The Wrightwood Fire Safe Council used the forum of their monthly meeting as the base of a community wide ‘Thank You’ to firefighters and first responders that maintained order and kept the Sharp Fire out of the village.
117 community members filled the community center to show their support for the efforts from the firefighters and 27 firefighters and law enforcement officials came to thank the community for their support. Most firefighters had already been reassigned to one of the 11 other wildfires throughout the state including the Gobbler Fire just a few miles away from Wrightwood.
Initially WFSC President Chuck Carroll introduced his fellow board members and then asked Angeles Forest Ranger, Bob Blount to speak. Blount was the first of many agency representatives that mutually thanks the community. He expressed his appreciation of how the WFSC has interfaced with not only his agency but all agencies that cover the Wrightwood area. He stated, “There was a lot of potential for the fire to run and endanger life and property”, adding, “Fortunately there was cooperation from all the agencies and it all went about as well as it was going to go”. He also stated that when he heard that the fire was next to Wrightwood, he was determined to stop the blaze from entering the community.
This was also the theme from County Battalion Chief Dan Filter as he explained that all the agencies, the county, CalFire, Forestry, Sheriff and CHP worked as a team to control the fire and evacuate 100 potentially endangered homes. County Fire Public Relations Officer Tracey Martinez added to Filters comments that communications through John Aziz and the Wrightwood CERT team was instrumental in curtailing misinformation posted on Facebook and other social media. Martinez also said that minute-by-minute updates came through Aziz as he texted a network of rangers and fire officials. He showed how easy it was to do this by communicating with San Bernardino Forest Ranger Gabe Garcia as he was in command of the Gobbler Fire and was giving Aziz updates throughout the meeting. CERT was instrumental in stationing members with HAM radios throughout the community and manning the phones at Fire Station 14, enabling residents to have proper information. She also applauded the community at large for being disaster prepared and networking with each other and “coming together when time is of the essence”.
Through First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood’s office, several Certificates of Appreciation were handed out to Wrightwood residents and businesses along with civic organizations. The Grizzly Café gave 60 free meals and other restaurants performed similar appreciation, Mountain Hardware many needed items and many residents offered their homes for rest and showers.
The council had on display several maps that showed mastication and dead tree clearing projects in the area of the Sharp Fire that helped to keep the fire away from the community and there was a 12 minute video made by the council that encapsulated the activities of firefighters and the community during the fire. The meeting concluded with an ice cream and cookie social with residents and firefighters mingling in mutual appreciation.
Music in the Pines Finale
Music in the Pines Finale
By Michael Palecki
The 2013 Music in the Pines concert series concluded last Thursday, with a performance that held the attention of audience members well into overtime. It was a summer evening just right for lingering with pleasant weather, an array of food vendors for snacking, and 27 musicians in various configurations performing contemporary pop, Celtic, bluegrass, Cajun, Zeidico and Delta Blues musical styles.
Starting things off, the band “Main Street” performed as a separate group and then became backup band for featured singer-Timothy Ewing. Musicians included Gerry Baca on lead guitar, Tim Baca on bass guitar, Tim Forsythe playing keyboards, fiddle and flute, and Peter Plumeri on drums. The set began with Gerry Baca singing Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” as he scatted into lead guitar riffs.
After that, Tim Forsythe made his fiddle sound like a train in a locomotive instrumental selection. He next changed to flute for the introduction to Van Morrison’s “Moondance” as Timothy Ewing took the stage to sing lead vocals. Continuing with popular standards “Night After Night” and “Smile”, Ewing became both Charlie Chaplin and Nat King Cole in his raspy lyrics of “I’m breaking down and being jazzy about it”.
Next up, concert producer Dave Cimino introduced teenage string instrument ensemble “Fiddlers of the Wind” directed by Carla Lawson on fiddle with the rhythm beat provided by Steve Lawson on Mandolin. Central to the overall personality of the group was master-of-ceremony-of- sorts the very personable Tristan Sherman- who introduced songs, the other 12 musicians and sang- while playing acoustic guitar and banjo.
During their set of traditional bluegrass songs, Celtic jigs, and Irish fiddle tunes-virtually every musician was featured on solo instrumental or lead vocals. And while my favorite selections were the youngest member Natalie Opdahl singing “Across The Smokey Mountains” as she played fiddle, Sierra Muniz debuting as a vocalist singing “Summertime”, and sisters Esther & Murat Cole singing sweet harmonies on “Bluebirds Are Singing For Me”-everyone in the audience had their own favorites and they were all superb.
