After a long wait, and training, The Heritage School’s science teacher Wendi Rodriguez has finally taken to the sky with NASA as a member of the 2016 Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. The program is a professional development opportunity for educators, designed to improve teaching methods and to inspire students. As part of the preparation, the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors complete a graduate credit astronomy course and are partnered with professional astronomers to participate as the scientists conduct research on board NASA’s flying telescope, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). NASA website In an email on Monday Rodriguez enthused, “I can't believe we are finally here. We fly tomorrow and Wednesday. We are taking tours today.” The Mountaineer Progress will have Rodriguez’s story after she returns to Earth.
October 20, 2016: The Quail Valley Middle School Cross Country Teams had a perfect season remaining undefeated the entire year. On October 6th at the High Desert Athletic League Finals in Big Bear, both the Boys and Girls Varsity Teams earned top honors bringing home the banners. The JV Boys and JV Girls team also won their races. Quail Valley is coached by Mr. McKenzie and Mrs. Laza. Courtesy photo provided by Quail Valley
Coldwell Banker Welcomes in Fall at Their Phelan Location
October 4, 2016: Victorville, Calif. – Coldwell Banker Home Source in Phelan opened their doors to the High Desert community for their 2nd annual Open House & Phelan Chamber Mixer last Tuesday. The event allowed clients to tour the office while networking with local professionals, business leaders, and chamber members. The open house marks the Phelan’s location one-year anniversary as the newest Coldwell Banker Home Source location in the High Desert. The office has already experienced tremendous growth with the addition of seasoned REALTOR Roy Uhl and newcomer Brian Reed with more to come. “The event was a huge success and it was the perfect opportunity to engage with the community and all of our clients,” stated Kyle Zimbro, managing Broker, “We are extremely excited about the growth that we have experienced this past year and look forward to what next year holds.” “The Bourbon & Brew Phelan mixer is turning out to a memorable experience for our company and we are honored to welcome clients, families of past clients, county officials and local business representatives to network and have fun,” stated Coldwell Banker Home Source President Chris Lamoreaux. For more information on how you can work with the Coldwell Banker Home Source in Phelan, call (760) 868-3500 or email email@example.com.
Lions welcome new members
Timberline Lion Club members congratulate newest members Gail and Ed Dykstra after being inducted into the club on June 16, 2016. District 4L-5 Second Vice Governor Bill Hannon and new member sponsor Lion Scotty Barclay assists.
Reciting the oath, new members promised to the best of their ability to abide by the Lions Code of Ethics, attend meetings as often as possible and contribute their share to the programs of the club, District and Lions Club International.
The Timberline Lions Club is always looking for local women and men of all ages who are willing and anxious to give their time, energy and resources in service to their community and the world.
They meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Wrightwood Community building at 6:00 PM for a dinner and guest speaker. The next meeting will be July 21.
Big changes at County Fire
By Terri Hill
May 19, 2016: SB County Fire Captain Steve Roeber from Station 14 reported to the Wrightwood MAC on Monday, the new Battalion Chief for Wrightwood, Phelan, and the city of Hesperia is Kelly Anderson. Anderson’s assignment fills a vacancy left by Chief Jeff Birchfield when he promoted to Division Chief and transferred to Division 1. Chief Anderson commented briefly in regard to her new assignment and the opportunity to become familiar with the Tri-Community area.
Roeber also explained that American Medical Response (AMR), an ambulance company, is contracted with San Bernardino County. Because AMR is unable to keep all of their ambulances staffed, the county units will be moved around to help accommodate shortfalls in coverage. For Wrightwood, it means that the reserve ambulance, only staffed in winter, from Station 14 has been moved down to the Oak Hills area for the time being. At the Wrightwood Fire Safe Council meeting Tuesday night, Captain Bolesworth stressed that even when our community needs a second ambulance, it has to come from an outlying area, as the reserve unit in town was not in service.
Additionally, Roeber updated the MAC on the state of San Bernardino City Fire, as that agency has been absorbed into County Fire because of the city’s financial problems.
