Has last minute holiday shopping got you down? Are you tired of thinking how to prepare that Christmas turkey differently this year? Are you worn out from racing around trying to find just the right present for the thousand and one family members and friends it seems like you’ve accumulated this year? Are you trying not to throw the radio out the window if you hear one more Christmas carol?
Well, I’ve got a great idea. Spend some time with friends on Friday night, December 20 at Blondie’s restaurant in Arrowbear Lake. While the fabulous local group, “Quarter to Nine” will be playing there and will undoubtedly be singing Christmas carols you really will enjoy yourself. Instead of wrapping presents go to Blondie’s…..the food is great, the atmosphere is fun and you’ll escape the craziness for a little while.
“Quarter to Nine” is a local group of singers who entertain at various venues and events in the Running Springs-Arrowbear Lake area and they are really good.
So, come on, loosen up by enjoying the entertainment and good food from 6 to 9 p.m. You might even find yourself singing along with the Christmas carols they will be singing.The food is delicious so enjoy!
Blondie’s is located on Hwy. 18 between the Green Valley Lake turnoff and the Arrowbear Fire Station.
The families, friends and loved ones must be devastated beyond belief and we, as Americans, support them with our love and gratitude during this unbelievably horrible and difficult time.
Those killed in the crash include:
* Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, of Heavener, Oklahoma
* Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, 35, of Scottsdale, Arizona
* Sgt. Peter c. Bohler, 27, of Willow Spring, North Carolina
The above-mentioned soldiers were part of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, from Fort Riley, Kansas.
Other crash victims included:
* Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, 28, of Marietta, Georgia. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas.
* Staff Sgt. Jessee L. Williams, 30, Of Elkhart, Indiana who was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2nd Colony Regiment in Visick, Germany.
* Sgt. Terry K.D. Gordon, 22, of Sshubirta, Mississippi. He was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 6th Calvary Regiment, 1st Combat Aviation, 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Fort Riley, Kansas.
What a tragedy for all the families. I hope their loved ones know how much Americans care about our service men and women and that we grieve along with them.
Since moving back to Running Springs just a few months ago I am entranced by the sound of the snow plows. I know….it sounds crazy but I go outside my front door each time I hear them and I have become interested in the different types of snow removal equipment.
Caltrans plows the state highways (and I live right next to Hwy. 18) so it’s fascinating to see them drive down the road with that huge blade moving snow out of the way as much as possible. I also live directly next to a county road and the county snow plow just came by. I have to say, it was huge and I stood on my small porch, barefooted in the cold snow, and watched this giant piece of equipment maneuver back and forth, shoving the snow to the side. The snowplow driver took two or three swipes down Allview and then went uphill on a side street and did the same thing. It was probably the largest piece of snow removal equipment I’ve seen, certainly in many years, as I was living in Highland where it only snowed once, many years ago. No snow removal equipment was required to plow the snow in Highland because it didn’t accumulate and, as I recall, there was probably only an inch or two..
Snow removal is an art.and the county plows have many more miles to cover than Caltrans which plows the highways. I remember many years ago we had an enormous snowfall one February weekend and the mountain was almost completely shut down. The county brought up additional equipment but it was complicated because there was so much snow. I also remember the year it snowed in Palm Springs so Caltrans had to pull some of their snow removal equipment off the mountain to go plow roads in the desert.
Watching the county’s snow removal operator a few minutes ago maneuver this gigantic snow plow in very tight quarters, I have to say it was quite interesting. He made several “strikes” at the snow and would then back up and put the plow at a different angle and go at it again.
I remember in the “good old days” I used to take coffee to the nighttime plow operators and they always appreciated it and I don’t remember any of them turning it down. It’s cold in the “cab” of a giant snow plow so the next time you have the opportunity, take a moment and thank the men that operate those giant machines. They earn every single cent they make and they appreciate knowing that we all appreciate what they do.
The wonderful small, closely-knit community of Green Valley Lake and its residents really look out for each other and this Christmas is no exception. As with all the mountain communities there are families and individual residents who need a helping hand during this time of year.
