Healthy Heritage brings physical activity to Snowline
By Terri Hill
The Heritage School’s annual activity, health and physical fitness expo, Healthy Heritage drew big crowds last Thursday, September 21st. Six years ago, Heritage student Wyatt Benson came to his school faculty with an idea for an event encouraging physical fitness and emphasizing its benefits. Finding sponsors and vendors to support the expo, Benson has been spearheading the event every year since. Representatives from Congressman Cook’s and Supervisor Lovingood’s offices each presented Benson with special honors, recognizing his ingenuity and dedication to the project. Now in high school, Benson is the President of HOSA - Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America, at Serrano. He is also a Navy Sea Cadet. Among the regular participants of the health fair are local dance and self-defense studios, healthcare organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and gyms. Girl Scouts from the San Gorgonio Council stressed the some of the electronics learning available, including STEM and robotics programs, along with outdoor and mountaineering skills they’re known for. As with Boy Scouts, young women with scouting on their resumes benefit when applying for scholarships, jobs, and when entering the military. Heritage Medical Group handed out exercise stretch-bands and information about the various gym memberships, for children and adults, covered by their HMO. The IEHP (Inland Empire Health Plan) booth had erasers, rulers, and comic books depicting Mighty Fitnessa, superhero. Fitnessa was at the booth, signing autographs and posing for photos with children. Phelan Farmers Market, the Tri-Community Co-op, and Subway Restaurant demonstrated the benefits of eating a healthful diet. Mrs. Rodriguez sponsors the Smoothie Bike each year for the event, and teachers provide various fruits for the smoothies. Students pedal the stationery bike, which powers the blender for the tasty treats. California Highway Patrol, San Bernardino County Fire, and SBC Sheriff displayed vehicles, which are always a hit with the children. The activity expo is open to the public, and specifically advertised at each Snowline campus. As families arrive at the fair, each child/student signs in and receives a passport with a square for each vendor/activity. As they proceed through they get a stamp from each vendor. More stamps mean more chances in the raffle. Prizes are donated by merchants throughout the community. Heritage Principal, Shawn Primo commented, “We had 550 in attendance at last year’s event. We hope to see even more this year.” With 30-35 vendors, games, raffles, and activities for the family, the event has gained popularity each year.
Rushworth finishes Eagle Scout Project
Courtesy submission Landon Rushworth, a 14-year old Boy Scout from Wrightwood California, in troop 351, is about to achieve the highest goal in Scouts, his Eagle rank. The Eagle project is a huge undertaking of making and installing redwood sign posts at all 115 campsites at Table Mountain Campground located in the San Gabriel Mountains. This project consisted of cutting and preparing the posts, along with attached campsite numbers, which were hand cut and routed out along with making them reflective at night so they are highly visible. The posts had to be set in hand-dug holes along with sealing the signs and posts so that they will withstand the elements for many years to come. The project was estimated to cost approximately $7,000.00, and with large donations from Humboldt Redwood, JR Custom Cabinets & Millwork, Mountain Hardware, American Land and Leisure, The U.S. Forest Service, and many family friends, Landon was able to obtain this goal. Even more remarkable about this Eagle project is that Landon is a Boy Scout with autism. He accomplished his goal without any special accommodations. Landon has displayed excellent leadership skills and has led many work parties with a very successful outcome. Landon has also earned nearly 100 Boy Scout merit badges with a goal of earning all 137 badges. He has also become the Senior Patrol Leader for his troop. Landon hopes that by telling his story, he will inspire any boy or girl, regardless of special needs, and demonstrate they can accomplish anything they set out to do.
Dan Campbell recognized for his support toward Wrightwood Music in the Pines
Wrightwood Music in the Pines has been running for 13 years. From it’s beginning, at the parking lot between the two banks to the Apple Farm on Hwy 2, the community enjoyed awesome musicians from local artists to dozens of young musicians from near by towns. During most of the events Dan Campbell was present, arranging for bands, setting up equipment, taking down the sets and performing with his jazz band Yo Mama’s Voo Doo Cajun Blues Jam. Last year Dan turned the helm over to Claudia Campbell (no relationship). “He gave me Music in the Pines and has given me an opportunity to do things with music for our community with an unselfish heart and a rock of wisdom when I need it. I am so grateful for this wonderful human being that gives so much to our community,” said Claudia. When he had the opportunity, Dan would dance with the ladies. “He gave joy to Margaret Weeks at the Mountain Hardware Customer appreciation party,” said Claudia. The organizers of the Music in the Pines selected Dan Campbell as one of the individuals, along with Kat Simons, to be recognized on a wooded plaque to be inserted into the dance floor as a reminder of their contribution from the start, bringing world-class music to the Village. Claudia presented the plaque to Dan at the last summer concert at the Apple Farm, crediting Dan as one of the key individual bringing music to Wrightwood.