Students dig into their pasts for History in a Suitcase
By Terri Hill
On April 1st, fifth-graders at Wrightwood Elementary were not fooling spectators at the annual History in a Suitcase presentation sponsored by the school and the Wrightwood Historical Society (WHS).
Students in 5th grade completed family history projects and presented them to their classes. Presumably, the items shared during the show-and-tell would fit into, and be transported in a suitcase. The teachers chose their favorites and those five students presented their history projects to an audience of parents, fellow students, and Historical Society members.
Children learned interesting facts and intriguing stories about their ancestors, and found that their own family trees were a source of pride and fun. Dougie Brenizer introduced his family with a storyboard that detailed parents’ heritage. Elias Brown was excited to share his discovery that he is related to Daniel Boone. Lauren Gott shared a doll that her great-grandmother had brought from Germany as a child. Lauren explained, “What’s neat is that she is made of fabric and sawdust.”
Trent Donnan was proud to display his mother’s 1st Place karate trophy from 1992, and Eloise La Blanc brought a Viking helmet as a symbol of her family’s Viking heritage.
Children in the audience enjoy the presentation as much as the adults. The presenters are often witty and generally engaging as they describe what treasures they’ve found while inquiring into their heritage. The program is a highlight of the year for both the school, and the Historical Society.
Spanish exploration of So Cal discussed at WHS
By Terri Hill
More than the history of Wrightwood, the March 4 meeting of the Wrightwood Historical Society included a presentation by Jim Wood, An Overview of Spanish exploration In Mexico, the Southwest, and California.
Using original diaries and maps along with satellite images, Jim gathered details on the routes of 18 explorers, culminating near San Bernardino.
After brief notes about Columbus, Jim talked about major explorers and their routes between the years 1535 and 1827, including the first non-natives to enter San Bernardino County. Using original diaries and maps along with satellite images, Jim gathered details on the routes of 18 explorers, culminating near San Bernardino.
Woods’ maps detail the names of explorers, from deVaca and Coronado to DeAnza and Smith, and their corresponding routes to demonstrate when and where they traveled the same routes or crossed paths, sometimes within just a few years of each other. Woods also pointed out that most of those routes became the major roads and railways used today.
Jim was a soil-water scientist with the USDA for 37 years. His degree was from UC Davis in 1974. Although not an historian, he has delved into the history of California where he was born and raised.
Monthly meetings at the Historical Society often host speakers from outside the Tri-Community and from a variety interesting backgrounds. The Society’s meetings are held on the first Friday of the month at 1PM in the Wrightwood Museum. Guest speakers are announced in the “Events” section of the Mountaineer, usually two weeks prior to the meeting, and the public is welcome to attend.
Mountain High ski instructor honored in Utah
Ron Parody at home in Wrightwood CA showing his award. Photo by Terri Hill
Ron Parody accepts his award at the annual Reunion of Veteran Ski Instructors dinner in Park City. Courtesy Photo
Ron was photographed performing his signature Royal (flying) Christie turn. Circa 1971. Courtesy photo
By Terri Hill
Ron Parody was recently recognized by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) in Park City Utah at the Veteran Ski Instructors’ Reunion. The honor is bestowed on professional skiers and instructors who have demonstrated exemplary talent and technique in the field.
Ron began skiing at the age of three. His first skis were wooden and cost the “considerable sum,” in the late 1930s, of 50 cents. Ron said there was no turning, so the thrill was in skiing straight down hill. He was hooked.
In 1959, after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, Ron began teaching skiing at a “one rope-tow” ski area, and later worked in New York as an instructor. In 1961, Ron was certified at Lake Placid as a Level 3 instructor and became a member of PSIA the same year. He became an Examiner and served as Vice President in the Central Division, working on the development of PSIA. As an Examiner Ron puts applicants through their paces and qualifies them as certified instructors.
In Chicago Ron and a fellow instructor had a weekly spot on television explaining and demonstrating the “Ski Tip of the Week.” Norwegian Olympic Alpine skier Stein Eriksen once made a guest appearance and helped demonstrate the day’s tip. Ron commented that he is humbled to be included among such skiing greats as Eriksen who have received the PSIA award. Ron reported that Eriksen passed away on Saturday, December 27, last week. He was 88 years old.