Later on, after Dave Cimeno presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Music in the Pines innovator Dan Campbell, and Carla Lawson gave him a fiddle- Fiddlers of the Wind became the backup band for “Boyd Thibideaux & the Bayou Boneyard”. With Campbell stepping out of his own persona and becoming Boyd Thibideaux on lead vocals and playing squeezebox, other musicians included Carla Lawson on fiddle, Steve Lawson on mandolin, Mark Rodenborn on metal washboard vest and triangle, and Gary Sizemore playing acoustic guitar.
The brief cameo appearance of Boyd Thibideaux was a rousing success as he sang Scottish songs “Back Door” and “Donald, Where’s Your Trousers?”, and the Cajun wedding song “Pierette Brouillette et Mamselle Josette-in French.
Concluding the concert, “Yo Mamas Voodoo Cajun Blues Jam” held the audience of more than 300 in place as the still night air was pierced with rock and blues and Cajun and Zeidico and everything in between that was swampy. Musicians included Dan Campbell on squeezebox, Terry “Big T” DeRouen on lead electric guitar, Walter Foley on electric bass guitar, Gary Sizemore on acoustic guitar, Steve Lawson on mandolin, Mark Rodenborn on washboard vest and harmonica, and Dave Cimino on drums.
Starting off with what has become the signature song for Yo Mama, Gary Sizemore sang lead vocals for the Jimmie Rodgers song “Women Make A Fool Out Of Me” with everyone singing the chorus and yodel. After that, lead vocals shifted to Campbell for “Old Bayou Road” with Big T featured on a blistering guitar solo. And then the microphone went back to Sizemore for his version of “Cadillac Car” with Big T careening off into another great solo.
With yet another song that has become a Yo Mama hallmark, Mark Rodenborn then sang “Ain’t Got No Home” by Clarence “Frogman” Henry”- complete with all the falsetto lyrics. Slidin’ back into swampy music, the band then performed a high octane version of “Bayou Pom Pom”, followed by Campbell singing “Alligator Annie” with dynamic bantering of Big T on guitar and Rodenborn on harmonica. Following that, Campbell was rolling and tumbling as he sang more barrel house Delta Blues.
The concert ended with Big T singing “I’m Going To New Orleans” with a sweet crescendo played by Rodenborn on harmonica and Lawson on mandolin-followed by a riveting finale from the entire band. And that was a wrap for 2013 Music in the Pines.
CSD Amends Park Rules & Regulations
By Michael Palecki
Directors of the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (CSD) reviewed existing rules and regulations for the District’s two parks at the August 21 board meeting, and proposed changes to the 2010 Park Ordinance. While an amended ordinance will apply to both the Phelan Park and Pinon Hills Park, there was considerable discussion pertaining to the newly installed 10,000 square foot lawn at the Phelan Park.
In regards to that amenity, Directors were uncertain what recreational use the grass would eventually encourage. While the old and new regulations specify “Sports are to be played in designated areas only”-there were questions of whether tossing a ball on the grass would be allowed.
On another issue, Parks & Recreation Committee member Alex Brandon proposed: “Service animals allowed only” replacing “Dogs and cats must be on a leash”. However, Director Joe Fahrlender felt it should be permissible for those using the walking trail to also walk their dogs on a leash.
In regards to the use of playground equipment, research had indicated that manufacturer’s specified usage is for children under the age of 12-rather than 14. Golf, archery and model flying remain prohibited at both parks.
According to CSD Legal Counsel Steven Kennedy, the changes proposed on August 21 represent the “First Reading” with the “Second Reading” to occur at the next meeting. After that, the newly proposed ordinances will be published in local newspapers, followed by Board adoption of the ordinance in the future.
300 See the Value of Lions Club
By Al Morrissette
Saturday, August 24, a cooperative event by the Timberline Lions Club, Apple Valley Lions Club and the Phelan Pinon Hills Community Services District (PPHCSD) enabled 300 residents to receive eye examinations and refurbished glasses between the hours of 8am-3:30pm. The PPHCSD had the easy part by providing the Phelan Senior Center and adjoining Community Center, also providing tables, chairs and several cases of water.
Timberline provided many club volunteers and other volunteers from the Phelan Seniors made up the local base, while the Apple Valley Club provided Optometrist Dr. Brian Van Dusen and an experienced staff, plus all the necessary equipment and over 14 thousand pairs of glasses.
Outside the front doors were a series of ‘easy-up’ covers that provided shade for participants to fill out simple paperwork.
