Johnson Valley News 1/4/2018

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• Happy New Year! At least the weather begins well, even a possibility of a little rain (though the received wisdom stated it never rains in Johnson Valley, we know it can. Really.)

At least you won’t face bad weather this Saturday evening, January 6, as you make your way to the JV Community Center for the annual Souper Supper.

Following our pioneer homesteaders’ tradition, you bring your bowl, bring your spoon as they did back then. Bring a soup to share if you wish. If you come without a soup, bring 4.00 for the Johnson Valley Cooks to donate toward maintenance of the center. Don’t worry if you forget the bowl and spoon, there are plenty.

Taste samples of the homemade soups, and enjoy special desserts, too. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Soup’s on at 5:00! Everyone welcome!

And you are welcome to stay after for the regular meeting of the Johnson Valley Improvement Association. Hear what is going on in the valley as we look forward to the 60th Anniversary of JVIA. This is the time for you to get together with neighbors and catch up on everything!

• Unfortunately, we do start the New Year with some sad news; after an extended illness, our neighbor Larry Edwards passed away in hospital the morning of Friday, December 28, at the age of 77, only a few weeks after the passing of his wife Sharon.

He was born at his family home in Redlands, California, on September 26, 1940. He became a sheet metal worker in Norwalk and loved drag racing. When he retired in the early 90’s and they moved to Johnson Valley, Larry & Sharon ran L&S Water Delivery. Larry could be seen with his dragster at local car shows, talking with the car guys, and they both loved to play bingo.

The family plan a Celebration of Life at the Landers Moose Lodge, date to be announced.

• The Hobby Club thanks everyone who donated items to sell on the New-To-You Table, and everyone who donated money to buy them.

With that and the proceeds from the holiday shoppers at the Boutique Table, Hobby can purchase decorations and supplies for the hall, as well as reorder popular fundraising items available year-round.

We received more of the Sidekick Bandana Maps of the Johnson Valley OHV Area, and we still have JVIA specialty items like the pens and very bright little flashlights on keychains.

And look for the note cards and postcards featuring JV wildlife, flowers and landmarks when you want to mail something unique to friends and family – all proceeds go to the activities and upkeep of the hall.

JVIA celebrates its 60th year this year. The history of our first two decades written by homesteader and historian Martha Coutant is available in the literature rack in the lobby for 5.00

Date update! On Thursday, January 11th, the St Mary’s Bright Futures Mobile Clinic resumes their weekly visits to the parking lot at the Lucerne Valley Market and Hardware. You can take advantage of a wide variety of medical services, thanks to the efforts of our friend Linda Gommel.

Save many miles if you ordinarily go to Apple Valley/Victorville or down below for regular checkups and consultation.

St. Mary’s Medical Center have custom fitted two RV’s as rolling clinics, with all the equipment needed for basic exams and medical services for men and women, including primary care, physical exams, weight management, prenatal care and more. Staffers include Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and MD’s.

St. Mary’s accepts almost every medical insurance there is, and will work with you if you have none.

And, remember when hot weather returns, the Market has shaded parking under their solar canopy!

If you wish to schedule an appointment call 760-946-4240, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

• Johnson Valley is in the Lucerne Valley Unified School District, and their financial woes a few years back could have had an undesirable effect on our property taxes and students.

A report from the District at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association (LVEDA) shows that mighty efforts by the Board of Trustees, teachers, and staff have made a huge difference in the financial health of the schools as well as the scope of the opportunities offered to the kids.

Johnson Valley resident Jim Harvey has served as president of the Board during these years of recovery. He opened Tuesday’s presentation with their Belief Statement “We embrace being a small district where each student has a name and not just a number,” commenting this gives LVUSD some advantages over large districts.

The Board goals that Jim described of establishing a relevant learning environment, community participation, the highest levels of fiscal responsibility, and highest standards for the Board, are obviously being met. Their “Sunshine Policy” gives us easier access to public records and decisions reached in full public view.

In contrast to the policies of other districts, LVUSD board members also receive periodic ethics training.

In 2016, state tests comparing student performance and progress among school districts in the area showed LVUSD as low ranking in language arts and math.

New Superintendent Peter Livingston expressed his gratification over students’ scores, meeting or exceeding standards in 2017.

Improvement in reading at or above grade level in the elementary school is remarkable. Proactive programs at all levels have paid off: after-school tutoring, specific tutoring in language arts and math, hiring an intervention teacher to focus on the students needing the most help, summer school, teacher development, and use of best instructional practices. Expectations have been raised for all ages. Occupational skills are enhanced including an expansion of Auto Shop.

Several routes to financial security include the Lucerne Valley Public Education Foundation to support early literacy and other programs through community donations, the increasing support of Mitsubishi Educational Foundation for seniors’ scholarships, teacher grants, and the 5th Grade Science Camp.

Carport solar panels at all three school sites will be fully funded from reserves, with a return on investment of at least $150,000 a year. The energy efficiency project replacing antiquated lighting, thermostats, AC and heating, funded through a state low-interest loan will pay for itself in energy savings.

The Certificate of Participation loan of 2008 that became such a burden was refinanced at the earliest opportunity; savings average $67,621 a year!

Additional revenue sources and student opportunities come through oversight of charter schools.

You can see the LVUSD calendar, agendas, governance policies, description of the schools and other information on

• JVIA members, we hope you receive your latest issue of the Johnson Valley Journal in a timely fashion. It mailed from the Lucerne Valley Post Office on Tuesday. Please let me know if it arrives after tomorrow, or never arrives.

We do have a few extras on the front desk if you need one.

• Remember to send your dues in before January 31, if you have not sent them already – the election of Officers and Directors is coming up, and you will be able to vote. Also, you want your name to stay on the Journal mailing list, so you won’t miss an issue!

A Membership Application is attached. Print, fill out and mail with your check to

Helene Cash
5175 Last Mile Rd
Johnson Valley CA 92285
Welcome to new readers on this list who have not visited the Johnson Valley Community Center before.
The address is 50567A Quailbush Rd. From Hwy 247, turn onto Larrea Rd, go 1-3/4 miles to Quailbush. The building is on your left at the corner.

The Paul Van Hook Desert Dreams Garden is next to the parking lot, open to all.

Everyone is welcome to every event at the Center; you do not have to be a JVIA member.

Hope to see you at the Saturday Breakfast between 7:00-10:00 a.m. and the Souper Supper at 5:00 p.m.

Happy New Year!

Betty Munson

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