Local Horse Rescue holds two events this weekend By Al Morrissette
Ann Kline and her significant other Chris bought the White Shadow Ranch on Johnson Rd in Phelan and moved from Baldy Mesa last March. By APN number the ranch was divided into a personal living quarters on the back five acres and the Mea Ola’s Place on the front five acres. Mea Ola’s Place is a non-profit horse rescue at which Kline is using her vast skills as a veterinarian technician to heal horses, and provide them a comfortable place to live until they’re adopted. The adoption process is extensive but worth the effort for equestrian enthusiasts wanting a family horse. This Saturday, Mea Ola’s Place (named after the first horse rescued by Kline) will celebrate a national event called ‘Help a Horse Day’ promoted by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The ASPCA is celebrating their 150th Anniversary this year. They teamed up with actress and horse advocate, Beth Behrs, who recently adopted her own rescue horse, Belle, to spread the word about the ASPCA Help a Horse Day contest, which has been expanded to include a total of $100,000 in grant prizes. From Friday, April 22, to Sunday, April 24, equine rescue groups nationwide will host special events in conjunction with the ASPCA Help a Horse Day Contest, a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the work they do to save and care for at-risk horses. Contestants will be judged on the creativity of their events, as well as their success in engaging their local communities to assist their efforts to protect horses, and are eligible to win a grand prize of $25,000. Participating rescue groups will work to recruit new volunteers, expand their support bases, collect donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses. Kline is hopeful that Mea Ola’s event along with community support will enable them to win one of the grants. “We use rescued animals, (mostly horses) to serve the community via birthday parties, and various programs like Senior Saturdays. We have a Foster Youth Outreach program, Kid’s Camps, picnics, and more,” said Kline, adding, “This year we will be offering any of our programs at no charge to victims and first responders of the San Bernardino shooting as well.” Senior Saturdays is a program that is held once a month and offers senior citizens an opportunity to get familiar with horse care, have a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors. The Kid’s Camp is a summer program that is similar to the senior program but is held for four consecutive days. Their most successful program is the Foster Youth Outreach. As Kline explains, many of the children bond with the horses, creating a positive connection that benefits both child and horse Sunday, April 24 will be the rescue’s official grand opening. They will have vendors, horse care workshops put on by local veterinarians (Sam Wittlin, Dr. Loveless and Dr. Steele), and games for kids of all ages. Up In Smoke BBQ will cater the event. For more information visit www.meaola.org or the Mea Ola’s Place Facebook page.
A signal of hope at the Wrightwood MAC meeting By Terri Hill
Paul Bauer, Council member and General Manager at Mountain High reported at Monday’s MAC meeting that Supervisor Lovingood has helped push for the installation of a mobile traffic signal at the 4-way stop on Highway 2 next winter. The signal would be set up temporarily during periods of heavy snow play and ski traffic, like Christmas break and Martin Luther King Day weekend. An automatic timer would give a preset “green light” time for traffic moving on Highway 2, and a shorter green light for cars crossing between the Post Office and Willow. Bauer stressed the importance of Lovingood’s involvement in getting the plan into motion. Jim Cowan was out of town, but sent his report to the MAC with Chairperson Stephanie Carroll. Cowan reported that the well levels are 79.75 feet below surface as of April 8. The measurement for April 2015 was 75 feet, nearly five feet higher than this year. Water restrictions of 25% conservation are still in place. Cowan also addressed the lighted signs on Highway 2, warning of major road work between Sunrise Church and Flume Canyon. A new pipeline project along the highway, and one at the bottom of Cardinal will require traffic control in the area. Cowan said the Caltrans permit allows work between 9am and 3pm, but if Caltrans agrees, work will begin at 8:30am. Work on the pipeline is expected to be finished before the scheduled completion date of June 25. Lane closures on Highway 2, between Flume and the LDS Church will cause minimal delays to traffic. John Aziz spoke on behalf of the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council and gave an update on