Wrightwood Village Trail Committee took it upon themselves to spruce up the trail, for the 4th of July, with American Flags. John Lenau, Ron Parody and Sue Parody came out Monday morning and placed flags on the wooden “W” at Lone Pine and Hwy 2 near the trail. Since the dedication in October 2011, the Wrightwood Village Trail (WVT) has become a place where hundreds of families take walks, inspired by the surroundings and the relationships they share with neighbors. The area for the trail, which spans from Sheep Creek Wash to Wrightwood Elementary School, is a 5-ft. to 8-ft wide pedestrian path. The natural landscape theme of the trail utilizes Rebel Red crushed granite as its walkways. 50 tons of decomposed granite (DG) was distributed over the WVT. After each storm the trail is worked on to fill in ruts, do weeding, and replace the erosion of DG. Crews from the Fenner Conservation Camp have worked on the trail’s maintenance, and many neighbors come out and volunteer their time for the WVT. The trail accommodates hikers, bicyclists, strollers, wheelchairs, scooters, and dog walkers. During the school year the Walking-School-Bus programs takes children safely to and from Wrightwood Elementary school. You are invited to take a walk on the Wrightwood Village Trail and learn about the area’s history, with aid from the information plaques along the trail, or utilize the QR codes that give a brief history of Wrightwood, or take a rest on one of the ten wooden benches. There are solar lights along the trail too. Five doggie bag dispensers are available on the trail, so be a good neighbor and scoop your dog’s poop. The WVT is more than a fantastic place to walk - it’s become a trail that residents are proud to share with others. The WVT is not a government funded trail. Sponsors and volunteers make the trail possible. WVT exists for a single purpose: to build and maintain world-class multiuse trail. Please help maintain the WVT with your donations. Send donations payable to the Wrightwood Village Trail and mail to John Lenau, P.O. Box 2841, Wrightwood CA 92397. Become a friend of the trail. Your support ensures the long-term care and important work on the Wrightwood Village Trail.
WCSD Board Sworn in
By Terri Hill
On July 1st the Wrightwood Community Services District (WCSD) held its first meeting of the Board of Directors. LAFCO Executive Officer Kathleen Rawlings-McDonald gave the elected directors the Oath of Office and the board began the task of taking over governance of Wrightwood’s Street Lighting, Solid Waste, and Parks and Recreation. Voting to stay within traditional guidelines, the board chose to have the three directors who received the most votes in the March 7th election, Stephanie Carroll, Natalie Lopiccolo, and Leo Hordyk, would serve four-year terms before going up for re-election. The two candidates who received the fewest votes, Wes Zuber and Michelle Schneider, will serve two-year terms. This allows for a staggered re-election schedule. Wes Zuber was voted Board President, and Stephanie Carroll was voted Vice President. Attorney Steve Kennedy was in attendance. As council for the Phelan Pinon Hills CSD, among other agencies, Mr. Kennedy was able to make recommendations concerning the legalities of Board of Directors’ actions, committees, agendas, and procedures. County Special Districts Director Jeff Rigney was on hand to turn funds from the dissolved County Service Area (CSA) 56 to the new WCSD. While the board had expected approximately $22,000 from Special Districts, just $14,000 was made available for the time being. Rigney cited outstanding accounts payable as the reason for the discrepancy. Once those bills are paid, the board can expect the balance of funds to be transferred to the WCSD. Other matters on the agenda were met with some confusion, and had to be tabled until a later meeting. The elected Board members were bound by law not to discuss WCSD issues before the first public meeting. Therefore, items such as Parks employees, the position of General Manager, and the budget were introduced for the first time that afternoon. Rigney suggested Special Districts could continue to manage the new WCSD properties and employ the parks staff on an interim basis. As he did not have the authority to make the contract that day, he agreed to meet with a WCSD ad hoc committee at the County offices on Monday, July 3, to discuss the details of such an arrangement. The committee would then be able to come back to the Board with recommendations, and a vote could be held during a special, public meeting on Monday night. With Mountaineer Days scheduled for July 8 and 9, Parks employees would need to be on the payroll, to clean and manage the restrooms, grounds, and Community Building. At the special board meeting held on Monday evening, Directors Carroll and Hordyk reported back to the board with recommendations based on their meeting with Special Districts. The board approved a six-month employment contract, at $16 per hour, for a caretaker who will continue to keep the Community Building calendar, and maintain all facilities. The board will look into hiring an independent contractor for maintenance of the grounds, and begin the process of hiring a general manager. Another special meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 at the Community Building, at 7 p.m. Regular Board meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Community Building.
