARTY Ages 12 and up. Guessing games and trivia questions about popular books. Refreshments and prizes.

The Pirates of Penzance sailed through the Tri-Community, shanghaiing the Snowline players forcing them to entertain eager audience members. Lora Steinmann produce, and Cheryl Buckle directed a stalwart band of actors in an entertaining rendition of the Pirates of Penzance. The high temperature was recorded on the 2nd at only 99 degrees, the low temperature was logged on the 4th at a cool 56 degrees.

SEPTEMBER The Phelan Chamber of Commerce hosted the “Phelan County Phair”, this year’s theme for Phelan Phun Day. The day consisted of the Patriotic Parade, and the ever popular Champagne Classic Car Show. There were plenty of contests for every age, such as tractor races, largest vegetables, livestock judging, pie and hot dog eating, Vendors displayed their wares and many local organizations and businesses had booths to share what they all about.

The Tri-Community once again honored our local Veterans on Veterans day with ceremonies at The Veterans Memorial Park in Wrightwood and the VFW Post 9415 in Phelan.

Depending on your location you may have received only a few drops or a torrential downpour.

OCTOBER The 8th annual Willys and Jeep Rally was displayed over 90 vehicles in and around the Village in Wrightwood. The same day was the Wrightwood Chamber Chili and Salsa Cook-off. Willys, Jeeps and Chili! 10 years in the making, the Wrightwood Village Trail Committee finally realized their dream of a hiking trail through the Village. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony took place at Wrightwood Elementary. When the ceremony ended attendees descend the 1.25 mile trail. The Big Pines Recreation Hall, built in the 1920s, came alive with a gala Firemen’s Ball sponsored by the Timberline Lions Club.

Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce moved from their Top of Park office to the old Sears building on Highway 2.

The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District Directors Candidates participated in a Debate/Forum sponsored by the Tri-Community Kiwanis Club.

Starting with an overnight lightning storm on the 10th and then the next three days had the Tri-Community experiencing flash floods and dangerous lightning.

The second annual Frightwood 5K, 10K and Mini Mile was held in Wrightwood. Runners dressed up in costume and were surprised by scary creatures

The Transition Habitat Conservancy raised $75K to purchase 20 acres of land in Puma Canyon to create a Nature Park. The 17th Annual Veterans Dinner served nearly one thousand meals. The Serrano High School Gymnasium was filled with Veterans and their families, while Snowline students ran to and fro serving meals and deserts, while talking to Vets from all branches of the military from World War II to the present. Current CSD Board President Joe Fahrlender retained his seat and Alex Brandon was elected to replace the retiring Ken Anderson as a result of the November election. Measure G was passed by 82% of the voters. Joe Fahrlender, who was an appointed incumbent, garnered 825 votes for 38.5%. Alex Brandon received 764 votes, or 35.7%. Challenger Dan Whalen placed third at 550 votes and 25.7%. Phelan Memorial Library’s long-time canine friend of the library and family favorite, Petrovich, passed away on Thursday, November 17. The crew at NewsPlus would like to thank everybody in the Tri-Community for your continued support and dedication to our monthly paper. We would like to wish you a joyous Happy New Year and a profitable 2012.


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Hemisphere is now tilted away from the sun, because of this the nights are longer and the day’s are shorter. Cold temperatures are also the major factor when this condition takes place. Speaking of cold, It’s time to throw another log on the fire!--Weather Summary & Phelan Data provided by National Weather Service Spotter Tom Fracasso Although December did not produce the awesome storms experienced in 2010, it did blanket the High Desert with extremely cold temperatures. La Nina conditions continue to dominate the weather with most storms loosing their punch as they approach the West Coast. As of December 24th the largest storm system to influence the Tri-Community took place on the 12th and 13th. This event was a cold core Low Pressure system that moved south from the Gulf of Alaska. During this storm snow levels plunged to around 3,000 feet. On average Phelan received about a half inch of snow. All totaled with the rain and snow .61 of an inch of precipitation was added to the season totals. The coldest temperature for the month was logged on the 4th at a chilly 21 degrees and the highest temperature recorded took place on both the 9th and 21st at 60 degrees. In other news the Winter Solstice took place on December 22nd. The Northern

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