Wildfire and Disaster Awareness Day (WDAD), Saturday May 7th. The kick off to the week’s activities is happens Monday, May 2nd at 10am at SBCo Fire Station 14 in Wrightwood. As with last year, multiple agencies will be represented as will the County Supervisor’s office. Last year ABC 7 covered the event, alongside the Mountaineer Progress. WDAD will be held at the parking lot of the Wrightwood Community Building May 7th from 10am to 3pm. Nearly a dozen emergency and fire agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide information and demonstrations regarding safety and preparedness. Children will can participate in the Jr, Firefighter Challenge, and hot dogs and popcorn are free of charge. Smokey Bear and Sparky will be available for photo ops. The annual event is a fun informative day, and a great opportunity for residents to familiarize themselves with local emergency services. Wrightwood’s Municipal advisory Council (MAC) is still short one member, and in December may have yet another open seat. The council serves as a liaison between the community and the County. Representatives from County Roads, CHP, Fire, Sheriff, the County Supervisor’s office, and more attend the monthly meetings to answer questions and give reports on their activities within the community. Residents interested in applying for the council can contact Susan Drake at the County Supervisor’s office at (760) 995-8100, or go to http://www.sbcounty.gov/cob/main/NewBCCApp.aspx and choose Wrightwood MAC from the drop-down menu. Supervisor Lovingood is responsible for the appointment of MAC members.
Sanders coming to Victorville By Al Morrissette
On Sunday, May 1, Victor Valley Community College will be the site of a Congressional District Caucus for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Throughout the state each Democratic candidate is chosen in all 53 Congressional Districts through a caucus venue. VVC is one of two locations selected in the 8th Congressional District by the Sanders campaign, with the other being the Tri-County Fairgrounds in Bishop, according to the California Democratic Party. The state’s Democratic Party’s website showed that Hillary Clinton’s campaign as of Monday had not solidified two locations in the 8th Congressional District, which encompasses the San Bernardino High Desert region running north through Inyo County and ending in Mono County just past Mammoth. These caucuses are the method for establishing who will be the state delegates for the candidate at the national convention in Philadelphia July 25-27. The allocation of delegates for each candidate will be determined by primary results in June with a total of 317 district-level delegates and 30 alternates will be elected statewide. VVC spokesman Robert Sewell stated that a representative with Sanders’ campaign reached out last week seeking a location large enough for the Sanders caucus and chose the school as the location. Sewell added that it presented an important opportunity for the college’s students and staff to get involved in the political process. The process will take place on the main floor of the Student Association Building, building 44, located at 18422 Bear Valley Road. The doors open at 2 p.m. and the caucus begins at 3 p.m. Only registered Democrats who live in the 8th Congressional District can vote upon signing-in and they must be in line by 3 p.m. to receive a ballot to vote. A voter can also only attend either a Sanders or Clinton caucus. Results won’t be announced until after the June 7 primary. Sanders is serving his second term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2012 with 71 percent of the vote. Sanders previously served as mayor of Vermont’s largest city for eight years before defeating an incumbent Republican to be the sole congressperson for the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife Jane and has four children and seven grandchildren. When he announced his candidacy last year on May 26 many people including Hillary Clinton felt he was a flash in the pan. Others did not take him very seriously as he started his campaign with empty pockets, yet momentum brought forth a serious challenge to Clinton creating the necessity for her to hone her campaign skills. His far left ideals has made it difficult for Clinton to keep a centrist format as she had to lean left in order to balance his momentum, especially with the college students, poor, and socially conscious while demanding that big business stop diverting billions to off shore tax free accounts. A significant difference in these two campaigns was shown this past weekend when Clinton held a $33,400 per person fundraiser in Beverly Hills and Sanders held a $27 per person fundraiser a few blocks away.