Free Veterans’ Dinner And Appreciation Concert Wednesday, October 18, 2016
By Vicky Rinek
The Kiwanis, Key Club, and Builders Club under the direction of Todd Anton will once again host the Veterans’ Dinner and show at Serrano High School. This will be the 23rd gala event, and will be held a month earlier this year. All U.S. Veterans and their ONE guest will be treated to a special show and presentation at the Performing Arts Center (PAC), starting at 4:15 p.m., honoring veterans who were called to duty and, though they fulfilled the requirements to graduate high school, had not received their diplomas before being called to service. Dinner will be served in the gymnasium from 5:30 - 7 p.m. The dinner also features live entertainment that adds to the atmosphere. Veterans and their guests will be treated to a dinner provided by the Pizza Factory of Phelan, and Snowline students will serve their meals. Heritage history teacher Todd Anton explained that the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the County of San Bernardino Department of Veterans Affairs have partnered in support of Operation Recognition Veterans Diploma Project to honor U.S. veterans and Japanese American citizens whose high school education was interrupted by wartime circumstances. Though these entities have done this diploma recognition at various locations throughout the county, Anton believes that it could be a permanent part of the program because the dinner has become the largest honorarium in the county. The first dinner was held in Anton’s classroom at the old Heritage School site adjacent to Pinon Mesa Middle School, and then for several years it was held at the new Heritage School’s cafeteria. A few years ago the need for a larger venue brought the dinner to Serrano where 1,200 guests are served and entertained. The popularity of the dinner has exceeded Anton’s students’ means to handle the event alone. As part of a community service, students from Serrano High School, Quail Valley Middle School, Heritage School and Pinon Mesa Middle School will participate in assisting as waiters ensuring that veterans are well taken care of. As part of a class project, students will be interviewing the veterans and interviewees will be asked to sign a note (that they did indeed talk a veteran) and the student then writes a report based on that conversation. “This will be the 23rd year that our students will have the opportunity to be impacted by our veterans who will tell their stories, and share their hearts and experiences with the younger generation,” Anton said. “Every year, I see the lives of our students change after they spend time with our invited veterans.” He also explained, “Instilling a sense of patriotism for our country and respect for our veterans comes when there is an exchange of life,” Anton said. “When you connect one-on-one with a veteran, it’s bound to have an impacted on you.” FREE Tickets are available at Heritage School, Serrano High School, Snowline School District Office, McDonald’s-Phelan, Pizza Factory-Phelan, DCB Bank- Phelan, A_Tech Transmission-Hesperia, Victorville Motors-Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM.
Wrightwood Community Services District & One Town
I mentioned to a couple friends yesterday that the fledging WCSD has its hands full just getting up and running and providing the necessary governance to handle what the WCSD inherited from the County. “Ah,” one says, “what do you make of this One Town group wanting to have the WCSD take over their community service projects?” He rattled off the music in the pines, a gardening plot and the kids walking to school project. Wait, I said, is this the group that Eric Steinmann started? With a yes, I commented back that what Eric and his group have been doing is wonderful for the Village. Anything that our community can come together to accomplish to make Wrightwood a better place is worthwhile. In my thirty years in business in the community I knew that my community service efforts would come back to me in spades, both from a business sense and as a member of my community. Obviously, the Eric Steinmanns of our Village want to make our community better. But there is always a “but.” The One Town community organization needs to press on with their avowed interest as a community service. As the Timberline Lions once had a community meeting place as their goal, and now have youth services, as the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Committee had as their goal erecting a fitting Veterans Memorial and now as the Wrightwood Veterans Memorial Association have as their long range goal their interest in providing public awareness and support honoring our Veterans, past, present and future, as the Wrightwood Chamber of Commerce host three or four major community activities for the good of their membership/businesses and the Village as a whole, as the Wrightwood Property Owners Association represent property owners and maintain the quality of life for Villagers, full time and weekend, as the Wrightwood Parent Teacher group should be sponsoring the kids walking to school project, as the Wrightwood Historical Society so meaningfully sponsors the first class Wrightwood Museum, so should the organization known as One Town press on with their community activities as community service and not at the public troth. By the way, there are numerous other community organizations in our Village, like our Senior Program, the Scouts, the Little League and of course, our churches, who do a wonderful job of community service. In my 56 years calling Wrightwood my hometown I could not be prouder knowing how much local residents step up to the plate to work with their neighbors to make this a great place to live. I was kidding my old friend Heinz Steinmann last week about those school board meetings back 40 years ago, when he and his fellow board members would juggle the tax rate (lowering it from year to year when possible) while at the same time providing the finest elementary education for our young (that fact was published nationally and brought many fine families into Wrightwood in the growth years of the 1970’s, allowing Villagers to press for our own middle and high school with Serrano being the result). Let us continue our wonderful spirit of community service and support. We have stood up our local government to provide those services that benefit all the taxpayers of Wrightwood. Those who want to offer specific public services need to provide those services from personal contributions and sweat by their own supporters or seek help from the generosity of their neighbors.
Tom Pinard Wrightwood
Marijuana, cash seized from Oak Hills THC extraction lab On Tuesday, September 26th, investigators from the Special Enforcement Division were at the residence at 6933 Thrush Street, Oak Hills conducting an investigation when they discovered a THC extraction lab. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) were contacted and responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Investigators confirmed a THC lab, utilizing butane for the extraction process. Investigators seized evidence related to the THC lab which included 35 lbs. of marijuana, approximately 700 grams of concentrated cannabis (THC), 94 marijuana plants, and $3,900.00 in U.S. currency. The THC extraction process is extremely dangerous and has a high potential for explosion and fire, due to the use of highly flammable butane. This chemical extraction process is illegal and is a violation of California’s Health and Safety Code. Wax, Butane Honey Oil (BHO) and other forms of concentrated cannabis are the end product of THC extraction process. No method of THC extraction utilizing butane is safe, to include the so-called “Closed Loop Process.” Butane is considered a volatile substance which vaporizes into an invisible airborne gas and is commonly used by marijuana manufacturers to extract THC from marijuana plant material. This investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office for a review of criminal charges. Suspects, Eric Baren, age 53 and Brian Pardo, age 38, both residents of Oak Hills, were arrested and booked for Manufacturing A Controlled Substance, with the possibility of additional charges after the review.