Just two weeks after the success of Phelan Phamily Phun Days, the park behind the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) offices was the site of the craft Beer festival and Car Show and Shine. Hosted by the PPHCSD, the 2nd annual Craft Beer Festival benefits the Parks and Recreation Department.
Local breweries represented included Wrightwood Brewery, Oak Hills Brewing Co., Inland Empire Brewing Co., Desert Barn Brewery, Heroes Brewery, and Off the Grid. Wine Seller’s owner Wendy Miller brought select reds and whites for tasting as well.
Barbara Curtis, from Apple Valley, was her family’s designated driver for the event. Tony Curtis expressed his family’s gratitude for the free admission offered to designated drivers, “That’s really cool, some events like this make the driver pay. This way, it encourages people to be, or bring, a designated driver.”
Dana Curtis enjoyed the event, “Great food, and better beer!” she exclaimed. Her favorite libation was the coffee brew made by Off the Grid. Tony favored the Altbier, a style of beer rooted in the Westphalia region of Germany, offered by Heroes Restaurant and Brewery in Riverside. Off the Grid brews Tim Curtis’ favorite, Mango IPA.
Pizza Factory of Phelan sold slices, and Third Generation Tacos’ signature tacos and quesadillas were among the tasty delights available for sale in the food court.
Sheriff Deputies Tom Schneider and Henry Moran said the day had been peaceful. Moran even took time for a game of catch with 7-year old Dillon.
The Lilles, a popular local band, entertained the crowds all day, at both the beer festival and the Car Show and Shine. Glen Pratt, former School Police Chief, took home the Car Show trophy for his 1950s Willys. Familiar car enthusiasts from the Tri-Community and beyond participated in the event. As Mike Ludwig of Wrightwood drove out of the lot in his early 70s maroon Ranchero, he teased, “Now you want a picture, now that she’s all dusty!”
Giant bees and mini monsters seen in Wrightwood
By Terri Hill
Wrightwood’s annual Frightwood 5K at 6K, 10K of Terror, and Mini Monster Mile ran through the community Saturday, October 22nd.
In their scariest and silliest costumes, children run the Mini Monster Mile with parents accompanying the youngest racers. Eleven-year-old Elias Brown won the Mini Monster Mile. Nicholas Kakes came in second, and Poston Mitchell was third for the boys. Second- grader Cambria Heiner won the girls race, followed by Matea Mitchell and Olivea Beadel.
Buzzing down the 5K at 6K course alongside dogs, zombies, and vampires were the McGuire Bees, a stingingly yellow and black blur on the route. Will Stauffer of Wrightwood edged Tom Saunas by half a second in a sprint to the 5K finish line to win the overall title, finishing the 5K course in 21:30. It was the closest race in Frightwood 5K history. Iva Kakes of Victorville won the women's title in 23:38. Fifteen-year-old Peyton Colburn of Quartz Hill won the boys 5K in 22:05, and Kadynce Heiner won the girls race in 26:06.
10K of Terror contestants faced the occasional ghostly spook and frightening fiend throughout the race, as Serrano drama students added the Terror to the 10K. Steven Fletcher of New River, Arizona, won the overall 10K of Terror in 45:53. Christine Buse of Palmdale won the women's side, finishing in 49:19. The youngest 10K finisher, 11-year-old Michael Bautista, won the 18-and-under category in 55:31. Fletcher, a former resident of Phelan, commented, "This is a good training run, at altitude, for other races."
This year, 202 runners participated in the Frightwood races. Wrightwood CERT members are stationed at the start and finish lines, and throughout the course. Communicating by ham radio, CERTs direct traffic, drive chase vehicles, and provide a safe environment for the runners. Funds raised support local organizations, including Team Mike, Wrightwood Elementary School Raccoons Runners Club, Donate Life, Serrano High School Drama Department, and Wrightwood CERT.
Thanks to John Garner for the finishing stats.
Phelan Pinon Hills Community Service District audit for 2016 was completed by Fedak & Brown CPA. Their findings revealed the PPHCSD finance numbers are in order. The organization also received a Certificate stating that finance records are in excellent shape and transparent (within the top 10% of all CSD organizations in California).
Dan Whalen stated that the Phelan Phamily Phun Days event was a success with only minor incidents. It was well attended and the guests continued to flow in during the 3-day event. One incident involved a carnival ride that stopped operating. The equipment had an automatic shutdown safety feature and no riders were injured. Dan took an abundance of caution and called the Fire Department. The Chief examined the ride with the owners and determined it was safe to continue.
The Dollar General Store in Pinon Hills is almost completed. Pinon Hill Chamber of Commerce expressed their concern, as they were not informed about the new retail outlet. Dollar General has not given an opening date, however the construction is nearly completed.
The Sheep Creek Water Company that serves Snowline School District is under review by the PPHCSD for a water source through their system. SJUSD will be considering changing the water meters to PPHCSD, however that involves the financial issue of new water meters. The issue will be discussed at the SJUSD meeting.
November 2, 2016 PPHCSD meeting will be cancelled due to the lack of a quorum. Board members will be at various State meetings, and it was determined business decisions can wait.
The PPHCSD has been addressing the issue of Chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical, in the deep well water in some parts of Phelan. The engineers made a report at the last PPHCSD meeting. Their findings revealed that the unsafe level of chromium-6 is in the deep-well and removing and cleaning, as well as the blending of clean waters into the deep-wells will reduce the levels to a safe degree within the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water limits. The range of 10 to 16 parts per billion of chromium-6 were discovered in 2015 were found in five wells. A part per billion is the equivalent of one drop of water in an Olympic-size swimming pool, according to SWRCB.
The engineers also noted that the lower aquifer is not contaminated. The engineers will continue to conduct additional testing within the zone. The storing of contaminated water that is removed from the wells and the cost associated with the storage will be addressed at the December PPHCSD meeting. As reported in previous articles, the project cost is estimated at $17 million and will reduce the levels to 8ppb (the State standard is 10ppb). Grants will be processed to cover these costs.
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