Renowned tribute act coming to AV

December 30, 2015

Joni Morris' Patsy Cline show to be at spiritual center

By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review

While singer Joni Morris admits she honed her musical chops on the sounds of Motown, fate eventually took her down a completely different artistic road. In her 30s, Morris said she discovered her love for gospel and country music and began singing for anyone who would agree to listen.

MWA director appointed to statewide committee

December 30, 2015

Richard Hall represents Oak Hills, portions of Hesperia

From Staff Reports

Mojave Water Agency Director Richard Hall has been appointed to the California Special Districts Association Professional Development Committee, the agency announced last week.

Hall is the Division 3 member of the MWA Board of Directors, representing the areas of Oak Hills, Summit Valley area, portions of Hesperia, Pinon Hills, Phelan and Baldy Mesa.

St. Mary's adds five new physicians

December 30, 2015

From Staff Reports

St. Mary High Desert Medical Group continues to expand services, adding outpatient pulmonary services as a new specialty to the group and welcoming five new physicians over recent months. The following five physicians join St. Mary High Desert Medical Group, which partners with the St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare medical practice foundation and St. Joseph Health, St Mary Medical Center:

Things we learned in 2015 — maybe

December 30, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The first and probably the most easily understood lesson of 2015 is that it is good to have lots of money. Not just lots of money, but stupid “I can rent my own jet to fly to a football game” money.

This simple truism has allowed Donald Trump to co-opt the political process and thrust/buy his way into presidential politics. For the first time ever, having lots of money and being blunt to the point of bad taste is a political plus.

Who knew?

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Stanton, Robinson lauded for public service

December 21, 2015

From Staff Reports

Apple Valley Mayor Barb Stanton and Apple Valley Town Manager Frank Robinson were recently awarded the 2015 Larry Chimbole Public Service Awards at a dinner in Palmdale.

The awards are the top recognition for public service given by the Desert/Mountain Division of the League of California Cities, made up of elected officials and administrators from 15 cities. The occasion marked the first time in three years that a city manager was included, and the first time since the award’s inception that two honorees were from the same city.

Memorial for encouragment

December 21, 2015

Lights display continues to encourage in the battle with cancer

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer

For the second year in a row, Randy Robertson said he’s illuminating the holiday night sky with a “Christmas memorial light tribute” to his brother and to those who have lost their battle with cancer.

Last year, Robertson set up an elaborate front yard Christmas lighting spectacle and memorial for his brother, Robby Robertson, 57, who died of multiple myeloma cancer and polycystic kidney disease in April 2013.

Walking classroom comes to Sitting Bull Academy

December 21, 2015

From Staff Reports

Susan Cooper’s fourth grade class at Sitting Bull Academy is combining learning with exercise, thanks to a donation worth $3,500 from The Walking Classroom. Cooper and her class received a complete set of teacher manuals, headsets and mp3 players preloaded with podcast lessons.

Through The Walking Classroom, students participate in a brisk 20-minute walk while listening to an educational podcast. After they return to class, students engage in a group discussion and take a quiz on the lesson content.

It’s officially time to panic – then celebrate

December 21, 2015

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Congratulations, it’s Dec. 22, the “official” first day of winter and you have two and a half days until Christmas.

If you aren’t ready by now, it’s officially time to panic!

The Internet can’t save you now; most of the UPS and FedEx drivers are hiding in back alleys with their phones off. You can give the mall one last shot if you’re desperate, but pack a lunch as every access point across the freeway is now mostly a parking lot.

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