Obituary: Elaine Leatherman

April 25, 2013

Elaine Amelia Witzke Leatherman passed away on March 19, 2013.

She came into this world on April 4, 1925, in Kendallville, IN. The daughter of Theodore Witzke, a cobbler/factory worker, and Bernice Decker Witzke, she was nicknamed “Red Whiskey” by her school chums because of her red hair and last name “Witzke.” She and her younger sister Donna grew up in a multi-generational household during the Depression Years.

Transforming lives at the River's Edge

April 18, 2013


Al Aceves has large dreams.

The 20-acre Rivers Edge Ranch that Aceves manages has a big chicken coop, a sprawling orchard and — he hopes — a huge future.
Earlier this month, a number of workers converged at the ranch to pour concrete for an Olympic-sized basketball court — literally.

“I’ve been wanting this for six years, and God finally blessed us,” Aceves said.

Parade theme announced

April 18, 2013


Nonagenarian Marion Thursh, who has lived in Lucerne Valley for more than half a century, will be the grand marshal for the annual Lucerne Valley Fourth of July Parade.

This year’s event, which will have the theme “Fly High, Old Glory,” will be held on Thursday, July 4.

Thrush, 93, and others in the parade will begin their journey at Trade Post Avenue and Highway 18 and finish at Pioneer Park.

The parade starts at 9 a.m., with the ringing of the bell, which signifies the trophy presentation, at 11 a.m.

Bake sale raises funds for monument

April 18, 2013


LUCERNE VALLEY • Cookies with pretty sprinkles, a yummy pineapple upside down cake, and all sorts of tasty goodies tempted passersby Saturday morning.

The homemade sweets were baked by a trio from the Lucerne Valley Veterans Memorial Monument Committee for a sale in front of Lucerne Valley Market & Hardware.

Proceeds from the sale helped put them closer to their goal: to raise a total of $8,500 for a half-ton, black granite memorial to honor those who served our country.

KDOC added to CSA 29 TV lineup

April 18, 2013

County Service Area 29 has added KDOC Los Angeles to its digital channel selections.

KDOC, an independent TV station located in Southern California, can be found on Channel 48-4.

The other digital channels currently available are: CBS Los Angeles (41-1), NBC Los Angeles (41-2), PBS-KCET Los Angeles (41-3), KCOP Los Angeles (43-1), ABC Los Angeles (43-2), KTTV Los Angeles (43-3), KCAL Los Angeles (48-1), KTLA Los Angeles (48-2), ME TV Los Angeles (43-3).

For more information about CSA 29, call 760-248-7048.


Letter to the Editor: Residents Deserve to Know

April 18, 2013

Thank you for continuing the arrest logs in the Leader. I believe the law abiding citizens in Lucerne Valley need to know who the trouble makers in our community are. The police make arrests to protect the community from those bent on committing crimes.

Yes, some are not convicted of the first charged crimes, but their crimes are most often negotiated down for expediency and cost reasons. Our prisons are full, probation and parole agencies are over-burdened and most non-violent crimes get no prison time.


On Horses: Begin With The Basics

April 18, 2013


In my last article I stated that it is now the time to get your horse into shape after a long rest from winter. It is warm again and we can finally ride and train our horses. We need to get them out of their corral or pasture and put some miles on them.

Wild horses travel as far as 10 to 20 miles a day to search for water or food. If you take your domesticated horse out of their environment and try to work them as you did before winter you are asking for problems.


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