Q&A with Dennis Cron: Family man

May 15, 2012

Like his father, Assistant Town Manager Dennis Cron was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Norwalk, Anaheim and Orange.

His mom was a homemaker and his dad retired as General Manager of Santiago County Water District in East Orange.

After graduating from El Modena High School in 1974 and with prodding from his parents, Cron attended Santa Ana Jr. College, taking water science and fire science classes.

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Locals prep for Relay for Life

May 15, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Matt Griffin of Apple Valley cried like a baby after hearing one woman’s courageous story about her loved one’s fight with cancer, during a local Relay for Life event in 2009.

“When she began telling her story I was drawn in, and it just grabbed my heart,” said Griffin, 51. “I knew at that moment that I just had to help.”

Kuhns recognized for good cheer, efficiency

May 15, 2012

FROM STAFF REPORTS

She’s cheerful. Efficient. And she’s improved customer service while juggling a variety of duties at Town hall.

For her hard work, Public Services Assistant Tina Kuhns was chosen as the most recent Employee of the Quarter.

“I love my job and enjoy working for the Town of Apple Valley.” Kuhns said. “I’m very lucky to work with such a wonderful group of people and feel honored to receive this recognition.”

Dueling tax increases

May 15, 2012

By Pat Orr
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

What a joy it is to see Molly Munger — the author of one of the three competing tax increase measures which will be on the November ballot — out trashing Governor Sunspot’s “education” tax increase because it’s a lie. Molly says her money would actually find its way into the classroom but is blatantly honest that the tax increase coming from the California Teachers Association and our governor is designed to pump right into the pension fund and will never help a student anywhere, anytime.

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Arrest logs for May 15, 2012

May 15, 2012

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.
May 9
Oscar Martinez was arrested on a narcotics charge.

Daniel Seibert was arrested on suspicion of driving offenses.

Paul Casey was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Luis Gomez was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft.

VVAPL celebrates golden anniversary

May 8, 2012

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW
 
Hesperia resident Helen Wilde remembers talking to a box of kittens as her family took the drive to the Victor Valley Animal Protective League’s shelter in the early 1970s.

“I remember sitting in the back seat of our station wagon, thinking that Apple Valley was so far away,” Wilde, 47 said. “Those were simpler times.”

Despite persistent rumors that the High Desert’s first shelter had closed, the nonprofit VVAPL celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house and Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday.

Q&A with Mary Lee Saunders: A life of service

May 8, 2012

Editor's note: Mary Lee Saunders was featured in a story in the Daily Press in June 1995. To see that feature, download a PDF here.

Mary Lee Saunders was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. “a few years ago,” as she puts it.

She went to schools in Lima and Akron, Ohio. After graduating from high school in Kent, Ohio, she attended Kent State University and later worked in the president’s office at the university.

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Dinner to benefit kidney, pancreas recipient

May 8, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

For nearly half of her life, Apple Valley resident Marika Woltil, 31 battled a medical nightmare, and now the High Desert community is coming together to help her on the road of recovery.

At age 16, Woltil was diagnosed diabetes. In 2000, Woltil was fitted with a chest catheter and a feeding tube after she was diagnosed with gastroparesis, a condition that prevented her stomach from working properly.

Park employees may keep jobs

May 8, 2012

Council to vote on restructuring to prevent layoffs

BY RENE DE LA CRUZ
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Park and Recreation employees will breathe a sigh of relief Tuesday night, should the Town Council vote to restructure wage classifications which would prevent layoffs in the department.

A restructuring of the Employee Classification Plan would save the jobs of some 11 park employees and help the town save $485,756 for the next fiscal year.

Town gets new Christmas tree

May 8, 2012

By Rene De La Cruz
APPLE VALLEY REVIEW

Mayor Barb Stanton’s belief that 2012 was the year of partnerships became reality in the form of a 25-foot deodar cedar tree, donated to the Town by The Home Depot in Apple Valley.

The tree, which was planted on April 25 at Civic Park, replaced the town’s original tree that was planted in 2002 and died of bark beetle infestation in September.

The new tree, which arrived in a 60-gallon-box, was donated after Town Manager Frank Robinson approached The Home Depot to see if they could help.

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