A dive into the history of a classic holiday dessert

November 23, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Before you take that sumptuous first bite out of your piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, you may want to take a moment to reflect on the dessert’s rich and fascinating history.

Folks in England were actually the first to introduce pumpkin pies to society in the mid-1500s. They quickly became a part of English culture and their popularity spread to America in the early 1600s by way of the Pilgrims.

Cabbage growing tips from Bonnie Plants

November 23, 2015

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Cabbage may not be one of the most popular vegetables among youngsters but scores of them across America seem to be developing quite a taste for it. It could be due to the fact that the national organization Bonnie Plants offers up the chance to win scholarship money for growing the underrated vegetable to colossal proportions.

Since 2002, Bonnie Plants has been holding a Grow Green: Cashing in Cabbage contest for third-grade students.

Program connects soldiers with their children

November 23, 2015

Optimists, Barnes & Noble, USO partner for Saturday event

From Staff Reports

For local members of the military, being away from home can be trying. But to be away at Christmas time can be even more difficult for service members and their families.

That is why the Apple Valley Optimist Club partners with the USO annually in a program that allows soldiers overseas to record themselves reading books to their own children. The recordings are then mailed to the family.

AV company wins BBB award

November 23, 2015

Retro Investigations first in High Desert to receive Torch honor

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

For the first time in the history of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Awards, a High Desert-based company has earned the trophy. The award honors outstanding businesses for displaying exemplary ethics in their business dealings.

On Nov. 12, Apple Valley-based Retro Investigations was presented with the Torch Award at a ceremony in Palmdale. Owner Maggie Green said winning came as a total shock.

Giving for a harvest

November 23, 2015

Photo courtesy of Granite Hills High School

Bags of groceries pack a room at Granite Hills High School thanks to generous donations for local families. In years past, the school's Family Center adopted 20 families each Thanksgiving to provide holiday meals. This year, the center teamed with Curbside Community Center, GHHS PTSO, Second Harvest and the staff and students of GHHS to host the inaugural Harvest of Giving. Approximately 500 families received two bags of groceries to prepare their Thanksgiving dinners.

What did the “special meeting” on water tell us?

November 23, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Really, what did we learn at the Apple Valley Town Council's special meeting Tuesday regarding the ongoing Water Wars?

Well, not much that we didn’t already know.

The Ranchos Water Company lawyers circulated a 17-page response to the Town’s Environmental Impact Report which raised objection to every element of the Town report including the paper stock it was printed on. A slight exaggeration, but that was their job.

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Swapping for love

November 16, 2015

Local moms join to clothe the needy

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

What started out to be a small clothing swap between a group of local moms turned into a giant labor of love benefitting the entire community. In 2010, Adelanto residents Lisa and Joshua Anderson, along with Apple Valley resident Denise Fetzer, decided to form the 501(c)(3) charity Swapping Mamas in an effort to clothe the needy.

'Movement to Music' aimed at healing bodies

November 16, 2015

L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Aches and pains are a fact of life for most people, especially as they grow older. Spiritual practitioner Alpha Richards admits she is no stranger to bodily discomfort, as the 65-year-old Yucca Valley resident has suffered from Fibromyalgia for many years.

Thankfully, Richards has found a great deal of relief for her condition through yoga and meditation. It has been so effective that she decided to begin teaching her healing methods to folks in the High Desert.

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