Serrano grads face the future; Little faces the grads
By Terri Hill
In a show of solidarity with his classmates, and an about-face to Serrano tradition, Class Speaker Garrett Little took the mic from its stand and spoke directly to the graduating class of 2016.
Little’s action was met with applause and shouts, and his speech was met with equal appreciation. He spoke of their, “Twelve years building a bridge to adulthood,” and advised his class, “it’s time to cross it.” Little expressed the debt of gratitude owed to parents, and the staff who have been students’ parents at their, “home away from home.” Garrett’s family beamed with pride. His father Jack commented later that Garrett had kept the speech a surprise for his folks.
Salutatorian Manlio Johnathon Calentti spoke of the varied paths the students had taken through the years, from passions to shoe styles and future plans. He encouraged his classmates to, “never give up, persevere!” Valedictorian honors were awarded to Faith Baik, who, in another break from the norm, opted not to give the traditional graduation address.
Tanner Cornell led the flag salute and called for a moment of silence to honor John Anthony Cabrera, who died in a car accident two years ago. “John John” would have graduated with the class of 2016.
The Star Spangled Banner is difficult to sing, yet students Hannah Buckle and Kai-li Sam Fong performed our National Anthem with sweet harmony and patriotic reverence.
Luke Ontiveros held to tradition as he officially certified the graduates of Serrano, 2016. This was possibly his last official public responsibility as Snowline’s Superintendent. Ontiveros has been selected as the new Superintendent for the Santa Maria - Bonita School District, in his home town of Santa Maria, CA.
Of the 464 graduates, 30 students earned Honors distinction, and 46 achieved High Honors. Other notable honors included Seal of Biliteracy, Medical Pathway/HOSA Stoles, and Agriculture Stoles.
The end of the celebration followed tradition closely, as it was marked by the tossing of mortarboards into the air, and a fireworks display.
Graduates and scholars honored at alternative education ceremony
By Lucy Eaton
Graduating students of Chaparral High School, Eagle Summit Community Day School, and Snowline Virtual School packed the Serrano gym on June 1st, alongside their proud family and friends. Students, 106 total, from the three schools were celebrated in a touching ceremony.
Dave Smith, principal of Chaparral, opened the ceremony with a speech about the beneﬁts of offering attainable and alternative education to students eager to realize their dreams. The student speakers talked about people who had touched their lives during their high school years. Mikayla Sellers of Chaparral High School gave an inspiring speech, praising the unity she found in school and thanking her teachers, speaking of their caring, funny, and responsible attitudes as they taught both academic and lifelong lessons. She proudly proclaimed, “We will push the limits everyday to make this world a better place; we can be the greatest this world has ever seen.” Student speaker Angela Carol Galvan thanked all the people that had helped her throughout her journey, and earned cheers from the audience when she excitedly exclaimed, “We did it!”
Scholarships were generously donated and awarded by Snowline Teachers Association, Pinon Hills Chamber of Commerce, Tri Community Kiwanis, Schools First Credit Union, and Phelan Pizza Factory. A representative from Tri-Community Kiwanis described giving scholarships to high school grads the highlight of the year, and this year was certainly no exception. Scholarships were awarded to Alex Morales, Mikayla Sellers, Joshua Scott Taylor, and Samantha Marquez. Chaparral’s Student of the Year honors were awarded to Sydney Preciado Melendez. Issiah Aguilera took home Eagle Summit’s Learning Academy Award, and Snowline Virtual School’s student of the year was Dylan Nealeigh.
Graduation season is always an exciting time to proudly celebrate past accomplishments and look toward future hopes, and these graduates and their families were not short on pride, hopeful attitudes, and good old fun. Congratulations Class of 2016!
Literary Festival expands its reach
By Terri Hill
Residents of the Tri-Community and visitors from around Southern California came to enjoy the second annual Wrightwood Literary Festival June 4th and 5th. Although most of Saturday’s events were held at Camp Mariastella, classes and performances were also offered at other venues in town on Sunday.
After registrations, meet & greet, and coffee, Victoria BarrasTulacro made the introductions of volunteers, workshop leaders, and sponsors of the two-day event. She quoted Rumi, “The wound is the place where light enters you.” This was to be the theme of festival, and Victoria asked that participants simply “remain open” to whatever the experience would bring.
Workshops on Saturday included a Haiku Hike - with Joan McCandless and Debaorah P. Kolodji, Character-Driven Non Fiction - with Angela Cardinale, Mining the Mind - with Timothy Green, Nature as Metaphor – with Teresa Mei Chuc, Performing the Written Word – with Ron Frank, Songwriting for Writers – with Greg Jones, and What If: Conflict is a Plot – with Victoria BarrasTulacro, two of which sold out before the event began. After the Keynote speaker, Isabel Quintero, gave her presentation, the afternoon ended with music and an open mic session. A Poetry Slam at the Yodeler was open to the public later that night.
