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
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.
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.
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
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