Last Friday evening, Mike Troeger and his staff hosted the 16th Annual Mountain Hardware Customer Appreciation Party to thank all those who have made his store an award-winning outlet. There were free hot dogs and sodas, served by SBC Fire Explorers from Station 10, for hundreds who attended under blue skies with temperatures cooler than most places. Walter Foley & Friends who played the greatest hits from three decades of popular music provided entertainment. As the music began, there were already patches of evening shade, on the parking lot and stage, created by towering pines, leaving some sunny bright illuminated spots for dancers. Mixing things up a bit on instruments, Walter Foley played electric bass guitar while Lynn Davison played keyboards and sang lead vocals. Vic Padilla played electric guitar and sang, with Jeff Mitchell performing on the drums. The set list was reminiscent of hip FM radio stations that used to play rock, folk, soul and rhythm & blues music. Opening the concert with Credence Clearwater Revival’s Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Davison then confidently moved into Elton John’s Tiny Dancer and then some Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, before blasting into the Rolling Stones’ rocker Start Me Up and sharing vocals with her band mates. Later, the tempo increased, as did audience participation for Aretha Franklin’s Chain Of Fools and Respect, with riveting vocals from Davison and Foley stretching out on a solo of thumping bass that had some members of the audience dancing. Next, the band ratcheted up the pulse even more as Padilla sang The Who’s Squeeze Box, slowing down finally for Elton’s Bennie And The Jets. While everyone caught their breath, the band played Boz Scaggs’ Low Down with Padilla on lead vocals, followed by Davison singing Steely Dan’s Do It Again. Then returning to the rock beat, Davison sang Rhiannon- the Stevie Nick’s song written for Fleetwood Mac- featuring a long guitar solo and pulsating bass. Adding a little country twang, the band then slid into Tom Petty’s Mary Janes’s Last Dance with everyone singing. Following that, Davison performed a soulful rendition of Van Morrison’s Into The Mystic as the sun set behind the San Gabriel Mountains. Continuing with a trilogy of sorts, there was a calming prelude as Davison sang Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time, before the band and Padilla on lead vocals careened into Rod Stewart’s Hot Legs and then eased into Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb. Although the music continued into the twilight, the end of the trilogy was a good segue for those who were headed over to The Yodeler for the summer residency of Terry “Big T” DeRouen. Don’t miss this guitar legend and his band every Friday night at 8:00 pm. The new CD of Walter K. Foley entitled Things Left Unsaid is available as a download at iTunes and cdbaby.com, or can be purchased locally at the Village Grind, Cabin Fever and the Wrightwood Farmers Market. And for those who enjoyed Lynn Davison, she will appear as part of the Wrightwood Musicians Show on August 18 at Music in the Pines in The Apple Farm, located at Highway 2 and Rivera Drive.
Walkout at SJUSD Board Meeting By Steve Mosley
Current Snowline Superintendent, Luke Ontiveros, was not in attendance to hear the Snowline Teachers Association voice their concerns over teacher retention and pay, or witness a walkout of the association members at the most recent Snowline School District Board Meeting. The board meeting opened with community comments from the Snowline Teachers Association. One of the main concerns of the teachers association was that of providing raises to teachers. Of the speakers, Chris Graham was concerned that the district is going through too many changes and can’t keep up. She stated that, because of low pay, the district has an inability to attract new teachers. She said many new teachers are leaving after completing their teacher training while others are leaving for better benefits and pay. She asked that the board focus on investing in new teachers. Leslie Sykes questioned whether the district was reporting the facts concerning student enrollment truthfully. She believes that, based on the number of openings in the district, enrollment was actually increasing, contrary to reports of decreasing enrollment. She said that the number of openings in the district indicated that the district is actually increasing in enrollment. Ms. Sykes cited the web site “Transparent California” in saying that the current Superintendent, Luke Ontiveros, recently received a$30,000 raise while the previous Superintendent, Dr. Eric Johnston, is still receiving pay from the district. Sykes also stated that the status of the labor agreements was still not settled and is still in negotiations. She ended her statement by questioning the board members, “are we reporting the facts truthfully?” The community comments portion of the meeting concluded with a walkout of the Teachers’ Association members. In discussing board business, Board member Karen Winkler stated that the district is expected to deficit spend through the 2018-2019 school year. She said Snowline is expected to have declining enrollment during that time. The meeting concluded with the incoming Superintendent of Snowline, Dr. Ryan Holman, stating that, in an effort to better understand the needs of the community and students, he wishes to connect more with the stakeholders in the community. Holman would like to meet with the leadership at the various school sites as well as meet with the board members individually. He went on to thank each of the board members for their help and hard work.
Grand Theft Asking for the public’s assistance to identify the suspects
On Tuesday, June 28, 2106 at approximately 4:00am, unknown suspects entered into the Victim’s property in the 14000 block of Primavera Road in Pinon Hills. The suspects stole a Polaris Robotic Pool cleaner, hose extender and reel valued at $1500.00. Video surveillance was obtained and the suspects can be seen exiting an unknown year white pickup truck. We are asking for the communities assistance in identifying the suspects. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Hubbard at (760) 868-1006. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com. Refer: Staci Parks, Victor Valley Station (760) 552-6845 DR#071602252
Lions to celebrate Independence Day with an Old-fashioned Picnic
This weekend, Saturday, July 2, marks the second annual Lions Barbeque and Community Picnic to be held at the Wrightwood Community building and parking lot. Their event will feature music, games for the children, cakewalk, water balloon toss and barbequed Angus beef hamburgers, and hot dogs, and much more. When community members and visitors come out and enjoy a Lions BBQ or any of the other great events organized by the Lions, 100% of the money raised goes to help those who need it most. The Timberline Lions club has been serving the Tri-Community since 1951. Their fund-raising activities not only bring needed help and awareness to problems local and nationwide, but also help to create and support the spirit of the communities of Wrightwood, Phelan, and Pinon Hills. The Timberline Lions club is a small group of dedicated individuals that make a huge difference for the lives of thousands. They look forward to seeing everyone come out and support your community and country. Any questions, please contact the Lions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving Wrightwood, Phelan, Pinon HIlls and West Cajon Valley Since 1961