Retired San Bernardino Sheriff charged in confrontation that occurred in July 2015
A Phelan man was arrested Monday, April 25, nine months after authorities say he drove off with a U.S. Forest Service investigator hanging from the car window at a wildfire base camp at the Fairgrounds lot in Victorville.
John Andrew Gocke, 61, a retired San Bernardino County Sheriff’s captain, was charged Friday with resisting an executive officer, a felony, according to court documents. He faces a fine of up to $10,000 and up to a year in jail if convicted.
In July 2015 an officer-involved shooting occurred near the fairgrounds when a car dragged United States Forest Service officer, Ty Davis, prompting the USFS officer to fire his gun. No one was shot.
USFS spokesman Stanton Florea said in a statement that, at around 8 p.m. Monday, the USFS law enforcement officer contacted a man “who had been non-compliant with ... security personnel” outside the High Desert Event Center, which houses the annual San Bernardino County Fair. The grounds in the 14800 block of Seventh Street in Victorville had been used as the base camp for North Fire operations since the weekend, and authorities from numerous agencies were in the area.
In an interview with the Press Enterprise in July, Gocke said he drove through the fairgrounds that day because he was curious about why so much firefighting equipment had gathered. Gocke said he asked someone about the commotion and “the contact went drastically wrong.”
“He had a real bad attitude,” Gocke said of Davis. “He demanded my identification and he told me to get out of the car. I told him I didn’t have to do that.”
Still, he said, he showed the officer his badge and identified himself as a retired deputy.
“It escalated from there,” Gocke said. “I knew he was wrong. As I tried to drive away, he ran around yelling, ‘Get out of the car.’ He inserted himself in the driver’s window. I had no idea what his intent was. I pushed him off and drove away.”
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said that Gocke retired from the department in 2004 as commander of the Colorado River station in Needles.
The North fire started July 17, 2015 off I-15 in the Cajon Pass, overrunning at least 20 vehicles, the occupants of which were forced to run for their lives. Over the next few days, it burned 4,250 acres, seven homes and 16 outbuildings.
Emotions run high as Timberline Lions Honor Newest “Rising Stars”
By Vicky Rinek
You know about the Lions and their commitment to the youth of our area. Well, they’ve done it again—honoring local school students who have overcome obstacles to become model students. In front of a packed house, four outstanding students were named as Rising Stars at the most recent Lions Club dinner meeting in Wrightwood’s Community Building, and it was an exceptional evening for the young students who were honored by their families, school principals, teachers, councilors and the Lions.
From the Wrightwood Elementary School, Principal John Garner introduced Mickael Dynes. “Mickael was one of those kids that we knew needed extra help. Mickael had learning difficulties and emotional issues in school. Before attending Wrightwood Elementary School Mickael was bounced between homeless shelters and finally moved in with his aunt and uncle. When Mickael arrived in Wrightwood Elementary School the staff took him under their wings and helped him adjust to his new environment. “He has grown into a solid young man who has gained control of himself, has succeeded in school, and has become a very well-liked and respected member of our school,” Garner said. “We all appreciate the Lions Club for providing community recognition for the success of a student and the hard work of our teachers and staff.”
Arianna Baracio-Garibay is a Rising Star from Serrano High School.
Over the year Arianna has become a wonderful young woman with a very kind heart. She has achieved great success as she overcame obstacles that would have taken down other students. Arianna knows what its like to have difficulties at home and wants to help others socially and emotionally. Her positive attitude toward self, school and others is extraordinary. The staff at Serrano has given students like Arianna tremendous support in achieving emotional and behavioral improvements. Arianna has maintained straight-As while participating in the Peer Mentoring program. Serrano High School principal and councilors all agreed that Arianna deserved to be recognized as a Rising Star.
The next two Rising Star students are twin brother and sister, Jayvin and Lilly McCormack, 3rd graders from Heritage School. These two students have become a joy to teach. Obstacles at home don’t keep them down. Jayvin and Lilly keep a positive attitude and maintain their grades while taking on additional responsibilities at home to assist their hard-working single father. The councilors and teachers agree that both Jaylin and Lilly have emotionally grown and are role models to other students.
