College displays local woman's work

February 18, 2016

Theresa Polley-Shellcroft has spent lifetime crafting artwork

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

For nearly a lifetime, High Desert resident Theresa Polley-Shellcroft has been creating her own, special brand of art in a variety of forms and mediums. The West Virginia native’s works, which include paintings, collages, fiber arts and quilts, are being showcased at Victor Valley College in an exhibition titled, “Finding My Voice.”

Nearly AV 150 students compete at SkillsUSA

February 18, 2016

83 to advance to state competition in spring

From Staff Reports

Approximately 150 students represented Apple Valley Unified School District at the Region Six SkillsUSA Regional Conference, of which 83 will advance to the state competition this spring. The regional leadership events took place Jan. 23 at Granite Hills High School and the regional skills events took place on Jan. 30 at and around San Bernardino Valley College. The regional competition attracted an estimated 1,200 students from nearly 60 schools.

Local girl remodels cat colony at shelter for scout project

February 10, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While most teens seem to prefer surfing the Internet or hanging out at the mall on the weekends, 15-year-old Apple Valley resident Kayla Engeron said she desires to spend her free time making the world a better place.

The Riverside Preparatory School sophomore recently embarked on a project that involved remodeling Cat Colony 2A at the Apple Valley Municipal Animal Shelter. She said along with wanting to help cats, she also is banking on her efforts helping her to achieve the Girl Scout Gold Award.

Heart Games returning to town

February 10, 2016

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

To get healthy, one must get the blood pumping. Hoping to make an impact with that message among High Desert residents, the Town of Apple Valley founded its annual “Heart Games” in 2011.

The event, which will take place 8:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 27, pits teams against one another in a race through 10 check points throughout the city.

Vanguard makes 2016 'Schools to Watch' list

February 10, 2016

By Charity Lindsey
Staff Writer

APPLE VALLEY — Continuing to stand out as a model middle school, Vanguard Preparatory School of Apple Valley Unified School District has made the California’s “Schools to Watch” list again since its last designation in 2013.

Each year, the California League of Middle Schools recognizes schools “that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and structured for success,” according to their website.

Is transparency a one-way street?

February 10, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The recent news stories and letters regarding the Town’s “Transparency Report” of current costs to acquire the water company all have quotes and some misused the information provided at a public meeting by the Town Finance Manager. That’s fine, the information is there to be examined, twisted and turned.

But where is the transparency from the water company?

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All hopped up

February 3, 2016

'Off the Grid' opens in Village

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

Getting just the right mix of water, grains, hops and yeast to make the perfect tasting beer is much more difficult than one might imagine, according to Apple Valley resident and brew expert Mike Schneider.

For the past five years, Schneider and his father and two brothers have been working hard at perfecting their beer-making talents, co-brewing at the Inland Empire Brewing Co. in Riverside.

Ranchos becomes Liberty

February 3, 2016

Officials question company's investment into system in 2015

By Matthew Cabe
Staff Writer

Following the finalization of the sale of Apple Valley Ranchos Water Co. to Liberty Utilities earlier this month, the name of Apple Valley’s water company formally changed to Liberty Utilities, Apple Valley.

But before the formal change, the company invested more than $8 million into its water system in 2015, and it expects to invest a comparable amount into the system’s aging infrastructure this year, according to Superintendent of Operations Carol Thomas-Keefer.

Concert series resumes with classic tribute

February 3, 2016

Veteran performer Tom Stevens honors Dean Martin

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While most teenage boys are busy riding bikes or playing baseball, veteran entertainer Tom Stevens spent his younger years preparing for what would become a thriving, lifelong career. Stevens said he’d whittle away countless hours listening to Dean Martin records and working on mimicking his idol’s voice.

Before long, the crooner-in-training had Dino’s vocals down pat, which later opened the door to professional gigs as a Dean Martin tribute artist.

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