Wrightwood is mourning the passing of Bill Swift, who died from complications resulting from a recent operation to remove a brain tumor. He passed away Sunday night at his home with his wife Mimi at his side.
What desperately sad news it is to report the loss of a lovely man, with wicked charm and stunning presence.
Bill was a quiet and unostentatious citizen. He was involved in innumerable groups in the community and was a dear trusted friend to a great many of its residents. This man made a difference in the community with his generosity, warmth and good will.
While he took his philanthropic endeavors seriously, Bill had a delicious sense of humor - quick with a smile and a joke. He became a role model to many. He loved Wrightwood and he never met someone he didn’t consider a friend. What camaraderie everyone felt when Bill was present!
Bill was a supernatural light who was a hero to children, a brother to men and gentleman to women. Bill served many organizations; he served the Timberline Lions Club as a Board member, with intelligence, passion, and sincerity. His favorite activity was the Lions Rising Star program. He loved to shine a light on the children from Snowline schools who struggled with their studies and at home, but persevered and were able to overcome their struggles and succeed in school. His compassion was infectious.
Members of the Wrightwood community and its charitable organizations, past and present, extend their heartfelt sympathies to Mimi, Bill’s children and grandchildren, his extended family and the many, many friends who loved him. Bill Swift truly helped to make this a better, more just world. We will miss this extraordinary man.
Details of services for Bill will be published in a forthcoming obituary notice.
July 1, 2018
We’d like your input. The idea of bringing back the Firemen’s Ball to the Big Pines Hall has been suggested. The proposed date is October 6, 2018 and would be hosted by the Timberline Lions Club. Everyone who attended the ball in past years really enjoyed the event. There was great music, dancing, a silent auction, food, wine and beer.
A little history:
The Los Angeles County Park and Recreation constructed the Swarthout Valley Lodge in 1924 and a few years later the Big Pines Hall was added. The Hall served as an entertainment hall in those earlier days. Old photos show groups of people enjoying themselves in the rustic atmosphere of the hall.
In 1941 the park was given to the US Forest Service. The Swarthout Valley Lodge served as a café of sorts but subsequently became offices for the Forest Service. For many, the Big Pines Hall remained a favorite gathering place as they trekked up the Big Pines Highway.
In 1987 an arson fire destroyed the Swarthout Valley Lodge, but Wrightwood Fire volunteers prevented the intense fire from spreading to the forest canopy and the old Big Pines Hall.
Today the Big Pines Hall remains a reminder of the Wrightwood volunteer firemen that saved the building. The community is grateful that the history of the Big Pines Hall has been preserved by local Wrightwoodians Barbara Van Houten and Patricia Krig.
The last two years the Hall wasn’t available because the Forest Service was working on the building. There is an opportunity to hold the event again but before we start the process we would appreciate feedback from the community. The building would accommodate 125 people, just enough to be enjoyable and not too crowded.
Timberline Lions would like to keep the ticket price down to a minimum. The cost would be $20 per person.
In tribute to our firefighters, past and present, for keeping our forest safe, the Firemen’s Ball could return.
Please send in your email to email@example.com, with your yay or nay vote.
Save your vision with free sunglasses from the
Timberline Lions Club
The Timberline Lions reminds everyone to wear sunglasses. If you are planning to attend the Mountaineer Days you can get a Free pair of sunglasses. These sunglasses will provide 100% UV and UVA protection.
The UV index increases by 12% due to thinner mountain air. UV rays cannot be felt. Chronic eye exposure to UV radiation may increase the incidence of cataracts and possibly macular degeneration. Come by the Timberline Lions Booth on July 7 & 8 for your Free sunglasses.
Our club mission statement is: “To serve our community and beyond by providing voluntary services and raising funds for humanitarian activities.”
Throughout the Lions Clubs’ history around the world, their focus has been to preserve and protect adult’s and children’s vision. Helen Keller implored the Lions Club International to become “Knights of the Blind.” The Timberline Lions Club is continuing its mission to protect eyesight of the young and old. The Timberline Lions are not only able to provide the screenings for free but can often also provide financial assistance for visits to eye-care professionals if a problem is detected.
Those interested in signing up for a free screening can contact the Timberline Lions Club at their email: TLC.firstname.lastname@example.org to set up transportation assistance for one of the upcoming clinics.
The next clinic is scheduled August 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. at the James A .Woody Community Center, 13467 Navajo Rd., Apple Valley, CA . Appointments are not needed but the line can be long so get there early and bring your hat and water with you.
Also, on Sept. 8, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. another vision screening will take place in Rancho Cucamonga, Senior Center, 225 East “B” St.
If you are unable to drive to the vision screening listed above arrangements could be made to transport individuals to the clinic.
Surge of power…outages
Written May 1, 2018
By Terri McCawley Hill
In the meantime, here’s a flashlight
Walking into the Southern California Edison update meeting on June 5, I was not overwhelmed with a feeling of confidence in the state of Wrightwood’s electrical infrastructure, as Edison was handing out flashlights at the sign-in table.
I had recently written an article, regarding the planned and unplanned outages in the community, in which I forwarded Edison’s reassurances that they are working diligently to upgrade electrical service to Wrightwood. I was glad to hear that Public Information Officer Jennifer Cusack was to address residents on that subject before the June meeting of the Wrightwood Community Services District. I was disappointed with the direction that meeting took.
Cusack began by mentioning that Edison was here at the behest of the County Supervisor’s Office (Robert Lovingood), as many of his constituents had contacted him with complaints about outages. She touted the wonderful local projects Edison is working on in our community wanted us to understand what an accomplishment it is just to get all the permits, as from the Forest Service for environmental concerns, to get these projects approved and running. When she did begin to explain the need for short-term planned outages and the upgrades to the system, she spoke too softly and rapidly for most of the audience to hear and understand. She, and Planner John Shules, used technical language to explain the projects, leaving many of us in the dark, so to speak.
What I did get from the meeting is, Edison will replace transformers, insulators, lines, poles, and other equipment with new, more reliable options. Lines into Wrightwood will carry more power and a system of loops will create redundancies, so that when one line goes down, another picks up the slack. Edison generators are expected to help keep planned outages to a minimum, “if all goes well.” (Shules)
John Aziz asked if Edison considered the 31-hour power failure of January 9 an equipment failure, or was it blamed on weather. At first, Shules mentioned the rain event of that day. When Aziz reported “less than ¼ inch rain in the 12 hours preceding the substation failure,” Shules disclosed that they had indeed found a small crack in a transformer, which blew when it came into contact with the water. Aziz inquired about the $30 rebate Edison guarantees, (https://www.sce.com/wps/portal/home/outage-center/our-safety-guarantee), to customers in such events, as he has not been able to get a satisfactory response from customer service. Cusack defended the department, “they have thousands of accounts” to deal with, after all. She did add that she would help Aziz get to the right contact to get his bill credited.
Unfortunately, Edison didn’t use the meeting as an opportunity to understand and satisfy their customers’ concerns, but more to protect their public image. Hmm, another failure.
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