Step for Long-term Debt Repayment Solutions Presented
By Donna Alvarez
Superintendent Doctor Ryan Holman presented the second in a series of monthly programs regarding long-term debt repayment solutions for Snowline Joint Unified School District (SJUSD). The areas identified were revenue increases and decreases. Among revenue increases that the district must take into consideration are: State of the District Visits, Superintendent’s Survey, Senior Cabinet Planning Meetings, LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) Goal 3, Facilities and State Funding, and Expansion of Course Offerings. Considerations among revenue decreases are: Instructional Coaches, Retirement Incentives, Transportation Efficiency Evaluation, LCAP Goals 1, 2, 3 - Program Evaluation and Hanover Research, and LCAP Goals 1, 2 - Training and Substitute costs. The controversial 90% Attendance Rule was again discussed by the board of trustees regarding students being able to participate in their graduation and promotion ceremonies and still not meet the 90% Attendance Rule. The purpose of the rule, mandated by the current California Education Code, is to motivate students, Kindergarten through 12th grades, to attend at least 90% of their classes throughout the year. This controversy, discussed in the Mountaineer Progress, May 18-24, 2017, still remain. The first problem was how the missing days were identified. The partial days and unexcused tardies that students missed were regarded as an entire absence on those specific days. These absences are easily acquired. The second issue many of these students have is after having passed their classes, earned all their graduation requirements but are still denied the privilege of attending graduation/promotion ceremenonies. Principal Dan Andrus of Serrano High School made tremendous strides this year in reducing the number of students of not being able to walk in the graduation ceremonies by 97%. Andrus first identified the problems and needs of the students then he applied the appropriate accommodations. The board of trustees had strong feelings regarding the 90% rule option that ties it to a student’s participation in high school graduation and middle/elementary school promotions. In the opinion of the board, when students are legitimately absent from school and are using accommodations such as virtual schooling, but are still missing a few days of school over the limit, they should still be included in their graduation and promotion exercises. The board of trustees will continue to look into this matter. Holman praised Charlie Johnson, President of the Phelan Chamber of Commerce, and Don Fish for going to Sacramento to support RACE Communications and the much needed internet services focusing on advanced fiber network. Holman, also, stated that the summer feeding program held at Serrano High School in the month of June fed 240 students per day. It was a great success. Holman closed the meeting by thanking the board for all their efforts. He feels fortunate to have aboard of trustees that he does.