Tanner Scala has a positive attitude and a love for learning! This wasn’t always the case. Tanner came to Baldy Mesa Elementary School where the staff recognized a learning difficulty. His frustration and poor attitude were a direct result of his learning disabilities. Tanner received the support he needed and improved his social, emotional and academic skills to where he is a positive role model to his fellow students.
Lion Bill Swift, Chairman of the awards, presented each student with a certificate of recognition, along with a check for $100. Michael read the certificate that stated, “In recognition of the cooperation and effort you have demonstrated toward your education and for reaching your potential as an accomplished student…. We believe that our future is dependent upon each generation’s leadership, vision and creativity. You have shown your willingness to further those values, overcome obstacles and advance your education.” After reading his certificate Mickael’s eyes widened and he had a broad grin on his face as he accepted his gift check. Bill Swift presented Tanner his certificate and check, and told him, “You’re a very special person!” Jayvin and Liliy were a bit shy but were obviously happy with their gifts from the Lions. Arianna spoke a few words to show her appreciation and her commitment to higher education. Loud applause followed the awards along with tearful happiness.
The Lions have accomplished much in their community and beyond. Their eye clinic in India is still a major project, and they’ve hosted local free vision screenings and handed out more than 500 prescription, recycled glasses, to name just two areas of service. The Rising Star awards are very special, however. They afford an opportunity to see first-hand how the Lions’ efforts affect young lives in a very positive way.
The community is invited to the upcoming Timberline Lions Club “Open House” on Thursday May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wrightwood Community Building. Come to a small presentation of the history of the Lions Club and enjoy appetizers and camaraderie with new and old friends.
The next important event is the July 16, 2016 Free Vision Screening to be held at the new Life Church of Nazarene, 4232 Phelan Rd., Phelan. Everyone is invited for a free vision screening and if needed, will be fitted with a free pair of prescription glasses that match their vision correction needs. If the Lions Club is unable to match your prescription to glasses on hand they will pay for glasses at a local optometrist. The vision screening is not meant to replace a comprehensive eye examination and refraction that you obtain through your eye doctor’s office.
If you have ever considered giving back to your community the Lions Club is a great place to start. Contact Lion Vicky Rinek at 760.249.3245 for additional information.
Wrightwood Classical Music Concert
By Michael Palecki
More than 100 classical music fans enjoyed an afternoon concert last Sunday in the Wrightwood United Methodist Church. The performance was presented by Joyce Wonderly, who is the director of the Wrightwood Classical Concert Series, and featured Rodger Whitten as program director and guest cellist Karen Linkletter. Welcoming guests, concert series Director Joyce Wonderly announced that future performances have been scheduled in August and December.
Opening the concert, Keyboard Art pianist Seth Northway performed “Sonata in G” by Domenico Scarlatti with his left hand playing the melody and his right hand cavorting in shrill progressions. For his next selection Northway performed “Geraldo Valley” written by Koji Kondo-a composer of video game music. In addition to arranging the music for piano, Northway added an epic tone to an energetic delivery.
Keyboard Art teachers Rodger Whitten on piano and Tristan Sherman on violin played the first movement of “Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op.22” by D.Seitz. After the piano lead in, there was a spirited banter between instruments as the musicians raced to a dynamic conclusion.
Following that, guest musician Karen Linkletter played “Prelude and Allemande from Suite II for unaccompanied cello” written by J.S. Bach. Her performance was terse, moody, and ethereal developing fully the warmth and richness of her instrument.
Taking the stage again, Whitten and Linkletter performed a selection of Romanian Folk Dances by Bela Bartok and “Country Dances for Cello and Piano” written by Richard Rodney Bennett. For Bartok, the piano mood was subtle and faint as Linkletter moved her fingering closer to the bow for pleasing higher notes. But then there was a bombastic shift into the country-dances as Linkletter’s bow hand plucked the strings rapidly to the beat of the piano.
Closing out that segment, Whitten then went solo playing George Gershwin’s piano rag “Rialto Ripple.” Not as frenetic as Gershwin’s own playing, Whitten’s arrangement provided the listener with more enjoyment.
