Officials encourage residents to protect pipes

Breaks from freezing occur during daytime thawing

From Staff Reports

With recent overnight temperatures dipping below freezing, the Apple Valley Fire Protection District wants to remind residents to protect their pipes.

Last week, officials said the Fire District responded to multiple commercial and residential calls for service for broken water pipes.

Around Town: Move to California? LOL

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

Recent stories about California competing to get a new Boeing facility are appropriate at this time of year which is heavy on unrealized wish lists. Recently released — but still out of date — statistics from the Board of Equalization show that in 2011 Californians with adjusted gross incomes more than $200,000 paid 62 percent of their income in taxes. This doesn’t include the new taxes voted in under Prop. 30 in 2012.

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Local youths take center stage

James A. Woody Center hosts ‘Most Talented Kid’ contest

By GEOFF FISK
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

With more than 200 spectators looking on during the Apple Valley’s Most Talented Kid competition, Victoria Baker took the stage and put on a performance that was eight months in the making.

Sheriff's station hosting community meetings

First meeting planned for Jan. 7

From Staff Reports

After gauging public interest, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Apple Valley station is moving forward with a new plan to help residents’ involvement in crime prevention.

The Apple Valley Sheriff’s station will begin hosting Neighborhood Watch/Community Watch meetings on Jan. 7 and will continue the meetings on the first Tuesday of every other month from that point on, according to a news release.

Santa’s sights set on local Christmas events

Cocoa, carols, park visit in St. Nick’s plans

From Staff Reports

Santa’s making his way to Apple Valley a little early this year.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and again on Dec. 18, Santa will visit James A. Woody Park. He’ll sit to listen to each child’s wish list and be available for photos. Families are encouraged to bring cameras.

Fire Protection District receives certificate of excellence

From Staff Reports

The Apple Valley Fire Protection District has been awarded the “District Transparency Certificate of Excellence” by the Special District Leadership Foundation in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance, according to a news release.

The SDLF is an independent, nonprofit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California’s special districts through certification, accreditation and other recognition programs.

County Fire encouraging care in decorating

From Staff Reports

In a news release last week, the San Bernardino County Fire Department issued guidelines for safe holiday decorating.

Before you put up any electrically lighted decorations, check the equipment to make sure it will operate safely. Check for burned-out lights, empty sockets and broken bulbs. Inspect wires carefully for breaks, fraying and damaged connections before energizing your holiday decorations. Any damaged strands of lights should be thrown out.

Around Town: A full bag of Christmas gifts

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

If you can’t get in the holiday spirit or you are one of the many who actually suffer from holiday seasonal depression, the Town has planned several events to help you snap out of it and get happy.

From 3 to 4:30 p.m. the next two Wednesdays, Santa will be at James Woody Park to hear what your kids or grandkids want for Christmas. Not only can this be exceedingly cute but it also gives some good intel for those of us who are clueless as to what the little dears may be expecting or hoping for under the tree.

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Help available for homebuyers, owners

Town has $2 million in grant funds available

BY RENE RAY DE LA CRUZ
STAFF WRITER

Down payment assistance is now available for residents of Apple Valley who are looking for a new home or to fix up their current home.

Qualified applicants may now be able to tap into a portion of $2 million in grant funds to help with the purchase or rehabilitation of a home in the form of 30-year deferred, zero-percent interest loans, according to a town news release.

From England to Bear Valley Road

Tanner was once chairman of High Desert Advisory Committtee

Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on the career of Howard Tanner, a longtime Apple Valley resident who served in the military for more than three decades.

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

Howard N. Tanner continued as operations officer during the Korean War until new orders came in one day.

“I was flying a few missions when my commanding officer told me that I was being transferred from the squadron to the Joint Operations Center in Seoul, Korea,” Tanner said.

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