Commentary: Soccer provides healthy choices for children

March 28, 2013

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BY KRYSTIAN OTWELL

There are many kids in Lucerne Valley —youth actually make up 25 percent of Lucerne Valley’s population — and I think that all those young people should have a better variety of sports, such as soccer.

Sports are good for kids because they provide good exercise and they give them something to do. Sports also keep kids out of trouble. Lucerne Valley doesn’t have a large variety of sports, and if you ask me which sport Lucerne Valley should have, I would say soccer.

Peers make a difference

March 28, 2013

By PETER DAY

Talk about cool. There I was with my good friend, Alan, sitting underneath the giant oak tree blowing smoke rings.

At 13 years old, it wasn’t the first time I’d ever smoked cigarettes, but our non-chalant, public display on the high school’s “upper field” indicated we were about to take our smoking to a new level.

What's Happening - March 27, 2013

March 28, 2013

New Office Hours at Leader
The office will now be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with a break for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Leader editor Peter Day may be available outside of those hours by appointment. Call 760-248-7878.

Chamber Accepting Auction Items
The Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce is accepting items for its upcoming auction. The date is pending for the event.
For pickups or delivery of items, call the Chamber office at 760-248-7215.

Teacher Szczatko is Employee of the Month

March 28, 2013

Kimberly Szczatko named high school staff member of the month

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Lucerne Valley High School math and history teacher Kimberly Szczatko (pronounced Shot-Co) definitely has her fans.

“She’s the best teacher,” wrote one student. “She is a brilliant teacher,” said another. “She’s cool.”
But the mutual admiration goes both ways.

“This is a really good school,” said Szczatko, who was recognized as February’s Employee of the Month. “Our kids are wonderful. They are more respectful than any students out there. This school is a family.”

Grim reminder: Majority Rules shares a serious message

March 28, 2013

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Though dark and ominous, the Grim Reaper wasn’t carrying her signature scythe. Instead, bags of cigarette butts rested by her feet as she quietly greeted Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware patrons last Saturday.

The Grim Reaper was joined by anti-smoking mascot “Mr. Ciggie” and members of the teen-led Lucerne Valley Majority Rules Club during the group’s week-long culmination.

Fire Fees Delayed

March 28, 2013

BY DAVID KECK
DAILY PRESS EDITOR

Residents of Lucerne Valley and other unincorporated and rural areas in California will be given a temporary reprieve on their fire prevention fees.

The state’s Board of Equalization will delay mailing bills to collect fire prevention fees until fire officials determine who should really pay them.

Cal Fire requested the delay on March 20 after state Board of Equalization Member George Runner called on the state agency to hold off sending the bills, which were scheduled to be mailed April 2.

Important message regarding arrest logs

March 21, 2013

BY DAVID KECK
DAILY PRESS EDITOR

As a kid, I always loved that guy on late-night television who exclaimed in business baritone, "We interrupt this program to bring you an important announcement."

Then the next few minutes were spent hawking term life insurance, an amazing new diet pill, kitchen knives that cut through steel beams like butter, or whatever ware or service the advertiser buying that broadcast time had to sell, all with the same money-back guarantee.

We're not doing that here.

School district employee of the month: Jason Hart

March 21, 2013

BY PETER DAY
EDITOR

Lucerne Valley Unified School District information technology specialist Jason Hart connects more than just computer systems.

The former longtime resident is entwined in Lucerne Valley's network, past and present. Today, Hart helps maintain computer and information systems for teachers that taught him to read and write when he was a student at Lucerne Valley Elementary.

"There's quite a bit of teachers I had that are still here," Hart said. "My first grade teacher is still here."

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