Food items to help those is need can be taken to the Malt Shoppe in Green Valley Lake. Other drop-off points for food donations are the Green Valley Lake Water Company, Green Valley Lake Gift Shop and Green Valley Lake Market……all on Green Valley Lake Road. Unexpired canned or boxed food items are welcome and cash donations are always welcome as well.
For information call Alex at (951) 284-6268 or Pastor Jim Ramos at (909) 519-4800.
I know that it’s often hard for people to accept help from others but the holidays are here and local residents are happy to contribute to making Christmas as merry as possible for local residents, especially those who need a helping hand. Remember, we all need help at some point and giving help to your friends and neighbors is a gift, not just for the donated items but the heart that understands the need.
Do you have glasses that aren’t your prescription anymore? Are you walking around bumping into other people because your prescription has changed? Well, it’s time to get new glasses and “recycle” your old ones.
The Arrowbear Lake Lions Club has a box at First Mountain Bank in Running Springs where old glasses can be deposited. Those glasses might just prove to be a lifesaver to someone else who may need them but doesn’t have the money to get new glasses.
First Mountain Bank is located at 2625 Whispering Pines in Running Springs (near the Running Springs Post Office).
Remember, your discards can help someone else so don’t just throw them away.
Hearts and Lives, the nonprofit organization in Crestline that was formed after the Old Fire, needs your help this holiday season. The organization needs donations to purchase toys, coats, food cards and other items for families in need right here on the mountain. Additionally they need donated coats and jackets to help keep children warm during this cold winter.
If you have coats or heavy jackets you can donate they can be left at the California Bank and Trust on Lake Drive in Crestline, at the Community Center at Leisure Shores in Crestline, Hearts and Lives at 24028 Lake Drive in Crestline, at the Blue Jay Post Office, California Bank and trust (on the upper level of Lake Arrowhead Village), Mountains Community Hospital, Lake Arrowhead Country Club, Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Crest Park , Lake Arrowhead Presbyterian Church and Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Crest Park. The donations will help families, and especially children, stay warm this winter.
Donations are also needed in order for Hearts and Lives to purchase toys, coats and food cards. Donations may be sent to: Hearts and Lives, P.O. Box 4644, Blue Jay, 92317 or they can be taken to the office at 24028 Lake Drive, Suite D, in Crestline. I know the agency will appreciate your support so please plan to give whatever you can this holiday season and remember those who need your help.
Each year, mountain residents are generous with their donations to help local families in need and this year is no exception.
The spirit of the holiday season is about giving and helping one another. Throughout the years mountain residents have been so generous with their donations of help to other mountain families. That is the true spirit of the Christmas season and I know that the recipients are grateful and so is the organization, Hearts and Lives.
I am so sad to hear of the recent death of Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James L. Smith 38, of Huffman, Texas who died on December 11 in Landstuhl, Germany. The officer died of a non-combat related incident. He was assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 28 from Shreveport, Louisiana.
May his family and friends know that Americans share their loss and offer their condolences.
My thoughts also go to the family and friends of 19-year-old Lance Corporal R. Rodriguez of Faithhaven, Massachusetts who died Dec. 11. He was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division 1st Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton, California.
May the families and friends of these brave Americans know that we share their loss and send our heartfelt sympathy and also thanks for the service these young men provided our country.
Do you love to give gifts that are homemade even if it’s not homemade by you? Do you enjoy browsing through shops that feature homemade items? Do you like to support local artists and artisans? Well, if you answered yes to any of these three categories get off your computer and drive into “downtown” Running Springs and go to the Christmas Shop that’s directly across from Jensen’s market on Hilltop Blvd.
Through December 30 you will have the opportunity to browse this fabulous shop that features goods made by local residents and you’ll enjoy looking at them all……I promise!
Everything from jewelry, paintings, pottery, Christmas wreaths, toys made out of recycled plastic items, decorative hand-painted saws, hand-painted birdhouses and feeders, embroidered cards, ornaments, beautiful tall walking sticks, warm neck scares, knitted beanies, Christmas quilts, hand-painted Running Springs refrigerator magnets and many more locally-made items. The talented artists and artisans who made all these items deserve and need your support. The range of items is huge and the women who spend much of their time manning the shop are fabulous local ladies who not only are talented but fun to talk with. Trust me, you’ll love it! It’s a great experience.