Closing out the first half of the concert, Keyboard Art teachers Chet Noll playing piano, and Soprano Stephanie Santos-Owens singing, performed Serge Rachmaninoff’s “Vocalise, Op. 34, No 14.” For that, the piano was poignant and the vocals were stunning with the wooden walls and ceiling of the church softening the volume somewhat but resonating the richness of Santos-Owens’s voice perfectly.
Following intermission, Northway continued with more Rachmaninoff, playing “Prelude in C Sharp Minor” with a dynamic introduction and explosive progressions. Other highlights from the second half included additional pairings for Whitten and Santos-Owens, and Whitten with Linkletter.
One of the finer moments was Whitten playing Chopin’s “Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise brillante, Op.22.” As he began Whitten commented, “Join with me in my concentration for this grand and brilliant polonaise.” With that, there was just for a moment, a trace of Chopin’s military march tone leading into magical scatting on the keyboards as Whitten’s hands ascended and descended the keyboard ever so nimbly.
The Wrightwood Classical Concert Series continues on August 6, with jazz directed by Walter Foley, fine wine, and a chef-prepared dinner. Additionally, Jerry Ripley will direct a performance of carols and cantatas on December 11. For an international musical journey without leaving the alpine village, Wrightwood has everything.
To purchase tickets, contact Joyce Wonderly at (760) 249-3487 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/28/16 Stagecraft students are learning to make faces
by Terri Hill
Last year Mandy Home, a student in Mike Ogborn’s Serrano High School Stagecraft class, volunteered to have her face immortalized in stone, and there began a project that would last into the second semester of this school year.
Stagecraft is a Career and Technical Education class that is instrumental in the productions at Serrano’s Performing Arts Center (PAC). Students learn light and sound production, set design and building, and prop inventory and placement. In addition to the school’s Theater Arts Department shows, Stagecraft students direct lights and sound for the choirs and for guest performers like Snowline Players.
At the end of March, Ogborn brought back actor, special effects make-up artist, and film historian Bill Blake, and Mandy Home, who now attends Excelsior, to complete the old-age foam latex make-up technique designed to radically alter Home’s youthful appearance. Last year the students were treated to Blake’s expertise in the processes involved in latex prosthetics. As protégé to John Chambers, Academy Award-winning artist responsible for the make-up for the original Planet of the Apes, its four sequels and the 1974 television series, Blake had a wealth of information to deliver to the students in a series of 55-minute classes that began in spring of the last school year.
The clay sculpture forming the pattern over which a gypsum stone mold is made for casting the foam latex was, as Ogborn pointed out, like a reverse fossil. After that mold was created and the clay removed, liquid foam latex was poured into it and baked, resulting in a set of soft thin prosthetic pieces that would wait until this spring to be applied to the face of its young model. When Blake returned to complete Home’s transformation, the Stagecraft students watched with anticipation. Home had to sit still in the make-up chair for about three hours, most of that time spent with her eyes closed. Blake carefully applied the prosthetic make-up in two sections, blended seams, and with a bit of shading around the eyes and a touch of grey added to her hair, 17-year-old Mandy Home was transformed into a woman of about 80 years. Garrett Little, 12th grade, commented that this part of stage production hadn’t been his first interest, but, “Now that I’m seeing it done, it’s much more interesting!”
Some of Beverly Quinn’s drama students were also in attendance for the demonstration. Joseph Michael Dubose, an Acting III student in 11th grade commented, “I think it’s crazy how realistic it looks. I mean, I know she’s 17, but she looks so old!”
By the time the transformation was complete, the final bell had rung and many students had to catch a bus home or get to other extra-curricular activities. For the handful of students that stayed, Mandy donned a white blouse and an appropriate shawl and posed for photos of the finished product.
While the advanced prosthetic make-up techniques may be too involved for use in many of the productions at the PAC, Ogborn wanted to give the students the rare opportunity to see a master of the craft at work live, and perhaps excite increased interest in the field.
4/28/16 Kindergarteners receive free dental exam
By Al Morrissette
For the past week Dr. Michelle Marconnette performed free dental exams to approximately 700 kindergarten students throughout the Snowline School Districts. Along with her dental assistants, Denise Penaca and Lila Cordova, she visited each kindergarten classroom and gave basic dental exams that took less than a couple of minutes per student.
