Another community hero

March 18, 2015

BY PAT ORR
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

I like to highlight individuals in our community who, in one way or another, are responsible for the Apple Valley we live in today. One such individual is Dick Allen. Dick is a lesson for all persons facing retirement that life isn’t over for you when you leave your job behind.

Dick did a stint in the Army during the Korean War and then went to work for 3M. He first bought property in Apple Valley in 1958. Dick retired after 40 years with 3M and moved with his wife Shirley to Apple Valley in 1988.

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Acclaimed Air Force band to perform Friday

March 18, 2015

Free tickets still available for show at BCC Performing Arts Center

BY L.J. GAMBONE
FOR THE DESERT DISPATCH

A swinging good time is sure to be had by all when the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West delivers its high-energy music in a free show at 7 p.m. Friday at Barstow Community College's Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are free and can be obtained at the Desert Dispatch office, 130 Coolwater Lane, Barstow, or the BCC President's office in the Administration Building, 2700 Barstow Road, Barstow. There is a limit of six tickets per person/family.

Local boxers win big in Mexico competition

March 11, 2015

BY L.J. GAMBONE
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Score another win for High Desert youth.

Like countless times before, local boxing coaches Robert Espinoza and his son Armando led two more of their protégés to victory last November at the Bi-national Boxing Games in Tijuana, Mexico.

Apple Valley resident Matthew Juarez, 16, took home a gold medal, fighting in the 132-pound weight class. Apple Valley resident George Navarro, also 16, earned a silver in the 114-pound weight class.

Sub shop sharing support

March 11, 2015

Jersey Mike's to donate 100 percent of profits on March 25

BY L.J. GAMBONE
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Serving up sandwiches and supporting local charities pretty much sums up the mission of the national chain Jersey Mike’s Subs, which has locations in Apple Valley and Hesperia. Adam Shamel, who owns both High Desert franchises, said for the past five years, the sub shop has dedicated the entire month of March to fundraising for hospitals, youth organizations, food banks and other worthwhile causes.

Local comedian looking for laughs

March 11, 2015

Travis Tapleshay making the rounds with brand of stand-up comedy

BY L.J. GAMBONE
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

The best jokes are often born in the strangest places, according to locally based comic Travis Tapleshay. The Fontana native admits some of his best material has come to him while sitting in church or walking on the treadmill at the gym.

Regardless of how or where it shows up, Tapleshay says he’s grateful for the comedic inspiration, as well as the talent to be funny even before the toughest of audiences.

Teahouse, health restaurant opens on Highway 18

March 11, 2015

Organic Fusion Teahouse owned, operated by industry-experienced brothers

BY L.J. GAMBONE
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Like most cities, Apple Valley has an abundance of fast food restaurants offering everything from burgers and fries to tacos and chicken nuggets. But as Americans seem to be growing more health conscious, many are looking for more nutritious choices to grab on the go.

Dragons take 1st at Heart Games

March 11, 2015

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Despite blistery cold weather, 34 teams showed up to participate in the Apple Valley Heart Games on Sat Feb 28. All 34 teams participated in health and wellness checkpoints throughout Civic Center Park. Checkpoints included ideas such as a playground obstacle course, belly dancing, alpine skiing and a smoothie bike relay. This event is held the last weekend in February each year!

Surprise water find

March 3, 2015

BY PAT ORR
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Last week the Town Council approved money to design and install a pump on a heretofore forgotten well at the Apple Valley Golf Course. The old main well was in such disrepair that few wanted to spend the money to fix it and for quite some time Apple Valley Ranchos has kindly been selling town water at a reduced rate to keep the golf course alive.

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Students advance to regional fair

March 3, 2015

RIMS Science Fair to be held at National Orange Show

FROM STAFF REPORTS

In the name of science, 232 students gathered to showcase their outstanding projects at the 32nd Annual Apple Valley Unified School District Science Fair, held at Granite Hills High School. Students from represented each of AVUSD’s 14 school sites.

Digital solution letter perfect?

March 3, 2015

Anaheim company lets you leave the mailbox behind

BY L.J. GAMBONE
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

With all of the mail theft occurring these days, it hardly seems safe to leave it sit in your box for more than a few hours after it’s been delivered. Until recently, the only way to keep your correspondence safe was to install one of those expensive security boxes that come with a lock and key. Unfortunately, thieves have even found a way into those by prying them open with crowbars.

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