First Mountain Bank and Premier Business Bank to merge

June 23, 2015

From Staff and Wire Reports

LOS ANGELES — PBB Bancorp, the holding company and 100 percent shareholder of Premier Business Bank, and First Mountain Bank announced Tuesday that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement.

Under the agreement, PBB Bancorp will acquire First Mountain Bank through the merger of that bank with and into Premier Business Bank.

The combined bank will continue to serve its Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County customer base and all existing branches of both banks will remain open after the merger.

Fireworks set for July 3, parade on July 4

June 23, 2015

Fireworks lit up the Lucerne Valley skyline last year at Pioneer Park. The same is in store again this year, this time on Friday, July 3. File photo
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Staff report

Independence Day events will be held over two days in Lucerne Valley with a fireworks show on the evening of Friday, July 3 and the annual 4th of July parade Saturday morning.

Lucerne Valley Parks and Recreation (CSA 29) is hosting the "Red White & Boom" Independence Day event. This year it will be held on Friday, July 3 at Pioneer Park from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

LVES center to honor beloved board member

June 23, 2015

The Lucerne Valley Elementary School's Early Childhood Learning Center has been officially renamed the Julia Bell Early Childhood Academy in honor of the beloved educator.

Bell was a teacher, principal and later a school board member who died in early 2013. The Lucerne Valley Unified School District's board of trustees unanimously approved the name change during its regular monthly meeting on June 10.

"I'm ecstatic that we are able to honor Julia in that way," said board president Jim Harvey.

Community Table weekly meal ministry ends

June 23, 2015

The Community Table ministry, which has provided countless thousands of free meals to Lucerne Valley residents, has ended after 5-1/2 years in operation, according to organizers Ken and Pat Hoye.

"Due to unforeseen circumstances Community Table is ending, at least for now," Ken Hoye said.

Since 2010, the Hoyes spearheaded the ministry to provide free dinners — donations were welcome — to anyone. The event, which served around 175 weekly, was held every Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church on Mesa Road.

Calendar - June 24, 2015

June 23, 2015

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Age Wise

This is a confidential counseling service for adults 55 and older, operated by San Bernardino County. Appointments are set up at homes and community buildings in Lucerne Valley. Call 800-451-5633.

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What's Happening - June 24, 2015

June 23, 2015

Car Gathering at El Coyote Loco on June 25

The monthly Car Gathering will be held on June 25 at El Coyote Loco restaurant. Classic car lovers will begin gathering around 5 p.m.

No LVEDA meeting in July

As of now there will be no LVEDA meeting in July unless something major comes up, according the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association.

"NightWalk" Thru the Museum on July 3

LV Museum event attracts 45

June 23, 2015

Front Row: (l to r)Rusty LaGrange, museum president; Clay Elam, guest speaker; Angie Horn, High Desert Bloggers; Manuela, friend of Clay's; Back Row: (l to r) Doug and Isaiah, more friends. Photo courtesy Angela Horn
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"Evening Desert" presentation with botanist, Clay Elam, hosted by Lucerne Valley Museum Association, attracted 45 guests and members June 8th.

Elam shared his extensive knowledge of the desert flora, its many uses with native Indian tribes, identification of southern species, and the modern uses of the herbs and plants we find today.

Letters to the Editor: June 24, 2015

June 23, 2015

A Witch Hunt?

It's sometimes hard to realize how quickly and easily society can regress to its darker days of the past. Dating back to the Salem witch hunts, a community can place its ire and wrath upon one person, most often a woman, without justification. Many were ostracized, exiled or hung by the neck based upon what the townsfolk alleged or falsely accused them of. The presentation of facts were often overlooked or amended to fit with the majority's position.

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