Women of Distinction

October 28, 2014

Lisa Lawrence, who serves on the Apple Valley Unified School District Board, was one of 22 women from the 8th Congressional District to be honored Friday by Rep. Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, right, for service to their communities. Cook was joined in making presentations by San Bernardino County Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Robert Lovingood. The second annual event was hosted at the Town of Apple Valley Conference Center on Friday morning and drew honorees from throughout the Victor Valley and High Desert communities in the district.

Volunteering in the zone

October 28, 2014
A group of local girls volunteer their time and efforts at the Squash4Friends farm in Apple Valley. The volunteers are part of the town's Teen Zone, a volunteer organization for teens aged 13 to 17. Volunteers earn their hours by donating their time to working recreation programs such as Adventures in Pee Wee Sports and Day Camp and special events such as the Easter Eggstravaganza and this Friday's Kiddie Carnival. (Photo courtesy of Alicia Dannelley)

Local teens donate time to community

By Martial Haprov
EDITOR

When the doors fly open on Friday afternoon to welcome families and little ones to the James Woody Community Center, the annual Kiddie Carnival’s games and activities will have been the work of local dedicated teens.

Study to purchase AV Ranchos released

October 28, 2014

From Staff Reports

A study commissioned to explore various financing options for the town’s purchase of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Company was released last week.

The Apple Valley Town Council authorized the release of its “Financial Feasibility Analysis for the Acquisition of the Apple Valley Ranchos Water System.”

The town is pursuing the purchase of AVR in order to gain local control over the town’s water resource and stabilize the ever-rising rates the town has experienced over the last decade, according to a news release.

Carnival provides alternative to trick-or-treating

October 28, 2014

From Staff Reports

Families and little ones who want to avoid outdoor trick-or-treating will have an option to still enjoy the Halloween fun.

The town will host the Kiddie Carnival beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at James Woody Community Center Auditorium. The event will feature games, face-painting and food until 6 p.m.

Admission is free, but most games and activities require the purchase of tickets for 25 cents each or unlimited use wristbands for $10 at the door.

Apple Valley man planning to open craft microbrewery

October 28, 2014
Local resident Josh Waters, 33, is working to open Desert Barn Brewery, a microbrew facility on Hesperia Road that focuses on craft beer brews. Waters has been a home-brewer by trade for the last five years. (Photo by Sarah Alvarado, Hesperia Star)

Desert Barn Brewery poised for winter opening

By Martial Haprov
EDITOR

A heart for hops drove a budding entrepreneur to start brewing his own brand in his barn about five years ago, a hobby that soon turned into a trade.

Now, it’s that same passion — and the encouragement from a financially minded friend — that’s driving Josh Waters’ brewing from his barn to bigger surroundings.

St. Mary's officials honored with prestigious awards

October 28, 2014

Directors Kevin Mahany, Lezli Roberts lauded

From Staff Reports

Two directors from St. Joseph Health, St. Mary were recently recognized for their service and professionalism.

Director of Healthy Communities Kevin Mahany is the recipient of the 2014 Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Award from the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Mahany was chosen for the award for his outstanding service in healthcare and fulfilling the mission of the Diocese “so that people’s lives are filled with hope,” according to a news release.

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