Feinstein’s desert bill exposes divided interests

May 12, 2015

Apple Valley supports it, but County Supervisor Lovingood doesn't

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s staff has been “working” the High Desert communities for some time now to line up support for her newly revised California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act with some success. This is a follow-up and enhancement of the 1994 California Desert Preservation Act which Feinstein sponsored.

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Under Construction builds loyal fan base

May 12, 2015

High Desert band to perform at Concerts in The Courtyard series Thursday

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review/Hesperia Star

For the past four years, the High Desert-based musical group Under Construction has been hard at work building a loyal fan base at live shows. The six-piece ensemble has performed at the San Bernardino County Fair, Hesperia Farmers' Market, The Wine Seller, Fat Jacks and the Center Stage Lounge at the Green Tree Inn, to name few.

Making nutrition their business

May 12, 2015

Gold Star Foods supplies fruits, vegetables, meats to many area schools

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review/Hesperia Star

It’s an age-old saying that a healthy body equals a healthy mind. It must be true because according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies have shown that good nutrition promotes the optimal growth and development of youngsters. In addition, the organization says proper eating greatly reduces a child’s chances of developing chronic diseases later in life.

Free 'Having a Ball' series aims to introduce toddlers to balls, play equipment

May 6, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Toddlers get ready! A whole lot of interactive fun and education await at the town’s Park and Recreation Department’s “Having a Ball” four-week series of classes. The free program, which begins on May 7, is designed to introduce children ages 18 months to 3 years to various types of balls and play equipment.

According to recreation supervisor Lena Quinonez, it was made possible through a grant from First Five of San Bernardino, which funds programs to support and enhance the health and early development of young children.

Courtyard concerts return Thursday

May 6, 2015

Lorena Mackey and the John Burcher Band to kick off month-long series

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

The ability to deliver spot-on performances of time-honored classics seems to be the key to Lorena Mackey and the John Burcher Band’s continuing success. According to Burcher, his group has been entertaining audiences for the past 25 years and always leaves them coming back for more.

Alvarez dubbed Employee of the Quarter

May 6, 2015

From staff reports

Tara Alvarez is the perfect example of someone who won’t take no for an answer. The town wasn’t hiring in 2008 when she decided she wanted to work for code enforcement, so she volunteered every Saturday for almost two years. She continued to keep in contact with the town while she put herself through code enforcement training and her tenacity paid off. Not only did she get hired in 2013, but was recently named the town’s employee of the quarter.

Aquatics programs diving into summer season

May 6, 2015

Lessons registration open at Swim Fair Saturday

From staff reports

From swim fairs to swim lessons and water festivals, Apple Valley is inviting residents to dive into its aquatics programs set to kick off before summer even begins.

Register for swim lessons at the town’s annual Swim Fair from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Apple Valley residents may sign up beginning at 7:30 a.m. The line will form by the clock tower between Town Hall and the Police Department. Signups for non-residents will begin at 10 a.m. or whenever the Apple Valley line is empty.

Browse local goods, gifts at Lion's Park

May 6, 2015

Vendor space open for May 16 event

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Before you throw out that old coffee table or power tool that has seen its better days, you might want to think about selling those and other used items at the Town of Apple Valley’s Rockin’ Flea Market on May 16 at Lion’s Park on Outer Highway 18.

For $20, residents and business owners can rent a 12-foot-by-12-foot space to sell their wares from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Taxed enough already?

May 6, 2015

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Rather than attempt to reduce waste in programs we already have and refuse to extend benefits to millions more, our legislative brain trust is contemplating new ways to tax Californians. The ploy, which is often used successfully, is to dangle the prospect of reducing taxes in one area so we will vote in new taxes in another area. The truth is a tax, once levied, never goes away no matter what they tell us.

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Reunited for the music

April 29, 2015

Eric Uglum, Bud Bierbaus rejoin forces after 25 years for new CD, live show

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

A chance meeting at the Dana Point Café back in 1990 opened up a whole world of surprising opportunities for bluegrass singers/musicians Eric Uglum and Bud Bierhaus.

At the time, both guys were at the venue playing in different bands but they said they hit it off immediately. Not long afterward, the pair decided to join forces and form a new folk/bluegrass group called Copperline.

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