Timberline Lions new board
By Vicky Rinek
District 4L5 Governor Rob Manning administered the oath of office to the newly elected Timberline Lions Club board on Thursday June 15, 2017. Assisting Manning was his wife, Lion Lucy, with fun gag gifts for the new board of officers. The new board includes Nancy Smith - President, Steve Rinek - Vice President, Carl Smith - 2nd Vice President, Vicky Rinek - Secretary, Bill Swift - board member, Donna Alvarez - board member, and Dee Potter. Congratulations to Nancy and her board. “ I’m excited to take the helm of the Timberline Lions Club and all of its activities to help others in need.” Nancy said, “I look forward to working with you.” After the swearing in ceremony the Lions enjoyed a dinner prepared by the Grizzly Cafe while visiting with each other. The Timberline Lions Club has been serving the Tri-Community since 1961. The Timberline Lions have raised over one million dollars since 1961 and made donations to many charities helping locally and worldwide. The Timberline Lions are a diverse group of dedicated individuals who have carried out their motto “We Serve” for the past 56 years. The club’s future is bright as our membership continues to grow strong with addition of three new members in June 2017. The Lions International with 1.35 million members making it the world’s largest humanitarian organization. The California Lions Foundation (CLF) received their 501(c) (3) designation last month, making the Timberline Lions Club fundraising efforts tax deductible. Nancy wants to remind the community that they will be hosting their annual Free vision screening event on July 7, 2017, Location: at the New Life Church, 9050 Phelan Rd., Phelan, time 8:00 a.m. with last patient accepted at 2:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to join or get information regarding this worldwide organization may call Membership Chairman Carl Smith at 909-374-5935. The club looks forward to continuing to provide service to the community and the world. Thank you for your continued support! TIMBERLINE LIONS CLUB “WE SERVE”
Country Music At The Apple Farm
By Michael Palecki
Last Thursday, Music in the Pines featured an evening of Country Music at The Apple Farm in Wrightwood. Flying in from Nashville Tennessee, renowned singers/songwriters and authors Stowe Dailey & Karen Taylor-Good-whimsically regarded as “Stowe Good”- performed their first outdoor concert to the largest audience in the 13 year history of Music in the Pines. Following their musical set, young Jarett James belied his age with a sizzling discography of Country Music favorites. To say the duo of Karen Taylor-Good and Stowe Dailey are well acclaimed is an understatement. Taylor-Good was nominated Best New Female Vocalist in 1984 by the Academy of Country Awards, received Grammy nominations in 1995 for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song of “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” and received the 1996 SESAC Award for Songwriter of the Year. She has recorded 10 CDs of original material and wrote a book entitled On Angels Wings. Stowe Dailey co-wrote the hit song “Leavin’s Been A Long Time Comin” for the band Shenandoah, and has co-authored five books. As a cancer survivor, she recorded her song, “Wake Up,” just four months after life-saving surgery. Opening the concert, Music in the Pines Director Claudia Campbell introduced Taylor-Good on keyboards and Dailey on electric guitar with both singing vocals and harmonies. Going back in time, the two performed a medley of three top country songs. Those included “Not That Different” first recorded by Collin Ray, “Leavin’s Been A Long Time Comin,” and “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye” that was first recorded by Patty Loveless and reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Singles. After the two sang the whimsical “God’s Refrigerator,” they performed an empowering and jaunty pop rock song, “Be Yourself,” followed by a pulsing introduction leading into nice harmonies for the selection, “Ask,” with the lyrics stressing an importance to “Ask for what you want and need.” Next up, Claudia Campbell sang lead vocals for the gospel-tinged song “Healing In The Hands Of Time,” combined with soulful three part harmonies. Slowing things down, Stowe read an excerpt from her new book, Second Chance, while confiding, “I thought it would be for my funeral.” Following that recital, Taylor-Good performed a “Song about my Mama,” entitled, “On Angels Wings” with sweet vocal harmonies from Stowe, before reading from her book of the same title about parents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Concluding with Taylor-Good, remarking she had once worked with Dolly Parton, she began a sound-alike rendition of “Nine To Five” before transitioning into her own lyrics dedicated to Music in the Pines as the audience clapped and cheered wildly for Stowe Good. Following intermission, Jarett James and his band, The County Line, hit the stage. Musicians included James on lead vocals and acoustic guitar, Walter Foley on electric guitar and backup vocals, Mark Eshelman playing bass guitar and Tyler Weisweaver playing drums. Born and raised in Wrightwood, James seized the hometown appreciation in bantering with the audience between songs, while building a steady locomotion. James introduced, “A slow song,” called ‘Anywhere With You,’ written by Jake Owen. After that the momentum built as audience members crowded onto the dance floor for Tim McGraw’s “Two Steps Behind.” Other highlights of the set included “Digging Holes” by Brent Cobb and “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson with a heavy drum intro and siren-like shrill electric guitar as James sang. Interspersed with those songs, James performed his original song, “Country Lovin’,” without the band, and then another about chasing your dreams called “That’s That.” Concluding with the Frankie Ballard song “Young And Crazy,” the band was loud with funky guitars and James’ vocals were energetic. Music in the Pines continues on July 13 at 6:00 p.m. at The Apple Farm. For additional information, visit www.mountainmusic.net.
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