Heritage students garner science awards
By Terri Hill
Of the thirty-four San Bernardino County students who received gold medals at the 34th annual Inland Science and Engineering Fair, three are students from The Heritage School. Gold medalists advanced to the state competition following April 5-7 event for the four-county region. The 34 students from the county were among approximately 920 Riverside, Inyo, Mono and San Bernardino (RIMS) county students who competed at the event. Some 820 projects were presented. The gold-medal recipients all advance to the California State Science Fair, which will be held in Los Angeles on May 23-24. There were three divisions of competition in the event at the National Orange Show Events Center: Elementary (fourth- and fifth-graders), Junior (sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders) and Senior (ninth- through 12th-graders). Elementary Division participants are not eligible to compete in the state event. Heritage students who won Gold Medals were Madison Elliott, Sadie Cook, and Brady Knowlton. Along with the State Competition, gold medalists were invited to compete in the Broadcom Masters science fair in June. Silver Medalists are Seth Danega, Sean Crowley, and Elijah Richards. Garrett DiGiorgio took home a bronze medal, and Brian Phan took copper. Individual and group projects were judged in 22 categories of science - from microbiology to zoology, math and physics to electronics, and consumer sciences to earth sciences. The regional fair is sponsored by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Riverside County Office of Education, Inyo County Office of Education and Mono County Superintendent of Schools. In other Heritage science news, Mia Davis and Avanti Martinez were both selected to participate in Tech Trek, a science and math camp designed to develop interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women. Students selected for the camp will enter eighth grade in the fall, as camp curriculum is targeted specifically at girls entering 8th grade. The camp features hands-on activities in math, science, and related fields. All sleeping, eating, instructional, and recreational facilities are located on a university campus where camps are held. Tech Trek is a project of AAUW (American Association of University Women). Girls who attend Tech Trek camps do so on scholarships provided by AAUW California branch members, working with participating middle schools in their area. Heritage science teacher, Wendi Rodriquez explained, “Seventh grade science and/or math teachers at these schools recommend camper candidates who must then pass through an extensive qualification process that includes an application, an essay, and a personal interview.” Rodriquez sets an honorable example for the young girls in her classes. This fall she will fly into the stratosphere aboard NASA’s SOPHIA observatory, a highly modified Boeing 747SP. Rodriquez opportunity for space flight is the result of an application process that, like those of her students, required planning and carrying out a project that qualified her for the award.
Wrightwood Classical Concert Series this weekend
The spring concert – Strings and Hammers and Cords…oh my! – will be presented Sunday, April 24 from 3:30pm to 5:30pm at the United Methodist Church, 1543 Barbara St., Wrightwood. The Concert Series began in November of 2015 with an inaugural concert at the home of Lora Steinmann in Wrightwood, and was enthusiastically attended by more than 60 classical music lovers. A CD of the event is now available for sale. The performers for the spring concert are: Karen Linkletter, guest artist and cello; Tristan Sherman, violin; Rodger Whitten, piano and Stephanie Santos-Owens, soprano Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door with a $5.00 discount for anyone 65+ and all KeyboardArt students. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal through the event website: http://www.KeyboardArt.com concerts/calendar, or from Joyce Wonderly during the Wrightwood farmers market at the Wrightwood Community Center on Friday evening, or call her at (760) 249-3487. The Wrightwood Classical Concert Series offers 3 concerts annually, spring, summer and fall/winter, showcasing local talent and guest artists from around Southern California. Mark your calendar for the Christmas concert December 11, 2016. Watch the website for the announcement of the Summer Jazz concert. The concert series is produced by the KeyboardArt School of Music and Art in Wrightwood, which offers piano, violin, voice, harp, drum, and guitar lessons as well as art classes. The faculty is comprised of accomplished musicians and artists with degrees in music/art and decades of experience both performing and teaching. See http://www.KeyboardArt.com for more details. Music draws us together because it is so meaningful and the opportunity to hear such talented musicians is an experience not to be missed!
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