Book Review: A Christmas Carol

December 15, 2015

By Karen Chutsky

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: (first published in 1843) 1962-Scholastic Books

In 1834 Charles Dickens gave a Christmas present to the world that keeps on giving when he penned the book "A Christmas Carol."

It’s simple message being — the importance of caring about others for the sake of one’s own soul.

Ah, Old Dickens, a man atop the food chain of early English literature.

Traffic collision claims one life in east AV

December 15, 2015

Staff Report

APPLE VALLEY — A traffic collision in the vicinity of Highway 18 near Soledad Drive in the county-maintained area of Apple Valley claimed one life this morning. The incident was first reported by the California Highway Patrol at 7:51 a.m.

The incident involved a Blue Ford F150 pickup truck and gray 4-door sedan.

According to reports, the truck was driven by an off-duty Sheriff's deputy. The sedan was driven by a woman with a child in the vehicle. Several injuries and one fatality were reported.

Photo: Santa Stocking Giveaway

December 8, 2015

The Lucerne Valley Roadrunners hosted their annual Children's Christmas Party at Lucerne Valley Elementary School. Children and their parents packed the room for Saturday's free event, which gave local kids an opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and tell them what they want for Christmas. Each child in attendance received a free stocking stuffed with goodies. Above, a baby cuddles with Santa as Mrs. Claus looks on. Bekah Hart, Special to the Leader

Chuck Rader, 88, passes away

December 8, 2015

By Millie Rader
Special to the Leader

Longtime Lucerne Valley resident Chuck Rader passed away November 26, 2015.

Charles (Chuck) Frederick Rader Jr. was born October 3, 1927, in San Luis Obispo, California.

Chuck is survived by Martha, his wife of 59 years, their four sons, Bob Rader, David Rader, Richard Rader of Lucerne Valley and Edward Rader of Redlands, as well as 9 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Law Enforcement: Major crimes down, others up

December 8, 2015

Sgt. Lonnie Siebert of the Lucerne Valley Substation discusses crime statistics at the recent meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association. Caroline Lieber, For The Leader

By Peter Day
and Caroline Lieber

LUCERNE VALLEY — While some major crimes are going down, thefts and other lesser crimes are creeping upward in Lucerne Valley and surrounding areas.

"I'm imagining the numbers will go up in 2015," said Sgt. Lonnie Siebert of the Lucerne Valley Substation and the Rural Crimes Task Force.

Garden Club: 'Wreaths For America' at cemetery

December 8, 2015

Desert Crossroads Garden Club President Linda Riddle and Col. Ray Clark place a wreath on the headstone of Edwin Matthews, a World War II veteran who died on March 14, 1996. Peter Day, Lucerne Valley Leader

By Peter Day
Senior Reporter

LUCERNE VALLEY — Lucerne Valley's 200-plus veterans laid to rest at the town's cemetery may be gone, but they certainly aren't forgotten.

The Desert Crossroads Garden Club has made sure of that by creating and placing Christmas wreaths above the headstones of those at the cemetery.

What's Happening - December 9, 2015

December 8, 2015

Chamber, Senior Center, Roadrunner Christmas Mixer

The Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce, Senior Center and Roadrunners will host a Christmas Mixer at the Senior Center at 5 p.m. on Dec. 11.
We will be having silent auctions, 50/50 and a good meal. It is a potluck so please bring your favorite meal to share. The public is welcome to come and enjoy the evening with us.

Hot Glass Ranch Holiday Show

Mustang wrestlers begin season

December 8, 2015

Wrestler Samuel Aguilar had two pins at the recent tournament.

Mustang wrestling started the season in Rancho Cucamonga at the Tom Bravo Invitational wrestling tournament hosted by Los Osos High School.

The tournament was stacked with several CIF placed wrestlers as well as a few wrestlers that placed in state competition last year. Lucerne Valley only had seven wrestlers participating at the post-Thanksgiving event.

Lucerne Valley TOPS Christmas party

December 8, 2015

Lucerne Valley TOPS Club 1066 hosted their annual Christmas Party with prime rib at the Moose Lodge.

Leader Vickie McKenzie did a great program considering she recently had surgery. She had a great surprise for everyone. Great good and fun!

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets each Monday at the Community Church. Weigh in from 8 to 9 a.m. with meeting until 10 a.m. We have therapy and encourage each other to lose weight.

For more information, call Vickie at 760-248-2522.


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