The event was open to anyone regardless of age, creed, race, income or residence and enabled kids from 4-93 to receive the gift of clear sight. Recipients would enter the Senior Center side where automated sight machines provided the usual ‘which lens is best’ scenario, and then the person walked into the community center and received an exam by Dr. Van Dusen looking for malformations, cataracts and such. After the exam, they went to the next station, where the prescription was matched or closely matched with available glasses. This reporter and several other volunteers would take the suggested matches, which for most participants were 4 or more at the site, and work with the recipient to find the best pair for that person. Though some recipients were from outside the Tri-Community such as Pearblossom, Hesperia and Victorville, 90% were from Phelan and Pinon Hills. Also some recipients didn’t have a good match from the common glasses inside the center and theywere given additional assistance that could search a computerized data base and in most cases find a match in one of the trailers outside the facility. For several, all they needed were reading glasses and these were easy prescriptions to fill, also available were tables filled with sunglasses and a large supply of eyeglass cases.
After an acceptable pair was selected, the recipient was taken to the next station where the glasses were adjusted and cleaned. Also at this station the identifying tag was removed and through a numbering system it was removed from the data base, to be eventually replaced at some future time.
Dottie Allen, Chair of California Lions Friends in Sight, and a member of the Hemet Breakfast Lions club, is the matriarch of the program and Dr. Van Dusen’s assistant. She heads a team of Optician assistants that go to her home from as far as Banning to sort donations, clean the glasses and identify prescriptions. The Apple Valley team performs these clinics several times a year throughout Southern California and three times in Mexico in the cities of Tecate and Mexicali.
Though the Timberline Lions Club is having these clinics annually, if you are in need you can contact the Apple Valley Lions Club directly to find out where their next clinic will be held.
Serrano Hopes to Repeat Last Season’s Success
By Jeff Cooper
Last year Serrano went 13-14 in a near-perfect season, losing only in the finals to Citrus Hill. This year, Michael Morris looks to improve on last season and fill the vacant shoes left by, Daniel Epperson, who many times passed for over 200 yards a game. “It’s going to be tough. (Epperson) was really good. But I expect to come close to that,” Morris said.
Last Friday night Serrano scrimmaged with Redlands High School in Phelan. No score was kept but both teams played full contact in one last effort to iron out plays and squash stomach butterflies. “I am excited, but overall I felt really good”, Morris said.
Jay Henderson, Lee Hogan and Blake Thompson each had high, double digit running yards for playing only one-half of the scrimmage. JV played the other half. On Varsity, Ryan Acuna and Noah Pound looked focused and sharp on defense. “We came out very healthy, but we’ll watch the film and get better of course,” Serrano Coach Ray Maholchic said. I was really impressed with the way Michael (Morris) ran the offense. He didn’t look nervous. No fumbled snaps. He threw the ball well. His best asset is running the ball”. Last year, Epperson didn’t run the ball that often. According to Maholchic, that’s another upgrade to look forward to.
The entire team, however, may feel the burden of last year’s success. “(Going 13-14 last year) put pressure on (this year’s team), but it gives them confidence and pride in the program,” Maholchic said, “We have some great leaders from last year’s team and they are just going to bring everyone along. They are a great group of kids.” Maholchic also said that while the whole season is important, the last four league games are the ones that count the most. Serrano plays Paraclete High School in Lancaster this Friday in the season opener.
8/17 1:42 pm PSYCHE INV/EVAL 6100 blk Valle Vista Rd, Wrightwood – RP requesting a deputy for a welfare check so subject can be placed. Subject is not 5150, just ill.
8/17 2:05 pm POSSESION FOR SALES 4500 blk Smoke Tree Rd, Phelan
8/17 8:16 pm POSSESSION MJ Sheep Creek Rd/Sheppard Rd, Phelan
8/17 10:00 pm ARREST FALSE VEHICLE REG Sheep Creek Rd/Chevoit Rd, Phelan – Suspended DL and warrant.
8/18 5:38 pm ARREST DUI Sheep Creek Rd/Manzano Rd, Phelan
8/18 5:12 pm ARREST VANDALISM 5600 blk Sheep Creek Dr, Wrightwood – RP lives in the back of house. Other subject lives in the front part of the house. Locks and cables are broken.
8/18 6:44 pm BURGLARY 6600 blk Phelan Rd, Phelan
8/18 11:08 pm ARREST FELONY SPOUSAL ABUSE 5400 blk Lone Pine Canyon Rd, Wrightwood – Reports BF hit her. BF has been drinking.
