Annual ‘Valentine’s Day in June' next Saturday

May 28, 2013

Special to the Leader

Valentine’s Day is coming again this year.

On June 1, local residents are invited to a fundraiser for abused animals where they can meet the dog that captured hearts across Southern California 15 months ago.

Sounds of Silent Spirits animal rescue is hosting its second “Valentine’s Day in June” event featuring Valentine, the pit bull that was found severely abused last year.

Mondragon, White named co-valedictorians

May 28, 2013


Mustang school administrators bucked tradition and announced they had selected two valedictorians, Mayra Mondragon and Gavin White.

“They are true standouts,” said principal Patricia Courtney of the dynamic duo during the Academic Awards & Scholarship Ceremony last Thursday in the Lucerne Valley High School gymnasium.

Mondragon, who also had the Class of 2013’s highest grade point average, and White will join salutatorian Ian Rosse at the podium during the June 7 graduation ceremony.

Letter to the Editor: Dan Schuler

May 28, 2013

Who works for whom?

What has happened to us? Have we forgotten who works for whom?

During last weeks LVEDA meeting Chris Carrillo, chief of staff for Supervisor Ramos stated that a regional MAC would be better for us and the residents of Johnson Valley rather than each community having their own MAC as we have done for over 26 years that I know of. The rationale behind the regional approach, as stated by Mr. Carrillo, is “there's a lot of big picture issues” that would effect both communities so it would be best to have one MAC.

Photography duo's works shown at Alaska USA Credit Union

May 28, 2013

Those who bank at Alaska USA Credit Union’s Financial Center in Victorville will enjoy familiar scenes of the desert courtesy of local photographers Bud Walley and David Acosta.

The photographers’ pictures are displayed throughout the three-story financial center, which opened on May 20. The pieces are 24-by-36-inch and 30-by-40-inch gallery wrapped canvas.

Walley and Acosta were invited to the grand opening and given a tour of the facility to see our art work and discuss their works with the Alaska USA employees.

Brandy Chapman named TOPS state queen

May 28, 2013

Brandy Chapman, queen of TOPS Club 1066, will be on her way to San Jose on May 30.

Chapman will serve as state queen during the Tops state convention. Later, on July 17, she will travel to Toronto as international runner-up queen.

Chapman was crowned queen of TOPS 1066 on March 18 after losing more than 90 pounds since joining the local weight loss group.
TOPS 1066 meets Mondays at Lucerne Valley Community Church at 8:30 a.m. for weigh-in and meeting and therapy at 9. Christy from Caremore will lead the group in Zumba after the meeting on June 10.

Religion: Is Baptism necessary for Salvation?

May 28, 2013


‘I’ve been told that I need to repent and be baptized in order to be saved. They showed me Acts 2:38 and said that was proof that baptism is necessary for salvation. Is that true?” This is the second time someone has asked me this question, so it deserves to be re-visited. We must be careful not to use a single verse to prove a doctrine, but to look at the Scripture as a whole. Throughout Scripture baptism is an act of obedience and a symbol of salvation; it is not a requirement for salvation. Baptism is the outward symbol of the inward change!

Great American Worm Race wriggles on

May 21, 2013


They wiggled, they stretched. Some reached blindly for the sky. Many just lay there still for what seemed like an agonizing eternity.
But for those that moved just enough, victory was theirs.

After an hour-long competition last Friday afternoon, five of the speediest worms and their patient handlers were named winners of the 2013 edition of the Great American Worm Race.


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