Important Communities Preparedness Open House Sept. 22 in Lake Arrowhead! GO!!!!!!

NewspaperMountain residents…..do you know which emergency preparedness and other important services are available in the San Bernardino Mountain communities? If not, you need to be at the annual Mountain Communities emergency Preparedness Open House and Town Hall Forum that is set for September 22. This important event can provide invaluable help to all mountain area residents. This important event will be held  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Even if you attended this important community event last year you need to go again to get updates and new information that could help in an emergency situation.

Among the events there will be presentations by the National Weather Service, the U.S. Forest Service and San Bernardino County Public Works. This event is one of those that at least a representative from each family should attend. Learning about how to take care of a family or families during and following a disaster. No one wants to think about what could happen but the reality is that earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters can, and do occur all the time.

This annual event will include information that literally has the possibility of saving lives. The first 150 families who attend will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Come and meet and talk with over 20 exhibitors and meet and talk with emergency responders and volunteers. This is a “learning event” and it is being offered (once again) in our local Rim of the World communities.

While it’s not easy to do the time to start preparing for a potential disaster is before it happens. Trying to plan for a disaster after it happens doesn’t do much good.

Come! Attend this event! You’ll come away with new ideas to help protect your family, your home and other information that truly can be lifesaving. Remember, what you learned last year may or may not be “up to date” and if you didn’t attend a previous open house you need to attend this upcoming one.

Wouldn’t it be fabulous if Mother Nature could send out an e-mail to everyone around the world that a disaster is one the way? We would know when it would happen, where it would happen and how it would happen. We would all know what is coming…but that’s not reality. Don’t be caught. Be as prepared for  potential disaster as much as you can be. You’ll sleep better at night knowing that you have, at least, done what you can do to protect yourself, your family and perhaps your property.

For more information contact the San Bernardino County Fire Office of Emergency Services at (909) 356-3998.

 

Green Valley Lake Hosting Harvest Festival With Native American Dancing, Singing and Food!

GVL Garden Sept. 2015The wildly successful Green Valley Lake Community Garden just gets better and better. That being said, with fall right around the corner (or even here) the tall stalks of corn and other colorful flowers and produce will be slipping into fall.

With that in mind the people who are part of this delightful garden are hosting a Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m.

This event will not only be great fun but it will also be spiritual as the festivities will include Native American storytelling and music. This will definitely be a time to praise Mother Nature for her bounty and to honor our Native Americans who, throughout the centuries have had, and continue to have, such a meaningful, spiritual relationship with the earth.

The day will include a banquet of harvest dishes that will be prepared by the GVL community gardeners. Come and enjoy the Native American storytelling and music. Bring your heart with you (but I am warning you) that you may leave it in this delightful community that is located at the top of Green Valley Lake Road off Hwy. 18.

Come! Celebrate Mother Earth’s bounty. Open your heart to new ideas! Come and learn from our Native American friends whose spiritual nature has always honored Mother Earth.

The Green Valley Lake Community garden project operates under the umbrella of the Mountain Community Alliance which is a 501 (C)(3) organization.

 

 

St. Richard’s Episcopal Church Hosting Annual Labor Day Yard Sale!

rummage.sale.02“Yard-salers” love Labor Day weekend as they get to bop from one great sale to another and one of the best is always the one at St. Richard’s Episcopal Church on Hwy. 18 in Skyforest. Be sure to mark this sale on your “Not to Be Missed” list. The sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6. Saturday’s hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday’s hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information call (909) 337-3889. The church is located at 2808 Highway 18 and it’s hard to miss. Come and have a look. You never know what treasures you might find!

 

 

St. Richard’s Episcopal Church Hosting Annual Yard Sale Sept. 5 and 6

rummage.sale.02It’s that time again……..time when the parking lot of St. Richard’s Episcopal  Church in Skyforest is filled to almost overflowing when they host their annual yard sale. This year’s big event will be held Saturday, September 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday September 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The address is 28708 Hwy. 18 and for you “oldies but goodies” you’ll remember that the church is located directly across Hwy. 18 from what was (way back then) known as the Storybook Inn.

This event is always fun and it’s a great way to “stock” a cabin that’s not occupied at all times or to find goodies for lucky residents who live in the mountains full-time.

One of the things that makes this yard sale so much fun is that there’s just about anything that anyone would want or need.

Come on over to Hwy. 18 in Skyforest and don’t forget your wallet. You’re apt to find a lot of great goodies that you can’t resist. This event is always fun and it is a great way for part time cabin owners to pick up some great things to put in their rental cabins. Come to think of it, it’s a great way to pick up great goodies for your family or friends. Come and enjoy this big rummage sale. It’s always fun, to say the least!