Sunday events in Wrightwood were open to the public, and in most cases free of charge. The Wrightwood Community Building was the venue for a poetry reading featuring popular writers published in Rattle, the magazine that sponsors the festival. A children’s writing workshop was also a popular event at the Community Building. Wine and Watercolors was held at The Loft, Big Pines Movement Arts hosted yoga and dance, and Volunteers at Grassy Hollow Visitor Center led an hour-long hike, as inspiration for writing about nature. Closing the festival, Timothy Green and Greg Jones emceed an Open Mic event at the Village Grind.
As a fun addition to the festival’s creative inspiration, Bill McConnell, owner of Wrightwood’s Whole Life Soaps held a contest for festival participants and the public. “Soap-Ku” encouraged haiku entries relating to soap or nature. The winning poet’s haiku will be printed on the label of a specialty soap to be sold through the end of the year in McConnell’s store.
Many writers came
Seeking insight into words
All left edified
Pinon Hills man arrested in for kidnapping, false imprisonment, and spousal abuse
On Monday, June 6, 2016 at approximately 10:18 am San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from a female requesting assistance regarding domestic violence.
Deputy Patrick Higgins, along with medical personnel, responded to the victim’s location. Through the investigation conducted by Deputy Higgins it was learned the victim had been dragged out of a residence by the suspect and forced into a vehicle along with their child. While driving, the suspect repeatedly physically assaulted the victim, who was unable to get out of the vehicle due to a broken door handle. The victim kicked the passenger window out in an attempt to escape; the suspect then stopped the vehicle. The suspect and victim got out of the vehicle; the suspect then continued to assault the victim.
Good samaritans witnessed the assault and stopped to assist the victim as the suspect fled with the child still in the vehicle. San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation and other law enforcement personnel looked for the vehicle throughout the area. When Aviation spotted the vehicle near Riverside, CHP conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Ontario Avenue.
The victim was treated for her injuries and the child was returned to her. The suspect, Arnulfo Gonzalez, was arrested and booked at High Desert Detention Center on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and spousal abuse. Gonzalez is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Deputy Patrick Higgins at (760) 552-6801. 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.
6/3 Assault, to child, 4000 blk Phelan Rd., Phelan
6/6 Grand Theft Auto- other Snowmobile, boat) 4400 blk Phelan Rd., Phelan
These reports are from San Bernardino County Sheriff media call summary log.
Information may be subject to changed.
Girl Scout Troop 249 Earners their Garden Badge
Girl Scout Troop 249 went to the Community Garden to earn a badge for designing their own garden. Natalie Lopiccolo gave a tour of the grounds, and talked about the purpose of the garden and specifics about plants that thrive, watering, planting, etc. One Town, a community–based charitable organization donated one of the large plots for the scouts to use to lay out their own garden and tend throughout the season. One Town provided a variety of plants, flowers and seeds to use in their garden. The girls planted, flowers, and planted seeds in pots and the bed.
Girls at the event included Daisy Meredith Vandevrugt and her mom (co-leader for daisies), Jennifer Miescher-Vandevrugt, Juniors Bella Aponte, Kathryn Hoglin, Jael Howard, Emilee Barton, Areyna Mitchell, & Trista Smith.
Laura Hoglin commented, “Most (of the girls) were a little colorful, as they had a color run fundraiser at school that day!”
Wrightwood Summer Music
School’s out for summer and it’s time for outdoor concerts in the Alpine Village of Wrightwood. There will be multiple venues framed by the picturesque San Gabriel Mountains and towering pine trees, with music to please all age groups. The summer concert season begins on June 24 and continues through August, providing free music for cool evenings under the stars.
The action begins on Friday June 24 when Mike Troeger of Mountain Hardware shows appreciation for his loyal customers as he hosts his 16th annual admission-free party, from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Guitarist extraordinaire Walter Foley & Friends will play jazz, rock and improvisations from his “Work in Progress” series. Bring a chair and enjoy the evening with SBC Fire Explorers serving free hot dogs and drinks.
The following evening on Saturday June 25, Dave Cimino presents Red Barn Opry from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at 1849 Oriole Road and Willow Street. Enjoy down home country music in a rustic Americana setting, created by the mayor of “Wilkensville.”
On Thursday July 7 from 5:30 until 9:00 PM in the new Apple Farm venue, Music in the Pines begins its 12th season. The Apple Farm is located at the intersection of Highway 2 and Rivera Drive. The opening act will be “Soul Shake,” a band of renowned musicians from Redlands who are well tuned to classic soul, rhythm & blues, and traditional roots of rock music. After that, our own hometown band-Chicken Bone- takes the stage, to play their signature music first heard in Wrightwood and then made famous last year in a documentary film and recording in Nashville.