Ron moved to Irvine, California in 1972 and while working for John Hancock Insurance, also worked as a ski instructor in Wrightwood at Holiday Hill, now Mountain High Ski Resort. Ron became a supervisor and coached the junior race team. He and his wife Sue had a cabin in town for 25 years, before moving here full time in 2000. He still supervises and has had great success with the Senior Ski Program, which begins its season on Wednesday, January 6. With accredited, specialized instruction, seniors learn ski techniques in an atmosphere of fun, and are given sizable discounts for rentals, lessons, and lift tickets.
Ron attended and graduated from the PSIA National Academy in St. Christoph, Austria in 1990, and received his 50-Year Pin in 2011. His nearly 55-year relationship with the organization has led to lifelong relationships as well as a rewarding teaching career. He attends the Interski programs held every four years. It is an opportunity for elite skiers from around the world to come together and demonstrate the techniques used in skiing and instruction in their home countries. Aspen, Colorado hosted the event in 1968.
Ron is 80 years old and the thrill of downhill skiing has not diminished. He is currently supervising and training instructors at Mountain High. Ron’s goal is for him and his teachers to provide safety, fun, and skiing technique, in that order. He also mentioned that because the ski school is popular with the resort’s clientele, they are always looking for instructors. New teachers learn ski and snowboard instruction from Ron, the award-winning trainer, and his staff.
That day Novel ‘Made a Deal’
By Terri Hill
Former honorary Mayor of Wrightwood, Novel Carter, recently made a great deal on one of America’s longest running game shows, Let’s Make A Deal.”
In mid-July Novel and her sister, Kitty Carter, dressed in their finest attention-getting costumes and headed to Burbank for the taping of their favorite game show. While waiting in line to go into the CBS studio, contestant hopefuls were kept “hyped up,” as Novel said, by an employee of the studio. Excitement and over-the-top costumes are the key to being chosen as a contestant. Novel demonstrated both. Modeling her silvery-green Lady Liberty alter ego, she laughed and screamed and jumped up and down with enough enthusiasm to get, and keep, the attention of the producer’s contestant scouts. The trick, she was told, is keep the attention of the scouts, from the queue all the way through the show. Everyone was asked to pose and look like winners for photos taken before the program. The pictures would be used for promotional material if the subjects became contestants. They told Novel and the other audience members that only nine to twelve contestants are chosen from the 300 people in attendance.
Once inside the studio, Novel kept up the excitement and smiles in hopes of being one of the lucky few. When host Wayne Brady called to Lady Liberty to come make a deal, she could hardly believe it. “They’ve already chosen their favorite audience members to be contestants,” she said, “but you have no idea you were picked, until Wayne Brady calls you down!”
Wayne brought a gentleman from the audience down and instructed the two contestants about the rules of the game. Wayne would ask for a specific item from Novel’s purse, the gentleman would guess whether or not Novel indeed had the item, and he would receive $500 for each correct guess. Novel would get $500 for each requested item that she could produce from her bag. The other contestant won $1500 and Novel won $1000.
Asked if she would like to keep her $1000 or trade it for the hidden prize, Novel consulted with the audience, who yelled in unison that she should go for the trade! Novel said, “Iwas blessed by the audience who instructed me to make the deal with Wayne, because I won an all-expense paid trip for two to Thailand.” When it came time for the Big Deal of the day, Novel chose to keep her trip, again at the urging of the audience. She said, “I have no regrets! I would have traded my trip for a different trip, to Belize, and I feel blessed that that I’m going to Thailand.”
Novel plans to go take her vacation in Thailand with her husband in June 2016.
Handmade models on display at Skillet Café
By Al Morrissette
For the past four years, customers of the Skillet Café in Phelan have been surrounded by intricate models of local establishments as a feature that adds to the hometown comfort. Many customers young and old take the time to look at the models and appreciate the craftsmanship involved. These miniature replicas of the Copper Top Strip Mall, Grizzly Café, Old T-bird Bar, a hunting lodge, a covered wagon and a mountain cabin are the craftsmanship of Phelan resident Wil Fuchs who moved from Redlands to his son David’s property (22 year resident) four years ago after his bride of 63 years, Verna, passed away. The couple met in Cheyanne Wyoming, where he worked at an air force base, and moved to Redlands in 1957 keeping their love of nature and family values intact.