 

A Fabulous, Fun, Fundraiser at Rim Nordic: A Great Day of Racing!

Even children got into the spirit of this fun event at Rim Nordic. It was great to see them biking together,side-by-side!
Even children got into the spirit of this fun event at Rim Nordic. It was great to see them biking together,side-by-side!

Today, Saturday, August 2 Rim Nordic Bike Racing site was filled to the gunnels with bicyclists, their families and friends and this race, held on Hwy.18 near Running Springs, was a huge success. Of all the off-road bicycle events that are held at the site, that is located directly across from Snow Valley. this is the one that brings in the most riders as it is a fundraiser for the annual trail ride that benefits the Mark J. Reynolds Kids Bike Fun.

It was definitely exciting to see so many team members with their colorful shirts at this fun annual (challenging) bike race. A big"high five" to all the bicyclists who took part.
It was definitely exciting to see so many team members with their colorful shirts at this fun annual (challenging) bike race. A big”high five” to all the bicyclists who took part.

This particular event always draws a lot of riders and families who enjoy the day in the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains and enjoy the camaraderie of all the off-road bicyclists and their families that come up and who love the cool mountain air and this beautiful site on Hwy. 18.  There are numerous trails to challenge new mountain bikers as well as the “more seasoned bicyclists” so there’s something for everyone. The tall old-growth trees provide a lot of cool shelter to everyone which is a big asset to this particular site, especially during the summer months.

The last of this summer’s races will take place on August 16. Come enjoy the final race of this year’s series and enjoy the cool mountain air and weather!

You think these mountain bikers had a great day? The smiles on their faces tell the story...they had a fabulous time!
You think these mountain bikers had a great day? The smiles on their faces tell the story…they had a fabulous time!

 

Crestline Residents: Free Chipper Days June 13

Crestline residents need to know that Chipper Days will be held June 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. so get busy clearing your property of brush and small trees and drop them off at the Crestline Chamber of Commerce office. There’s no charge involved so help clear your yard of as many flammable items as you can. The chamber office is located at 24385 Lake Drive. The hours are 9 a.m. to  3 p.m. and be aware that dropping off pine needles, grass, etc, is prohibited prior to the above-stated dates.

The following types of slash and ladder fuels are accepted: clean brush and /or branches up to 10 inches in diameter and 10 feet in length. The following types of materials ARE NOT eligible for chipping so do not take them to this event: pine needles, grass, leaves or other yard waste, painted or preserved wood, trash, materials contains rocks, dirt, metal, nails, screws, fasteners, wire or twine. No construction work or site materials will be accepted and no chipping of commercially removed trees will be accepted.

These Chipper Days are provided by the San Bernardino County Fire Department and this event is supported by the Crest Forest Chapter of the Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council. The purpose of this event is to assist all residents and property owners to reduce fire hazards in the form of slash and ladder fuels (branches, etc.) The “biomass” will be chipped for environmentally-friendly disposal.

For more information follow Mountain Rim Fire Safe Council at: http://www.facebook.com/MountainRimFSC for future chipping dates, both drop-off and curbside collection, coming to your area soon. For additional information or to learn more about creating defensible space to make your property more fire safe call MRFSC (866) 923-3473 or send an email to: mrfsc@earthlink.net or visit http://www.MountainRimFSC.org.

Thanks to the San Bernardino county Fire Departments’ Hazard Reduction program and the Crestline Chamber of Commerce for assisting in this event.

 

 

Seen Any Flying Squirrels Lately?

flying squirrelDorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” saw flying monkey’s that were really frightening. However, flying squirrels are a whole nother matter.

If you’ve seen any lately the U.S. Forest Service would like to hear from you.

The San Bernardino flying squirrel is a sub-species of the northern flying squirrel. It is only known from the San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains although it has not been seen in the San Jacinto range for about 20 years.

Flying squirrels are closer in size to chipmunks than larger native gray squirrels. they are nocturnal and have large flaps of skin that connect their front and hind feet. These flaps of skin allow them to glide from tree to tree. They do not fly in the same way that birds do..no flapping of their wings is involved. Their flat tail is used as a rudder to steer as they glide.

U.S. Forest Service biologists have been studying flying squirrels on the Mountaintop District of the San Bernardino National Forest since the early 199s. Research is needed to have a better understanding of the current distribution, their habitat requirements and the status of their population. Much of what is known about their “distribution” is based on reports from residents who see flying squirrels at their      bird feeders at night or those who have found dead flying squirrels.

If you have seen any flying squirrels in the local mountains please report the sighting information to Robin Eliason at (909) 382-2832. Photographs of the flying squirrel(s) would be appreciated, if possible.