Table Mountain Campground was the setting for the annual Goldminer Vincent tribute and one-man show, held Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
More than twenty-eight years ago, finding the old miner’s cabin “falling down” in disrepair, John Cromshow sought help from the Forest Service and historical preservation groups in repairing and preserving the cabin and legacy of the gold miner. When it was clear that there was no interest in saving the cabin or its history, Cromshow took it upon himself to research historical documents and record the details of Vincent’s life on the mountain in a one-man play.
Having worked with Fred Hanrahan on a radio show Cromshow wrote, he asked if Fred would be interested in bringing the gold miner character to life. Fred showed up dressed just as John had seen Vincent in a photo. Fred took on the role of Vincent, and entertained visitors and residents annually as he became the gold miner and retold his story.
Sadly, on December 19, 2015 Fred Hanrahan passed away. He, like Vincent, had gone into the hospital, and never came out. On September 3rd, this year, a special presentation was made. Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest (VANF) honored John Cromshow and Fred Hanrahan for their 28 years of telling the Gold Miner Vincent story, and keeping his memory alive. VANF President Sabrina Johnson presented a plaque, for the replica Miner Vincent cabin, honoring Hanrahan and Cromshow. Fred’s wife Kathy was there to accept the honor in his name.
In Fred’s absence, the show went on, in the form of a video recording from a prior performance.
A flier handed out at this year’s gathering at the Table Mountain Amphitheater read, “Fred had a passion for portraying the old goldminer and did so for 28 years. He was a delight to watch as he made the campers part of the experience while unfolding the events of Goldminer Vincents’s life set against the backdrop of a crackling fire. Fred will be greatly missed by all who came to know and listen to the tales of Goldminer Vincent.”
As for the rest of the evening’s festivities, Forest Service Rangers kept the campfire stoked while Gail Nieto led the traditional sing-a-long of camp songs, including “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” which had young and old alike on their feet, singing and gesturing and having a ball.
Head-on collision takes two lives on HWY 138
According to the County Coroner’s report, on Monday, September 5, 2016, at 1:29 PM, the California Highway Patrol was notified of a head on collision on Highway 138 just west of I-15. Officers arrived to find a White Chevrolet was traveling westbound Highway 138, and struck a Gold Mazda Tribute head on. The driver of the Chevrolet, 21-year old Pinon Hills man Justin M. Chivas, and the driver of the Mazda, Bruce Eisenhauer, a 63 year-old resident of Tustin, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Chivas was traveling westbound on SR-138, approaching Santa Fe Road, when his vehicle veered toward and struck the K-rail on the right side of the road. The resulting impact sent Chivas’ car out of control, and into oncoming traffic, where it struck Eisenhauer’s Mazda head-on.
Two passengers in the Mazda were transported to area hospitals with minor injuries. A 51-year old woman from Highland, whose car hit struck the back of the Mazda, suffered moderate, non-life-threatening injuries.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
SR-138 was closed in both directions, causing traffic detours and delays into the early evening.
A Chivas Family Benefit is scheduled at the T-Bird, 9/10/16, 10 a.m. For information, call Desiree at (562) 991-8841.
9/4 Theft of Mail, 3400 blk S. Lytle Creek Rd. Lone Pine Canyon.
9/5 Grand Theft Dog over $950, 6200 blkCholame Rd., Phelan
9/6 Poss of Controlled substance, 4600 blk Phelan Rd., Phelan
Deputies arrest arson registrant for having flammables
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, at approximately 9:23 am the Union Pacific Railroad Police contacted a man sitting inside a parked vehicle trespassing on railroad property. The officer contacted the subject, later identified as Larry Missirilian, 61-year old resident of Ontario, and discovered he was on active parole and was an arson registrant.
The officer notified the sheriff’s department and Deputy L. Sandoval from the Central Station responded to assist.
They conducted a vehicle search and discovered Missirilian had a 5-gallon can of gasoline, large butane torches, lighter fluid, and new cigarette lighters underneath the driver’s seat. The items appeared to be set ready for immediate use.
Missirilian was parked approximately 10 feet from a large dry unburned area where the Blue Cut Fire had not burned. Missirilian was arrested for arson and for violating his arson / parole terms. He was booked at West Valley Detention Center without incident.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact. 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.
Victims of grand theft during Blue Cut Fire ask for the public’s assistance in locating stolen tools
On August 17, 2016, Michael and Chrystal Armstrong were contacted by deputies from the Central Patrol Station and instructed to evacuate their property in the 8600 block of Swarthout Canyon Road due to the approaching Blue Cut fire. The fire at that time was not contained and was posing a direct threat to them. The victims adhered to the recommendation of the deputies and evacuated from their home for their safety. After leaving their home, the Armstrongs were watching the news coverage of the fire in their area when they saw an interview done by a reporter for Channel 9 News. The male subject being interviewed, later identified as John Coppini, was standing in front of their burned down house claiming to be the caretaker of the property.
When the Armstrongs returned to their property, they discovered their truck and several tools were now missing. Their truck was recovered; however, their tools remained missing. The stolen tools are valued at approximately $30,000 and are critical to the success of Mr. Armstrong’s diesel mechanic repair business. The tools are described as: trig welder, hydraulic punch, cable saw, hydraulic hose crimper, roto hammer, band saw, hydraulic hole punch, right angle drill and thousands of metric and SAE sockets and wrenches.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Detective K. Marshall of the Central Station (909) 387-3545. 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 website at www.wetip.com
Snowline District plans five new voting regions
By Steve Mosley
On August 30th, the Snowline Unified School District held the second of three information meetings concerning the changing from at-large elections to by-trustee area elections for members of the School Board. Currently, voters across the District elect the Board members. If approved, beginning with the 2018 election, members of the Board will be elected by people who live in the areas the Board members are elected from.
As part of the process, the District has partnered with the consulting firm Cooperative Strategies in creating two scenarios based on the 2010 census. In both scenarios, the District would be partitioned into five distinct voting regions. Each region would be equal in population. The District would be in compliance with state law and the Federal Voting Rights Act.
The September 13th and 27th Board meetings will feature public hearings on the trustee area scenarios. In October, the County Committee on School District Organization will hold a public hearing and consider the approval of a change in the election method and trustee area map.
Diamondbacks defense squash Silverado at Snowline Stadium
Friday, September 2, 2016: Gusty winds swept through the Diamondback stadium as the Serrano football team took home Friday’s non-conference game against Silverado by a score of 37-6. D-Backs out-scored the Hawks, although Serrano was said to be sloppy. Coach Maholchic could be heard saying, “We gotta play smarter.” The Diamonbacks struggled as penalties mounted; twenty-one yellow flags resulted in the loss of 224 yards.
The Serrano Diamondbacks football team has an away non-conference game @ Quartz Hill on Friday, September 9 at 7 p.m.
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