In 1995, John Bauer, then a 10-year resident of Wrightwood, was an electrical contractor working locally. After joining the Timberline Lions, John began volunteering at the Lions Wilderness Camp for Deaf Children, Inc. He worked for a year, remodeling the camp’s electrical systems. Two years later, the Lions formed a separate management group, and the name was changed to Lions Camp at Teresita Pines. John was hired as the camp’s manager, a position he’s held ever since. On the 23rd of this month, he will retire his post, and move with his wife to his Twentynine Palms home. During his near 20-year tenure at the camp, Bauer says many changes have been made. All of the cabins have been restored historically, expanded handicapped access to trails and activities provided. In 2010, the Lions purchased the Episcopal Camp across the street (N4, or Big Pines Highway) and are able to provide a camping experience for autistic, hearing impaired, developmentally impaired, and blind children and adults. The camps are wheelchair accessible too, affording people with disabilities the opportunity to learn the importance of the forest and its environment. Bauer makes the point, “Rental sites host all types of groups, from all over the country, including religious groups, business retreats, family reunions, and more.” Bauer is also a charter member of the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council (WFSC). The WFSC was established in September 2003; John Bauer served as Chairman/President. The council meets with the local fire agencies monthly, to hear and discuss reports on fuel moisture levels, bark beetle damage, controlled burns, Code Enforcement, and other information pertinent to fire danger and protection in and around Wrightwood. Bauer held the office of President of the Council several of his many years on the Board. John Aziz commented, “He’s the glue that’s held everything together.” At the September WFSC meeting, during which the Blue Cut Fire recap was reported, the Council presented Bauer with a special recognition plaque for his years of volunteer service with the organization. Bauer served as President of the Timberline Lions Club in 2002, 2006, and 2014. He was a member for more than 20 years. Vicky Rinek remembers all the hard work he put in to keep the Lions Directory a successful product. In addition to chairing the directory committee John collected advertisements, updated the white pages and did all the heavy work distributing the books to the three Post Offices. He did this while running the Teresita Pines Lions Camp full-time. “His plate was full with camp duties and he still found time volunteering with Lions work. I estimate that over the past eight-plus years directing the telephone book, his work amounted to over a quarter million dollars in revenue to the club,” said Vicky Rinek. John was there cooking for the club many Thursdays. He cooked for the all the Valentine’s Day Dances, Easter Breakfasts, Spaghetti Dinner Night, and he brought out the smoker for Mountaineer Days BBQ booths. John also cooked a fabulous dinner for the Firemen’s Ball at the Big Pines Hall. John towed up the Rock Wall to various Community events and ran the operation. “We’ll never be able to replace him. He’s one of a kind, a gem of a man and a pillar to the community.” Steve Rinek continued, “I’m afraid those shoes won’t fit anyone anytime soon. The Timberline Lions Club was not only fortunate to have a member like John, they were extremely prosperous because of his volunteer work and his tireless commitment to the community.” John’s legacy to the Lions Club includes his contribution to Snowline Scholarships, Teresita Pines cabin refurbishing, Guide Dogs of the Desert, Tri-Community Emergency supplies and equipment, San Bernardino Fire Department emergency rescue equipment, CERT, Eye Camp in India, and so many more organizations were all more successful due to his work with the Lions Club. “He did so much for every one,” Vicky Rinek commented, “He is an incredibly wonderful person. He is leaving for new adventures and we’ll miss his sense of humor. The Lions members and community are thankful for his contribution to the Timberline Lions Club.” Bauer mentioned he would return to the camp occasionally, to help out with the transition of management. His dedication and service to the organizations, he supported, will be missed by the entire community. “It’s been a good 20 years,” John said. “With the people of Wrightwood, the Lions, Wrightwood Fire Safe Council; I think it’s been good for them, and good for me.”
