Around Town: Who is kidding who?

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

In the Western classic, “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” there is an exchange between Butch (Paul Newman) and the Kid (Robert Redford) when they look out over the landscape for sight of a relentless posse of top lawmen who have chased them for days. Butch says, “I think we lost ’em, you think we lost ’em?”

The Kid replies, “I will if you will.”

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Locals prepare to resolve in the new year

Residents share their traditions

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley resident Erin Fox and her family take turns on New Year’s Day highlighting one thing they each want to work harder to do better for the coming year.

It might be as simple as picking up after yourself or making your bed.

In many cultures, it’s believed that moods and actions on the first day of the year can predict how a person’s year will go.

Seminar planned to offer valuable information

A.V. Library to host January workshop

By Davida Siwisa James
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

An upcoming seminar in the new year is aimed at helpng veterans and surviving spoues learn about the Veterans Administration’s Non-service Connected Disability Pension, according to a news release.

Apple Valley Library will host the Jan. 13 seminar, titled “Honoring America’s Finest.” It’s targeted to both veterans and surviving spouses of veterans. Organizers say they want to encourage surviving spouses to attend and access this valuable information.

AVHS selected to host baseball academy

From Staff Reports

Spring training is coming to Apple Valley — and it’s coming early.

U.S. Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning camps for players in grades 1 through 12, announced the addition of Apple Valley High School to its lineup for the coming winter and spring in a news release.

Registration is now under way at www.USBaseballAcademy.com.

Around Town: New Year’s resolutions

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Promises to change our behaviors at the beginning of each New Year aren’t new. The Romans, Babylonians, Medieval Knights and even Christians have a history of praying to their God at the end of each year with promises of changing or improving some past behavior.

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AAE AFJROTC receives shining unit evaluation

Inspector says program exceeds standards overall

By Alexandria Austin
For the Apple Valley Review

With the sun peeking over the horizon on a brisk December morning, retired Col. Pete Gray arrived at the Academy For Academic Excellence. From the moment he stepped out of his car, the AAE AFJROTC cadets were in full evaluation mode.

Dual-duty Town Hall staffer gets top employee nod

Roberta McComas named Apple Valley Employee of the Year

From Staff Reports

Marking the need for businesses to be more efficient with fewer employees, Roberta McComas wears hats in two different departments.

The Town Hall staffer, who’s been employed there since 2008, is better known to co-workers as “the money woman,” as she’s responsible for processing payroll for all town staff.

McComas also works closely with the town’s human resources department, providing support for benefit changes and other issues whenever needed — without hesitation.

New daily golf course shotgun start program to improve playability

From Staff Reports

A new program at the Apple Valley Golf Course is planned to eliminate the sometimes-long wait for open tee time, according to town officials.

The golf course recently launched a daily shotgun start.

“This new approach is intended to improve the playability of the golf course for the winter months,” Golf Pro Gary Matteson said.

This is just one of many improvements that have been made over the last few months since Sierra Golf Management assumed the operations at the course.

Around Town: Oh ye of little ...

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

The American Bible Society in their “State of the Bible 2013” study found that 66 percent of Americans agree that the “bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.”

Yet 58 percent say they don’t want that advice and 57 percent say they read the bible fewer than five times a year. Recent studies also reveal that 70 percent of Americans say they are Christians, but less than 25 percent regularly attend Church.

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Group meets in A.V. to plan fundraising event

24-hour fundraising web-a-thon set for May

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

With a focus on fundraising strategy for non-profit groups, the High Desert Resource Network has begun planning for “Give BIG San Bernardino County.”

In a meeting earlier this month, a host of speakers made presentations at the network’s monthly meeting at the Desert/Mountain Educational Service Center in Apple Valley about the upcoming campaign.

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