5th Annual Senior Health Fair blends fun and information
By Al Morrissette
For the hundreds of senior citizens attending the health fair there was a wide array of information available to enhance their ability to live longer, live healthy and enjoy the Golden Years. Several healthcare vendors provided tests for high blood pressure and diabetes, two silent killers whose presence may not otherwise be known.
The event was held at the Serrano High school gymnasium, which because of its size gave sufficient room for the visitors to talk with the vendors and with friends from the community. The space also allows for tables at which the vendors display information, talk in an uncluttered or confined area and offer trinkets to take home.
Tamara Prischmann promoted Reiki meditation as a peaceful solution to reduce stress and exercise. She is holding an April 7 seminar in Apple Valley; you can learn more by contacting Nirmala Murthy, MD at (760) 954-6452 or visit www.artofliving.org. And for the more physical, the Oak Hills Boxing Club offers a Senior Boxing Program. For more information call (760) 948-1414 or visit oakhillsboxing.com.
First District County Supervisor Robert Lovingood visited with many people and vendors, listening to their comments and concerns, and promoting an event he is sponsoring, the 3rd Annual High Desert Veterans Resource Fair. That event is on June 2 at the fairgrounds and is a one-stop event for any veteran or family member to interface with experienced representatives who can help them apply for and receive benefits.
AARP was there to promote their tax-aide foundation that provides seniors with free tax preparation. The workshops are held on Fridays from 7:30-11:30am at the Phelan Senior Center. Also at the Phelan Senior Center is the enthusiastic Phelan Senior Club that provides a wide array of social activities and informative meetings. You can call them at (760) 868-8067. Not to be outdone by their Phelan friends, the Pinon Hills seniors also have a variety of events, and between the two clubs local seniors can get help and assistance on nearly any senior issue.
Sunset Memorial Park and Desert View Memorial Park, and Affordable Cremations promoted preplanning for burial and funeral arrangements. Andrew James stated that he had previously considered pre-planning, but now at the age of 71 is more serious about doing so because during a time of emotional turmoil when his parents passed, it was a blessing not to have to make those decisions because his parents had taken care of the details.
Rose Rita commented that she enjoyed the fair and this was her first time attending, “I learned a lot and have things to study at home,” adding, “I appreciate the lunch and those line dancing girls. I’m new to the area and now know I have things to do and new friends to meet.”
The fair is a cooperative venture between the Phelan Pinon Hills CSD, Snowline School District, and First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood.
Upgrades to Community Park discussed at CSD
By Terri Hill
Wednesday March 16 at the general meeting of the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, old business was settled leaving room in the agenda for some fresh discussion. With the public hearings on Ordinance 2016-01 and Resolution 2016-02 concerning water regulations and penalties closed, and both passed by the board, a months-long process ended at last week’s meeting. Bringing a new issue to the board, the Parks and Recreation Committee presented ideas for improvements to the park adjacent to the CSD office and Community and Senior Centers. One option is the addition of a skate park. The cost of construction might prove too high, but Al Morrissette is putting together a proposal, which will include quotes and possible funding options, for further Board review.
Another, perhaps more likely, option is a Pump Track. A Pump Track is a series of hills, or mounds, along a dirt track built for BMX style bikes. Costs for building the track could be kept low, as the dirt has already been donated and the CSD has the earthmoving equipment for the job. Some of the details that will need to be worked out include cost of maintenance and possibility of using water to keep dust down and maintain track integrity, and the possibility of using volunteers to help build the track.
One more idea from the committee is a barn-style center that could be used as a revenue-producing facility for receptions, parties, weddings, etc., as well as a venue for community gatherings and presentations. Director Pace suggested that a facility like that should be large enough to house a rodeo, given the demographics of the District. Directors Morrissette and Whalen will work with Parks Operations Supervisor Steve Lowrance, to flesh out details and work up formal proposals to bring to the Board and the community.
Backyard bonfires draw attention of SBC Fire
By Terri Hill
Tuesday March 15 the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council conducted their monthly meeting. Captain mark Wright of San Bernardino County Fire addressed the Council on the matter of bonfires on private and public property. During the previous four weekends, the department had been called to the same Wrightwood property three weekends in a row. The property is owned by a local resident who rents it out through Airbnb, an internet based short-term rental company.
Wright was called, with the department, to the residence when neighbors saw smoke coming from the back yard. Upon arrival, the agency found that the renters had started a bonfire in the yard, with just a few bricks laid in a circle to contain it. When questioned, the renter claimed that the owner of the home had told them it was “ok” to have an open fire in the yard. When the renters the following week also had an open fire, the department went in search of the owner, who said that he had not given them permission to have the fire in the yard, Wright commented that he believed to homeowner. When the home was rented on the next weekend, the department was called again when smoke came from the back yard. Wright suggested that because the fire ring had not been taken apart and covered, it probably looked to the renters like it was acceptable. The owner was told to deconstruct the fire pit and make a point in the future to explain to renters that it is illegal to have an open fire in Wrightwood.
According to the San Bernardino Fire Department, “A bonfire is any outdoor fire (including recreational fires, BBQ Pit or Portable Outdoor Fireplaces) with a fuel area larger than 3’ wide by 2’ high. Permits Required? Yes. Fees: $207.00 per fire - Community Safety must be contacted at (909) 386-8400 or (760) 995-8194 for a permit prior to kindling the fire. Requirements and Restrictions • Bonfires are prohibited in a Wildfire Risk Area EXCEPTION: Within an organized camp with written permission from the Fire Code Official. • Fire must be a minimum of 50’ away from a structure or other combustible materials. • Distance may be reduced to 25’ if in a BBQ pit and created specifically to create coals for cooking. • Fuels may only be clean, dry wood or charcoal. • Trash may not be burned in a bonfire.” Wrightwood is considered an at-risk community for wildfire activity. To learn more about the ordinances regarding barbeques, burn piles, general fire permits, etc., visit the Fire Safe Council website. http://www.wrightwoodfsc.com/documents/OutdoorFireRequirements.June2011.V1.pdf clarifies the types of fires and permits, and http://www.wrightwoodfsc.com/fireplan/AtRiskFedReg.pdf explains and denotes at-risk areas of the county.