At 86 years old (87 on Jan 6), Wil is an avid camper and game hunter venturing local mountains and the Sierra with David. He served in WWII at the Hawaii Naval Hospital, worked as an automotive body man but is most proud of being a father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He got into modeling as a hobby and his first creation was a restaurant he frequented near Crawley Lake; the model still resides there. He then crafted the cabin and the covered wagon, and most recently, the Grizzly Café.
Wil’s tool chest consists of a band saw, jigsaw, belt sander and various hand carving tools. Each model takes several months to make, focusing on intricate details including internal features, furniture, and the Grizzly’s upside down Christmas tree.
In the hunting lodge he added some humor; you see the heads of wild game mounted on the wall, and on the outside wall, the body of the game stands on a platform. Being an avid hunter, Wil included elk bags, with the elk inside, hanging from the eves of the mountain cabin. Each model includes functional internal lighting and, where applicable, functioning chimneys made from small rocks that Wil finds on his property. A small pine scent incense cone creates the smoke feature. There are some items, such as cars, bought from craft stores, but Wil, who obviously has a keen eye for detail, crafts nearly all features.
He has submitted some models at craft shows and the San Bernardino County Fair, winning awards including First Place at the county fair. His next project will depict a hunting campsite with tents and other features including the surrounding mountain side, but Wil commented that this model will probably be his last creation.
Wrightwood Village Trail receives hundreds more bulbs
On Saturday, December 5, 2015: Sneaking in before another freeze volunteers of the Wrightwood Village Trail (WVT) took advantage of a sunny day and arranged for two local Girl Scout Troops to participate in the daffodil planting day. “In spite of the morning chill we planted 150 daffodil bulbs in the west area of Highway 2 & Lone Pine Canyon on Saturday morning,” said Sue Parody. “Girl Scout Troops 1685 and 249 were represented along with moms: Kathleen DiGiorgio, Erin Forshaw, and Jen Miescher. Several family members also joined in the fun.”
To fulfill some of their badge requirements for their Garden Badges, the girls dug holes along the path and placed bulbs 1-½ inches deep with the pointy side facing upwards.
After planting, they watered the daffodils well to settle the soil around the bulbs.
In the spring the trail will be blossoming with yellow and white flowers for everyone to enjoy. It’s tempting but please don’t cut the flowers, since they are essential for building next year’s flowers. The plants need those leaves!
Trail volunteers included John Lenau, Ron Parody and Sue Parody.
WVT supplied the daffodil bulbs from funds donated by various individuals.
For more information or to make a contribution to the Trail contact John Lenau at (760) 249-4650
Local artist paints nostalgia
By Terri Hill
Bill Elmore’s work is immediately distinguishable from other paintings. In his hands, the images of local structures take on an air of days gone by, even if they are still very much in occupied.
In the 1970s, Elmore painted a Colorado cabin. Using raw umber oil for the background application and yellow ochre acrylic for the detail gave his painting an antique or patina-like finish. Photographs of the subject of his work aid in capturing a realistic representation of the building. Earlier this year, inspired by the character of some of the buildings in the Tri-Community, Elmore picked up his palette again, and went to work painting.
The building that once housed the T-Bird saloon is the subject of one of Elmore’s latest works. Recalling its heyday, Elmore included the store front signs of the Fusion Sushi bar, Skillet Café, and Al’s Liquor. Another work depicts the Beekley House, and Elmore painted Rick’s Café. “I’m attracted by the nostalgia of the area,” Elmore explained, “The finished work is gratifying.” Next in the series will be Mountain Top Café. On the back of the Rick’s Café painting, Elmore has attached a brief history of the building: “Rick’s Roadside Café, under the ownership and management of Rick Baxter, is as close to a historical landmark as anything can be. The business location, formerly known as the Yucca Inn, has been a continuing business at its present site since 1934.” Rick purchased the business in 1998 and the structure has survived two fires and was remodeled in 2004.
