Scuba dive with Santa

‘Scuba Santa’ partners with sheriff’s department for gift drive

BY LYNNEA LOMBARDO
SPECIAL TO THE APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • Forget the North Pole.

Santa has traded his workshop for a wet suit and is hanging out underwater at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center.

Q & A with Chris Gillespie: A loving servant

Chris Gillespie has lived in Apple Valley for 11 years, but considers it his hometown.

He grew up in a military family and has lived all over the United States. He has a bachelor’s degree in theology, and is currently working towards a master’s degree in divinity at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada.

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Council set to discuss Happy Trails Villas project

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

APPLE VALLEY • The Happy Trails Villas project has been a source of joy and frustration for Apple Valley residents since it was first scheduled to open in 2007.

The 34-unit complex was approximately 70 percent finished when its private developers packed up and handed it over to the bank.

During tonight’s meeting, council will review and discuss the housing project that the town took over last July, which on the surface appears to have been untouched since that time.

Students reach out to serve the community

Apple Valley Christian School students serve at various locations

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Hovering over a game table, Murray Kurtz, 86, and a group of teenagers concentrated on completing the frame of a 1,000 piece puzzle.

“It’s so nice to have these young people visiting us today,” said Kurtz, a Merrill Gardens resident. “They make me feel young again.”

2011 Happy Trails Chili Cookoff winners

RED CHILI
1st Place • Steve Crawford
— Crawford’s Crankin’ Chili
2nd Place • Eileen Beatty
— Moose Tracks Chili
3rd Place • Red Brecke — Horny Toad Chili
4th Place • Mike “Ughlee” Austin
— Bun Burner Chili Shack

CHILI VERDE
1st Place • Eileen Beatty
— Moose Tracks Chili
2nd Place • Marian Donato
— Horsepower Chilii
3rd Place • Skip Cooley

SALSA
1st Place • Marian Donato
— Horsepower Chili
2nd Place • Charlie Ward
— Hodgepodge Chili
3rd Place • Ray Bogart — Rainbow Salsa

AV Optimists say 'thank you'

Photo submitted by Vicki Murray

LUNCH TIME: Members of the Apple Valley Optimist Club surprised PRMG Mortgage with a thank you luncheon at PRMG’s office in Hesperia. PRMG was a major supporter of the clubs drive to obtain pillow cases for Loma Linda hospital’s Children’s cancer unit. According to the Optimist club pillow cases are needed for each child to have while going through chemo, they have to be their own cases and can not be reused by others so there is a great need for them. For more information about the Optimist Club, call president Vicki Murray at (760) 954-6606.

$8,500 fills up the boots

Photo submitted by Buddy Peratt

FILL ’ER UP: Teams of local firefighters from the Town of Apple Valley said they had a very successful Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for children and adults with muscle-wasting diseases. Motorists dropped donations into the firefighters’ boots as a ‘voluntary toll’, helping the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation raise $8,500 in the process. Fill-The-Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and accessible summer camp for kids.

Around Town: Scary Sightings

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

On Halloween Monday it was downright scary to be wandering around town. At Town Hall, I ran into four people coming out of the planning department dressed as the band KISS. I guess that was the one day when a Planner could really stick their tongue out at an applicant and get away with it. One hopes it was a employee costume party and not “come as you are Mondays” at Town Hall.

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Community Events

Tuesday
Town Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., Council Chambers, 14955 Dale Evans Parkway.

Wednesday
Intermediate Facebook course, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, 16010 Apple Valley Road. $20 per person. Call (760) 242-2753 to sign up.

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Arrest Logs

All names listed are residents of Apple Valley, and all suspected crimes were committed in San Bernardino County unless otherwise stated, as reported by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Nov. 2
Anthony Delonnie was arrested on unknown charges.
Brandon Vess was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.
Angelica Avalo Valdovinos was arrested on suspicion of drunkenness.
Charles Carr was arrested on a narcotics charge.
James Sears was arrested on misdemeanor charges.
David Early was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

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