Musicians include front man Coyote Keene, Dan Campbell, Jim Barnes, John Skillman, David Langmade, Eric Steinmann and John Burcher. Please park at Vivian Null Park (between the banks in the Village) and take advantage of the free shuttle bus ride to The Apple Farm. To make the evening a seamless musical and dining experience, participating local restaurants will deliver your pre-ordered dinner to your seat at the concert site.
Music in the Pines continues on July 21, August 4, and August 18 at The Apple Farm. Watch the sun set behind the majestic mountain ridge from amphitheater seating, and as the stage lights are switched on illuminating an array of musical performers, it will be a class act of space and time. For additional information on everything about Wrightwood music go to: www.mountainmusic.net
Under the direction of Dan Campbell for eight years and now Claudia Campbell for three years, Music in the Pines has evolved into a spectacular family summer event. It never could have been such a success without community support and the contribution of Eric Steinmann in creating The Apple Farm.
Free Senior Driver Program
Age well, Drive Smart
June 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Wrightwood Comm. Bldg.
Almost 15 percent, or 3,637,160, of the licensed drivers in California are 65 or older. Data from the CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System showed 24,227 drivers aged 65 or older were involved in fatal or injury collisions in California in 2013. Of those collisions, 233 older drivers were at fault in fatal collisions and 11,788 older drivers were at fault in injury collisions.
“Drivers age 65 and older may have a better overall safety record than other age groups, but they often face challenges with continued mobility,” Commissioner Farrow said. “Since this can sometimes be a difficult conversation, the CHP has created a program that may help.”
The CHP developed the Age Well, Drive Smart program to provide older drivers with the tools to remain safe on the road. The two-hour class is offered at no charge at local CHP offices and many senior centers to help seniors evaluate and improve their driving skills. The program may also lower your car insurance premiums.
The Age Well, Drive Smart program, is absolutely free and will be held on the second floor of the Student Activities Center at the Wrightwood Community Building on June 6, 2016 at 10:00AM.
The mission of the CHP is to provide the highest levels of Safety, Service, and Security to people throughout the state. Offering Age Well, Drive Smart classes helps maintain and improve traffic safety and mobility for the state’s senior drivers.
Note- Please contact the Victorville CHP Office to RSVP at (760)241-1186 or the Mountaineer Progress Newspaper (760) 249-3245.
Mountain Hardware Customer Appreciation Party
You know you live in a small community when an annual event draws hundreds of people to the local hardware store for an evening of great music...good food and a chance to see neighbors and friends at a fun filled event.
It’s the annual Mountain Hardware Customer Appreciation Party where Mike Troeger and his staff get the opportunity to once again say, “Thank You” for making Mountain Hardware one of the top stores in the “Do It Best” chain around the country. Always an evening that is marked on the calendar, this year will be no exception.
For those new to the area, everyone brings a chair and sits in the parking lot listening to great music. A sweater or light jacket might be appropriate to bring as well. The San Bernardino County Fire Department Explorer post will be there serving free hot dogs and drinks.
When: Friday, June 24th, 2016
Where: Mountain Hardware Parking Lot
Who: All of Mountain Hardware Customers (and families)
Bring: A chair and a smile.
Join your neighbors and friends at the annual Mountain Hardware Customer Appreciation Party! It’s always a great get together.
Bettie passed away at her home in Long Beach, California, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. She was 94 years young. Born in Knightstown, Indiana, She married Vern Campbell and together they had four children: Darriel Campbell (deceased), Larry Campbell (Linda - deceased) Paul Campbell (Joyce), Carol Storey (Michael). Bettie had many grand and great grandchildren.
Around 1954 they started coming to Phelan. Settling on Old Ison Road. Later, in 1956, they purchased The Yucca Inn. Being one of few businesses in Phelan at the time; the neon light at the restaurant could be seen across the desert at night. People came for food and fun, and the week-enders soon learned of the restaurant and joined in on the festivities. Bettie raised her four children at the Yucca Inn; they would help out when they could.
Around 1960-1961, Bettie moved to Phelan and worked at the Nelson Chicken Ranch gathering eggs with many other women workers from the desert. In 1963 she moved to Long Beach, California and married Elmer Hopman (Hoppy). There they lived until retirement. Many weekends were spent in the desert running The Yucca Inn. Again, people came for food and fun.
They sold the restaurant and moved back to Phelan where Bettie drove a school bus for Snowline School District. They also started a Christmas tree farm. She and Hoppy raised trees until health issues sent them to Hemet. Hoppy passed away in 1992. Bettie stayed in Hemet until 2005 then moved back to Long Beach.
She will be missed by many.
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