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Be a Phat Cat for free

June 23, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Apple Valley kicks off the Sunset Concert Series at Civic Center Park at 6 p.m. Thursday for another summer of free outdoor concerts suitable for the whole family.

The price is right — zero — and the opening act is a favorite local group that swings like the old big bands used to boogie.

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Happy birthday, old girl

June 16, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress officially adopted the Stars and Stripes motif as our national flag. Coincidentally, today is also the birthday of the United States Army which was named and given a mission on that same date by the same group of colonial legislators.

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Kick off summer with your own 'water war'

May 31, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

This coming Saturday is the “official” start of the Summer pool season at the Town’s Aquatic Center when the “Water Festival” kicks off.

Call the Town and pre-register and it's only a $3 admission. Wait until Saturday and it will cost you $5.

Still, the 1 p.m. 3:30 p.m. event is all good, clean, wet fun for all ages. It's also time for you to see and enjoy one of the nicest municipal swimming pools in the Victor Valley.

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Don't be 'the lonely'

May 3, 2016

Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

Hopefully you already have your tickets for one of the Roy Orbison Tribute shows this Thursday and Friday night at the Apple Valley Golf Course.

If not, as the song goes, you might know how “only the lonely” feel because everyone else will be rockin' to the beat of one of the icons of the early rock-n-roll era.

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About those GOP delegates

April 27, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

The news media has been all a twitter reporting the “outrage” of Donald Trump over the fact that “party bosses” are not rewarding him for votes cast and that delegates' loyalty is a fragile thing.

What he must not comprehend is that all delegates, regardless of which candidate they are pledged to, are party regulars who for the most part agree ahead of time to pay their own way to the convention (in this case, lovely Cleveland, Ohio) for the “experience” of attending.

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Random thoughts about California

April 19, 2016

By Pat Orr
For the Apple Valley Review

We are entering the fifth year of a drought and new numbers from last year show that the water cut backs in 2015 caused $2.7 billion in economic damage to the state, not the least of which were the contributing factors of 640,000 acres of farm land going fallow and the loss of 117,000 agricultural jobs.

Yet, we see no plans for new dams or infrastructure to capture or route our water around the highly prized (by some) Delta Smelt as it flows into the sea in Northern California, which, by the way, has plenty of water.

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