An election to the Council will be held at the April 19th meeting and the list of nominees was presented at the meeting. Nominations will also be taken from the floor on the night of the election. The nominees are John Aziz, John Bauer, Chuck Carroll, Robert Comperini, Jim Emery, Terri Hill, Glenn Goldstein, Hank Hallmark, Bruce LaClaire, Al Morrissette, Ben Smith and Kathy Smith. Council members serve a two-year term.
Wrightwood’s Fire Safe Council is one of dozens of community-based organizations whose purpose is, as the California Fire Safe Council website says, “Mobilizing Californians to protect their homes, communities and environment from wildfires.”
Our local council organizes the Green Waste Drop-Off and Wildfire and Disaster Awareness Day to name just two of the events they sponsor. Representatives from the National Forest, Cal Fire, SBCounty Fire, and LA County Fire attend the meetings and keep the community updated on bark beetle, forest (fire) fuel moisture, staffing, clearance, and other issues critical to the
More training for SBC Fire
By Terri Hill
Serrano’s campus was busy last Thursday with community health and safety the subject of the day. While the Senior Health Fair was dispensing information and services in the gym, San Bernardino County Firefighters were training with LA County Fire in the Sunny Slope parking area.
During a wildfire in the local mountains, LA County Fire Black Hawks are enlisted to administer water drops for fire suppression. Many water sources are available during the daylight hours, including the aqueduct, reservoir at Mountain High, Lost Lake and the Wrightwood Country Club. At night however, the helicopters cannot snorkel water from fixed sources. Instead, the airship must land and fill the 1000-gallon tank from a hose and hydrant.
Serrano’s Director of Risk Management, Robert Chacon, arranged for the school’s football field to serve as the night helispot during fire events such as the Pine Fire to provide a closer water source for more rapid response to slow the advancement of the fire. Chacon said that the particular hydrant accessible to the field is on the Sheep Creek Water service. The fire department keeps records of how much water they pump and LA County would be responsible for water used for a fire on the LA County side of the forest.
Thursday’s drill was the last of three days of training for SBC Fire with LA County Fire helicopter crew. Each of the three shifts from Stations 10, 14, and 40 learned to safely approach, fill, and retreat from the airship in the event that a nighttime fill is required.
During the demonstration, Supervisor Lovingood stopped on his way to the Health Fair to shake hands and offer the County’s thanks for the firefighters’ service.
Update on the Wrightwood CSD formation
By Vicky Rinek
The discussion continues on the subject of the proposed Wrightwood Community Services District. At the recent MAC meeting committee members stated that the application procedure continues with Lafco and should be finalized by the end of March.
The community should be aware that an election is required for the approval of WWCSD. The target date is set for the November election. A WWCSD cannot be formed without a two-thirds majority vote of residents living within the proposed boundaries. These boundaries include all of Wrightwood, including the Los Angeles County residences.
Wrightwood residents interested in taking one of the five seats on a Board of Directors must be elected. Potential candidates must obtain and file appropriate documents to have their name included in the November election. The forms are available at the San Bernardino County Elections Office, 777 E. Rialto Ave., San Bernardino. For more information on filing for this election, please visit the Elections Office website at www.sbcountyelections.com or call (909) 387-8300
The scope of responsibilities that would fall under the WWCSD include the real estate encompassing the two parks, public buildings, and the parking lot in front of the community building. The 23 streetlights, the maintenance of the facilities, equipment and related supplies and solid waste franchise with CR&R would be under the responsibility of the new CSD. Payroll for personnel managing the CSD and its property will fall under WWCSD control. The funds to cover the expenses relating to the above will come from a portion of the property taxes already collected by the San Bernardino County Treasurer. Property owners will not be assessed for any additional fees or taxes without a vote that requires a majority vote of the registered voters within the WWCSD boundaries.
Wrightwood is unincorporated and relies on the county to provide all essential services. With the creation of a CSD residents elect a board of local residents to oversea the CSD, to manage and operate a selected portion of essential services. As Stephanie Carroll stated, “Overall this independent form of local government is able to be much more responsive to its community’s needs.” There will be a scheduled community meeting in May (TBA). To review WWCSD go to: www.wrightwoodcsd.org
EASTER SUNDAY • Lions Breakfast
Sunday, March 27
Easter Breakfast by the Timberline Lions Club, a 35 year tradition. Is your family looking for a menu full of deliciously prepared breakfast?
Chef John Burcher’s menu will feature his speciality 3-egg omelete, Vicky is cooking up her tasty Huevos Rancheros burritos or how about Scotty’s big hotcakes fresh off the grill with butter and syrup. Fresh hot coffee, juice and milk included in the price.
All at the Wrightwood Community Building, 7:30 am to 11:30 am.
A meal is only $7 per adult, $5 for seniors and $5 for children up to age 12 (under 3 free)Increased due to egg shortage price-hike.
To go orders will be accepted. Call ahead orders text/cell (626) 241-6784
In addition, children are invited to participate in the free craft activities and a drawing for one of five easter baskets filled with toys and goodies.
It won’t be complete without an Easter egg hunt (hosted by the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce) as well as a photo opp with the Easter Bunny.
Serving Wrightwood, Phelan, Pinon HIlls and West Cajon Valley Since 1961