The store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday through December 30 so you still have time to browse and pick items for just about anyone on your holiday list (and that includes you, too!)
Stop by the Christmas shop. You’ll be amazed at the number of items these women produce…..and you’ll be rewarded with the fact that you helped support your own community and bought locally this holiday season!
December 15, 2013
Filed under "Just Because I like it" category, Important things you need to know, Mountain Events, News and More News About the Mountain, Uncategorized
Tags: California, Community Christmas Party, Running Springs, Running Springs Fire Department, San Bernardino Mountains, Santa
The annual Running Springs Fire Department sponsored Community Christmas Party will be held at Charles Hoffman Elementary School at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. This event has literally been held for decades and it is an event that parents and children, new and old residents and everyone with Christmas in their soul enjoys each and every year.
Rumor has it that Santa himself wouldn’t miss this event because it simply wouldn’t be Christmas without all the fun. He always makes arrangements to fly down from the North Pole, leaving the elves to continue working on all the Christmas gifts before the “big day.” The elves don’t mind though because they know that Santa has such a good time greeting all the boys and girls and their moms and dads at this fun, crazy party. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without this event, Santa told me in person just the other night as he was making a trial run with the sleigh.
Come, greet your neighbors and friends, keep this tradition alive and thank the firefighters for all they do for each one of us.
See you there! This party has always been a gift to the community by our local firefighters but somehow I think it should be the other way around.
See you there. Bring your Christmas spirit with you!
Frustrating Packaging=R.I.P. (Rest in Plastic)
Written by Pete Shaw for the Nov. 17, 1994 issue
of my Running Springs based newspaper
I’ve never understood why companies spend millions of dollars advertising their products and then package them in such a manner that you risk serious injury or teeth-gnashing frustration trying to gain access to the items therein contained.
Opening a bag of chips can shear off fingernails and cut lips in an attempt to chew off the tops. I have found that the best method of opening the sack is to lace it on a hard surface, jump into the air and hit the bloated object in a sitting position. Oftentimes the bottom blows out first and you must serve the chips upside down. Besides being inefficient, this method is somewhat undignified and misunderstood in large social gatherings.
Once you have gained entry to the chips, the next challenge is to open the chip container. It has a little ring you pull to peel back the top to create a round razor blade that can take a thumb or finger to the bone. I wonder how many jalapeno cheese dip freaks have dipped their chips while regulating the pressure on their tourniquet.
In order to bind the wound from the dip top, it is only natural to reach for the band aids. Have you ever tried to extricate a band aid from its wrapping while you bleed to death? Trying to grab the little red thread with trembling fingers and blurred vision is tough enough but when you find your new challenge with these two little strips that cover the adhesive; meanwhile, you’ve lost a couple of pints.
Along with your dip and chips, you grab the plastic liter bottle of soda and try to twist off the plastic cap that just turns and turns while the carbonated fluid escapes in little explosions down the side of the bottle.
Embarrassed, bleeding and wet, you pick up the new cassette tape to play during your snack and discover that there is no way to penetrate the cellophane covering. Temporarily crazed, you grab an ice pick and attack the neatly packaged treasure until your new Neil Diamond tape has just been stabbed to death in your homicidal frenzy.
Suddenly, you feel an angina attack coming on. You race to the medicine cabinet, grab your nitroglycerin prescription container and with the stubs of bandaged fingers attempt to rip open the glue-scaled cardboard box only to find a vial that can be opened only by consulting with a mechanical engineer.
After solving the “King Tut Vial Mystery” you discover a cotton wad embedded in a hole designed to discourage human access. With this final and terminal obstacle, you succumb. Using the most contemporary undertaking techniques, your loving friends and relatives view you resting in your open casket, shrink-wrapped in heavy plastic with your bandaged hands crossed over your chest….clutching your vice-grips.
Over the new gravestone, the letters R.I.P. begin in memorial statement:
“Rest in Peace.”