8/18 11:16 pm UNDER THE UNFLUENCE OF DRUGS 10600 blk Mountain Rd, Pinon Hills – PR states someone drugged him and took his car.
4:07pm Traffic Collision 11000 Valle Vista Rd. PHL
10:02pm Medical Aid 11000 Sheep Creek Rd. PHL
11:45pm Medical Aid 3000 Sunnyslope Rd. PIN
EVENTS IN THE TRI COMMUNITY
CERT Team is gearing up for their garage sale & Serving up Hot Cakes For Breakfast
CERT Team preparing for their garage sale! They are hosting their Annual Community Yard Sale and they need your stuff! The CERT Team is now accepting items. That’s right, clean out those overflowing closets, reach up into your filled attic and rid your garage of all that clutter and get ready to sell, sell, sell!
Wrightwood CERT Team invites all local residents and weekenders to donate gently used items. They will accept clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, sporting goods, household items, home decor, baby items, toys, lawn equipment, tools, etc. Anything that is not broken and is in good, working condition can be donated. With your help and donations, this sale will to be their most successful fund-raising event of the year!
For additional information on making a donation, to schedule a donation pick up or to get more details about the upcoming CERT Yard Sale event contact Shelia Womack (760-249-4229) or Paul Jones (760-249-5189). They will accept items until 8AM on the day of the sale; receipts are provided for income tax deductions for donated items.
On the day of the event, Saturday, August 31, ~ rain or shine, the Wrightwood CERT Team invites all local residents and visitors to stop by the Community Center (between the hours of 8AM and Noon) for their 3rd Annual CERT fundraiser offering a pancake breakfast with eggs, juice, coffee, and sausage for only $6 per adult and $3 for children under 10 years old. Then explore the collection of some great stuff at their yard sale.
Start cleaning out those closets and get ready for this popular event! Thank you for supporting the Wrightwood CERT.
Miner Vincent Program at Grassy Hollow
Saturday, August 31
at 7:00 PM
Miner Vincent is waiting for you at the campfire on Table Mountain Campground Amphitheater. He’ll tell everyone how he got bags of cement up to his cabin to make the floor -- he used his donkey, Josephine, to carry the bags of cement up from Los Angeles, one bag at a time! He’ll tell stories of gold rush and the last of the local grizzlies. There will be limited parking. Use your Adventure Pass and park at Mountain High North, and carpool or hike in. Recommend is a flashlight and jacket. Time is approximately 2 hours. Location is Table Mountain Campground Amphitheater. Leaders are Fred Hanrahan and John Cromshow, with other Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest.
Miner Vincent’s Cabin Hike
Sunday, September 1, at 10:00 am
Join others for a hike to the actual cabin where old Miner Vincent lived. Hear more stories and search for the lost gold. Miner Vincent will ask all the children if they want to go on a treasure hunt and find gold. He says that there are four pieces of his gold missing. The hike is approximately 1½ hours and one mile. It is an easy hike. Location is Vincent Gap Parking Lot. Leaders are Don & Marion Shotliff along with Volunteers of the Angeles National Forest.
All programs are free; check for Adventure Pass/Golden Passport requirements. Water, snacks, and appropriate footwear are recommended on all walks/hikes. Programs are subject to change or cancellation. Confirm schedule by checking website at www.grassyhollow.net or calling Grassy Hollow Visitor Center on Saturday or Sunday between 10am and 4pm at 626-821-6737.
Parade, family activities planned for Phelan Family Phun Day & Champagne Classic Car Show
The 27th annual festivity to celebrate the Tri-Community is planned for Saturday, September 14. The festivities run from 9am - 4pm. The temperature is expected to be ideal for the many folks coming to view the parade and partake in the festivities.
This big hometown celebration closes the summer months with live performances, a classic car show, hands-on activities, children’s contest, raffles, food booths, vendor booths, carnival rides, demonstrations, a beer garden, a hot dog-eating contest and more.
The festivities stretch along Phelan Road from Sheep Creek to Lebec Road. The parade starts at 9am, car show registration opens at 7am. The parade route runs along Phelan Road from Johnson Road to Sheep Creek Road. The Champagne Classic car show is always a favorite. The streets will be lined with classic automobiles and specialty vehicles that will please every car enthusiast. Later in the afternoon automobiles will be staged behind the Rite-Aid store, the annual ‘Burn-out’. The street is a nice cul-de-sac with a fire hydrant at the end. The audience sits upon a high embankment, safe from the participants, but in perfect view to watch the competition. The winner is selected through the applause and noise created by the audience in response to the performance.