Local organizations, residents display their generosity, service

December 22, 2015

Despite the chilly weather, a contingent from Crossroads Chapel presented its annual Live Nativity scene in front of the church on Highway 18. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Christmas holidays are when most people get to receive gifts, but for Lucerne Valley it's special time when the act of giving really shines.

For months, the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners have been preparing for what they do best — helping children and families.

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Education: District finances in good shape

December 22, 2015

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY — With an ending balance of $3.6 million, the Lucerne Valley Unified School District, which once was on the verge of collapse, today is in solid shape.

“We are in a great financial posture right now,” said Pearl Lizuka, the district’s interim business services manager.

With the help of a dynamic PowerPoint presentation, during Tuesday night’s special school board meeting, Lizuka walked the board through the bright spots, and future challenges.

Giving: LV Domestic Violence shelter thanks Mitsubishi

December 22, 2015

Lucerne Valley Domestic Violence Inc. recently received a donation from Mitsubishi Cement Corp.

"We could like to thank Mitsubishi Cement for their continuing support and donations in 2015," said Elaine Dwire, office manager of the shelter. "Without this we would be unable to provide the important services that we do."

The Domestic Violence shelter provides classes for domestic violence, anger management, parenting and communication skills.

Sheriff's Blotter 12-23-15

December 22, 2015

The following items are selected from The Leader's weekly sheriff's blotter. All information for this report comes from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Tuesday, Dec. 15

8:22 p.m. Shots were reported being heard by a Neighborly Place resident.

4:06 p.m. A vehicle theft was reported on Oracle Road.

2:30 p.m. A petty theft was reported on Valinda Street.

2:03 p.m. A noise-related disturbance was reported on Huff Road.

Helping Hand: Roadrunners make Christmas happen

December 22, 2015

Lucerne Valley Roadrunners president Jodi Collingham helps out with "bagging and tagging" Christmas gifts last Saturday morning at Lucerne Valley Elementary School. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

Gifts of all shapes, sizes and colors covered the multi-purpose room at Lucerne Valley Elementary School last Saturday as the Lucerne Valley Roadrunners prepared their annual Christmas Gift Giveaway event.

Sports: Mustangs compete at tournament and then face Granite Hills

December 22, 2015

Jason Simonek, Joseph Salbino, Samuel Aguilar and Jacob Carmona (not in order) came back with medals from their recent wrestling tournament. Photo courtesy Renee Hagen

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The Mustang wrestlers had an early start on Dec. 12. With a 5 a.m. meet time, most of the team had a little nap on the two-hour drive to Santa Ana.

LV Youth Project, WOTM host 'Lunch with Santa'

December 22, 2015

Cali, 3, is all smiles after receiving a fun gift from Santa Claus as Merri Trumble, right, looks on during the Lunch With Santa event hosted last Saturday at the Moose Lodge by the Lucerne Valley Youth Project and Women Of The Moose. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

About 50 children enjoyed "Lunch With Santa" last Saturday thanks to the generosity of the Lucerne Valley Youth Project, Women Of The Moose and Lucerne Valley Moose Lodge.

Photo: A Christmas Framer

December 22, 2015

Lucerne Valley artist N. Mosley created this portrait trio using her preferred art medium of charcoal pencils. The art features the Virgin Mary (above), Mother Teresa (left) and Princess Diana (lower right). An artist since she was a small child in Brownsville, Texas, Mosley worked with the United States Postal Service for many years, but art remains her passion. The image of these three icons are her gift to the community, and she encourages residents to print out the image and use it as a Christmas card to family and friends.

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