To set a fun tone Dr. Marconnette sits in front of the students with her stuffed animal horse “horse with no name” and demonstrates the proper way to brush their teeth. She encourages some of the students to also use the prop and has them play a simple memory game to reinforce proper brushing technique on their own 20 teeth.
Then while the students watch an animated video that also instills the method of good dental hygiene, she takes a small group of students aside for their exams. Upon completion each student gets a sticker, tooth brush and tooth paste donated by Dr. Marconnette.
At the age of 16 she made the decision to be a dentist and in 1997 established her first office in Lancaster and the following year her office in Phelan. In 1999 she approached the school districts about examining all the district students but after that initial effort it proved too overwhelming and her focus went to the kindergarten students.
Dr. Marconnette emphasized baby teeth are very important – they are not just teeth that will fall out. Children need their teeth to eat properly, talk, smile and feel good about themselves. Children with cavities may have difficulty eating, stop smiling, and have problems paying attention and learning at school. Tooth decay is an infection that does not heal and can be painful if left without treatment.
Uniquely paralleling her program, Assembly Bill 1433, signed into law by the Governor Schwarzenegger on September 22, 2006, established this requirement (California Education Code [EC] Section 49452.8). The law states that schools must send notification of the new assessment requirement to parents or legal guardians. Effective January 1, 2007, students in their first year in public school must submit proof of oral health assessments. The assessments must be performed by a licensed or registered dental health professional, and proof of assessment is due on an annual basis by May 31.
Here is important advice to help your child stay healthy: Take your child to the dentist twice a year. Choose healthy foods for the entire family. Fresh foods are usually the healthiest foods. Brush teeth at least twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Limit sodas and candy. Soda and candy contain a lot of sugar, which causes cavities and replaces important nutrients in your child’s diet. Soda and candy also contribute to weight problems, which may lead to other diseases, such as diabetes. The less your child eats candy and drinks soda, the better. Remember, your child is not healthy and ready for school if he or she has poor dental health.
Coldwell Banker Home Source Free Home Makeover Giveaway Contest Has Officially Begun!
Victorville, Calif. – Coldwell Banker Home Source has launched their fifth annual Free Home Makeover Giveaway! Each year Coldwell Banker Home Source and their partners have given one lucky High Desert resident a free home makeover with the help of their partners.
First launched in 2012, Home Makeover winners, the Brilliants, received a complete kitchen remodel, new carpet, and a restoration of their stone fireplace. Last year was no different with Mr. & Mrs. Downer getting a new spa, landscaping in both the front and back yards, new lighting and electrical, gift certificates and more. Each year has brought more interest to the contest with new vendors and continues to get the attention of more High Desert residents.
2016 is off to a great start with Gold partners including DG’s Lawncare, Raines Electric, Stimax Construction, Vern’s Glass and Angel Rock & Sand with silver sponsors Carpet Club, Mark and Nellie’s Nursery and Midway Home Solutions. Hitt Plumbing, JM&J Plumbing, Heating and Air, Country Oak & Stoves, Hi-Grade Materials and HD Concrete are all in as bronze sponsors.
Platinum media partners; Kat Country, Y102, The Fox and Talk 960 will be airing promotions and updates regarding the contest and home makeover partners. Also, watch for ads from Gold media partner, Daily Press for additional updates.
From April 1, 2016 9:00 am through June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm, entries will be accepted into the contest at all three Coldwell Banker Home Source locations; 12138 Industrial Blvd. Suite 102 in Victorville, 4646 Phelan Road, Suite C in Phelan and in Barstow at 530 Barstow Road. Every Friday, beginning on April 8th at noon, a finalist will be randomly drawn. Then by July 15th, from this list of finalists, Coldwell Banker Home Source will select one lucky homeowner as the winner of the Home Makeover Contest.
Fundraiser at Serrano High School
Saturday April 30, gates open 7:30 a.m. – Race starts 8:00 a.m. in the Diamondback stadium, entrance at 9292 Sheep Creek Rd., Phelan.
Registration at ASB Office. Entry fee $25
All ages welcome!
