Q&A with Dr. Nirmala Murthy: Helping the little ones

January 2, 2013

Pediatrician Dr. Nirmala Murthy was born in South India. Her father was a Chief Engineer in the highway department. She did her medical studies in Madras Medical College in Chennai, one of the premier and oldest medical schools in India.

“I am very fortunate to have parents who encouraged my passion for medicine and supported me” she said. “In the 1960s education of women was not a priority in India, the role of women was to stay home and take care of the family.”


A new wrap for an old bag

January 2, 2013

Story and photo by Davida Siwisa James

Plastic shopping bags get a bad rap.

They last decades in landfills, are banned in some communities and there is a charge for them in others.

So it’s no wonder that Apple Valley resident Jennifer Vance is proud of her grandmother’s creative recycling of those maligned plastic bags. Her grandma, Lucette Vance, spends copious hours separating the bags by color, cutting them into strips and crocheting the plastic bags into handbags, small purses and, yes, reusable grocery totes.

Toastmasters club tames butterflies in public

January 2, 2013


Spokeswoman Kathie Martin is considered the voice of the town of Apple Valley, but the cool and collective Martin wasn’t always so composed.

“Sometimes when I spoke, my breathing would be very shallow and I would get out of breath,” said Martin, whose regular duties often finds her in the public spotlight with a microphone.

To have her oratory skills refined and nerves calmed, Martin turned to the Butterfly Tamers Toastmasters Club 18 months ago.

Town to help with used Christmas tree pick-up

January 2, 2013


Once the presents are unwrapped and the needles start to drop, it’s time to give the Christmas tree a proper retirement.

AVCO Disposal will pick up Christmas trees from the curbs of Apple Valley residents between Jan. 2 and 11 on regular trash service days.

There are three simple steps to take: Remove all decorations, tinsel and stands; cut the tree in half; and place it curbside on your regular trash service day.

Arrest logs for Jan. 1, 2013

January 2, 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.

Dec. 26
Robert Tell was arrested on misdemeanor charges.

Yonatan Baum was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Jessika Kutzera was arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Dec. 25
Rick Stevens was arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

Dec. 24
Cortney Bailey was arrested on suspicion of assault and battery.

Celebrating the golden milestone

December 24, 2012

With 1,100 members, A.V. Senior Citizen’s Club marks 50th anniversary

Story and photos by Bryan Kawasaki

For the last 50 years, the Apple Valley Senior Citizen’s Club has provided a place for seniors to socialize and have fun — from playing billiards, bingo, bunco and shuffleboard to learning how to line dance or enjoy Sunday brunch.

“The club is a home away from home for a lot of people,” said vice president Sandy Hutton.

Rob Turner: Apple Valley advocate for 36 years

December 24, 2012

By Davida Siwisa James

As a child, Rob Turner was bedridden for six months.

But with illness came the opportunity to do a lot of reading that turned into a love of the written word. And the teacher who visited his home twice a week nurtured his inquisitive mind.

Those formative experiences propelled Turner to be the first in his family to attend college. Indeed, he earned a master’s degree. His love of learning carried him from school custodian to teacher, principal and a member of both the Apple Valley Town Council and school board.


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