Veteran provides comfort, laughter through animal stories

April 16, 2013

Douglas Donahue nominated for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at A.V. Christian Care Center

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

Douglas Donahue doesn’t just read.

He seeks out lonely patients.

A retired teacher and Vietnam veteran, Donahue spends time with patients at the Apple Valley Christian Care Center by hosting a twice-weekly story time. He reads true stories from around the world about extraordinary animals.

Donahue is being nominated as Volunteer of the Year for his work at the care center.

‘Legacy Trail Steering’ committee launches website

April 16, 2013

A group of local residents who have set out to create a hiking trail and lookout on the hillside site that once held the home of Apple Valley town co-founder Newton T. Bass has launched a website.

The Apple Valley Legacy Trail Steering Committee’s new website, launched Thursday, features information about its plan to preserve the location, profiles on the members who comprise the committee, how to get involved and how to contact the team.

Visit the committee’s new website at

Town searching for clean up day volunteers

April 16, 2013

Join the team and keep Apple Valley clean from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the annual Community Clean Up Day.

Community service organizations, schools, churches, clubs and individual volunteers are invited to participate in this free event. Clean up teams are provided with trash bags and gloves and assigned an area to clean. In return, participants get event T-shirts and lunch while supplies last.

Volunteers must sign up in advance to get supplies and assignments and fill out a liability waiver. To participate, call 760-240-7000, ext. 7071.

Library seeking literacy tutors

April 16, 2013

The Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Library is looking for people with a strong desire to make a difference in their community.

Those who are patient, enjoy working with people and desire to share the gift of literacy may want to consider becoming an adult literacy tutor.

Orientation will take place at 2 p.m. April 25.

Things I learned last week

April 16, 2013

Editor's note: According to a news release from the California Department of Motor Vehicles, the planned closing and reopening of the Victorville DMV field office has been pushed back from its originally scheduled date. The current office at 14850 La Paz Drive in Victorville will close on May 14. The remodeled office at 14855 Corta Drive in Victorville will reopen on May 29.

By Pat Orr
Apple Valley Review

You’ve heard educators bloviate about “life-long learners” well here is a list of all the stuff I learned last week whether I needed it or not.

Arrest logs for April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013

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.

Those whose charges have been dismissed or significantly changed may write to us at We will investigate the matter. No phone calls.

April 10
Richard Fox was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Francisco Mendoza was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor offenses.

Family of late A.V. woman donates to library

April 9, 2013

By Martial Haprov

The family of Marianne Belinda Morton wants her memory to live on through the Newton T. Bass Apple Valley Library.

Morton died unexpectedly on March 4, according to Marcella Taylor, a member of the “Friends of the Apple Valley Library” group.

The library, according to Taylor, had received $755 in cash in Morton’s name as of March 30.

Morton’s family also donated several children’s books in her name, each one bearing a large sticker on the inside cover that reads, “This Book Has Been Donated In Memory Of Belinda Morton.”

Q&A with David Pike: Helping others learn how to learn

April 9, 2013

David Pike teaches Earth Science at the Mojave River Campus of the Academy for Academic Excellence/Lewis Center in Apple Valley.

He was born in the mid-1960s at a hospital down the street from Disneyland in Anaheim. Back in those days, Orange County was mostly a collection of strawberry fields and oil wells and suburban lawns and new freeways and parking lots. He went with his family to Huntington Beach, Seal Beach and got tar balls on our feet. They shopped at Sav-On, and Stater Bros. and Zodys and saved their Blue Chip Stamps.


New vision for historic hilltop house

April 9, 2013

Committee aims to reformat location, surrounding area at top of 'Bass Hill'

By Davida Siwisa James
Apple Valley Review

Societies are made richer by preserving their history, culture and landmarks. By doing so, they are able to pay tribute to their founders and visionaries. They are able to leave lasting memorials so future generations have tangible historic reminders.

A dedicated group of Apple Valley residents have joined to form the Apple Valley Legacy Trail Steering Committee.

Market moves for more

April 9, 2013


Judith Herrera, right, makes a sale for Becky’s Produce at the Apple Valley Farmers Market at Civic Center Park in Apple Valley, near Apple Valley Town Hall on Friday morning. Friday was the market’s first day at the park, a location organizers say will allow more room for more vendors, and provide better parking area. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday.


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