Casino Night by FFA
Serrano FFA (Future Farmers of America) will be hosting Best of the West Casino Night. The community is invited to attend this Dinner/Casino event at the VFW Post 9415 at 4392 Nielson Road, Phelan. Dinner includes Tri-Tip and all the trimmings, No-host bar by the VFW Post 9415. Games will include Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Wheel of Fortune, Texas Hold’Em Tournament, Bunco Tournament and Silent Auction.
Tickets for the dinner in advance are $25 each or 2 for $40 while they last (limited seating).
Sarah Huss will accept ticket reservations, Sponsorships and Donations at email@example.com or (661) 305-3492
Wrightwood NIGHBORHOOD Watch Meeting
Wed., May 4, 7:00pm
Important topics that everyone should know. Help neighborhood to discourage crime, especially burglary and make communities safer. Meeting held at the Wrightwood Community Bldg., 1275 Hwy 2.
Information contact Wrightwood Watch Advisory Group visit www.WrightwoodWatch.comor
National Day of Prayer
May 5, 12 noon to 1PM
Gather in front of the Phelan Memorial Library for the Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
Naval Hospital history at WHS
May 6, 1PM
The Wrightwood Historical Society welcomes Kevin Bash to its May 6th meeting. Mr. Bash will address the historical preservation of the Norconian Resort and the U.S. Naval Hospital Norco. Author of five local history books, Mr. Bash is considered a leading authority on west coast naval hospitals. All are welcome to this meeting, at the Wrightwood Museum, 6000 Cedar Street, at 1:00 p.m
Fire and Disaster Awareness Day
Saturday, May 7, 10:00a.m.
The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wrightwood Community Building and parking lot at 1275 Hwy 2 between Park and Pine. The Expo features the Community Emergency Response Team, Fire Safe Council, San Bernardino County Fire Department and other county departments and disaster response agencies, and is geared to helping residents prepare for earthquakes, fires, flood, acts of terrorism and other emergency situations.
Saturday’s event will feature emergency supplies information booths and demonstrations. The expo will also include a kid’s fun zone, where they can put out a fire with a real firehose, earthquake demonstrations, emergency response vehicles for the kids to explore and of cource Smoke Bear will be there too.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Fri., May 13, 7:00pm
Serrano’s Performing Arts Department The Majestics present Disney’s Beauty and The Beast as their spring musical.
All seats are $10. Purchase tickets at the door, at Serrano, or from a cast member. For online purchase visit: www.shs.snowlineschools.com and click “Serrano Online Store.”
Additional shows will be May 14, & 20 at 7PM
May 21 at 2PM & 7PM
By Al Morrissette
Presidential Protest selected permission
During the current Presidential campaigns all Republican candidates and Bernie Sanders have something in common. That common ground are protest sometimes calm but often volatile that often disrupts the candidates rallies and recently in Chicago stopped a Trump rally from happening. In 2012 Pres. Obama signed a bill Titled the ‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’ it sounds like an appropriations bill instead of a direct hit upon the Constitution.
It was not a coincidence that the Continental Congress drafted the First Amendment to read; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This was a direct cornerstone to freedom in response to free speech suppressed by King George and the Parliament.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011’’.
Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, was amended to read as follows: Whoever—‘‘(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so; ‘‘(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions; ‘‘(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or ‘‘(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds; or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b). ‘‘(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is— ‘‘(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if—
‘‘(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or ‘‘(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case. ‘‘(c) In this section— H. R. 347—2 ‘‘(1) the term ‘restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area— ‘‘(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds; ‘‘(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or ‘‘(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and ‘‘(2) the term ‘other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’’.
Since the law is rather short in context, I wanted you to read the whole thing. What this does is basically allow the President and other chosen politicians to enable the Secret Service to control and sequester any protest Peaceful or otherwise of the Presidents/Secret Service whim. I bring this to your attention because there seems to be a lack of protest at Hillary rallies though she is rather unpopular to many voters and I wonder if this is a stealth backing from Obama.