A man of many talents, Elmore is also a member of the bluegrass group, Blue Ridge Ramblers. The group has performed at Officer Installations for the Chambers of Commerce in Phelan and Pinon Hills, functions benefitting Transition Habitat, Mountaineer Days, and Music in the Pines.
Before retiring to the High Desert 13 years ago, Bill Elmore ran his own plumbing service and repair business in Anaheim. He had friends who were musicians that had moved here and encouraged him to follow suit. For information about Blue Ridge Ramblers, call Bill at (760) 868-0937.
Zimbros Celebrate Anniversaries
Zimbro Realty has cause to celebrate with Kathy and Kyle Zimbro each having anniversaries in the month of August.
Kathy Zimbro has been a licensed California Realtor for 35 years, 24 of which have been devoted to serving the High Desert, in particular, the communities of Phelan, Pinon Hills and Wrightwood. She has been a top producing Realtor in the area since 1995 and is considered an expert in her field.
Kyle Zimbro has been licensed for 11 years and a Broker since 2009. Realtor Magazine selected Kyle, in 2014, as one of the top 30 Realtors nationwide and in Canada, under the age of 30. With this accomplishment to add to his resume, Kyle’s Real Estate business continues to grow. Kyle serves the entire High Desert from Apple Valley to Lancaster/Palmdale and to better serve his clients, he’s even doing some listing and selling “down the hill.”
Come visit Zimbro Realty at their new location in Phelan at 4646 Phelan Road (by the Skillet Café) in the Coppertop Center. The relocation was made in late June to provide better service to their customers. Their office telephone number remains the same (760) 868-8878.
Timberline Lions Club News
By Vicky Rinek
The 60” TV raffle was won by Daisy Rose from Adelanto, Ed Bordenkircher won the tablet and turned it back to the Lions Club for their charities, and the DVD player was won and donated to a halfway house in Claremont. 100% of the funds raised in the raffle go into the Lions Tri-Community Scholarship Fund.
On February 19, Quinn Culver and David Chang Choi were inducted at the Lions Club meeting. Lion Alice Birster sponsored David and Lion Carl Smith sponsored Quinn into the Club and well-respected Lion Ed Bordenkircher performed the induction ceremony. Quinn has been volunteering at the Lions Bingo for many months and is excited to officially join the Lions Club. He and his family moved to Wrightwood a few months ago and look forward to many years in Wrightwood. David is the master chef and the owner of the Gamee Kitchen Asian Fusion restaurant on Hwy 2, serving dinners and lunches. David and Quinn are both committed to serving in the Timberline Lions Club and their many charities.
If you are looking for a worthwhile organization and want to give your time to the Tri-Community, the Timberline Lions Club is accepting new members. Visit the club at the next dinner meeting on Thursday, March 19, 6:30pm at the Wrightwood Community Building, or call Membership Chairperson Carl Smith at (909) 374-5935.
The Timberline Lions Club can provide financial assistance to qualified applicants for glasses and certain types of eye care. Email the Timberline Lions Club for an application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Timberline Lions Club is also accepting applications for scholarships for high school seniors in the Tri-Community. The scholarships will each provide a one-time financial assistance to students who are planning to attend an accredited two or four year post-secondary school or trade school. Scholarships are reserved for seniors residing in the greater Tri-Community area.
Contact Serrano High School Student Resources, or email the Timberline Lions Club for an application: email@example.com
Reminder - Join the Lions this Saturday, March 14 at 5:30PM for fun, fellowship and BINGO at the Wrightwood Community Bldg. A St. Paddy’s Day dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:00pm before bingo. Refreshments, beverages and dabbers will be available. Doors open at 4:30 and games start at 6:00 PM and run through 9:00PM (must be 21 or over to play bingo). Win Cash and door prizes. Funds benefit local charities. Bingo was sold out last February. They had to turn away a few want-to-be bingo players. Come early and stake out your seat.
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