Craft Beer Festival Set for this Saturday
By Vicky Rinek
The second annual Craft Beer Festival will take place this Saturday, October 22 at the Phelan Community Park. The Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District will open the event runs 11a.m. to 5 p.m. with beer tasting, live music, and food. The cost for entry into the tasting area is $30 and allows for unlimited tastings from breweries located throughout the High Desert and Southern California. Early arrivals will receive a free commemorative beer tasting glass. Last year, more than 200 people attended the PPHCSD’s first annual Craft Beer Festival. Music, by Lilles, will fill the tent with a wide repertoire of rock and roll sounds. The Lilles have toured in recent years with Fog Hat and Berlin. This year a car show has been added, the Show and Shine event features classic vehicles. Participating breweries include Off the Grid Brewing, Oak Hills Brewery, Desert Barn Brewery, Inland Empire Brewery, Heroes Restaurant & Brewery, Wrightwood Brewing Company, High Desert Brewers, and The Wine Cellar. For a fee of $30 the participant will sample approximately 30 different varieties, flavors, and styles of beer. Several vendors from the Phelan Farmers Market will sell food including pizza, a taco cart, burgers, kettle corn, and more. Those who don’t participate in the beer tasting will enjoyed the free entertainment. Although you have to be 21 to enter the tent, parents can take turns watching their children outside playing on the park equipment. Along with beer tasting there will be a mustache contest, and Acoustic Guitar play-off; the winner, as selected by a crowd vote, wins a $100 gift certificate to Guitar Center.
No need to register, just bring your guitar. Last year’s event was posted on Facebook with comments from PPHCSD board members: Cathy Pace states, “I just spent several enjoyable hours at the CSD Fall Festival,” adding, “I enjoyed sampling the different beers. There was also food and the weather was great! If you could not make it this year I certainly hope you put it on your calendar for next year.” And Mark Roberts stated,” I thought it was a great success for the initial Fall Festival and hope that it can become an annual event to benefit the PPHCSD Parks and Recreation.” Charlie Johnson stated, “It was a fun event and was well attended. It should be even better next year.” Dan Whalen added, “I thought it was a great successful idea brought to our community by the Directors on the CSD Parks Committee, Al Morrissette and Mark Roberts.” Victor Valley Community College Board president, Joe Brady commented, “Well done event and congratulations to the entire Board of Directors and Staff at the PPHCSD.” adding, “Deb and I really enjoyed the conversation and seeing many friends.” Tickets are available at the PPCSD Office, 4176 Warbler Rd., Phelan To purchase tickets online visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phelan-craft-beer-festival-car-show-tickets-24969219608?aff=eac2 Proceeds from the event covered all costs and the surplus will be saved for future park projects.
Diamondbacks throttle Scorpions 58-0, improve to 6-1
By Keith Rivas
On their homecoming night, Serrano continued their impressive 2016 campaign with a 58-0 shutout of the Hesperia Scorpions. Coming into their showdown with the Scorpions, Serrano knew it would be the perfect time to have a statement game. Seth Hughes didn’t have his best game, he was good enough to get the job done, completing six of his eleven throws. Hughes threw for 114 yards of offense and no interceptions. Brandon Murcio rushed for 132 yards on just five carries and found the end zone two times. Junior defensemen Eric Herzog and Tony Willis each had an interception, which helped boost the Diamondbacks’ momentum. Serrano also managed to get three fumble recoveries during the course of the game, by Eric Herzog, Trent Birch, and Chase Hanson. Penalties didn’t eat away at the massive lead the Diamondbacks enjoyed, but it was noticeable enough. Serrano committed nine penalties that cost them 80 yards, while Hesperia committed only four fouls and lost 20 yards. Thus far, stars on the team have done their job, especially on the offensive end of the ball. Quarterback Seth Hughes and running back Brandon Murcio have proven they’re too much to handle for opposing defenses. Hughes has been consistent after a cold start to the season against Paraclete, where he had a 26.1 quarterback rating. Since then, his lowest rating was 54.6 in the team’s lone loss on the road to Quartz Hill. In addition, when playing against Adelanto and Kaiser, his rating was over 160 in each outing. Murcio has averaged 101.3 yards per game this season with 11 rushing touchdowns to his credit this year after scoring twice versus Hesperia. His best games this season came in the first two of the year, scoring three times in back-to-back games against Paraclete and Silverado. The Diamondbacks travel to Apple Valley to play the Sun Devils (6-1) October 21.