By Michael Palecki
That Purple Rain Inspiration
For many years, song lyrics played an important role as inspiration for bronze sculptures I was creating. Initially, it was the haunting vocal repetitions of Van Morrison for his song Ballerina that stimulated an image for my 11-inch gold plated bronze entitled Joie De Vivre (Joy of Life). Following the death of John Lennon in 1980, his song Imagine provided solace while I sculpted John & Yoko for a 12-inch polished bronze entitled Fusion Of Spirit. And then in 1984, it was Prince’s song Purple Rain that guided me through my most ambitious commission of a bas-relief bronze fountain measuring 48 by 36 by 5 inches entitled, Purple Rain.
Throughout the lengthy process of lost wax bronze casting, I developed a continuum mechanism that erased time and distractions by playing the same song over and over as I worked. When I was away from a project for a while, it was always easy to slide back into the groove with one of the aforementioned songs. Needless to say, the scope of the fountain was remarkably intense but then Prince was always with me in vinyl, eight track, cassette and CD.
Interestingly enough, it was industrialist Henry Mudd who commissioned all three sculptures. The relationship began as neighbors in Malibu and continued as a friend, confidante and patron spanning 20 years. While Henry was renovating a modernist home in Beverly Hills, a situation arose when he was out of town, which became a real problem upon his return. A concrete block wall, constructed outside the sliding glass wall of the dining room, was intended to hide the view of cars in the motor court when seated at the table, yet afford a dynamic vista from Downtown Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean. And while the background vista was incredible, Henry found the wall oppressive and asked me, “Mike, can you sculpt something to hang on that damned wall?”
Henry was a womanizer and by that time I had become an insider with full knowledge of his five lady friends, and one for the weekend. There was always a lot of drama on Laurel Way from those who wanted to be the weekend lover and those who didn’t.
Faster than you could believe, I made a plywood template for the wall that was plumbed with a small blue tile pool constructed at the base. The image for the bronze was a tall robed male figure with an arm extended above an art nouveau medallion depicting each of the girls. The patina was purple with water sheeting down the surface of polished rivulets and the hope was… “I only want 2 see U laughing in the Purple Rain.”
Have You Ever
By John Cromshow
April is National Poetry Month. The celebration is over in two days, Saturday being the last day of the month. Celebration? A couple of weeks ago I went to a poetry event at Skylight Books. It’s an independent bookstore in trendy Los Feliz. More about that later. Poets at Work featured ten local poets reading their favorite poems about Los Angeles. Each poet read from a published collection and shared one to three of their own. Garrison Keillor’s radio broadcast, The Writer’s Almanac, always ends with a daily poem. Several High Schools are planning poetry slams.
Haiku is a structured three-line poem which originated in Japan. The first line has five syllables, the second has seven syllables, and the third has five syllables. Haiku was a great vehicle for teaching Language Arts to bilingual First Graders. I wrote students a haiku in Spanish. It was about lightening that frightened them in the schoolyard. The next day a boy wrote a haiku about a cricket and a tomato.
You might want to write one. At the most recent Wrightwood Writers Workshop I gave participants a way to ACE their own haiku. I modified it from what I taught my bilingual First Graders. To start, give your haiku a title that comes from nature. Then, choose one word for each line: first, Adjective, second, Color, third, Emotion. Keeping your title in mind, complete the three lines of your haiku.
Here’s the haiku I wrote at the Wrightwood Writers Workshop.
Swift flight makes a sound
Flashing green in the bright light
I recently wrote a haiku for a family that once lived happily in Porter Ranch. Mom’s a lawyer, Dad’s a teacher. Their two boys are in elementary school. Off the front page, although residents are still living in hotels, the media is done with the issue.
Dormant in the ground
Colorless but deadly gas
Vicious when unleashed
You might want to accept Skylight Books’ Saturday, April 30 invitation, “Join us today as we celebrate the 3rd Annual Independent Bookstore Day! After the popularity of the inaugural California Bookstore Day the event has gone national and been proclaimed Independent Bookstore Day by the rest of the country!” That’s another story.
Have you ever wanted to write an everyday haiku? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
4/17 Burglary-Residence, Night entry by force, 8600 blk Sheep Creek Rd., Phelan
4/20 Burglary residential, 5200 blk Lone Pine Canyon Rd., Wrightwood
4/20 Assault, non aggravated to child, 800 blk Snowbird Rd., Wrightwood